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RAIN SHOWERS TO MAR INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
[RELATED: Kerry congratulates Philippines on anniversary of independence]


JUNE 11 -Some rain is possible this Sunday (June 12), when the country marks its 118th Independence Day, so experts reminded people to prepare for such possibility, particularly if they plan to attend activities for the celebration.
In its outlook released Saturday (June 11), weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country then will likely experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms. “The southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ is prevailing,” said PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, citing basis for such forecast. He noted the prevailing ‘habagat’ is weak so there’s lowpossibility for strong rain and severe thunderstorms, however. Independence Day is a national holiday which the Philippines observes annually to commemorate the country’s 1898 declaration of independence from Spain. For this year’s Independence Day celebration, government chose the theme ‘Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong.’  Government’s advisory shows Independence Day activities this Sunday will kick off at 8 a.m. with simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag in various areas. In Metro Manila, the flag-raising will be in Quezon City as well as at Rizal Park and Musoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion both in Manila, Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan City and Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City. Authorities will also raise the flag in Cebu and Davao cities, Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Pampanga province, Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite province and Museo ng Republika ng 1899 in Bulacan province, The advisory further shows Philippine Coast Guard will spearhead at 8 a.m. nationwide simultaneous blowing of horns and fog horns. READ MORE...RELATED, Kerry congratulates Philippines on anniversary of independence...

ALSO: Davao’s Malacañang


JUNE 1 -PALACE OF THE SOUTH: The presidential guest house, or the ‘Malacañang of the South,’ built on the equipment yard of the DPWH compound in Barangay Panacan, Davao City, is seen hours before newly appointed officials started arriving for their first meeting with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. PHILSTAR FILE The group of Presidential Adviser on the Visayas Michael Dino is preparing the Malacañang of the South for occupation and work. The building is an iconic structure in Cebu City, just a 5-minute stroll from City Hall in the wharf area, as it used to be a Customs Office. Plans are afoot to create regional coordinators and name provincial assistants to assist the incoming administration with the Herculean task ahead servicing the entire Visayas. Further South, the inertia inaugurated by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to convene his first cabinet meeting in the Malacañang of Mindanao (Davao) is a breath of fresh air that contrasts with the over-centric governance in Manila. The seat of government is where the president of the Philippines decides to hold office. It will be a monumental chain reaction in symbolic and substantive terms when the new president sticks to his guns and remains closest to his roots, the countryside and Mindanao, highlighted by his abiding presence and attention. READ MORE...RELATED, SUPREME EDITORIAL - Journalism in the time of Duterte ...

ALSO: Clash for top post brewing in Senate between top Rody allies?
[RELATED: Cabinet post for Marcos? Cayetano says Bongbong not among 'best and brightest']


JUNE 12 -Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said nothing stands now in the way of his being voted as next Senate president. But the other aspirant to the post, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said Pimentel has attracted supporters in the chamber who do not share Duterte’s reform agenda. Philstar.com file
MANILA, Philippines – A clash is brewing between president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s two major Senate allies as they make their respective push for the leadership of the chamber. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said nothing stands now in the way of his being voted as next Senate president. But the other aspirant to the post, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said Pimentel has attracted supporters in the chamber who do not share Duterte’s reform agenda. In an interview over dwIZ yesterday, Pimentel said his bagging the Senate presidency is certain and that all that is left is a formal announcement of the development at the opening of the 17th Congress on July 25 as well as the final number of senators backing his bid. Pimentel said that he now has the signatures of 13 senators on a resolution backing him as the next Senate president. An aspirant to the post should be elected by at least 13 of his colleagues. He did not name the 13 but based on a list disclosed to reporters by Sen. Vicente Sotto III, they were current Senate President Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, Juan Edgardo Angara, Gregorio Honasan, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe and Panfilo Lacson. Pimentel said two more senators would sign the document as soon as they return from their overseas trips. The PDP-Laban, headed by Pimentel and under which Duterte ran for president, confirmed the two were newly elected senators Joel Villanueva and Manny Pacquiao. READ MORE...RELATED, Cabinet post for Marcos? Cayetano says Bongbong not among 'best and brightest' ...

ALSO: Death penalty may be here by Oct – Koko
[ALSO: The criminals behind the drug mafia]


JUNE 12 -PIMENTEL
THERE is big chance for the Senate to pass a measure that would pave way for the revival of the death penalty in the country, and presumptive Senate President Aquilino ”Koko” Pimentel 3rd expects to have it passed by October this year. According to Pimentel, the proposal seeking to reimpose capital punishment is set to be filed on July 25, the opening of the first legislative session of the 17th Congress, and have it referred to the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. The committee will then conduct a series of consultations and public hearings by August, introduced it to the plenary by September and pass it on third and final reading by October. “Theoretically, Yes,” Pimentel said, when asked if it is possible for the Senate to pass the death penalty proposal in three months. The reimposition of the death penalty is one of the priority measures of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte, in a recent news conference, said he would ask lawmakers to approve the capital punishment for heinous crimes, such as drug-related offenses and rape. But aside from reviving the death penalty, he wants the punishment carried out through hanging. Incoming Sen. Panfilo Lacson in a separate text message said it is possible for the Senate to pass the proposal reimposing the capital punishment but not within the suggested timeline of Pimentel. Also, Lacson added that he is for the revival of the death penalty but not in the manner Duterte wants it to be carried out. He said aside from the capital punishment being inhumane, he does not want the people to witness medieval age-like executions even of the most notorious criminals. Lacson, based on an initial list of Senate committee chairmanships released by Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd on Thursday, will be heading the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. “What I can assure them is that once the bill is referred to the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs assuming that it will be the designated committee, and again, assuming that I will chair the same, I will conduct continuous public hearings and floor deliberations until [they reach their] logical conclusion,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED,
The criminals behind the drug mafia...

ALSO: Marcos' remains may be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani in September [“The issue on the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has long created divisions among our people,” Duterte said last month. “I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately.” He said that Marcos “was a soldier. Huwag na yung hero-hero."]
[RELATED: Bongbong - Burial for my father to bring closure, healing]


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The remains of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos will likely be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September, his son, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told reporters in Davao on Friday night.
Marcos, who was in Davao City to meet with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, said the details have yet to be finalized except for the month, which happens to be the elder Marcos' birth month and the month that he declared martial law in 1972. In late May, Duterte said he would allow Marcos' remains to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, a move that was met by opposition from netizens, civil society groups and President Benigno Aquino III, who said the late dictator did not deserve the honor. The Human Rights Victims Claims Board, which validates and processes reparation claims for victims of rights abuses under the Marcos regime, has received more than 75,000 applications. Valid claimants will be paid from P10 billion awarded to the Philippine government from ill-gotten wealth in a Swiss account owned by the elder Marcos. “The issue on the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has long created divisions among our people,” Duterte said last month. “I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately.” He said that Marcos “was a soldier. Huwag na yung hero-hero.” FULL REPORT. RELATED, Bongbong: Burial for my father to bring closure, healing...


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Rain showers likely to mar Independence Day celebration

MANILA, JUNE 13, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) PNA June 11, 2016 - Some rain is possible this Sunday (June 12), when the country marks its 118th Independence Day, so experts reminded people to prepare for such possibility, particularly if they plan to attend activities for the celebration.

In its outlook released Saturday (June 11), weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country then will likely experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms.

“The southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ is prevailing,” said PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, citing basis for such forecast.

He noted the prevailing ‘habagat’ is weak so there’s lowpossibility for strong rain and severe thunderstorms, however.

Independence Day is a national holiday which the Philippines observes annually to commemorate the country’s 1898 declaration of independence from Spain.

For this year’s Independence Day celebration, government chose the theme ‘Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong.’

Government’s advisory shows Independence Day activities this Sunday will kick off at 8 a.m. with simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag in various areas.

In Metro Manila, the flag-raising will be in Quezon City as well as at Rizal Park and Musoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion both in Manila, Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan City and Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City.

Authorities will also raise the flag in Cebu and Davao cities, Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Pampanga province, Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite province and Museo ng Republika ng 1899 in Bulacan province,

The advisory further shows Philippine Coast Guard will spearhead at 8 a.m. nationwide simultaneous blowing of horns and fog horns.

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Free medical, dental and optical services (7 a.m. to1 p.m.), job fair (8 am. to 4 p.m.), band exhibition and drill (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a cultural presentation (6 p.m.), lighting show (7:30 p.m.) and fireworks display are activities government likewise lined up for the celebration this Sunday at Rizal Park.

Government also announced offering this Sunday free MRT and LRT rides from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as free ferry rides in Pasig River from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In 1898. Spain ceded the Philippines to the US for some USD 20 million through the Treaty of Paris.

Such cession ended three centuries of Spanish rule in thePhilippines and placed the country under US control.

The US granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946 after regaining control of the country which Japanese forces occupied from 1942 to 1945.

Annual Philippine Independence Day celebration has been on that date since then until Congress passed RA 4166 in 1964.

RA 4166 changed the date of Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12.

Such law also declared July 4 as Philippine Republic Day.

The US annually celebrates its Independence Day on such date.

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Kerry congratulates Philippines on anniversary of independence By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 12, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


The Uptown Tower in Fort Bonifacio lights up with the colors of the Philippine flag to mark the country’s 118th Independence Day celebration today.

MANILA, Philippines - US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated yesterday the Philippines on the eve of its 118th Independence celebration, calling the country’s president a strong ally and faithful friend of the United States.

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 12,” Kerry said in a statement.

The secretary thanked President Aquino, who will step down from office when his term ends on June 30. He also added that the US is looking forward to another era of strong cooperation with the Philippines under the administration of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I thank President Aquino for being a strong ally and a faithful friend for the United States over the last six years,” he added.

Under the Aquino administration, the Philippines and the US signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) on April 28, 2014, shortly before President Barack Obama arrived for a state visit to the Philippines.


In what could be his last address as president, Benigno Aquino III on Sunday, the anniversary of Philippine independence, makes a statement against dictatorship, again stressing his parents fought for freedom and democracy. "Tunay po: Ang People Power ang bumawi sa demokrasya. Ang People Power ang naging tulay ng people empowerment," Aquino says at his last Vin D'Honneur at Malacañan. FROM PHILSTAR FILE

The Supreme Court upheld last January the constitutionality of the EDCA, which involves stationing American troops, planes, and ships in the country on a rotating basis. The defense pact is seen as the Philippines’ deterrent to China’s stepped-up unilateral actions in the South China Sea.

“As our two nations continue our work to strengthen regional peace and security, combat climate change, stamp out terrorism, and fight transnational crime, we look forward to the leadership of president-elect Duterte and another era of strong cooperation,” Kerry said.

US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also reaffirmed the critical role of the two countries’ alliance in America’s rebalance to Asia and his government’s support for the Philippine position on the South China Sea.

“Today we celebrate not only 118 years of independence but seven extraordinary decades of partnership that have enriched every facet of our societal foundations,” Blinken said.


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Davao’s Malacañang by Erik Espina June 9, 2016 (updated) Share3 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share10


PALACE OF THE SOUTH: The presidential guest house, or the ‘Malacañang of the South,’ built on the equipment yard of the DPWH compound in Barangay Panacan, Davao City, is seen hours before newly appointed officials started arriving for their first meeting with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. PHILSTAR FILE

The group of Presidential Adviser on the Visayas Michael Dino is preparing the Malacañang of the South for occupation and work. The building is an iconic structure in Cebu City, just a 5-minute stroll from City Hall in the wharf area, as it used to be a Customs Office. Plans are afoot to create regional coordinators and name provincial assistants to assist the incoming administration with the Herculean task ahead servicing the entire Visayas.

Further South, the inertia inaugurated by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to convene his first cabinet meeting in the Malacañang of Mindanao (Davao) is a breath of fresh air that contrasts with the over-centric governance in Manila.

The seat of government is where the president of the Philippines decides to hold office. It will be a monumental chain reaction in symbolic and substantive terms when the new president sticks to his guns and remains closest to his roots, the countryside and Mindanao, highlighted by his abiding presence and attention.

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The Duterte administration reminding national agencies and bureaus that the real work that requires expediting and accomplishing is not in Manila. The greater country is outside the National Capital Region.

It is the rural areas and the “provinciano” that demand the greatest attention of government front-line services. If President Duterte decides to remain in Davao and create a Malacañang for Mindanao, I am all for it! In brief it achieves in one swift action the 3 “Rs” for the South in our archipelago-–“Representation, Recognition, Reform.”

No less than the highest official of the land holding office and taking action for quicker political movement and countryside development. If the problem and promise is in Mindanao, where should the doctor be? Let the Cabinet members fly to Davao when necessary, for example, when a regular meeting is held.

Cabinet clusters based on their assigned concerns may be operational in Manila and their output conveniently forwarded to the president by various modes of modern communication. There is Skype and Viber.


Condo-complex in Davao to serve as Duterte's temporary ‘Malacañang’  Presumptive president Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte will soon be taking on big decisions for the country and while he's busy assembling his Cabinet, construction is also underway for the "Malacañang of the South" along Claro M. Recto Street in Davao City. The private "condo-complex" Matina Enclaves Residences is being fashioned to serve as Duterte's office while President Benigno Aquino III serves out his term. Published May 15, 2016 9:51pm By AYA TANTIANGCO, GMA News.

President Duterte need not venture daily to and from Manila then to Davao, as that would be a security risk, and back-breaking. His travel to Manila could be on a per-need basis and only for very important state duties e.g. Rizal Day, Bataan, etc. As head of state and government, he should be granted the greatest latitude to stay where he is most comfortable but effective.

He would also hit a second objective, that of creating an Office of the President in Mindanao. Another first. Besides, with Manila’s traffic and pollution. Mr. President, stay in Davao. Do visit Cebu for the other Malacañang.

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SUPREME EDITORIAL: Journalism in the time of Duterte ALWAYS RIGHT NOW By Alex Almario (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 11, 2016 - 12:00am 40 15 googleplus0 0


Vox populi, bad Photoshop:“Ako ang media ni Duterte” (“I’m Duterte’s media”), read a hashtag that went viral this week, showing an outrageous claim that what constitutes real journalism is not the imagined “bias” of journalists but the very real bias of a Duterte supporter.

Kill journalism.
” It was a bizarre phrase in the middle of a bizarre rant that punctuated a bizarre series of press conferences. “I’m challenging you guys.

Kill journalism,” President-elect Rodrigo Duterte told reporters. “Stop journalism in this country. If you’re worth your salt, you should accept the challenge. Pagka hindi, mababa na ang tingin ko sa inyo. Para kayong takot (If you don’t, then you look pathetic and scared).”

In a span of days that saw him call on people to kill drug lords, dismiss Vice President-elect Leni Robredo for fear of hurting Bongbong Marcos’ feelings, catcall GMA News reporter Mariz Umali, cuss out the UN, justify some media killings, call a murdered journalist a “son of a bitch,” and warn reporters “Don’t f**k with me,” we were treated to the full Duterte experience, a chilling preview of the next six years.

Some insist that this is just classic “Mayor Duterte,” an authentic public figure who shoots from the hip and speaks truth to power. The suggestion is that it’s the national and foreign media that should adjust and get used to his #RealTalk.

By now, journalists are already aware of the adjustments required in covering Duterte.

Reporters have flown to Davao for a President-elect who refuses to leave the comforts of his province to cover press conferences that start in the evening and sometimes last until the wee hours of the morning just because the man cannot operate with a normal human schedule.

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While news organizations have struggled with cussing on live telecasts and the stylebook limits us from printing expletives, they have generally tried their best. Even when international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders appealed to the local press to boycott Duterte after his semi-defense of media killings (saying that most of those killed are corrupt anyway), media outlets here continued to cover him.

If anything, Duterte was the one who distanced himself, calling off his evening press briefings and keeping non-government coverage far from his thanksgiving party in Davao.

Autocratic Tendencies

When the world has to adjust around someone’s peculiarities, that person is usually a monarch, specifically the Game of Thrones kind. But while Duterte does exhibit some autocratic tendencies, he strikes me as another kind of person, the type whose whims make grown adults fold in surrender.

Duterte is basically a child. When he hears something he doesn’t like, he throws a hissy fit. React to his tantrums, and he doubles-down, calls people names, turns into a potty-mouth.

On a health-related question that apparently offended him, he said he wished he had asked the reporter: “How is the vagina of your wife? Is it smelly or not smelly?”

Offensive statements, when coming from his mouth, are supposed to be brushed off as just “Rody being Rody,” which would be fine if he didn’t have the sensitivity of an insecure tween.

Noynoy Aquino, too, was a child, the way he constantly whined and disregarded criticism. But Duterte is a different, more volatile kind — he’s a schoolyard bully, the type that can grow up to be a juvenile delinquent, or worse, a dangerous president.

And like a child, it seems he has trouble expressing himself.

A common defense after any logical reaction to a typical Duterte tirade is that critics often read his statements “out of context.”

The phrase has been uttered so much over the past few months as though context were some magical fairy dust that can make any outrageous statement acceptable.

Context is important, but with Duterte it often gets lost in the thicket of obscenities and bluster that makes it hard to tell what he’s even talking about anymore (the question of whether or not he means what he says adds another layer of ambiguity to the mess).

Take the “kill journalism” quote, for instance. When asked what he meant by it, he explained that he was daring the media to boycott him.

He couldn’t have simply said that; he had to infuse the added context of violence by choosing the word “kill,” knowing fully well that the verbal vortex began with a question on media killings.

Perhaps it’s an effort to obscure the weirdness of his dare, for how can it be cowardly to continue doing one’s job despite being bombarded with invectives?

This tendency of his is unfortunate because he has mourned media killings before.

He called the murder of Davao journalist Fernando Lintuan in 2007 “a tragedy for press freedom and peace and order.” This makes his refusal to categorically condemn media killings during that press briefing all the more perplexing. Days later, he finally did, saying: “I do not condone nor tolerate killing of journalists regardless of the motive of the killers or the reason for their killing.” But this was a prepared statement forwarded by Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, not something said during a live press event, where Duterte is supposedly at his most authentic.

Rabid Supporters

Maybe it’s not the media that he hates so much as communication itself, since he looks genuinely uncomfortable explaining himself.

However, there’s no mistaking who his rabid supporters hate. After accusing media of bias for most of the campaign season, they are at it again with “Ako ang media ni Duterte” (“I’m Duterte’s media”), a meme that went viral this week, showing pictures of supporters claiming to be the impartial journalists giving voice to their beloved hero.

And this brings us to the crux of the problem:

Duterte’s cult of personality is so large that he feels he can get away with anything. He slouches on his reputation of being authentic and honest and treats criticism as an affront to truth itself.

To his rabid supporters, the most trustworthy source of truth is not ABS-CBN or GMA; not The Philippine STAR or PDI — it is Duterte himself.

If journalists contradict him, it must mean that their profession has failed as a truth-seeking endeavor.

The biggest tragedy here is not that hordes of Filipinos think this way; it’s that the highest official in the land endorses this thinking.

By being belligerent towards media, Duterte is reinforcing the Dutertroll belief that journalists are not to be trusted.

This distortion is what makes a meme like “Ako ang media ni Duterte” possible, an outrageous claim that what constitutes real journalism is not the imagined “bias” of journalists but the very real bias of a Duterte supporter.

The underlying message is that, if you wish to be a journalist under a Duterte presidency, you cannot be critical of Duterte.

 Freedom of speech is only valid when exercised by the people who agree with Duterte (vox populi) or by Duterte himself (vox dei). It’s okay for him to offend anyone, but God forbid anyone offends him (or his pal Bongbong). And if you have a problem with that, p — — mo.

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Clash brewing in Senate between top Rody allies? By Marvin Sy and Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 12, 2016 - 12:00am 8 245 googleplus0 0


Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said nothing stands now in the way of his being voted as next Senate president. But the other aspirant to the post, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said Pimentel has attracted supporters in the chamber who do not share Duterte’s reform agenda. Philstar.com file

MANILA, Philippines – A clash is brewing between president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s two major Senate allies as they make their respective push for the leadership of the chamber.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said nothing stands now in the way of his being voted as next Senate president. But the other aspirant to the post, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said Pimentel has attracted supporters in the chamber who do not share Duterte’s reform agenda.

In an interview over dwIZ yesterday, Pimentel said his bagging the Senate presidency is certain and that all that is left is a formal announcement of the development at the opening of the 17th Congress on July 25 as well as the final number of senators backing his bid.

Pimentel said that he now has the signatures of 13 senators on a resolution backing him as the next Senate president. An aspirant to the post should be elected by at least 13 of his colleagues.

He did not name the 13 but based on a list disclosed to reporters by Sen. Vicente Sotto III, they were current Senate President Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, Juan Edgardo Angara, Gregorio Honasan, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe and Panfilo Lacson.

Pimentel said two more senators would sign the document as soon as they return from their overseas trips. The PDP-Laban, headed by Pimentel and under which Duterte ran for president, confirmed the two were newly elected senators Joel Villanueva and Manny Pacquiao.

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Instead of joining forces to field a single candidate for Senate president, Duterte allies Cayetano and Pimentel decided to make their own bids for the post.


DUTERTE: “My offer to run for Senate president was conditioned on the fact that we will have a majority that will be supportive of the mandate of the president,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano earlier claimed having the support of 15 senators.

He has on his side Senators Cynthia Villar, the first to sign the resolution backing Cayetano as Senate president; Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Joseph Victor Ejercito. The group reportedly has senator-elect Richard Gordon also on its side.

Villar earlier revealed that Duterte wanted Cayetano to become Senate president and that she committed to the incoming president to support his choice.

However, with the Liberal Party and its allied groups, together with the group of Sotto deciding to back Pimentel, the numbers were not in favor of Cayetano.

Senators Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV have both indicated their wish to be members of the minority bloc while Sen. Ralph Recto is still undecided on which group to join.

Friendly rivalry

Pimentel said he intends to have a face-to-face meeting with Cayetano on the issue.

“From the start this was a friendly competition. I expect that this won’t affect our friendship,” he said.

The PDP-Laban president said he is also open to talking to the members of Cayetano’s group and that they are free to join him in what is expected to be a Senate supermajority bloc.

In return for their support for his bid for the Senate presidency, Pimentel said the 15 senators would be given the privilege to choose the committees they wish to head.

He stressed this has been a practice in the Senate each time a new leadership takes over. “The early bird gets the first choice. That is the basic principle,” Pimentel said.

He said it would be up to the 15 senators to decide if they want to give way to any of their colleagues who want the post of committee chair.

Speaking to reporters in Davao City last Friday, Cayetano said he cannot accept any committee chairmanship being offered by Pimentel’s camp. Pimentel had said he was willing to give Cayetano the chairmanship of the Blue Ribbon committee.

“I don’t need a position. I can help the President even without a (Senate) committee,” he said, rejecting any committee offered to him by Pimentel’s group.

“My offer to run for Senate president was conditioned on the fact that we will have a majority that will be supportive of the mandate of the president,” Cayetano said.

But instead of change, Cayetano said his colleagues have opted for status quo. He said such “majority” might eventually become “obstructionist.”

He pointed out for instance how Lacson and De Lima seem to clash over various issues. De Lima has been vocal against death penalty and summary executions of criminals.

Meanwhile, Pimentel said he doesn’t see any problem in the relationship between the Senate and Malacañang under the Duterte administration despite the latter’s warning lawmakers not to get in his way.

“I don’t see any problems because all of the senators I spoke with want to support the president so that he would be successful in his programs in government. No one is against an all-out war against crime and corruption. We all want this to stop,” Pimentel said.

“We are not like a court that could issue a TRO (temporary restraining order) on an executive action. It is not as if we will prevent them from acting because we have an ongoing investigation,” Pimentel said in the dwIZ interview.

Pimentel said he understood the message of Duterte as a warning against protecting criminals or misusing the power of Congress to investigate.

“If the power is used responsibly then no good program would be affected just because Congress is conducting an investigation,” Pimentel said.

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Sen. Alan Cayetano says it is up to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to decide whether he will give Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. a Cabinet post. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, File photo

DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Cayetano said Sunday that his rival Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is not among the “best and the brightest” following reports that the next Philippine leader might give him a Cabinet post after the one-year ban on losing bets.

While Cayetano said it would be up to Duterte to decide whether he would appoint Marcos, he appeared to have reservations about the former senator joining the incoming administration.

Related Stories Duterte, Cayetano: Spirit of EDSA lives in their fight to end disorder “Our president wants the best and the brightest. It’s up to the president who he would appoint,” he said.

When asked if he thinks Marcos belongs to the “best and the brightest,” Cayetano replied: “It doesn’t matter what I think. You know what I think. It’s what he (Duterte) thinks. He is the appointing authority.”

“Do you think I would challenge him (in the vice presidential race) if he thinks he is among the best and the brightest? But I am not the appointing power,” he added.

Cayetano believes it is still speculative to talk about the events that may happen a year from now.

“If a senator visits him, anyone can speculate whether they will join the Cabinet or not. We’ll never know,” the senator said.

“I will like some of his appointments I may not like the other appointments but I believe in him and I’ll support him all the way.”

Marcos has been the subject of Cayetano’s tirades during the campaign period. He attacked Marcos’s alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam as well as the ill-gotten wealth of his family.

Both Marcos and Cayetano lost to Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Marcos, however, is planning to file an election protest this month. Under the law, a losing candidate cannot be named to a government post for one year.

Last Friday, Marcos and Duterte met at a roadside bar here and discussed among other things a possible cabinet post for the outgoing senator.

“We talked about a little bit about what will happen now but there are no details yet,” Marcos said.

The outgoing senator said he is open to a cabinet post because it would allow him to serve the public.


MANILA TIMES

Death penalty may be here by Oct – Koko June 11, 2016 12:23 am by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, REPORTER


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THERE is big chance for the Senate to pass a measure that would pave way for the revival of the death penalty in the country, and presumptive Senate President Aquilino ”Koko” Pimentel 3rd expects to have it passed by October this year.

According to Pimentel, the proposal seeking to reimpose capital punishment is set to be filed on July 25, the opening of the first legislative session of the 17th Congress, and have it referred to the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

The committee will then conduct a series of consultations and public hearings by August, introduced it to the plenary by September and pass it on third and final reading by October.

“Theoretically, Yes,” Pimentel said, when asked if it is possible for the Senate to pass the death penalty proposal in three months.

The reimposition of the death penalty is one of the priority measures of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte, in a recent news conference, said he would ask lawmakers to approve the capital punishment for heinous crimes, such as drug-related offenses and rape.

But aside from reviving the death penalty, he wants the punishment carried out through hanging.

Incoming Sen. Panfilo Lacson in a separate text message said it is possible for the Senate to pass the proposal reimposing the capital punishment but not within the suggested timeline of Pimentel.

Also, Lacson added that he is for the revival of the death penalty but not in the manner Duterte wants it to be carried out.
He said aside from the capital punishment being inhumane, he does not want the people to witness medieval age-like executions even of the most notorious criminals.

Lacson, based on an initial list of Senate committee chairmanships released by Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd on Thursday, will be heading the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

“What I can assure them is that once the bill is referred to the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs assuming that it will be the designated committee, and again, assuming that I will chair the same, I will conduct continuous public hearings and floor deliberations until [they reach their] logical conclusion,” he said.

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Lacson added that the final version will depend on the issues involved and how firm his colleagues would stand on the matter.

Several lawmakers have expressed their respective positions on the issue and while some are not in favor of the death penalty, they remain open to study the proposal to revive it.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said he is willing to study the proposal but, for him, the only way to deter crimes is through “ensuring certainty of arrest and prosecution.”

Sen. Ralph Recto said he is against the capital punishment.

He, however, added that he might reconsider his position if majority of his colleagues would support the proposal.

“Assuming it will be restored, I will propose it be imposed only for six years or only during the term of President Duterte,” Recto said in a text message on Friday.

Outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon said the he is against the reimposition of the death penalty but he is willing to listen.

“Personally I am against it because basically, I see an imperfect justice system where errors can be committed… I am willing to listen because there are very strong proponents on both sides. We will come to a final decision when it goes to the floor for a vote,” Drilon added.

Sen. Francis Escudero, who is likely to take the Senate minority leader post in the next Congress, is against the capital punishment, noting that it fails to recognize that guilty people have the potential to change, denying them the opportunity to rejoin society.

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The criminals behind the drug mafia June 12, 2016 12:23 am Fr. Shay Cullen


by FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC

MARIA Rae was just 13 years old when she began to have a conflict with her aunt. She came from a broken home. She was abandoned when her parents split up. This is the great injustice and hardship suffered by the children of couples who come together without lasting love. They are driven more by impulse, have an unwanted child and then part ways and the child is abandoned.

So it happened that Maria Rae was left with her aunt who had children of her own and she was not cared for or loved. Maria Rae was a Cinderella kid. She was made to do the household chores but was not accepted by the family.

To find friendship, she wandered around the neighborhood in a town south of Manila looking for friends. She had dropped out of school when her parents separated. She lost the desire to learn and felt her life was already over and pointless. She was lonely and vulnerable. She was befriended by an adult man whom she called “Dada.”

He soon gave her money and gifts and she came to think Dada was the only person in the whole world who loved her. It was not love but grooming for abuse. He raped her and she had nowhere to run, no one to talk to and was afraid to ask help.

He gave her pills, drugs of some kind. He then invited his friends to abuse her also. She was brought to hotels and sold for sex to the customers that Dada had lined up. They were drug users. The pedophiles love to get high on drugs while abusing children.

When her auntie learned that Maria Rae was being prostituted, she demanded a share of the payment. Dada refused and the aunt filed criminal charges for human trafficking against him. He was the local drug pusher, too, it seems, as the sex industry is run on drugs.

These drug dens of iniquity and abuse are fronts for drug trafficking and dealing. They control the young girls by getting them dependent on drugs.

When the government social workers heard about the terrible plight of Maria Rae, they realized that she was an emotionally shattered child with no human person to trust or cling to. They referred her to the Preda home for abused and trafficked girls.

She was very quiet during the first week or so but soon began to make friends and trust the social workers and therapists.

She was given all her needs, toys, books, dolls, and treated with respect and dignity. This was totally new for her and she discovered that she was a cared-for person with values and rights.

She grew and blossomed over the first months, especially with the help of emotional release therapy.

In a padded room, she was free to let out all her anger and hurt and release the pain in her heart. She shouted and screamed day after day and pounded the padded cushions as if pounding her abusers. She began to heal and open up to the therapists and her social worker and told them her story of abuse.

After some months with friendship, trust, care and therapy, she was emotionally strong and resilient and was willing to testify in court against her abusers. But this week, after much build up to the day of her testimony, the hearing was postponed yet again. But Maria Rae is still ready and prepared to fight for her dignity and to find justice.

The drug mafia is also part of the sex mafia.



The sex bar and nightclub owners and pimps make the children dependent on drugs. This is how they control so many young girls and make them docile and submissive. The customers of the sex bars love to get high on drugs while abusing the children. No young person will enter slavery willingly. They are victims of the drug lords and pushers.

This is a great challenge for the new President, Rodrigo Duterte. He has promised to eliminate the drug lords, pushers and the human traffickers who give drugs to the children. Their days are numbered.

He has already said he will immediately implement a nationwide curfew on young people drinking on the streets and in karaoke bars. In the sex districts, you can see foreigners walking around with young girls, some as young as 14.

His promise to end corruption in government is the hope of the nation. He said three hours ought to be enough for a government office to release the needed documents. I have waited two months for the vehicle registration office (known as Land Transportation Office or LTO) to release the vehicle registration certificate, and there is no hope it will appear soon.

Such delays are incompetence or a “delay for pay.”

Bribery is common and President-elect Duterte says he will eliminate it.

If there is a true crackdown on child traffickers and abusers, children like Maria Rae will be safer from the pimps and traffickers and drug pushers. We sincerely hope that this cleanup can be done without violence and any violation of human rights.

The criminals who abuse and get children addicted to illegal drugs must be stopped, and the NGO community will continue to do its part.

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Marcos' remains may be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani in September (philstar.com) | Updated June 11, 2016 - 1:14pm 2 3 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines -- The remains of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos will likely be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September, his son, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told reporters in Davao on Friday night.

Marcos, who was in Davao City to meet with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, said the details have yet to be finalized except for the month, which happens to be the elder Marcos' birth month and the month that he declared martial law in 1972.

In late May, Duterte said he would allow Marcos' remains to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, a move that was met by opposition from netizens, civil society groups and President Benigno Aquino III, who said the late dictator did not deserve the honor.

The Human Rights Victims Claims Board, which validates and processes reparation claims for victims of rights abuses under the Marcos regime, has received more than 75,000 applications. Valid claimants will be paid from P10 billion awarded to the Philippine government from ill-gotten wealth in a Swiss account owned by the elder Marcos.

“The issue on the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has long created divisions among our people,” Duterte said last month.

“I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately.”

He said that Marcos “was a soldier. Huwag na yung hero-hero.”

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Bongbong: Hero’s burial for my father to bring closure, healing Published June 11, 2016 3:17pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News WANT TO SEE THE E16 LOCAL RESULTS FOR MARCOS,

A hero's burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos would not only bring "closure" on the part his family but also healing to a divided nation, which he ruled with an iron fist for two decades, his son and namesake said Saturday.

At a press conference in Quezon City, defeated vice-presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. thanked President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for allowing the remains of the late leader to be buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Bongbong paid a courtesy call on Duterte in Davao City on Friday night to discuss his father's burial and a possible Cabinet position in the coming administration.

"I think this will bring closure not only to my family but to the nation as well," the senator said when asked if Duterte's decision would divide the country.

"This continuing partisan exchange that has been going on for over 30 years can finally be put to rest and I think that's the significance of the statement of incoming president Duterte," he added.

Bongbong said the initial plan for the burial rites will be in September, the late strongman's birth month.

"That will be up to the family to decide and principally my mother (Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos)," he said.

Duterte's consent has enraged the kin, friends and supporters of the victims of Martial Law, who have shown strong opposition to the burial and asked the new president to reconsider his decision.

The victims argued that burying the dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would "whitewash all crimes he (Marcos Sr.)committed against the people and would send the wrong message to the world that in the Philippines, crime pays."

Also, the surviving victims said that the Marcos was a "phony wartime hero" as most of the 32 medals he supposedly accumulated during World War II were found to be a fraud by the United States Army in early 1986.

On the other hand, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, who defeated Bongbong in last month's polls, said that Martial Law victims are also waiting to secure justice.

"Tatlong dekada na ring naghihintay ang libu-libong pamilya ng mga biktima ng Martial Law ng kanilang katarungan at closure," she said in a statement on Saturday.

"Lalong hindi tayo makakapag-move on kapag kinalimutan natin ang karahasan sa ating kasaysayan," she added.

Still, Duterte believes Marcos deserves a place at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani because the former leader fought for the nation's freedom from Japanese colonizers in the 1940s.

The Libingan Ng Mga Bayani was established as a fitting resting place for Filipino military personnel—from privates to generals, as well as heroes and martyrs.

After WW II, Marcos entered politics and became a House lawmaker and later a senator before winning in 1965 the presidency, a post he held for two decades until he was ousted by the People Power uprising in February 1986.

Since his death as an exile on September 28, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii, his remains have been kept at the Marcos Mausoleum in the heart of Batac town in Ilocos Norte, his home province.


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