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DUTERTE PROMISES 'METAMORPHOSIS'
[“I’m telling you I’m going to behave. I said there’s gonna be a metamorphosis in the mind. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly,” Duterte told reporters. He said he will transform from a “foul-mouthed,” “rude” person to a formal official. “When I become President, when I take my oath of office.....]


JUNE 3 -FROM RUDE TO GOOD? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte talks with reporters in a late night news conference in Davao City. AFP PHOTO Change is coming and the transformation will come from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte. On Thursday night, the Davao City mayor said Filipinos, after his oath-taking (June 30), will see on July 1, his first day in office as President, a different Duterte. “I’m telling you I’m going to behave. I said there’s gonna be a metamorphosis in the mind. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly,” Duterte told reporters. He said he will transform from a “foul-mouthed,” “rude” person to a formal official. “When I become President, when I take my oath of office, if you want, I will conduct [myself] more in keeping with the dignity of the office, ibang storya ‘yan [that’s a different story],” Duterte added. “It will be a metamorphosis. Ladies and gentlemen of the media who are here, you know, when I get to be President, I have to tone down my own cursing. That would be the past, it’s going to be history. I have to concentrate more on what happens to this country and to develop it and make it progress along the way. And there’s a lot of things which I have to do, to complete,” he said.
“And when I come back, I will address you in a very polite manner,” Duterte added. But, in the meantime, the mayor said he will enjoy what is left of his “rude” days. “I am not the President [yet]. Mamaya na, maghintay kayo [Just wait, that will come later]. I’m really a rude person. I am enjoying my time as a rude person,” he added. Cursing UN Duterte also vented his ire on the United Nations for failing to solve conflicts in other countries.He launched the tirade in reaction to the call of an international press group on the media to sue him over his statement on media killings. “Bullshit to them. I am not the president of the community. ‘Yan ang mahirap dito, puro tinatakot ka [That’s the problem, they always sow fear], there was a convention of this, convention of that, the UN,” Duterte said.READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Kill a criminal, get a medal’‘Kill a criminal, get a medal’:
P5M FOR DEAD DRUG LORD, P4.999M IF ALIVE — DUTERTE...

ALSO: Rody curses UN; Offers no apology to ‘vultures’ in media


JUNE 2 -Heat of the moment. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte rants against journalists during a press conference in Davao City on June 2. Duterte announced on Friday that he would no longer hold press conferences and will just rely on government television network PTV-4 for his public information needs. AFP
DAVAO CITY—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte launched a profanity-laced tirade against the United Nations while criticizing it for being too weak to fix problems in the Middle East and Africa.
In a seemingly unprovoked attack on the UN at a Thursday night press conference, Duterte vented his anger in response to a question about foreign media groups that were critical of him. “That’s the trouble here, they’re always raising fears about this or that United Nations convention,” Duterte said, even though the journalists’ criticism had not been linked to UN protocols. “F--- you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage... couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa… [where they are] butchering the black people there. shut up all of you.” Duterte, 71, had been incensed by the criticism of foreign and local media groups to his comments earlier in the week that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination. Explaining his stance on corrupt journalists, Duterte said on Tuesday that one murdered reporter who was a vocal critic of his leadership deserved to die. Duterte refused to apologize on Thursday and warned the media: “Don’t f--- with me.” Later, however, he promised his attitude would change once he becomes president, and told reporters he was just enjoying his remaining days as “a rude person” while he still can. “I am not yet president. Just wait. I’m really a rude person. I’m enjoying my last time as a rude person,” Duterte told reporters. Describing himself as a “caterpillar,” Duterte said he will “blossom into a butterfly.” “I’m telling you how I’m going to behave. There’s going to be a metamorphosis. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte fills up more top posts
[Digong appoints heads of DILG, DND, BIR, Customs]


JUNE 3 -Davao Cabinet. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte meets the members of his new Cabinet, whom he presented during a press conference in Davao City on Tuesday night.
DAVAO CITY—More friends and province mates joined the incoming Cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. In a press conference Tuesday night, Duterte confirmed that the former South Cotabato governor and PDP-Laban chairman Ismael Sueno, his close friend, would head the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has the control over all local police. Maj. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1973, and former special presidential representative of the Office of Philippine Veterans Affairs in the United States will head the Department of National Defense (DND). Lorenzana was a high school classmate of Duterte patron and friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, and was the 601st brigade commander in Malungon, Sarangani in 2000. Former Maj. Gen. Isidro Lapena, the former Philippine National Police director for operations will head the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while former Army 5th Infantry Division head Brig. Gen. Ricardo Jalad will lead the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).Catalino Cuy, the former Davao City police chief who later became the chief of the Special Action Force before the Mamasapano will be tapped to be undersecretary for police concerns under the DILG, and former Dangerous Drugs Board will be the head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Lawyer Martin Delgra, a senior partner of the Suelto Barba Delgra Claudio Lorejo Law Firm here in Davao City, will head the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board while NBI Davao Regional Director Dante Gierran will head the National Bureau of Investigation. Cesar Dulay will head the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Edgar Galvante the Land Transportation Office, while Alex Monteagudo will head the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. READ MORE...

ALSO: 300K attend Duterte’s thanksgiving party


JUN4 4 -Crocodile Park. Photo courtesy of dutertenews.com
At least 300,000 people attended incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s thanksgiving party at the Crocodile Park in Davao City last night. The weekend event, simply dubbed “One Love, One Nation: DU31 Thanksgiving Party,” was attended by the incoming Cabinet members, colleagues from government, friends from the private sector and most of the Dabaweños who were elated by Mayor Digong’s victory in the May 9 elections. “Pag may pumunta po dito sa Crocodile Park at di kinagat, kapwa buwaya po sila,” chided Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, during his speech.” Kung ano ang iyong tinanim, sya rin ang ‘yong aanihin! Change is coming.” A bevy of performances from local Davao talents entertained the late afternoon crowd. The evening show, hosted by Kat de Castro, Arnel Ignacio, and Bayani Agbayani, saw performances from Sarah Lahbati, Carlos Agassi, Beverly Salviejo, Jimmy Bondoc, Ivy Violan, Gladys Guevarra, Paolo Santos, Vice Ganda, Erich Gonzales, and Andrew E. Freddie Aguilar’s song Ipaglalaban Ko, which was tweaked with lyrics for the Duterte campaign, played before Mayor Digong delivered his message. “I’m a President from the left center, but not of the Communist party of the Philippines because I don’t believe in their ideology. There’s much missing in our country; if we only we spend and collect the tax money correctly. “We are losing PhP 1.2-billion a day. The onslaught of the WTO, and our unpreparedness, has made Filipino lives miserable. “Corporate endeavors on farmlands eased out areas for food production; thus our imports from Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. READ MORE...RELATED, 300,000 attendees in Duterte victory celebration, Media banned from stage area...

ALSO: Duterte to empower regions
[Communist, Islamic rebels vow to bury arms if they can manage their affairs]


JUNE 4 -TERRORIST HUNTING — Amid all the hype for today’s grand thanksgiving celebration of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte in Davao City, police spend the eve of the event patrolling the streets of the city for these men whose pictures appear on the ‘Terrorist Watchlist’ in Mindanao. (Keith Bacongco)
Davao City – Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will try to end decades-old insurgencies by handing more power to the regions, creating a US-style federation of states to replace the nation’s strong central rule. The main rebel forces – communists and Islamist groups – back Mr. Duterte’s plan and say they would bury their arms if they can manage their own political and economic affairs. But many fear the far-flung Philippine archipelago needs its strong central rule to avoid dissolving into a hodgepodge of fiefdoms led by local clans. “We are already divided into islands, dialects, history, and culture,” said Sen. Francis Escudero, one of many lawmakers skeptical of the plan. Last Thursday, Silvestre Bello, Duterte’s choice as Labor secretary and one of his peace negotiators, said he would lead a three-man government panel who would meet with exiled communist leaders in Oslo on June 14-16 to set the agenda for peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest Marxist insurgencies. The rebels have freed several kidnapped policemen to help spur talks. But their opposition to US military presence in the Philippines presents a sticking point. Washington is preparing to station American forces in the Philippines for the first time in two decades under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that Duterte says he will honor. Fidel Agcaoili, spokesman for the National Democratic Front (NDF), whose leftist rebel coalition includes a Communist Party of the Philippines that the US deems terrorists, has demanded that the Philippines withdraw its offer to host the American military. READ MORE...RELATED,Duterte’s crackdown on corrupt cops must comply with due process – Palace...


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Duterte promises ‘metamorphosis’


FROM RUDE TO GOOD? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte talks with reporters in a late night news conference in Davao City. AFP PHOTO

MANILA, JUNE 6, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) June 3, 2016 by CATHERINE S. VALENTE AND MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO, REPORTERS - Change is coming and the transformation will come from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

On Thursday night, the Davao City mayor said Filipinos, after his oath-taking (June 30), will see on July 1, his first day in office as President, a different Duterte.

“I’m telling you I’m going to behave. I said there’s gonna be a metamorphosis in the mind. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly,” Duterte told reporters.

He said he will transform from a “foul-mouthed,” “rude” person to a formal official.

“When I become President, when I take my oath of office, if you want, I will conduct [myself] more in keeping with the dignity of the office, ibang storya ‘yan [that’s a different story],” Duterte added.

“It will be a metamorphosis. Ladies and gentlemen of the media who are here, you know, when I get to be President, I have to tone down my own cursing. That would be the past, it’s going to be history. I have to concentrate more on what happens to this country and to develop it and make it progress along the way. And there’s a lot of things which I have to do, to complete,” he said.

“And when I come back, I will address you in a very polite manner,” Duterte added.

But, in the meantime, the mayor said he will enjoy what is left of his “rude” days.

“I am not the President [yet]. Mamaya na, maghintay kayo [Just wait, that will come later]. I’m really a rude person. I am enjoying my time as a rude person,” he added.

Cursing UN

Duterte also vented his ire on the United Nations for failing to solve conflicts in other countries.

He launched the tirade in reaction to the call of an international press group on the media to sue him over his statement on media killings.

“Bullshit to them. I am not the president of the community. ‘Yan ang mahirap dito, puro tinatakot ka [That’s the problem, they always sow fear], there was a convention of this, convention of that, the UN,” Duterte said.

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“Pu*** ina kang UN. E hindi mo nga ma-solve-solve ‘yang patayan sa Middle East [expletive] UN, they can’t even solve killings in the Middle East] and others, killing people like rejects. You do not even lift a finger in Africa, butchering the black people there,” he added.

“Tumahimik nga kayo [You better shut up].”

Duterte said he did not sign any document requiring him to act in a certain manner.

“Do not force your code of conduct on me. You’re not supposed to do that. I never signed anything which says that I have to behave in such, in this manner or in that manner,” he added.

Show respect

But a British diplomat said Duterte’s media remarks were uncalled for, noting that the Philippines has a “terrible” record of media violence that should be rectified.

Ambassador Asif Ahmad pointed out that the United Kingdom is “totally committed to the elimination and condemnation” of the killing of journalists.

A report from US-based Committee to Protect Journalists said the Philippines, where at least 75 journalists have been killed since 1992, is the second-deadliest country for journalists.


Asif Anwar Ahmad.

The UK, according to Ahmad, expects a different tone from Duterte because he represents the whole nation.

“There is a huge responsibility for any office holder to show respect for the office that they hold and respect for the people that they have the privilege to govern for,” he said in a chat during the celebration of Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s 90th birthday at his residence on Thursday night.

“We expect a different tone because everything he says will be on behalf of the nation. This is not an issue where he is speaking personally,” the ambassador added.

Ahmad was also displeased with the wolf whistling of Duterte as well as his rape joke on a slain Australian missionary.

“We have very, very clear unshakeable standards of behavior and we would expect nothing less than that from any leader of this great country,” he said.

“We have a great respect for gender equality and also on people’s sexual orientation. There is no space in our mindset any form of discrimination or any form of abuse,” Ahmad added.

Incoming Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., however, believes that Duterte’s controversial remarks would not harm the Philippines’ ties with other countries if these were not misinterpreted by the media.

“There was a lot of misinterpretation and misunderstanding on what he was trying to say.

Most of his statements were taken out of context and I am sure that our local media plays an important role to make sure that these concerns will not blow out of proportion,” he said.

“This alarm or concern of our friends and allies in the international community will not be there if they fully understand [Duterte’s remarks],” Yasay added.

He noted that Duterte’s statements should be not be taken as policy statements because he is yet to assume office.

“He is just enjoying this time as a mayor to say these things that he has always been free in expressing. But he promised that when he sits down, he will be different because when he speaks at that point, he is already expressing policies,” Yasay said.

Duterte will have relinquished his job as mayor of Davao City in southern Philippines after he takes his oath of office on June 30.

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‘Kill a criminal, get a medal’‘Kill a criminal, get a medal’ Written by Mario J. Mallari Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00



P5M FOR DEAD DRUG LORD, P4.999M IF ALIVE — DUTERTE

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has just recruited all Filipinos to become executioners as he urged the public to join his anti-crime crackdown, offering people huge bounties for killing drug dealers.

His announcement late Saturday came as other officials began paying bounties for slain suspected criminals in an apparent attempt to ride on Duterte’s success.

Duterte won the presidential election last month, running on a platform of a ruthless anti-crime campaign.

After previously saying he would unleash the military and police on criminals, Duterte said the public could go after them as well.

“If they are there in your neighborhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support,” he told a throng of cheering followers during the thanksgiving party called DU31.

“If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him,” he said, adding “I will give you a medal.”

He stressed that drug addicts could not be rehabilitated and warned “if you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.”

Duterte reiterated that his anti-crime campaign would be “a bloody war,” as he offered money for slain drug lords.

The summary executions appear to have started as reports of suspected criminals have risen just last week.

Among the reported execution-style deaths were those that happened last week in Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental all involving suspected criminals primarily involving the illegal drug trade.

A report said that in Negros Occidental, a suspected drug dealer was killed by two motorcycle riding men in Calatrava town. Slain was Habib Into, 49, of San Carlos City, who died from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was supposedly among the most wanted drug suspects in San Carlos City. Also last week almost at the same time that Into was put away, a body was dumped in Talisay City, also in Negros Occidental. Later, the body was identified as that of Jeffrey Buencuchillo, 33.

Buencuchillo was tied and suffered multiple gunshot wounds. His two hands were cut off. A cardboard near Buencuchillo read: “I am a member of Akyat Bahay, a thief, an addict. Don’t follow my example because you will be killed next.”

Also in Negros Oriental, a lawyer was killed in broad daylight last Friday while on board a tricycle to a pension house in Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City. The lawyer was identified as Rex Agan Perewperew, 38 and a native of Siquijor. Motorcycle-riding men deposited three bullets in his back.

Perewperew was supposedly under investigation for alleged involvement in drugs.

Last Saturday, in Iloilo, two known ex convicts were found dead with gunshots.

The body of Sherwin Taasan, 38, was found by a village watchman on a grassy lot in Barangay San Vicente in Leganes town, some 11 kilometers north of Iloilo City. Taasan suffered six gunshot wounds, including two in the head. As with the other executions, his hands were tied behind his back with a black shoelace. Taasan was involved in petty crimes and was once a drug user.


AT THE wake of suspected drug lord Rowen Secretaria in Banacon Island, Genafe town in Bohol province, a girl, who saw the police raid on Secretaria’s house, demonstrates how law enforcers shot Secretaria. —Five bodies in three provinces in three days. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS ILOILO CITY jue 5, 2016

Another 33-year-old ex-convict was found dead in Iloilo City with 11 gunshot wounds in Barangay San Jose in Villa Arevalo District also on Saturday. As with the other hit victims, his hands were tied behind his back with a packing tape.

Dead was Lou Facto, a resident of Barangay Sooc, Villa Arevalo and recently released from jail for an illegal drugs case.
P5M for a kill

“I will pay, for a drug lord: P5 million if he is dead. If he is alive, only P4.999 million,” he laughed.

Duterte, who takes office on June 30 and is the longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao, also offered smaller amounts for lower-ranked figures involved in the drug trade.

He did not say how a private citizen could identify suspects.

Duterte has previously been linked with vigilante “death squads” that have killed scores of people in Davao and has vowed to widen his campaign when he becomes president.

Others have followed his lead with the elected mayor of the central city of Cebu, Tomas Osmena, admitting he paid more than P100,000 to police officers for killing drug traffickers.

Duterte and other officials have previously brushed aside warnings from human rights groups about the dangers of such a policy.

Also in the same event, Duterte has ordered three “corrupt” police officials he did not name to step down or be humiliated.

Duterte said the three are based at the national headquarters of Camp Crame and have been involved in corruption.

“Corruption must stop,” Duterte said, adding “Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you.”

PNP undergoes ‘cleansing’


National Police to undergo 'cleansing' under new chief

The recent reassignment of key officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will not prevent incoming PNP head Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa from relieving them if they do not perform within six months.

In a broadcast interview over the weekend, Dela Rosa said that the minor reorganization ordered by outgoing PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez will not hamper his plans to conduct internal cleansing and addressing criminality within the year.

“That’s not a problem for me. Once I take over even if they are only new to their assignments if I think that they will not deliver within three to six months timeframe, I will change them,” vowed Dela Rosa.

“It depends on what happens when I assume,” he added.

Last week, Marquez approved a minor reorganization of senior officers occupying key positions in different levels of the PNP command.

However, the reassigned officers were only named as officers in charge (OICs) pending permanent appointment.

The reorganization stemmed from the recent retirement of several senior officials in the Command Group and Directorial Staff.

Designated to due positions effective June 1, 2016 were Chief Supt. Ronald Santos was assigned as OIC, Deputy Director of Civil Security Group (CSG);Chief Supt. Lurimer Detran as OIC, Deputy Director of Directorate for Comptrollership (DC); Chief Supt. Elmo Sarona as Deputy Regional Director for Operations – NCRPO; Chief Supt. Billy Beltran OIC of PRO – 9; Chief Supt. Pedro Obaldo Jr. as Deputy Director of DIPO – Sourthern Luzon; Senior Supt. Abad Osit as OIC, Executive Officer of DIPO-VIsayas; Senior Supt. Valfrie Tabian as OIC of PRO – 4A (Calabarzon); Senior Supt. Timoteo Pacleb as OIC, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of PRO – 4A (Calabarzon); Senior Supt Charlo Collado as OIC, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of PRO – 10; Senior Supt. Ramon Purruganan as OIC, Executive Officer of Directorate for Comptrollership (DC); Senior Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso as Acting Regional Chief Directorial Staff of NCRPO; and Senior Supt. Dennis L. Basngi was reassigned to Special Action Force (SAF).

The new designations were also recommended by the Senior Officers Procurement and Promotion Board (SOPPB).

Nicknamed “bato” or “rock”, Dela Rosa vowed to rid PNP of scalawags particularly those involved into illegal drugs. He also vowed to go all-out against drug lords.

Relatedly, Dela Rosa welcomed the recruitment of 10,000 additional PNP personnel but stressed he will go only for quality applicants.

“I am not after the quantity, I am after quality…even if you add one million policemen if they get involved into syndicates, go after their own selfish interest and will not think of the service, nothing will happen,” said Dela Rosa.

“Even if you have only a few policemen but sure that they are working and clean policemen and they don’t get involved into syndicates,” he added.


MANILA STANDARD

Rody curses UN; Offers no apology to ‘vultures’ in media posted June 04, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


JUNE 2 -Heat of the moment. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte rants against journalists during a press conference in Davao City on June 2. Duterte announced on Friday that he would no longer hold press conferences and will just rely on government television network PTV-4 for his public information needs. AFP

DAVAO CITY—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte launched a profanity-laced tirade against the United Nations while criticizing it for being too weak to fix problems in the Middle East and Africa.

In a seemingly unprovoked attack on the UN at a Thursday night press conference, Duterte vented his anger in response to a question about foreign media groups that were critical of him.

“That’s the trouble here, they’re always raising fears about this or that United Nations convention,” Duterte said, even though the journalists’ criticism had not been linked to UN protocols.

“F--- you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage... couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa… [where they are] butchering the black people there. shut up all of you.”

Duterte, 71, had been incensed by the criticism of foreign and local media groups to his comments earlier in the week that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination.

Explaining his stance on corrupt journalists, Duterte said on Tuesday that one murdered reporter who was a vocal critic of his leadership deserved to die.

Duterte refused to apologize on Thursday and warned the media: “Don’t f--- with me.”

Later, however, he promised his attitude would change once he becomes president, and told reporters he was just enjoying his remaining days as “a rude person” while he still can.

“I am not yet president. Just wait. I’m really a rude person. I’m enjoying my last time as a rude person,” Duterte told reporters.

Describing himself as a “caterpillar,” Duterte said he will “blossom into a butterfly.”

“I’m telling you how I’m going to behave. There’s going to be a metamorphosis. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly,” he said.

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Duterte, whose controversial remarks have outraged various groups, also promised the public that they will see a toned down Duterte when he takes his oath as president.

“I have to tone down on my cursing. That [is]… going to be history. I have to concentrate more on what happens to this country and to develop it and to make it progress along the way. And there’s a lot of things which I have to do to complete [the task],” he said.

Some 174 journalists have been murdered since the Martial Law regime was lifted three decades ago.

The United Nations has made no recent criticism of Duterte, who has been mayor of Davao for most of the past two decades and will be sworn into office on June 30.

But in 2008, then-UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Philip Alston highlighted concerns about unsolved murders in Davao.

“A death squad operates in Davao City, with men routinely killing streetchildren and others in broad daylight,” Alston said in a report.

Human rights groups have accused Duterte of links to the so-called Davao Death Squads, which they say have murdered more than 1,000 people.

Duterte has variously denied and acknowledged links to them.

But he has been unequivocal that thousands of criminals will be killed when he takes office and unleashes security forces in an unprecedented war on crime.

One of Duterte’s main election campaign pledges was to end crime within six months of taking office.

Duterte courted further controversy by wolf whistling a female journalist, then responding to her husband’s outrage by insisting he was not sexually harassing her.

Center of attraction.


Duterte unperturbed by boycott calls June 3, 2016 (updated) DAVAO CITY – An irate President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to back down amid calls for journalists to boycott his press briefings, and even turned the tables on mediamen by asking them to stop covering him altogether. In a press conference Thursday night at the Malacañang of the South in Panacan District that he turned into a lengthy lecture about the true picture of journalism in the country, Duterte urged the mediamen, who have been covering him here ever since he became apparent that he would clinch the presidency, to “make this trip your last trip in Davao City.” “Mag-boycott na kayo. I do not care if there is nobody covering me,” he said. MB file photo MB file photo

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte clarifies a point to journalists in Davao City on June 2 after he warned journalists he would be unable to guarantee their safety, brushing off criticism over his previous comments that murdered corrupt reporters deserved their fate. AFP Duterte minced no words on journalists, saying he offered no apologies to the “vultures” in media.

He began by saying that there were three kinds of journalists: the crusaders, the mouthpieces of vested interests, and the lowlife who extort money and destroy reputations.

“Do not ever think that I am here to beautify journalists. That is not my business. Now, in the matter of killings of journalists, it happens everywhere,” Duterte told reporters.

“There are crusaders telling the truth—they hit big businesses and those who cannot tolerate the truth. They do not accept money and what is important to them is their profession and telling the truth to the whole world.

“The second one is the mouthpiece of vested interests—it could be mining, it could be anything. Something like an agent for whatever and those engaged in a business or enterprise which needs to be defended. They are also publicists and PRs.

“The third [are] the low life of journalists—they are the ones who travel and accept money from illegal sources like jueteng and in return, keeping their mouths shut. They receive money from those guys whose greed is unlimited. They are paid hacks. Now, they ask for more if there’s nothing coming their way. They talk more and destroy people and families—and they die.

“I’m sure all the senators, congressmen, governors, mayors and councilors of this country would be in agreement. It’s about time that we should not fool each other out and let’s not deny each other the truth. No apologies.”

Duterte also acknowledged that some honest journalists have been killed in the line of duty, but refused for his earlier statement that generalized that it was the corrupt ones being killed.

The good journalists, he said “seldom die because their opinions are respected and they are righteous.”

Despite his promise to eradicate criminality, Duterte said he cannot promise journalists won’t get killed during his administration—even the “crusaders” who were practicing responsible reportage.

“I cannot protect all journalists all over the Philippines. Now, if you belong to the first group—the bonafide journalists­—you run the risk when you expose something, corruption and all,” he said.

“That’s a risk. It’s like soldiering,” he added.

Duterte said while he wants to protect journalists, it is impossible to provide security for everyone.

“In journalism, if you the speak truth firmly, of course, you invite danger. Of course, I want to protect you. But I cannot assign [protection] to every journalist crusading…,” he said.

Asked about a call from Reporters without Borders to boycott his press conferences, he said they should go ahead, then launched into his tirade against the UN.

He also dared the media to stop covering, so he would “conduct governance sub rosa” or in secret.

“I do not want publicity, you know that. It would be good if you disappear... Go ahead and boycott me,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, make this trip your last in Davao City. I do not care if there is nobody covering me,” he added.

He then addressed Manila-based reporters, telling them that he hates giving interviews, and that they should ask Davao-based journalists about it.

“Don’t come. Make it a first in the history of this republic. Do not cover me… Just listen to [government] PTV4. I am asking you guys, do not ever come back. I am telling the networks. Do not come here. I do not need you. I will just go around and tell the people that this is the program of government and you would know it,” he added.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Friday said that members of the press will never renounce their duty, despite the President-elect’s dare to boycott him.

 
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“As for your dare to boycott you, we are very sorry but we will not, cannot, indulge you... for while we may have our differences, as we have had with past presidents, it has never occurred to us to abdicate our duty, which is to keep watch on government and help ensure it does right by the governed and to scrutinize and ask the hard questions,” the group said in a letter signed by its national directorates.

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday urged the Philippine media to boycott the press conferences of Duterte until he apologizes for saying that most of the slain journalists in the country were corrupt.

The NUJP earlier said such remarks have put members of the media in harm’s way.

The group, however, admitted that corruption exists in media but said “nothing, not corruption, and certainly not truth-telling, can ever justify murder.”

“We are sure you agree that journalists, both the good and the bad, are citizens entitled to equal protection of the law,” the group said.

“This, sir, is why we raise such a ruckus whenever a journalist is murdered. Because, again, we stress, nothing can ever justify murder,” the NUJP added. With AFP


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Davao Cabinet. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte meets the members of his new Cabinet, whom he presented during a press conference in Davao City on Tuesday night.

DAVAO CITY—More friends and province mates joined the incoming Cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

In a press conference Tuesday night, Duterte confirmed that the former South Cotabato governor and PDP-Laban chairman Ismael Sueno, his close friend, would head the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which has the control over all local police.

Maj. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1973, and former special presidential representative of the Office of Philippine Veterans Affairs in the United States will head the Department of National Defense (DND).

Lorenzana was a high school classmate of Duterte patron and friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, and was the 601st brigade commander in Malungon, Sarangani in 2000.

Former Maj. Gen. Isidro Lapena, the former Philippine National Police director for operations will head the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while former Army 5th Infantry Division head Brig. Gen. Ricardo Jalad will lead the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Catalino Cuy, the former Davao City police chief who later became the chief of the Special Action Force before the Mamasapano will be tapped to be undersecretary for police concerns under the DILG, and former Dangerous Drugs Board will be the head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Lawyer Martin Delgra, a senior partner of the Suelto Barba Delgra Claudio Lorejo Law Firm here in Davao City, will head the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board while NBI Davao Regional Director Dante Gierran will head the National Bureau of Investigation.

Cesar Dulay will head the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Edgar Galvante the Land Transportation Office, while Alex Monteagudo will head the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

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Mike Diño, brother of PDP-Laban member Martin Diño who filled in for Duterte when he had not yet decided to run as president, will be the presidential assistant for the Visayas.

Duterte also confirmed the appointments of former UP Professor Judy Taguiwalo to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development and former lawmaker and peasant leader Rafael Mariano to the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Duterte earlier offered four Cabinet positions to the Communist Party of the Philippines—Agrarian Reform, Environment and Natural Resources, Labor and Employment and Social Welfare and Development.

Asked about the unfilled Cabinet posts, Duterte said that the DENR post will remain his “concession to the left” while he is reviewing his nominees still for the Department of Tourism and Department of Health.

Duterte had earlier named Carlos Dominguez III, former Agriculture secretary, to head the Finance Department; former Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno to his old post; Ernesto Pernia of the UP School of Economics, to head the National Economic and Development Authority; former Justice secretary Silvestre Bello III to the Department of Labor and Employment and chief negotiator to the National Democratic Front.

Former Press secretary Jesus Dureza will head the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process;

--former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Perfecto Yasay Jr. will be acting Foreign Affairs secretary;

--Duterte’s law school fraternity brother, Vitaliano Aguirre II, will be Justice secretary;

--former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piñol, Agriculture secretary;

--Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, Public Works and Highways secretary;

former Clark Development Corp. president Arthur Tugade, Department of Transportation;

--and former Armed Forces chief Hermogenes Esperon will be National Security Adviser.

Ronald Dela Rosa will be taking over the position as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) while Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya will head the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The incoming president said he will also appoint former Immigration chief Andrea Domingo as head of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and Jose Calida as solicitor-general.

Duterte said it was not a simple job to put a Cabinet together.

“When I am not in the public eye, I am reviewing recommendees. I can assure you they are all men of honesty and integrity,” Duterte said.

“There will never be a time when I will ask my colleagues in government to do the wrong thing. I assure the country, our businessmen, our people: I will level, really level the playing field. I don’t want people to complain,” he said.

In the same press conference, he said he was still ambivalent about giving a post to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, because of his friendship with her rival, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“I know Bongbong Marcos. I do not want to hurt him. Leni should understand that she belongs to the opposite side,” he said.

There is also no law that compels him to make her a member of his Cabinet, he added.

Robredo edged out Marcos for the vice presidency by a slim margin. His camp has not yet decided to file an election protest.

Duterte said his bond with Marcos was formed when his father became a member of the Cabinet of the senator’s father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

He described his father as a true “Marcos boy.”

“When Marcos first ran for president, all Mindanao governors that time jumped to the Liberal Party except two—(former Zamboanga del Sur) Governor (Bienvenido) Ebarle and my father (Vicente Duterte) who stood by Marcos all the way,” Duterte said.

“Speaking of loyalty and friendship, I am proud to say that my father was a close ally of President Marcos until his death,” he added.

The Palace said Tuesday the public should respect Duterte’s choice of Cabinet members. With Sandy Araneta and Rio N. Araja


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300K attend Duterte’s thanksgiving party Posted on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 4:47 pm


Crocodile Park. Photo courtesy of dutertenews.com

At least 300,000 people attended incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s thanksgiving party at the Crocodile Park in Davao City last night.

The weekend event, simply dubbed “One Love, One Nation: DU31 Thanksgiving Party,” was attended by the incoming Cabinet members, colleagues from government, friends from the private sector and most of the Dabaweños who were elated by Mayor Digong’s victory in the May 9 elections.

“Pag may pumunta po dito sa Crocodile Park at di kinagat, kapwa buwaya po sila,” chided Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, during his speech.” Kung ano ang iyong tinanim, sya rin ang ‘yong aanihin! Change is coming.”


Thousands of supporters pour into Davao City to join the thanksgiving party for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in the sprawling Crocodile Park in Talomo district, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Ferdinandh Cabrera

A bevy of performances from local Davao talents entertained the late afternoon crowd. The evening show, hosted by Kat de Castro, Arnel Ignacio, and Bayani Agbayani, saw performances from Sarah Lahbati, Carlos Agassi, Beverly Salviejo, Jimmy Bondoc, Ivy Violan, Gladys Guevarra, Paolo Santos, Vice Ganda, Erich Gonzales, and Andrew E.

Freddie Aguilar’s song Ipaglalaban Ko, which was tweaked with lyrics for the Duterte campaign, played before Mayor Digong delivered his message.

“I’m a President from the left center, but not of the Communist party of the Philippines because I don’t believe in their ideology. There’s much missing in our country; if we only we spend and collect the tax money correctly.

“We are losing PhP 1.2-billion a day. The onslaught of the WTO, and our unpreparedness, has made Filipino lives miserable.

“Corporate endeavors on farmlands eased out areas for food production; thus our imports from Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.

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“When I begin office on June 30, my priority is the Health program. I will realign the PAGCOR revenues for hospitalization and medicines. So with Education. The Kto12 program has misplaced both teachers and students. I will ask Sec. Leonor Briones to review this situation. As long as there are 25 to 30 students in any locality, you will have a national high school.

“The mining industry must shape up. They have to stop destroying our soil.”

To the drug lords, and police officers involved in the drug trade, he has this to say: “If you destroy my country, if you destroy the youth of this country, I will kill you!”


Crocodile Park. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Despite the downpour that ensued after Mayor Digong’s speech, spectators of the weekend event stayed and grooved to the tunes belted by the performers until the end of the show. The program was covered live by UNTV and PTV-4.

The 8-hour livestream show on the YouTube channel stopped at 11 PM.

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BANNED. Media broadcast set-ups are no longer allowed in the Du31 thanksgiving party in Davao Crocodile Park. (Photo from Inquirer.net)

TRIUMPHANT. A crowd of over 300,000 attendees attend Duterte’s victory celebration in Davao Crocodile Park today in a show of force and solidarity for their chosen president, Rodrigo Duterte.

Police chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson for the Davao police, is happy with the security and safety precautions of the event, saying it was “very successful”.

“More or less estimated natin ay 180,000 na ang andito based on the land area na na-occupy nila,” said Driz in describing the massive attendance. The crowed boomed to 300,000 from previously reported 180,000 in just two hours. For comparison, Davao Crocodile Park is 100 hectares. 50 hectares are alloted for the celebration. Police say that around 25 hectares have been filled.

No illegal drugs or firearms have been found, only people armed with umbrellas and pens which have been confiscated. Attendees are subjected to three frisk points. Hidden police agents in civilian attire have also been deployed. Driz has advised civilians to bring transaparent baggage to make it easier for police to identify their belongings.

Driz has reminded people to be vigilant for anything and observe safety rules. No incidents of pickpocketing have been reported.

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Duterte to empower regions: Communist, Islamic rebels vow to bury arms if they can manage their affairs by The Wall Street Journal June 4, 2016 (updated) Share386 Tweet5 Share2 Email1 Share477


TERRORIST HUNTING — Amid all the hype for today’s grand thanksgiving celebration of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte in Davao City, police spend the eve of the event patrolling the streets of the city for these men whose pictures appear on the ‘Terrorist Watchlist’ in Mindanao. (Keith Bacongco)

Davao City – Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will try to end decades-old insurgencies by handing more power to the regions, creating a US-style federation of states to replace the nation’s strong central rule.

The main rebel forces – communists and Islamist groups – back Mr. Duterte’s plan and say they would bury their arms if they can manage their own political and economic affairs. But many fear the far-flung Philippine archipelago needs its strong central rule to avoid dissolving into a hodgepodge of fiefdoms led by local clans.

“We are already divided into islands, dialects, history, and culture,” said Sen. Francis Escudero, one of many lawmakers skeptical of the plan.

Last Thursday, Silvestre Bello, Duterte’s choice as Labor secretary and one of his peace negotiators, said he would lead a three-man government panel who would meet with exiled communist leaders in Oslo on June 14-16 to set the agenda for peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest Marxist insurgencies.

The rebels have freed several kidnapped policemen to help spur talks. But their opposition to US military presence in the Philippines presents a sticking point.

Washington is preparing to station American forces in the Philippines for the first time in two decades under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that Duterte says he will honor.

Fidel Agcaoili, spokesman for the National Democratic Front (NDF), whose leftist rebel coalition includes a Communist Party of the Philippines that the US deems terrorists, has demanded that the Philippines withdraw its offer to host the American military.

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Bello said there should be no preconditions to the peace talks. “In the 12 years I’ve negotiated with them, this is the first time I have heard them take that position,” he said.

CHARTER CHANGE

Duterte’s goal of decentralizing power would require a constitutional revamp. Several recent Philippine leaders have tried unsuccessfully to change the country’s 1987 Constitution, forged in the aftermath of the Marcos dictatorship to bolster democracy.

But Duterte, a self-identified socialist who takes office June 30, argued in a recent interview that more autonomy would distribute economic development more equitably, ending rebellions that have cost an estimated 200,000 lives since the 1960s.

He is particularly concerned for the country’s five million Muslims, who live largely in poverty on Mindanao, Duterte’s home island and where Davao is situated.

“Nothing short of federalism will bring peace to Mindanao,” he said in an interview.

The Communist leader Jose Maria Sison, a former university teacher to Duterte, recently said the election result raised the prospects for peace. The incoming Philippine leader has invited Sison to return from his Netherlands exile for peace talks.

“I want to visit (Manila) in July or August to hold serious talks with President Duterte,” said Sison, who now styles himself as a consultant for the rebels’ negotiating body, the NDF.

Sison, now 77, fled to Europe soon after Philippine peace talks failed in 1987 and has stayed abroad since, while the insurgency continued to claim thousands of lives.

Sison said the rebels want “democratic reforms that would lead to national industrialization and genuine land reform,” as well as the removal of US military forces from Philippine territory.

“We are not asking for a switch to socialism,” Sison added.

ISLAMIC REBEL GROUPS

The country’s two main Islamic rebel groups were united in their support for Duterte’s approach to quell their long-held grievances, said Abul Khayr Alonto, chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front. “It’s great news,” said Alonto in an interview here. “Home rule or self-rule is what our grandfathers were promised.”

Islamic rebel forces in the Philippines have struggled since the 1960s for greater autonomy. The movement split in two in the 1990s following a controversial peace deal. The breakaway faction, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, signed its own peace deal with President Aquino in 2014. But the autonomous Muslim region Aquino promised has yet to be established.

Philippine rebels have eased their battle in recent years amid attempts at reaching peace. But violence still occasionally flares.

Last year, at least 44 police commandos were killed by Islamist rebels as they pursued an alleged terrorist. The two Islamist groups have an estimated 25,000 fighters and command widespread support.

An estimated 4,000 communist guerrillas continue to launch sporadic attacks around the country as they pursue a struggle for socialist revolution.

A separate group, Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom group that has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, lies outside the peace process. Duterte has threatened to wipe out its estimated 400 members in their remote jungle bases on the islands of Jolo and Basilan unless it hands over all hostages.

As part of his overture, Duterte has outlined plans for a cease-fire with communist guerrillas, floated a possibly amnesty for jailed insurgents, and chosen Communist Party-backed nominees for two Cabinet posts and offered to appoint one more.

Asked about the possibility of Cabinet appointments, the US Embassy in Manila released a statement saying, “We would not speculate on the possible makeup of presumptive President-elect Duterte’s Cabinet.”

IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES

Despite areas of agreement, ideological differences between Duterte and the Communists over the US military presence and other issues put a lasting peace deal at risk.

Steven Rood, the Philippine country representative of the Asia Foundation think tank, said the communists’ economic beliefs clash with Duterte’s more orthodox economic positions. “The communists aren’t going to lay down their arms anytime soon,” Rood said.

Rood said Duterte’s plan to hold a referendum on his new Constitution by 2019 is optimistic.

The initiative will meet with stiff opposition and its outcome is uncertain, Rood said, noting previous failed attempts at more modest constitutional changes.

“Lots of ordinary people support federalism, but the elite tend not to like it” because it potentially would reduce their power, he said.

Many Philippine Muslims, however, are in favor, viewing in Duterte a politician who understands the plight of their poor region better than those in faraway Manila.

“A Duterte administration would be more fair to their aspirations and provide the foundation for a just and lasting peace,” said Amina Rasul, president of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy. (With a report from Agence France-Presse)

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Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) (MB File-Mark Balmores)

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) (MB File-Mark Balmores) The planned crackdown on corrupt policemen by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is a praiseworthy goal but must still comply with due process, Malacañang stressed on Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma,Jr. said they support a continuity of the anti-corruption campaign as long as this is within the bounds of law.

“Ang panawagan ni President-elect Duterte sa ilang miyembro ng PNP (Philippine National Police) ay kabilang sa kanyang prerogative bilang halal na Pangulo [The call of President-elect Duterte to some members of the Philippine National Police is among his prerogatives as elected President],” Coloma said over government radio.

“Magkagayunpaman, anumang pagkilos laban sa katiwalian ay marapat pa ring tumalima sa tamang proseso alinsunod sa mga isinasaad ng batas [Nonetheless, any step against corruption must still comply with due process based on the country’s laws],” he added.

Duterte recently called on three high-ranking police officials suspected of corruption to resign or risk being humiliated in public. The incoming president lashed out at the alleged involvement of some policemen in illegal drugs during a thanksgiving celebration in Davao City last Saturday night.


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