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U.S. BACKS DUTERTE ANTI-CRIME DRIVE, BUT 'WITHIN THE LAW'
[ALSO: Duterte extremely ‘irresponsible,’ UN experts say]
[RELATED:
Duterte to UN expert - Go home and get some sleep]


JUNE 8 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte THE United States cooperates with efforts by the Philippine government to fight crime and protect its citizens against such threats but the measures have to be carried out within the bounds of law, a US Embassy official in Manila said. The official made the statement when asked for comments on incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-crime drive, including his call on the public to make citizen’s arrests when faced particularly with drug traffickers caught in the act and to shoot them if they fight back and resist arrest. Earlier, the former crime-crushing mayor of Davao City said in a nationally televised speech: “If he fights, and he fights to the death, you can kill him… Do it yourself if you have the gun…you have my support.” In a text message to The Manila Times on Wednesday, Emma Nagy, press attaché of the US Embassy in Manila, said, “The rule of law is fundamental to the peace and prosperity of any country.” “The United States cooperates with all Philippine law enforcement agencies to protect Philippine citizens against criminal threats, including drug smuggling, trafficking in persons, financial crimes and trademark violations,” she added. Other embassies sought for comment gave no response. The United Nations earlier slammed the tough-talking politician for supposedly instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, when he justified the killing of media men who did “anything wrong.” READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte to UN expert: Go home and get some sleep...

ALSO: UN chief’s comment vs Duterte premature – Cayetano
[Cayetano said the UN should not react to statements without knowing their context. “If they had the interpreter, if they had local counterparts here explain to them, this is the way our president talks, this is how we meant, their statement should have been ‘we agree with the president, journalism should not be a refuge or place for extortionists but there should always be no justification for killing anyone,”’ he said.]


JUNE 11 -Cayetano said the UN may have failed to understand what Duterte meant when he talked about corrupt reporters being killed due to the cultural “disconnect” between the incoming president and westerners. STAR/File photo
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Lost in translation? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s runningmate Sen. Alan Cayetano yesterday asked the United Nations (UN) to correct what he described as its “premature” statement on media killings in the Philippines. Cayetano said the UN may have failed to understand what Duterte meant when he talked about corrupt reporters being killed due to the cultural “disconnect” between the incoming president and westerners.
“The reaction of the UN is premature and lacks information,” Cayetano said in a chance interview at the Almendras Gym here. “This is completely false…They did not get the way the president-elect speaks,” he added. Cayetano stressed that Duterte is ready to protect the country and its people, including journalists. “This issue is being magnified to make it appear that we have a monster president when we have a president who hates crime but loves his people and he will fight even for journalists,” he said. Earlier, Duterte drew flak for saying that some of the murdered journalists had received payoffs or were involved in dubious deals. Media groups condemned the statement, with international watchdog Reporters Without Borders going as far as asking Philippine journalists to boycott Duterte’s press conferences until he apologizes. The camp of Duterte, however, believes the criticisms were misplaced, as the incoming president did not say that the killing of corrupt journalists is justifiable. Duterte himself denied that he was endorsing the killing of media workers even as he challenged journalists to police their ranks. Early this week, two UN experts said Duterte was “inciting violence” when he made the much-criticized statement. Cristof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on summary executions, said Duterte’s statement was “irresponsible” and “unbecoming of a leader.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Initial peace meet next week in Oslo - Sison
[ALSO: Dureza denies opening Duterte admin’s door to Abus, BIFF]


JUNE 9 -Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison said the NDF is ready to resume peace negotiations with the government in accordance with existing agreements. Philstar.com file
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Representatives of the incoming Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will meet in the Norwegian capital next week to discuss the agenda for the resumption of peace talks in July. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison said the NDF is ready to resume peace negotiations with the government in accordance with existing agreements. “We are now preparing for the preliminary talks in Oslo next week to agree on the agenda for the resumption of formal talks in July,” Sison said in a video message played during an academic forum at the Ateneo de Davao yesterday. “We are also ready to agree on the drafts of important documents for finalization and signing by the negotiating panels and for approval by the principals in July,” he added. The NDF represents the CPP and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) in the peace talks with the government. NDF negotiator and spokesman Fidel Agcaoili said the Duterte administration would be represented by incoming peace adviser Jesus Dureza, incoming labor secretary Silvestre Bello III and former Pangasinan representative Hernani Braganza. The NDF, meanwhile, will be represented by Sison, Agcaoili, chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni, Julie de Lima-Sison, Connie Ledesma and two lawyers. Agcaoili said among the issues to be discussed is the possibility of forging an interim mutual ceasefire. “It means both sides would have to cease military operations, stay in place, no provocation. Perhaps there will be a monitoring body to ensure that ceasefire is upheld and violations are investigated and dealt with,” he said. “They (Duterte team) agreed to talk about resuming peace negotiations in accordance with previously signed agreements, they will talk about granting general amnesty to political prisoners, the possibility of an interim mutual ceasefire and the possibility of accelerating the peace negotiations.” READ MORE...ALSO, Dureza denies opening Duterte admin’s door to Abus, BIFF...

ALSO:
DepEd - 1,232 private schools to hike tuition

[‘K-12 results in more dropouts’ -Meanwhile, previous estimates that showed up to a million students will drop out due to the K-12 are coming true, according to Kabataan party-list representative-elect Sarah Elago.]
[RELATED: Schools all set for opening]


JUNE 9 -Data as of June 6 showed that 1,232 private elementary and high schools across the country would increase their tuition rates. Philstar.com file
More than 1,200 private elementary and high schools have been allowed to increase tuition rates for the incoming school year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd). Data as of June 6 showed that 1,232 private elementary and high schools across the country would increase their tuition rates. The number represents 10.21 percent of the total 12,072 private basic education schools operating in the country. “Schools that were approved for the tuition fee hike had undergone steps to ensure the increase is reasonable and in accordance with DepEd guidelines, which state that 70 percent of the increase must go to teachers’ salaries,” DepEd said. “Schools were asked to submit necessary documentation that proves consultation between the stakeholders occurred,” the agency added. But DepEd did not release the list of schools and the average increase it allowed for the incoming academic year. DepEd said the bulk of elementary and high school students are enrolled in public schools. Only 12.2 percent or over 280,000 out of 24 million students are enrolled in private schools. Based on the breakdown released by DepEd, Metro Manila will have the most number of private schools that will increase tuition at 178 out of 1,686. It is followed by Regions 11 (165 out of 558), 3 (151 out of 1,505) and 4-A (127 out of 2,624). No private school was allowed to increase tuition at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. READ MORE...RELATED,
Schools all set for opening...

ALSO: Marcos - Election cheating has become institutionalized
[RELATED: ‘Duterte says polls rigged’]
[RELATED 2: Bongbong says only a rigged election would keep him from becoming VP]


JUNE 11 -Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said yesterday cheating in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections was ‘’massive and unprecedented’’ because it has become institutionalized. Photo courtesy of BongBong Marcos’ FB account
In a press forum at Annabel’s Restaurant on Tomas Morato in Quezon City, his first after the May 9 elections, Marcos stated that while he expected there would be irregularities in the polls, he did not expect it to be as ‘’uncouth and flagrant’’ as what was carried out in the recent elections. He then vowed to present the ‘’true results’’ of the elections so that he can assume the position that is being warmed up for him. “’We will definitely show the true results and I will eventually take my seat that is being kept warm for me,’’ Marcos said without identifying Camarines Sur Rep. and Senator-elect Leni Robredo. “Talaga namang maliwanag na maliwanag sa taong bayan na napakalawak at napaka…, siguro I think the best expression, napakawalanghiya ang pagkagawa sa pagbabastos at pagkabalewala sa boses ng taong bayan. Kaya’t ito’y talagang patuloy nating ipaglalaban,” he said. Marcos said he could not imagine that anyone could be so cavalier about the electoral protest and again this partisan effort over the elections was something that is unprecedented. ‘’And I think it reflects a lack of concern as to what people think—walang pakialam talaga. Kahit na alam ninyong lahat na nadaya kami wala silang pakialam—parang ganun ang naging attitude. That is something that we have never anticipated. We never imagined that people holding high office could possibly behave in such a manner,’’ he said.READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Duterte says polls rigged’...RELATED2,
Bongbong says only a rigged election would keep him from becoming VP...


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US backs anti-crime drive, but ‘within law’


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA,
JUNE 13, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) June 8, 2016 11:31 pm by MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO REPORTER - THE United States cooperates with efforts by the Philippine government to fight crime and protect its citizens against such threats but the measures have to be carried out within the bounds of law, a US Embassy official in Manila said.

The official made the statement when asked for comments on incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-crime drive, including his call on the public to make citizen’s arrests when faced particularly with drug traffickers caught in the act and to shoot them if they fight back and resist arrest.

Earlier, the former crime-crushing mayor of Davao City said in a nationally televised speech: “If he fights, and he fights to the death, you can kill him… Do it yourself if you have the gun…you have my support.”

In a text message to The Manila Times on Wednesday, Emma Nagy, press attaché of the US Embassy in Manila, said, “The rule of law is fundamental to the peace and prosperity of any country.”

“The United States cooperates with all Philippine law enforcement agencies to protect Philippine citizens against criminal threats, including drug smuggling, trafficking in persons, financial crimes and trademark violations,” she added.

Other embassies sought for comment gave no response.

The United Nations earlier slammed the tough-talking politician for supposedly instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, when he justified the killing of media men who did “anything wrong.”

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UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions

Christof Heyns said Duterte’s recent remarks are “irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader.”


UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions Christof Heyns and UN Special Rapporteur on freedom opinion and expression David Kaye (Composite) President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should stop making comments that are “unbecoming of any leader let alone someone who is to assume the position of the leader of a country that calls itself democratic”, two independent United Nations-based experts on summary executions and freedom of expression said in a statement on Tuesday, June 7.Images from http://www.un.org/Paulo Filgueiras/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

David Kaye said, “Justifying the killing of journalists on the basis of how they conduct their professional activities can be understood as a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances and would not be punished.”

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

In a separate statement, Kurt Hoyer, spokesman for the US Embassy in Manila, said Washington will defend press freedom.

“The United States values an open and free press and we will continue to speak out regularly to defend the rights of the press. Our position on the protection of journalists and the rule of law is very clear,” he added.

British Ambassador to Manila Asif Ahmad said the United Kingdom is “totally committed to the elimination and condemnation” of the killing of journalists.

“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 added in an interview.

“As President Duterte, we expect (of him) a different tone because everything he says will be on behalf of the nation. This is not an issue where he is speaking personally,” Ahmad said.

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Duterte to UN expert: Go home and get some sleep SHARES: 1977 VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 05:14 PM June 8th, 2016


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

DAVAO CITY — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte took a potshot at the United Nations Rapporteur who condemned Duterte’s recent statement that corrupt journalists deserved to be killed.

The tough-talking mayor, in a statement released on Wednesday through his spokesperson Salvador Panelo, said the UN’s statement was “anchored on the wrong premise.”

“I never said that killing journalists is justified because they are involved in corruption. What I said is that you don’t have to be a journalist to be the subject of an assassination,” he said.

READ: Duterte doesn’t condone journalist killings – spokesman

The UN Rapporteur condemned Duterte’s statements that corrupt members of the media are not exempted from assassination, saying that it was an excuse for violence against journalists.

The UN said that Duterte’s statement was “a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances and would not be punished.”

READ: Duterte extremely ‘irresponsible,’ UN experts say

But Duterte won’t accept the UN statements.


ID: 1465227542691743200 Publication Date: Monday, June 6, 2016 GENEVA: UN rights experts on Monday urged the Philippines’ president elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, slamming his comments as dangerously irresponsible. UN expert on summary executions Christof Heyns described recent remarks by Duterte as “irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader.”

“Go home and get some sleep. You are overworked and sound beat,” he said.

In a press conference last week, Duterte said corrupt journalists deserved to die. He cited Davao-based media man Jun Pala, who was murdered in 2003. The Duterte critic was shot by gunmen aboard a motorcycle and his murder has never been solved.

READ: Duterte: Media corruption root cause of journalists’ killings

He said there were three types of journalists: the honest crusaders, those in the payroll of private companies, and those who demand money.

“There are many cases where journalists are killed by reason of their advocacies but there are those who are killed because they take sides and accept bribes and renege on their commitments. The noble vocation of journalism does not apply to extortionists and criminals,” Duterte told the UN.

“It seems to me you are more adept at fumigation, sometimes AKA foul or idiocy. I do not condone nor tolerate killing of journalists regardless of the motive of the killers or the reason for their killing. My duty as President is to uphold and enforce the law, and I will pursue and prosecute these killers to the hilt in accordance with law, and I will be–as I have been–protective of the rights of journalists, and for that matter of any citizen, of the Republic,” he said. JE

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UN chief’s comment vs Duterte premature – Cayetano By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 8 googleplus0 0


Cayetano said the UN may have failed to understand what Duterte meant when he talked about corrupt reporters being killed due to the cultural “disconnect” between the incoming president and westerners. STAR/File photo

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Lost in translation?

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s runningmate Sen. Alan Cayetano yesterday asked the United Nations (UN) to correct what he described as its “premature” statement on media killings in the Philippines.

Cayetano said the UN may have failed to understand what Duterte meant when he talked about corrupt reporters being killed due to the cultural “disconnect” between the incoming president and westerners.

“The reaction of the UN is premature and lacks information,” Cayetano said in a chance interview at the Almendras Gym here.

“This is completely false…They did not get the way the president-elect speaks,” he added.

Cayetano stressed that Duterte is ready to protect the country and its people, including journalists.

“This issue is being magnified to make it appear that we have a monster president when we have a president who hates crime but loves his people and he will fight even for journalists,” he said.

Earlier, Duterte drew flak for saying that some of the murdered journalists had received payoffs or were involved in dubious deals.

Media groups condemned the statement, with international watchdog Reporters Without Borders going as far as asking Philippine journalists to boycott Duterte’s press conferences until he apologizes.

The camp of Duterte, however, believes the criticisms were misplaced, as the incoming president did not say that the killing of corrupt journalists is justifiable.

Duterte himself denied that he was endorsing the killing of media workers even as he challenged journalists to police their ranks.

Early this week, two UN experts said Duterte was “inciting violence” when he made the much-criticized statement.

Cristof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on summary executions, said Duterte’s statement was “irresponsible” and “unbecoming of a leader.”

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David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, said the statement “can be understood as a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances.”

Duterte, however, shrugged off the comments and advised them to “go home and get some sleep.”

The latest to criticize Duterte for his statements was no less than UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, who said that he was “extremely disturbed” by the next Philippine leader’s remarks.

“I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms,” Ban said in a statement.

“Such comments are of particular concern in light of ongoing impunity for serious cases of violence against journalists in the Philippines. I will also continue to stand up for the rights of journalists and their defenders to be represented here at the United Nations,” he added.

Cayetano believes the cultural barrier and the differences in the manner of speaking may have been the reasons why the UN was fed the wrong information about Duterte’s pronouncement.

“What happened was he said and she said, he said, he said. The UN will then be told, sir, Duterte said it’s okay to kill (journalists). But that’s not what he said,” the senator said.

“You know it’s time for professional organizations, professional diplomats to step in and take away this disconnect. This is no longer miscommunication and misinformation. We’re jumping into conclusion,” he added.

Cayetano said the UN should not react to statements without knowing their context.

“If they had the interpreter, if they had local counterparts here explain to them, this is the way our president talks, this is how we meant, their statement should have been ‘we agree with the president, journalism should not be a refuge or place for extortionists but there should always be no justification for killing anyone,”’ he said.

“The UN should clarify its statement because they misunderstood,” he added.

Duterte already had tough words for the UN even before he made his comment about media killings.

Last March, Duterte called the UN “hypocritical” for asking developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions without imposing sanctions on industrialized countries that pollute the air.

Early this month, Duterte slammed the UN for its supposed failure to act on the killings in Africa.


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Initial peace meet next week in Oslo 0 Share Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - June 9, 2016 - 12:00am


Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison said the NDF is ready to resume peace negotiations with the government in accordance with existing agreements. Philstar.com file

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Representatives of the incoming Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will meet in the Norwegian capital next week to discuss the agenda for the resumption of peace talks in July.

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison said the NDF is ready to resume peace negotiations with the government in accordance with existing agreements.

“We are now preparing for the preliminary talks in Oslo next week to agree on the agenda for the resumption of formal talks in July,” Sison said in a video message played during an academic forum at the Ateneo de Davao yesterday.

“We are also ready to agree on the drafts of important documents for finalization and signing by the negotiating panels and for approval by the principals in July,” he added.

The NDF represents the CPP and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) in the peace talks with the government.

NDF negotiator and spokesman Fidel Agcaoili said the Duterte administration would be represented by incoming peace adviser Jesus Dureza, incoming labor secretary Silvestre Bello III and former Pangasinan representative Hernani Braganza.

The NDF, meanwhile, will be represented by Sison, Agcaoili, chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni, Julie de Lima-Sison, Connie Ledesma and two lawyers.

Agcaoili said among the issues to be discussed is the possibility of forging an interim mutual ceasefire.

“It means both sides would have to cease military operations, stay in place, no provocation. Perhaps there will be a monitoring body to ensure that ceasefire is upheld and violations are investigated and dealt with,” he said.

“They (Duterte team) agreed to talk about resuming peace negotiations in accordance with previously signed agreements, they will talk about granting general amnesty to political prisoners, the possibility of an interim mutual ceasefire and the possibility of accelerating the peace negotiations.”

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Sison said they are ready to abide by the provisions of an interim truce.

“We are ready to maintain the ceasefire and the peace while we carry out the plan to accelerate the peace negotiations,” the CPP founder said.

Agcaoili said the details and the timetable of the proposed interim ceasefire would depend on the outcome of the preliminary talks.

Talks between the government and the communists were stalled after negotiators failed to reach a deal on jailed rebel leaders.

NDF negotiators said the government, as a signatory to the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), has the obligation to release the rebels who are also peace consultants. The 1995 agreement prohibits the arrest and detention of peace consultants.

Government negotiators, however, refused to yield to the demand, saying the identity of those who are supposed to be covered by JASIG cannot be verified.

Last month, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte announced that he and Agcaoili have agreed on a framework on how to resume the peace talks.

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Dureza denies opening Duterte admin’s door to Abus, BIFF Written by PNA Sunday, 12 June 2016 00:00


JESUS DUREZA

COTABATO CITY — Incoming Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza the other day clarified that the Duterte administration will never negotiate with extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) the way it will negotiate with communist movement and Bangsamoro rebel groups.

Dureza issued the statement amid reports quoting him that the incoming Duterte government is open to peace talks with extremist and bandit groups.

He said the stance of Aquino government against the ASG and BIFF remains and will be carried over to the next administration.

Dureza who flew Friday to Paris en-route to Oslo, Norway for an informal meeting with communist leader Jose Maria Sison, stressed that he, as peace adviser to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, will not talk peace with the extremists.

The ragtag BIFF was composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels who broke away in 2008. The government has sealed a peace deal with the MILF.

Dureza admitted having negotiated with the ASG for the safe release of his friend, Canadian tourist John Ridsel. But quickly added that in was not in the context government had talked with MILF, MNLF and the communist rebels.

“True, I have even directly negotiated with the ASG just recently to seek the release of my friend John Ridsel, whom they nevertheless beheaded as the families could not raise the demanded ransom amount,” Dureza said.

“But negotiating with them (ASG/BIFF) in the context of what we are doing with the Bangsamoro and the CPP/NPA/NDF is definitely not the way forward,” Dureza added.

“They have to face the force of the law for their terrorism and criminal acts,” he said of the terrorist organizations in southern Philippines.

On his trip to Oslo, Dureza was accompanied by incoming Secretary Silvestre Bello III and former Congressman Hernani Braganza.

“We look forward to a fruitful meeting under the auspices of the Norwegian Government in the sidelines of the Oslo Forum,” Dureza said.


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DepEd: 1,232 private schools to hike tuition 0 Share Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - June 9, 2016 - 12:00am


Data as of June 6 showed that 1,232 private elementary and high schools across the country would increase their tuition rates. Philstar.com file

MANILA, Philippines – More than 1,200 private elementary and high schools have been allowed to increase tuition rates for the incoming school year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Data as of June 6 showed that 1,232 private elementary and high schools across the country would increase their tuition rates.

The number represents 10.21 percent of the total 12,072 private basic education schools operating in the country.

“Schools that were approved for the tuition fee hike had undergone steps to ensure the increase is reasonable and in accordance with DepEd guidelines, which state that 70 percent of the increase must go to teachers’ salaries,” DepEd said.

“Schools were asked to submit necessary documentation that proves consultation between the stakeholders occurred,” the agency added.

But DepEd did not release the list of schools and the average increase it allowed for the incoming academic year.

DepEd said the bulk of elementary and high school students are enrolled in public schools. Only 12.2 percent or over 280,000 out of 24 million students are enrolled in private schools.

Based on the breakdown released by DepEd, Metro Manila will have the most number of private schools that will increase tuition at 178 out of 1,686.

It is followed by Regions 11 (165 out of 558), 3 (151 out of 1,505) and 4-A (127 out of 2,624).

No private school was allowed to increase tuition at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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The Commission on Higher Education is also expected to release this week the number of private colleges and universities allowed to raise tuition for the incoming school year.

‘K-12 results in more dropouts’

Meanwhile, previous estimates that showed up to a million students will drop out due to the K-12 are coming true, according to Kabataan party-list representative-elect Sarah Elago.

She noted that DepEd data show that only 26 percent or 342,000 of the 1.3 early registrants for Grade 11 have actually enrolled, a figure that foreshadows the unfolding grim reality under the full implementation of the K-12 program, which adds two more years in high school.

“The full implementation of the K-12 program is steadily rearing its ugly head, with data from the Department of Education showing that less than a third of the expected Grade 11 enrollees have actually enrolled,” Elago said in a statement.

DepEd earlier revealed that up to 1.5 million Grade 10 completers are expected to continue to the first level of senior high school this school year.

“Yet a few days before the school year starts, only a third of this figure have actually enrolled. This confirms our fears that more than a million students will be displaced and will be forced to drop out of school because their families cannot carry the additional economic burden that K-12 imposes,” Elago said.


Photo courtesy of kabataanpartylist.com - LAWMAKERS urged Saturday the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to recall the so-called "midnight order" allowing the application for tuition fee increase of 304 private colleges and universities.

“DepEd is downplaying the issue by saying that students are just taking their time to enroll. Why can’t they accept the fact that their problematic program is forcing millions of students to drop out?” she added.

A study jointly conducted by Kabataan party-list and the League of Filipino Students in 2015 showed that families will need to shell out an additional P100,000 per year in education-related expenses due to the added years of K-12.

“The added economic burden is coupled with the fact that of the 11,018 schools that will offer senior high, only 5,990 are DepEd public schools, which means that in some areas in the country, students who started out in public schools will have no choice but to enroll in private senior high schools or drop out,” she said.

She also noted that even DepEd’s “senior high school voucher program” would not be able to mitigate the impact of the sudden shift from public to private schools on students’ families.

“We have been receiving complaints from parents who say that the vouchers that DepEd provides are barely enough to cover for the full matriculation in private schools. The effect: there will still be significant out-of-pocket costs. Also, there are students who were not able to secure vouchers, and that’s a whole different story,” she explained.

“Clearly, the problems created by K-12 are not merely ‘birth pains’ but are deep-seated and hit hard at home. This is why we continue to call on the incoming Duterte administration to scrap the program and provide immediate remedial measures, including the option to let Grade 10 students have their high school diplomas already,” she added. With Paolo Romero

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Schools all set for opening By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 12, 2016 - 12:00am 0 21 googleplus0 0


Malacañang is appealing for public cooperation for the smooth opening of classes and allow the spirit of bayanihan to prevail. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is ready for the school opening tomorrow despite concerns that preparations for the implementation of the senior high school program were not enough.

Malacañang is appealing for public cooperation for the smooth opening of classes and allow the spirit of bayanihan to prevail.

“We must link arms and help one another to ensure an orderly, peaceful and smooth school opening,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said yesterday over dzRB.

DepEd assistant secretary Jesus Mateo said contingency measures are in place should schools encounter problems such as classroom congestion and lack of learner modules.

Mateo admitted there are school buildings that are still under construction, but noted these are not just for Grade 11 students but also for Grade 12.

“These are multi-story buildings,” he said, adding that while parts of structures have been completed, they would not utilize the rooms to ensure the safety of students.

The DepEd official said the different school divisions have backup plans to address possible problems that might be encountered on the first day of classes.

Coloma said the government’s back-to-school preparations were comprehensive, noting all departments and agencies were coordinating especially for the opening of classes in public schools.

He said the DepEd launched the Brigada Eskuwela and Oplan Ligtas Eskuwela last month to ensure orderly school opening tomorrow.

Data showed there were more than 118,000 classrooms constructed across the country since 2010.

Another 66,463 are under construction, mostly in preparation for Grade 12 next year.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro earlier said all public elementary and high schools, including over 5,000 that would offer senior high school, are all set for school opening.

Luistro said problems that might be encountered would be due to late enrollees who were not able to secure a slot prior to school opening.

Coloma said the Department of Public Works and Highways ensured that there would be enough school buildings for students and dilapidated classrooms were repaired.

The Department of Trade and Industry worked with DepEd to ensure school supplies are sufficient and affordable and the Department of Health launched an education and prevention campaign to help students fight diseases.

The Oplan Ligtas Eskwela, led by the Philippine National Police (PNP), was aimed to make everything orderly.

Coloma said police officers would conduct foot and mobile patrols around school premises nationwide.

Aside from visibility, the PNP will put up police desks in every school, manage traffic and ensure students’ safety.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will work with the PNP and school officials for the anti-drug use seminar.

Enrolment picking up The number of students who have enrolled for the senior high school program has picked up following the submission of reports to the online enrollment system of DepEd.

As of Friday night, the number of Grade 11 enrollees encoded at the agency’s Learner Information System was around 550,000 students, according to DepEd assistant secretary Elvin Uy.

Based on the early registration conducted by the department last year, DepEd is expecting over 800,000 students to enroll at public senior high schools this school year.

More than 400,000 who took part in early registration signified their intention to enroll in private schools offering the program.

Luistro attributed the low enrolment figures to the late submission of the list of enrollees by senior high schools.

“I estimate that there are now more than a million students enrolled in Grade 11 schools nationwide in both public and private senior high schools,” he said.

Luistro expects the numbers to pick up this weekend when the submission reaches 80 percent.

“I am not worried about the enrollment more than the technical challenges we are facing in our first-ever online enrollment system,” he said.

More than 25 million students, including some 1.2 to 1.5 million incoming Grade 11 students, are expected to return to school tomorrow.

Amid concerns from critics over issues regarding the implementation of the K-to-12 program, Luistro said their agency is ready for the senior high school program. – With Aurea Calica, Louella Desiderio


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Marcos: Election cheating has become institutionalized by Mario Casayuran June 11, 2016
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Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said yesterday cheating in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections was ‘’massive and unprecedented’’ because it has become institutionalized. Photo courtesy of BongBong Marcos’ FB account

In a press forum at Annabel’s Restaurant on Tomas Morato in Quezon City, his first after the May 9 elections, Marcos stated that while he expected there would be irregularities in the polls, he did not expect it to be as ‘’uncouth and flagrant’’ as what was carried out in the recent elections.

He then vowed to present the ‘’true results’’ of the elections so that he can assume the position that is being warmed up for him. “’We will definitely show the true results and I will eventually take my seat that is being kept warm for me,’’ Marcos said without identifying Camarines Sur Rep. and Senator-elect Leni Robredo.

“Talaga namang maliwanag na maliwanag sa taong bayan na napakalawak at napaka…, siguro I think the best expression, napakawalanghiya ang pagkagawa sa pagbabastos at pagkabalewala sa boses ng taong bayan. Kaya’t ito’y talagang patuloy nating ipaglalaban,” he said.

Marcos said he could not imagine that anyone could be so cavalier about the electoral protest and again this partisan effort over the elections was something that is unprecedented. ‘’And I think it reflects a lack of concern as to what people think—walang pakialam talaga. Kahit na alam ninyong lahat na nadaya kami wala silang pakialam—parang ganun ang naging attitude. That is something that we have never anticipated. We never imagined that people holding high office could possibly behave in such a manner,’’ he said.

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Marcos said his legal team is confident that they have enough evidence to establish massive fraud in the elections as he pointed out that a lot of people have offered their help to his protest by presenting evidence of the massive cheating. “The ground for electoral protest is so many na kailangan ngayong pagpilian (they are many that you have to choose,” he said.

Marcos said he owes it to the more than 14 million who voted for him as well as to those whose votes were not counted because what is at stake is the integrity of the elections. “Kailangan nating ipagpatuloy ang ating kampanya na ito hindi lamang para sa boto, hindi na para sa halalan, kundi para ipagpatuloy ang paglaban para nga mabilang at makilala at marinig ang tunay na boses ng taong bayan na ibinoto nila noong nakaraang halalan,” he said.

He said around three million votes have not been counted.

Marcos also noted that the cheating was institutionalized and so massive that perpetrators have covered all aspects in the elections. He directly accused the Aquino administration through the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and service provider Smartmatic of perpetuating the massive fraud.

“Well, we saw that the problems were with Comelec and the problems were with Smartmatic. Now who was behind all of that? I think we will slowly be able to show that, because the only people who can institutionalize this kind of cheating is the administration,” he said.

Marcos said that cheating was not only limited to vote buying but also covered wholesale ballot shading and tampering with the transmission system.

He thanked his supporters for always being there for him saying they are the very reason why he is pursuing his quest for truth. “I would like to thank all of those who have supported me, who helped me in this campaign. I think the swell of support was overwhelming, talagang nakakataba ng puso na tinanggap ang ating mensahe ng pagkakaisa. At habang buhay ay hindi na natin makakalimutan ang lahat ng mga nangyari sa kampanya. Para sa kanila itong pagsusumikap kong ito,” he added.

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‘Duterte says polls rigged’ Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 12 June 2016 00:00



Suspicions on massive cheating during the May 9 elections as alleged by several groups and individuals mainly Sen. Ferdinand Marcos was shared by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the senator said yesterday.

Marcos is in the midst of preparing legal actions to protest the results of the vice presidential voting in which he lost by a mere 263,473 votes to administration Liberal Party (LP) bet Leni Robredo.

Marcos said yesterday morning in a press conference that he had a closed door meeting with Duterte in Davao City last Friday night that lasted until early yesterday morning.

Saying that he has not opened much about the feeling that he was cheated, Marcos nonetheless said Duterte told him his view about the recent elections being rigged.

“(President Duterte) said it plainly that, in deed, there was cheating,” Marcos told reporters.

Marcos reiterated that he was robbed of 3 million votes which will be more than enough to overtake Robredo’s vote tally.

“It is very clear to me that I was cheated. It was a shameless and vulgar betrayal of public trust,” Marcos said, adding that he is now considering to file criminal charges against members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), foreign Automated Elections System (AES) provider Smartmatic and the LP for manipulating the votes and the case of massive disenfranchisement in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Marcos said he is convinced that the outgoing Aquino administration was behind this “massive cheating... that disenfranchised millions of Filipino voters”.



AQUINO BEHIND CHEATING — BONGBONG

“Who else has the capacity to allow this happen? Only the incumbent administration has the capacity to do this. They have the machinery to do whatever magic they wished to do,” he said.

“I also hold what Aquino said that he will do everything to stop me from winning. Now isn’t that implying that he’s too open against me? It will give the impression as a sweeping statement that subordinates are bound to obey,” Marcos added.

Marcos said the LP might have used government resources to fund and boost their chances of winning given that it freely used the conditional cash transfer programs and its bottom-up budgeting for vote buying.

Marcos added the Comelec was negligent as he said the poll body is seemingly “ignoring the case”.

Marcos is set to file an electoral protest against Robredo on June 28 with “multiple charges” of vote manipulation.

Among the charges his camp is considering include vote buying and machine manipulations which he said will “prove that they cheated”.

Meanwhile, Marcos said that he and Duterte talked in terms of mere friendship and nothing else “really serious”.

“I was not offered a cabinet post nor did I beg anything from him. It was a friendly meeting between the two of us, except that we briefly discussed his administration’s prospects,” Marcos said.

No to death penalty — Robredo



Meanwhile, Robredo has apparently showed her subtle defiance of the incoming government’s agenda thrust.

Robredo openly said that she is vehemently against Duterte’s plan to restore death penalty as part of his anti-crime and anti-drugs crusade.

“From the very start, I have been very open about my position on the death penalty. I have always said I am against the death penalty,” she said.

“Whether the death penalty will be revived or not, it’s up to Congress to decide. It’s not up to me or to our President. It’s better to leave it to Congress to debate. But my position does not change,” she added.

Presumptive Speaker Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, earlier said the revival of the death penalty would be one of his legislative priorities.

Duterte’s incoming Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo also stood firm in opposing the death penalty and hero’s burial for the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

However, Taguiwalo stressed that the mentioned situation is inadequate to be the reason for her not to perform well on her tasks.

The newly-appointed DSWD secretary believes that Duterte will respect her perspective on the issue of death penalty and hero’s burial for the late strongman.

Taguiwalo is among those who fought and survived the Martial law.

SOCE sanctions on all LP bets — lawyer



Sanctions on the Liberal Party (LP) for its failure to submit a statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should not only cover Robredo, but all LP candidates who won in the May 9 polls, election lawyer Manny Luna said in a media forum.

Luna said the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) is very clear in its provision to not allow even winning candidates to occupy their desired posts if their political party failed to comply with what the law demands.

“The law has to take effect. Comelec has to implement the law they are mandated to abide. And, to the letter, this disqualification will not only be limited to Mrs. Robredo but it will trickle down to senators, congressmen, governors and even town councilors who are members of the LP,” Luna said.

Luna added there is no reason for the LP camp to ask the Comelec for an extension of 14 days to file its SOCE.

“If they have a complaint against the law, they should stand against it before the Supreme Court. But they should not argue or insist based merely on what’s favorable to them,” Luna said.

Section 111 of the OEC stated that the failure to file SOCEs on time deprives an election winner the chance to assume the post supposedly won.

“[No] person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures herein required,” the law states.

“The same prohibition shall apply if the political party which nominated the winning candidate fails to file the statements required herein within the period prescribed by this Code,” it added.

But lawyer Luna said that if ever the law will be indiscriminately imposed, it will be uncertain on who’s taking the VP post instead of Robredo.

“There will be a vacancy. We don’t know if it will favor VP race salutatorian (Sen. Bongbong Marcos) or anybody from the Senate,” Luna explained.

On the other hand, Robredo’s legal counsel Romulo Macalintal undermined such legal implications as if assured that the LP will merely be fined at around P1,000 to P30,000.

Macalintal took note of a Comelec resolution that says “submission of SOCE beyond the deadline shall not be accepted” is “of doubtful legality because the Comelec cannot prescribe what the law does not provide.”

“Even if a candidate fails to file his SOCE on time, he cannot be deprived of his right to file the same at anytime because Section 14 of RA 7166 is very clear in that no elected official shall assume the office ‘until he has filed the SOCE’,” Macalintal argued.

“Clearly, the phrase, ‘until he has filed his SOCE, means that such SOCE could be filed at anytime and that would only be the time when the winning candidate could enter upon the duties of his office,” he added.

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Bongbong says only a rigged election would keep him from becoming VP Published May 8, 2016 3:03am Updated May 8, 2016 1:32pm By ELIZABETH

Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Saturday that his victory was in the bag if only there would be no cheating during Monday’s elections.

In a press statement issued a few minutes before attending a street party in Quezon City Saturday night, Marcos, the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said the recent endorsement of influential religious groups such as the Iglesia Ni Cristo, El Shaddai and the Jesus is Lord Movement, had boosted his chances of winning the country’s second highest position.

The street party held at Barangay West Triangle was organized by the Youth for Miriam Movement in support of the presidential and vice presidential bids of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her running mate Marcos, respectively.

Marcos added that the support from the religious and political groups as well as from influential political clans proved the country was “clamoring for national unity” instead of partisan politics.

Marcos had earlier been endorsed by political parties Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, National Unity Party (NUP), One Cebu, and the United Bohol Opposition, among others.

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Several political families had also endorsed Marcos’ candidacy such as the Ynareses of Rizal, the Estradas of Manila, Gomez of San Juan, Aguilar-Villars of Las Pinas, Eusebios of Pasig, Cojuangcos of Pangasinan, Dys of Isabela, Singsons of Ilocos Sur, Remullas of Cavite, Ortegas of La Union, Teveses of Bacolod and Yaps of Tarlac.

Vote buying, LP's ‘Plan B’

Despite his optimism, Marcos was nevertheless uneasy over the possible outcome of the May 9 elections especially as he supposedly received reports of massive vote-buying, allegedly by the candidates of the administration Liberal Party (LP).

Marcos claimed that certain candidates were giving away as much as P300,000 to P500,000 to each mayor to ensure their victory in each mayors' jurisdiction

Marcos was also worried about a supposed “Plan B”, allegedly hatched by the administration in anticipation of presidential candidate and Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s victory.

Both Marcos and Duterte have been leading in recent pre-election surveys taken by pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations.

However, poll results released on Wednesday had LP’s vice presidential bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo overtaking Marcos in the rankings by two percentage points.

A Pulse Asia survey released on May 7, meanwhile, had Marcos and Robredo in a statistical tie in the top spot.

Marcos on Friday had also alleged that the pre-election surveys were being manipulated to establish a “fake trend” as part of the administration’s plan of securing Robredo’s victory at all costs.

"Tapos, ipapanalo nila si Robredo at i-impeach si (Mayor Rodrigo) Duterte pagka si Duterte ang nanalo. 'Yun daw ang plano para LP pa rin ang namumuno. That's what I hear at kalat na kalat na 'yun,” Marcos said.

Robredo and LP standard-bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas both denied the allegations, which they characterized as a "figment" of Marcos' imagination. — DVM, GMA News


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