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DUTERTE: 'I DO NOT LIKE MARTIAL LAW'
(He won’t do a Marcos to resolve the country’s drug problem.)
[RELATED: What can Duterte learn from Arroyo's 2006 declaration?]


SEPTEMBER 21 -President Rodrigo R. Duterte (left) leafs through pages of a list of politicians and security officials reportedly involved in illegal drug activities during the ‘Sulong Pilipinas: Local Governance Dialogues” held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, Tuesday. The event was attended by local government officials from Visayas and Mindanao. At right is Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno. (Keith Bacongco/Manila Bulletin) He won’t do a Marcos to resolve the country’s drug problem.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ruled out resorting to tactics such as abduction and killing in the government’s war against the illegal drug trade in the country.
The President instead decided to turn over the list of public officials with suspected drug links to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and let them handle it. “Paano ko makaya ito? Hindi ko naman ito madampot at patayin ko. Wala ‘yan. Ayaw ko naman ng Martial Law,” Duterte said during a visit to Camp Elias Angeles in Camarines Sur on Wednesday. “This will destroy your children, your grandchildren and the next generation,” he said about the country’s huge drug problem aggravated by coddlers in government. At least 40 judges are said to be included in the latest list of public officials with suspected involvement in the illegal drug trade, according to the President. Duterte read a few names in the drug list before turning this over to the AFP officials THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, What can Duterte learn from Arroyo's 2006 declaration?...

ALSO: Duterte invites EU, UN rapporteurs to debate on drug menace
[RELATED: Duterte to CHR: My mouth is not the problem]
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Duterte also said that the proliferation of illegal drugs should be the main issue, and not his statements. "There is no law at all, mind you, human rights commission. Tarantado pala kayo. There is no law. There has to be a law. Do not keep on complaining about my mouth because my mouth is not the problem. It cannot bring down a country, but it can erase a generation of right-thinking Filipinos," he said.)
[RELATED (2): Govt’s war on drugs targets the poor – CHR to UN]


SEPTEMBER 22 -File photo
President Rodrigo Duterte continued to wage a word war with international bodies on Thursday as he challenged the United Nations and the European Union to come to the Philippines for a debate on human rights and extrajudicial killings. The UN and the EU have raised concerns over Duterte’s brutal war on illegal drugs, which has so far claimed the lives of about 3,000 suspected drug offenders. About half of the deaths have been attributed to vigilantes and to drug syndicates. The UN has criticized the president for his supposed lack of understanding of human rights institutions and principles while the EU Parliament has asked Duterte to investigate and to put an end to the “current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings.” Duterte, who once threatened to pull the Philippines out of the UN and later dismissed his statement as a joke, said he would not obey “unreasonable mandates.” “I’m inviting the United Nations (secretary-general) Ban Ki…what’s the name of that devil again? Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-Sun. I am inviting the EU. Send the best player of your town. Even the rapporteurs, come to the Philippines,” the president said during the inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriental. “I’ll write them a letter to invite them for an investigation but in keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard. After they ask me questions, I’ll ask them one by one,” he added. Duterte said he would ask the UN rapporteur whether he knows the name of his first victim, the reason why he was killed, what time he was executed and how it was done. “(It will be an) open forum. You can use the Senate, Folk Arts Theater, everybody will be invited,” the chief executive said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte to CHR: My mouth is not the problem...RELATED(2), Govt’s war on drugs targets the poor – CHR...

ALSO: UN body to probe RP EJK in Geneva
(Meanwhile, there seems to be a problem at the communications team of Duterte. Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Sec. Martin Andanar, affirmed an erroneous report that 18 United Nations (UN) rapporteurs will be coming over to Manila in response to the President’s invitation to probe him over allegations of human rights violations. As far as UN media advices are concerned, there will be no such guests coming over the country for such purpose. What Andanar could have been referring to is the meeting of members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. )
[RELATED: ‘Addicts to reach 4 M, so let’s stop this now’;
Rody orders cops to destroy ‘narcotics apparatus’]


TSEPTEMBER 24 -he UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is due to review the Philippines on Sept, 28 and 29 September as the country is one of the 164 States which ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). As such, the Philippines is required to undergo regular review by the Committee. The committee, which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts, will discuss a range of issues relating to the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR with a Philippine delegation. The Committee’s meetings with the delegation are public and will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The body would look into the country’s compliance to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Review of the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR was last held in 2008. “The Committee, which is composedof 18 independent human rights experts, will discuss a range of issues relating to the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR with a Philippine delegation,” the committee read. The UN said the government already submitted a report to the committee and findings would be released on Oct. 10.
The review would be made amid President Duterte’s invitation to UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, the European Union and even United States President Barack Obama to visit the Philippines and probe reported xtrajudicial killings in the on-going drug war. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Addicts to reach 4 M, so let’s stop this now’;
Rody orders cops to destroy ‘narcotics apparatus’...

ALSO: Duterte welcomes peaceful activities to commemorate anniversary of the Martial Law - Palace
[RELATED: School walkouts to mark 44th anniversary of martial law]


SEPTEMBER 21 -President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines on Sept. 21, 1972. File photo
Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes any activities launched to commemorate the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that while September 21 is a regular working day, the nation does not forget its significance. “It will be governance as usual. This, however, does not mean the significance of the day is lost to the collective memory of the nation,” Andanar said in a statement. Andanar said the Palace understands that some groups would mark the anniversary through public assembly. He said these are welcome as long as they are orderly. “The President encourages various activities to commemorate the occasion as long as they are peaceful and no public inconvenience or destruction of properties may ensue,” he said. The Philippines commemorates on September 21 the 44th anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos’ signing of Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under Martial Law. READ MORE...RELATED, School walkouts to mark 44th anniversary of martial law...

ALSO: Robredo urges Filipinos to remain vigilant vs return of martial law
[RELATED: By the numbers: What happened during martial law]


SEPTEMBER 21 -
Vice President Leni Robredo called for the vigilance of Filipinos against the return of Martial Law. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
As the country commemorates the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday advised Filipinos to remain vigilant against its return. Robredo urged Filipinos to “remember the 70, 000 who were imprisoned, the 34,000 who were tortured, the 3,240 who were killed, and the 390 who disappeared during one of the darkest periods of our history.” She called on those who serve in government to continue to be instrument of truth, justice and to maintain an unwavering commitment to the rule of law as she said it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that their stories are neither forgotten nor twisted for political purposes and ambitions. “Let us be safeguards of freedoms of life, liberty, speech, and due process.We must all remain vigilant against the return of Martial Law or any of its elements,” Robredo said in a statement. READ MORE... RELATED,
By the numbers: What happened during martial law...


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Duterte: ‘I do not like Martial Law’
(He won’t do a Marcos to resolve the country’s drug problem.)


SEPTEMBER 21 -President Rodrigo R. Duterte (left) leafs through pages of a list of politicians and security officials reportedly involved in illegal drug activities during the ‘Sulong Pilipinas: Local Governance Dialogues” held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, Tuesday. The event was attended by local government officials from Visayas and Mindanao. At right is Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno. (Keith Bacongco/Manila Bulletin)

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (PHILSTAR) by Genalyn Kabiling September 21, 2016 - He won’t do a Marcos to resolve the country’s drug problem.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ruled out resorting to tactics such as abduction and killing in the government’s war against the illegal drug trade in the country.

The President instead decided to turn over the list of public officials with suspected drug links to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and let them handle it.

“Paano ko makaya ito? Hindi ko naman ito madampot at patayin ko. Wala ‘yan. Ayaw ko naman ng Martial Law,” Duterte said during a visit to Camp Elias Angeles in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

“This will destroy your children, your grandchildren and the next generation,” he said about the country’s huge drug problem aggravated by coddlers in government.

At least 40 judges are said to be included in the latest list of public officials with suspected involvement in the illegal drug trade, according to the President.

Duterte read a few names in the drug list before turning this over to the AFP officials

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What can Duterte learn from Arroyo's 2006 declaration? ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 06 2016 06:14 PM

A law expert on Tuesday has advised President Rodrigo Duterte and his team to review a Supreme Court ruling on a previous declaration of a state of national emergency.

Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Law Dean Soledad Mawis offered the advice a day after Malacanang issued a proclamation declaring a state of national emergency on the account of lawless violence.

"I think it’s best for him or for his people to read again or to revisit the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of David v. Arroyo. They will learn a lot," she said on ANC's Headstart.

READ: Duterte signs 'state of national emergency' proclamation

READ: Palace quells martial law fears over emergency declaration

On February 24, 2006, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation 1017, declaring a state of national emergency.

Seven consolidated petitions for certiorari and prohibition, however, alleged that in issuing PP 1017 and General Order No. 5 (G.O. No. 5), Arroyo committed grave abuse of discretion.

Petitioners contend that respondent officials of the Government, in their professed efforts to defend and preserve democratic institutions, are actually "trampling upon the very freedom guaranteed and protected by the Constitution."

The court ultimately ruled that PP 1017 is constitutional insofar as it constituted a call by the president and concurrent commander-in-chief on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to prevent or suppress lawless violence.

However, it ruled unconstitutional the provisions commanding the AFP to enforce laws not related to lawless violence, as well as decrees promulgated by the President.

G.O. No. 5 was also ruled constitutional "since it provides a standard by which the AFP and the PNP should implement PP 1017," but was unconstitutional "considering that 'acts of terrorism' have not yet been defined and made punishable by the Legislature."

For this, Mawis has reminded Duterte that the police and military "can only implement laws that are related to peace and order or to suppress lawless violence."

"He cannot order the police or the military to enforce all kinds of laws, which means, the police and the military cannot enforce laws relating to family rights and duties or even laws pertaining to contract," she said.

She also emphasized that the rights of the people as enshrined in our Constitution must still be respected at all times.

"The policemen cannot just pick up a person without a warrant of arrest, nor can he issue an order that the police or the military can make warrantless search," she said.

Mawis, however, does not believe that the recent declaration of a state of national emergency will not lead to martial law.

"Our history is replete with those kinds of circumstances. Is this precursory to the declaration of martial law? We really do not know, but what I can say is this: based on what has happened so far, it appears that there is basis for the state of emergency," she said.

"Moving forward, will this be translated to, let’s say, the declaration of martial law? I don’t think so," she added.


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Duterte invites EU, UN rapporteurs to debate on drug menace By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated September 22, 2016 - 5:14pm 4 57 googleplus0 1


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MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte continued to wage a word war with international bodies on Thursday as he challenged the United Nations and the European Union to come to the Philippines for a debate on human rights and extrajudicial killings.

The UN and the EU have raised concerns over Duterte’s brutal war on illegal drugs, which has so far claimed the lives of about 3,000 suspected drug offenders. About half of the deaths have been attributed to vigilantes and to drug syndicates.

The UN has criticized the president for his supposed lack of understanding of human rights institutions and principles while the EU Parliament has asked Duterte to investigate and to put an end to the “current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings.”

Duterte, who once threatened to pull the Philippines out of the UN and later dismissed his statement as a joke, said he would not obey “unreasonable mandates.”

“I’m inviting the United Nations (secretary-general) Ban Ki…what’s the name of that devil again? Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-Sun. I am inviting the EU. Send the best player of your town. Even the rapporteurs, come to the Philippines,” the president said during the inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriental.

“I’ll write them a letter to invite them for an investigation but in keeping with the time-honored principle of the right to be heard. After they ask me questions, I’ll ask them one by one,” he added.

Duterte said he would ask the UN rapporteur whether he knows the name of his first victim, the reason why he was killed, what time he was executed and how it was done.

“(It will be an) open forum. You can use the Senate, Folk Arts Theater, everybody will be invited,” the chief executive said.

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“Manood kayo. Tignan niyo kung paano ko lampasuhin iyang mga yawang yan (Watch how I demolish these devils).”

Duterte maintained that security forces are not behind the torture and extralegal killings of drug personalities.

“I asked the police to go after them and if they present violent resistance, kill them. With those words, many were killed but they were the ones who fought [with authorities],” the president said.

“With regard to those who were killed with their hands tied, those were the handiwork of co-conspirators in the drug trade,” he added, noting that he had urged drug personalities to report their companions to authorities.

Duterte lambasted anew the US and Europe for lecturing about human rights despite their past atrocities.

The president slammed US President Barack Obama for his supposed failure to stop the killing of African Americans. He also chided the US for using weapons of mass destruction as an excuse to invade Iraq

Duterte likewise criticized European nations for allegedly oppressing Arabs and Muslims, calling the Middle East “a destroyed part of the planet.”

“Now, the EU is issuing warnings on killing criminals. I told them ‘f**k you. Why are you threatening me?” he said.

“Even the rapporteur of the (UN), why are you complaining so much about me threatening the criminals of the drug syndicates if you consider the fact that we have now three million and 700,000 drug addicts?”

Duterte said the issue of extrajudicial killings has been used by his political rivals to discredit him. He maintained that he has no links to the so-called Davao Death Squad, the vigilante group accused of executing several criminals in the city.

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Duterte to CHR: My mouth is not the problem ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 22 2016 06:37 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lashed out anew at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and other human rights advocates, reiterating that he did not order law enforcers to kill innocent people.

Speaking to policemen at Camp Vicente Alagar in Cagayan de Oro City, Duterte said he has always been clear with his order to kill only those drug personalities who resist arrest.

Duterte also said that the proliferation of illegal drugs should be the main issue, and not his statements.

"There is no law at all, mind you, human rights commission. Tarantado pala kayo. There is no law. There has to be a law. Do not keep on complaining about my mouth because my mouth is not the problem. It cannot bring down a country, but it can erase a generation of right-thinking Filipinos," he said.

Duterte also said his strong statements do not discourage investors and foreign business, adding that he can go to China and Russia instead.

"Ang isyu dito hindi ang bunganga ko. And they are saying, the ratings sa business, sa economy. So be it, lumayas kayo. Then we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me. So what the hell?" he explained.
[The issue here is not my mouth. And they are saying, (my statements) may affect financial ratings and the economy. So be it, leave the country. Then we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me. So what the hell?]

"That is why I use slur, slang. Why? Nakakawala kayo ng respeto because you don't even investigate," Duterte added.
[That is why I use slur, slang. Why? I have lost my respect for you because you don't even investigate.]
Duterte reiterated he has invited the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to conduct a probe on his war on drugs, amid concerns over the extra-judicial killings that have resulted from it.

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Govt’s war on drugs targets the poor – CHR Published September 25, 2016 9:20pm

The government's war on drugs "has targeted and negatively affected" the poor, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said in a report submitted to the United Nations (UN).

Citing statements made by Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" M. dela Rosa during a Senate inquiry, the CHR also noted that more than a thousand deaths occurrred during police operations.

"As of 15 September 2016, there are 2,035 deaths under investigation by the Philippine National Police, and 1,105 people killed during police operations," the CHR said in its written statement on the occasion of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights' scheduled review of the Philippines.

Data released by the PNP over the weekend indicates that the latter number has increased to 1,216 as of September 24.

According to the CHR, it is currently investigating 144 cases of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration, 531 under the Aquino administration from July 2010 to June 2016, and 941 cases during the Arroyo administration from 2001 to June 2010.

In August, presidential spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella had noted that the drug problem is a public health concern related to poverty.

While the issue of extrajudicial killings is part of the CHR parallel report submitted to the UN, the issue is not part of the agenda of the UN review of the Philippines next week, which will cover economic, social, and cultural rights.

CHR Chair Jose Luis Martin "Chito" C. Gascon noted, however, that the issue is instead expected to be discussed by the UN during its "universal periodic review" scheduled in April 2017. He was not immediately available for further details.

The rising number of deaths has already gotten international attention, with the European Parliament and the United States both expressing concern.

In response, President Rodrigo R. Duterte let loose an angry tirade, cursing the European Union, and saying that he does not owe US President Barack Obama any explanation.

Several foreign business groups such as the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (NorCham), and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) have also voiced concern over the war against the illegal drug trade in the country.

"Certainly, the illegal drug menace is a serious threat in the Philippines, as it is in the US and elsewhere. However, the increased number of killings during the heightened anti-drug campaign is harming the country's image, as portrayed by international media, and some investors are now asking whether this campaign reduced the rule of law," the AmCham said in a statement earlier this month.

CHR urges UN to ask PHL govt to invite rapporteurs

The CHR urged the United Nations to call on the Philippine government to grant the country visit requests of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

While the Duterte administration said it welcomes the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights, it has not sent out a formal invitation, which is needed for the body to conduct its investigation in the country.

“Though there is no formal invitation, the Duterte administration welcomes the United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights to come over and look into the alleged human rights concerns—a clear manifestation that this administration has nothing to hide before the international community,” Presidential Communications Office chief Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

The CHR also requested the UN to call on the Philippine government to take measures to show that the government is doing everything it can to prevent the present killings from becoming a "widespread, systematic practice."

It also asked that the Philippines ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News


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UN body to probe RP EJK in Geneva Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 25 September 2016 00:00



The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is due to review the Philippines on Sept, 28 and 29 September as the country is one of the 164 States which ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
As such, the Philippines is required to undergo regular review by the Committee.

The committee, which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts, will discuss a range of issues relating to the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR with a Philippine delegation.

The Committee’s meetings with the delegation are public and will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The body would look into the country’s compliance to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Review of the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR was last held in 2008.

“The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts, will discuss a range of issues relating to the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR with a Philippine delegation,” the committee read.

The UN said the government already submitted a report to the committee and findings would be released on Oct. 10.

The review would be made amid President Duterte’s invitation to UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, the European Union and even United States President Barack Obama to visit the Philippines and probe reported xtrajudicial killings in the on-going drug war.

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The Duterte administration’s heavy campaign on illegal drugs has gained criticisms from various local and international human rights groups, including the UN.

Earlier, Duterte earlier cursed the United Nations, Ban, and the European Union for criticizing him and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, there seems to be a problem at the communications team of Duterte.

ERRONEOUS REPORT



Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Sec. Martin Andanar, affirmed an erroneous report that 18 United Nations (UN) rapporteurs will be coming over to Manila in response to the President’s invitation to probe him over allegations of human rights violations.

As far as UN media advices are concerned, there will be no such guests coming over the country for such purpose.

What Andanar could have been referring to is the meeting of members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The body is scheduled to review the Philippines’ ICESCR implementation during a gathering next week in Geneva, not in Manila.

Andanar said Duterte’s “invitation” to US President Barack Obama to join the UN and the European Union to visit the country is a serious “policy statement”.

Andanar, a former broadcast journalist, and the PCO is currently under fire for spreading wrong information.

Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea recently issued a gag order for Cabinet secretaries in issuing statements about the Presdiento.

“The members of the Cabinet, heads of agencies, offices and intrumentalities of the National government, including Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) shall refrain from giving statements to the media except on matters directly concerning their office or unless prior clearance has been secured from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO),” the memo said.

The memo also said only Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella is allowed to speak in behalf of President and that Andanar will be his mere proxy.

“The memo to all Cabinet members and agencies regarding the release of official statements is meant merely to facilitate communication line and harness any Palace message to avoid confusion or disinformation,” Andanar said to explain the memo in a a Thursday briefing.

The Palace communications team were criticized for sharing misleading information about the President’s activities during his first trip abroad to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit in Vientiane, Laos earlier.

Series of miscommunications and inconsistent pronouncements from Foreign Affairs Sec. Perfecto Yasay and Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza wer also noted.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, in one of his chance interviews with Palace reporters, said the President’s statements are “concise and clear if only you intend to listen to him”. He said Duterte is ‘just fond of making hyperboles’.

But Andanar said Panelo’s statements shouldn’t be taken officially because it often confuses the media.

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‘Addicts to reach 4 M, so let’s stop this now’; Rody orders cops to destroy ‘narcotics apparatus’  By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 12 googleplus0 1


The number of drug addicts in the country is expected to soar from 3.7 million to four million by the end of the month, President Duterte told a gathering of policemen on Friday as he rallied authorities to destroy what he called the “narcotics apparatus.” AP/Aaron Favila, file photo

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – “What am I supposed to do with the four million?”

The number of drug addicts in the country is expected to soar from 3.7 million to four million by the end of the month, President Duterte told a gathering of policemen on Friday as he rallied authorities to destroy what he called the “narcotics apparatus.”

“There are three million addicts now in the Philippines, of late. Huwag mo na lang bilangin iyong (Don’t count the) 700,000, it’s going up. It’s going to reach a million mark by the end of this month; one million drug addicts plus three million reported by PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), it’s four million,” the President said.

“And if we cannot destroy the apparatus now it will really be a bigger problem in the future,” the President said.

The rising number of drug addicts also indicates “narcopolitics” has definitely entered the Philippine democracy, the President told police officers and personnel belonging to the Region 12 Police Office in Tambler, General Santos City.

The President said that from three million as earlier reported by anti-drug authorities, 700,000 more drug addicts have been recorded since the President assumed office last June 30.

The 700,000 included those who have voluntarily surrendered to authorities in various parts of the country at the onset of the Duterte administration’s intensified campaign against the drug menace.


“What am I supposed to do with the four million?”

The President said the four million mark is the same level as Indonesia, which has a bigger population.

“But while Indonesia has more than 300 million population, we have over 100 million and yet we share the same number of drug addicts at four million,” the President said.

He lamented that people have not yet fully realized that he came to power midstream or when there was still no budget yet for the rehabilitation of more than 700,000 drug addicts who surrendered.

“There are people who are ignorant really how the budget works, that there is a fiscal year from January to December and I came in in the middle of the year, so what I am using now is the budget for this year that was prepared by the last administration last year,” he added.

“Nobody, nobody at that time knew the magnitude of the drug problem. And the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development… they do not have the budget for rehabilitation,” he also pointed out.

He said it would be unlawful to realign budgets just to have funding for rehabilitation.

Rehab camp in Agusan

Meanwhile, an Army camp in Mindanao has become the pioneer military host of a drug rehabilitation center.

The Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade has opened a two-hectare drug rehabilitation facility inside its camp in partnership with the provincial government of Agusan del Sur.

The center, called the Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (RTRC), was inaugurated Friday with chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo as guest of honor representing the President.

The RTRC can accommodate 60 patients at any given time and shall be managed and administered by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur.

The establishment of the RTRC is in line with the province’s drug rehabilitation program called Substance Use Recovery and Enlightenment (SURE).

SURE aims to give victims of drug use a second chance at life and keep them away from drug syndicates.

Gov. Eddiebong Plaza of Agusan del Sur praised the local Army unit for its significant support for his anti-drug campaign.

Plaza said his province takes pride in having the 401st Brigade as an adopted Army unit and a partner in his provincial development programs.

The Army camp based in the town of Prosperidad has a total land area of 334 hectares.

Col. Cristobal Zaragoza, the Army’s 401st Brigade commander, said the unveiling of the rehab facility was part of a team collaboration between the military and the local government.

“We will give our all-out support to this campaign,” said Zaragoza. “A drug-free province is necessary for a drug-free country.”


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Palace: Duterte encourages commemoration of Martial Law anniv By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 21, 2016 - 11:00am 2 75 googleplus1 0


President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines on Sept. 21, 1972. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes any activities launched to commemorate the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that while September 21 is a regular working day, the nation does not forget its significance.

“It will be governance as usual. This, however, does not mean the significance of the day is lost to the collective memory of the nation,” Andanar said in a statement.

Andanar said the Palace understands that some groups would mark the anniversary through public assembly. He said these are welcome as long as they are orderly.

“The President encourages various activities to commemorate the occasion as long as they are peaceful and no public inconvenience or destruction of properties may ensue,” he said.

The Philippines commemorates on September 21 the 44th anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos’ signing of Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under Martial Law.

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School walkouts to mark 44th anniversary of martial law By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 415 googleplus0 1


An undated file photo shows a bust of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos along Marcos Highway at the boundary of Benguet and La Union. The concrete monument, which stands 30 meters high, was bombed in 1989 and 2002. The nation marks today the 44th anniversary of Marcos’ declaration of martial law. ANDY ZAPATA JR.

MANILA, Philippines – Several groups are set to commemorate today the 44th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Militant youth groups will mark the commemoration with the youth day for education, peace and human rights with various activities in different schools in Metro Manila.

Local walkouts are scheduled at noon today at the University of the Philippines campuses in Diliman and Manila, as well as in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila.

The student groups will then march to Mendiola, where a figurehead of Marcos will be burnt and a candle lighting activity for the victims of martial law and extrajudicial killings will be held.

The League of Filipino Students (LFS) urged education stakeholders to take part in the activities, which primarily seek to call for education reforms in the current administration.

“We also unite to express our concern over the spate of extrajudicial killings and the threats of the possible return of martial law. Let us stand up against the move to bury the late dictator and plunderer Ferdinand Marcos as a hero,” the group said in a statement.

“We stand up for just and lasting peace and support the resumption of formal peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We hope that the success of the initial talks lead to freedom of all political prisoners and significant socio-economic reforms to address the roots of armed conflict,” the LFS added.


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Robredo urges Filipinos to remain vigilant vs return of martial law By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 21, 2016 - 8:32pm 4 129 googleplus0 0


Vice President Leni Robredo called for the vigilance of Filipinos against the return of Martial Law. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, Philippines – As the country commemorates the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday advised Filipinos to remain vigilant against its return.

Robredo urged Filipinos to “remember the 70, 000 who were imprisoned, the 34,000 who were tortured, the 3,240 who were killed, and the 390 who disappeared during one of the darkest periods of our history.”

She called on those who serve in government to continue to be instrument of truth, justice and to maintain an unwavering commitment to the rule of law as she said it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that their stories are neither forgotten nor twisted for political purposes and ambitions.

“Let us be safeguards of freedoms of life, liberty, speech, and due process.We must all remain vigilant against the return of Martial Law or any of its elements,” Robredo said in a statement.

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“Not in this lifetime, never again,” she concluded.

Prior to her vice presidency, Robredo openly voices out her opposition against the Martial Law period. During the campaign period, she questioned the human rights violation of Marcos.

WATCH: Robredo questions Marcos wealth, martial law, extrajudicial killings

Late President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081 on Sept. 21, 1972, placing the entire country under Martial Law.

During the full implementation of martial law, several officials and citizens were arrested and activists were killed while a number of institutions and media outlets were also closed down

Martial law officially ended Jan. 13, 1981 although Marcos remained in power until the historic EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

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FLASHBACK REPORT (2015) FROM PHILSTAR

By the numbers: What happened during martial law By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 23, 2015 - 6:12pm 7 605 googleplus2 0

Forty-three years ago, President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines. MANILA, Philippines —The Philippines commemorates the 43rd anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law on Sept. 23,1972.

During the full implementation of martial law under the Marcos regime, several institutions and media outlets were closed down, officials and citizens were arrested and there activists were killed.

Martial law officially ended Jan. 13, 1981 while Marcos remained in office until the historic EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

Here’s a look back, by the numbers, at the day when Marcos proclaimed martial law 43 years ago based on the infographic from the Official Gazette.

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All of these numbers happened in one day according to reports.


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