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DUTERTE TO SEEK EMERGENCY POWERS TO ADDRESS 'TRAFFIC CRISIS' [RELATED: Emergency powers for traffic mess gain broad support]


JUNE 20 -METRO MANILA- Incoming Transport chief Arthur Tugade says the proposed emergency powers will last for a maximum of two years. Michael Varcas
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will seek emergency powers from Congress to solve the traffic woes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in a sweeping measure that may affect private subdivisions, markets and terminals along major roads. Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade believes the country’s “traffic crisis” can be solved if the incoming president has extraordinary powers that will allow him to implement bold solutions. “The crisis will have to be declared by Congress. That’s the law. Hopefully, Congress will help us so that the proposal can be implemented,” Tugade told reporters Monday here. “Yung quality of life natin, nababoy na. Mas maraming oras na tayong (ginugugol) sa kalsada… Nabababoy na kabuhayan natin at kung di ito crisis, ano ang crisis?” he added. Tugade said the emergency powers would last for a maximum of two years. The extent of the powers will depend on the measure to be passed by Congress but Tugade said the next government may be allowed to open private subdivisions to traffic. “Will it be confiscatory? No. Will it be unreasonable? No, because when subdivisions are affected, you have to compensate for the road maintenance and security. If you get properties to address traffic congestion, you won’t confiscate it. There will be compensation,” he said. “It will not be exercised capriciously and arbitrarily. It will have to be exercised in the interest of the majority and the interest of common good. We will not open all subdivisions.” READ MORE...RELATED, Emergency powers for traffic mess gain broad support...

ALSO: Duterte to limit interaction with media
[RELATED: Abella, Andanar bare more details on Duterte inauguration preps]


JUNE 22 -Incoming communications secretary Martin Andanar said there is no indication from president-elect Rodrigo Duterte that he would not talk to the media during his entire term. Facebook.com /martin.andanar
Even as his communications secretary gave assurance that there would be no media boycott, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday maintained he would limit his interactions with the press during his term and deal with journalists only when he has “business” with them. Incoming communications secretary Martin Andanar, in a press briefing with his predecessor Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday, said there is no indication from the incoming president that he would not talk to the media during his entire term. After announcing that he would boycott the media, Andanar claimed Duterte was interviewed by two television stations in Cebu City during a thanksgiving party on June 8.
Duterte dared the media to boycott him after a press conference where he was criticized for saying he could not do anything about media killings and that the industry must do something about its own problems such as corruption. Meeting with businessmen in Davao City yesterday, Duterte said he would continue with the boycott because some media people would just be destructive and disregard defense of honor and life. He said honor and saving face were very important to Filipinos but some, he said, were “really outright idiots” and would no longer care about them in presenting stories. READ MORE...RELATED, Abella, Andanar bare more details on Duterte inauguration preps...

ALSO: Duterte warned Abus - Free captives, surrender, or we fight
[RELATED: Duterte: Death penalty a retribution not a deterrent]


JUNE 22 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte warned Abu Sayyaf kidnappers to surrender and release all hostages or face the consequences of their actions. File photo
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday warned Abu Sayyaf kidnappers to surrender and release all hostages or face the consequences of their actions. “To the Abu Sayyaf, there will be a day of reckoning. Surrender unconditionally and release all prisoners, hostages or we fight,” Duterte said during a gathering of business leaders at the SMX Convention Center here. Duterte’s warning came in the wake of the Abu Sayyaf’s threat to behead the two remaining hostages, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Maritess Flor, who were seized from a resort on Samal Island in September last year. The bandits earlier executed Canadian hostages John Ridsel and Robert Hall who were seized along with Sekkingstad and Flor. Duterte said he has yet to secure the commitment of the Muslim groups, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, for the resumption of the peace process. “I have to secure the commitment from our Muslim brothers on the continuity of the talks, hayaan na muna yan,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: Death penalty a retribution not a deterrent...

Rody: I’m just a probinsiyano, but…
[DUTERTE: I HATE CORRUPTION. IT MAKES ME SICK]
RELATED: TV networks allowed to broadcast Duterte inauguration live
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JUNE 22 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte addresses businessmen at the ‘Sulong Pilipinas’ consultative meeting in Davao City yesterday as his incoming Cabinet members listen.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Describing himself as a “probinsyano” lacking social skills, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he nevertheless has the power to create positions, as he invited businessmen at a forum yesterday to join his Cabinet.
Duterte was apparently trying to make light of criticism that only his friends and former classmates were appointed to Cabinet positions. He told his audience he was just a country bumpkin who did not have many friends in high places. “I’m really a dyed-in-the-wool probinsyano,” he said. “Ang nakilala ko sa buhay ko mga taga-Davao. Di naman ako niyaya ng mga sosyal sa Maynila (The people I know are from Davao. I was never invited by socialites from Manila).”  But now that he is president-elect, Duterte said he can create titles for just about anyone. “If you want, I will hire you. Just raise your right hand,” he joked. READ MORE...RELATED, TV networks allowed to broadcast Duterte inauguration live...

Incoming Duterte admin eco managers: Don’t try to corrupt us
[RELATED: What Manny Pangilinan thinks of Gina Lopez's DENR appointment]



JUNE 22 -Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. PHOTO BY E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON
DAVAO CITY, Philippines—If you don’t want us to be corrupt, you should do your part and not attempt to corrupt us. This was the message of the economic managers of the incoming Duterte administration to the country’s business leaders at the end of their two-day consultative meeting on Tuesday. “You expect us not to be corrupt. Can we expect you not to corrupt us?” incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, earning the applause of the hundreds of businessmen who attended the “Sulong Pilipinas: Hakbang Tungo sa Kaunlaran” consultative workshop between businessmen and Duterte’s economic managers. In response to one of the businessmen’s 10 recommendations, Tugade also assured them that the incoming administration would respect the sanctity of contracts. During the first day of consultations on Monday, the incoming economic team fleshed out the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte administration aimed at slashing poverty and inequality while fostering inclusive growth. READ MORE...RELATED, What Manny Pangilinan thinks of Gina Lopez's DENR appointment...


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Duterte admin to seek emergency powers to address 'traffic crisis'


METRO MANILA- Incoming Transport chief Arthur Tugade says the proposed emergency powers will last for a maximum of two years. Michael Varcas

DAVAO CITY, JUNE 27, 2016 (PHILSTAR)By Alexis Romero - June 20, 2016 - 9:33pm- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will seek emergency powers from Congress to solve the traffic woes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in a sweeping measure that may affect private subdivisions, markets and terminals along major roads.

Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade believes the country’s “traffic crisis” can be solved if the incoming president has extraordinary powers that will allow him to implement bold solutions.

“The crisis will have to be declared by Congress. That’s the law. Hopefully, Congress will help us so that the proposal can be implemented,” Tugade told reporters Monday here.

“Yung quality of life natin, nababoy na. Mas maraming oras na tayong (ginugugol) sa kalsada… Nabababoy na kabuhayan natin at kung di ito crisis, ano ang crisis?” he added.

Tugade said the emergency powers would last for a maximum of two years. The extent of the powers will depend on the measure to be passed by Congress but Tugade said the next government may be allowed to open private subdivisions to traffic.

“Will it be confiscatory? No. Will it be unreasonable? No, because when subdivisions are affected, you have to compensate for the road maintenance and security. If you get properties to address traffic congestion, you won’t confiscate it. There will be compensation,” he said.

“It will not be exercised capriciously and arbitrarily. It will have to be exercised in the interest of the majority and the interest of common good. We will not open all subdivisions.”

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Tugade claimed that the traffic problem remains unresolved because of restraining orders, injunctions, right of way issues, local government regulations and even social issues.

He admitted that the implementation of the emergency powers would not be easy.

“We all have to feel the pinch. All of us have to sacrifice,” the incoming transportation chief said.

“We have been beset by lack of discipline. We have to raise the level of discipline and to do that, a personal sacrifice is needed.” Draft underway Tugade said the emergency powers would also provide the government the option to skirt biddings to solve traffic and other transportation problems like the non-delivery of vehicle plates. He did not elaborate, saying details would be threshed out in Congress.

Tugade claimed that legal moves by losing bidders have delayed the implementation of important projects.

He allayed concerns that the emergency powers, particularly the possible skirting of procurement processes, could lead to abuses.

“Congress has oversight powers and we have the Supreme Court for those who believe they were aggrieved,” he said.

Tugade said the incoming administration would also remove terminals and markets located along major roads. Parking along major roads would also be prohibited. Ambulant vendors who are causing congestion will also be relocated in line with Duterte’s directive to ensure that their livelihood remains intact.

The incoming transportation chief said members of Duterte’s legal team are now preparing a draft proposal for the emergency powers. He said Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s choice for House speaker, is receptive to the idea.

Tugade said the giving of emergency powers to the president is not new as the Ramos administration was given a similar authority to address water and power problems.

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Emergency powers for traffic mess gain broad support By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The proposed emergency powers, to take effect for two years, would allow the national government to ignore injunction orders as well as ordinances against measures aimed at easing traffic. Bernardo Batuigas/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Calls for emergency powers for president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to help him address Metro Manila’s traffic and transportation woes have gained support from businessmen and lawmakers.

As this developed, incoming justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said they have completed a draft bill granting Duterte emergency powers.

“Without the emergency powers, the transportation department would have a difficult time to implement extensive reforms,” he stressed in an interview.

“Without it, we will surely end up in courts and TROs (temporary restraining orders) could delay the solutions. This could lead us to resorting once more to band aid solutions,” he pointed out.

The proposed emergency powers, to take effect for two years, would allow the national government to ignore injunction orders as well as ordinances against measures aimed at easing traffic.

Based on the draft bill, direct contracting for transport-related projects would be allowed.

Roads in some subdivisions may also be opened to traffic and major streets cleared of illegally parked vehicles, vendor stalls and other obstructions.

Incoming transportation secretary Arthur Tugade may be sent to China to discuss with Chinese leaders a possible railway project that could decongest traffic.

CHINA PROJECT

Duterte said China offered to undertake the project before the 2016 polls.

“Even before the election, the ambassador, the woman, said ‘we will do the railway immediately.’ She said immediately. We will start immediately,” Duterte said.

It was not clear who Duterte was referring to, but the last female Chinese ambassador was Ma Keqing.

“Art Tugade has to go to China not to talk about war and irritation but talk about peace and how (China can) help us,” he added.

In a statement, the Makati Business Club (MBC) said it acknowledges the need for urgent action to untangle the traffic mess that has stymied the flow of commerce not only in Metro Manila but in the entire country as well.

The MBC emphasized, however, that such emergency powers should be guided by principles of people-oriented mobility and transparency, and “that the private sector and civil society should be provided with a substantial role in implementation and monitoring.”

“MBC believes that the nation does face a transportation crisis, which needs urgent action and solutions. The Makati Business Club stands ready to assist and be an active participant in a highly thorough process of consultation, debate and analysis between government and the private sector,” the business group said.

A 2012 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency revealed Metro Manila’s traffic gridlock costs the economy at least P3 billion or $64 million a day.

BUSINESS GROUP

“The Makati Business Club recognizes that the last few years have been characterized by a surge in the demand for mobility, seen by the increasing number of motor vehicles on the road and more domestic and international trips for social, business or tourism purposes,” the group said.

“This massive mobility gap continues to cause great damage to both the economy and the quality of life of our people, illustrated, according to studies, by the billions of pesos of productivity losses per day and the unquantifiable health risks and social costs brought about by congestion and long commutes,” the MBC added.

The local automotive industry has long been calling for better public infrastructure and public transportation, saying the rising demand for vehicles should not necessarily entail the worsening of traffic.

“Cars are really becoming a necessity and you cannot stop it. We just have to improve our infrastructure. It is true traffic these days is worse, so it’s really a sign we should do something about our roads,” Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. president Rommel Gutierrez said.

“No matter what you do, you cannot stop people from buying cars. After the house, and for many people, ahead of the house, cars are a top priority because of mobility. The reason people buy cars is because there is no public transport,” Federation of Automotive Industries of the Philippines president Vicente Mills Jr. added.

Fast solution Senators have also expressed openness to arming Duterte with emergency powers to tackle Metro Manila’s traffic and transport problems.

“Yes, because people are really looking forward to that problem’s immediate solution,” said Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who is emerging as the next Senate president.

Outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon said he is amenable to the idea but “would like to see the specific powers to be granted” to the incoming president.

“I believe the next president should be granted emergency powers by Congress because traffic in mega Manila and other urban areas like Cebu City and even Davao City can already be considered as a crisis,” senator-elect Panfilo Lacson said.

“Because of traffic and if the government will not intervene, the losses could reach as high as P6 billion by 2030,” Lacson added.

“What should be studied carefully is the kind of emergency powers that will be granted and the length of time it would be exercised,” he said.

Sen. Grace Poe said it is about time the national government recognizes the traffic problem in Metro Manila and treat it as a matter of national interest.

“I am confident that the Senate will be supportive of this need for a whole of government approach through legislated additional executive powers to address a problem that has become a national concern,” Poe said.

“We are well aware of the need to expedite the process from procurement to acquisition of rights of way which invariably delay the start if not the completion of projects. I personally support the initiative but I would also like to find out as soon as possible the details or terms of the emergency powers they have in mind so we can hit the ground running as soon as session starts,” she added.

Make it clear Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said emergency powers for Duterte would be helpful but should be clearly spelled out.

He said Metro Manila’s traffic congestion “is a real problem and has many causes, including lack of discipline from motorists.”

“Yes, let’s give him the emergency powers, but let’s be very specific in what the emergency powers consist of,” Belmonte told reporters after leading the inauguration of the House library and museum building. – With Alexis Romero, Edu Punay, Marvin Sy, Paolo Romero, Robertzon Ramirez, Mike Frialde


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Duterte to limit interaction with media By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Incoming communications secretary Martin Andanar said there is no indication from president-elect Rodrigo Duterte that he would not talk to the media during his entire term. Facebook.com/martin.andanar

MANILA, Philippines – Even as his communications secretary gave assurance that there would be no media boycott, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday maintained he would limit his interactions with the press during his term and deal with journalists only when he has “business” with them.

Incoming communications secretary Martin Andanar, in a press briefing with his predecessor Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday, said there is no indication from the incoming president that he would not talk to the media during his entire term.

After announcing that he would boycott the media, Andanar claimed Duterte was interviewed by two television stations in Cebu City during a thanksgiving party on June 8.

Duterte dared the media to boycott him after a press conference where he was criticized for saying he could not do anything about media killings and that the industry must do something about its own problems such as corruption.

Meeting with businessmen in Davao City yesterday, Duterte said he would continue with the boycott because some media people would just be destructive and disregard defense of honor and life.

He said honor and saving face were very important to Filipinos but some, he said, were “really outright idiots” and would no longer care about them in presenting stories.

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“If that’s the case, p*** mo, go away,” Duterte said, adding “I don’t give interviews anymore.”

Duterte earlier was slammed for whistling at a female TV reporter during a media briefing.

The incident elicited criticisms from various media groups, including the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders that proposed a boycott of Duterte.

The international media organization also slammed Duterte for his statements that some journalists sought their deaths because of engaging in corruption.

Coloma and Andanar met anew on Monday for the transition. They first held discussions on how the communications team of President Aquino worked in the past six years last June 6.

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Abella, Andanar bare more details on Duterte inauguration preps By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 8:19pm


Incoming Presidential Communications Office Operations Secretary Martin Andanar and incoming presidential spokesperson Ernesto “Ernie” Abella gave an update regarding the developments on the preparation for president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines – Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar and incoming presidential spokesperson Ernesto “Ernie” Abella on Wednesday updated the media on the developments on the preparation for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration.

Andanar said there would be nine national broadcasting companies which would be allowed to cover Duterte’s inauguration in Malacañang, differing from his previous pronouncement that media are barred from covering inside the Rizal Hall. He has not yet named the media firms which would be provided with proper space grounds at the palace.

“We shall announce the broadcasting companies that will be allowed to broadcast within the grounds of Malacañang,” Andanar said in a televised press briefing.

The media coverage protocol changed following the adjustment on the number of guests which rose to 627 from the earlier announced 500. Andanar and Abella said the guest listing is not yet finalized.


Incoming Presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella (left) and Presidential Communications Secretary-designate Martin Andanar FROM DAVAOTODAY.COM

“We have eight more days and as days go by, there are changes that are happening. It could still change. Puwedeng mabawasan, I'm not sure kung madagdagan pa, siguro mababawasan na lang or could stay at 627,” Andanar said. He also mentioned that the Presidential Security Group would take care of other protocols but there are no figures yet as to how many uniformed men would be assigned to secure the palace.

The incoming Communications chief also said there is no planned oath taking in Davao City but his fellow Davaoenos may watch his inaugurations in screens that would be set up in some areas.

“Magkakaroon ng LED screens ‘di ko lang alam which areas. Sa pagkakaalam ko marami ng nag-donate [ng LED screens] para mapanood po ng kababayan ni Rody Duterte [ang inauguration],” Andanar reported.

For the overseas Filipino workers and Filipinos who have no access to radio and television, Abella announced that they met with Facebook Public Policy for Asia Pacific, who offered a live streaming of the inauguration. Andanar noted that the 51 million Filipino Facebook users may also share the live streaming.

Andanar said there is no theme yet for the inauguration which would take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30. “We haven’t gotten to the brand exercise yet. Inauguration 2016, maybe? Change is here? Could be,” he joked.

Andanar also refused to discuss the details of Duterte’s speech but he said the president-elect has "full editorial control" of its content. He earlier mentioned that he and Duterte’s speech writer for 14 years helped in writing the speech but he kept mum on the details such as the length and topic.

“I will let you know kung ano 'yung nasa speech. It would be unfair if I talk about the content of the speech right now and we will change it after a couple of days,” he said, adding that there is a possibility Duterte would read his speech via teleprompter but confident he can deliver extemporaneously.

“The speech is being written and being revised and there are about two people who are managing this right now. A couple of weeks back, we requested [the PCOO] to send the teleprompter, I believe the mayor liked the teleprompter,” Andanar said.

“The speech that we are preparing right now should go to the teleprompter unless the president- elect decides to read it or memorize it,” he added.

Other inauguration details revealed

Aside from the inauguration essentials, the two incoming officials also discussed minute details on the preparation.

Andanar said there is no information yet regarding the food to be served but he earlier mentioned that finger food such as “maruya” and “buko juice” might be on the menu. Likewise, he said there would be no Vin d’honneur but instead a “diplomatic reception” with the absence of extravagant food and drinks as he said that Duterte is a simple man.

The incoming Communications chief said Duterte would be in Malacañang by 10:30 a.m. but he would take oath at 12 noon as enshrined in the Constitution. Duterte would be wearing a barong and slacks.

Abella also mentioned that the inauguration team has two plans for the “salubong” or send off of the outgoing president. He said President Benigno Aquino III would be welcoming Duterte and would let him sign on the guest book before Aquino steps out of the palace with departure honors.

Entertainment would follow the inauguration rites with musical performances by Freddie Aguilar and Jimmy Bondoc.


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Abus told: Free captives, surrender By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 10 googleplus0 0


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte warned Abu Sayyaf kidnappers to surrender and release all hostages or face the consequences of their actions. File photo

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday warned Abu Sayyaf kidnappers to surrender and release all hostages or face the consequences of their actions.

“To the Abu Sayyaf, there will be a day of reckoning. Surrender unconditionally and release all prisoners, hostages or we fight,” Duterte said during a gathering of business leaders at the SMX Convention Center here.

Duterte’s warning came in the wake of the Abu Sayyaf’s threat to behead the two remaining hostages, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Maritess Flor, who were seized from a resort on Samal Island in September last year.

The bandits earlier executed Canadian hostages John Ridsel and Robert Hall who were seized along with Sekkingstad and Flor.

Duterte said he has yet to secure the commitment of the Muslim groups, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, for the resumption of the peace process.

“I have to secure the commitment from our Muslim brothers on the continuity of the talks, hayaan na muna yan,” he said.

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Duterte recently met with MILF and MNLF leaders here.

He said that once he gets the assurance that the Muslim groups are not protecting the terrorists, he would be ready to wage war against the Abu Sayyaf.


The MNLF and the MILF leaderships say they are looking through previous peace agreements to harmonize them and make them favorable to both sides. Alonto stressed that the good provisions of BBL must be retained so that they can benefit the whole country. TALKS ONGOING. COURTESY OF CNN PHILIPPINES

He said there will be no letup in the fight against the bandits.

“And we confront them, we confront them, tapusin na talaga natin para wala na (we’ll really end this),” he said.

Duterte said he has six years to work on the problem of terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf.

“I have six years to do it. God made me president, then I pray God will help me.” 
He said he dreams for Filipinos to be known as one.

“I dream one day that all Filipinos will just say Filipinos and no one will say that he belongs to the left or right, a Muslim rebel or a Moro terrorist so we can live in peace,” he said.

It’s Hall


Canadian national Robert Hall, right, and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, left, are shown in this undated picture released to local media. Islamist militant group, Abu Sayyaf, executed Hall on June 13. (Reuters)

Forensic experts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed yesterday that the decapitated head found recently in Sulu belonged to Hall.

The PNP Crime Laboratory said samples of DNA lifted from the head matched with Hall’s DNA record, which was provided by the Canadian embassy.

Hall was the second among the four hostages to be executed by the bandits after no ransom was paid for their release.

Ridsdel was executed on April 25 and Hall on June 13.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas of the PNP Crime Laboratory said the National Forensics Laboratory Service in Ottawa had kept a profile of Hall’s DNA and turned it over to the Canadian embassy.

The PNP Crime Laboratory released the results of the DNA test last Wednesday.

The military said they were doing everything to rescue the remaining hostages.

Clash

Meanwhile, fighting erupted yesterday afternoon between the Abu Sayyaf and military troops out to rescue the hostages in the mountains of Patikul, Sulu.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said there was no immediate report of casualties as the firefight raged as of press time.

He said the troops from the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion (IB) encountered the bandits at past 2 p.m. in Barangay Pansul.

He said military forces nearby have been alerted to reinforce the troops.

On Monday, government security forces overran two camps in Talipao town, where the hostages were believed to have been held by the Abu Sayyaf.

Tan said troopers from the Army’s 45th IB were able to track down the location of the terrorists as they were conducting clearing operations in Barangay Sinumaan, Talipao.

Tan said the bandits retreated as soon as they sensed the arrival of soldiers. No clash occurred between the two forces.

“The troops found signs and indicators that the hostages and bandits had been at the camps,” Tan said.

He said the soldiers recovered ammunition, improvised explosive devices, hammocks, water containers and other personal belongings from the camps that could accommodate about 150 persons.

He said the military continued to scour the jungles and set up blockades in the area to prevent the militants from escaping with their hostages.

Tan said the military has refined its operation to rescue the remaining hostages. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe, Roel Pareño

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Duterte: Death penalty a retribution not a deterrent By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 7:46pm 10 30 googleplus0 0


Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte says he will protect policemen who will face criminal charges for performing their role in his ruthless campaign against criminality and illegal drugs. File photo

DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday stressed the need to revive the death penalty, which he said, would serve as "retribution" for those who committed crimes.

He said those who insist that death penalty is not a deterrent to crime do not understand his position on the issue.

"The death penalty might be a deterrence to commit a crime but that is one school of thought," Duterte said.

"Death penalty to me is the retribution. It makes you pay for what you did," he added.

The death penalty was abolished in 1987 during the time of President Corazon Aquino but was revived in 1993 under President Fidel Ramos.

Crimes that were punishable by death include murder, rape, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a devout Catholic, signed a law abolishing capital punishment in 2006.

Duterte reiterated that he would not hesitate to kill those who seek to destroy the youth, whom he said, is the future of the country.

"Do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Do not destroy my children because I will kill you,” he said.

Duterte, who has pummeled critics of his strong anti-crime drive, said he would just ignore Commission on Human Rights Chairman Jose Luis Martin Gascon, who has been critical of his plans.

“If you know Gascon or if he is your friend, tell him I won’t follow him,” he said.


SENATOR-ELECT LEILE DE LIMA

Duterte also has an unusual threat against incoming Sen. Leila de Lima, who vowed to look into the law enforcement operations to be launched by the next administration.

"If De Lima does not shut her mouth, I will kill her – with love. If she agrees, I don’t know,” he said. Duterte to cops who kill criminals: 'I will protect you' Duterte also vowed to help policemen who will face criminal charges for performing their role in his ruthless campaign against criminality and illegal drugs.

“I will take care of you I will protect you,” Duterte said in a speech delivered before local officials in Sarangani.

“If you kill 1,000, tell them it was ordered by Duterte. Period. I will deal with everybody,” he added.

Duterte, however, warned law enforcers not to lie to him or use his name to justify illegal activities.

“I told the police and law enforcers not to embarrass me by lying. If you committed a crime for personal reason, tell me and I’ll help you. But do not lie to me,” he said at a business forum in Davao City last Monday.

Duterte, whose successful presidential campaign has been attributed to his tough stance against crime, has vowed to suppress criminality in three to six months. He has also offered bounty to people who will kill drug lords and has encouraged ordinary citizens to arrest drug pushers in their communities.

“If you (policemen) are subpoenaed by the Ombudsman, tell them to send it to Duterte,” the tough-talking leader said.

Duterte, who served as Davao City mayor for 22 years, also warned local executives who are involved in the narcotics trade.

“To the mayors who are into drugs: I will catch up with you. If we see each other, if we meet in one corner, I don’t know. I’m warning you especially those who are still in government,” he added.

Duterte previously told lawmakers that at least 35 local executives are involved in illegal drugs trade.

Reacting to the recent deaths of suspected drug pushers, Duterte said some drug lords may have silenced their accomplices to escape criminal liability.

"Baka yung pinatay nila, mga bata nila," he said.


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Rody: I’m just a probinsiyano, but… By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 330 googleplus1 0


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte addresses businessmen at the ‘Sulong Pilipinas’ consultative meeting in Davao City yesterday as his incoming Cabinet members listen.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Describing himself as a “probinsyano” lacking social skills, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he nevertheless has the power to create positions, as he invited businessmen at a forum yesterday to join his Cabinet.

Duterte was apparently trying to make light of criticism that only his friends and former classmates were appointed to Cabinet positions.

He told his audience he was just a country bumpkin who did not have many friends in high places.

“I’m really a dyed-in-the-wool probinsyano,” he said. “Ang nakilala ko sa buhay ko mga taga-Davao. Di naman ako niyaya ng mga sosyal sa Maynila (The people I know are from Davao. I was never invited by socialites from Manila).”

But now that he is president-elect, Duterte said he can create titles for just about anyone.

“If you want, I will hire you. Just raise your right hand,” he joked.

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“The president has prerogative of naming titles, attaching it and raising it to Cabinet level. If you want, I can hire you all,” he said, then quickly added, “Just joking.”

Duterte went on to say that as a student he never excelled in economics, so he has designated people who are comfortable with the subject. “I told you I almost failed economics,” Duterte said.

“Ayoko yan. Nakakahilo yan. Dito taas tapos bukas lugi. Kung ganyan ang negosyo mo e di huminto ka na lang (I don’t like that. It makes me dizzy. The figures go up and then tomorrow, the business is bankrupt. If that’s the way your business works, you should just stop),” he added.

Duterte, nevertheless, vowed to provide a conducive environment for business by stamping out corruption and crime. He noted that investors cannot grow their business if security threats persist.

“I don’t like corruption. It makes me sick,” Duterte said.

On a more serious note, Duterte warned businessmen the country would become a narco-state if the prevailing illegal drug problem is not effectively and immediately addressed.

“If you do not do something with the situation, seven years from now, this country will become a narco-state,” he said.

Duterte, who earlier said there were at least 35 local executives who were into the illegal drug trade, said some elected local officials won because of drug money. He stressed he would never allow illegal drugs to proliferate under his watch.

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DUTERTE IN MATINA, DAVAO / MAY 16, 2016Speaking in front of the members of the press at the Matina Enclaves, Davao City, presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte bares his programs and policies that primarily focus on peace and order and on efficient government service. PHOTO BY BARRY OHAYLAN / CONTRIBUTOR


DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has approved the request of broadcast networks for access to his June 30 inauguration so that they could broadcast the historic event live, the incoming presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said on Wednesday.

Andanar told reporters here that broadcast companies would be allowed to cover the event from a “strategic space” on the grounds of Malacañang.

“After serious consideration, the organizing committee of the Inauguration 2016 has decided to approve the request of the national broadcasting companies to have a strategic space on Malacañang grounds,” Andanar said.

Andanar said that journalists could do their stand-uppers near Gate 6 during the inauguration inside the Rizal Hall.

He said Duterte’s inaugural speech was being finalized as of Wednesday.

“The President has full editorial control of his speech,” Andanar said.

He said in jest there would be no expletives, for which Duterte had been previously criticized during his extemporaneous speeches. Andanar added the new President might use a mix of English, Filipino and Cebuano.

And for a person used to doing unscripted speeches, Duterte might use a teleprompter for his inauguration.

Andanar said that a couple of weeks ago, they asked RTVM to send in a teleprompter.

“He liked it. He liked the teleprompter,” Andanar said.


President Duterte's Incoming Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella

Incoming Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella disclosed that social networking site Facebook has offered to stream the inauguration live.

“We had a meeting with the representative of Facebook Asia and they offered to live stream the inauguration. It can be easily accessed especially by OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) and Filipinos all over the world,” Abella said.

As promised, the inauguration will be brief and the usual rites – including the salubong between Duterte and outgoing President Aquino will be “edited and shortened” to an estimated duration of five hours.

Incoming Vice President Leni Robredo’s presence in the President’s inauguration had not been considered, said Andanar and Abella.

There will be no partying too and that the incoming President decided to do away with the traditional vin d’honneur.

“There will be no champagne popping, no caviar, no blue cheese,” Andanar said.


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Instead, a diplomatic reception will be held but the types food to be served were not divulged by Andanar and Abella.

After the inauguration, Duterte will administer the mass oath taking of Cabinet members, to be followed by a meeting with the diplomatic corps.

Regarding the incoming First Family, it is not year clear who will be standing beside Duterte but both Andanar and Abella have confirmed that people close to Duterte, including his children Sara, Paolo, Sebastian and Veronica, will be there.

Members of his Cabinet and councilors of Davao City were also invited but were strictly advised not to bring their spouses.

Abella and Andanar asserted that Duterte, a simple man all his life, would fulfill his pronouncements that nothing fancy would be served in the inauguration.

Meanwhile, LED screens will be mounted in Davao City so that the residents will be able to monitor live the inauguration of Duterte. SFM


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Incoming Duterte admin: Don’t try to corrupt us By: Ben O. de Vera @BenArnolddeVera Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:12 AM June 22nd, 2016


Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. PHOTO BY E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—If you don’t want us to be corrupt, you should do your part and not attempt to corrupt us.

This was the message of the economic managers of the incoming Duterte administration to the country’s business leaders at the end of their two-day consultative meeting on Tuesday.

“You expect us not to be corrupt. Can we expect you not to corrupt us?” incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, earning the applause of the hundreds of businessmen who attended the “Sulong Pilipinas: Hakbang Tungo sa Kaunlaran” consultative workshop between businessmen and Duterte’s economic managers.

In response to one of the businessmen’s 10 recommendations, Tugade also assured them that the incoming administration would respect the sanctity of contracts.

During the first day of consultations on Monday, the incoming economic team fleshed out the 10-point economic agenda of the Duterte administration aimed at slashing poverty and inequality while fostering inclusive growth.

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Businessmen, for their part, unveiled yesterday 10 recommendations for the new administration. They are:

The adoption of comprehensive tax reform;
The adoption of a national ID system;
Further ease in doing business;
The improvement of telecommunications and internet services;
The delivery of support services to farmers such as financing, technology and logistics;
The implementation of responsible mining, with local value-added such as processing, while limiting raw ore exports;
The development of regional industries while equipping the local workforce with necessary skills;
The improvement of transport networks across the country to foster connectivity;
A review of the conditional cash transfer program, as it promotes dependency on the government; and
The speedy implementation of public-private partnership and infrastructure projects as well as respecting the sanctity of contracts.

Duterte assured the businessmen that his administration would study and review the recommendations while focusing on what could be done earlier in his administration.
TVJ

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Manny Pangilinan and Gina Lopez. Photo by Angie De Silva for ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Manny Pangilinan, the chairman of Philex Mining, on Wednesday said he respects the decision of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to choose known anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez to head the environment department.

"The elephant in the room is Gina Lopez, I apologize for the comparison but let me say this, it's entirely the prerogative of the president and we respect that," Pangilinan said.

He added that there is a need to push for responsible mining to help boost local exports, and benefit the economy.

Lopez has accepted Duterte's offer for her to lead the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). On Tuesday, she stressed her stance against mining.

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Meanwhile, mining shares fell for a second day on Wednesday, with investors worried over the appointment of Lopez as environment secretary.

Pangilinan and Lopez, who is the chairperson of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, earlier clashed at a conference of mining industry stakeholders because of opposing views on preservation of habitats in identified mine-rich areas.


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