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25 MILLION RETURN TO SCHOOL ON JUNE 13
[RELATED: DO 23, s. 2016 - School Calendar for School Year 2016-2017 Amended by DO 29, s. 2016]


MAY 28 -A mother enrolls her son at the Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City yesterday. Classes in public schools will open on June 13. MICHAEL VARCAS Up to 25 million students are expected to return to school when classes open on June 13, higher by over a million from last year’s enrolment, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
Education officials said the number of students returning to public schools next month is expected to increase because of the start of full implementation of the K-12 program, which adds two years to the basic education curriculum of the country. The first batch of Grade 11 students, expected to reach over a million students, will enroll in almost 11,000 public and private schools that were authorized by DepEd to offer senior high school programs. In a press briefing yesterday, DepEd announced the start of the weeklong Brigada Eskwela on Monday. DepEd undersecretary for partnership and linkages Mario Deriquito called on different stakeholders to participate in the different efforts to prepare the schools for the opening of classes. Education Secretary Armin Luistro is expected to lead the kick-off of the nationwide Brigada Eskwela in Nueva Vizcaya. DepEd has activated the Oplan Balik Eskwela to address school opening concerns such as problems on school records, room assignment, classrooms, teachers, power and water supply, traffic, peace and order, weather condition and prices of school supplies. A dedicated help desk that can be reached through the hotline number (02) 667-1188 was also activated to focus on senior high school concerns. “Our goal is to ensure that we will have a smooth opening of classes, with all concerns – major and minor – promptly addressed by the department and our partner agencies from other government agencies and the private sector,” Luistro said. DepEd marker vandalized Meanwhile, student activists who held a campout at the DepEd main office in Pasig City vandalized the agency’s vision-mission-core values marker outside the main building. READ MORE...RELATED, DO 23, s. 2016 - School Calendar for School Year 2016-2017 Amended by DO 29, s. 2016...

ALSO: Dialogue with Reds started - Rody's peace overtures hailed
[RELATED: Joma Sison accepts Duterte’s peace offering, won’t accept cabinet post]


MAY 29 -Resumption of peace talks set as NDF delegation arrives in Davao City KICKER DAILY ONLINE
DAVAO CITY—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will likely “do more” in his first 100 days in office to end the communist insurgency than outgoing President Benigno Aquino III who failed to resume peace talks with the communists in his entire six-year term. The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Duterte—who described himself as the first president from the Left —is already moving forward toward a dialogue with the Reds unlike Aquino. “Duterte has committed to release all political prisoners as a confidence-building measure. In an unprecedented move, he has offered cabinet positions to the Left, more than what was ever given by any post-Edsa regime,” said Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes. “In contrast, Aquino continues to avoid any responsibility for his failed handling of the peace talks with the NDF,” he said. “When it comes to the peace process with the NDF, Duterte and the hacendero president are poles apart.”  Reyes said Duterte was first in extending an olive branch to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front whose armed struggle has already claimed millions of lives. Duterte, who described himself as being left of the center, had promised to give cabinet positions to progressive individuals and visiting leaders of self-determinist groups to urge them to pursue peace with the government. “I will go along. If it’s just a matter [of them being] identified with the left, it is not an issue with me,” Duterte had earlier said. “I will speak with the left because I want a peaceful country.” Reyes noted that Duterte has already promised the left at least two seats in his Cabinet and even offered more if CPP founder Jose Maria Sison comes home in July. The communist umbrella National Democratic Front had already submitted a list of nominees to the Duterte administration and Duterte publicly said he was impressed and was inclined to accept the nominations. READ MORE...RELATED, Joma Sison accepts Duterte’s peace offering, won’t accept cabinet post...

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Pacquiao - How hard can being a senator be?

[RELATED: Pacquiao wants to head Senate committee on games and amusement]


MAY 29 -Rep. Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO-Sen. Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO
DAVAO CITY—Well, how hard can being a senator be? He “can memorize biblical verses” so world boxing champ-turned-lawmaker Manny Pacquiao said “it won’t be difficult” at all. Trying to appease critics who said he was “not fit for the Senate,” the boxer said he will learn the ropes on the job. “I can memorize biblical verses so it won’t be difficult for me to do it,” the newly minted senator told reporters at Almendras gym, where he played basketball with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s aide Christopher Go, and several other personalities here. Pacquiao maintained that he retired from boxing because he now had a bigger role in government and wanted to “fulfill the trust of the Filipino people.” “I am happy with my retirement and my life,” he said, adding that his focus now was on his new responsibility so he still couldn’t tell if he would go back to the ring to fight Floyd Mayweather again. Attendance sheet At the very least, the boxer said he was aspiring for another gold—this time, on the attendance sheet. Notorious for being chronically absent, the former Sarangani representative said he was targeting a 100-percent attendance now that he had become part of national politics. READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao wants to head Senate committee on games and amusement...

ALSO: Mindanao to gain fame, confidence with Duterte’s working presence [RELATED: Duterte wants to put up rail systems in Luzon, Mindanao]


MAY 28 -Such will be Mindanao’s new role under the incoming administration of current Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, especially with his intention to work there.
This was the assessment of Davao chief information officer Leo Villareal, who confirmed Friday that incoming President Duterte will also be holding office at the guesthouse of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) depot located at Panacan District here. According to Villareal, the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) – composed of Brunei Darassalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines – is expected to “grow by leaps and bounds with the opening of Mindanao as the new gateway to the Philippines.’ “New infrastructure projects, trade and business opportunities and partnerships are likely to flow into Mindanao with the assumption of the Mayor (Duterte) of the presidency and the presence of a presidential office right here in Southern Philippines,” he said. The traditional residence of the Philippine president is Malacańang Palace in Manila, but the colorful Duterte hasn’t warmed up to the idea of staying there. As it stands, the DPWH depot guesthouse will serve as the “Malacańang of the South” of the Duterte administration. SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS NO MORE Villareal also reckoned that the economic growth and peace that would come to the island as a result of the Duterte presidency will boost the morale of Mindanaoans, who have been languishing in the shadows of previous national leaders, many of whom hail from Luzon. “The people of Mindanao will no longer be considered second-class citizens and we will now be respected by our counterparts in Luzon,” said Villareal. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte wants to put up rail systems in Luzon, Mindanao...

ALSO: President-elect Duterte insists on skipping Congress proclamation
[RELATED: Duterte: My work at Malacańang starts at 1 p.m. PRESIDENT-ELECT TO COMMUTE DAILY FROM MANILA TO DAVAO CITY UNTIL... ]


MAY 29 -Duterte AP/Bullit Marquez
President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Saturday reiterated that he will be absent from the Joint Canvass Committee’s proclamation for president-elect and vice president-elect at the House of Representatives on Monday afternoon. “I am not attending any proclamation I’ve never attended any proclamation in my life, in all of my political aspirations,” Duterte said in a press conference. “Nanalo naman ako sabi ko nga God would want me to face defeat but it never happened, sa bagay sa sugal talo ako parati so bawi na rin,” Duterte he added. Duterte’s pronouncement is contrary to his legal counsel Vitaliano Aguirre’s statement last Friday where he said the incoming president is likely to attend his own proclamation. Instead, Duterte said his legal counsel representatives, Aguirre, Salvador Panelo, Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III and Salvador Ata may attend the occasion. On the other hand, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan President Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III earlier said he will convince Duterte to attend the proclamation. Duterte and vice president-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is scheduled to be proclaimed on Monday afternoon after the JCC finished the counting of 167 certificates of canvass on Friday. Duterte garnered 16,601,997 votes while Robredo earned 14,418,817 votes. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: My work at Malacańang starts at 1 p.m. PRESIDENT-ELECT TO COMMUTE DAILY FROM MANILA TO DAVAO CITY UNTIL...

ALSO: Duterte camp - Time for unity, cooperation


MAY 28 -Cayetano, the runningmate of Duterte who lost to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, said people should unite now that the canvassing of votes in the presidential and vice presidential race has been completed. KRIS JOHN ROSALES
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is hopeful that all branches of government will be on “cooperation mode” once the administration of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte assumes office, even if some sectors do not agree with his decisions.
Cayetano, the runningmate of Duterte who lost to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, said people should unite now that the canvassing of votes in the presidential and vice presidential race has been completed. He also called on the public to trust the new president’s appointments and policies because he has reasons for making them. “I know there are little bits of comments about his appointees. But the mayor is a strategic thinker and has a strategic mind. Let’s trust him and let’s support him,” Cayetano said yesterday. “Sometimes, he does something that we don’t agree with 100 percent. We may not agree with his choice of appointees sometimes but let’s support and trust him,” he added. On Robredo’s possible role in the new administration, Cayetano said he could not say whether Duterte would offer her a Cabinet post. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Malacańang of the South’.... ALSO, Duterte sets up temporary office in Davao ...WATCH ABS-CBN NEWS VIDEO...


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25 million return to school on June 13


A mother enrolls her son at the Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City yesterday. Classes in public schools will open on June 13. MICHAEL VARCAS

MANILA, MAY 30, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Janvic Mateo May 28, 2016 - Up to 25 million students are expected to return to school when classes open on June 13, higher by over a million from last year’s enrolment, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

Education officials said the number of students returning to public schools next month is expected to increase because of the start of full implementation of the K-12 program, which adds two years to the basic education curriculum of the country.

The first batch of Grade 11 students, expected to reach over a million students, will enroll in almost 11,000 public and private schools that were authorized by DepEd to offer senior high school programs.

In a press briefing yesterday, DepEd announced the start of the weeklong Brigada Eskwela on Monday.

DepEd undersecretary for partnership and linkages Mario Deriquito called on different stakeholders to participate in the different efforts to prepare the schools for the opening of classes.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro is expected to lead the kick-off of the nationwide Brigada Eskwela in Nueva Vizcaya.

DepEd has activated the Oplan Balik Eskwela to address school opening concerns such as problems on school records, room assignment, classrooms, teachers, power and water supply, traffic, peace and order, weather condition and prices of school supplies.

A dedicated help desk that can be reached through the hotline number (02) 667-1188 was also activated to focus on senior high school concerns.

“Our goal is to ensure that we will have a smooth opening of classes, with all concerns – major and minor – promptly addressed by the department and our partner agencies from other government agencies and the private sector,” Luistro said.

DepEd marker vandalized Meanwhile, student activists who held a campout at the DepEd main office in Pasig City vandalized the agency’s vision-mission-core values marker outside the main building.

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The word “JUNK” was spray-painted by the protesters over the marker as part of their call to stop the implementation of the K-12 program.

“We maintain that the implementation of this program must be stopped at all cost. K-12 destroys the future of every Filipino youth as well as the future of the entire nation,” said League of Filipino Students national secretary-general Aries Gupit.

“We are firm in combating K-12 because from the very start, its framework is vile. The program is geared towards making the most money out of the youth and the people,” he added.

Several DepEd employees said the move was uncalled for and stressed that the agency has always been open to have a dialogue with those against the program.

“The Filipino deserves better political discourse, especially from groups who claim to be progressives,” assistant secretary Elvin Uy said in a Facebook post.

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DO 23, s. 2016 - School Calendar for School Year 2016-2017 Amended by DO 29, s. 2016 - Amendment to DepEd Order No. 23, s. 2016 (School Calendar for School Year 2016-2017) Facebook Twitter Google+ Share April 22, 2016 DO 23, s. 2016

School Calendar for School Year 2016-2017 To: Undersecretaries Assistant Secretaries Bureau and Service Directors Regional Directors Schools Division Superintendents Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools Heads All Others Concerned

The School Calendar for School Year (SY) 2016-2017 shows the school events and activities for the said SY. The core events and activities for this SY, which represent the actual teaching-learning days, shall be strictly observed in all schools.

The SY 2016-2017 shall begin on Monday, June 13, 2016 and shall end on Friday, April 7, 2017. The SY will consist of 202 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and other activities for learners, including the regular and special non-working holidays, are contained in Enclosure No. 1.

Private schools may deviate from this School Calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August, as provided for in Republic Act No. 7797 entitled An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days.

They should notify their respective regional offices (ROs) in advance regarding any deviation. Specific guidelines are found in Enclosure 2 to enable the schools to effectively and efficiently conduct school events and activities, and to allow the ROs and schools division offices (SDOs) to provide support to the schools, especially in the areas of instruction, and progress monitoring and evaluation.

Activities and observances mandated by law can be found in Enclosure 3 while events and activities which pertain to DepEd personnel are listed in Enclosure 4. Schools may observe national and local celebrations/activities and holidays other than those indicated in Enclosure 3, provided that the total number of school days shall not be compromised.

Make-up classes can therefore be conducted to compensate for the school days spent for activities deemed beneficial to the teaching-learning process. Likewise, make-up classes are recommended in lieu of class cancellations due to occurrence of natural and man-made calamities.

A mechanism for having make-up classes must be agreed upon by the school administrators and parents. In this regard, the RO may issue a regional school calendar to reflect their respective concerns. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.

(Sgd.) BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC Secretary

Encls.: As stated

Reference: DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2015

To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects: CALENDAR CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS CLASSES POLICY SCHOOLS STRAND: Curriculum and Instruction


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Rody's peace overtures hailed posted May 29, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


SISON & DUTERTE: Resumption of peace talks set as NDF delegation arrives in Davao City KICKER DAILY ONLINE

DAVAO CITY—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will likely “do more” in his first 100 days in office to end the communist insurgency than outgoing President Benigno Aquino III who failed to resume peace talks with the communists in his entire six-year term.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Duterte—who described himself as the first president from the Left —is already moving forward toward a dialogue with the Reds unlike Aquino.

“Duterte has committed to release all political prisoners as a confidence-building measure. In an unprecedented move, he has offered cabinet positions to the Left, more than what was ever given by any post-Edsa regime,” said Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes.

“In contrast, Aquino continues to avoid any responsibility for his failed handling of the peace talks with the NDF,” he said. “When it comes to the peace process with the NDF, Duterte and the hacendero president are poles apart.”

Reyes said Duterte was first in extending an olive branch to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front whose armed struggle has already claimed millions of lives.

Duterte, who described himself as being left of the center, had promised to give cabinet positions to progressive individuals and visiting leaders of self-determinist groups to urge them to pursue peace with the government.

“I will go along. If it’s just a matter [of them being] identified with the left, it is not an issue with me,” Duterte had earlier said. “I will speak with the left because I want a peaceful country.”

Reyes noted that Duterte has already promised the left at least two seats in his Cabinet and even offered more if CPP founder Jose Maria Sison comes home in July.

The communist umbrella National Democratic Front had already submitted a list of nominees to the Duterte administration and Duterte publicly said he was impressed and was inclined to accept the nominations.

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Among the names submitted by the NDF were former Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casińo for Department of Environment and Natural Resources, former University of the Philippines professor Judy Taguiwalo for the Department of Social Welfare and Development and former Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano for the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Duterte had earlier promised to give the Department of Labor and Employment as well but he later announced the designation of 1-BAP Rep. Silvestre Bello, a nomination that the NDF did not protest.

Reyes said Duterte’s moves has shown his sincerity and showed a great contrast to the Aquino administration which rejected the NDF’s proposal to draft a new Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees list after the original one, stored in a very old floppy diskette, got corrupted and could no longer be retrieved.

“Even in his last days in office, ‘Boy Sisi’ [Aquino] continues to blame everyone but himself,” Reyes said. “He fails to understand the importance in the peace talks of upholding previously signed agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees.”

“Noynoy excelled in violating the JASIG and the agreement on respect for human rights, and thus accumulated so many political prisoners, 18 of whom are NDF consultants. He was not serious at all in talking peace, which explains why even back-channel efforts failed,” he added.

Formal peace negotiations with the communist movement was stalled in 2004 after the NDF withdrew from the negotiating table on account of the renewed inclusion of CPP Founding Chairperson Jose Maria Sison and his organization in the US terrorist list.

The government conducted several rounds of informal talks through the facilitation of the Royal Norwegian Government in an attempt to revive the negotiations, but the talks still failed.

President Aquino, however, said that it was the NDF that walked out of the peace talks.

“How do we proceed with the peace process if we go back to the long dragged out and no-compromising position?” Aquino said.

In various interviews, Duterte stressed that if he “can talk smoothly” and CPP founder Jose Maria Sison will come home in July, he’s ready to give progressives positions in his cabinet.

Fidel Agcaoili, NDF chief negotiator in an interview, said that the Duterte administration is already preparing for the resumption of the peace negotiations “towards the attainment of a just and lasting peace.”

“Peace talks will resume as soon as possible after his proclamation as president,” he said in a television interview.

Topics: President-elect , Rody Duterte , peace overtures hailed , NDF , NPA , MILF

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Joma Sison accepts Duterte’s peace offering, won’t accept cabinet post Posted on May 16, 2016 by Patrick Dones


Image capture of video by CNN Philippines via Youtube channel

•Joma Sison accepts peace offering by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

•But Sison says he will not accept any cabinet post should Duterte offer one

•Duterte says he will offer four cabinet posts to members of the Communist Party of the Philippines

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison has accepted the peace offering of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in a television interview on Monday evening, May 16.

Talking to Pia Hontiveros on CNN Philippines, Sison said that the assumptive presidents’s offer of peace is “very welcome.”

“Of course, as the peace process progresses I wish I shall have the opportunity of returning home and I thank him for his welcome,” Sison said; hinting his homecoming. He earlier stated that he will come home after 30 years of exile in The Netherlands if Duterte wins the elections.

Hontiveros clarified with Sison when he will be coming home but the CPP founder refused to divulge specifics and just said that he and the president-elect may speak through emissaries.

Sison, however, said he won’t be accepting a cabinet position should he be offered by Duterte who was once his student at the Lyceum University.

“No, I don’t want any position for myself but you know there are many people who are very competent. Those who are oriented to serve the people, who have the expertise and competence and who are diligent. And they are not necessarily communists,” he told Hontiveros.

The former Davao City Mayor said that he will be offering the cabinet posts in the departments of social welfare, agrarian reform, labor and environment to members of the CPP.

Duterte also offered his running mate Alan Peter Cayetano to be foreign affairs secretary a year after his ban from an appointive position having ran for the 2016 elections.


ESPERON AND TEOFORO

Gilbert Teodoro, who ran for president in 2010, was also offered the post of being defense secretary. Teodoro, as quoted on Rappler, said he is going to consult his family about it.

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INQUIRER

Pacquiao: How hard can being a senator be? By: Dennis Jay Santos and Tarra Quismundo @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao, Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:04 AM May 29th, 2016


Rep. Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO
Sen. Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY—Well, how hard can being a senator be?

He “can memorize biblical verses” so world boxing champ-turned-lawmaker Manny Pacquiao said “it won’t be difficult” at all.

Trying to appease critics who said he was “not fit for the Senate,” the boxer said he will learn the ropes on the job.

“I can memorize biblical verses so it won’t be difficult for me to do it,” the newly minted senator told reporters at Almendras gym, where he played basketball with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s aide Christopher Go, and several other personalities here.

Pacquiao maintained that he retired from boxing because he now had a bigger role in government and wanted to “fulfill the trust of the Filipino people.”

“I am happy with my retirement and my life,” he said, adding that his focus now was on his new responsibility so he still couldn’t tell if he would go back to the ring to fight Floyd Mayweather again.

Attendance sheet

At the very least, the boxer said he was aspiring for another gold—this time, on the attendance sheet.

Notorious for being chronically absent, the former Sarangani representative said he was targeting a 100-percent attendance now that he had become part of national politics.

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So determined was he to meet this goal that Pacquiao said he even gave up his shot at the Olympics, declining the proposal for him to compete in the Rio Games in Brazil this August.

“If we can make perfect attendance, why not? That’s not a problem,” he said.

“That’s why I did not accept the Olympics (proposal). I’m excited to work (in the Senate)… and it would be a shame if in my first month in service, I’d disappear,” he added.

Pacquiao, who served two terms in the House, was elected senator with 16,050,546 votes. Of the 12 senatorial slots, the boxer won the seventh.

Apart from attending to his responsibilities as a senator, the world boxing champ has other commitments as a businessman, a pastor, a basketball coach, an actor, recording artist and international product endorser.

Support for Duterte

The 37-year-old lawmaker said he was interested in handling the Senate committee on games, amusement and sports, and hoped to pass legislation that would deal with poverty.

Pacquiao arrived here late Friday to meet with Duterte “to give him support and to play basketball,” he said.

The boxer, who ran as a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the political party of defeated presidential aspirant and Vice President Jejomar Binay, said he had always supported Duterte and was among those who pushed the Davao mayor to run for President.

“I was one of those who encouraged the mayor to run,” said Pacquiao, who maintains a house in Davao.

Duterte kept saying no, so he switched to the UNA camp, the boxer said. “Then after a month, (Duterte agreed to run) but by then I had already committed (to Binay). It would be embarrassing to turn my back on my decision. What I do is show that if you had already made a commitment, you don’t switch camps.”

Pacquiao admitted that he had not yet met with Duterte, whom he would “congratulate and assure of my support,” especially on the President-elect’s advocacy of the problem of illegal drugs that “can destroy our nation.”¯

The boxer added: “Whatever his decision, we will respect that. Because he is the authority.”

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Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao, who met with incoming President Duterte over the weekend, has relayed his intent to chair the Senate committee on games and amusement once the 17th Congress starts on late July this year.

A Politico source revealed that Pacquiao has been open about his preferences when asked by the three senators who are fighting for the Senate presidency.

“Pacquiao sounded off what he wants for chairmanship,” the source said. “Those who are running for SP are inclined to consider what each of the senator wants to be able to please everyone,” the same source added.

Senate president Franklin Drilon, who is the choice of the ruling Liberal Party during the Aquino administration, has vowed that he will give the post to the senator who gets the vote of the majority or at least 13 senators come the opening of the 17th Congress on July 27.

Two of Duterte’s allies, PDP Laban president, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr, and losing vice-president, majority leader Alan Cayetano, are slugging it out for the top Senate post. Sen. Vicente Sotto III has presented himself as an “alternative choice” of his colleagues.

Each bloc has claimed to have the support of the big number of their colleagues, but only Cayetano had claimed that he already have the numbers.


MANILA BULLETIN

Mindanao to gain fame, confidence with Duterte’s working presence by Rocky Nazareno May 29, 2016 (updated) Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3 Davao City – From back door to front door.

Such will be Mindanao’s new role under the incoming administration of current Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, especially with his intention to work there.

This was the assessment of Davao chief information officer Leo Villareal, who confirmed Friday that incoming President Duterte will also be holding office at the guesthouse of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) depot located at Panacan District here.

According to Villareal, the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) – composed of Brunei Darassalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines – is expected to “grow by leaps and bounds with the opening of Mindanao as the new gateway to the Philippines.’

“New infrastructure projects, trade and business opportunities and partnerships are likely to flow into Mindanao with the assumption of the Mayor (Duterte) of the presidency and the presence of a presidential office right here in Southern Philippines,” he said.

The traditional residence of the Philippine president is Malacańang Palace in Manila, but the colorful Duterte hasn’t warmed up to the idea of staying there.

As it stands, the DPWH depot guesthouse will serve as the “Malacańang of the South” of the Duterte administration.

SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS NO MORE

Villareal also reckoned that the economic growth and peace that would come to the island as a result of the Duterte presidency will boost the morale of Mindanaoans, who have been languishing in the shadows of previous national leaders, many of whom hail from Luzon.

“The people of Mindanao will no longer be considered second-class citizens and we will now be respected by our counterparts in Luzon,” said Villareal.

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He said the Malacańang in the South will also “decongest bureaucratic processes because transactions that concern Mindanao and the Visayas may now be directly acted upon [by Duterte] with expediency here.”

“Crucial and timely decisions can now be made here and this will be of great help to the economy,” Villareal said.

Foremost among the projects that would be immensely facilitated by the presence of a presidential office in this city would be the creation of a Mindanao-wide train system.

“That dream of Mindanaoans to have a railway system in the island will finally be realized because the President will be able to frequently monitor the progress of the project from his office in Panacan,” he noted.

And while economic growth is spurred by the president’s presence in Mindanao, Villareal underscored that “the process of forging lasting peace with the communist insurgents and Moro rebels will be expedited.”

“Having a Malacańang in the South is another gesture by [Duterte] to the Left and Muslim rebels that the new president is sincere in talking peace with them,” he said.

Duterte will formally assume the presidency after his oath-taking on June 30.

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Duterte wants to put up rail systems in Luzon, Mindanao by Rocky Nazareno May 29, 2016 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email1 Share25

DAVAO CITY – Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte bared the first big ticket infrastructure projects he has lined up – the creation of railways systems that will link Manila to three points in Luzon, and for the whole of Mindanao.

In a press conference held at the Elena Hotel Saturday night, Duterte said he would push for the development of the railway systems that will be operated by the government, but built in partnership “with another country.”

According to him, the new railway systems would link Manila to Nueva Ecija in the north, and to Sorsogon and Batangas in southern Luzon.

He also said a railway project will be undertaken for “the whole of Mindanao.”

“May mga gustong tumulong (There are those who want to help). We will ask if there is a payback,” he said.

This early, Duterte has already ruled out undertaking the projects through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), underscoring that the mode would be “too contentious.”

“It has to involve another country because we do not have money for it,” he said.

Duterte said he plans to declare a crisis “on the part of our commuters,” that would form the backbone of his bid to ask government to finance the big-ticket infrastructure projects.

China’s assistance

Duterte averred that it was possible that his government would tap the help of China in realizing the four major railway projects, but also emphasized that any joint venture should not compromise the country’s position about its claims over disputed territories in the Scarborough Shoals.

“Just because you’re building me the railway does not mean to say that I am abandoning the Scarborough Shoal,” he maintained.

Duterte reiterated his position that the territories being claimed by China in the West Philippine Sea belongs to the Philippines.

“It’s ours. You have no right to be there. That will be the predicate of any discussion,” he said.

The incoming president, however, pointed out that there is a looming financial crisis in the Asian region that the Philippines has to contend with if it wants to strike a viable deal on the railway systems.

“China is moving against the property market. And Japan wants to unload kasi mahal ang yen niya (because the value of the yen has become steep). That’s the consequence of too much economic activity,” he said.


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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte insists on skipping Congress proclamation0 Share Alexis Romero - May 29, 2016 - 4:40pm


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MANILA, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Saturday reiterated that he will be absent from the Joint Canvass Committee’s proclamation for president-elect and vice president-elect at the House of Representatives on Monday afternoon.

“I am not attending any proclamation I’ve never attended any proclamation in my life, in all of my political aspirations,” Duterte said in a press conference.

“Nanalo naman ako sabi ko nga God would want me to face defeat but it never happened, sa bagay sa sugal talo ako parati so bawi na rin,” Duterte he added.

Duterte’s pronouncement is contrary to his legal counsel Vitaliano Aguirre’s statement last Friday where he said the incoming president is likely to attend his own proclamation. Instead, Duterte said his legal counsel representatives, Aguirre, Salvador Panelo, Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III and Salvador Ata may attend the occasion.

On the other hand, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan President Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III earlier said he will convince Duterte to attend the proclamation.

Duterte and vice president-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is scheduled to be proclaimed on Monday afternoon after the JCC finished the counting of 167 certificates of canvass on Friday. Duterte garnered 16,601,997 votes while Robredo earned 14,418,817 votes.

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Duterte announced as early as last week that he would not attend his proclamation as the winner of the 2016 presidential race. Duterte said there is no need to attend the event, which he described as a mere “cousin” of the Commission on Elections canvassing. Duterte also said he would only fly to Manila on June 30, the day of his inauguration.

Some sectors, however, believe Duterte should attend his proclamation for the sake of the people who voted for him.

Despite Duterte’s statement, incoming justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said last Friday that the incoming president might agree to be present at his proclamation.

“I know he (Duterte) might attend,” Aguirre, a classmate of Duterte at San Beda College of Law, said.

"He said he should not be believed if what he is saying is improbable,” he added. — with Rosette Adel

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Duterte: My work at Malacańang starts at 1 p.m. SHARES: 11.4K VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 04:49 PM May 29th, 2016

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. AFP FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Malacańang employees won’t have to get up too early as their incoming boss—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte—will start his day at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

“I would like to announce that my day starts at 1 p.m. I will be working straight from 1 p.m. even if you want until 12 a.m.,” Duterte told reporters in his usual midnight briefing at an hotel here in Davao City on Saturday.

Duterte said he does not care whether his schedule would have an impact on government and corporate offices, which have business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“I don’t care about your 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule. I’ll be sleeping by then. How can you make me work?” he said in Filipino.

Duterte said he wants to pore over the several documents in his study room, which could take him until midnight, before he signs them on behalf of the entire country.

“Unlike others, I don’t like to sign them unless I know what I’m signing about. It would take time,” he said.

Daily travel to Davao

Another factor would be his plan to commute back and forth from Manila to Davao City every day until he has adjusted to living in Malacańang.

Duterte said he will take the last commercial flight, which is usually scheduled for 9 p.m., back to Davao City from Manila every day. Then he would take the 8 a.m. flight back to Manila the next day.

“My bed is here. My room is here. My home is my comfort zone. It’s important that I can sleep and take a shower comfortably,” the Davao City mayor said. For the government not to spend too much on his travels, Duterte said he would not bring his security escorts with him, only his executive assistant Bong Go and another person.

Ghosts in Malacańang

Duterte, who has served as a mayor of this city for over two decades, said he was also not comfortable living in Malacańang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines.

Why? Because Duterte said he has a “prejudice” against Malacańang.

“Ask Imee Marcos. I spoke to her. She was here the other night. There are really ghosts there. I asked her, ‘How many did you see?’ She said ‘five,’” he said in jest.

Asked why he met with the Ilocos Norte Governor, Duterte said Marcos paid him a visit while she was in the province to attend a social commitment.

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Duterte camp: Time for unity, cooperation By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 29, 2016 - 12:00am 1 18 googleplus0 0


Cayetano, the runningmate of Duterte who lost to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, said people should unite now that the canvassing of votes in the presidential and vice presidential race has been completed. KRIS JOHN ROSALES

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is hopeful that all branches of government will be on “cooperation mode” once the administration of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte assumes office, even if some sectors do not agree with his decisions.

Cayetano, the runningmate of Duterte who lost to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, said people should unite now that the canvassing of votes in the presidential and vice presidential race has been completed.

He also called on the public to trust the new president’s appointments and policies because he has reasons for making them.

“I know there are little bits of comments about his appointees. But the mayor is a strategic thinker and has a strategic mind. Let’s trust him and let’s support him,” Cayetano said yesterday.

“Sometimes, he does something that we don’t agree with 100 percent. We may not agree with his choice of appointees sometimes but let’s support and trust him,” he added.

On Robredo’s possible role in the new administration, Cayetano said he could not say whether Duterte would offer her a Cabinet post.

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Robredo, the runningmate of administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, earlier expressed readiness to work with whoever wins as president.

Cayetano believes Duterte would consider Robredo’s expertise in the event that he offers her a government position.

“I don’t look at the position itself like Cabinet or sub-Cabinet. What I heard is she wants to coordinate the pro-poor programs and remove anti-poor barriers,” he said.

“The transition team is functioning and Mayor Duterte is reviewing every day the names and positions. From day one, the roles to be given to the vice president-elect are being thought about and this will be tailored to what we heard from her during the campaign.”

Asked whether he thinks Robredo would be part of the Duterte Cabinet, Cayetano replied: “Only Mayor Duterte can say that. But based on his earlier statement, he said he would welcome and give positions to anyone who wants to work with him.

“Based on that, we hope that those from the Liberal Party at the Senate and Congress would cooperate. We are on cooperation mode right now,” he added.

Cayetano revealed the Duterte camp was supposed to set a meeting with Robredo last week. The meeting, however, was deferred because Duterte had to entertain several well-wishers.

“We thought it would be wiser if we do it once they are officially proclaimed. Probably I’ll just meet him today and maybe take that up (to determine) if both camps still want to meet,” he said.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the president of PDP-Laban and a member of Duterte’s selection committee, said Robredo could get the post of Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary once the new administration assumes office on June 30.

“It’s possible because it is consistent with her work with the laylayan ng (marginalized of) society. We will give this particular consideration,” Pimentel said.

‘Practical, effective, efficient’ Critics claim that Duterte is merely recycling officials from previous administrations despite his promise that he would introduce real change in the country. Some sectors are also wary of some of Duterte’s pronouncements on crime, fearing this could lead to human rights violations.

Cayetano, however, said Duterte would not change himself just to please other people.

“He is going to do it his way and in accordance with his identity,” he said.

“For Mayor Duterte, the three key words are practical, effective and efficient. When we say effective and efficient, people do not need to wait and they can get results right away.”

Cayetano believes it’s about time that people move on from the divisive elections now that the canvassing of votes has been completed.

“If we really love our country, we need to have healing, we have to forgive and go to the next step, which is to implement the promises of the next president. That should reflect both in the Senate and House, in the local governments, in the executive and God willing even in independent bodies like the Supreme Court and the courts,” he said. – Marvin Sy

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What will happen to the ‘Malacańang of the South’? By Antonio L. Colina IV on May 27 2016 7:01 pm


UNDER RENOVATION. The "Malacanang of the South," located at the equipment yard of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barangay Panacan, Davao City is undergoing a minor renovation in this photo taken Friday (27 May 2016). The building was built during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Reports say incoming President Rodrigo Duterte may soon use this as an extension office. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) – Few people, perhaps, know that there is a two-storey mansion dubbed as “Malacańang of the South” constructed during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo within the six-hectare compound of the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) in Panacan.

Will incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte make this an extension of his office?

Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher “Bong” Go confirmed early Thursday that the building is being prepared for Duterte’s use when he takes over the country’s highest position by June 30.

“It’s for office purposes and receiving guests. There’s just a slight repair and cleanup,” he told MindaNews.

Standing just a few meters away from the shore, the “Malacańang of the South” was built during the time of erstwhile Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, between 2005 and 2006, and completed around 2007 to serve as Arroyo’s official residence whenever she came to visit Davao.

The building, which was painted white with green roofing and orange perimeter fence, was worth P24 million.

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A source, who refused to be named, said that Arroyo, the country’s 14th President, had spent a night there. Arroyo was vice president from 1998 to 2001 and served the remainder of the term of impeached President Joseph Ejercito Estrada from 2001 to 2004 before she was elected in 2004 and served until 2010.

“‘Malacańang of the South’ tawag nila ana kay (They call it ‘Malacańang of the South’) purposely to serve the President as well as her residence away from Manila when she was in the South,” another source added.

The mansion has about 8 to 10 airconditioned rooms, including a conference room and a jetty for watercrafts.

Built within the Regional Equipment Management Division compound of DPWH 11, the mansion shared a space with two warehouses as depot of the agency’s equipment and storage for the relief packs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 for calamities.

The volunteers of DSWD 11, who extended helping hands packing relief goods whenever there is typhoon, might have seen the building but perhaps oblivious what it was and what it was there for.

Simple building

It’s just a simple building that boasts nothing spectacular about its exterior and interior but “murag hotel pagsulod nimo pero kwarto ang nakapalibot (it looks like a hotel when you enter but surrounded by rooms),” the source said.

This might not even be fitting for a description of a “mansion,” he added.

“No. Mansion is very elitist,” the source noted.

Bereft of cottage, it lacks any trappings for relaxation, except that it affords a view of the beautiful Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).

Based on the photo that was shown to MindaNews, the building’s interior appears inspired by Mindanao design, particularly, Moro and Lumad.

The source said there’s nothing grandiose except for a chandelier that graces the building’s living room.

Anyone interested to see it can get a glimpse from the outside through that open space between the office of the DPWH 11’s Regional Equipment Management Division and a huge warehouse.

It was also used by Arroyo’s and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III’s cabinet members.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson used to hold meetings with his staff there and became a staging point of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman for the agency’s operations after Typhoon Pablo wreaked havoc in the Davao Region in December 2012.

It was also the staging point of Aquino’s Presidential Security Group (PSG) when he graced the September 2015 inauguration of IGACOS’s circumferential road.


 Not far from the “Malacanang of the South,” which is located inside the equipment yard of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barangay Panacan, Davao City, is the home of the Concon family. They live on a stilt house, together with more than a thousand informal settlers in the area. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Kids’ playground

The mansion’s location is flanked between the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) to its right and a slum area to its left.

Construction worker John Concon, 25, recalled that the shore outside the mansion used to be where he and his playmates jumped off the jetty and play.

Until today, this remains to be the place where kids go to dive and play, except that it is now clean with just a very few pieces of garbage floating.

“Sa una, daghan kaayo og basura unya daghan pud og buak nga botilya (Before, there was too many garbage and broken glasses),” Concon said. He lamented how garbage from other towns would always end up on their shore during high tide.

He noticed though that workers of the DPWH 11 cleaned up the garbage just a few days after the May 9 elections.

“Karon lang makita nga na-hinloan. Makatingala nga nahinlo na dira (It was my first time to see it was being cleaned up. It’s surprising that it’s now clean),” he said.

Concon grew up in the shanty where his family has been living for about 30 years.

His family’s home stands at the edge of the community where houses are built on stilts. It has a good view of the so-called “Malacańang of the South” from their kitchen that lends itself as their dining area and balcony.

“Mao na ang among nadunggan sa una nga himuon na og Malacańang ni Gloria (That’s what we heard, that [former President] Gloria [Arroyo] would treat it like a Malacańang),” he said.

Concon, who was drinking “tuba” or coconut wine when interviewed, said most people refer to the mansion by the sea as “small Malacańang” because they knew this was where Arroyo and some of her cabinet officials had stayed.

His older brother Jay, 30, a beautician, said they were threatened of demolition after the building was built but nothing happened when Arroyo stepped down in 2010.

“Langkat unta me tanan dire (All of us would have been uprooted from here),” he said.

Jay is the second of 13 children.

He recalled that the place where the mansion now stands used to be a grassland. People would now find it hard to go near the house as it’s already guarded, he added.

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Ang entrada ng Matina Enclaves Residences sa Davao City na kunsaan may isang unit dito na magiging tanggapan ni presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte . (Internet)

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A clubhouse in Davao City will function as presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte's temporary office before he takes over as the country's next president.

Police personnel are currently securing the clubhouse of Matina Enclaves where Duterte will hold office starting today.

Members of Task Force Davao are also securing Dońa Luisa Subdivision where Duterte's house is located.

Members of the media are barred from entering the enclave before a scheduled press conference this afternoon.

Duterte is scheduled to meet the ambassadors of China, Japan and Israel today. He earlier said he will be more comfortable talking with the envoys' about the country's economic ties.

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'Malacańang' sa Davao ipinoste para kay Duterte By Abante | Posted on May 16, 2016Like61 FACEBOOK TWITTER LINKEDIN EMAIL


"Matina Enclave Clubhouse Manager Ramon Deleńa points to the modest office of incoming President Rody Duterte to receive wellwishers," ayon sa Facebook post ni Peter Tiu Lavińa, spokesperson ni Duterte. Kung may Malacańang of the North, mayroon na ngayong "Malacańang of the South".

Isang pansamantalang "Palasyo ng Malacańang" ang nakaposte sa Davao City para kay presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte.

Habang nakaupo pa ang kasalukuyang Pangulo na si Benigo Aquino III, ang clubhouse ng Matina Enclaves Residences ang magiging tanggapan ni Duterte upang ayusin at ihanda ang mga bagay-bagay na may kinalaman sa nalalapit nitong pamamahala sa bansa kapag opisyal nang maiproklama itong Presidente.

Sa pinakahuling Facebook post ni Peter Tiu Lavińa, spokesperson ni Duterte, ipinakita rito ang unit na magiging tanggapan ng presumptive President kunsaan sinasabing magkakaroon ng isang press conference ngayong Lunes.

Ang Matina Enclaves Residences ay isang private "condo-complex" ay matatagpuan sa Claro M. Recto Street sa nabanggit na lungsod.

Ang entrada ng Matina Enclaves Residences sa Davao City na kunsaan may isang unit dito na magiging tanggapan ni presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte . (Internet) PHOTO ABOVE.

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