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ASEAN SEPTEMBER 6: DUTERTE IN LAOS, SEEKS ASEAN UNITY VS TERROR, DRUGS[RELATED: Duterte-Obama talks at ASEAN reset after Duterte tirade]
[RELATED(2): Obama, Duterte meet after spat briefly at ASEAN Dinner]
[RELATED(3) PH rights record defended: Ban tells Palace, I'm not a lawyer, seek audience with UN HR body]
SEPTEMBER 6 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the troops upon arrival in Vientiane, Laos to attend the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. Laos is this year's host of the annual regional meeting and its dialogue partners that includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez President Duterte will seek the support of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the global fight against illegal drugs and terrorism. “Recent events have shown that there are elements out there who seek to sow terror and wreak havoc in our society and the Philippines would remain firm in our resolve to combat terrorism,” he said in his pre-departure speech before flying to Laos. Duterte left for Vientiane, Laos at around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to attend the 49th ASEAN Leaders Summit, where he will formally receive the chairmanship of the ASEAN, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. He left with a delegation of about 30 officials, including Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. Duterte said he would use the opportunity in the ASEAN summit “to seek better support for regional efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism.” READ MORE...VIDEO OF PRES DUTERTE's SPEECH TO THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN LAOS...RELATED, Duterte-Obama talks reset...RELATED(2), Obama, Duterte meet after spat briefly at ASEAN Dinner, RELATED(3) PH rights record defended: Ban tells Palace, I'm not a lawyer, seek audience with UN HR body...
ALSO: Duterte to ‘courteously’ seek mercy for Veloso
[RELATED: SEPT 10 -Duterte to accept decision on Veloso]
[RELATED(2): No meeting between Duterte, Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia –PHL envoy]
SEPTEMBER 6 -Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was scheduled to be executed in April last year but got a last-minute reprieve after her recruiters who allegedly planted illegal drugs in her luggage surrendered to Philippine authorities. File photo DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday said he would plead for mercy on behalf of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso when he meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo this week. Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was scheduled to be executed in April last year but got a last-minute reprieve after her recruiters who allegedly planted illegal drugs in her luggage surrendered to Philippine authorities. Veloso has maintained she is innocent and was only tricked by her recruiter into smuggling cocaine. “I may just have to ask President Widodo in the most respectful and very, very courteous way… (I would) plead for mercy,” Duterte said yesterday. “But if my pleading will fall on deaf ear, I am ready to accept it,” he said in a press briefing prior to his departure for Laos to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. From Laos, the President will proceed to Indonesia on Thursday for a two-day state visit. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte to accept decision on Veloso...RELATED(2) No meeting between Duterte, Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia –PHL envoy...
ALSO: Philippines calls on ASEAN countries to be 'partners for change'
[RELATED: President to raise terrorism, drugs in Asean meet]
SEPTEMBER 8 -President Rodrigo Duterte sits for the retreat session at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits at the National Convention Center, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file VIENTIANE, Laos – The Philippines accepted Thursday the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it unveiled the theme for next year that contains an imprint of President Duterte’s campaign. The theme for ASEAN 2017 to be hosted by the Philippines is “Partnering for change, engaging the world,” an obvious reference to Duterte’s campaign slogan “change is coming”. It also contained the phrase “partner for change,” which is being used by Malacañang to refer to the supporters of the president. Duterte said the theme of next year’s conference reflects the Philippines’ resolve to consolidate ASEAN’s community to enable it to take its rightful place in the international community. “We will pursue initiative and enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security and growth, all the while remaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity, and solidarity, we will maintain for all times,” he said in his acceptance speech. “The Philippines is ready and willing to steer and guide the association. But crucial to the realization of our goals is the cooperation and support of all ASEAN member states and our dialogue partners." READ MORE... RELATED, President to raise terrorism, drugs in Asean meet...
ALSO: Duterte voices deep regrets for insult on Obama
[PANELO SAYS US MISREAD HYPERBOLE]
[RELATED: President to discuss drug war with Obama]
SEPTEMBER 7 -A CONTRITE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT ARRIVES AT HIS FIRST WORLD LEADERS' MEET IN LAOS, VIETNAM VIENTIANE—With the sleeves of his barong tagalog rolled up and hands in pant pockets, a contrite President Duterte debuted on Tuesday at the annual Asean summit overshadowed by his “putang ina” remark directed at US President Barack Obama. Mr. Duterte’s “son of a bitch” remark prompted the White House to cancel his meeting with Obama on Tuesday. Other male leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were dressed in business suits at the National Convention Center in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Mr. Duterte rolled his sleeves down and buttoned them in the way the shirt is worn on formal occasions when Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith gave a speech to open the summit. In a statement earlier read by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Mr. Duterte expressed “regret” for expletive-laden remarks he made on Monday before he departed Davao City for the summit. “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President,” the President said. READ MORE...RELATED, President to discuss drug war with Obama...
ALSO: State of lawlessness to last until drugs war won—Rody
[RELATED: Law enforcers recover more IEDs, explosive materials]
[RELATED(2) DOJ CHIEF Aguirre: Relentless war on drugs to continue]
SEPTEMEBR 6, BEFORE THE PRESIDENT LEFT FOR LAOS: The state of lawlessness declared by President Duterte is to last until the war on drugs is won, which means an open-ended declaration of a state of lawlessness in the entire country, as there is serious doubt that Duterte’s war on drugs can hardly be won, whether in six months, or in the entire term of the incumbent president’s term, which ends in 2022. No country in the world has won the war on drugs, or even succeeded in entirely eliminating the drugs menace. The President yesterday signed a proclamation declaring a ‘State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence,” Palace officials confirmed Monday. In an interview in Davao City, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the President signed the one-page proclamation shortly before leaving for the Asean Summit in Laos. Medialdea said that the spate of terror attacks like kidnappings, beheadings and finally the Davao night market bombing prodded the President to issue the proclamation. He also stressed it is not martial law, no curfew is being imposed and there is no timeline for its implementation. “The President will decide until he sees order and safety restored,” Medialdea said. READ MORE...RELATED, Law enforcers recover more IEDs, explosive materials... RELATED(2), DOJ CHIEF Aguirre: Relentless war on drugs to continue...
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Duterte in Laos, seeks Asean unity vs terror, drugs
SEPTEMBER 6 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the troops upon arrival in Vientiane, Laos to attend the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. Laos is this year's host of the annual regional meeting and its dialogue partners that includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
DAVAO CITY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Edith Regalado, September 6, 2016 - 12:00am - President Duterte will seek the support of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the global fight against illegal drugs and terrorism.
“Recent events have shown that there are elements out there who seek to sow terror and wreak havoc in our society and the Philippines would remain firm in our resolve to combat terrorism,” he said in his pre-departure speech before flying to Laos.
VIDEO: President Rodrigo Duterte departure for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits September 5 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte departure for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits September 5 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte departure for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Laos at Davao International Airport, Davao City September 5 2016. Like and Follow the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presidentialcom
Duterte left for Vientiane, Laos at around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to attend the 49th ASEAN Leaders Summit, where he will formally receive the chairmanship of the ASEAN, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.
He left with a delegation of about 30 officials, including Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Duterte said he would use the opportunity in the ASEAN summit “to seek better support for regional efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism.”
In pushing for a drug-free ASEAN, Duterte said the drug problem has gone beyond borders, affecting all member-countries.
“The international drug cartels have been working and we have to fight them,” he said.
Every Filipino should do his part for the sake of our country, he added.
Duterte said the ASEAN summit will be an important opportunity “to ask for the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes.”
“I will take the opportunity to discuss with them the importance of regional and international issues that impact on peace, security and stability of our region,” he said.
VIDEO: PRES DUTERTE's SPEECH TO THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN LAOS
SPEECH: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte meeting with Filipino Community, 28th & 29th ASEAN Summits 9/5/2016 at Vientiane, Laos, PDR September 5 2016. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was greeted with loud cheers from the Filipino community of Laos People’s Democratic Republic as he attended their gathering on the first day of his visit to Vientiane. SPEECH: “The summit is an excellent opportunity to underscore the importance of the rule of law and peaceful resolution of disputes.” he said. Duterte will also ask for cooperation in addressing international crimes, like the trafficking of persons and acts of terrorism, aside from discussing some economic issues. “We remain committed in our duty to do our utmost to protect our citizens.” It will be Duterte’s first time to meet the leaders of other countries, including those of Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US.
He said the international community could expect the Philippines to cooperate in its goals, including ASEAN’s Vision 2025, which calls for a rules-based, people-centered program.
“The security of the region hinges on the cooperation of member-states,” he said. “We will call for renewed cooperation for a drug-free ASEAN community.”
On the economic front, Duterte said he will talk of inclusive growth – an economic growth that is “felt by every Filipino” – aside from underscoring the importance of micro and medium industries in every country’s growth.
He will also tell the other leaders that his administration would work to improve access to education and to providing opportunities for all, including the out-of-school youth, “to develop and realize their potentials to be productive and responsible members of the community.”
The Philippines will also push for regional cooperation on education and preventing the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the ASEAN summit.
National Youth Commission chair Aiza Seguerra will represent the country during the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with representatives of the youth today in Vientiane.
“There is a strong need (to encourage participation) in education, health issues, mental health and HIV,” Seguerra told Laos-bound reporters in Bangkok. – With Alexis Romero, Giovanni Nilles
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Obama, Duterte meet after spat By Jim Gomez (Associated Press) | Updated September 8, 2016 - 8:59am 84 22.1K googleplus3 1
COMPOSITE PHOTOS: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama make a toast during the gala dinner of ASEAN leaders and its Dialogue Partners in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits at the National Convention Center Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. Obama sat six seats to the right of Duterte. The two had been scheduled to hold their first meeting Tuesday but Obama cancelled it after strong comments from Duterte. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
VIENTIANE, Laos — US President Barack Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, officials said.
The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte's intemperate language in referring to Obama earlier this week. That had caused Obama to cancel a formal meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
There was no immediate confirmation from the White House.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Pefecto Yasay said the leaders had met.
"They met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave the holding room. I can't say how long they met. It all springs from the fact the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong. The basis for this relationship is historical and both leaders realize this. And I'm very happy that it happened."
Obama and Duterte are in the Laotian capital along with other regional leaders for the summit. All of them made their way through the holding room before heading to the banquet hall.
On Monday, hours before arriving in Laos, Duterte told Philippine reporters he wouldn't accept questions from Obama about extrajudicial killings that have occurred during his crackdown on suspected drug dealers and users. More than 2,000 people have been killed in the crackdown since he took office on June 30.
"I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum," Duterte said, using the Tagalog phrase for "son of a bitch."
On Tuesday, Duterte expressed regret over the remarks, but the damage was done.
Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose also said Obama and Duterte met in the holding room. He said it was a mutually agreed meeting, but that he had no details of what was discussed.
Obama and Duterte entered the dinner venue separately, and were seated far apart and did not interact with each other during the dinner that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.
OBAMA ON VIDEO: UNDERSTOOD DUTERTE's 'HABIT' OF TALKING
Obama shrugs off Duterte’s tirades against him INQUIRER.net Published on Sep 8, 2016 United States President Barack Obama on Thursday (Manila time) shrugged off the tirades launched against him by President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Vientiane, Laos – The Philippine bilateral talks with the United States scheduled on the margins of the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summits (ASEAN) and Related Summits now being held here has been moved to a later date as President Duterte expressed regret that his comments made about US President Barack Obama have caused much controversy.
In a statement read Tuesday by Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, on behalf of President Duterte, the meeting between the US and the Philippines has been mutually agreed upon to be moved to a later date.
“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concerns and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President,” Duterte said in the statement read by Abella.
The President explained that his primary intention is to “chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the US with which we have had a long standing partnership.”
“We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” Duterte said in the statement.
Obama’s aides also issued a separate statement before dawn yesterday.
“President Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in Washington.
NOT AN ATTACK ON OBAMA
In a statement, Malacañang clarified that the Duterte’s remarks was not an attack on Obama, adding that the President continues to value the relationship between the Philippines and the US, noting that both countries share common goals in their pursuit of the war on drugs, terrorism, crime, and poverty.
Duterte also thanked Obama for the US’s firm support for the Philippines during the G20 where the American leader emphasized the importance for China to abide by its obligations under international law and underscored the US’s unwavering commitment to the security of its allies.
“Both delegations however agreed that in the light of the two issues that still need to be worked on, the bilateral meeting between the two nations will be postponed to a later date,” said Andanar.
According to the Palace, President Duterte merely replied to a question from an international wire agency asking how he would respond to a question of Obama on extrajudicial killings.
Duterte replied, “You know, the Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States. Alam mo, marami diyan, sa mga kolumnista, they look upon Obama and the United States as if we are the lap dogs of their country. I do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines.”
He added, “I am not beholden to anybody. Iyong mga kolumnista diyan na ‘wait until he meets,’ who is he? I am a President of the sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master, except the Filipino people. Nobody but nobody.”
According to the Palace statement, “all the President tried to relay was he is not answerable to another country for doing his job as President of the Philippines.”
“His accountability is not on anybody except to the Filipinos. And even President Obama is not allowed to meddle into the affairs of the Philippines, and how he does his job to rid the country of the illegal drug crisis, to address terrorism and to cleanse the government of corruption,” it further stated.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said President Duterte explained that the press reports that President Obama would “lecture” him on extrajudicial killings led to his strong comments which in turn elicited concern.
DEEP REGARD FOR OBAMA
According to Duterte, his primary concern “is to chart independent foreign policy and promote closer ties with all nations.” He also expressed his deep regard and affinity for President Obama and for the enduring partnership between our two nations.
Furthermore, Andanar said Duterte stressed that “in securing and preserving the rights and liberties of our people, it is imperative that the fight against illegal drugs, terrorists, crimes and poverty must be won in order to preserve the principle and values upon which our democratic way of life is anchored.”
The cancellation of the bilateral meeting came after President Duterte warned President Obama to keep off the subject of extrajudicial killings in the country amid his administration’s war on drugs in their scheduled bilateral meeting.
“You must be respectful,” President Duterte was quoted as saying in a media briefing before his departure for Laos Monday.
When this latest Duterte tirade reached Obama at the G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, the American leader initially said he has instructed his team to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out if is this is in fact a time where they can have “constructive productive conversations.”
“I just came out of a long day of meetings. I just heard about some of these. But I have seen some of those colorful statements in the past,” Obama said, referring to Duterte. “And so clearly he’s a colorful guy.”
‘FILIPINOS OUR CLOSEST ALLIES’
“Obviously, the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies,” Obama added. “And the Philippines is a treaty ally of ours. But I always wanna make sure, that if I’m having a meeting, that is actually productive and we’re getting something done.”
President Obama said he recognizes the “significant burden that the drug trade plays not just in the Philippines but around the world and fighting narco-trafficking is tough.”
“But we will always assert the need to have due process and to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that’s consistent with basic international norms,” he said. “And so undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting, this is something that’s gonna be brought up. And my expectation, my hope is it could be dealt with constructively.”
Despite this development, lawmakers remain positive there would be no drastic change in the long-standing friendly relations between the Philippines and the United States.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon said that while the cancellation of the meeting between US President Barack Obama and Duterte was unfortunate he is confident that the US-Philippine bilateral ties would remain steady.
We should maintain our relations with the US as a strong treaty ally that have been built over decades,” Drilon said.
America, after all is a long-time ally of the Philippines, Drilon pointed out.
Drilon said there is no doubt that the relations between the Philippines and the United States remain strong, and continue to be anchored on mutual respect and cooperation.
Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, said he hopes President Duterte would soon realize that diplomacy plays a vital role in the country’s foreign policy.
“Any statement spoken by a country’s leader is always construed as a policy statement. Having said that, I don’t see any drastic change in the long-standing friendly relations between the Philippines and the United States. We are one of the United States’ strongest allies in the Asia-Pacific region, and it will stay that way,” Lacson said.
“Presidents come after elections and go after their terms end, while alliances between countries remain strong, especially between the United States and the Philippines. I hope our president will soon realize that diplomacy is always part and parcel of a country’s foreign policy and being the country’s leader, he shapes that policy,” the senator said.
Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, however, said he can understand “where our President is coming from,” saying his pre-departure statement made it clear he would pursue an independent foreign policy – “one not beholden to any foreign power.”
“But it’s good that President Duterte has admitted his mistake in using very strong language,” Ejercito said.
Ejercito said, however, he won’t be surprised at all if the US moves for a downgrade of its relations with the Philippines, particularly with respect to current levels of development and military assistance.
Nevertheless, he said he believes the special relations between the Philippines and US which dates back to the postwar era “will sustain the friendship as well as partnership in the economic and military spheres in the years ahead, as long as both sides strive to emphasize common ground.”
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, for his part, said he finds Duterte’s tenacity to assert the country’s sovereignty admirable.
“Unfortunately, the cancelled meeting with President Obama is a missed opportunity to strengthen ties with an important ally. However, I support his aggressive assertion of Philippine independence and supremacy in our internal affairs,” Gatchalian said.
“In a way, it is promising to see that our President is strong enough to rattle even the most powerful leader in the world. PRDD’s tenacity in fighting for our country’s rights is admirable,” the senator added.
Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara for his part said: “Definitely the relationship seems to have gotten off on the wrong foot with both sides overly critical of the other. Nonetheless, I am confident the wrinkles will be ironed out sooner rather than later, perhaps with some skillful diplomacy.”
Sen. Leila de Lima said she is concerned on the possible repercussions of the President’s offensive and intemperate language to the Filipinos currently living and working in America.
De Lima, a staunch critic of the President, told reporters in an interview, she has received information via text messages that some Filipinos have felt the brunt of the President’s tirades against Obama.
CONGRESSMEN BACK DUTERTE
Administration and opposition congressmen are backing President Rodrigo Duterte in his apparent tiff with American President Barack Obama who, after sustaining a verbal attack from his Philippine counterpart, cancelled their scheduled bilateral meeting in Laos yesterday.
Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, together with Reps. Rodel Batocabe (Ako Bicol); Eugene De Vera (ABS Partylist); Arlene Arcillas (NP, Laguna); Sherwin Tugna (CIBAC Partylist) and Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna) said Duterte was correct in warning Obama that US must keep off the internal affairs of the Philippines which it considers an ally.
On the other hand, Assistant Minority Leader and Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque said he admired “Duterte’s espousal for an independent foreign policy.”
While describing the incident as “unfortunate,” Garcia said the American government must “reconfigure its perception of the relation that exists with the Philippines.”
“A partnership deserves mutual respect and not condescencion,” she said. (With reports from Genalyn D. Kabiling, Elena L. Aben, Yas D. Ocampo, Antonio L. Colina IV, Hannah L. Torregoza, and Ben R. Rosario)
VIDEO: Duterte expresses regret over Obama profane comment
Duterte expresses regret over Obama profane comment INQUIRER.net Published on Sep 6, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed “regrets” for issuing profanity-laced remarks against US President Barack Obama which caused Washington to cancel their bilateral meeting.
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Vientiane, Laos – The Duterte administration has not violated human rights in its ongoing war on illegal drugs.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said when he talked to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon at the end of Wednesday’s ASEAN gala dinner held here.
“I talked to him,” Panelo told reporters on the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. “I explained to him that there are no violations of human rights.”
“I’m not a lawyer, I cannot argue with you,” Ban reportedly told Panelo, who answered back: “I am just telling you, I just want to assure you that we are following the law.”
Instead, Ban suggested that the Duterte administration seek an audience with the UN Human Rights Commission in order to clear those allegations that human rights are supposedly being violated by the government in the implementation of its war on crime, specifically the use and trafficking of illegal drugs.
DUTERTE'S LEGAL COUNSEL PANELO
Narrating his meeting with Ban, Panelo said he took the opportunity and the risk of breaking diplomatic protocol, when he approached the UN chief to defend the human rights records of the country.
But the problem is, Ban explained to the chief presidential legal counsel that there are a lot of people who are telling them otherwise.
“It is like he is saying in this particular situation, there are 10 people and nine of them are telling the UN that violations are really happening,” explained Panelo.
That is just the perception, Panelo apparently told Ban during their encounter.
“The UN is immediately reacting to wrong information it has received,” Panelo added.
Last June, Ban said he is “extremely disturbed” by remarks made by Duterte that journalists who take bribes deserve to die.
“I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms,” said Ban in his remarks at the UN Correspondents Association Reception held in New York.
UN experts also criticized the Philippines for a wave of extrajudicial executions and killings amid the President’s war on drugs, which was a key point of his electoral platform. President Duterte responded by calling the UN “silly” and even threatened to withdraw the Philippines from it, a statement that was later retracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
It was also reported that Duterte refused to meet the UN secretary-general on the margins of the ASEAN Summit. Malacañang said the meeting could not happen due to scheduling conflict.
Last Wednesday, Duterte missed his attendance at the ASEAN-UN Summit where Ban was present.
Duterte to ‘courteously’ seek mercy for Veloso By Edith Regalado and Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 6, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0
Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was scheduled to be executed in April last year but got a last-minute reprieve after her recruiters who allegedly planted illegal drugs in her luggage surrendered to Philippine authorities. File photo
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday said he would plead for mercy on behalf of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso when he meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo this week.
Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was scheduled to be executed in April last year but got a last-minute reprieve after her recruiters who allegedly planted illegal drugs in her luggage surrendered to Philippine authorities.
Veloso has maintained she is innocent and was only tricked by her recruiter into smuggling cocaine.
“I may just have to ask President Widodo in the most respectful and very, very courteous way… (I would) plead for mercy,” Duterte said yesterday.
“But if my pleading will fall on deaf ear, I am ready to accept it,” he said in a press briefing prior to his departure for Laos to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
From Laos, the President will proceed to Indonesia on Thursday for a two-day state visit.
Duterte, whose administration is waging a drug war, said he does not doubt the efficiency of Indonesia’s judicial system.
“I’ve been there once upon a time and was able to observe how it works,” he said.
“I might just accept the system and plead for mercy but if President Widodo will deny it, still I would be grateful that she had been treated very well. After all, we have our laws to follow,” he said.
Duterte, who is pushing for the reinstatement of the death penalty in the Philippines, admitted he would not know how to respond if he were in Widodo’s shoes.
“Had it been the other way around – I might also be at the receiving end of so many pleas for mercy – I would never know how to react,” he said.
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Duterte to accept decision on Veloso By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 10, 2016 - 12:00am 19 393 googleplus1 0
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he would plead Veloso’s case before Widodo, but at the same time, he said he would accept Jakarta’s decision on her case. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
JAKARTA – President Duterte was mum last night on the case of Filipino death convict Mary Jane Veloso following his talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the end of a two-day working visit here.
“Not for public consumption. I said not for public consumption,” Duterte told reporters who asked about Veloso after he and Widodo read their respective statements following their bilateral meeting.
Duterte earlier said he would plead Veloso’s case before Widodo, but at the same time, he said he would accept Jakarta’s decision on her case.
“I am ready to accept what would be the decision of the Indonesian government. I respect their law,” he said.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said the execution of Veloso was on indefinite hold.
Duterte stressed that both the Philippine and Indonesian governments would continue to defer to their respective judicial processes.
The President said the rule of law is what matters and gives order to a community.
Veloso was set for execution but received a stay in April last year after Manila argued that she was used as a pawn by illegal recruiters working for an international drug ring. Jakarta, in a rare concession, agreed to wait for the verdict on the criminal case filed against Veloso’s Filipino recruiters before deciding on the migrant worker’s fate.
Yasay said the execution of Veloso is not considered urgent by the Indonesian government.
“It is not urgent because there is no schedule. It has been postponed… She has been off the execution schedule,” Yasay said.
Yasay added the Philippine government would be informed if there would be a schedule for her execution.
“We will be informed if that happens but I don’t think it will happen because the agreement was she will be allowed first to testify,” Yasay said.
“I think they are first getting her deposition on the case,” Yasay said.
Veloso was caught at the Yogyakarta airport in April 2010 with 2.6 kilos of heroin stashed in her baggage. She was later sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
Veloso claimed she was unaware that heroin was sewn into her baggage while she was in Malaysia.
She maintained she was tricked into going to Indonesia to start a new job as a maid.
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No meeting between Duterte, Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia –PHL envoy Published September 8, 2016 4:31pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
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There will be no meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and convicted Filipina drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso during his visit to Indonesia on Thursday, according to GMA News' Joseph Morong, citing Philippine Ambassador Maria Lumen Isleta.
However, Duterte, who will be coming from Laos where he attended the ASEAN Summit, would meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in which he is expected to raise Veloso's case.
Duterte is expected to leave Laos for Indonesia early Thursday evening.
Ahead of his working visit to Indonesia, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) urged Duterte to "prudently point out" to Widodo the fact that Veloso "was exploited by an international drug syndicate for a criminal purpose — of which she had no knowledge and for which she is being made to pay with her own dear life."
"For Mary Jane's family and for us, the President's plea will be a plea not only for mercy but also for justice," said NUPL secretary general Edre Olalia, who is also Veloso's lawyer, in a statement.
Duterte, at a press press briefing on Monday before flying to Laos, said he would intercede on behalf of Veloso but added he is willing to accept any decision on her fate.
Veloso was sentenced to death in Indonesia for possessing 2.6 kilograms of heroin upon her arrival there in 2010. Her execution by firing squad was put on hold last year to allow her to testify against the recruiters who allegedly duped her into bringing the contraband to Indonesia.
"Mary Jane's life and freedom will be the greatest vindication for her toxic sufferings as a victim of human trafficking," Olalia said, adding Veloso should be allowed to give her testimony so she can tell her side of the story.
"Pres. Duterte, we believe, is in the best position to take up Mary Jane's cause, for it is only fitting for a leader with such a hard stance on the infectious drug menace to ask compassion for one of its unwitting victims," Olalia said. —KBK, GMA News
Philippines calls on ASEAN countries to be 'partners for change' By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 8, 2016 - 8:28pm 1 27 googleplus0 0
President Rodrigo Duterte sits for the retreat session at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits at the National Convention Center, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file
VIENTIANE, Laos – The Philippines accepted Thursday the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it unveiled the theme for next year that contains an imprint of President Duterte’s campaign.
The theme for ASEAN 2017 to be hosted by the Philippines is “Partnering for change, engaging the world,” an obvious reference to Duterte’s campaign slogan “change is coming”.
It also contained the phrase “partner for change,” which is being used by Malacañang to refer to the supporters of the president.
Duterte said the theme of next year’s conference reflects the Philippines’ resolve to consolidate ASEAN’s community to enable it to take its rightful place in the international community.
“We will pursue initiative and enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security and growth, all the while remaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity, and solidarity, we will maintain for all times,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“The Philippines is ready and willing to steer and guide the association. But crucial to the realization of our goals is the cooperation and support of all ASEAN member states and our dialogue partners.”
The Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ten-member regional bloc.
“During the Philippines’ chairmanship, we will highlight ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player, with the interest of the people at its core,” Duterte said.
“Towards this end, I invite you to be our dynamic and vibrant partners as we guide ASEAN in 2017.”
Duterte congratulated Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith for the success of this year’s conference.
“You guided us with the timely motto of 'Turning Vision into Reality for Dynamic ASEAN community.’ You ably did your part in deepening integration to move us towards the realization of a rules-based, people-oriented, people-centered ASEAN community,” the Philippine leader said.
“In the last two days of our meetings, I have benefited immensely from our discussions and exchanges, providing me with insights on how best to build upon Lao PDR’s efforts in community building.”
Sisoulith said this year’s conference had “comprehensive and fruitful discussions” on strengthening the ASEAN community.
“I trust that under the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2017, in addition to the meaningful celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, the ASEAN community will continue to gain new achievements,” the Lao prime minister said.
“The Lao PDR will continue to extend its full support to the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship and cooperate with ASEAN member states, ASEAN dialogue partners, external parties and friendly countries and regional and international organizations to contribute to the further strengthening of the ASEAN community,” he added.
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President to raise terror, drugs in Asean meetBY CATHERINE S. VALENTE ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 TOP STORIES
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday left for Laos to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summits, aiming to gather support from regional leaders and allies in addressing illegal drugs and terrorism following the weekend bombing in his home city of Davao.
Duterte will be joining his counterparts during the 28th and 29th Asean Summits and Related Summits, his first international engagement since he assumed office on June 30.
In his departure speech at the Davao airport, Duterte said he would take the opportunity to discuss during the meeting issues that affect peace, security, stability and the economy of the region.
“Recent events have shown that there are elements out there who seek to sow terror and wreak havoc in our society. We remain firm in our resolve, to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” Duterte said.
“I will use the opportunity for meeting with other Asean leaders and Asean dialogue partners to seek better support to regional efforts to address terrorism and extreme violent extremism,” he added.
A blast in the Duterte’s home city of Davao that killed 14 people and wounded dozens nearly made him cancel his attendance to the Asean summits in Laos.
Duterte was supposed to leave for Brunei and meet Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on September 4, but chose to stay in the Philippines after the Davao City attack.
In Laos, Duterte said he and Asean leaders would also discuss the way forward in realizing the “Asean Community Vision 2025” of a “rules-based, people oriented, people centered Asean.”
“The security of our region hinges at the cooperation of Asean member states as well as our dialogue partners. Consistent with the Philippines’ cornerstone programs, we will call for renewed cooperation for a drug-free Asean Community,” he said.
The President also said the Philippines would continue to engage with other countries to promote and protect migrant workers and build capacity to improve emergency response and disaster management.
While in Laos, the President is expected to participate in at least a dozen meetings, not counting his bilateral meetings with other leaders.
The President will join the opening ceremony of the Asean summits on Tuesday afternoon in the Laos National Convention Center and join the rest of the Asean leaders for their first plenary meeting.
Asean leaders are expected to issue the “Asean Declaration on One Asean, One Response: Asean Responding to Disasters as One in the Region and Outside the Region,” that will emphasize “Asean’s commitment to respond to disasters as a collective outfit.”
At the end of the summits on Thursday, Laos will hand over the Asean chairmanship to the Philippines.
“I have the honor to accept in behalf of the Philippines the Chairmanship of Asean in 2017 from Laos. This will formally mark an important leadership role for the Philippines in the region as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association next year,” Duterte said.
From Laos, Duterte will proceed to a working visit to Indonesia, where he will meet President Joko Widodo.
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Duterte voices regrets for insult on Obama
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A CONTRITE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT ARRIVES AT HIS FIRST WORLD LEADERS' MEET IN LAOS, VIETNAM
VIENTIANE—With the sleeves of his barong tagalog rolled up and hands in pant pockets, a contrite President Duterte debuted on Tuesday at the annual Asean summit overshadowed by his “putang ina” remark directed at US President Barack Obama.
Mr. Duterte’s “son of a bitch” remark prompted the White House to cancel his meeting with Obama on Tuesday.
Other male leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were dressed in business suits at the National Convention Center in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Mr. Duterte rolled his sleeves down and buttoned them in the way the shirt is worn on formal occasions when Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith gave a speech to open the summit.
In a statement earlier read by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Mr. Duterte expressed “regret” for expletive-laden remarks he made on Monday before he departed Davao City for the summit.
“While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President,” the President said.
“Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the United States with which we have had a long standing partnership,” he said.
After Washington called off Tuesday’s bilateral meeting between the two leaders, the Philippines issued two statements expressing regret.
“President Duterte explained that the press reports that President Obama would ‘lecture’ him on extrajudicial killings led to his strong comments, which in turn elicited concern,” the Philippine government said in one statement.
“He (President Duterte) regrets that his remarks to the press have caused much controversy,” it added.
“He expressed his deep regard and affinity for President Obama and for the enduring partnership between our nations.”
The presidential chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, accused the US government of “misreading” Mr. Duterte’s comments.
“Don’t put meaning to that. That’s just his style. It’s just a hyperbole,” Panelo told reporters. “It’s just an expression. I don’t think it was directed to President Obama.”
In a separate statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Mr. Duterte wanted to reassure the United States that his administration “continues to value the alliance” between the two countries.
Opening address by Laotian president
In his opening address, the Laotian president outlined “multifaceted security challenges” in many parts of the world—such as terrorism and extremism, natural disasters, climate change, migration crisis, trafficking in people, territorial disputes and armed conflicts.
“At the same time, although the global economy has gradually recovered, growth remains slow and fragile,” he said. “There is a need for us to closely follow these developments and continue to enhance Asean cooperation and collaboration with the international community.”
Asean comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The summit will be followed by a series of other meetings on Wednesday and a summit on Thursday between leaders from Asean and other countries, including the United States, China, Russia, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Obama arrived in Vientiane on Monday night and will attend Thursday’s summit.
Mr. Duterte also arrived on Monday night. But hours earlier, he dropped a diplomatic bombshell by saying he doesn’t want Obama to ask him questions about extrajudicial killings that have occurred amid an ongoing crackdown on drug dealers in the Philippines. More than 2,000 people have been killed in the crackdown since he took office on June 30.
In his typical loose-tongued style, Mr. Duterte said: “I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum,” he said, using the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Duterte expressed regret over the remarks, but the damage was already done.
DFA still hoping
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, said the Philippine delegation was still pushing for the bilateral meeting between Obama and Mr. Duterte.
“Schedules are tight, but there are still occasions for the two leaders to meet here in Laos during the Asean summit. We’re working for that to happen,” Jose said in a text message on Tuesday to the Inquirer.
Mr. Duterte is also planning to ask China’s premier at the Vientiane meetings whether China is trying to develop a disputed reef, Scarborough Shoal, off the Philippines’ northwestern coast, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
The shoal is part of the larger dispute in the South China Sea between China and some Asean countries. An international arbitration panel recently ruled that China’s expansive claims in the sea are illegal. Beijing has rejected the ruling as a sham.
Although Asean has the power of the ruling behind it, its summit is unlikely to mention it in its final declaration, a reflection of Beijing’s diplomatic clout.
But according to a draft of the final statement Asean is scheduled to release on Thursday, the region’s leaders will express strong concern about Beijing’s construction of man-made islands in the South China Sea, which Southeast Asian countries fear could destabilize the region.
Mr. Duterte said last week that the Philippine Coast Guard had sighted Chinese barges at Scarborough, which he said could presage the transformation of the Chinese-held reef into another man-made island. One of the Chinese vessels had what appeared to be a crane, according to a Philippine official.
China sparked widespread alarm when it converted seven reefs in the Spratly Islands into islands that the United States says could be transformed into military bases. With reports from AP and Estrella Torres in Manila
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PRESIDENT Duterte will meet today with US President Barack Obama after the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, where he was scheduled to arrive late last night on a chartered Philippine Airlines flight from Davao City.
The President’s bilateral talks with Obama will be the first in his series of meetings with nine heads of state on the sidelines of the three-day Asean conference. The 40-minute meeting is scheduled at Landmark Hotel at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said Mr. Duterte would discuss with Obama his administration’s take-no-prisoner strategy in combating illegal drugs, which has led to the deaths of some 2,000 drug suspects and triggered international condemnation.
The United States has expressed concern at the rising number of summary executions in the antinarcotics drive in the Philippines.
In a predeparture news conference in Davao City on Monday afternoon, Mr. Duterte railed against critics of his hardline approach to stamp out what he called a “pandemic” that had turned 3 million Filipinos into “shabu,” or crystal meth, users.
Answering a reporter’s question about how he intends to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama, Mr. Duterte replied: “I am a President of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum,” he said, using the Filipino phrase for son of a bitch.
“This is an independent country. Nobody has the right to lecture on me. God. Do not do it. There will be trouble between us if you do it to me,” said Mr. Duterte, who has earlier cursed the Pope and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“I do not want to pick a quarrel with Obama, but certainly I would not appear to be beholden to anybody,” he said.
Mr. Duterte and his 30-member delegation arrived in Vientiane at 7:20 p.m. (8:20 p.m. in Manila).
Obama uncertain he’ll meet Duterte at Asean Summit INQUIRER.net Published on Sep 5, 2016 US President Barack Obama says he has asked his staff to assess whether it would be productive for him to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. This, after Duterte warned Obama not to question him about extrajudicial killings in his country.
During a stop in Hangzhou en route to Vientiane, Obama told a news conference in response to a question that he had heard about Mr. Duterte’s expletive-laden remarks and had asked his staff to assess whether it would be productive for him to meet with the Philippine leader.
“He’s a colorful guy,” Obama joked on the eve of the scheduled face-to-face, before pointedly noting: “I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that would be actually productive.”
In his maiden appearance on the world stage as President of the Philippines, Mr. Duterte will also rally his counterparts in Asean to make the region free from the narcotics trade.
He will discuss issues regarding cross-border crimes such terrorism, human trafficking and drug smuggling, and urge regional leaders to support efforts promoting closer economic cooperation.
Mr. Duterte departed three days after a bomb tore through a night market in his Davao hometown that left 14 people dead and scores wounded.
The UN secretary general had asked for a meeting with Mr. Duterte in Vientiane, but the DFA said the President could not accommodate the request because of his tight schedule.
The President would attend the opening ceremony of the Asean summit at 1 p.m. before proceeding to his meeting with Obama.
He was also set to attend eight other events on his first day, including a courtesy call with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and a welcome dinner hosted by the Lao government for the visiting Asean heads of state.
Mr. Duterte will also officially receive from Sisoulith the chairmanship of the Asean meeting which will be held in the Philippines next year.
The President is scheduled to proceed to Indonesia on Thursday for a 24-hour visit.
He said he would ask Indonesian President Joko Widodo for mercy for Mary Jane Veloso, who is in Indonesia’s death row after being convicted of being a drug courier.
“If my pleadings will fall on deaf ears, I am ready to accept it—for the simple reason I do not doubt the judicial system of Indonesia,” he said.
If Widodo denied his plea, Mr. Duterte said he would be still be grateful that Veloso had been treated well.
“For after all, we have our laws to follow and had it been any other … or the other way around, I might also be at the receiving end of so many pleas for mercy—and I would never know what or how to react,” he said.
Veloso was granted a last-minute reprieve from execution in April last year. This came after the surrender of her recruiter in the Philippines. She is expected to testify at the human trafficking case of her recruiter, Indonesian authorities said earlier. With reports from AP, AFP and Germelina Lacorte, Inquirer Mindanao, in Davao City
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State of lawlessness to last until drugs war won—Rody Written by Ted Tuvera Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00
The state of lawlessness declared by President Duterte is to last until the war on drugs is won, which means an open-ended declaration of a state of lawlessness in the entire country, as there is serious doubt that Duterte’s war on drugs can hardly be won, whether in six months, or in the entire term of the incumbent president’s term, which ends in 2022.
No country in the world has won the war on drugs, or even succeeded in entirely eliminating the drugs menace.
The President yesterday signed a proclamation declaring a ‘State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence,” Palace officials confirmed Monday.
In an interview in Davao City, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the President signed the one-page proclamation shortly before leaving for the Asean Summit in Laos.
Medialdea said that the spate of terror attacks like kidnappings, beheadings and finally the Davao night market bombing prodded the President to issue the proclamation.
He also stressed it is not martial law, no curfew is being imposed and there is no timeline for its implementation.
“The President will decide until he sees order and safety restored,” Medialdea said.
In Malacañang, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary for Policy and Legislative Affairs Christian Ablan said that the Executive Secretary was already on his way to Manila with the signed proclamation.
She said that among the salient points of the proclamation was the President’s order for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to undertake measures permitted by the Constitution and laws to suppress all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao.
The President also commanded the AFP and the PNP to prevent lawless violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country with due regard to fundamental and civil political rights.
“The state of national emergency shall remain in force until lifted or withdrawn by the President,” Ablan said.
With Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa now saying that the Davao blast which killed 14 people and injured some 60 persons was staged by the drug lords who had paid the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) and with the Davao Task Force chief also saying that a relatively unknown group calling itself with the Black Fag Movement that is allied with the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Freedom Fighters (BIFF), along with another guess from them that this blast could have been the handiwork of some disgruntled group from the Davao City night market.
Many will be killed
“The campaign against drug will continue. Plenty will be killed, until the last pusher is killed. If you remove me because of the killings then it shall be so,” the 71-year-old firebrand Duterte stressed.
In a brief presser at the Palace, Presidential Communications Office Chief of Staff Assistant Secretary Ablan said President Duterte’s policy order is not solely a response to a claimed terror attack in Davao City last Friday but is also due to the national threat caused by narcotics syndicates.
In a phone interview with Palace, reporters, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who was still in Davao, admitted that the decree has long been conceived by the President following the series of worrisome activities committed by Islamic extremists in Mindanao.
This is the basis of the proclamation and eventually this bombing incident will be the last in Davao City,” Medialdea, who will take oever of Duterte’ office for a week, said.
Medialdea also toned down claims that the said proclamation could be equated to martial law.
Earlier in the day, PCO Secretary Martin Andanar said in a radio interview that, as per Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, to order state security forces to be tougher does not need a formal proclamation or document that requires the Chief Executive’s signature.
“[The state of lawlessness] is only for Executive assessment. [President Duterte] is briefed of intelligence reports of entry of terrorists into the country to launch terrorist attacks of course against our government and civilians to sow terror,” he said.
“The President can legally order intensified checkpoints, patrols, police presence. There are two ways to skin a cat. In this case, one, is to sign document and one, is just to leave it at that executive assessment,” he added.
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Amid questions on the declaration of a state of lawlessness in the country, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada called on the Filipinos to unite behind President Duterte in his quest to suppress terrorism and criminality.
Estrada said this as he reiterated his full support for Duterte’s strong peace and order campaign and his determined effort to crush the illegal drug industry in the Philippines.
“We should unite and rally behind President Duterte in his quest to remove the threat of terrorism in the country,” the Manila mayor said in an interview as several sectors started raising concerns on the ‘state of lawlessness’ declared by Duterte over the weekend following the Davao City bombing.
“What I can say is. ‘Go Mr. President, do not waver. Do not get distracted by what is happening in Davao City’ because what is being sown by them is fear,” Estrada said in an interview, referring to the ASG owning of the bomb attack. “Besides, innocents have been murdered,” he said.
Estrada added: “I am fully supporting the all-out campaign of President Duterte against terrorism, criminality, and illegal drugs. As a Filipino, I am supporting him, his war against criminals and drug traffickers,” he added.
As Duterte goes after the ASG and other terrorist and criminal groups, Estrada said the President should press on with his anti-drug drive.
“He should continue his campaign, his all-out war against drugs. I support him all the way,” Estrada said of Duterte.
Earlier, the former president and now Manila mayor expressed his support to Duterte’s war against ASG, an Islamist extremist group that has been carrying out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion since 1991.
On July 23, 2014, Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swore an oath of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or simply known as ISIS.
Ax to fall on top police, militrary officials
The ax will soon fall on top police and military officials of Davao City following last Friday’s deadly bombing at a night market that killed 14 people while leaving 67 others wounded.
This, after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio requested the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leaderships to replace Davao City police chief Senior Supt. Michael John Dubria and Task Force Davao commander Col. Henry Robinson Jr.
Dubria only took over as Davao top cop last June while Robinson was named as Task Force Davao commander only last May.
DAVAO CITY MAYOR SARA DUTERTE-CARPIO
“The mayor of Davao City is requesting that the Task Force Davao commander and the chief of police to be replaced. That is okay,” said Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano.
The Army chief said Robinson would be relieved due to command responsibility.
“Directly or indirectly, there is an incident that cost the lives of innocent people, then there is command responsibility,” said Ano.
Ano said that the request would be submitted to the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), under Lt. Gen. Ray Leonardo Guerrero.
“Once there is a request then I will approve who will be the replacement of Colonel Robinson and where Colonel Robinson would be assigned,”
He said names would be recommended to Duterte-Carpio, whose concurrence, as local chief executive, is necessary in the appointment of task force commander.
“For task force commanders serving a town, city or municipality for the purpose of counter-terrorism, there should be teamwork with local chief executive,” said Ano.
On the part of the PNP, there is still no word as to the request of the Davao City mayor for the replacement of Duria.
Wesmincom to pressure ASG in Sulu
The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said it will not go soft on pressure against the terrorist ASG that claimed responsibility over the bombing at the Roxas night market in Davao City last Friday.
Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Wesmincom, said troops are simultaneously conducting combat operations against several sub-leaders of the Abu Sayyaf group, particularly that of Radullan Sahiron in Sulu.
“We have continuous focused military operations in different target areas addressing different ASG sub group leaders. Operations are done simultaneously,” said Tan.
Military operations are ongoing in the outskirts of Talipao, Indanao, Maimbung and Patikul. With Mario J, Mallari and PNA
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Meanwhile, the City Council of Davao has authorized Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to use P4.5 million in city funds to assist blast victims.
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MILITARY ADVANCE – Soldiers wrap up an offensive as they stand guard over the bodies of Abu Sayyaf members killed in a recent encounter in Patikul, Sulu. President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to ‘devour’ members of the bandit group which had earlier claimed responsibility for bombing Davao City, his hometown, last September 2, killing 14 people and wounding 70 others. (AFP / Manila Bulletin)
Davao City – Two improvised explosives – a 60mm mortar and an 80mm mortar tied together and detonated by a mobile phone – was used by suspects in the Roxas Avenue night market bombing in Davao City Friday.
Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 deputy director, said whoever manufactured the improvised explosive has terrorism in mind with the intention to kill as many people.
Authorities are cross-matching if the bombs are similar to the 60mm illumination rounds encased in 81mm mortar recovered on June 26, 2016 in Buhangin District that was possibly not manufactured locally but outside the country, according to De Leon.
There are now four persons of interest in relation to the night market bombing that claimed the lives of 14 persons and injured at least 70.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 director Adzar Albani said authorities are also looking at the possibility of “narco-terrorism” behind the tragic incident.
The illegal drug trade, Albani said, is a very lucrative business that could earn billions of money for politicians. The prospect of earning more was “hit-hard” by the anti-drug campaign of Presidente Duterte.
THREE IMPROVISED BOMBS
In Sultan Kudarat, military and police operatives thwarted another attack after it detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao Tuesday night.
Army Col. Earl Baliao, 603rd Brigade Commander said a resident in the area reported seeing three rocket propel grenades (RPG) along the highway in Barangay Rebuken, Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Troops from the Bravo Company of the 37th Infantry Battalion cordoned off the area while waiting for members of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit and closed the highway to traffic for at least two hours.
Baliao said the RPG is not part of the Army’s inventory. It is usually used by rebels. The improvised explosive consist of three pieces of projectile of a 60 mm RPG with ICON radio, wires and Triple A batteries.
The Army official said the IED was intended to be left along the highway and once exploded cause kill, maim or cause damage to passing vehicles.
“I think it was really intended to be left near the highway. It was put at the side of the highway in Brgy. Rebukin. We are still determining who are the culprits behind this,” Baliao said.
“Maraming angulo kaming tinitignan. So far we cannot still determine what particular group is behind it. An investigation is still ongoing.”
NOT THE SAME
“Nai-isolate naming. Iyong purpose talaga sa paglagay ng IED na ito kasi maraming rido( family feud) din nangyayari dito sa area. Of course aside dun sa intent ng mga terrorists na nandito rin sa area. Pwede nating mai-isolate na masabi na kagagawan ito ng terorista sa area,” he added.
Baliao said that the IED left in the highway is different from the one used in the Davao night market bombing.
“The IED which exploded in Davao City is 60 mm na galing mortar iyun na projectile. Ito naman 60 mm na RPG, rocket propelled grenade. It’s a different type,” he said.
BOMB MAKING MATERIALS
In the town of Mlang in North Cotabato, two suspected bombers were captured by combined police and Army operatives and recovered materials for making improvised explosives and a hand grenade at the residence of the suspects at Purok 6, barangay Dunguan.
North Cotabato acting police director Senior Supt. Emmanuel Peralta said the raid was covered by a search warrant. The police identified the captured suspect as Jokrie Andong Buisan, a resident of Mlang’s barangay Inas, who was arrested while holding a live fragmentation grenade at the residence of Anwar and Guiamadel Sandingan, the main targets of the search warrants. But anwar and Guiamadel managed to escape before police troops backed by elements of the Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade under Col. Manolo Samatita arrived at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities recovered bomb-making materials — pieces blasting caps, detonating cords, three cellphone units, batteries, a soldering gun and an electrical tester, among others. (with a report from Ali G. Macabalang)
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Aguirre: Relentless war on drugs to continue By: Estrella Torres @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
04:35 PM September 10th, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has vowed relentless efforts to convict drug syndicates as he lauded the successful conviction of persons behind the P2-billion Subic drug case.
Police authorities in Subic arrested Albert Chin and Romeo Manalo on August 11, 2013 from a house in Subic, Zambales where 432 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine) were seized. The illegal drugs were found in 22 large gym bags and balikbayan boxes. Police authorities took 18 hours to finish hauling the shabu from the house to the police station.
Aguirre hailed the conviction of Chin and Manalo to life imprisonment with a fine of P1 million “as one of the biggest drug busts in the history of the Philippines.”
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“This is a major victory in the President’s War on Drugs. It sends a chilling effect to all involved in the drug trade in the country,” said Aguirre in a statement over the weekend.
He said the swift prosecution of drug syndicates should serve as a warning to those behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
“We have sent a very strong warning and message to all who are involved. Deal with drugs and you will find neither refuge nor respite from the law. We will be relentless in pursuing you. We will be relentless in prosecuting you!” Aguirre added.
He said the effective action of national police, prosecutors and judges to put drug syndicates behind bars are “very instrumental in restoring the people’s trust and confidence and their active participation in apprehending people behind drugs syndicates.”
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“I congratulate all our prosecutors who are involved in the successful prosecution of this case. Their valiant efforts validated the acts of our apprehending officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) who apprehended the accused,” said Aguirre in a statement.
The Duterte administration has been criticized heavily by the international community and rights groups for the rampant extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, reaching more than 1,000 since July.
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