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JUNE 30, 2016: GOD BLESS THE COUNTRY AND THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES!

MY ADHERENCE TO RULE OF LAW IS UNCOMPROMISING - DUTERTE
[“I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation,” he said.]
[RELATED: Change 'must start with us and within us' - Duterte]


JUNE 30 -President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath of office at Malacañang's Rizal Hall on Thursday. Malacañang Photo Bureau President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stressed that he will adhere to due process and rule of law in fighting drugs and criminality upon taking his oath of office as the 16th president of the country. In his speech following his inauguration, Duterte, a former prosecutor, said he knows the limits of his power and authority as president. "I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal," Duterte said in his inaugural speech. Duterte narrated how he had seen corruption and illegal drugs affect the government and the lives of Filipino families. The president called on the Congress and the Commission on Human Rights to remain consistent to its mandate. "The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained. I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not," Duterte said. Duterte added that he will seek to revitalize and recover the lost values of love of country, subordination of personal interests and care for the helpless in his term. "The ride will be rough but come and join me just the same," the president said. The president noted that the country will continue to honor treaties and international obligations under his term. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: Change 'must start with us and within us'... VIDEO DUTERTE MEETS DIPLOMATIC CORP...

ALSO: Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as 16th Philippine president (627 GUESTS)[Apparently addressing criticisms that he will espouse dictatorship once president, Duterte said he is aware of his post's boundaries. "I know the limits of the power of the president. I know what is legal and what is not," he said.]
[RELATED: Inday Sara's style stirs flattering remarks on social media]


JUNE 30 -
New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes. His youngest child, Kitty, holds the Bible copy handed down by his late mother. Malacañang Photo Bureau Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte from Davao City on Thursday took his oath of office as the 16th president of the Philippines at Malacañan Palace in Manila. Duterte took his oath after former President Benigno Aquino III was given departure honors at the Palace grounds. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte's oath at Malacañang’s Rizal Ceremonial Hall, which was attended by 627 guests. LIVE COVERAGE: Presidential inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte Senate President Franklin Drilon read a resolution of the joint houses of Congress proclaiming Duterte and Leni Robredo as the "duly elected president and vice president of the Philippines" at the start of the ceremony. In his inaugural address, Duterte listed what he considers the ills of society: Corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government; criminality in the streets; the rampant sale of illegal drugs; and the breakdown of law and order. He also said the erosion of trust in government, tainted with corruption, has to be restored. "We have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs, fortify their faith and trust in us," Duterte said. READ MORE...RELATED, Inday Sara's style stirs flattering remarks on social media...

ALSO: Analysis - Understanding the Duterte vision for the Philippines
[It is in everybody’s interest to see the phenomenal rise of Duterte in the annals of history as the moment we, as the Filipino nation freely chose a humble Visayan probinsyano from the distant island of Mindanao to instill upon us a renewed sense of national pride and lead us to reclaim, redefine and deepen democracy, on our own terms.] [RELATED: Kris Aquino on Duterte: I support him all the way]


JUNE 30 -New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, stands on the dais as outgoing President Benigno Aquino III reviews the troops during inauguration ceremony Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Malacanang Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines. Duterte becomes the 16th President of the Philippine Republic. AP/Bullit Marquez
Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration on June 30 as President of the Philippines has brought a sense of cautious optimism across all sectors of the society, which has clamored for a swift end to endemic corruption, inefficiency in the bureaucracy, income inequality, and the proliferation of armed groups and other lawless elements. Duterte’s rise can be understood as part and parcel of a broader collapse of barriers-to-power, which is transforming politics both in the Philippines and internationally. All over the world, “micropowers,” whether individuals, firms, or states, have found ways to undermine established players that previously served as the gatekeepers of power.
During his campaign, Duterte positioned himself as an alternative to traditional presidential candidates. His unorthodox demeanor appealed to many Filipinos, who saw him as unafraid to speak his mind, even to the extent of testing the limits of so-called “civilized” behavior. As a result, the millions of Filipinos that voted for him have high expectations for his presidency. Given these expectations and the growing curiosity of foreign observers over the man nicknamed “The Punisher,” it makes sense to expound Duterte’s three overarching policy thrusts: reestablishing law and order, making Philippine growth inclusive and restructuring the Philippine system of government. These three thrusts are the means by which the Duterte administration will seek to turn his campaign promise of “Tunay na Pagbabago” or radical change into lived reality. Reestablishing law and order: The centerpiece of Duterte’s campaign platform was suppressing the three so-called evils: crime, illegal drugs and corruption, which he believes are undermining security across all sectors and hampering the growth of the domestic economy. He pledged to instill discipline with an iron fist for everyone to adhere to the rule of law and strengthen the country’s justice system. The centerpiece of Duterte's campaign platform was suppressing the three so-called evils: crime, illegal drugs and corruption. To reestablish law and order, he plans to launch a focused, time-bound campaign against criminals, drug lords and corrupt government officials through the joint efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). This will occur in tandem with the elevation of city-level ordinances from Davao, such as curfew on unescorted minors past 10 p.m. and a ban on the sale of liquor and drinking in public spaces after 1:00 a.m., and so on to the national level. READ MORE...ALSO, Kris Aquino on Duterte: I support him all the way...

ALSO: Duterte - We will implement all signed peace agreements
[RELATED: CHR ready to work with Rody]


JUNE 30 -Ghazali Jaafar, vice chairman for political affairs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, introduces then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte to members of the MILF’s central committee in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao in this February 27, 2016 file photo. Philstar.com/John Unson
Rodrigo Duterte, 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines, on Thursday promised to honor and implement peace with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), hinting this would be done as the country shifts to a federal form of government.
"My administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements," Duterte said in his inaugural speech in Malacañan. He said that this would be done "in step with constitutional and legal reforms." During the election campaign, Duterte visited the MILF leadership in the rebel group's Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, where he promised to continue the peace process, which has been stalled by Congress' failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The BBL, which would create an autonomous territory with powers devolved from the central government, would have implemented the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Duterte also said in presidential debates that conflict in parts of Mindanao is rooted in the historical injustice that must be addressed and corrected. Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte's pick and likely the next speaker of the House of Representatives, has said, however, that the proposal to create a Bangsamoro territory would be included in a proposed plan to create a federal government, where regional states would have greater autonomy from the federal government in Manila. The MILF has said that the CAB should be implemented since the constitutional changes needed for the shift to federalism would take years. On Wednesday, however, MILF Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim and Muslimin Sema — chairman of the largest of three MNLF factions — signed a joint communiqué saying they have committed to harmonizing the CAB and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the government and the MNLF. Murad said both groups are willing to work together on a common roadmap for the implementation of the peace deals. READ MORE...RELATED, CHR ready to work with Rody...

ALSO: Duterte's Cabinet takes oath, holds first meeting


JUNE 30 -Newly swon President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his inaugural address at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Duterte says he is aware of the limits of the president's powers amid criticisms that he has an authoritarian style. Malacañang Photo Bureau
MANILA, Philippines — The new members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet took their oath of office on Thursday following the inauguration of country's 16th president. Duterte administered the oath-taking of his Cabinet members following his own inaugural ceremony at Malacanang's Rizal Hall. The country's new president took his oath of office at exactly 12 p.m. as mandated by the 1987 Constitution. Rodrigo Duterte, the new Philippine president, conducts the mass oath-taking of his Cabinet officials following his oath of office at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, June 30, 2016. RTVM screencap Duterte had met with his Cabinet before but this is their first meeting as sworn officials at the Palace. The president recently completed the lineup of his Cabinet: READ MORE,

ALSO: FVR, Erap, Bongbong Marcos, Imee present at Duterte inauguration


JUNE 30 -LOOK: Senators JV Ejercito, Bongbong Marcos and Koko Pimentel in Duterte inauguration #Panunumpa FROM www.scoopnest.com -Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday attended the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Marcos was seen inside the Rizal Hall of Malacañang in a barong. He was seated a few seats away from Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, his rival in the last vice presidential race. Cayetano was Duterte’s runningmate. Reelected Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos was also present. Duterte, who described Marcos as a friend, said he would not give Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post because he did not want to hurt the outgoing senator. The incoming President has also said that he will allow the burial of late president Ferdinand Marcos at the “Libingan ng Mga Bayani” (Heroes Cemetery)./rga WATCH VIDEOS AT INQUIRER VIDEO GALLERY OF THE INAUGURAL HERE ...


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Duterte: My adherence to rule of law is uncompromising


President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath of office at Malacañang's Rizal Hall on Thursday. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, JUNE 30, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray June 30, 2016 - 1:25pm - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday stressed that he will adhere to due process and rule of law in fighting drugs and criminality upon taking his oath of office as the 16th president of the country.

In his speech following his inauguration, Duterte, a former prosecutor, said he knows the limits of his power and authority as president.

"I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal," Duterte said in his inaugural speech.

Duterte narrated how he had seen corruption and illegal drugs affect the government and the lives of Filipino families.

The president called on the Congress and the Commission on Human Rights to remain consistent to its mandate.

"The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained. I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not," Duterte said.

Duterte added that he will seek to revitalize and recover the lost values of love of country, subordination of personal interests and care for the helpless in his term.

"The ride will be rough but come and join me just the same," the president said.

The president noted that the country will continue to honor treaties and international obligations under his term.

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The Duterte administration will also continue peace talks with the Moro in Mindanao.

"I look forward to the participation of stakeholders particularly indigenous peoples to ensure inclusivity in the peace process," Duterte said.

"Why am I here? I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines," the president concluded.

Duterte met with former President Benigno Aquino III at the President's Hall at Malacañang prior to his oath-taking at the Rizal Memorial Hall.

 
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The new president was Aquino's last visitor at the Palace before he was given departure honors to signify the end of his six-year term. — Video edited by Efigenio Toledo IV courtesy of RTVM


 
VIDEO: DUTERTE MEETS MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS

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Duterte: Change 'must start with us and within us' By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 3:52pm 1 32 googleplus1 0


President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his inaugural speech after taking his oath at his inauguration ceremony in Malacañang Palace Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte is the 16th president of the Philippine Republic. The News and Information Bureau, Malacañang Palace via AP

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte assumed Thursday his post as the country’s 16th chief executive with an appeal for Filipinos to be part of the change the country needs and a vow to fortify the people’s faith in their government.

Duterte said “real change” and “malasakit” or concern — campaign slogans that catapulted him to the presidency — were not only conceptualized to secure votes.

“These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us,” Duterte said in his profanity-free inaugural address that lasted for 15 minutes.


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“To borrow the language of (National Artist for Literature) F. Sionil Jose, 'we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves',” he added.

Duterte said no leader, however strong, can succeed at anything unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and has sworn to serve.

“Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished — these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines,” the president said.

“The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest,” he added.

Duterte, who won by a landslide during the May 9 polls with 16.6 million votes, also asked fellow public servants to help him strengthen the Filipinos’ trust in the government.

“It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office,” he said. Helpless, hopeless, defenseless Duterte, who previously vowed a government for the helpless, hopeless and the defenseless, said the foundations of his administration would be built upon the ideas of American presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (WIKIPEDIA)

Quoting Roosevelt, Duterte said the test of government is “not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.”

He also recited Lincoln’s famous lines about social classes.


Abraham Lincoln (WIKIPEDIA)

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men,” the president said.

Duterte assured Filipinos that he would not protect anybody’s interest but that of the nation.

“Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve everyone and not only one,” Duterte said.

“That is why I have adopted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said: ‘I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.”

Duterte, who earlier revealed that he would not have run for president if he could turn back time, said he is now ready to serve his countrymen.

“I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation,” he said.


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Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as 16th Philippine president By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 12:02pm 21 395 googleplus2 1


New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes. His youngest child, Kitty, holds the Bible copy handed down by his late mother. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3 12:40 p.m.) — Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte from Davao City on Thursday took his oath of office as the 16th president of the Philippines at Malacañan Palace in Manila.

Duterte took his oath after former President Benigno Aquino III was given departure honors at the Palace grounds.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte's oath at Malacañang’s Rizal Ceremonial Hall, which was attended by 627 guests.

LIVE COVERAGE: Presidential inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte

Senate President Franklin Drilon read a resolution of the joint houses of Congress proclaiming Duterte and Leni Robredo as the "duly elected president and vice president of the Philippines" at the start of the ceremony.

In his inaugural address, Duterte listed what he considers the ills of society: Corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government; criminality in the streets; the rampant sale of illegal drugs; and the breakdown of law and order.

He also said the erosion of trust in government, tainted with corruption, has to be restored.

"We have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs, fortify their faith and trust in us," Duterte said.

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Apparently addressing criticisms that he will espouse dictatorship once president, Duterte said he is aware of his post's boundaries.

"I know the limits of the power of the president. I know what is legal and what is not," he said.

Duterte is the second president to take his oath at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall after former President Ferdinand Marcos, who took his oath there on Feb. 25, 1986.

Duterte arrived in Manila from Davao City on Wednesday night and stayed overnight in an undisclosed hotel at Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

Robredo earlier took her oath of office separately at the Reception House in Quezon City. — Video edited by Efigenio Toledo IV courtesy of RTVM

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Inday Sara's style stirs flattering remarks on social media By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 2:58pm 15 1858 googleplus1 0


President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath of office at Malacañang's Rizal Hall on Thursday. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines - Who needs an excessively ornate garb when you can rock even the simplest gown like the feisty Inday Sara?

Proving that a woman does not need a melodramatic dress to catch public's attention, Inday Sara opted for a simple yet exquisite royal blue gown designed by Davao City-based Silverio Anglacer.

Inday Sara finished off the look with a nude pointed heels and just enough makeup to look fresh rather than pale.

President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath of office at Malacañang's Rizal Hall on Thursday. Malacañang Photo Bureau

The gown was without opulent details but its sleek simplicity oozes with sensuality and elegance which captured the audience's attention as she walked towards the stage as his father, President Rodrigo Duterte was about to be sworn as the 16th president of the Philippines.

Even the netizens did not fail to notice the the feisty Inday Sara, dubbing her the "Maria Isabel Lopez" of the inauguration.


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Analysis: Understanding the Duterte vision for the Philippines By Dindo Manhit (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 1:35pm 0 90 googleplus0 0


New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, stands on the dais as outgoing President Benigno Aquino III reviews the troops during inauguration ceremony Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Malacanang Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines. Duterte becomes the 16th President of the Philippine Republic. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration on June 30 as President of the Philippines has brought a sense of cautious optimism across all sectors of the society, which has clamored for a swift end to endemic corruption, inefficiency in the bureaucracy, income inequality, and the proliferation of armed groups and other lawless elements.

Duterte’s rise can be understood as part and parcel of a broader collapse of barriers-to-power, which is transforming politics both in the Philippines and internationally. All over the world, “micropowers,” whether individuals, firms, or states, have found ways to undermine established players that previously served as the gatekeepers of power.

During his campaign, Duterte positioned himself as an alternative to traditional presidential candidates. His unorthodox demeanor appealed to many Filipinos, who saw him as unafraid to speak his mind, even to the extent of testing the limits of so-called “civilized” behavior. As a result, the millions of Filipinos that voted for him have high expectations for his presidency.

'TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO' (RADICAL CHANGE INTO LIVED REALITY)

Given these expectations and the growing curiosity of foreign observers over the man nicknamed “The Punisher,” it makes sense to expound Duterte’s three overarching policy thrusts: reestablishing law and order, making Philippine growth inclusive and restructuring the Philippine system of government.

These three thrusts are the means by which the Duterte administration will seek to turn his campaign promise of “Tunay na Pagbabago” or radical change into lived reality.

Reestablishing law and order

The centerpiece of Duterte’s campaign platform was suppressing the three so-called evils: crime, illegal drugs and corruption, which he believes are undermining security across all sectors and hampering the growth of the domestic economy. He pledged to instill discipline with an iron fist for everyone to adhere to the rule of law and strengthen the country’s justice system.

"The centerpiece of Duterte's campaign platform was suppressing the three so-called evils: crime, illegal drugs and corruption. To reestablish law and order, he plans to launch a focused, time-bound campaign against criminals, drug lords and corrupt government officials through the joint efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). "

This will occur in tandem with the elevation of city-level ordinances from Davao, such as curfew on unescorted minors past 10 p.m. and a ban on the sale of liquor and drinking in public spaces after 1:00 a.m., and so on to the national level.

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He desires to bring an end to the decades-long Communist and Moro insurgencies. An early group of his peace negotiators met with representatives of the National Democratic Front from June 13 to 14, 2016.

News reports indicate that a ceasefire agreement could be put in place even prior to the first State of the Nation address on July 25. Duterte offered to elevate members of leftist groups to four line departments.

At present, however, it is not certain that Duterte fully appreciates the depth of Communist movement, its network of political front organizations, and their end objective.

The Moro groups have seen similar attention: Duterte had a joint meeting with the leadership of both the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on June 18.

Both groups reportedly support the move toward federalism. At present, there is some uncertainty over the implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as a stand-alone measure or as part of a push toward a federal system in the country—another campaign priority for Duterte. Either case could be expected to provide a greater share of autonomy to the proposed region.

Making socio-economic growth and development inclusive

Duterte has expressed his desire to build on the stellar accomplishments of the administration of outgoing president Benigno Aquino III, particularly the latter’s good governance initiatives and critical structural reforms that transformed the Philippines from being “the sick man of Asia” into “Asia’s rising tiger.”

Of his ten-point socioeconomic agenda revealed on Monday, June 20, for example, his first point was to continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary and trade policies.

WILL DEPART FROM AQUINO LEGACY (DAANG MATUWID)

However, he intends to depart from Aquino’s legacy of instituting slow but steady macroeconomic reform by advancing an economic agenda which seeks to upgrade, accelerate as well as expand the government’s basic services that shall render the country’s macroeconomic environment more conducive for the flourishing of businesses, influx of investments and conduct of seamless trade within the country and the greater ASEAN region.

Some megaprojects worth anticipating include: (a) three major railway systems, namely the Mindanao railway, Manila-Bicol railway, and Manila-Batangas railway; (b) Zamboanga Ecozone, Southern Mindanao Growth Corridor (General Santos growth corridor and Davao Gulf Industrial corridor); and the South Mindanao-North Sulawesi ro-ro link, among others.

Duterte intends to overcome the alleged structural dissonance between macroeconomic reform which has been the hallmark of Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” program and concrete improvement of living conditions and standards of Juan dela Cruz.

In doing so, he has talked about pursuing the following: generation of domestic jobs; increase of employment; abolition of contractualization; promotion of livelihood; agricultural modernization; and entrepreneurial, technological and industrial advancement with just taxation and equitable distribution of wealth while caring for the environment for sustainable development.

"Duterte intends to overcome the alleged structural dissonance between macroeconomic reform which has been the hallmark of Aquino's "Daang Matuwid" program and concrete improvement of living conditions and standards of Juan dela Cruz."

He also plans to carry out: improvement of government provision of social services which include education, health, housing, mass transportation with special attention to the elderly, women, children, youth, indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors; provision of assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families; and adaptation to climate change through reducing risk, preparing for natural disasters and adopting 911 nationwide.

Restructuring the form of government

Lastly, Duterte wants to overhaul the unitary-presidential system and shift to a federal-parliamentary system through a Constitutional Convention. He desires the holding of a plebiscite and preparing the future federal states to effect power-sharing, resources-sharing, respect-for-all and development-for-all as key to reforming the whole bureaucracy to effect good governance.

Reforms under the new system are said to include: increasing the salaries of government workers; fighting graft and corruption; and unleashing the full potentials of all regions and ethnic groups for social, economic and cultural growth. Furthermore, constitutional amendment shall lift restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution, grant more foreign ownership of property and certain industries.

The uncertain but promising road ahead

While Duterte’s policy thrusts are intended to improve internal security and catalyze inclusive growth in the country, one can’t deny that his vision will, in reality, draw opposition along multiple fronts. He is not only about to wage a bloody war against the “undesirables” such as criminals, drug syndicates and corrupt officials who for decades have thrived in the dark underbelly of modern Philippine society.

Over and above these, he looks set to wage his own revolution against what he sees as a dysfunctional political and economic system that has created and perpetuated obstructions the Philippines’ path to industrialization on the other.

"He is not only about to wage a bloody war against the "undesirables" such as criminals, drug syndicates and corrupt officials who for decades have thrived in the dark underbelly of modern Philippine society."

However, a strong populist leadership can sometimes fall victim to parochial thinking. Having been used to running a secondary city without serious opposition, there is some fear that Duterte could travel down the path of arrogance toward abuse of power at the national scale.

'SUPERMAJORITY' IN CONGRESS

As elected legislators have begun to fall in line, the creation of a “super majority” in Philippine Congress could transform it into a rubber-stamping body. It is imperative for the Filipino citizenry to maintain a collective critical mindset and attitude on what his mantra truly means and how it is carried out.

While we should support security and development policies and strategies that will help build strong institutions and genuinely democratize political power, we ought to remain vigilant against any tendencies to build a new religion around his quasi-messianic, strongman persona.

"It is imperative for the Filipino citizenry to maintain a collective critical mindset and attitude on what his mantra truly means and how it is carried out."

Nevertheless, used wisely, his strong mandate can help to institutionalize needed government reforms, clear up regulatory gridlock and, at least for the next six years, stabilize the policy environment.

At the very least, increasing investment and promoting growth have been identified as policy priorities for the next six years.

It is in everybody’s interest to see the phenomenal rise of Duterte in the annals of history as the moment we as the Filipino nation freely chose a humble Visayan probinsyano from the distant island of Mindanao to instill upon us a renewed sense of national pride and lead us to reclaim, redefine and deepen democracy, on our own terms.

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Dindo Manhit is the president of Stratbase-Albert Del Rosario Institute (ADRi) for Strategic and International Studies.

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Kris Aquino to Duterte: I support him all the way (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 12:07pm 5 3242 googleplus1 0


Kris Aquino said she’ll give her full support to President Rodrigo Duterte, despite endorsing a different presidential candidate during the campaign period. Instagram/Kris Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino said she’ll give her full support to President Rodrigo Duterte, the same way she supports Vice President Leni Robredo.

“All the way. All the way to 2022,” Kris replied when asked if she’s supporting Duterte, DZMM reported.

Kris has endorsed presidential candidate Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party during the campaign period.

She attended the oath-taking of Robredo earlier today at the Executive House in Quezon City.

Before she left event, the Queen of All Media said she sent a text message to Robredo.

"The same way na pinagdasal ko talaga ang safety, wisdom, guidance and good health of PNoy is the same thing I promised her,” said Kris.

“Kung anong pagno-novena, misa at pagla-light ng lahat ng kandila gagawin ko 'yon para sa kanya because I'm really praying for her success. I'm also praying for President Duterte,” she concluded. – Joyce Jimenez


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Duterte: We will implement all signed peace agreements (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 2:18pm 2 19 googleplus0 0


Ghazali Jaafar, vice chairman for political affairs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, introduces then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte to members of the MILF’s central committee in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao in this February 27, 2016 file photo. Philstar.com/John Unson

MANILA, Philippines — Rodrigo Duterte, 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines, on Thursday promised to honor and implement peace with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), hinting this would be done as the country shifts to a federal form of government.

"My administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements," Duterte said in his inaugural speech in Malacañan. He said that this would be done "in step with constitutional and legal reforms."

During the election campaign, Duterte visited the MILF leadership in the rebel group's Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, where he promised to continue the peace process, which has been stalled by Congress' failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The BBL, which would create an autonomous territory with powers devolved from the central government, would have implemented the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Duterte also said in presidential debates that conflict in parts of Mindanao is rooted in the historical injustice that must be addressed and corrected.

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte's pick and likely the next speaker of the House of Representatives, has said, however, that the proposal to create a Bangsamoro territory would be included in a proposed plan to create a federal government, where regional states would have greater autonomy from the federal government in Manila.

The MILF has said that the CAB should be implemented since the constitutional changes needed for the shift to federalism would take years.

On Wednesday, however, MILF Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim and Muslimin Sema — chairman of the largest of three MNLF factions — signed a joint communiqué saying they have committed to harmonizing the CAB and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the government and the MNLF.

Murad said both groups are willing to work together on a common roadmap for the implementation of the peace deals.

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“There was no implementation 'in letter and spirit’ of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the Jeddah Accord and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the government and the MNLF,” Sema said. Implementation of the CAB, meanwhile, has been continuing despite the BBL being stalled in Congress.

The MILF has, for example, conducted a symbolic decommissioning of weapons and combatants. The government, meanwhile, has funded development projects to transform MILF camps into productive and peaceful communities.

"I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders," Duterte said Thursday. "I look forward to the participation of stakeholders particularly indigenous peoples to ensure inclusivity in the peace process."

Duterte has also kicked off a return to formal peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front. Preliminary talks between incoming members of the Duterte administration and the NDF have led to a resumption of peace negotiations by July. ​— Jonathan de Santos

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CHR ready to work with Rody By Janvic Mateo (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 4:13pm 1 49 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes his oath of office as the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. The Incoming president walks up the Palace steps forthe first time.. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it is ready to engage with President Rodrigo Duterte, who took his oath of office and officially assumed the highest post in the land Thursday.

“The CHR congratulates President Duterte on his inauguration to high office and wish him much success in pursuing his mandate,” Chairman Chito Gascon said. “The CHR looks forward to engaging with his administration on human rights as we each must do what we must.”

Gascon issued the statement minutes after Duterte, in his inaugural speech, called on the human rights body and the Congress to mind their work and let him mind his.

“Allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate,” said Duterte, adding that he knows the limitations of the functions of his office.

In response, Gascon said they are heartened with Duterte’s affirmation to adhere to due process and rule of law in addressing issues that he would face during his incumbency.

“Such is all we hope and expect as this proceeds from the solemn oath he took,” added the CHR chief.

Duterte had been at odds with the human rights body over numerous issues in the past, more recently on his rape remark that resulted in a CHR resolution that found him liable for violating the Magna Carta of Women.

At one point, he called Gascon an “idiot” and stressed that he would not follow any directive from the CHR chairman.

Gascon, meanwhile, stressed that they are merely fulfilling their functions as mandated by the Constitution.


New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, second left, watches as outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.

“He’s not inclined to cooperate with us, but we will not stop trying. Human rights is far too important as an issue and as an agenda that when he say he does not want to talk to us, we’ll give up,” he added. Meeting with Rody In a recent interview with The STAR, Gascon said he would welcome an opportunity to meet with the president.

“He’s the chief executive, the head of state. I know he’s a busy person. I’m willing to wait, if the opportunity presents itself,” Gascon said.

While he is willing to meet with the president, Gascon said he is also not ruling out the possibility that the chief executive might ignore him and his office.

“If he chooses not to meet with me, I will not have sleepless nights about it. I will make every effort to engage his government, the different departments, the police, the Department of (the) Interior and Local Government, anyone who’s prepared to listen or even those who are not prepared to listen, so long as they have an impact on human rights, we will continue to press,” he added.

Amid calls for the commission’s abolition, the CHR chief stressed that they would continue to perform their mandate until such time that a charter change directs the dissolution of their office.

The creation of CHR was prescribed by the 1987 Constitution that was crafted after the fall of the dictatorship.

Gascon said he would not step down from office and would continue to fulfill his function until the end of his term in 2022.

“I take my duty seriously. I’ve been given a mandate, I should serve here seven years so I will perform that mandate so long as I am able to continue to do what I have taken an oath to do. I will pursue it until I finish my term, if I finish my term,” he said.


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Duterte's Cabinet takes oath, holds first meeting By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2016 - 3:42pm 1 27 googleplus0 0


Newly swon President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his inaugural address at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Duterte says he is aware of the limits of the president's powers amid criticisms that he has an authoritarian style. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — The new members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet took their oath of office on Thursday following the inauguration of country's 16th president.

Duterte administered the oath-taking of his Cabinet members following his own inaugural ceremony at Malacanang's Rizal Hall.

The country's new president took his oath of office at exactly 12 p.m. as mandated by the 1987 Constitution.


Rodrigo Duterte, the new Philippine president, conducts the mass oath-taking of his Cabinet officials following his oath of office at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, June 30, 2016. RTVM screencap

Duterte had met with his Cabinet before but this is their first meeting as sworn officials at the Palace.

The president recently completed the lineup of his Cabinet:

•Cabinet Secretary - Leoncio "Jun" Evasco

•Executive Secretary - Salvador Medialdea

•Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary - Martin Andanar

•Presidential Spokesperson - Ernesto Abella

•National Security Adviser - Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

•Secretary of Agrarian Reform - Rafael V. Mariano

•Secretary of Agriculture - Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol

•Secretary of Budget and Management - Benjamin Diokno

•Secretary of Education - Leonor Briones

•Secretary of Energy - Alfonso Cusi

•Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources - Regina "Gina" Lopez

•Secretary of Finance - Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez III

•Secretary of Foreign Affairs - Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.

•Secretary of Health - Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial

•Secretary of Information and Communications Technology - Rodolfo Salalima

•Secretary of the Interior and Local Government - Ismael Sueño

•Secretary of Justice - Vitaliano Aguirre II

•Secretary of Labor and Employment - Silvestre "Bebot" Bello III

•Secretary of National Defense - Delfin Lorenzana

•Secretary of Public Works and Highways - Mark Villar

•Secretary of Science and Technology - Fortunato de la Peña

•Secretary of Social Welfare and Development - Judy Taguiwalo

•Secretary of Tourism - Wanda Corazon Teo

•Secretary of Trade and Industry - Ramon Lopez

•Secretary of Transportation and Communications - Arthur Tugade

•Presidential Assistant for the Visayas - Michael Diño

•Special Assistant to the President/Presidential Management Staff chief - Christopher "Bong" Go

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Marcos was seen inside the Rizal Hall of Malacañang in a barong. He was seated a few seats away from Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, his rival in the last vice presidential race. Cayetano was Duterte’s runningmate.

Reelected Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos was also present.

Duterte, who described Marcos as a friend, said he would not give Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post because he did not want to hurt the outgoing senator.

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