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LEILA GOT MILLIONS FROM NBP DRUG LORDS - NBP INMATE
[ALSO: House body drops use of the term ‘extrajudicial killings’]


SEPTEMEBR 18 -Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco revealed that the Carcel Side, a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao which he leads, had given Sen. Leila de Lima P3 million per month.Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group. The other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez Sen. Leila de Lima collected millions from high-profile inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City when she was still justice secretary in the previous administration. This was the common allegation raised by several inmates in their affidavits submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco revealed that the Carcel Side, a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao which he leads, had given De Lima P3 million per month. Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group. The other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon. In a four-page affidavit obtained by The STAR, Colangco explained that the amount was for “payola” to then DOJ secretary De Lima “para sa pribilehiyo sa amin at para maipagpatuloy din ang mga negosyo sa Bilibid (for privileges accorded to us and also for our businesses inside the NBP to continue).” “Sa tantiya ko po, ang umiikot na halaga ng droga sa loob ng Bilibid sa pagpayag ni secretary De Lima bago pa kami ilipat sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) ay hindi bababa sa limampung milyong piso kada buwan (By my estimate, the amount of illegal drug trade inside the NBP upon permission of secretary De Lima before we were transferred to NBI would not be lower than P50 million per month),” bared the self-styled musician who even managed to produce music videos inside the penitentiary. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aguirre says AMLC giving him a hard time vs De Lima
[ALSO: House allies bent on granting Rody emergency powers]


SEPTEMBER 18 -DOJ CHIEF AGUIRRE:
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has accused the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) of giving him the runaround in his department’s efforts to build a case against Sen. Leila de Lima and her alleged associates in the drug protection racket inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Aguirre said that last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested a peek at certain bank records that would show the financial transactions between convicted drug lords and their drug coddlers allegedly led by De Lima. Aguirre said he expected the AMLC to submit the requested bank records last week to give government lawyers enough time to sift through the documents in preparation for the Sept. 20 House probe on the proliferation of drugs at NBP on the watch of then Justice Secretary De Lima. “I expected to get it as early as last week but they told me it was not easy to get the records out because it was not covered by the (memorandum of agreement, or MOA) between the DOJ and AMLC. They wanted us to write (a letter of request) again but this time, through the (National Bureau of Investigation), because they claimed that they had a much broader MOA with NBI,” Aguirre said. READ MORE...ALSO, House allies bent on granting Rody emergency powers...

ALSO Duterte: New 'narco list' has names of 1,000 officials
("Bahala na kayo [to PNP] Hindi ko na kaya ito" - Duterte)


SEPTEMBER 18 -President Duterte holds a diagram showing the network of drug rings and personalities operating in the country while delivering a televised message at Malacañang on July 7, 2016. BOY SANTOS, file
SAN MIGUEL, BULACAN, Philippines – About 1,000 names are in the new list of government officials with alleged links to illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday. The president vowed to reveal the names soon as part of his intensified campaign against narcotics. “The final report is there. I’m going to make it public. I spoke with Congress and asked them what I will do with this. There are 1,000 barangay captains, policemen, mayors, governors and judges,” Duterte told members of the First Scout Ranger Regiment in Camp Tecson here. “I have asked the intelligence community, the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) and the NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency) to fine-tune the list,” he added. While exposing officials with alleged connections to drug lords is no longer new to him, Duterte still showed frustration over the reports reaching him. “Di ko na kaya ito (I can’t take this anymore),” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: CHELSEA NEIGHBORHOOD  EXPLOSION - Palace advises Filipinos in New York to remain vigilant after blast
[ALSO: Earthquakes strike Davao Occidental, Surigao Del Sur


SEPTEMBER 18 -Police arrive on the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood appears to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation. Police say 26 people have sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street. AP/Andres Kudacki
Malacañang on Sunday expressed sympathy over the explosion in New York and asked Filipinos to remain vigilant after the blast. “We are deeply saddened by the New York explosion that left scores injured in Chelsea district,”
 Presidential Communication Office chief Martin Andanar said in a statement. “We advise Filipinos living in the area to remain calm and vigilant as we wait for further developments,” he added. Andanar said the Philippine consulate general in New York continues to monitor the situation closely. On Sunday (Philippine time), an explosion in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood left 29 people injured. Authorities removed a suspicious device that was discovered just blocks away. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the blast an "intentional act," but said there was no terrorist connection. RELATED: 29 injured in explosion in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Mass stabbing attack at Minneapolis mall; 29 hurt in NY bombing


SEPTEMBER 19 -WASHINGTON — In two separate attacks Saturday night in the US, there were multiple stab victims in Minneapolis, and 29 injured in multiple bombings in New York. A man making “some references to Allah” stabbed and injured eight persons in a shopping mall in Minnesota, before being shot dead by an off-duty officer, police said.
The suspect “asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them,” Blair Anderson, the police chief in the city of St. Cloud where the attack took place, told journalists. But he emphasized that the assailant’s motivation remained unclear and said “whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know.” The attack came as 29 persons were injured in a deliberate explosion in a busy New York neighborhood Saturday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no known link to terror at this stage. Anderson said the armed suspect entered the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud — a city of about 67,000 peoplesome 110 km northwest of Minneapolis — and attacked at least eight people.  The lone suspect was wearing a private security uniform and had at least one knife, and “made some references to Allah,” the police chief said. “That suspect was confronted by an off-duty police officer and summarily shot and killed,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: 70 stranded OFWs mula Saudi, nakabalik (repatriated) na ng Pilipinas(DUTERTE's WELCOME: DON'T DO DRUGS!)


SEPTEMBER 18 -MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte, heavily criticized for a brutal anti-narcotics drive in which hundreds have been killed, on Wednesday welcomed home more than 100 Filipinos abandoned in desert camps in Saudi Arabia with a warning - don't do drugs.The Southeast Asian nation's war on drugs has gained some popular support but the wave of killings has shocked rights groups and brought expressions of concern from the United States, a close ally of Manila. Duterte railed against the United Nations this month after it called for an end to the killings. "Avoid drugs at all cost because it could cost your life too," Duterte told the workers after an almost 10-hour flight from Dammam. The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines has reached 2,000 since Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the drug trade. Migrant oil and construction workers, abandoned in their thousands by Saudi employers during the kingdom's economic slump, are fighting to claim back wages and benefits.
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‘Leila got millions from NBP drug lords’


Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco revealed that the Carcel Side, a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao which he leads, had given Sen. Leila de Lima P3 million per month.Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group. The other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) By Edu Punay September 18, 2016 - 12:00am - Sen. Leila de Lima collected millions from high-profile inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City when she was still justice secretary in the previous administration.

This was the common allegation raised by several inmates in their affidavits submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco revealed that the Carcel Side, a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao which he leads, had given De Lima P3 million per month.

Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group. The other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon.

In a four-page affidavit obtained by The STAR, Colangco explained that the amount was for “payola” to then DOJ secretary De Lima “para sa pribilehiyo sa amin at para maipagpatuloy din ang mga negosyo sa Bilibid (for privileges accorded to us and also for our businesses inside the NBP to continue).”

“Sa tantiya ko po, ang umiikot na halaga ng droga sa loob ng Bilibid sa pagpayag ni secretary De Lima bago pa kami ilipat sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) ay hindi bababa sa limampung milyong piso kada buwan (By my estimate, the amount of illegal drug trade inside the NBP upon permission of secretary De Lima before we were transferred to NBI would not be lower than P50 million per month),” bared the self-styled musician who even managed to produce music videos inside the penitentiary.

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Apart from illegal drug trade, Colangco confessed that he also ventured into selling beer inside the NBP during De Lima’s time.

He said he was allowed to sell beer in can to thousands of inmates during events at NBP for more than 10 times the original price per can and would earn P3 million for 300 boxes.

“Ang share ni secretary De Lima sa pag-aapruba sa pagpasok nito ay P1 million. Ito po ay dinadala ng tao kong si Rey sa DOJ o kinukuha ng tao ni secretary De Lima na si Joenel Sanchez (kasama sa security ni De Lima) at ng kanyang boyfriend na si Ronnie Dayan (secretary De Lima’s share for approving the entry of beer was P1 million. It was either delivered by my courier Rey to DOJ or picked up by secretary De Lima’s security aide Joenel Sanchez and her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” Colangco further alleged in his notarized affidavit.

Colangco, head of the notorious Ozamiz robbery gang, recalled that when he and other high-profile inmates were transferred to the NBI in 2014, Sebastian then had a monopoly of illegal drug trade and other illicit activities inside the NBP.

“Ang hindi susunod sa kanyang gusto ay tinatakot na ipapatapon. Naniniwala ang mga tao sa loob ng Bilibid na pwedeng gawin ito sa kanila ni Jaybee Sebastian dahil alam nila ito ay malapit kay secretary De Lima lalo na sa boyfriend nito na si Ronnie Dayan (Those who will defy him were warned to be thrown away. People in the NBP believe that he is capable of doing that because he is known to be close with secretary De Lima, especially with her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” he added in the sworn statement signed last Sept. 1.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has confirmed that Colangco, fellow drug convict Noel Martinez and about 10 other inmates would testify before the House of Representatives inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the NBP.

He revealed that eight of them have been transferred to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) custody for fear of their lives inside the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City.

Aguirre said some of the witnesses have bared in separate affidavits that they have collected money from illegal drugs since 2013 to support the senatorial bid of then secretary De Lima.

The DOJ chief hinted that there is also a witness who delivered P5 million to De Lima’s house in Parañaque City, which was allegedly personally received by the senator and Dayan.

Aguirre added that they also received information that De Lima, wearing a disguise, visited the NBP eight times and would go directly to the “kubol” of Sebastian.

He said a letter from Sebastian would be submitted to the House on this matter.

Aguirre earlier alleged that secretary De Lima brought out “coached witness” Edgar Matobato, who claimed to be a former member of the Davao death squad, in a desperate move to preempt the “explosive” testimonies and evidence to be presented against her in the House probe that will start on Tuesday.

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FROM THE MANILA TIMES

House body drops use of ‘extrajudicial killings’  BY ANGELICA BALLESTEROS ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 TOP STORIES

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Order and Safety agreed last week to drop the use of term “extrajudicial killings’ to refer to the deaths of drug suspects in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, pointing out that there is no “judicial killing,” or death penalty, in the country.

The House panel will instead use the term “death under investigation.”

House Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu raised the matter during a committee hearing, and asked if judicial killing is even a practice in the Philippines.

“I am really curious what the definition of extrajudicial killing is because extrajudicial would mean outside of the parameters of a judicial killing,” Garcia said.

DEFINITION

Quoting Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, Garcia said extrajudicial killing was defined as “the killing, mainly politically motivated, of a person by governmental authorities or dominant political groups without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.”

“And therefore right now, we don’t have the death penalty in the Philippines. How could we have such a thing as a judicial killing? And yet it is now so commonly used, that even in the Senate, there was an investigation conducted by the Committee on Justice as regards extrajudicial killing,” she said.

United Nation bodies have interchangeably used the terms “extrajudicial execution,” “summary execution” and “arbitrary execution” to refer to intentional murders of crime suspects by law enforcers.

In a 2009 report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston said: “After conducting extensive interviews in Manila, Baguio, and Davao, he (Alston) reported that extrajudicial executions were widespread, and included government sanctioned killings of members of civil society groups, and vigilante killings of suspected criminals by a death squad in Davao.”

No death penalty

Garcia said the term only applied to countries that impose capital punishment.

“So such a judicial proceeding or process is possible, the condition is possible. But here in the Philippines, there is no such possibility because we do not have the death penalty,” Garcia argued.

The lawmaker then moved to adopt the terminology of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is “death under investigation,” “to put things in proper perspective and correctly define the issue.”

Members of the committee, headed by Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop, agreed.

The use of the term extrajudicial killing was earlier raised by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo.

“The most controversial feature of that campaign is the so-called extrajudicial killings or summary execution. May we ask what is the stand of the PNP on this? Does it condone extrajudicial killings?” asked Castelo.

PNP Director for Plans Lazarus Vargas said the police never used the term “extrajudicial killings” to describe the deaths of drug suspects during police operations or in the hands of unknown groups.

“We use the term death under investigation because as you’ve earlier said there is no such thing as extrajudicial killing. We did not define it. It is used by organizations outside the PNP. It did not come from us,” said Vargas.

Chief Supt. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, acting director of the PNP directorate for operations, said there were 1,571 deaths under investigation, but not all drug-related.


INQUIRER

Aguirre says AMLC giving him a hard time vs De Lima SHARES: 1630 VIEW COMMENTS By: Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:50 AM September 18th, 2016


SEPTEMBER 18 -DOJ CHIEF AGUIRRE: 

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has accused the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) of giving him the runaround in his department’s efforts to build a case against Sen. Leila de Lima and her alleged associates in the drug protection racket inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Aguirre said that last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested a peek at certain bank records that would show the financial transactions between convicted drug lords and their drug coddlers allegedly led by De Lima.

Aguirre said he expected the AMLC to submit the requested bank records last week to give government lawyers enough time to sift through the documents in preparation for the Sept. 20 House probe on the proliferation of drugs at NBP on the watch of then Justice Secretary De Lima.

“I expected to get it as early as last week but they told me it was not easy to get the records out because it was not covered by the (memorandum of agreement, or MOA) between the DOJ and AMLC. They wanted us to write (a letter of request) again but this time, through the (National Bureau of Investigation), because they claimed that they had a much broader MOA with NBI,” Aguirre said.

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The official said he was surprised at the AMLC dragging its foot on the case, when its primary responsibility, was going after dirty money being laundered by drug lords operating inside the maximum security prison.

Fast and thorough

“I don’t see anything bad if they just give us the records and let us take a peek. I recall there was no issue when the AMLC looked into the records of former Vice President Jejomar Binay. That was really fast and thorough,” Aguirre said.

The Inquirer tried to get the side of the AMLC through its chair, Amando Tetangco Jr., but being overseas, he had yet to reply to the text message.

Aguirre said he was hopeful that the AMLC would produce the bank records before Tuesday’s hearings. “We have identified several bank accounts that were used by the drug lords to exchange funds with their protectors. It involves billions of pesos,” he said.

The official said that building a case against De Lima was proving to be more difficult than expected not only because of uncooperative agencies like the AMLC, but also because of efforts by some sectors to sabotage their case.

He cited the case of Jonathan Caranto, a relative of De Lima’s former driver-bodyguard and alleged lover Ronnie Palisoc Dayan who, he said, gave the DOJ fake bank receipts indicating a total of P24 million in deposits made to De Lima.

Part of matrix?

“They thought I’d be happy to just grab (them) and claim that I have direct evidence linking De Lima (to) drug money. They wanted to destroy our credibility. But I’m no fool, I’ve been a lawyer for 44 years,” he added.

Aguirre said he expected the House to subpoena Caranto and Dayan to shed light on De Lima’s alleged role in the rise of the drug trade inside NBP during the previous administration. “They are part of the matrix presented by President Duterte. They should be there,” he said.

Earlier, Caranto denied having a BDO account that reportedly contained P24 million in drug money. He said he personally went to a branch of the bank in Caloocan to verify the existence of the account and was told that the account exists, but that it was not in his name. It was also at a different BDO branch and the Caloocan branch had no access to it, he was told.

Lie detector

The DOJ administrative assistant said he only heard on the radio about his name being in the matrix and that he talked with Aguirre about it after consulting a lawyer and several friends at the DOJ.

He said Aguirre asked him about the bank accounts and the deposit slip, and asked if he was willing to go to the NBI to clear his name, to which he readily agreed.

Aside from executing an affidavit, Caranto also underwent a polygraph or a lie detector test which he passed, according to the NBI.

Aguirre had previously accused “people behind De Lima” of spreading disinformation, when a former De Lima staff member, Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, denied on social media that she executed an affidavit to pin down her former boss.

Obuyes, a clerk assigned at the Office of the Justice Secretary, also rejected reports that she has P24 million in a bank account under her name, pointing out that the account was in her nickname, “Bogs,” which she does not use for official transactions, such as opening a bank account.

Aguirre said the leak of the alleged deposit slips to the media was not authorized and was allegedly part of a campaign meant to discredit them.

But the official also backed Caranto’s and Obuyes’ statements, saying that he only asked the DOJ employees to show up at the NBI to clear their names.

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VIDEO: President Duterte on Drug Matrix and Reaction of De Lima

 
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President Duterte on Drug Matrix and Reaction of De Lima Duterte Defender Published on Aug 26, 2016 President Duterte stresses involvement of De lima in the drug ring inside the Bilibid prison when she was just the DOJ Secretary. She has another lover in the name of Warren, who is her escort. Category News & Politics

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House allies bent on granting Rody emergency powers By Delon Porcalla and Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Congressmen said President Duterte must be armed with emergency powers, assuring that safeguards would be put in place to avoid abuses and finally solve the country’s land and air traffic problems. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file

MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives remain keen on granting him emergency powers to solve the country’s traffic woes despite caution that these might be unnecessary.

Sen. Grace Poe, for her part, asked yesterday the Department of Education (DepEd) to study the feasibility of setting the academic Christmas break in the first week of December to help ease traffic in the coming holidays.

Poe, chairperson of the committee on public services hearing proposals for emergency powers, also urged government offices to come up with staggered working hours or even a four-day workweek to avoid congestion on the streets.

Earlier, Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque Jr. said there was no need for emergency powers as most of the provisions in proposed measures were already stated in the Constitution.

For his part, Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. said emergency powers being asked by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) could be exercised by merely declaring a transportation crisis.

But congressmen said Duterte must be armed with emergency powers, assuring that safeguards would be put in place to avoid abuses and finally solve the country’s land and air traffic problems.

“The proposal will fast-track the implementation of key infrastructure projects critical to attracting foreign investments and help create quality and decent jobs for many Filipinos, apart from stimulating the local economy,” Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, a co-author of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the grant of emergency powers for the DOTr, said.

Administration lawmakers Winnie Castelo of Quezon City, LRay Villafuerte of Camarines Sur and Yedda Marie Romualdez of Leyte likewise vowed to support Duterte’s efforts to solve the traffic not just in Metro Manila but in other key areas like Cebu City.

Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, lamented that he himself was helpless in the last 16th Congress as chairman of the same panel to address the traffic problem in the metropolis.

“Let’s give President Duterte the power to solve the biggest problem that we are having right now. It’s disappointing that we feel so helpless, and that we cannot do anything to address traffic in the last three years,” Castelo said.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, for his part, expressed concern over possible conflict of interest on the part of Tugade and DOTr Undersecretary Noel Kintanar in the Metro Rail Transit-Light Railway Transit Common Station since both were former executives of Ayala firms, now the contractors of the project.

Immediate solutions

Poe said measures must be undertaken to ease traffic congestion while the proposals on emergency powers were being deliberated on.

Poe earlier said the Senate could be finished tackling the bills by December. “Maybe the DepEd can have the Christmas vacation in schools in the first week of December, you know how horrendous the traffic can be in December,” Poe told dzBB.

She said the early Christmas break could be offset by extending the school calendar before the summer vacation.

Poe said the committee would hold another hearing on the proposals to grant Duterte emergency powers on Thursday with representatives or heads of local government units (LGUs) invited as resource persons.

Aside from holding the hearings, the panel is also conducting technical working group (TWG) meetings with stakeholders.

She appealed to LGUs, government agencies and other stakeholders to cooperate and make some sacrifices to address the transportation crisis.

Like the House members, she gave assurances that whatever legislation would emerge would have safeguards against possible abuse.

“For example, when it comes to biddings or entering into contracts, the proposal is to speed them up. Not just because a particular project is the cheapest, we must also make sure of its quality,” Poe said.

She cited the case of maintenance and supply contracts in the MRT-3 that were taken away from a long-time Japanese firm, Sumitomo despite its established track record.

Poe said contracts and transactions entered into by government must be transparent and that any extra powers to be granted to the administration would be freedom-of-information or “FOI-compliant, fiscally responsible and well-defined with deadlines.”

She said a congressional oversight committee composed of five members each from the Senate and the House of Representatives would be established.

Under the proposed emergency powers, Tugade said there would be a “single source” or direct procurement for government projects and that the power of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and other agencies over traffic management would be abolished.


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Duterte: New 'narco list' has names of 1,000 officials By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 15, 2016 - 7:19pm 39 3061 googleplus3 0


President Duterte holds a diagram showing the network of drug rings and personalities operating in the country while delivering a televised message at Malacañang on July 7, 2016. BOY SANTOS, file

SAN MIGUEL, BULACAN, Philippines – About 1,000 names are in the new list of government officials with alleged links to illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday.

The president vowed to reveal the names soon as part of his intensified campaign against narcotics.

“The final report is there. I’m going to make it public. I spoke with Congress and asked them what I will do with this. There are 1,000 barangay captains, policemen, mayors, governors and judges,” Duterte told members of the First Scout Ranger Regiment in Camp Tecson here.

“I have asked the intelligence community, the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) and the NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency) to fine-tune the list,” he added.

While exposing officials with alleged connections to drug lords is no longer new to him, Duterte still showed frustration over the reports reaching him.

“Di ko na kaya ito (I can’t take this anymore),” he said.

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The president, who vowed to wage a brutal war against drugs and crime, has already linked more than 160 incumbent and former local executives, lawmakers and judges to the illegal drugs trade. While officials claimed that the expose would allow the officials to clear their names, critics believe the announcement of names violates due process.

He has also accused Sen. Leila De Lima, former Justice secretary and critic of a perceived rise on deaths attributed to the government's anti-drug campaign, of being connected to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa. The Bureau of Corrections, which runs the penitentiary, is under the Department of Justice.

Duterte claimed that he deliberately shamed officials believed to be into illegal drugs because they act like “superstars”

“Suddenly, they felt naked,” he added.

Duterte has promised to suppress drugs and crime within six months and to run after drug lords and their protectors in government. He said there are about 3.7 million drug addicts in the country and warned that failure to address the problem within the next six years would transform the Philippines into a “narco state.”

Close to 3,000 suspected drug offenders have been killed, about half of them in police operations, since Duterte assumed office last June 30.

Duterte acknowledged that he has been criticized for his drug crackdown. He, however, said he would compromise the next generation if he does not implement tough measures against narcotics.

“The problem may outlast me,” the president said.

“Please take care of the country. I’m doing this because I’m trying to save the next generation,” he added.

Duterte urged soldiers to continue the fight against illegal drugs or their descendants would suffer. He also assured the government forces that he would stand by them in case they face charges in relation to the anti-drug war.

“In accordance with my order, I will assume full legal responsibility and I will go o jail alone,” the tough-talking Philippine leader said.


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Palace advises Filipinos in New York to remain vigilant after blast By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 18, 2016 - 3:36pm 20 417 googleplus0 0


Police arrive on the scene of an explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood appears to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation. Police say 26 people have sustained minor injuries in the explosion on West 23rd Street. AP/Andres Kudacki

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Sunday expressed sympathy over the explosion in New York and asked Filipinos to remain vigilant after the blast.

“We are deeply saddened by the New York explosion that left scores injured in Chelsea district,”
 Presidential Communication Office chief Martin Andanar said in a statement.

“We advise Filipinos living in the area to remain calm and vigilant as we wait for further developments,” he added.

Andanar said the Philippine consulate general in New York continues to monitor the situation closely.

On Sunday (Philippine time), an explosion in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood left 29 people injured. Authorities removed a suspicious device that was discovered just blocks away.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the blast an "intentional act," but said there was no terrorist connection.

RELATED: 29 injured in explosion in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood

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Earthquakes strike Davao Occidental, Surigao Del Sur By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 18, 2016 - 12:53pm 5 18 googleplus0 0


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday reported magnitude 4 and 4.5 earthquakes that struck off Sarangani, Davao Occidental waters and Carmen Surigao del Sur. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Sunday reported magnitude 4 and 4.5 earthquakes that struck off Sarangani, Davao Occidental waters and Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

Phivolcs said the magnitude 4 tremor occurred at 9:09 a.m. It was located 56 kilometers north-west of Sarangani, Davao Occidental with depth of focus of 50 kilometers.

On the other hand, the magnitude 4.5 quake was recorded at 9:25 a.m. It was traced 13 km south-west of Carmen Surigao Del Sur with depth of focus of 12 km.

Both earthquakes were tectonic in origin.

The magnitude 4 quake jolted General Santos City at Intensity II. It was also felt under instrumental Intensities III and II in General Santos City and Alabel, Sarangani, respectively.

Meanwhile, the magnitude 4.5 tremor was felt at Intensity IV in Carmen, Catilan and Lanuza in Surigao del Sur. Tandag City, Surigao del Sur and Surigao City felt Intensity III tremors.

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs said there are no expected damage and aftershocks for both quakes.

Aside from the two earthquakes, seven other mild tremors were recorded on Sunday morning. These quakes occurred in Maasin, Sarangani; Lingig, Surigao del Sur; Kiamba, Sarangani; San Isidro, Surigao del Norte; Pintuyan, Southern Leyte; Giporlos, Eastern Samar; and San Julian, Eastern Samar.


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Mass stabbing attack at Minneapolis mall; 29 hurt in NY bombing Written by AFP and Tribune Wires Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

WASHINGTON — In two separate attacks Saturday night in the US, there were multiple stab victims in Minneapolis, and 29 injured in multiple bombings in New York.

A man making “some references to Allah” stabbed and injured eight persons in a shopping mall in Minnesota, before being shot dead by an off-duty officer, police said.

The suspect “asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them,” Blair Anderson, the police chief in the city of St. Cloud where the attack took place, told journalists.

But he emphasized that the assailant’s motivation remained unclear and said “whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know.”

The attack came as 29 persons were injured in a deliberate explosion in a busy New York neighborhood Saturday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no known link to terror at this stage.

Anderson said the armed suspect entered the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud — a city of about 67,000 peoplesome 110 km northwest of Minneapolis — and attacked at least eight people.

The lone suspect was wearing a private security uniform and had at least one knife, and “made some references to Allah,” the police chief said.
“That suspect was confronted by an off-duty police officer and summarily shot and killed,” he said.

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Anderson said the eight persons injured were taken to a hospital, where one is expected to remain.

The suspect had a history of minor traffic violations, Anderson said, adding the police do not currently have reason to believe the attack was connected to any other incident.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she had been briefed about the Minnesota stabbing as well as Saturday’s explosions in New York and a pipe bomb blast hours earlier in a trash can in New Jersey in which no one was injured.

The St. Cloud mall was put on lockdown in the aftermath of the attack, with local media reporting that people were being allowed to leave late Saturday. The facility will remain closed as police continue their investigation.

“It’s an awful day,” Anderson said. “Starting tomorrow things won’t be the same here.”

Meanwhile, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated the blast was not accidental, even if there was no known link to terrorism.

“We believe it was intentional. As soon as we’re able to determine what specifically caused this explosion, we will report it,” De Blasio said.

James O’Neill, who took over as New York police chief only on Saturday after his predecessor resigned, described the Manhattan explosion as “large” and said it happened outside 131 West 23rd Street at 8:30 p.m.

He added the building has not been evacuated and that an “extensive search” was being conducted.

The blast occurred in Chelsea — an area packed with bars, restaurants and luxury apartment blocks — at a typically bustling time of the weekend.

Police investigated 27th Street for a secondary device as public officials scrambled to reassure the city’s 8.4 million residents.

That device — described by US media as resembling a pressure cooker — was “safely removed by the NYPD for further analysis” early Sunday, tweeted police spokesman J. Peter Donald.

The explosion came two days before world leaders led by President Barack Obama were due to gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, a time when parts of Manhattan grind to a standstill under draconian security measures.

“There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident, this is preliminary information,” De Blasio told a late-night news conference.

“There is no specific and credible threat against New York City at this point in time, from any terror organization,” he added.

AFP reporters saw a massive police presence at the crime scene, where they were joined by FBI and counter-terrorism squads, as police helicopters circled overhead and sirens wailed.

Obama was “apprised” of the explosion and would receive updates on the situation as they become available, a White House official said.

Large boom, then quiet

Of the 29 persons who sustained injuries, 24 were taken to hospital with various degrees of scrapes and abrasions from glass and metal, said Fire Department commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Witnesses living three blocks away told AFP they heard a large boom from their fifth floor apartment, followed by quiet, then the sound of sirens.

A photograph shared by New York’s local NY1 television station showed shattered glass in a doorway, apparently caused by the blast.

Public officials were tight-lipped on the cause of the blast, saying it was still under investigation but confirmed it had not been a gas leak.

New York lauds itself as the safest big city in America. Violent crime has become rare in Manhattan and stringent security checks the norm in many areas since the 2001 al-Qaeda hijackings destroyed the Twin Towers.

De Blasio said investigators believe there was “no specific connection” to a pipe bomb explosion hours earlier in a trash can in New Jersey.

“It is again too early to say anything definitive on those questions, but there’s no specific evidence of a connection at this point,” he said.

The New Jersey blast occurred in Seaside Park during a Marine Corps charity run. It caused no injuries but forced officials to cancel the event.

There were up to four timed explosives but only one detonated, Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor, told CNN.

The mayor said the police department and all other agencies — including the city’s “anti-terror capacity in particular” — were on full alert.


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70 stranded OFWs mula Saudi, nakabalik na ng Pilipinas ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 18 2016 09:50 PM Facebook Twitter GPlus LinkedIn Pinterest

DUTERTE's WELCOME: DON'T DO DRUGS!

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte, heavily criticized for a brutal anti-narcotics drive in which hundreds have been killed, on Wednesday welcomed home more than 100 Filipinos abandoned in desert camps in Saudi Arabia with a warning - don't do drugs.

The Southeast Asian nation's war on drugs has gained some popular support but the wave of killings has shocked rights groups and brought expressions of concern from the United States, a close ally of Manila.

Duterte railed against the United Nations this month after it called for an end to the killings. "Avoid drugs at all cost because it could cost your life too," Duterte told the workers after an almost 10-hour flight from Dammam.

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines has reached 2,000 since Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the drug trade.

Migrant oil and construction workers, abandoned in their thousands by Saudi employers during the kingdom's economic slump, are fighting to claim back wages and benefits.

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"I lost my job so my children were forced to drop out of college and they were mad at me but what can I do?" Ronie Surilla, 47, a construction worker living for almost a decade in Saudi Arabia, told Reuters, adding that he had not been paid for eight months. Filipinos living and working outside the country sent home a record $13.2 billion in remittances, a major driver of the Southeast Asian nation's household consumption, in the first half of 2016.

For the returning overseas workforce, the president committed to boost the economy and provide jobs.

The Philippines' economy grew at 7 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, its highest level in three years. It made the Philippines the fastest growing among all countries that have reported so far for the second quarter.

Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv Nakabalik na sa bansa ang 70 pang OFWs mula sa Saudi Arabia, na kabilang sa libu-libong stranded at nawalan ng trabaho doon. Nagpa-Patrol, Jerome Lantin. TV Patrol, Linggo, Setyembre 18, 2016

 
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