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'HABAGAT' WORSENS FLOODING IN PAMPANGA, AUG 17 CLASSES, GOVT WORK SUSPENDED
[RELATED: AUGUST 13 Habagat death toll at 7, heavy rains continues]
[RELATED(2): August 17 -Habagat death toll now at 13]


AUGUST 17 -CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA: Flooding in Pampanga got worse on Tuesday as moderate to occasionally heavy rains spawned by "habagat" or monsoon rains continued to fall in the province. Based on the latest report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), the number of flooded villages in Pampanga rose to 104 from the previous 46 due to inclement weather that hit the areas the past three days. With this development, Governor Lilia Pineda declared the suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private, in the entire province on Wednesday. Work in offices at the Pampanga Provincial Capitol compound was likewise suspended. Floodwaters that started to recede in most parts of the province rose again Tuesday following the continuous moderate to occasionally heavy rains Monday night. As of press time, the flooded villages were in the City of San Fernando and the towns of Guagua, Mexico, San Simon, Lubao, Bacolor, Masantol, and Macabebe. Guagua was worst hit with 22 barangays (villages) submerged in floodwaters up to waist deep. Nearly 200 families took shelter in evacuation centers. Food and potable water were adequate but problems arose when even the evacuation centers became flooded. In Masantol, 18 villages were under floodwater due to the damaged check gate of Pandan creek. In the City of San Fernando, 15 barangays were flooded anew up to three feet deep while in Mexico, 12 villages remain flooded. Ten villages in Macabebe were also flooded up to three feet deep due to high tide while five villages each in Lubao and San Simon were also affected by floods. Four villages in Bacolor were likewise hit by floods. READ MORE...
RELATED: AUGUST 13 Habagat death toll at 7, heavy rains continues... RELATED(2): August 17 -Habagat death toll now at 13...

ALSO Duterte: Erap, Calixto not on narco-politicians list
[RELATED: Estrada to revive Manila’s old glory]


AUGUST 17 -ERAP: Critics and detractors of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada started the rumor which flew fast and thick that Estrada was named on President Duterte’s narco- politicians list.The rumor spread was in fact, completely baseless, as Duterte yesterday cleared the former President’s name of being a politician with links to drugs. “Mayor Estrada and [Pasay City Mayor Tony] Calixto are not on the drugs list,” Duterte pointed out as a response to a reporter during his press conference in Pasay City late afternoon yesterday. Various small-time tabloids and other critics, in the past few weeks, were spreading the rumor tagging Estrada on the incumbent President’s list of politicians who are said to be protectors or syndicates themselves in the narcotics industry. Duterte warned politicians who are involved in the drugs trade that he will never stop the purge of these narco politicians. “If you are a politician and you protect illegal drugs, you must be crazy. My campaign versus illegal drugs will last until the end of my term,” the President said. He vowed to bare more names from his narcotics hit-list that includes more members of the judiciary, policemen and other local government executives. Erap offers Rody his DARE program to be used nationwide The Manila Mayor in his effort to complement the government’s fight against illegal drugs yesterday said he will propose to President Duterte the nationwide implemen-tation of the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education (DARE) program. Estrada introduced DARE, a school-based drug use prevention program, in the country in 1993 when he was vice president and concurrent head of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC). He has been implementing it in Manila since 2013. “The drug menace has long been a national epidemic. It remains a serious national concern. What we need, aside from strict law enforcement operations, is an effective and sustainable drug use prevention program to save our youth from the influence of drugs,” Estrada said after meeting with the board of directors of DARE Philippines Association, Inc., where he is the chairman, at the Manila Hotel yesterday. Citing government statistics, Estrada said the estimated number of drug dependents in the Philippines has reached more than two million and that the illegal drug trade in the country has amounted to a staggering US $8.4 billion. “Now we are trying to revive DARE in line with the all-out war of President Duterte against drugs and propose that it be implemented nationwide,” Estrada added. READ MORE...RELATED, Estrada to revive Manila’s old glory...

ALSO: Rody links ‘immoral’ Leila to narco funds
[RELATED: ‘Senator’s lover-driver collected drug money’]


AUGUST 17 -PHOTO TAKEN DURING INAUGURATION, DUTERTE STOPS SAYS HELLO TO LEILA -Shocked De Lima cries foul. Hell hath no fury than a former Davao mayor having been investigated by a former justice secretary for his alleged links to the dreaded Davao Death Squad, it seems. President Duterte yesterday attacked Sen. Leila de Lima — who is scheduled to hold an investigation on the extrajudicial killings and the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s methods of shooting dead suspected drug pushers and addicts — for questioning his campaign against illegal drugs, saying she was merely politicking and posturing when “you (De Lima) yourself have a very sordid personal and official life.” Branding her as “immoral,” he said during his speech: “Here is an immoral woman flaunting... insofar as the wife of the driver is concerned, it’s adultery,” Duterte said. De Lima, who was shocked at the President’s personal attack on her, cried foul on the “horrid” accusations, saying “this is a clear case of character assassination.” Although he did not name the lady senator in one of his off the cuff remarks during his speech before the entire police force, he nevertheless told reporters who had interviewed him that the senator he referred to was Senator de Lima. Curses again on nitpicking He linked her to the narcotics trade for continuously nitpicking the killings attributed to his administration’s war on illegal drugs.“I want to tell her: Son of a bitch. You want me to name her? (It’s) de Lima,” the President said in a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Senator’s lover-driver collected drug money...’

ALSO: Drug syndicates, not vigilantes behind extra-judicial killings —PNP
[Dela Rosa vowed to cooperate with Senate, which begins hearings on the extra-judicial killings on Aug. 22.]
[RELATED: PNP to look into activities of De Lima’s driver]


AUGUST 17 -War on drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte meets up with Philippine National Police Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa at Malacañang’s State Dining Room on Aug. 16. Details of their meeting have not been officially announced but observers believe their discussion may have been on the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. Malacañang Photo
DRUG syndicates and not vigilantes are behind the spate of alleged extra-judicial killings in the last few months, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Tuesday.
During a command conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Dela Rosa said they have “scientific evidence” to prove the claim. He added the PNP has identified the drug syndicates involved in the killings.“We learned that because we have scientific evidence leading to that conclusion. You will know that later,” Dela Rosa said. He said some alleged vigilante killings were actually syndicated killings by those involved in drugs. “You will be surprised when we release the data and facts on who are killing each other,” Dela Rosa said in Filipino. Dela Rosa added that the evidence would be presented in a forthcoming Senate hearing into the spate of killings of suspected drug dealers in various parts of the country. Dela Rosa’s statement came after Senator Panfilo Lacson, himself a former police chief, urged the PNP to put an end to the vigilante killings, as it sent the wrong message that the police cannot do the job or that the killings were sanctioned by the government. Lacson said some 681 people were killed by vigilantes from July 1 to Aug. 3, which translates to an average of 20 killings a day. He then said that an average of 12 suspects were killed a day in legitimate police operations. Dela Rosa vowed to cooperate with the Senate, which begins hearings on the extra-judicial killings on Aug. 22. READ MORE...RELATED, PNP to look into activities of De Lima’s driver...

ALSO: Emotional De Lima calls Duterte tirades ‘character assassination’
[RELATED: Duterte attack vs De Lima sparks Twitter frenzy]
[RELATED(2): Leila cries foul; Senate probe on killings to continue]


AUGUST 17 -SEN. LEILA de Lima (INQUIRER PHOTO/Kimberly dela Cruz) 'I DID NOT EXPECT THIS FROM THE PRESIDENT' On the verge of tears, Sen. Leila de Lima lamented on Wednesday, the President’s latest tirade against her, calling it an ill-timed “character assassination” just a few days before her committee formally began its investigation into the spate of deaths amid the administration’s brutal drug war. “Somebody told me that just now. It’s very surprising. My first reaction now [is] I don’t want to dignify that,” De Lima told reporters at the Senate session hall, during a break in Wednesday’s proceedings. “It’s so foul, it’s character assassination. We are both professionals, the President and I. We are both public servants. I hope he doesn’t resort to those foul means. To me, that’s very foul,” said the neophyte lawmaker, her voice trembling. An emotional De Lima agreed to briefly speak to reporters after receiving word about Duterte’s latest comments, ironically just after jubilation at the Senate over the arrival of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz. In his remarks at a public event of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame, Duterte blasted a lady Senator for being an “immoral woman,” even accusing her of adultery with her driver. The comments, directed at a Senator who was critical of government, were apparently in reference to De Lima, the President’s staunchest critic in the chamber. After awarding medals to police officials and policemen who performed well in fighting crime, the President alleged that the lady government official’s driver was not only her lover but her collector or bagman of drug protection money. Duterte did not name the lady government official but he recalled that she once investigated him when he was mayor of Davao City on his alleged links to the vigilante group, Davao Death Squad. He said he was still keeping a CD of that lady official publicly proclaiming that she would prove his connection to the vigilante group. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte attack vs De Lima sparks Twitter frenzy...  READ TWEETS...RELATED(2) Leila cries foul; Senate probe on killings to continue...

ALSO: PHILSTAR EDITORIAL - Burden of proof
[Without the evidence, the President opens himself to accusations that he is engaged in a smear campaign to dissuade a senator from doing her job and conducting a probe into what appears to be systematic, gross human rights violations. Being a lawyer, the President knows that the burden of proof is on the accuser.]
[RELATED: Rody to Leila: Not my intent to derogate, your greed did you in]


AUGUST 20 -The person accused of wrongdoing is a senator, and it is his duty, President Duterte said, to tell the truth to the nation. On Wednesday he hurled serious accusations against Sen. Leila de Lima, saying she had an affair with her married driver who collected drug payola from convicts at the New Bilibid Prison. While the  President said he was not sure if the drug money was forwarded to De Lima when she was the secretary of justice, he added that this seemed to be the case. The story about the driver is not new. As early as 2014, jueteng whistle-blower Sandra Cam had alleged that the driver, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, had been made an employee of the Department of Justice and was acting as an influence peddler in the DOJ and its attached agencies. This time it is the nation’s highest official accusing De Lima of a serious offense. Complicity in drug deals, if true, can put the senator behind bars for life. Yesterday De Lima strongly denied receiving drug money, although she admitted there were “snippets of truth” in the President’s accusations. She may want to specify the snippets. Keeping everyone guessing fuels speculation that the worst accusations are true. READ MORE...RELATED, Rody to Leila: Not my intent to derogate, your greed did you in...


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Habagat worsen flooding in Pampanga, 104 flooded villages, Aug 17 classes, got work suspended


A resident is ferried onboard an outrigger through a flooded street in Pampanga, Aug. 16, 2016. TV5 SCREENSHOT InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA, AUGUST 22, 2016 (INTERAKSYON) By: Zorayda S. Tecson, Philippines News Agency | Jeff Caparas, News5 August 17, 2016 1:33 AM -  Flooding in Pampanga got worse on Tuesday as moderate to occasionally heavy rains spawned by "habagat" or monsoon rains continued to fall in the province.

Based on the latest report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), the number of flooded villages in Pampanga rose to 104 from the previous 46 due to inclement weather that hit the areas the past three days.

With this development, Governor Lilia Pineda declared the suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private, in the entire province on Wednesday.

Work in offices at the Pampanga Provincial Capitol compound was likewise suspended.

Floodwaters that started to recede in most parts of the province rose again Tuesday following the continuous moderate to occasionally heavy rains Monday night.

As of press time, the flooded villages were in the City of San Fernando and the towns of Guagua, Mexico, San Simon, Lubao, Bacolor, Masantol, and Macabebe.

Guagua was worst hit with 22 barangays (villages) submerged in floodwaters up to waist deep. Nearly 200 families took shelter in evacuation centers. Food and potable water were adequate but problems arose when even the evacuation centers became flooded.

In Masantol, 18 villages were under floodwater due to the damaged check gate of Pandan creek.

In the City of San Fernando, 15 barangays were flooded anew up to three feet deep while in Mexico, 12 villages remain flooded.

Ten villages in Macabebe were also flooded up to three feet deep due to high tide while five villages each in Lubao and San Simon were also affected by floods.

Four villages in Bacolor were likewise hit by floods.

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Meanwhile, 16 houses were damaged in San Luis town in which 10 were totally damaged while six were partially destroyed.

The RDRRMC also reported that roads not passable to light vehicles in the City of San Fernando include the Garbes-Dizon; Allied-Rotonda-Makabali; Capitol to Pasudeco, Lelut Baculud; Magdalena; San Juan Tagulud to Camp Olivas.

The San Isidro road in San Simon town was also not passable to light vehicles.

The Candaba-Baliuag road, on the other hand, was not passable to all types of vehicles.

Power interruption was also being experienced in parts of Pampanga due to the tripping of the Mexico-PMU transmission line.

In the town of General Nakar in Quezon province, rescue efforts are continuing for four miners trapped in a tunnel when waters of Sumag River overflowed. Two of their companions were found dead.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), eight persons were reported dead while seven others were missing.

Watch this News5 video report by Jeff Caparas:

 
http://interaksyon.com/article/131492/watch--habagat-worsens-flooding-in-pampanga-aug--17-classes-govt-work-suspended

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AUGUST 13 -Habagat death toll at 7, heavy rains continues INQUIRER -Updated August 16, 2016


Rescuers pull out a resident from the rubble after being pinned down underneath when a wall collapsed at an informal settlers community Saturday, Aug.13, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Officials and rescuers say a huge concrete section of the wall collapsed on a few houses below and killed two people and injured a few others. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA - At least seven people have been reported dead while seven others are missing due to heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon or "habagat" that continue to affect most parts of Luzon.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), one person was dead and five went missing after a flash flood at the Sumag River tunnel project in Gen. Nakar, Quezon last Saturday.

At least one worker of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System was rescued.

Incidences of drowning were reported in Janiuay, Iloilo; Nagtahan, Manila while cases of drowning death were recorded in Barangay Mariana, Quezon City and Brooke's Point, Palawan.

Three people were killed by a collapsed firewall in Sta. Cruz, Manila while six were injured. Meanwhile, one person was injured after being hit by falling rocks in Taytay, Rizal.

Two fishermen, one from Gasan, Marinduque and one from Brooke's Point, Palawan were reported missing.

The NDRRMC reported that 32,220 families or 154,988 individuals have been displaced by the monsoon rains in the National Capital Region, Regions III and VI and provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

Heavy rains triggered by the southwest monsoon have been poring over Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon and Visayas since August 8. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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Habagat death toll now at 13 (philstar.com) | Updated August 17, 2016 - 12:06pm 1 11 googleplus0 0


Residents are housed in a temporary evacuation center as heavy southwest monsoon rains inundate low-lying areas of San Mateo and nearby provinces Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in San Mateo east of Manila, Philippines. Thousands of residents living along a swollen river were forced to evacuate following heavy rains that inundated low-lying areas in Metropolitan Manila and at least four provinces in the country's Luzon island. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — The death toll for the "habagat" or southwest monsoon onslaught has now climbed to 13, with nine missing and six injured.

This was disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its 8 a.m. Wednesday advisory.

This can be broken down into one drowning in Barangay Canaullian, Janiuay, Iloilo; another drowning in Don Benito St., Sampaloc, Manila; two deaths due to a collapsed firewall in 866 Oroquieta St., Sta. Cruz, Manila; another drowning death in Barangay Mariana, Quezon City; two deaths due to flashflood that hit the Sumag River Tunnel in Gen. Nakar, Quezon; another drowning in Barangay Calasaguen, Brooke's Point, Palawan; and another drowning in Barangay Upig, San Idelfonso, Bulacan; another drowning in Barangay Castanos Cerca, Gen. E. Aguinaldo, Cavite and three electrocution deaths in Sitio Kamalig, Barangay Reparo, Nasugbu, Batangas.

While the missing persons can be broken down into one fisherman who went missing while fishing in Barangay Bognuyan, Gasan, Marinduque; four in the flashflood in the Sumag River Tunnel; another fisherman in Barangay Calasaguen, Brooke's Point, Palawan; two scavengers in Barangay San Juan, Exodus, Cainta, Rizal who were reportedly swept by flood waters; and one swimmer in Villarica Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

A total of 55,963 families or 262,271 persons were affected by the "habagat" rains in Region 1, III, CALABARZON, Region VI, National Capital Region and Cordillera Autonomous Region.

Out of this number, 4,487 families or 17,896 persons are still housed in 77 designation evacuation centers.

Heavy rains triggered by the southwest monsoon have been pouring over Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon since Aug. 8.


TRIBUNE

Duterte: Erap, Calixto not on narco-politicians list Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00 and Pat C. Santos

Critics and detractors of former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada started the rumor which flew fast and thick that Estrada was named on President Duterte’s narco- politicians list.

The rumor spread was in fact, completely baseless, as Duterte yesterday cleared the former President’s name of being a politician with links to drugs.

“Mayor Estrada and [Pasay City Mayor Tony] Calixto are not on the drugs list,” Duterte pointed out as a response to a reporter during his press conference in Pasay City late afternoon yesterday.

Various small-time tabloids and other critics, in the past few weeks, were spreading the rumor tagging Estrada on the incumbent President’s list of politicians who are said to be protectors or syndicates themselves in the narcotics industry.

Duterte warned politicians who are involved in the drugs trade that he will never stop the purge of these narco politicians.

“If you are a politician and you protect illegal drugs, you must be crazy. My campaign versus illegal drugs will last until the end of my term,” the President said.

He vowed to bare more names from his narcotics hit-list that includes more members of the judiciary, policemen and other local government executives.

Erap offers Rody his DARE program to be used nationwide



The Manila Mayor in his effort to complement the government’s fight against illegal drugs yesterday said he will propose to President Duterte the nationwide implemen-tation of the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education (DARE) program.

Estrada introduced DARE, a school-based drug use prevention program, in the country in 1993 when he was vice president and concurrent head of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC). He has been implementing it in Manila since 2013.

“The drug menace has long been a national epidemic. It remains a serious national concern. What we need, aside from strict law enforcement operations, is an effective and sustainable drug use prevention program to save our youth from the influence of drugs,” Estrada said after meeting with the board of directors of DARE Philippines Association, Inc., where he is the chairman, at the Manila Hotel yesterday.

Citing government statistics, Estrada said the estimated number of drug dependents in the Philippines has reached more than two million and that the illegal drug trade in the country has amounted to a staggering US $8.4 billion.

“Now we are trying to revive DARE in line with the all-out war of President Duterte against drugs and propose that it be implemented nationwide,” Estrada added.

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Present in the meeting were DARE board members Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno; Tony Lopez; president of Equity World Securities; Abraham Co, president of Asian United Bank; Fred Yao, Zest-O Corp. president; Bienvenido Laguesma, former labor secretary; Tony Abacan, senior adviser of Metrobank; Titoy Pardo, former finance secretary; and Atty. Donna Gasgonia from the Office of the Mayor.

Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1983, DARE is an international, classroom-based substance abuse prevention and education program that seeks to prevent the use of prohibited drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior among the youth.

It is currently being implemented in 43 countries around the world, benefiting 36 million children.

Aware of the extent of the country’s drug problem, Estrada said they are hoping to expand the coverage of DARE in a hope of saving millions of youth from the drug’s influence.

“As I’ve said, prevention is better than cure so that the school children, they’ll know the effects of drugs at an early age and learn not to be involved in it. This is the bottom line, prevention,” he pointed out.

For school year 2016-2017, Estrada said they are targeting 27,000 Grades 5 and 6 students who will be taught how to resist drugs and violence through classroom education and school-related activities.

“While we are conducting law enforcement operations against drug traffickers in our city, we will continue with our DARE program in the schools. Our objective remains the same: keep our youth away from drugs and make them responsible citizens in the future,” Estrada pointed out.

DARE employs experienced police officers as teachers. They go to classrooms teaching one-hour, once-a-week DARE lessons to Grades 5 and 6 students, their parents, principals, and teachers. The classroom instruction for each school is completed within three months.

The program aims to provide children and youth with knowledge, skills, and an opportunity to explore attitudes, to help them to make informed decisions, and to develop safe and healthy lifestyles.

Topics include, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, volatile substances, bullying, anti-social behavior, and different types of pressure.

The sessions are interactive and provide a range of learning opportunities through individual activities, teamwork, discussions, storyboards, and appropriate role play.

Estrada announced that 16 more members of the Manila Police District (MPD) will undergo a 10-day, intensive DARE Officers Training (DOT) for them to be certified as DARE officers.

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Estrada to revive Manila’s old glory posted August 18, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sandy Araneta


SWEPT AWAY. Photos show Claro M. Recto Avenue in Divisoria before (left) and after (right) the Manila City Hall’s road-clearing operations.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is now working to bring back the old glory of Manila, the “Pearl of the Orient.”

Estrada, who in his first term as Manila mayor in 2013 had to solve first the city’s debt crisis, started his latest crusade by clearing the most clogged streets of the city to give them back to residents.

“The biggest problem was the fact that when I assumed office in 2013, I discovered that the city government was mired in debt. The previous administration left at least P5.5 billion in unpaid obligations. The city’s coffers only had about P200 million, barely enough to pay for a month’s salary of its employees. Meralco had threatened to cut off the city hall’s power supply because our unpaid bills have reached P600 million. The city was bankrupt,” he emphasized.

Estrada said he had to come up with measures to keep the city government running and by 2015, the city government had a general fund of P5 billion after paying all previous debts.

“We had to devote our first two years raising funds, stabilizing the government and putting up multibillion-peso infrastructure projects,” he said.

“So, with the city debt-free, stable and infrastructure and social projects in full blast, it is now time that I can fully attend to doing what I set out to do in my first day of office and that is to clear up the streets of Manila as one strong way to bring back its old glory and pride as the one of Asia’s oldest and most beautiful cities,” Estrada added..

PARIS OF ASIA

For Manila to regain its old status as the ‘Paris of Asia,’ Estrada said the city must make itself attractive to investors, tourists and shoppers from all over the Philippines and abroad.

“You cannot do this with its shopping areas inaccessible to shoppers and their vehicles. Thus, we really must bring back order in the roads and return them to pedestrians and motorists. Make no mistake about it, there is no stopping our traffic clearing operations. There will be no let-up to our street clearing campaign,” he said.

“More progress will come if we put order in our streets,” said Estrada, as he stressed that clearing the roads of Manila of all obstructions would also help address traffic gridlocks led by Task Force Manila Cleanup head Che Borromeo.

Raon, the country’s “electronics capital,” was the latest thoroughfare to be cleared of all traffic obstructions.

“Try going to Raon and you’ll find how chaotic the street is. Sidewalks are occupied by illegal vendors and their stalls, forcing people to walk in the street. There are many illegally parked vehicles, eyesores are everywhere,” the mayor said.

Borromeo said the Raon cleanup, long overdue, was conducted after the city hall’s Bureau of Permits revoked the special permits given to sidewalk vendors in the area. The permits allow them to sell their wares in designated areas for a certain period of time.

“But the problem was, the number of sidewalk vendors have swelled,” Borromeo said.

BLUMENTRIT ROAD

Estrada also led the road clearing of Blumentritt Road, also known for its bottleneck, where at least 600 illegal vendors had to be removed, as well as Divisoria where some 2,000 illegal vendors were evicted. Nearby side streets such as Oroquieta, Felix Huertas and P. Guevarra were also cleared of obstructions.

While he said it pained him to deprive the vendors of their livelihood, Estrada stressed he has to think of the welfare of the general public.

City engineer Roberto Bernardo said they also cleared Juan Luna, Recto Avenue, Soler, Dapitan, and adjacent roads.

“We should take out the root of the problem. And the root is these individuals and groups that provide protection to illegal vendors and terminals. Whoever they are, whoever their backers are, they should be demolished,” the mayor said.

Estrada directed Borromeo to exhaust “all available legal methods” to identify protectors of illegal vendors and terminals and bring them to court.

Borromeo said these protectors “lease out” portions of sidewalks and even valuable road spaces to vendors where they could put up tents and sell their wares, promising that the police and city hall would not touch them.

RECTO AVENUE

To further decongest traffic along Recto Avenue, particularly the portion leading to and from Divisoria Market, Estrada has likewise prohibited vegetable cargo trucks from traversing the roadway. He noted that truckers block traffic along the 500-meter stretch of Recto Avenue.

He told vegetable dealers they can use the side streets around Divisoria to park their vehicles and unload their merchandise.

Dennis Alcoreza, head of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, said about 20 to 30 vegetable trucks from Benguet, Baguio, and other provinces unload their cargoes along the subject portion of Recto Avenue every night, disrupting traffic flow.

“It’s Wild, Wild, West there. They don’t care because they know it’s the government that’s cleaning their mess,” Alcoreza lamented.

Estrada also encouraged the public to go out of their vehicles and walk. He said that in highly urbanized cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, New York, and Beijing, people seldom use their private vehicles as they prefer the mass transport system.

“They usually walk and explore the cities on foot, which is a good exercise and stress-reliever, and incidentally helps reduce traffic volume in the road,” he said.

“We are putting order back in our streets,” the mayor added.


TRIBUNE

Rody links ‘immoral’ Leila to narco funds Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00 By Mario J. Mallari, Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales

Shocked De Lima cries foul

Hell hath no fury than a former Davao mayor having been investigated by a former justice secretary for his alleged links to the dreaded Davao Death Squad, it seems.

President Duterte yesterday attacked Sen. Leila de Lima — who is scheduled to hold an investigation on the extrajudicial killings and the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s methods of shooting dead suspected drug pushers and addicts — for questioning his campaign against illegal drugs, saying she was merely politicking and posturing when “you (De Lima) yourself have a very sordid personal and official life.”

Branding her as “immoral,” he said during his speech: “Here is an immoral woman flaunting... insofar as the wife of the driver is concerned, it’s adultery,” Duterte said.

De Lima, who was shocked at the President’s personal attack on her, cried foul on the “horrid” accusations, saying “this is a clear case of character assassination.”

Although he did not name the lady senator in one of his off the cuff remarks during his speech before the entire police force, he nevertheless told reporters who had interviewed him that the senator he referred to was Senator de Lima.

Curses again on nitpicking

He linked her to the narcotics trade for continuously nitpicking the killings attributed to his administration’s war on illegal drugs.

“I want to tell her: Son of a bitch. You want me to name her? (It’s) de Lima,” the President said in a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday.

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Hours before in his speech at Camp Crame, the President spoke harshly toward the “immoral” woman who, according to the President, is romantically coddling a drug-money collector to supposedly fund her senatorial bid for the May 9 elections.

“And here is a senator complaining – one day, I will tell you – that her driver who was her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign,” the President said in his speech before officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The President also hinted that the money that bankrolled the lady senator’s campaign came from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City - which is believed by the Duterte administration as the top marketeer of meth (shabu) in the country - through her supposed lover who benefited from his affair with de Lima.

“The intercept between Muntinlupa and the driver was far beyond making sure that somebody was involved. But in fairness, I would never say here that the driver gave the money to her. But by the looks of it, she has it (the drug money),” the President said.
“Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover, and yet, we do not complain about it. This money really came from drugs,” he stressed.

President Duterte’s anger at de Lima, who used to be the chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), stems from her accusations against the then Davao City Mayor, alleging that he was in cahoots with the notorious DDS.

“I will show to you, I have the CD when she first investigated me in Davao for human rights violation. Before the press entering the hotel lobby, she said, ‘I will prove that Duterte is connected with the DDS, the Davao Death Squad’,” Duterte said.

“Until now, she keeps on yakking and she has forgotten that tape which I had recorded. I would like her to eat it (the tape) in my presence. But I cannot do it because it is not an accepted, edible food for human beings,” he added.

Long standing feud



There has been a long standing feud between Duterte and de Lima, which started when Duterte was still Davao City’s Mayor, and with International Human Rights investigators and United Nations Raporteurs pointing to the many extrajudicial killings in Davao City done by the DDS, where they linked Duterte to these killings.

Duterte himself, in an interview, basted that he was the DDS. He has threatened the United Nations and de Lima since then.

“De Lima said there is someone who can testify that I was the one giving orders. She said in Headstart (a TV news program) that she has something on me. Why, does she think I don’t have anything on her? I have something better; it will make her cry. Be very careful, you know, life can be unpredictable,” Duterte was quoted as saying.

His words may be taken by vigilantes or fanatics to kill her.

It will be recalled that Solicitor General Jose Calida also hinted that the narcotics business at the NBP happened under de Lima’s stint as Secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Also, Speaker Bebot Alvarez already warned that he will dig deeper - in aid of legislation - on what happened during de Lima’s term at the DoJ that caused the drugs boom.

De Lima initiated Senate probes against extra judicial killings under the Duterte administration.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s feud with de Lima might eventually be settled.

“Just like what happened during the President’s word wars with (Chief Justice) Lourdes Sereno and the communists, it will eventually pass as long as communication lines are open,” Abella said in a radio interview over dzMM.
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Senator de Lima cried foul at the “horrid” attacks on her person from the President, virtually implicating her in the illegal drugs trade, and almost broke to tears to decry what she branded as character assassination against her.

“That is a very clear case of character assassination and in truth, I did not expect the President to do that,” the senator said to reporters when sought her reaction on the matter.

De Lima admitted she did not see it coming, even as the President has been dropping hints lately on raising some issues against a certain female government official, who apparently is not among his horde of supporters.

“It’s very surprising. You know, my first reaction was never mind, I do not want to dignify what he said. It’s so foul. It’s character assassination,” she said.

The neophyte senator could only appeal to Duterte not to hit below the belt as they are both professionals and public servants.

“He should not have been him saying that. He should not have resorted to foul means. To me that’s very foul. Wherever that information came from, he should have double checked it. He should know who the source is and from where that source got the information. That’s really foul. I really do not want to dignify that, de Lima said, in a cracked voice.

Sources from de Lima’s camp said this latest attack of Duterte could only be part of possible squid tactics to sidetrack the senator in the conduct of her public investigation on the alleged extrajudicial killings taking place amid the administration’s all-out war against drugs.

The senator could not help but take note of the timing of the unleashing of the tirades against her, which is just days away from the conduct of the said inquiry.

“Very bad timing. I don’t even know what the agenda—what their agenda is for them to resort to character assassination. That is a very clear case of character assassination and I did not expect the President to do that,”she said.

Allegedly, there had been attempts to stall the impending investigation by some known staunch supporters of Duterte in the Senate, imposing some new “requirements” before she could proceed with the public hearings but which failed to receive support from her committee members.

But the chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights said she will not be deterred from pursuing the inquiry which is already scheduled to kick off next week, with two consecutive hearings slated on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23.

“No, I am not going to be threatened into stopping the investigation,” she said.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who was once tagged as Duterte’s nemesis as well, having accused the President of supposedly keeping secret bank accounts in the last campaign period, said he warned de Lima of more attacks in the days to come.
“I told her: brace yourself, this is just the beginning,” the senator said to De Lima.

“Me? I will just step back and assess this first,” he added.

In another development, some senators who met with Duterte in Malacañang to discuss his administration’s tax reform package Monday night, said the President is set to make public his new list of alleged “drug personalities” that included politicians anew, with former congressmen already among them.


RECTO

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto and Sen. Joel Villanueva who were at the meeting, however, said they’re not privy to the names in the list as the President did not allow them to take a closer look on the document.

“He said there’s still a number of government officials and police persons but actually, I cannot recall if he said ‘I will make this public etc.’ I did not hear that about judges and prosecutors. What I distinctly heard was about the local government officials, former mayors, congressmen and men of uniform,” he said.

Recto said Duterte showed a “list” and the President also mentioned some names but he could not recall them.

“He mentioned a lot of names although I’m not at liberty to mention any of this. Let us wait for the President to release this instead,” he said.

“The bottomline is he is serious about this drug problem in our soecity. This was made very very clear, which is why we have to help him in this fight,” Recto said.

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‘Senator’s lover-driver collected drug money’ By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 18, 2016 - 12:00am 2 8 googleplus0 0


In his speech at Camp Crame, President Duterte talked about an unnamed “immoral” senator who is allegedly having an illicit affair with her married driver-bodyguard. Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

Rody: You want a name? It’s De Lima MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Leila de Lima’s married driver was her lover who collected money from convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her election campaign, President Duterte said yesterday.

Duterte dropped the bombshell in a speech before police officers and personnel gathered at Camp Crame for the 115th anniversary celebration of the police service.

He did not mention De Lima in his speech, but confirmed later in a press conference he was referring to her.

“Here is a senator complaining, when one day I will tell you that her driver himself, who was her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign,” Duterte said.

Pressed later by reporters to name the senator, he replied, “It’s part of my duty. You want to know the name? De Lima.”

His tirade against the senator came days after airing a threat to “destroy” a female official critical of him.

Duterte, who has been shaming officials with alleged links to drug lords, has not gotten over De Lima’s allegation during the campaign that he is connected with vigilante death squads in Davao City.

“She blurted out that ‘I will prove to you in this investigation that Duterte is connected with Davao Death Squad. He is the head’…Until now, I’m waiting for that,” the President said in a press conference in Pasay City.

“You (De Lima) slandered me. I kept quiet because you are a lady. You crossed the line. Maybe you won on the platform of human rights. The Filipinos who believed you were stupid,” he added.

De Lima, a former justice secretary and chair of the Commission on Human Rights, bagged the 12th slot in the 2016 senatorial race with 14.4 million votes.

In his speech hours earlier at Camp Crame, Duterte talked about an unnamed “immoral” senator who is allegedly having an illicit affair with her married driver-bodyguard.

“Here is an immoral woman, flaunting… Well of course, insofar as wife of the driver was concerned, it’s adultery. Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not see any complaint about it,” he added.

He said the money her driver had collected at the NBP came from drugs and may have been used to finance her campaign last May. He admitted he couldn’t tell yet if she was aware of her lover making trips to NBP to collect funds from drug convicts.

“Those money came readily from drugs. The intercept between Muntinlupa and the driver were far beyond making sure that somebody was involved,” he said.

“But in fairness, I would never state here that the driver gave the money to her but by the looks of it, she has it,” the President said. “You are politicking and posturing when you yourself have a very sordid personal unofficial life.”

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Duterte said he has a compact disc containing a video showing De Lima promising to prove his ties with the Davao Death Squad.

“I would like her to eat it in my presence but I could not do it because it’s not an accepted edible food for human beings,” the tough talking President said.

De Lima has said that she is supportive of the war against drugs as long as due process is followed and human rights are respected.

Last Monday, De Lima wrote a letter asking Duterte to monitor the Senate hearings on the killing of suspected drug personalities.

The Senate justice committee led by De Lima is scheduled to hold an inquiry into the killings on Aug. 22 and 23.

Probe set Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said he would have the driver-bodyguard of De Lima investigated even as he admitted it was his first time to hear about his alleged activities at the NBP.

“I will conduct investigation,” said Dela Rosa in an ambush interview at Camp Crame. He denied the PNP was the source of information of the President about De Lima’s driver.

“Sa ngayon di kami nakikialam, baka mamaya gawing personal issue yan against us, eh haharap pa naman kami sa Senado, mahirap yun (We’re hands off as of now. They might take it personally against us, and it won’t be good as we’re facing the Senate),” he added.

Based on initial information gathered by The STAR, the alleged driver-lover is Ronnie Palisoc Dayan who is in his mid 50s.

The bungalow house allegedly built by De Lima for Dayan is located in Barangay Galarin in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.

Dayan and his family used to live with his parents until his wife and their children relocated somewhere in Bulacan. Their new house was reportedly bought through the “generosity” of De Lima as Dayan earns only a meager income as driver-bodyguard.

De Lima, based on some accounts, would visit a big grocery in nearby San Carlos City reportedly to buy goods for her and Dayan.

De Lima was reportedly also a frequent visitor in Barangay Galarin during fiestas where she would be seen dancing.

People would know if De Lima was coming with Dayan as they would usually have an advance party.

Dayan had planned to run as municipal councilor in the 2016 elections but did not pursue it as his political party would be different from De Lima’s and this might complicate matters.

As of Aug. 15, the PNP Monitoring and Operation Center reported 612 drug personalities killed and 8,623 arrested in ongoing anti-illegal drug operations since July 1.

The PNP said territorial and national units conducted a total of 5,632 police operations and visited 324,222 houses as part of the Project Tokhang.

A total of 576,176 self confessed users and pushers have surrendered. – Cecille Suerte Felipe, Eva Visperas
 
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MANILA, Philippines – "Namumulitika (politiking), posturing when you yourself have a very sordid personal and official life."

Though he did not name her at any point in his speech, President Rodrigo Duterte had anything but kind words for Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday, August 17, during the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s 115th service anniversary in Camp Crame. https://youtu.be/y2q0PbO3oKA


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Drug syndicates, not vigilantes behind extra-judicial killings —PNP posted August 17, 2016 at 12:01 am by Francisco Tuyay


War on drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte meets up with Philippine National Police Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa at Malacañang’s State Dining Room on Aug. 16. Details of their meeting have not been officially announced but observers believe their discussion may have been on the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. Malacañang Photo

DRUG syndicates and not vigilantes are behind the spate of alleged extra-judicial killings in the last few months, Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Tuesday.

During a command conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Dela Rosa said they have “scientific evidence” to prove the claim. He added the PNP has identified the drug syndicates involved in the killings.



“We learned that because we have scientific evidence leading to that conclusion. You will know that later,” Dela Rosa said.

He said some alleged vigilante killings were actually syndicated killings by those involved in drugs.

“You will be surprised when we release the data and facts on who are killing each other,” Dela Rosa said in Filipino.

Dela Rosa added that the evidence would be presented in a forthcoming Senate hearing into the spate of killings of suspected drug dealers in various parts of the country.

Dela Rosa’s statement came after Senator Panfilo Lacson, himself a former police chief, urged the PNP to put an end to the vigilante killings, as it sent the wrong message that the police cannot do the job or that the killings were sanctioned by the government.

Lacson said some 681 people were killed by vigilantes from July 1 to Aug. 3, which translates to an average of 20 killings a day. He then said that an average of 12 suspects were killed a day in legitimate police operations.

Dela Rosa vowed to cooperate with the Senate, which begins hearings on the extra-judicial killings on Aug. 22.

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“We are addressing those issues and in fact we are preparing for our appearance before the Senate,” Dela Rosa said. “We are ready. We are not hiding anything and we will attend the hearing with a clean heart.”

Dela Rosa assured the senators that they will answer each question truthfully and will hide nothing and that they will not be cowed or coerced by senators in their questioning.

He said he was satisfied with the performance of new police regional directors, whom he appointed on July 1.

He added that the Senate investigation will not hamper their anti-illegal drugs campaign.

In a media briefing, Dela Rosa also vowed to cooperate with lawmakers looking into the deaths.

Also on Tuesday, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Vice President Leni Robredo for blaming the administration for the extra-judicial killings.


LIBAN

Dante Liban, a former Quezon City councilor and representative, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director and senatorial bet in the May 2016 elections, said Robredo must be “more circumspect” in accusing the Duterte administration.

“The killings could be the handiwork of vigilantes who hate the drug trade and those involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country,” he said.

“Drug syndicates are trying to eliminate their assets to cover up their illegal activities,” he added.

He said he is backing an investigation into the summary executions of drug suspects.

“I agree. We agree that there must be a probe,” he told the Manila Standard.

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ROBREDO AS PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION MUST RESTRAIN HERSELF FROM MAKING REMARKS AGAINST THE GOVT.'

But he said Robredo, as part of Duterte’s Cabinet, must restrain herself from making any remarks against the government.

“Aside from that, she should check the facts and figures behind the killings of the drug offenders,” he added.

In Duterte’s bailiwick of Davao City, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 chief Supt. Edilberto Leonardo admitted that drugs are still rampant at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF) based on their investigation.

Leonardo said that their recent intelligence gathering found that there are still drug transactions inside the prison. He added that the detainees still own firearms and bladed weapons.

Recently, three Chinese inmates were killed inside the DPFF.

Authorities said two Filipino inmates used kitchen knives to kill the three, identified as Chu Kin Tung, Li Lan Yan and Wong Ming Pin, who were said to be involved in illegal drugs. With Rio N. Araja and F. Pearl A. Gajunera

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PNP to look into activities of De Lima’s driver By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 07:22 PM August 17th, 2016


DE LA ROSA

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director Gen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa on Wednesday said they would be looking into the activities of Sen. Leila de Lima’s driver whom President Duterte accused of collecting money from the New Bilibid Prisons.

“To satisfy you, I will conduct my investigation,” De la Rosa told reporters after Duterte called out a lady senator, whom he later identified as De Lima, in his speech at the 115th police service anniversary celebration in Camp Crame.

Duterte earlier called the lady senator an “immoral woman” who had an affair with her driver who collected money from Muntinlupa, referring to Bilibid, for her during the campaign period.

“Here is an immoral woman, insofar as the driver’s wife is concerned, it’s adultery. Here’s a woman who funded a house of a lover and yet we don’t see any complaint about it,” the President said.

But until Duterte gives them a formal order to launch a probe, De la Rosa said the PNP would not meddle in the personal affairs of De Lima.

“Sa ngayon, hindi kami nakikialam baka mamaya gawing personal issue against us eh haharap pa naman kami sa Senado. Hindi kami nakikialam dyan,” De la Rosa said.

The Senate has summoned De la Rosa and other PNP officials as it conducts an inquiry on extrajudicial killings on Aug. 22 and 23.

De Lima, a former human rights commissioner, has been a staunch critic of President Duterte and his leadership style of encouraging cops to kill drug suspects without due process.

Asked if Duterte’s revelation would affect the police when they face the senator, De la Rosa said: “Affect me? No, naka-focus kami sa issue. ‘Yung side issues, iba ‘yan. Doon kami naka-focus sa subject.”


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Emotional De Lima calls Duterte tirades ‘character assassination’ By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:54 PM August 17th, 2016


SEN. LEILA de Lima (INQUIRER PHOTO/Kimberly dela Cruz)


'I DID NOT EXPECT THIS FROM THE PRESIDENT'

MANILA, Philippines — On the verge of tears, Sen. Leila de Lima lamented on Wednesday, the President’s latest tirade against her, calling it an ill-timed “character assassination” just a few days before her committee formally began its investigation into the spate of deaths amid the administration’s brutal drug war.

“Somebody told me that just now. It’s very surprising. My first reaction now [is] I don’t want to dignify that,” De Lima told reporters at the Senate session hall, during a break in Wednesday’s proceedings.

“It’s so foul, it’s character assassination. We are both professionals, the President and I. We are both public servants. I hope he doesn’t resort to those foul means. To me, that’s very foul,” said the neophyte lawmaker, her voice trembling.

An emotional De Lima agreed to briefly speak to reporters after receiving word about Duterte’s latest comments, ironically just after jubilation at the Senate over the arrival of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.

In his remarks at a public event of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame, Duterte blasted a lady Senator for being an “immoral woman,” even accusing her of adultery with her driver. The comments, directed at a Senator who was critical of government, were apparently in reference to De Lima, the President’s staunchest critic in the chamber.

After awarding medals to police officials and policemen who performed well in fighting crime, the President alleged that the lady government official’s driver was not only her lover but her collector or bagman of drug protection money.

Duterte did not name the lady government official but he recalled that she once investigated him when he was mayor of Davao City on his alleged links to the vigilante group, Davao Death Squad. He said he was still keeping a CD of that lady official publicly proclaiming that she would prove his connection to the vigilante group.

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Senator De Lima investigated Duterte on the Davao Death Squad connection when she was still Department of Justice secretary

De Lima hoped the President first checked his information before making public accusations.


President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

“Wherever that came from, I hope it’s double checked. I hope the source is verified, where it came from… That’s really foul. I don’t want to dignify it,” said a somber De LIma.

Asked what she made of the timing of the President’s remarks, De Lima said: “I don’t know what their agenda is. They’re resorting to character assassination. That is a very clear case of character assassination.”

“And I did not expect the President to do that. That’s the truth,” she said, of the man who stopped to shake her hand at the hall of the Congress just before his first State of the Nation Address on July 25.

In her privilege speech on Aug. 2, De Lima spoke of an apparently coordinated attack to destroy her as she pursued her human rights advocacy amid the President’s drug war.

Speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday, De Lima expressed deep hurt for all the attacks against her, including those from the President’s supporters on social media.

“I try to ignore them because I don’t want to ruin my day. I don’t engage them,” she said, baring that she has also of late been receiving “vile” texts apart from foul attacks on Twitter and Facebook.

“I don’t respond to any of those. I ignore them. The best antidote is to completely ignore them. But it doesn’t mean I am not hurting. I am human,” she said.

De Lima said she wanted to cry when she delivered her debut privilege speech last two weeks ago but “I controlled myself. I don’t want to ever cry publicly.”

She said even her family has been hurt, including the eldest of two sons and her eldest grandchild, both special children.

“My eldest is special, he is autistic. And then my eldest grandchild is also autistic, they’re special children. In all of these that’s been happening, I always think of them. They’re hurting,” she told Inquirer editors and reporters.

Through all the attacks, De Lima said she just focused on “the words of encouragement, support and trust from people who matter,” among them former Supreme Court justices. SFM

 
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Leila cries foul; Senate probe on killings to continue By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 18, 2016 - 12:00am 0 450 googleplus0 0


Sen. Leila de Lima described President Duterte’s accusations as character assassination, saying he should give her some respect.

MANILA, Philippines – Teary-eyed but unbowed, Sen. Leila de Lima promised yesterday to push through with her committee’s probe on the drug-related killing spree.

De Lima cried foul over President Duterte’s allegations linking her to illegal drug activities.

“My first reaction was, I don’t want to dignify that, it’s so foul. It’s character assassination,” De Lima told reporters during a break in session.

The session was ongoing when Duterte alluded to De Lima, who was informed about it during the break.

“It’s very surprising. We’re both public servants. I wished he didn’t resort to those foul means. To me that’s very foul,” De Lima said.

“Where did that information come from? I wished they’d double-checked. I wished they validated the source, whoever that is. I really don’t want to dignify that,” she said.

De Lima said Duterte’s allusion to her reeked of “timing” since she was about to start an inquiry into the rising incidents of summary killings of suspected drug offenders.

De Lima said she is at a loss regarding Duterte’s agenda against her.

“He’s a professional, he’s a lawyer, he’s a public servant like me. So respeto naman po (give me some respect),” she said.

De Lima on Monday released an open letter to the President assuring him the Senate probe was meant to strengthen his administration’s war against illegal drugs.

“In coming out with the truth, we want the campaign against drugs and criminality to succeed by crafting laws to help our authorities discharge their duties properly,” she said.

De Lima said there are “indications and theories” that not all of the killings were related to drugs but were made to appear that they were part of the campaign by unscrupulous government officials and their cohorts to cover up their involvement in the drug trade.


GORDON

Sen. Richard Gordon said the statements made by Duterte were expected.

“Those are facts. To him, who is a prosecutor of long standing and a mayor of long standing, when he says something he must have facts. These are facts and it’s up to the concerned senator to defend himself or herself,” Gordon said.

When it comes to President Duterte, all convention is thrown out of the window because he is unlike any of the other presidents of the past.

“This is a president that you cannot put into a category. He is sui generis. He is a class unto his own and the people let him be elected based on that classification,” Gordon said.

“That he does not follow convention, his language is kind of coarse, so he is understandable, intelligible to the masses. So you cannot expect the conduct we normally expect,” he added.

As far as Gordon is concerned, the President is sincere in everything that he does and says, particularly in going after the drug menace in the country.

So when various groups, including De Lima, criticized the anti-drug campaign, Gordon said it was not surprising that the President took it personally.

“When somebody attacks the President without any proof like you’re saying he’s ordering policemen to kill... to my mind, sabi ko nga sa kanya (I told her), you have to have a smoking gun because when you hit this thing, the President feels persecuted by you,” he said. – Marvin Sy


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EDITORIAL - Burden of proof (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 20, 2016 - 12:00am 61 1371 googleplus0 0

The person accused of wrongdoing is a senator, and it is his duty, President Duterte said, to tell the truth to the nation.

On Wednesday he hurled serious accusations against Sen. Leila de Lima, saying she had an affair with her married driver who collected drug payola from convicts at the New Bilibid Prison.

While the President said he was not sure if the drug money was forwarded to De Lima when she was the secretary of justice, he added that this seemed to be the case. The story about the driver is not new.

As early as 2014, jueteng whistle-blower Sandra Cam had alleged that the driver, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, had been made an employee of the Department of Justice and was acting as an influence peddler in the DOJ and its attached agencies.

This time it is the nation’s highest official accusing De Lima of a serious offense. Complicity in drug deals, if true, can put the senator behind bars for life. Yesterday De Lima strongly denied receiving drug money, although she admitted there were “snippets of truth” in the President’s accusations. She may want to specify the snippets. Keeping everyone guessing fuels speculation that the worst accusations are true.

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Since Dayan’s name has been mentioned and his houses, or those of his relatives, have been identified, it will also be good for him to surface and clear his name.

De Lima can remind the nation about the presumption of innocence. But she must also confront the reality that in this country, people tend to believe the worst about public officials, especially when the accusation has been hurled by an enormously popular president.

It is one thing, however, to accuse, and another to prove it.

Government prosecutors, who have reportedly launched a probe of De Lima, must present solid evidence to back the President’s public condemnation of a senator.

Without the evidence, the President opens himself to accusations that he is engaged in a smear campaign to dissuade a senator from doing her job and conducting a probe into what appears to be systematic, gross human rights violations.

Being a lawyer, the President knows that the burden of proof is on the accuser.

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Rody to Leila: Not my intent to derogate, your greed did you in By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 21, 2016 - 2:41pm 28 1924 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte delivers an intense speech during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration at Camp Crame on August 17. Presidential Photographers Division/King Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte past midnight Sunday defended his allegations against Sen. Leila De Lima saying to derogate the senator was not his intention.

“You know the reason why I called for this conference is just to disabuse the minds of the many women criticizing me. I said I have to mention the connection between De Lima’s driver and her. Otherwise, I'd look stupid. Why would the inmates obey a driver on the mere approval of a driver?” Duterte said in a press conference at the Presidential Guest House inside the Department of Public Works and Highways Panacan Depot in Davao City.

“The farthest in my mind was to derogate your person. I have to mention your relationship because it was your driver who was in contact with the rest of the guys there inside prison,” Duterte said.

The president added that De Lima knew about the connection of her driver to the inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“Senator De Lima, it was your greed and your immorality that did you in. Hindi mo na matago iyan. I think it’s beyond your control already,” he added.

Duterte claimed De Lima’s driver, Ronnie Dayan, was the one in charge of allowing contrabands and other privileges inside the penitentiary and that the senator authorized the driver to do so.

The president said the conference was also to answer his female relatives who asked why he had to announce publicly the alleged relationship of De Lima with her driver. Duterte said he was only compelled to mention the relationship of the senator with her driver and termed it “immoral” because her driver has a wife and family and the “connection gave rise to the corruption of what was happening inside the national penitentiary.”

SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO INMATES

Duterte enumerated the special privileges granted to prisoners during De Lima’s term as Justice secretary which include the presence of guns inside, liquors, alcoholic drinks, women freely coming inside and out, cooking of shabu and partying, among others. He claimed the senator was present in one of the parties of a high-profile inmate he did not name.

“How would I now explain to the public that these things happen the partying, drugs and even cooking shabu went well and unhampered because of the driver himself. Would you think that a driver of a Department of Justice (DOJ) employee could have allowed all of these things all by himself?” the president asked.

“These illegal things which you saw on TV almost every day for about a month do you think that without De Lima giving him (driver) the authority to allow the inmates to do? All of these could have only happened if there was the go signal from the head of the department which is the secretary,” he stressed, adding that the driver was also “one of the bag men” collecting money from the prison.

'Jekyll and Hyde'

In his press conference, Duterte repeatedly mentioned how he was being targeted by De Lima in the past. He said he was the “favorite whipping boy of De lima” for the longest time since she was a chairman of the Commission on Appointments (CA).


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“She was yakking, she hasn’t prove anything. When she became a Justice secretary, she was yakking, accusing me. She never also initiated any complaint any accusation anywhere she just simply loved talking in front of cameras and the microphones,” Duterte said.

“Now she’s conducting an investigation in the matter of judicial killings and then she had the goal again to mention my name,” he said.

The president also likened the senator to "Jekyll and Hyde" saying that her aura changes.

“De Lima whenever she faces the microphone and TV cameras, she changes the aura. Nag-iiba yung anyo. She becomes combative,” he said. The president also claimed that there is a house in Pangasinan named after the sister of De Lima’s driver. He said De Lima visited the house often which was known by DOJ employees and by the CA.

“May I ask you the name of the house in Pangasinan [that] was named the title was named under the sister of your driver? Where did she get the money? Tell me,” Duterte said.

“Where did your driver get the money to build such a good house? Can you show me their income tax, what's their business and what is the work of your driver? He's the only one residing there all the time and you Senator De Lima went there so many times,” he added.

Duterte: Impeach me if I’m lying

Duterte said De Lima didn't speak the truth about her driver and their connection.

“She can remain the senator of the Republic of the Philippines but she should explain why she is not answering now her connect[ion], her relationship with the driver inside [the] penitentiary to allow all these prisoners opening gates for female[s] to come in,” he said.

On the other hand, De Lima on Saturday denied all the allegations and said she is ready to be shot in front of the president if Duterte finds real evidence of her alleged links to illegal drugs. Duterte then responded that he had already put his honor, life and presidency at stake first and even dared lawmakers to impeach him if found lying.

“I said impeach me if I’m wrong. Impeach me if I am lying,” he said.

Asked about De Lima’s statement that her driver was afraid of being used as a witness against her, Duterte said there is no reason to fear if there is nothing to hide and described the statement as “very loaded.” He claimed all the information he uses were given freely by another country “friendly” to the Philippines, citing the ATM transactions and the calls coming from NBP to overseas.

The word war between De Lima and Duterte was renewed after the president on Wednesday called De Lima “immoral” in his speech and alleged that the senator has involvement in illegal drugs.

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