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FIRST CABINET MEETING

DUTERTE TELLS COPS: DO YOUR DUTY, I WILL DIE FOR YOU
["Do not bullshit with me but do your duty, I will die for you," Duterte said.]
[RELATED: Why new PNP chief Bato was wiggling his head during inaugural in viral video] 


JULY 1 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, salutes beside Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, left, during arrival honors at Camp Crame Philippine National Police headquarters, in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 1, 2016. Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill, eradicating crime especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder in three to six months. AP/Aaron Favila
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned the Philippine National Police that he will not tolerate scalawags in the police force and advised them to avoid the company of drug lords. "Do not bullshit with me but do your duty, I will die for you," Duterte said.
In his speech after the oath-taking ceremony of PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, Duterte said that he knows that some police officials are involved in illegal activities. "I know your life story. I know how you handle your work and I know how good you are. But I also know sometimes you can become a bad boy in the organization so beginning from now, I will not tolerate, zero tolerance for abuses committed by the law enforcement agencies including the National Bureau of Investigation," Duterte said. Duterte said that he will be harsh but he reminded the PNP about the fundamentals of shooting criminals following issues of extrajudicial killings. The president told the police that they may only shoot criminals when they act in defense of themselves or a stranger and after announcing authority and the crime committed. READ MORE...RELATED, Why new PNP chief Bato was wiggling his head in viral video...WATCH...

ALSO: Bato dela Rosa takes command of PNP - 'I am your father'
[New PNP chief to cops involved in drugs: Surrender in 48 hours]


JULY 1 -Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa vowed endless and unquestionable loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte. Youtube screengrab/RTVMalacañang
Chief Superintendent Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Friday was promoted to director general, assuming office as Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and vowng to lead the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption alongside President Rodrigo Duterte. "To all members of the PNP, beginning today I am your father. A father who loves and takes care of his children, rewards his well performing children and punishes his erring children," Dela Rosa said in his inaugural speech at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Dela Rosa said that the internal cleansing efforts within the PNP will be relentless and that corrupt police officials will be eliminated. "In our fight against drugs, criminality and corruption it is either you are with or you are not with me. If you are with me the let's do it but if you are not with me then you are finished," the PNP chief said. The new PNP chief warned police officers, particularly those from Metro Manila, who are involved in illegal drug trade to surrender to him or leave the police force. "I am giving you 48 hours to voluntarily surrender to me at ilahad ninyo sa akin ang lahat. Otherwise mag-AWOL na lang kayo, mag-full time drug lord na lang at makipag-gyera na lang kayo sa amin," Dela Rosa said. READ MORE...,
New PNP chief gives corrupt policemen, 48 hours to surrender......

ALSO: Duterte, Robredo meet for the first time
[RELATED: No time to shine as Vice President for Leni]


JULY 1 -Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte smile for the camera at the Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony on Friday, July 1, 2016. OVP/Released
President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo met for the first time on Friday after assuming office as the country's top two government officials.
Both Duterte and Robredo attended the Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Duterte acknowledged the presence of Robredo in his speech after new AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya took command of the military. President Rodrigo Duterte said that he wanted to sit beside Vice President Leni Robredo but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was seated between them. RTVM screenshot "Vice President Leni Robredo, this is my first time to meet you personally. I would have preferred to be seated beside you but nandyan si (Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana)," Duterte told Robredo. Duterte and Robredo both assumed office on Thursday and held separate inaugural ceremonies at the Malacañang Palace and the Quezon City Reception Hall, respectively. The two leaders were supposed to meet in Davao City before taking office but conflicting schedules has not allowed them to meet. First meeting of the two highest officials after their inauguration. OVP/Released READ: Leni Robredo takes oath as 14th vice president | Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as 16th Philippine president FULL REPORT, RELATED, No time to shine as Vice President for Leni...

ALSO: Leni tells supporters - 'Journey will be hard'
[RELATED: Robredo expects no cabinet post]


JULY 1 -Vice President Leni Robredo held a post-inaugural thanksgiving party at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday evening asked for her supporters’ help anew, saying there will be hurdles as she starts her duties as the country's second top leader.
“Marami pong hadlang, maraming kahirapan pero sanay na po tayo diyan,” she said at her thanksgiving party following her oath-taking in Quezon City. Robredo said she is confident that she will be able to get through the next six years with the public’s trust. She said if she and her supporters gained victory in the election, she can overcome the challenges the vice presidency brings. Robredo expressed her gratitude to supporters who joined her in her fight during the campaign season but also asked them for another support in her new fight as vice president. “Ito po ay gabi ng pasasalamat gabi pero ito po ay gabi din ng paghingi ko po muli ng inyong tulong. Hindi pa po tapos ang laban nagsisimula pa lang po tayo,” Robredo said. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo expects no cabinet post...

ALSO: Duterte admin's first memo - Ensure effective delivery of gov't services
[RELATED: Disaster preparedness tops first Cabinet meeting]


JULY 1 -President Rodrigo Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace. Presidential Photographers Division
The new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte issued its first memorandum circular which seeks to ensure continuous and effective delivery of government services to the public.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the memo which was issued on Thursday, the same day as Duterte's inauguration. All government officials and employees were directed to continue serving until July 31 unless their appointments are revoked, resignations are accepted, replacements appointed or reappointments issued. The order covers the following: All government officials and employees whose appointments are coterminous with the appointing authority and whose positions are within an agency's plantilla except the head of agency Those holding positions whose terms of office have expired, unless otherwise prohibited by law and/or other government rules and regulations All coterminous positions are considered functus officio or no longer in office by 12 p.m. of June 30, Medialdea said in the memo. READ MORE...RELATED, Disaster preparedness tops first Cabinet meeting ...


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Duterte tells cops: Do your duty, I will die for you


JULY 1 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, salutes beside Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, left, during arrival honors at Camp Crame Philippine National Police headquarters, in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 1, 2016. Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill, eradicating crime especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder in three to six months. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, JULY 4, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Patricia Lourdes Viray July 1, 2016 - 2:38pm - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned the Philippine National Police that he will not tolerate scalawags in the police force and advised them to avoid the company of drug lords.

"Do not bullshit with me but do your duty, I will die for you," Duterte said.

In his speech after the oath-taking ceremony of PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, Duterte said that he knows that some police officials are involved in illegal activities.

"I know your life story. I know how you handle your work and I know how good you are. But I also know sometimes you can become a bad boy in the organization so beginning from now, I will not tolerate, zero tolerance for abuses committed by the law enforcement agencies including the National Bureau of Investigation," Duterte said.

Duterte said that he will be harsh but he reminded the PNP about the fundamentals of shooting criminals following issues of extrajudicial killings.

The president told the police that they may only shoot criminals when they act in defense of themselves or a stranger and after announcing authority and the crime committed.

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"If there is a resistance that plays your life in jeopardy then by all means shoot and shoot him dead. That is my order," Duterte told the PNP.

Duterte assured the police that he will protect them if they kill in the process of doing their duty.

"Do your duty and if in the process you kill one thousand persons because you were doing your duty, I will protect you. And if they try to impeach me, I will hurry the process and we will go out of the service together," Duterte said.

The president added that he will provide the police force with funds and weapons in fighting criminality, particularly illegal drugs.

Duterte stressed that it was not only a campaign slogan when he promised to raise the salaries of the police and the military.

"We might not be able to stop it on time (within) six months but certainly six months and one day matapos na sana lahat. Tutal tama 'yung bayad ko sa inyo," Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa pledged loyalty to Duterte and vowed that he will lead the fight against drugs, criminality and corruption.

READ: Bato dela Rosa takes command of PNP: I am your father

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Why new PNP chief Bato was wiggling his head in viral video By Christine Cudis (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 3:42pm googleplus


President Rodrigo Duterte, left, places the hat of the new Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, during the "Assumption of Command" ceremonies at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police headquarters, in Quezon City on Friday, July 1, 2016. Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill, eradicating crime especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder in three to six months. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

DAVAO CITY — A viral video caught new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa wiggling his head during the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Netizens watching the live stream of the event caught the jolly Dela Rosa on the video. Some were quick to cut and make a GIF out of his expression and just minutes after, it went viral with captions saying, "this is how excited I am to arrest the drug lords."

Apparently, Bato's reaction was not intended for the drug lords but to his daughter who was watching at home in Davao City.

In a text message to Philstar.com, Bato explained: "My daughter called and asked me where I was in Malacañang because she was watching and could not see me. I answered look for me on the screen, I will shake my head (not knowing that the camera was focused on me)."


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He was composing the message while waiting for the president to start their Cabinet meeting.

Duterte administered the oath taking of his Cabinet members shortly after he swore in as the 16th president of the Philippines.

In their first meeting, Duterte said that some organizational matters and typhoon and emergency preparedness will be prioritized by his administration. — with TV5/Bilang Pilipino


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Bato dela Rosa takes command of PNP: I am your father By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 11:45am googleplus


Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa vowed endless and unquestionable loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte. Youtube screengrab/RTVMalacañang

MANILA, Philippines — Chief Superintendent Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Friday was promoted to director general, assuming office as Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and vowng to lead the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption alongside President Rodrigo Duterte.

"To all members of the PNP, beginning today I am your father. A father who loves and takes care of his children, rewards his well performing children and punishes his erring children," Dela Rosa said in his inaugural speech at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Dela Rosa said that the internal cleansing efforts within the PNP will be relentless and that corrupt police officials will be eliminated.

"In our fight against drugs, criminality and corruption it is either you are with or you are not with me. If you are with me the let's do it but if you are not with me then you are finished," the PNP chief said.

The new PNP chief warned police officers, particularly those from Metro Manila, who are involved in illegal drug trade to surrender to him or leave the police force.

"I am giving you 48 hours to voluntarily surrender to me at ilahad ninyo sa akin ang lahat. Otherwise mag-AWOL na lang kayo, mag-full time drug lord na lang at makipag-gyera na lang kayo sa amin," Dela Rosa said.

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Delo Rosa pledged his "endless and unquestionable" loyalty to Duterte, who has been his partner in combatting drugs and criminality in Davao City since 1986.

The new PNP also vowed to provide Filipinos with a safe, secure and comfortable life free from drugs, criminality and corruption.

"Hindi ko po masisikmura ang bagong kalakaran ngayon na ang bagong yabangan ngayon sa mga kotong na pulis ay hindi na po magkano ang kanyang nakokolekta sa illegal gambling kundi magkano ang kanilang koleksyon sa illegal drugs. I am telling you this—this has to stop right now or I will stop you from enjoying your evil life. I promise you, change is coming including your birthday which will be changed to November 2," Dela Rosa said.

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New PNP chief to cops involved in drugs: Surrender in 48 hours Published July 1, 2016 10:42am By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News


Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Friday told policemen involved in illegal drugs that they have 48 hours to surrender to him, warning them that there will be a “relentless” pursuit to rid the police force of scalawags.

“We will be relentless in our cleansing efforts to eliminate scalawags in our ranks, mga nagko-kotong, sindikato, at mga tamad na pulis, bilang na ang mga araw ninyo lalo na kayong mga pulis sa Metro Manila na kayo na nagyayabang na kayo ay ninja. I am giving you 48 hours to voluntarily surrender to me,” Dela Rosa, who had just assumed command of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said.

“Otherwise, mag AWOL (absence without leave) na lang kayo at mag full time na drug lord kayo at makipag-giyera na lang kayo sa amin,” he added.

He said in jest that he will change the erring cops’ birthday, November 2, All Souls’ Day.

“This has to stop right now or I will stop you from enjoying your evil life. I promise you, change is coming include your birthday, which will be changed to November 2,” Dela Rosa said.

He said he will be the “father” of his 160,000-strong police force who will reward those who do their jobs and punish his erring children.

“In our fight against drugs, criminality and corruption, it is either you are with me or you are not with me. If you are with me, then let’s do it. If you are not with me, then you are finished,” he said. — VVP, GMA News


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Duterte, Robredo meet for the first time By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 3:49pm googleplus


Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte smile for the camera at the Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony on Friday, July 1, 2016. OVP/Released

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo met for the first time on Friday after assuming office as the country's top two government officials.

Both Duterte and Robredo attended the Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Duterte acknowledged the presence of Robredo in his speech after new AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya took command of the military.

President Rodrigo Duterte said that he wanted to sit beside Vice President Leni Robredo but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was seated between them. RTVM screenshot

"Vice President Leni Robredo, this is my first time to meet you personally. I would have preferred to be seated beside you but nandyan si (Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana)," Duterte told Robredo.

Duterte and Robredo both assumed office on Thursday and held separate inaugural ceremonies at the Malacañang Palace and the Quezon City Reception Hall, respectively.

The two leaders were supposed to meet in Davao City before taking office but conflicting schedules has not allowed them to meet.

First meeting of the two highest officials after their inauguration. OVP/Released

READ: Leni Robredo takes oath as 14th vice president

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as 16th Philippine president

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA TIMES

No time to shine as Vice President for Leni June 30, 2016 10:52 pm



Now officially the Vice President of the Philippines, Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo may have missed one golden opportunity to assert herself during her inauguration on Thursday as holder of the second-highest job in the land by just repeating what she had promised the electorate during the for the May elections.

In her inaugural speech at the renovated Boracay Mansion in New Manila, Quezon City, she called on her supposed mass base, the poor, to join her in “another” journey.

In her speech, Robredo again committed to lift the poor from what she called the laylayan, or fringes of society, where Filipinos majority of whom are impoverished, can be found.

To drive home the point, she took her oath of office before a barangay (village) captain from the poorest part of her home province of Camarines Sur, which she had represented as a lawmaker in Congress.

Robredo already promised a better life for marginalized Filipinos in the run-up to the recent polls.

Critics said the former congresswoman could have voiced her readiness and willingness to serve all Filipinos, a role that she could only play to the fullest by making herself available to the Office of the President.

She seemed to have resigned to President Rodrigo Duterte ignoring her as his Vice President.


READY FOR VP -The “Boracay Mansion,” a 7,000-square-meter property

During his separate inauguration also on Thursday, Duterte made no mention at all of Robredo in his short speech.

Past administrations saw the nation’s female No. 2 official being named Social Work and Development secretary.
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Robredo was emotional when she took her oath as the 14th Vice President.

“Ang sandaling ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa akin. Ito ang ating pagkakataong maisama ang mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan tungo sa maginhawang buhay sa mas malawak na paraan. Sa isang katulad nating nakikipagpulong sa riles ng tren, natutulog sa bangka at sumasakay sa habal-habal para maabot ang ating mga pinaglilingkuran, ito ay isang malaking biyaya para lalo pang makapaglingkod (This is not only for me. This is our opportunity to be with those in the fringes of society. For someone like me who met people on trains, slept on bancas and rode the habal habal to reach the far-flung areas, this [Vice Presidency] is an opportunity to be even better at public service),” she said, referring to her former life as a lawyer for the poor.

“Kailangan nating gawin ang tama para sa karamihan, hindi lang sa iilan. Ang katapatan ay dapat ibigay sa ating pinangakuang pagsisilbihan kahit labag ito sa pansariling interes. Namulat tayo sa ganitong uri ng pagsisilbi at itutuloy natin habang tayo’y nabubuhay (We need to do what is right for all. We should be honest to those whom we have an oath to serve, even if it is contrary to our interests. I have seen this kind of service for so long and I will continue to do it),” Robredo pointed out.

“Hindi natin hahayaang mapigilan tayo ng ano mang balakid upang makapagsilbi (We won’t let obstacles get in the way of service),” she said, adding that her office will be open to people from all walks of life.

Robredo called on the public and private sector to join her in improving the lives of the poor.

“We can’t waste time. Our cooperation will be the most effective investment. Kapag naninindigan tayo para sa mga pinaniniwalaan natin, kapag handa nating pagsakripisyuhan ang ating mga layunin, ang imposible ay kinakayang gawing posible (When we stand firm on our principles, when we are ready to make sacrifices for our goals, we can make the impossible, possible),” Robredo said.


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Leni tells supporters: Journey will be hard By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 4:44pm googleplus


Vice President Leni Robredo held a post-inaugural thanksgiving party at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday evening asked for her supporters’ help anew, saying there will be hurdles as she starts her duties as the country's second top leader.

“Marami pong hadlang, maraming kahirapan pero sanay na po tayo diyan,” she said at her thanksgiving party following her oath-taking in Quezon City.

Robredo said she is confident that she will be able to get through the next six years with the public’s trust. She said if she and her supporters gained victory in the election, she can overcome the challenges the vice presidency brings.

Robredo expressed her gratitude to supporters who joined her in her fight during the campaign season but also asked them for another support in her new fight as vice president.

“Ito po ay gabi ng pasasalamat gabi pero ito po ay gabi din ng paghingi ko po muli ng inyong tulong. Hindi pa po tapos ang laban nagsisimula pa lang po tayo,” Robredo said.

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The country’s new vice president repeatedly thanked her supporters who led her to the victory, citing that her “1 percent to vice president” journey is also their journey. She also thanked them for introducing and defending her during the campaign season when most people only knew her because of her husband, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Robredo recalled the start of her campaign from the time she was chosen by her Liberal Party running mate Mar Roxas, to the whole stretch of the campaign period.

She also apologized for not being able to accommodate them at her inauguration ceremony citing that the Quezon City Reception House is too small. She said the party is a continuation of her inauguration.

“Dahil po kayo na nandito ngayon karamihan sa inyo kahit po nung tila wala pang pagasa tumaya na sakin at naniwala na. ‘Yung inyo pong pagtulong isang klaseng pagtulong, sakripisyo sa oras, sakripisyo sa pagod, sakripisyo sa pera kasi marami sa inyo gumagastos ng sariling pera, paminsan sakripisyo din sa panlalait,” she said.

“Marami po sa inyo nag-tiis na dumepensa sakin at hindi ko po ito makakalimutan dahil ginawa niyo po ito nung panahon na wala pa tayong kalaban-laban,” Robredo said.

 
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Robredo said the Office of the Vice President will be open to the public and her supporters as she considers them now a "family."

"Yung akin pong tanggapan araw araw po sa susunod na anim na taon welcome na welcome po kayo, dahil yung bahay ko po, bahay niyo na rin,” she said.

The vice president’s thanksgiving party graced by performing artists was held at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle. It was attended by estimated 1,500 supporters. — Video by Efigenio Toledo IV

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Robredo expects no cabinet post by Raymund F. Antonio July 3, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Vice-President Leni Robredo, during their first meeting since winning the election last May 2016, during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, July 1, 2016. (MB File Photo-Mark Balmores)

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Vice-President Leni Robredo, during their first meeting since winning the election last May 2016, during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, July 1, 2016. (MB File Photo-Mark Balmores) Come what may.

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo is ready to accept her fate that President Rodrigo Duterte would no longer give her any Cabinet post even as their second meeting is bound to happen “anytime” in Malacanang.

“Hindi na siguro. Ako naman, nakakasa na hindi ako bibigyan. Handa na rin naman ako na wala. (Not anymore. It’s given that I won’t be given a Cabinet post. I’m prepared there is none.),” Robredo said.

The former Camarines Sur representative was not as optimistic when asked by media in Naga City if she expects a Cabinet position under the Duterte administration.

But she said that a Cabinet post would be a “bonus” once offered to her.

Robredo said she doesn’t mind having no position in the Cabinet since she already has “several meetings on partnerships with the private sector.”

Duterte didn’t offer a portfolio to Robredo because he said that it would hurt the feelings of his friend, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whom she defeated in the May elections.

The two highest elected officials finally met on Friday during the turnover of command ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.

During their first public appearance together, the lady official found Duterte “nice” as he joked about giving her coco water, which he was drinking in the event.

Robredo is hopeful that it would be the “start of their harmonious and cordial relations.”


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Duterte admin's first memo: Ensure effective delivery of gov't services By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 5:21pm googleplus


President Rodrigo Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace. Presidential Photographers Division

MANILA, Philippines — The new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte issued its first memorandum circular which seeks to ensure continuous and effective delivery of government services to the public.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the memo which was issued on Thursday, the same day as Duterte's inauguration.

All government officials and employees were directed to continue serving until July 31 unless their appointments are revoked, resignations are accepted, replacements appointed or reappointments issued.

The order covers the following:

All government officials and employees whose appointments are coterminous with the appointing authority and whose positions are within an agency's plantilla except the head of agency Those holding positions whose terms of office have expired, unless otherwise prohibited by law and/or other government rules and regulations All coterminous positions are considered functus officio or no longer in office by 12 p.m. of June 30, Medialdea said in the memo.

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"Subject officials whose positions have become functus officio are hereby directed to ensure a smooth transition and turnover of their records and documents, both hard and e-copies, to their successors and/or the highest career official/personnel in their respective agencies," the memo read.

On Thursday, Duterte took his oath of office as the country's 16th president at exactly 12 p.m. as mandated by the Constitution.

Duterte led the turnover ceremonies of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on his second day in office.

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Disaster preparedness tops first Cabinet meeting By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace. Presidential Photographers Division

MANILA, Philippines - Disaster preparedness was the first item tackled in the first official Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration in Malacañang yesterday.

But even before the presentation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), President Duterte cited the need to pre-position equipment in disaster-prone areas to enable the government to provide aid to affected residents.

“The resources must be on deck, positioned nearby. If you can draw the path of the typhoon and deploy the assets of government, you need to bring clean water and food that do not need to be cooked,” Duterte said.

Duterte recalled his experiences during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 people dead in 2013. He said he was informed by the Army that the typhoon had uprooted trees, destroyed several houses and left tens of thousands of people dead.

“I couldn’t believe it. So that evening I mobilized the 911 of Davao City, assembled 10 doctors and nurses and provided them antibiotics, tetanus, all of the things that the victims of a calamity need,” Duterte said.

“We traveled by helicopter. But in Tacloban, I did not see even a single rubber boat of the Navy,” he added.

Duterte said he was “bewildered” by the lack of access to clean water in typhoon-ravaged areas.

“I was holding a plastic bottle. A soldier told me ‘mayor, do you still have water?’ I knew the problem then. They needed water and food that do not need to be cooked,” he added.

Duterte clarified that he was not condemning anybody when he relayed his experiences in typhoon-hit areas.

Duterte instructed NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad to make sure that there are government assets that can deliver relief goods to calamity-struck areas.


Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad replaces Usec Alexander Pama as Executive Director of the NDRRMC

“We should learn from that experience,” Jalad said, referring to Typhoon Yolanda.

Duterte also proposed the creation of a Department of Overseas Workers to protect the interest and welfare of Filipinos working abroad.

Issues affecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are currently handled by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), which are attached to the Department of Labor and Employment.

“I want a one-stop shop of sorts. I do not want to see the Filipino queueing, lining up. They should be given stubs that contain the date they go back to pick up their documents and signed by the receiving clerk,” Duterte said.

The one-stop center, he added, should have the booths of offices that normally have something to do with overseas employment, including the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine National Police and the National Statistics Office.

“They (OFWs) should not have the problem of spending so much. They should be able to process (documents) in one sweep,” the President added.

He pointed out that many OFWs are burdened because they travel from one government agency to another to secure the documents necessary for their work abroad.

“They ride to here, they ride to there and nothing happens. They should be able to get all the necessary documents in one building,” Duterte added. – With Giovanni Nilles


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