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FRIDAY -RED CARPET WELCOME FROM PRESIDENT WIDODO: BOTH LEADERS VOW COOPERATION VS DRUGS, TERRORISM
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Before giving their joint statement, Duterte and Widodo signed the declaration of cooperation to ensure maritime security. President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday issued a joint statement on cooperation between their two countries against terrorism and drug trafficking, and on strengthening maritime security. “We agreed to work together to prevent, arrest, and prosecute all those who seek to sow fear and terror in our societies,” Duterte said, as he read the joint statement. Both leaders also promised intensified cooperation to fight the narcotics trafficking. “We shared a deep concern over the trade of illicit and illegal drugs and its impact on our society," Duterte said. "We will seek ways to intensify cooperation and the campaign against this menace. We will do out part in contributing to the aim of a drug-free ASEAN community," he added. Before giving their joint statement, Duterte and Widodo signed the declaration of cooperation to ensure maritime security. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte tells Indon forces chasing ASGs: ‘Blow ‘em up’...

ALSO: Duterte may visit 2 more countries this month
[RELATED: Duterte brings ‘new normal’ to PH-US ties]


SEPTEMBER 12 -President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his message at the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on Sept. 8. TOTO LOZANO/PPD
MANILA, Philippines — After attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Laos and a working visit to Indonesia, President Rodrigo Duterte may visit two more countries this month, Malacañang said Sunday. Details were not yet available as of Sunday but Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the two trips would be working visits. “Let’s wait for the next events, what other countries would be visited by our president,” Andanar told state-run radio station dzRB. “Within the month, I believe our president will go to two more countries for a working visit,” he added. Duterte was supposed to visit Brunei before attending the ASEAN conference but decided to cancel the trip after the Sept. 2 bombing in Davao City that left 15 people dead and more than 60 others wounded. The canceled visit, which was supposed to be held from Sept. 4 to 5, would have been Duterte’s first foreign trip as president. In a previous interview, Duterte said he would thank Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for taking care of Filipino migrant workers and for providing them jobs. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte brings ‘new normal’ to PH-US ties...

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DU30 gets backing after Obama tussle
[RELATED: AT 9/11 MEMORIAL OBAMA Cooperation vs terrorism pushed]


SEPTEMBER 10 -President Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives and members of the House committee on dangerous drugs expressed their strong support to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration on the heels of the confrontation between Duterte and US President Barack Obama during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore. Duterte related during a briefing upon his return from his foreign trip that he received an apparent brush off from Obama during a brief meeting between the two leaders as the US President told him “my men will talk to you” after he tried to explain his crude statements on the way to the Laos meeting. Duterte reacted to suggestions from media that Obama will raise human rights issues regarding his war on drugs that had resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths of narcotics suspects. Duterte said he had approached Obama to tell him that he did not foul mouthed him. Speaking to the Filipino community in Indonesia, Duterte said that he introduced himself to Obama saying, “President Obama, I’m President Duterte. I never made that statement, check it out.” Obama and Duterte informally met in a holding room before attending a gala dinner.The move of the House allies was apparently meant as rallying behind Duterte in his spat with Obama.
The House members gave their assurance to law enforcement agencies that the legislators will work on their budgetary needs and to pass appropriate measures to strengthen their enforcement capabilities. READ MORE...RELATED, AT 9/11 MEMORIAL OBAMA Cooperation vs terrorism pushed...

ALSO: Duterte calls for unity amid more bomb threats
[RELATED: Rody asks Muslims: Set aside interests]


SEPTEMBER 12 -In this 2014 file photo, Filipino Muslims attend an early morning prayer to mark Id al-Adha at the Blue Mosque at Taguig, Philippines. AP/File photo MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared Sept. 12, 2016, a Monday, a regular national holiday in observance of the Muslim celebration of Eid'l Adha. On the eve of the Muslim celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eidul Adha, President Duterte called for more sacrifice to realize “real change” amid rising danger including the threat of more bombing after the Davao City blast last Sept. 2 that killed 15 persons and wounded at least 60. Cable news agency Al Jazeera quoted Duterte as warning more blasts could hit the country because of “reprisals” against his government. Duterte added that it was too early to talk publicly about any leads on the Davao City attack. “This occasion reminds us of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” Duterte said in a message. He expressed hope that “Filipinos, regardless of beliefs, would join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation.” “Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interests in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all,” Duterte added. Police and military forces were placed on alert mainly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ahead of the celebration. Police officers and soldiers were deployed in designated areas in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tai-Tawi, where outdoorcongregational prayers are to take place early Monday, a national holiday.  Special concerns among Islamic clerics are the security of civilians in Sulu, where there is an ongoing military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). READ MORE...RELATED, Rody asks Muslims: Set aside interests...

ALSO: Bullets trump rehab as Asia quickens 'failing' war on drugs
[The Philippines has launched a bloody "war on drugs" that has killed hundreds in just two months, while neighbouring Indonesia has declared a "narcotics emergency" and resumed executing drug convicts after a long hiatus.]


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BANGKOK/YANGON — The Philippines has launched a bloody "war on drugs" that has killed hundreds in just two months, while neighbouring Indonesia has declared a "narcotics emergency" and resumed executing drug convicts after a long hiatus.
In Thailand and Myanmar, petty drug users are being sentenced to long jail terms in prisons already bursting at the seams. The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug also known as meth - is driving countries across Asia to adopt hardline anti-narcotics policies. Experts say they are likely to only make things worse. Geoff Monaghan has seen it all before. He investigated narco-trafficking gangs during his 30-year career as a detective with London's Metropolitan Police, then witnessed the impact of draconian anti-drug policies as an HIV/AIDS expert in Russia. "We have plenty of data but often we forget the history," said Monaghan. "That's the problem." He believes President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs campaign in the Philippines will fuel more violence and entrench rather than uproot trafficking networks. "I'm very fearful about the situation," he said. Reflecting the regional explosion in use, the amount of meth seized in East and Southeast Asia almost quadrupled from about 11 tons in 2009 to 42 tons in 2013, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The only region seizing more meth was North America, where the booming trade inspired the popular television series "Breaking Bad". READ MORE...


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Duterte, Widodo vow cooperation vs. drugs, terrorism




MANILA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
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Published September 9, 2016 7:56pm By TRISHA MACAS - President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday issued a joint statement on cooperation between their two countries against terrorism and drug trafficking, and on strengthening maritime security.

“We agreed to work together to prevent, arrest, and prosecute all those who seek to sow fear and terror in our societies,” Duterte said, as he read the joint statement.

Both leaders also promised intensified cooperation to fight the narcotics trafficking.

“We shared a deep concern over the trade of illicit and illegal drugs and its impact on our society," Duterte said.

"We will seek ways to intensify cooperation and the campaign against this menace. We will do out part in contributing to the aim of a drug-free ASEAN community," he added.

Before giving their joint statement, Duterte and Widodo signed the declaration of cooperation to ensure maritime security.

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“We agreed on various areas of implementation on cooperative framework to address security issues, which is really the most problem for the two countries,” Duterte said as he read the joint statement.

The Philippine president added that both countries were committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure security in the Sulu Sea and in the maritime areas of common interest.

"As two of the largest archipelagos in the world, we recognize the value of maritime cooperation and we will explore in this area, particularly among resource development, and of course, arrangements between aquatic resources’ expertise in the shipbuilding industry," Duterte added.

Duterte arrived in Indonesia late Thursday night after attending his first ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos and accepting Philippines' chairmanship for next year.

He also invited Widodo to visit the Philippines in a "mutally convenient time."

"I look forward to work closely with my friend and brother," Duterte said. — NB/DVM, GMA News

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Duterte tells Indon forces chasing ASGs: ‘Blow ‘em up’ Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera  and Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

 
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Indonesian maritime forces will be allowed to sail along Philippine waters as a cooperative measure to thwart terrorist movements in the Mindanao area, President Duterte who was in Jakarta for a state visit yesterday said.

Noting that piracy and the alarming presence of Islamic radicals along the southern portions of the South China Sea (SCS) bordered by Mindanao, Indonesia and Malaysia, Duterte said that he will allow forces of other states to “simply bomb off terrorists spotted there.”

“I’m here to get an agreement with (Indonesian President Joko Widodo), because there is so much piracy in the seas, in the high seas between Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Maybe I will have a memorandum or a note verbale where we can agree that hot pursuit (against) those pirates that are being chased out of the territorial waters of Indonesia and in the high seas and in towards the jurisdictional waters of the Philippines, they can have the right to go in,” Duterte said in his speech at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta before members of the Filipino community.

“The rule (on) international water is this: If you are a pirate, you can be arrested by any nation because piracy is a crime against humanity,” he explained.

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Indonesian authorities recognized Celebes, Sulu and Sulawesi seas as “piracy-prone areas” where terror groups including the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) operate.


DUTERTE AND WIDODO

Duterte also narrated that he and President Widodo, in one of their conversations during the recently-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders’ summit in Vientiane, Laos, had an informal agreement of allowing Indonesian authorities to launch offensives against terror suspects within Philippine territory.

“(If) the chase began in Indonesia, here, (and if it) continues in the international waters and if they are really fast enough also (to get) inside now the Philippines waters they can go ahead and blast them off. That’s the agreement,” Duterte said.

“That’s one of my words actually when I was seated with President Widodo. And I said, ‘blow them up.’ And if there’s a hostage, usually it is the sailors, then I will just have to... maybe, crowd them in and arrest them, and execute them,” he added.

Duterte also expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for accordingly backing his plans to build drug rehabilitation facilities.

“I would like to thank China for being generous to us… [They were the only one] who offered to build the rehab. I think they have already started in [Fort] Magsaysay. They are bringing the materials there already ... only China is helping us,” he said.
Duterte is referring to the drug rehabilitation facility being constructed in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

Duterte was on his first ever state visit after his maiden trip to Brunei was cancelled due to the recent Davao City bombing.

Included among the agendas were discussion on how to fight off piracy and the appeal to release drug-trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso who is currently incarcerated in the Nusakambangan prison.

The perennial threats of piracy and even the prominent abduction of seven Indonesian nationals by Abu Sayyaf Group mid-2016 have prompted the two countries to launch coordinated patrols to respond on any similar emergencies.

Speaking before the Filipino community in the Indonesia, Duterte expressed hopes for a concrete memorandum of a note verbale where states involved can come up with a defense outline against pirates plaguing the high seas, containing a provision that set “hot pursuit” on brigands being chased out of the Indonesian territorial sea towards the jurisdictional waters of the Philippines.

“They [will] have the right to go in,” said Duterte.

In view of this visit, Filipinos and advocate groups were also expectant of a development in the case of Veloso who was granted with a last-minute reprieve last year but who is still facing a death sentence after getting convicted of carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin back in 2010.

Duterte was unable to meet Veloso due to his tight schedule but earlier he assured that her case will be appealed before Widodo.
Hours before Duterte departed from the ASEAN Summit in Laos, Celia and Cesar Veloso led a candle-lighting and prayer activity in Plaza Miranda to appeal for their daughter’s release.

“Justice for Mary Jane should also be one of the urgent grounds for the strengthening of our diplomatic ties with Indonesia,” said Migrante International Garry Martinez.

Migrante Interntional believes that Veloso’s deposition is compliant with the Philippine and Indonesian law with regards to trafficking, “at the very least, her case should be reviewed pending her testimony in the Philippine courts.”

Veloso said her recruiter planted the drugs in her luggage.
“It is imperative that Mary Jane be allowed to give her full testimony as basis to bring her traffickers to justice.”

Hope for Mary Jane

The chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila Development and vice chairman of the committee on overseas Filipino workers (OFW), Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo, expressed confidence that Duterte will find an appropriate and creative way to convince the Indonesian government to spare the life of Mary Jane Veloso without compromising neither country’s strong stance against illegal drugs and with utmost respect for Indonesia’s judicial system.

Veloso has been convicted of drug smuggling but was given a stay of execution last year.

“We know the President is tough against crime and illegal drugs, but he has a soft heart for overseas Filipino workers—and this should be more so for victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking and those who have fallen prey to the illegal drug trade as mules,” Castelo said.

Castelo said “sincerity” will count a lot in Duterte’s discussion of Veloso’s fate and the battle against illegal drugs with Indonesia President Joko Wido — and “this is one of Duterte’s strengths.”

“I am hoping we are able to get a permanent stay of execution while the case against Veloso’s recruiters is resolved in Philippine courts and the two governments find ways of cooperation in the world’s battle against illegal drugs,” Castelo said.

Castelo said the drug problem transcends national borders and the Philippines and Indonesia can strike a system of cooperation to stop the movement of drugs across each other’s borders.

He proposed some areas of cooperation such as in the sharing of intelligence information on drug syndicates, their movement and operations, and in their arrest across borders.

“For instance, a sharing of information could lead to the arrest in the Philippines of Indonesian nationals who might be involved in the drug trade and vice-versa. In such instances, mutual extradition could be a second level of cooperation so that each country’s nationals are tried in their respective countries,” Castelo explained.

At the same time, Castelo said the government should make an inventory of OFWs who are in jails in other countries and ensure that they are given proper legal representation.

He said he intends to file a resolution in he House of Representatives directing the Department of Labor, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to draw up and submit to Congress a comprehensive program to aid OFWs arrested abroad and to prevent OFWs from falling prey to the operations of illegal drug syndicates. Charlie V. Manalo


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Duterte may visit 2 more countries this month By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 11, 2016 - 4:16pm 31 973 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his message at the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on Sept. 8. TOTO LOZANO/PPD

MANILA, Philippines — After attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Laos and a working visit to Indonesia, President Rodrigo Duterte may visit two more countries this month, Malacañang said Sunday.

Details were not yet available as of Sunday but Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the two trips would be working visits.

“Let’s wait for the next events, what other countries would be visited by our president,” Andanar told state-run radio station dzRB.

“Within the month, I believe our president will go to two more countries for a working visit,” he added.

Duterte was supposed to visit Brunei before attending the ASEAN conference but decided to cancel the trip after the Sept. 2 bombing in Davao City that left 15 people dead and more than 60 others wounded.

The canceled visit, which was supposed to be held from Sept. 4 to 5, would have been Duterte’s first foreign trip as president. In a previous interview, Duterte said he would thank Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for taking care of Filipino migrant workers and for providing them jobs.

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The president’s participation to ASEAN was overshadowed by the controversy stirred by his tough remarks on the supposed interference of the US in his war on drugs. Before leaving for Laos, he said nobody, not even US President Barack Obama, should lecture him about human rights and declared that more would be killed because of the anti-drug crackdown.

Duterte’s scheduled bilateral meeting with Obama was canceled hours after he delivered the remarks. The president, later on, said he regrets that his statements were perceived as a personal attack against the American leader.

Before the ASEAN gala dinner last Thursday, Duterte chatted with Obama and clarified that he did not curse him as reported by the media.

In a press conference, Obama said he does not take Duterte’s comments personally but reminded the Philippine leader to address crime and terrorism “the right way.”

RELATED: Obama on Duterte: I don't take his comments personally

During the gala dinner, Duterte also chatted briefly with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who once condemned the Philippine leader’s apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings.

During the ASEAN summit, Duterte called for greater regional cooperation against transnational crimes like drug trafficking, piracy and terrorism. He also cited the need to support small businesses, hike infrastructure spending, and greater engagement with other countries.

‘Unprecedented’

Malacañang believes Duterte’s most important message during the meet was his emphasis on the Philippines’ independent foreign policy.

RELATED: Rody vows independent foreign policy for Philippines

“We have our own foreign policy to follow and then when it comes to questions of human rights, before we question a human rights policy or accuse a country (of violating human rights), we should look at the context,” Andanar said, referring to criticisms against Duterte’s tough stance against narcotics.

“If you hear what he said, you would be struck because it was unprecedented as stated by the Foreign Affairs department and other dignitaries,” he added.

During the East Asia summit last Thursday, Duterte reportedly slammed the imperialist powers who killed several Filipinos during colonial times.

Sources were quoted as saying that Duterte did not mention any countries during the speech, which the Foreign Affairs department has described as “a passionate intervention.”

Some are convinced, though, that Duterte was alluding to the killing of many Mindanao Muslims by US forces in the early 20th century.

“The president explained that not all who are complaining about our country do not have questions with regard to human rights violations. It’s also a matter of whether they have the moral ascendancy to do so,” Andanar said.

“The president said in his arrival speech that somehow, he made us, Filipinos, proud because he fought for our rights. At the same time, he expressed our more than 400 years of ill feelings towards the things that imperialists, our colonial masters did,” he added.

“We should stand on our own feet and wave our flag. We should be proud of our country.”

After the ASEAN summit, Duterte flew to Indonesia for a two-day working visit that focused on cooperation against transnational crimes and the plight of Filipino migrant workers.

Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to work together to address terrorism and illegal drugs and to boost cooperation in maritime security and law enforcement. The two leaders also discussed the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina sentenced to death for drug trafficking but Duterte refused to reveal details.

RELATED: Rody, Widodo unite vs drugs, terrorism

Veloso was supposed to be executed by firing squad last year but was given an indefinite temporary reprieve after her recruiter had surrendered to Philippine authorities.

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Duterte brings ‘new normal’ to PH-US ties By: Marlon Ramos, Nikko Dizon, Vince F. Nonato @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:35 AM September 12th, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses delegates of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, a parallel summit in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

RELATIONS between the Philippines and the United States have been historically stormy but close, but the arrival of a roughneck in Malacañang who says he is no fan of the Americans has brought a “new normal” to those ties and Washington is not unlikely to keep Manila at a distance in the next six years.

While China’s increasing aggressiveness in the South China Sea keeps US-Philippine security relations “indispensable,” according to Richard Heydarian, a political science professor at De La Salle University, it is clear that under the administration of President Duterte, “the United States can no longer expect the same level of strategic deference and diplomatic support” from the Philippines.

“This is the new normal in Philippine-US relations,” Heydarian wrote in a commentary published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.

Mr. Duterte’s declaration that he is adopting an independent foreign policy for the Philippines, Heydarian said, is a “brazen and audacious policy pronouncement in a profoundly pro-American society, where much of the intelligentsia and security forces feel deep affinity with the United States.”

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Falling out with Obama

Mr. Duterte, who has made it clear to his supporters and opponents from the get-go that he is no ordinary politician—uncouth, brutally frank and even murderous at times—declared an independent course for the Philippines on Saturday after a spectacular falling out with US President Barack Obama that became the buzz at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Laos last week.

It was Mr. Duterte’s maiden outing as the new leader of the Philippines and he was to meet Obama for talks on the sidelines of the summit, but he busted it by spewing “son of a bitch” in a tirade that he launched after being told as he was about to leave for Laos on Monday that the US leader would raise human rights with him during their meeting.

The White House brought down the ax: No US-Philippine meeting.

Although Mr. Duterte said he regretted his intemperate language, Obama was aloof when they met before the Asean leaders’ gala dinner on Wednesday night.

Mr. Duterte said he told Obama that he never called him a “son of a bitch” and that the US president told him, “My men will talk to you.”

Got message across

In a news conference wrapping up his last visit to Asia as US leader, Obama said he told Mr. Duterte to conduct his war on drugs “the right way.”

So Mr. Duterte, who brooks no opposition to his decisions, chose to go his own way.

Call it roughneck diplomacy or whatever, but Malacañang insisted on Sunday that Mr. Duterte was able to get a plain-spoken message across to the world.

“The most important message is [that] we have our own foreign policy to follow,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on dzRB radio.

“It’s also important that the President showed other countries that we support foreign trade and calls for respect for rule of law in the Asean region,” he said.

‘Perfect’

“Perfect” is how Mr. Duterte himself described his first interaction with world leaders, including Obama.

Mr. Duterte, however, failed to muster enough support from the 10-member Asean to nudge China into respecting an international tribunal’s ruling against its claims to almost all of the South China Sea.

Critics also observed that his acerbic attitude toward the United States and the United Nations was the complete opposite of his friendliness to China, with whom he wanted bilateral talks to resolve the South China Sea dispute despite a ruling for the Philippines by the tribunal.

But European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen described as “interesting” the way Mr. Duterte presented his policies and views at the Asean summit.

In an open letter posted by the EU Delegation on Facebook, Jessen said the Philippines “is an important member of the international community, and the statements of its President are carefully noted.”

He said he was reading Robert A. Fulton’s 2007 book “Moroland.”

“I am well aware that it offers just one perspective of a very turbulent and difficult period, but I do believe, as President Duterte does, that we all should seek to learn from history,” he said.


TRIBUNE

DU30 gets backing after Obama tussle Written by Charlie V. Manalo Sunday, 11 September 2016 00:00



President Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives and members of the House committee on dangerous drugs expressed their strong support to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration on the heels of the confrontation between Duterte and US President Barack Obama during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore.

Duterte related during a briefing upon his return from his foreign trip that he received an apparent brush off from Obama during a brief meeting between the two leaders as the US President told him “my men will talk to you” after he tried to explain his crude statements on the way to the Laos meeting.

Duterte reacted to suggestions from media that Obama will raise human rights issues regarding his war on drugs that had resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths of narcotics suspects.

Duterte said he had approached Obama to tell him that he did not foul mouthed him.

Speaking to the Filipino community in Indonesia, Duterte said that he introduced himself to Obama saying, “President Obama, I’m President Duterte. I never made that statement, check it out.”

Obama and Duterte informally met in a holding room before attending a gala dinner.The move of the House allies was apparently meant as rallying behind Duterte in his spat with Obama.

The House members gave their assurance to law enforcement agencies that the legislators will work on their budgetary needs and to pass appropriate measures to strengthen their enforcement capabilities.

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In a recent hearing conducted by the committee, Rep. Robert Ace S. Barbers (2nd District, Surigao del Norte), the panel chairman, assured officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of the committee’s full support for their anti-illegal drugs operations.


Barbers, Robert Ace S. District Representative Surigao del Norte, 2nd District

“Rest assured that each of our committee members will always be there to support you. We are with you in this battle. All of use are potential victims of drug addicts and pushers. We will definitely give you what you need, as much as we can. We will provide you with the necessary tools with respect to laws that we will craft in the future or perhaps amend existing laws, and will also give you budgetary support,” Barbers said.

Barbers said the committee is open to proposals which are new or seeking to amend existing laws especially in the area of boosting the enforcement capabilities of the PNP, NBI and PDEA to stop the drug problem.

So far, he said, there are 40 bills, four resolutions and four concurrent resolutions referred to the committee as of August 31, 2016.
In terms of budgetary support for law enforcement agencies, Barbers vowed to talk to House leaders concerned to push for the proposed budgets of law enforcement agencies for next year for their anti-illegal drugs operations.

“We also want to help you on your budgetary needs as we’ve seen, your budget is meager. Rest assured we will talk to the appropriations committee when your budgetary proposals reach the plenary. We will also talk to Speaker Alvarez to provide for your budget so we will have enough ammunition against our enemies who are the drug lords,” said Barbers.

Barbers said Congress, the PNP and the PDEA may come up with an acceptable rate for the agencies’ budgetary proposals for their anti-illegal drugs operations.

According to Police Director Benjamin Magalong, Acting Deputy Chief for PNP Operations, the PNP has proposed a P1 billion budget for its anti-illegal drugs operations while the PDEA is also seeking a P1 billion budget for next year.

Barbers asked the law enforcement agencies to submit their wish list to the committee for proper action. “Maybe you can give us your wish list of your needs. We may not be able to solve all your problems, but we may be able to reduce or minimize them,” said Barbers.

Per the query of retired police general now Rep. Romeo M. Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City) on the current budget of law enforcement agencies for their anti-illegal drugs operations, PNP officials said they were alloted P36 million while the NBI has no budget for such in 2016 and only relies on fund assistance from the PDEA and the NBI Director’s intelligence budget.

According to PNP officials, of their P36 million budget for anti-illegal drugs operations, P20 million came from congressional insertion from the Senate. This means the actual amount alloted by the PNP is only P18 million.

“We take pity on the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) with their P36 million budget, which is equivalent to P2 million monthly. That is not enough,” said Acop.

Meanwhile, lawyer Roselyn Borja, Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director-General for Administration of PDEA, said P317.33 million has been allotted for the agency’s anti-illegal operations, including an intelligence fund of P73 million, under its maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) budget for 2016.

Borja said the PDEA gives assistance to the PNP. Moreover, she said the monetary rewards for “Operation Private Eye” of all law enforcement agencies come from the PDEA’s P73 million intelligence fund.

Pro-Duterte US rally set

Filipinos in the United States and Canada will hold a rally on Sunday to show their support to Duterte’s all-out war to end the drug menace.

“There is no political color here. Like every Filipino, we simply want to save our country,” said Jess A. Gatchalian, one of the organizers of the newly formed group called US Pinoys for Real Change in the Philippines (USPRCP).

“Like every Filipino, we simply want to save our country!” Gatchalian stressed, adding that “the drug problem has indeed become a crisis now in the Philippines hence it’s a 9-11 situation…This is our chance to show support,” he added.

Gatchalian said that the rally in Washington, DC will be held at the Philippine Embassy at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 or Monday in the Philippines.

The same gathering will be held in Anchorage, Las Vegas and Vancouver in Canada where thousands of Filipino immigrants live, he said.

“Let us all join hands and show support to end the drug menace in the Philippines,” Gatchalian said.

He asked all those who would attend the rally to wear white shirt to show that we are there ready to support real change and nothing else.”

The rallies in the US and Canada is the way USPRCP showing its “support to the national leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte and to the members of the Philippine National Police and military in their quest to end the drug menace in the Philippines.”

“We also want to show support to the many initiatives of Pres. Duterte in uplifting the lives of all Filipinos, the real change that we so direly need all these years. We, the US Pinoys for Real Change in the Philippines, want our voices to be heard all over the world” Gatchalian pointed out.

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AT 9/11 MEMORIAL OBAMA: Cooperation vs terrorism pushed By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 12, 2016 - 12:00am 1 17 googleplus0 0


US President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial observance ceremony at the Pentagon, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. With the president are Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, right. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday called for cooperation in battling terrorism as the world remembered the attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

About 20 of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon and on a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania were Filipinos or of Philippine descent.

“We’ve learned so much from the 9/11 incident. Many Filipinos fell victim to that. During that time we were anxious about the lives of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) and migrants in New York… It opened a Pandora’s box on terrorism,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said over radio station dzRB.

He also noted that the Philippines was among the places that terrorists considered for bombing operations.

“It developed into something even worse. We now have extremists like ISIS and Abu Sayyaf. This is a reminder that we’re facing a faceless enemy. Terrorism – we should be one in battling this and we should be helping each other,” Andanar said.

The Sept. 11, 2001 attack was a series of coordinated efforts of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Its members hijacked four commercial planes and crashed two at the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing 2,996 people and injuring over 6,000 others.

The third plane was crashed at the Pentagon in Virginia while the fourth plane, which was headed towards Washington, crashed in Pennsylvania after some passengers wrestled with the hijackers.

At the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Laos, President Duterte called for cooperation against international terrorism.

Two days before attending the summit, a night market in Duterte’s home city Davao was bombed, killing at least 14 people and injuring around 60.

The police arrested vice mayor Abdulwahab Sabal of Talitay town in Maguindanao province after an improvised explosive device and several firearms were seized from him and his two bodyguards.

Twelve sachets of shabu, an M-16 rifle and two caliber .45 pistols were among the items taken from the suspects at the Awang airport in Maguindanao.

Sabal was among those earlier identified by Duterte as involved in the illegal drug trade in the country.

DAVAO BLAST

The Department of Justice is also looking into Sabal’s involvement in the Davao blast.

Sotto hits ‘telcos’ for refusing SIM card registry

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III yesterday hit telecommunications companies or “telcos” for refusing to register the pre-paid SIM cards for mobile phones that could help the government in fighting criminality and terrorism.

This came after police investigators confirmed that in a number of cases reported, bombers used mobile phones to trigger improvised explosive devices.

Sotto said telcos have been opposing the passage of a bill that seeks to require the registration of mobile phone SIM cards, while the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces are supportive of the proposed measure.

In his bid to neutralize “(mobile) phone-aided crimes in the country,” Sotto proposed the registration of sim cards way back in the 12th Congress as a resolution and refiled it as a bill in the 16th Congress. Now in the 17th Congress, he filed it as Senate Bill 7.

The measure requires all telcos to register their pre-paid SIM cards because criminals and terrorists have been taking advantage of mobile phone technology to remain anonymous.

Under the bill, the National Telecommunications Commission in close coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry and telcos, and in consultation with major consumer groups with national membership shall formulate the necessary guidelines in the proper implementation of the pre-paid sim card registration process.

The bill also provides that all mobile phone service providers shall require ownership registration as prerequisite to selling pre-paid SIM cards.

The use of pre-paid SIM cards in the country has flourished as these can be purchased practically anywhere by anybody without any required identification and credit background restrictions.

In the Philippines, the subscriber base of pre-paid SIM cards grew dramatically each year, almost reaching an estimated 100 million, which comprise about 90 percent of the entire mobile phone service market.

Sotto said this makes such technology a favored tool in the commission of crimes by both organized and small-scale criminals alike. – With Paolo Romero


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Duterte calls for unity amid more bomb threats Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00


In this 2014 file photo, Filipino Muslims attend an early morning prayer to mark Id al-Adha at the Blue Mosque at Taguig, Philippines. AP/File photo MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared Sept. 12, 2016, a Monday, a regular national holiday in observance of the Muslim celebration of Eid'l Adha.

On the eve of the Muslim celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eidul Adha, President Duterte called for more sacrifice to realize “real change” amid rising danger including the threat of more bombing after the Davao City blast last Sept. 2 that killed 15 persons and wounded at least 60.

Cable news agency Al Jazeera quoted Duterte as warning more blasts could hit the country because of “reprisals” against his government.

Duterte added that it was too early to talk publicly about any leads on the Davao City attack.

“This occasion reminds us of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” Duterte said in a message.

He expressed hope that “Filipinos, regardless of beliefs, would join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation.”

“Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interests in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all,” Duterte added.

Police and military forces were placed on alert mainly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ahead of the celebration.
Police officers and soldiers were deployed in designated areas in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tai-Tawi, where outdoorcongregational prayers are to take place early Monday, a national holiday.

Special concerns among Islamic clerics are the security of civilians in Sulu, where there is an ongoing military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

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Regional government officials have asked the Muslim faithful to peacefully observe the religious festivity with more prayers, charitable activities and offer prayers for the restoration of peace in the troubled provinces of Sulu and Basilan.


Three of the victims of the deadly September 2 Davao City blast, including the youngest fatality, were laid to rest over the weekend. GMA News reported Sunday that Melanie Faith Larida, 42, and her son Joshua Larida, 12, were laid to rest in Calinan Memorial Park in Davao City. Melanie's husband, Dennis, was injured in the blast that left 14 people dead and 70 others wounded. During the funeral rites, Dennis thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City local officials for their assistance. Meanwhile, Evelyn Sobrecay's remains were laid to rest on Saturday at the Forest Lake in San Pedro, Davao City. She was 49. -GMA NEWS NETWORK

Government forces have been hunting down relentlessly the Abu Sayyaf bandits on orders of Duterte to put a stop to kidnapping and beheading actions of the extremist groups who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The ASG was also suspected to be behind the Davao City bombing.

The 6th Infantry Division which covers Cotabato City, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and part of Lanao del Sur has put up more checkpoints along major thoroughfares to ensure peaceful and solemn observance of Eid’l Adha.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have threatened to disrupt the festivities on Monday. But the other extremist group which also sympathizes with the ISIS and based mainly in Maguindanao denied reports of destabilization from them.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) operate in Maguindanao and are blamed for the series of roadside bombings in the province, the latest of which was on Sept. 8 that injured a soldier in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town.

Islamic feast

Senator Loren Legarda, co-author of Republic Act No. 9849, an Act Declaring Eidul Adha a National Holiday, wished for a solemn and meaningful celebration.

Legarda also asked non-Muslim Filipinos to reflect on the virtues that the feast signifies.

“…So that we develop deeper respect and understanding among us Filipinos regardless of faith or religious belief,” Legarda said.



Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who hails from Bukidnon, stressed the importance of awareness and recognition of diversity as “the first step in eliminating prejudice and bigotry.”

He also pointed out that “the role of our Muslim brothers and sisters is very critical in the political, social and economic scene, and in advancing the growth of our economy.”

Moreover, he stressed that the addition of Eidul Adha as a regular holiday is akin to the holidays like Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

According to Zubiri, as of 2014, about 2.08 billion people in the world observe the Eidul Adha every year. In the Philippines, Muslim Filipinos constitute five percent of the 100 million population.

The Eidul Adha, also referred to the “Festival of the Sacrifice” commemorates the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca of the Muslim community.

Troops in Sulu also joined in greeting the Islamic world in commemorating Eidul Adha.

The message of solidarity of troops was expressed during a mass for the blessing of a newly constructed hospital in Camp Bautista, Sulu.

The newly-constructed station hospital is expected to enhance the survival of wounded troops and widen the medical care that can be given to soldiers and their families while stationed in Sulu.

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Rody asks Muslims: Set aside interests
By Alexis Romero and Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 12, 2016 - 12:00am
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Women gather for afternoon prayers at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila yesterday, the eve of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. The holiday marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by Muslim devotees. EDD GUMBAN
MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday urged Muslims to set aside personal interests for the common good of the nation as he thanked them for supporting the peace process.

In his first message for the Muslim holiday Eid’l Adha as president, Duterte said Filipinos must unite to achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all.

“Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interest in favor of the common good of our citizens,” Duterte said.

“I deeply appreciate your support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao. It is my dream to see our people, regardless of beliefs, join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation,” he added.

The President said the occasion reminds Filipinos of virtues that strengthen the foundation of Islam and “invigorate common aspirations.”

Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah, the Arabic word for God.

‘Happy Eid’l Adha’

Meanwhile, troops in Sulu are greeting all Muslims and Christians a “Happy Eid’l Adha,” as Muslims around the world gather to celebrate in prayer.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, chief of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), extended the troops’ message of solidarity during yesterday’s mass offering and blessing of a new hospital at Camp Bautista.

“We extend our sincere desire for a peaceful Eid’l Adha and we again appeal to the people of Sulu for their continued cooperation to ensure the safety of all members of the community,” Dela Vega said. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe


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Bullets trump rehab as Asia quickens 'failing' war on drugs Published September 11, 2016 11:32am By ANDREW R.C. MARSHALL and ANTONI SLODKOWSKI, Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON — The Philippines has launched a bloody "war on drugs" that has killed hundreds in just two months, while neighbouring Indonesia has declared a "narcotics emergency" and resumed executing drug convicts after a long hiatus.

In Thailand and Myanmar, petty drug users are being sentenced to long jail terms in prisons already bursting at the seams.

The soaring popularity of methamphetamine - a cheap and highly addictive drug also known as meth - is driving countries across Asia to adopt hardline anti-narcotics policies. Experts say they are likely to only make things worse.

Geoff Monaghan has seen it all before. He investigated narco-trafficking gangs during his 30-year career as a detective with London's Metropolitan Police, then witnessed the impact of draconian anti-drug policies as an HIV/AIDS expert in Russia.

"We have plenty of data but often we forget the history," said Monaghan. "That's the problem."

He believes President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs campaign in the Philippines will fuel more violence and entrench rather than uproot trafficking networks. "I'm very fearful about the situation," he said.

Reflecting the regional explosion in use, the amount of meth seized in East and Southeast Asia almost quadrupled from about 11 tons in 2009 to 42 tons in 2013, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The only region seizing more meth was North America, where the booming trade inspired the popular television series "Breaking Bad".

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Meth was the "primary drug of concern" in nine Asian countries, the UNODC said, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

Playing catch-up

A rising chorus of experts blame this surge in production and use of meth in Asia on ineffective and even counterproductive government responses.

They say national drug-control policies are skewed towards harsh measures that criminalise users but have failed to staunch the deluge of drugs or catch the kingpins behind it.

They also want a greater emphasis on reducing demand through more and better quality drug rehabilitation.

"There is so much scaremongering and hysteria surrounding the issue of drugs," says Gloria Lai of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a global network of 154 non-governmental groups. "That's a disincentive for challenging old ways of thinking."

Meth is a transnational business, worth around $15 billion in mainland Southeast Asia alone in 2013, the UNODC says.

Much of the production takes place in laboratories in lawless western Myanmar. Ingredients such as pseudoephedrine and caffeine are smuggled across porous borders from India, China and Vietnam.

Laos and Thailand are major trafficking routes, with the finished product travelling by road or along the Mekong River for distribution throughout Southeast Asia and China.

Meth is sold in cheap pills called "ya ba", a Thai name meaning "crazy medicine", or in a more potent, crystalline form known as "crystal meth", "ice" or "shabu".

Contraband is effectively hidden amid rising volumes of regional trade, leaving law enforcement to play catch-up, said Jeremy Douglas, the UNODC's Asia Pacific chief.

"We need to start thinking about big-time regional engagement, up to the highest level. It's impossible to deal with the problem on a country-by-country basis," he said.

"I can't recall the last time a major trafficking kingpin was caught."

Social cost

The meth explosion carries huge social consequences: overburdened health services, overcrowded prisons, families and communities torn apart.

Small-time users and dealers bear the brunt of unsparing law enforcement that is popular in crime-weary communities. In mid-July, as drug war killings escalated in the Philippines, one survey put President Duterte's approval rating at 91 percent.

Thailand launched an equally popular "war on drugs" in 2003 that killed about 2,800 people in three months. But figures show it had no lasting impact on meth supply or demand in Thailand.

"The world has lost the war on drugs, not only Thailand," the country's justice minister Paiboon Koomchaya told Reuters in July.

Paiboon hinted at a radical shift in policy, saying he wanted to reclassify meth to reduce sentences for possessing and dealing the drug.

For now though, Thailand continues to jail thousands of petty drug users, with about 70 percent of its 300,000 or so prisoners jailed on drugs offences, according to government data.

Tough to treat

Meth addiction is tough to treat, ideally requiring costly and time-consuming counselling. Long-term use can cause changes in brain structure and function.

In March, US President Barack Obama said drug dependency should be seen as "a public health problem and not a criminal problem", part of a bid to roll back a "war on drugs" begun in the 1970s and now widely seen as a failure.

Policy in Asia is largely moving in the opposite direction, with drug rehabilitation underfunded and inadequate.

Less than 1 percent of dependent drug users in Indonesia got treatment in 2014, said the UNODC. Lacking alternatives, desperate Indonesians resort to herbal baths, Islamic prayer and other remedies of unproven efficacy.

"Rehab" in many countries often means detention at a state facility. In Thailand, thousands of users are held at army camps for four months. Relapse rates at drug detention centres range from 60-90 percent, says the World Health Organisation.

"Often, the government response causes more harm to an individual than the drug itself," said the IDPC's Lai.

Evidence shows that the most effective treatment is voluntary and community-based. A 2015 study in Malaysia found that half the people at compulsory centres relapsed within 32 days of release, compared with 429 days for those who had volunteered for treatment.

Tackling demand is complicated by meth's broad appeal across different ages, professions and social classes.

In Myanmar, manual labourers claim that smoking ya ba boosts their stamina, while students say it boosts their grades.

A Yangon student who asked to be identified by the nickname "Nick" told Reuters at a grim state-run rehab clinic that he smoked ya ba to help him concentrate on his studies.

When asked how many of his fellow students also used it, Nick replied: "Almost all of them." —Reuters


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