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P240-M YOLANDA HOUSING: HOUSES EMPTY IN 'GOOD NEWS' VILLAGE
[RELATED: PH VP Leni Robredo to certify as urgent Yolanda Housing Projects]


OCTOBER 1 -ROWS of empty houses, meant for policemen and soldiers, sit on land in a village called Sangyaw, a Waray word that means “spread the good news.”VICKY ARNAIZ Sangyaw Village in Tacloban City’s Barangay Tagpuro derives its name from the Waray word which means “spread the good news.” But the conditions of 800 housing units built there, supposedly for policemen and soldiers, are hardly positive. The units were completed in 2013, yet these have remained empty and rotting. The supposed beneficiaries have not moved in from lack of electricity because the project has not been given an occupancy permit. A pump has been installed, but no water flows into the units. The Sangyaw houses are part of an P18.6-billion housing program launched by the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III in 2012 for members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. These sit on an eight-hectare land in Tagpuro, eight kilometers from the city center and five km from the famous San Juanico Bridge, which connects Samar and Leyte islands. The project has 1,000 beneficiaries—450 from the AFP, 450 from the PNP, 50 from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and 50 from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). At least P240 million had been spent on the village, which is supposed to also have a two-classroom building and a multipurpose hall. Each unit cost at least P245,000, but it will be sold to beneficiaries for only P215,000, with the remaining amount subsidized by the PNP or AFP. READ MORE...RELATED, PH VP Leni Robredo to certify as urgent Yolanda Housing Projects...

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Duterte, Lee Kuan Yew are nothing alike - Singapore newspaper
(It [the newspaper] also warned against signs that Duterte may be endangering the Philippines' once promising economic future. "Global investors have turned skittish in recent weeks as his coarse tongue and take-no-prisoner methods get attention," it said, citing the Peso dropping to a seven-year low. "Mr Duterte has many good reasons to be in a hurry to accomplish his mission. Presidents in his nation are allowed only a single six-year term, after all. Sometimes, though, it is wise to make haste a tad slowly," it added.)
[RELATED: Many investors see Duterte as the Philippines’ Lee Kuan Yew]


SEPTEMBER 30 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew. File photo / Composite
Despite both ruling with an iron fist, the late Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew is extremely different from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore's biggest newspaper said Friday. In a strongly-worded opinion piece, the Straits Times scoffed at commentaries that Lee and Duterte had similar administrative styles and nation-building approaches.
Lee, under an authoritarian rule, transformed Singapore from a third world to a first world country. He passed away in March 2015. READ: Lee Kuan Yew: Between Legitimacy and Performance "The analogy would have been interesting except that it is laughably inappropriate," wrote Global Affairs associate editor Ravi Velloor.The first big difference between them, said the piece, was that Lee "was not a man to have a person's life taken away without absolute attention to due process."
"People with no links to the drug trade, either as consumers or suppliers, have been assassinated in the process, perhaps to settle private vendettas. Criticism is met with abuse. An army of online warriors, some of whom are perhaps employed in the booming outsourcing industry, seem to be readily on hand to troll presidential critics, putting a fright into even seasoned commentators," it said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Many investors see Duterte as the Philippines’ Lee Kuan Yew...

ALSO: ISRAEL SEEKS CLARIFICATION OF PH LEADER’S WORDS - Duterte ‘Hitler’ talk reaps international censure
[RELATED FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: Israel - Duterte must clarify ‘unfortunate’ Hitler remarks]


OCTOBER 2 -President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday faced a barrage of criticism from the United Nations, Israel, Western governments and international rights groups for drawing parallels with his brutal war on drugs and Adolf Hitler’s extermination of Jews before and during World War II. Even longtime ally the United States has hinted at impatience with Mr. Duterte over his latest inflammatory comments, with Pentagon chief Ashton Carter and the US Embassy in Manila both saying the Philippine leader’s remark about being “happy to slaughter” 3 million drug addicts is “deeply troubling.” READ: Duterte’s Hitler remarks ‘deeply troubling,’ says Pentagon chief Early on Friday, Mr. Duterte, speaking to reporters at Davao International Airport after arriving from a two-day official visit to Vietnam, said his critics were threatening to bring him before an international court for the killing of thousands of people in his bloody war on drugs and complained that they were picturing him as “a cousin of Hitler” even if nothing had been proven against him. READ MORE...RELATED, Israel: Duterte must clarify ‘unfortunate’ Hitler remarks...

ALSO: Duterte apologizes to Jews for Hitler remark -Watch video
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“There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans,” Duterte said. “I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community,” he added.)


OCTOBER 2 SCREENGRAB -
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday apologized to the Jewish community for his remarks that drew parallels between Adolf Hitler’s killing of Jews during the Holocaust and his bloody war on drugs. Speaking at the opening of the 37th Masskara festival in Negros Occidental, Duterte said he did not intend to derogate the memory of slain Jews. “There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans,” Duterte said. “I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community,” he added. Upon arriving from an official visit to Vietnam, Duterte on Friday said he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts in the Philippines by himself in the same way that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews before and during the Second World War. “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have …,” Duterte told reporters in Davao City, before pausing and pointing to himself. The President’s remarks drew a barrage of condemnation from the United Nations, German and Israeli governments, the Pentagon, and international rights groups. JE/rga THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, MISQUOTED BY MEDIA: President was only addressing comparison with Hitler – Palace...

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Yasay says int’l media pick up ‘malicious spin’ on Duterte's controversial 'Hitler' outburst
{“I was there in front of him as he spoke when we arrived in Davao City about 2 a.m. after a hectic schedule in the service of the nation in Hanoi,” he said. The tough talking President decried the comparison when he alleged that an unnamed critic has compared him to the Nazi Party leader.He said equating him to Hitler is unfair, “if you were in my position, why wouldn’t you curse? You’re portrayed or pictured to be some… a cousin of Hitler. And you do not even bother to find out, to investigate,” the President has lashed.)
[RELATED: Irresponsible journalism in Philippine Media almost ruined US-Philippine relations]



OCTOBER 2 -DFA CHIWEF YASAY
The aides of President Duterte are again doing the unenviable job of putting out the fire from another controversial outburst of Duterte as Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the comparison to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was “a malicious spin to sow hatred against Duterte and destabilize the country.” The Hitler comparison, however, came straight from the President himself in an effort to describe his ruthlessness against drug offenders and criminals. Yasay said Duterte “did not compare his all-out war on illicit drugs to Hitler’s evil campaign (Holocaust), much less, justify his tough and uncompromising stance against the deadly scourge.” “Contextually, he assured the people that he was not waging a war against illegal drugs to exterminate the more than 3 million addicts and drug users in the country the way the Jews were exterminated by Hitler’s Nazis in Europe during WWII,” said Yasay in a social media account post. READ MORE...ALSO FROM GETREALPILIPPINES.COM.....Irresponsible journalism in Philippine Media almost ruined US-Philippine relations...


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YOLANDA TRAGEDY: Houses empty in ‘good news’ village


ROWS of empty houses, meant for policemen and soldiers, sit on land in a village called Sangyaw, a Waray word that means “spread the good news.”VICKY ARNAIZ

MANILA, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (INQUIRER) Inquirer Visayas By: Vicky Arnaiz, October 1st, 2016 - Sangyaw Village in Tacloban City’s Barangay Tagpuro derives its name from the Waray word which means “spread the good news.”

But the conditions of 800 housing units built there, supposedly for policemen and soldiers, are hardly positive. The units were completed in 2013, yet these have remained empty and rotting.

The supposed beneficiaries have not moved in from lack of electricity because the project has not been given an occupancy permit. A pump has been installed, but no water flows into the units.

The Sangyaw houses are part of an P18.6-billion housing program launched by the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III in 2012 for members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. These sit on an eight-hectare land in Tagpuro, eight kilometers from the city center and five km from the famous San Juanico Bridge, which connects Samar and Leyte islands.

The project has 1,000 beneficiaries—450 from the AFP, 450 from the PNP, 50 from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and 50 from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

At least P240 million had been spent on the village, which is supposed to also have a two-classroom building and a multipurpose hall. Each unit cost at least P245,000, but it will be sold to beneficiaries for only P215,000, with the remaining amount subsidized by the PNP or AFP.

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‘Yolanda’ tragedy

Groundbreaking rites for Sangyaw were held in April 2013, but construction activities were suspended after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) struck heaviest in Tacloban on Nov. 8 that year. The 150 units standing then survived the catastrophe, with only three damaged.

Joseph Peter Sison of Solana Corp., one of the construction companies that built the village, said the units were designed to withstand winds of up to 220 km per hour.

While government gave priority to aid for storm survivors, only four policemen moved in. Doing so proved to be a risk for them and their families as the units had no occupancy permit, a violation of building laws, said Dorcas T. Secreto, National Housing Authority (NHA) regional estate management specialist.

While it is clear that the lack of permit has been the main reason nearly all Sangyaw units are empty, it is actually as complicated as the red tape attributed to it.

The land was bought from its original owners by the NHA, but transferring the title to the housing agency took about a year. The next step would have been to break down the mother title to individual titles bearing the names of beneficiaries as new owners, but doing so takes time—a lot of it.

As the processing of individual titles was left hanging in the air, the developers—Solana and Golden Build Corp.—cannot turn over the project to the NHA, even after 800 of the units had long been completed. Secreto said the developers had already received partial payment from the NHA central office in Quezon City.

Processing problems

The problem lies on the government’s failure to process individual titles toward the issuance of occupancy permits. Under the project contract, the developers are responsible for the transfer of titles and the issuance of occupancy permits.

Secreto said the NHA’s role was just to “facilitate or make follow-ups.”

Neither the developers nor NHA had applied for occupancy permits, which would allow authorities to check the units for structural integrity, said city engineer Dony de Paz.

Sison said only 800 of the units had been finished as the developer was awaiting instruction to continue building the houses as originally designed or follow a new design. It all depends on the new administration of President Duterte, he said.

If it took a year to transfer the title of the land to the NHA, Sison said it could take longer to issue individual titles to beneficiaries.

Taking time

Solana has already started the process of acquiring individual titles, but it “takes our time and I hope the new administration can do something about it.”

During a recent visit to Sangyaw, Sison talked to the Housing Board of the PNP, AFP and BuCor that awarded the units to its personnel. He said he had given the green light for Solana to help beneficiaries acquire occupancy permits while processing their titles.

“It is best that beneficiaries occupy the (units) so that these can be taken care of while we process the title,” Sison said. The developers are ready to install doors and window jalousies if a beneficiary is ready to move in to a unit, he added.

One of the beneficiaries, SPO4 Antonio Salas of the Tacloban police, wants the PNP to help him acquire an occupancy permit for his unit, which needs to be cleaned up and repaired after years of neglect.

Paying for a unit in Sangyaw is “a lot better than paying rent in an apartment in the city that eats up much of my take home pay,” Salas said.

A security guard, who refused to be identified, said many beneficiaries were willing to move in but could not because the absence of an occupancy permit also means no electricity.

Widows of soldiers and policemen killed in action have taken a close look at the units, but they, too, have refused to occupy the dwellings.

Another reason Sangyaw Village looks like a ghost town is that the PNP and AFP cannot agree on which units are for policemen and which are for soldiers.

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PH VP Leni Robredo to certify as urgent Yolanda Housing Projects September 30, 2016 12:44 am · 0 commentsViews: 48


Philippine Vice Presidet Leni Robredo

AFTER three years of near inaction by the previous administration of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the government under the Duterte administration will now certify as urgent the delivery of housing units to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

In a statement issued by the office of Vice President Leni Robredo, the country’s second top chief executive said she will, as concurrent Housing and Urban Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair, certify as urgent the immediate delivery of housing units to the 2013 typhoon victims.

The statement also said that from the existing estimated 10 percent completion rate of the housing targets in Yolanda-affected communities (under the Aquino administration), the new measure aims to resolve the backlog, which was mainly attributed to bureaucratic red tape.

The Vice President, according to the statement, explained that during emergency situations, processing of documentary requirements should be fast tracked.

Upon the initiative of Vice Pres. Robredo, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had agreed to examine ways to eliminate the red tape and allow the shelter agencies a faster implementation of the slow-moving Yolanda housing programs, the statement also said.

Furthermore, the HUDCC will issue certifications for urgent housing projects to serve as basis for the BIR and other concerned agencies to prioritize and speed up the processing of the documentary requirements required from their agencies.

“We are happy that the agencies are very supportive of our proposals on how to eliminate the bureaucratic red tape, especially in the provision of emergency shelter response in disaster-torn communities. This is especially crucial in our goal of returning families into decent homes more quickly than ever,” the statement, quoting Vice Pres. Robredo, said.

The decision to expedite the delivery of housing units was agreed during the coordination meeting of the Vice President with the agencies involved in the processing of housing and resettlement. It was also agreed that the HUDCC will come up with a template of the certificate which will be used as reference for the BIR.

Three years since the Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the country, an estimated 25,000 units have only been completed out of the 205,128 target housing units to be constructed.

During the said inter-agency coordination meeting, Vice Pres. Robredo presented the “choke points” in the process of implementing the Yolanda housing programs including the proposed measures on how these may be resolved. She also noted that it takes almost two years or more to complete the processes under land identification and acquisition before the actual site development and housing construction begins.

These are due to the lack of suitable land for housing, the prolonged issuance of the Presidential proclamation for public lands and/or when the land has to be converted from agricultural use to residential.

Project documentation takes anywhere from one year and six months to more than three years from the time of the site development and construction.

Among the agencies present during the coordination meeting were the Office of the Executive Secretary, National Economic Development Authority, National Housing Authority, BIR, Land Registration Authority and the Commission On Audit.


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Duterte, Lee Kuan Yew are nothing alike: Singapore newspaper Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Sep 30 2016 06:01 PM | Updated as of Sep 30 2016 08:13 PM


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew. File photo / Composite

Despite both ruling with an iron fist, the late Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew is extremely different from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore's biggest newspaper said Friday.

In a strongly-worded opinion piece, the Straits Times scoffed at commentaries that Lee and Duterte had similar administrative styles and nation-building approaches.

Lee, under an authoritarian rule, transformed Singapore from a third world to a first world country. He passed away in March 2015.

READ: Lee Kuan Yew: Between Legitimacy and Performance

"The analogy would have been interesting except that it is laughably inappropriate," wrote Global Affairs associate editor Ravi Velloor.

The first big difference between them, said the piece, was that Lee "was not a man to have a person's life taken away without absolute attention to due process."

"People with no links to the drug trade, either as consumers or suppliers, have been assassinated in the process, perhaps to settle private vendettas. Criticism is met with abuse. An army of online warriors, some of whom are perhaps employed in the booming outsourcing industry, seem to be readily on hand to troll presidential critics, putting a fright into even seasoned commentators," it said.

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In Duterte's ongoing war against illegal drugs, at least 1,840 deaths have been recorded. Of this number, 1,088 were killed during police operations.

READ: MAP, CHARTS: The Death Toll of the War on Drugs

Aside from this, the piece said Lee would never back away from a territorial claim "for the elusive promise of a few bags of silver in development aid."

The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last July that China's economic claim on the South China Sea was without basis.

The Duterte administration, however, has been careful not to bring up the matter in international fora or with China, saying it wants to work with the rising superpower in resolving the issue.

"The Duterte-ordered extrajudicial killings, and his gyrations on the maritime dispute with China, have raised a stench for the Philippines that is far more perverse than the haze that used to spread out from Indonesia. If it goes on for too long, it could potentially be a bone in ASEAN's throat," said the Straits Times.

It also warned against signs that Duterte may be endangering the Philippines' once promising economic future.

"Global investors have turned skittish in recent weeks as his coarse tongue and take-no-prisoner methods get attention," it said, citing the Peso dropping to a seven-year low.

READ: Philippine peso sees worst month in 16 years on politics

"Mr Duterte has many good reasons to be in a hurry to accomplish his mission. Presidents in his nation are allowed only a single six-year term, after all. Sometimes, though, it is wise to make haste a tad slowly," it added.

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Many investors see Duterte as the Philippines’ Lee Kuan Yew BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 29, 2016 - 12:00am 126 14K googleplus3 1


Anvil Business Club leaders Eddie Cobankiat, Marcelo Co and George Siy

There seems to be a disconnect between some elements of the Western media, who paint a dark, grim scenario of the Philippines due to the ongoing war on illegal drugs, and the generally bullish sentiments of businesspeople, who are optimistic about the Philippines’ future under the iron-fisted, Lee Kuan Yew-style governance of President Rody Duterte. During his heyday, Singapore statesman Lee Kuan Yew also often clashed with Western media over his draconian policies.

EastWest Bank president Tony Moncupa told Reuters: “We are in a very good spot. The pronouncement of government prioritizing infrastructure spending, accelerating it and cutting red tape, solving peace and order, I think all point to very good prospects ahead.”

Weeding Out Bad Miners From Good

Philex Mining SVP Atty. Mike Toledo recently expressed confidence that the sincere anti-corruption drive of President Duterte and his DENR Secretary Gina Lopez will weed out the bad miners from the many good and ethical miners, thus giving hope to this important industry. The miners are hopeful that the Philippines will benefit from $34 billion in projects to be developed in the next six years.

Atty. Toledo said that the Philippines has been blessed by God with some of the world’s richest mineral resources, that environmentally sound mining can unleash this natural wealth to enrich far-flung rural areas and can support Duterte’s dream of Philippine industrialization.

Tourism Boom Coming?

Mang Inasal and DoubleDragon founder Edgar “Injap” Sia II (ranked by Forbes magazine as the No. 17 wealthiest in the Philippines) is bullish about the Philippine economy’s future, expanding the company’s CityMalls and has invested with Shanghai’s Jinjiang Inn brand to already open two hotels. Jinjiang Inn plans to open in 15 key Philippine cities in the next five years.

Another publicly listed dynamo, Anchor Land Holdings Inc., is planning to build 1,000 hotel rooms over the next five years with hotels in Boracay, Palawan and Tagaytay. Anchor Land vice chairman Steve Li said they’re also building the country’s largest Chinese restaurant.

Anchor Land vice chairman Steve Li’s firm is investing in hotels. Are young tycoons Sia and Li optimistic that President Duterte can finally restore and normalize Philippine-China relations, so that we can compete with our ASEAN neighbors for the world’s biggest and richest market for tourists? In 2015 Thailand attracted eight million affluent Chinese tourists. That year, the number of Chinese outbound tourists climbed 14.5 percent to 35.4 million worldwide and they spent $235 billion.

Other bullish investors in Philippine tourism are architect Ramon Licup and wife Elena, the prime movers behind Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, as well as the Elan Hotel in Greenhills and the Makati Palace Hotel.

Billionaires To Share Success Stories With Young Entreps

On Sept. 9 starting at 1 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel, top business leaders like Jon Ramon Aboitiz of the Aboitiz family (ranked by Forbes as the Philippines’ No. 3 wealthiest with a net worth of $5 billion); Edgar Saavedra, the self-made young Chinese construction tycoon of publicly listed Megawide (ranked No. 37 wealthiest by Forbes with a net worth of $255 million) and his business partner Michael Cosiquien (ranked No. 35 with a net worth of $265 million); Jojo Concepcion of top appliance producer Concepcion Industries (the family is ranked No. 30 wealthiest with a net worth of $450 million); and self-made information-technology tycoon Dado Banatao of California will share their success stories and why they’re investing more in the Philippines now.

The public is welcome to attend this annual Anvil Business Summit organized by the young Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs of the Anvil Business Club led by the trimumvirate of chairman emeritus George T. Siy of Marie France/Facial Care Center/Svenson, chairman Eduardo “Eddie” Cobankiat of the construction industry, and president Marcelo Co of Hobe noodles. Anvil officers say their speakers are role models for local investors to emulate.

At a recent edition of the non-partisan Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City, the three Anvil officers told media that local investors are leading the way in supporting Philippine economic development and that they are confident President Duterte’s bold reforms can bring about more inclusive economic growth. They said this Anvil Business Summit hopes to encourage more young and SME entrepreneurs to invest in the economy now.

Bullish On Movies, Burgers And Solar Energy

On her 77th birthday, Mother Lily Monteverde donated P1 million to Mowelfund, led by actress Boots Anson Roa Rodrigo, and told me that she’s going to keep producing many Regal films every year. While others half her age are dreaming of retirement, Mother Lily is still thinking of new projects to undertake. Although the youngest of 12 kids of the late copra tycoon Domingo Yu Chu, Mother Lily didn’t get to inherit his wealth when she married his dealer’s son, Remy Monteverde, of the less wealthy but no less entrepreneurial Monteverde-Dy family.

Mother Lily founded and has been the prime mover of Regal Films ever since, at one time also helping the late Geny Lopez in rebuilding ABS-CBN 2 and cofounding their Star Cinema filmmaking outfit. The late Lopez patriarch once gifted Mother Lily with a special diamond ring.

Another entrepreneur bullish about the Philippine economy is chef-turned-entrepreneur and Zark’s Burgers owner Zark Varona, whose gourmet hamburger chain is opening branches with their popular large-sized burgers. On the issue of ending the “endo” or contractual system, this young entrepreneur hopes politicians can dialogue with SME entrepreneurs to come up with a win-win solution beneficial for employees, the economy and businesspeople.

Bacolod-born ethnic Chinese entrepreneur Bonnie Chan Gamboa of the Hexagon Group of Companies has a unique way of celebrating the anniversary of his business group, giving away college scholarships in memory of his late Chinese immigrant father, Simplicio Gamboa Sr., through the SGS Foundation. Poor but deserving students are welcome to apply for scholarships.

Not only are private businesses optimistic about the Philippine future, even non-governmental organizations like the global environmental NGO Greenpeace are. Yeb Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said at a recent Pandesal Forum that lower costs and technological advances are making solar energy more viable and practical for homes and small businesses in the Philippines. Saño pointed out that financing options are now available. At present, the Philippines produces 29 percent of its electricity requirements through renewable sources, with the Department of Energy hoping to increase this to 40 percent by 2020.

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ISRAEL SEEKS CLARIFICATION OF PH LEADER’S WORDS: Duterte ‘Hitler’ talk reaps international censure By: Jaymee T. Gamil @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:20 AM October 2nd, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday faced a barrage of criticism from the United Nations, Israel, Western governments and international rights groups for drawing parallels with his brutal war on drugs and Adolf Hitler’s extermination of Jews before and during World War II.

Even longtime ally the United States has hinted at impatience with Mr. Duterte over his latest inflammatory comments, with Pentagon chief Ashton Carter and the US Embassy in Manila both saying the Philippine leader’s remark about being “happy to slaughter” 3 million drug addicts is “deeply troubling.”

READ: Duterte’s Hitler remarks ‘deeply troubling,’ says Pentagon chief

Early on Friday, Mr. Duterte, speaking to reporters at Davao International Airport after arriving from a two-day official visit to Vietnam, said his critics were threatening to bring him before an international court for the killing of thousands of people in his bloody war on drugs and complained that they were picturing him as “a cousin of Hitler” even if nothing had been proven against him.

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Noting that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews, Mr. Duterte said he was also willing to kill the 3 million drug addicts in the Philippines if it were the only way to solve the country’s drug problem.

READ: Heil Digong?

“There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he said.

“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have …,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself.

“You know my victims. I would like (them) to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” he said.

Clarification sought

Israel’s foreign ministry yesterday said it was “unfortunate” that Mr. Duterte chose to invoke Hitler and the Holocaust in his bloody anticrime war.

READ: Israel condemns Duterte for invoking Hitler

Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said Israel was convinced Mr. Duterte would “find a way to clarify his words.”

World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder on Friday said Mr. Duterte’s remarks were “revolting” and demanded that he retract them and apologize.

“Drug abuse is a serious issue. But what President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heartbreaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country,” Lauder said in a statement issued from Jerusalem, where he was attending the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres.

Yesterday, UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adam Dieng, said Mr. Duterte’s remarks were “deeply disrespectful of the right to life of all human beings.”

In a statement issued from New York, Dieng stressed that the Holocaust was one of the darkest periods of the history of humankind, and that any glorification of the cruel and criminal acts committed by those responsible was unacceptable and offensive.

Dieng urged Mr. Duterte “to exercise restraint in the use of language that could exacerbate discrimination, hostility and violence, and encourage the commission of criminal acts which, if widespread or systematic, could amount to crimes against humanity.”

Dieng also exhorted Mr. Duterte to support instead the investigation of the reported killings in his war on drugs and crime.

‘Deeply troubling’

Speaking on the sidelines of a regional security summit of Southeast Asian ally nations, Carter, the US defense chief, said he had not discussed Mr. Duterte’s comments with his Philippine counterpart, Delfin Lorenzana, who also attended the meeting.

“Just speaking personally for myself, I find these comments deeply troubling,” Carter said.

The Pentagon chief noted that the Philippines is a longtime US treaty ally.

“Like all alliances, it depends on the continuation of a sense of shared interests,” he added. “So far in US-Philippine history we have had that. We look forward to continuing that. But that’s something that we continue to discuss with the Philippine government.”

In Manila, the US Embassy issued a statement yesterday calling Mr. Duterte’s comments “deeply troubling.”

“America’s partnership with the Philippines has long been based on a foundation of shared values, including our shared belief in human rights and dignity,” US Embassy press attaché Molly Koscina said.

“President Duterte’s recent comments depart from that common tradition and are deeply troubling,” she said.

‘Unacceptable’

The German government on Friday said it called in Philippine Ambassador Melita S. Sta. Maria-Thomaczek and told her that Mr. Duterte’s likening his deadly war on drugs to Hitler’s effort to exterminate Jews were “unacceptable.”

“Any comparison of the singular atrocities of the Holocaust with anything else is totally unacceptable,” ministry spokesperson Martin Schaefer told reporters.

Germany, Europe’s top economy, has expressed serious concerns about Mr. Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs, which has cost the lives of more than 3,000 people in three months and threatened a breakdown of the rule of law in the Philippines.

“Those killings—and the government’s celebration of them as evidence of a successful ‘war on drugs’—are nothing less than mass killings disguised as ‘crime control,’” Phelim Kine, deputy director for Asia of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

In an interview on CNN on Friday night, Kine noted that Mr. Duterte had warned that more people would be killed, and urged urgent action by the international community.

Amnesty International (AI) also slammed Mr. Duterte’s remarks.

“With this latest outburst, President Duterte has sunk to new depths. Governments—both in the region and around the world—should speak out immediately and condemn these outrageous statements,” Josef Benedict, AI deputy director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement issued on Friday.

“They serve no discernible purpose other than to put more lives at risk,” he said.

“Since coming to power, there has been a surge of state-sanctioned violence and unlawful killings across the Philippines. Instead of stopping and condemning these human-rights violations, and ensuring those responsible are held to account, he has vowed to escalate them,” Benedict said.

“Mass killings under President Duterte must end,” he added.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed alarm over Mr. Duterte’s comments.

Public admission

“[Mr. Duterte’s words are] something we are concerned about because [they create] the backdrop, the bigger message arc. We’ll monitor closely the possible implication and meaning of those words,” CHR chair Jose Luis Gascon said by phone yesterday.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said Mr. Duterte’s remarks were a public admission of being behind “Hitler-like killings” in the war on drugs.

“President Duterte’s rhetoric has worsened from recklessness to culpability, from accusations to confession of guilt,” Lagman said.

He said Mr. Duterte’s comments were an attempt to justify the killing of drug addicts without due process.

“His having compared himself to Hitler, who caused the slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II, is a virtual confession that the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers and addicts since the start of his term almost 100 days ago, have been instigated, encouraged and condoned by him,” Lagman said.

The left-leaning Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) also objected to Mr. Duterte’s reference to Hitler.

“We do not subscribe to the President’s referencing of Hitler in relation to the war on drugs and the killings of so-called drug addicts. Killings by state forces of unarmed civilians, even if they are suspected criminals, goes against the principle of due process,” Bayan said in a statement yesterday.

‘Height of insensitivity’

Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said Mr. Duterte’s drawing parallels with is war on drugs and the Holocaust was the “height of insensitivity.” With reports from Jeannette I. Andrade, DJ Yap and Tina G. Santos; Ivan Angelo L. de Lara, Inquirer.net; AP and AFP/TVJ

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks on August 17, 2016. (AFP/Pool/Noel Celis)

Germany, US slam Philippines president for comparing war on drugs to Holocaust; Manila says he did not intend to ‘diminish profound loss of 6 million Jews’.

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem condemned what it called an “unfortunate expression” by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who likened his deadly war on crime to Adolf Hitler’s efforts to exterminate the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust.

The Foreign Ministry said Israel is sure the president would take the opportunity to clarify his remarks, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

Duterte on Friday made televised comments drawing parallels between his campaign to wipe out his country’s drug problem and Hitler’s genocidal drive.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts [in the Philippines]. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte told reporters in his home city of Davao. Nazi Germany slaughtered some six million Jews by the end of World War II.


An Israeli medical team treats victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, November 20, 2013. (Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Twitter)

“At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have,” Duterte said, then paused. “But you know, my victims, I would like to be [sic] all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”

Following a fierce international backlash, Duterte’s spokesman released a statement Saturday insisting the president did not want to be compared with the Nazi leader, but confirmed he was prepared to kill three million people in his crime war.

“We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of six million Jews in the Holocaust,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

“The president’s reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects.”

Nevertheless, Abella confirmed Duterte had intended to say he wanted to kill millions of people in the Philippines to achieve his mission of eradicating illegal drugs.

“Duterte was referencing to his ‘willingness to kill’ three million criminal drug dealers – to save the future of the next generation and the country,” Abella said.


This file photo taken on July 27, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) greeting US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg (L) as US Secretary of State John Kerry looks on during his visit to the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila. (AFP/Pool/Aaron Favila)

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday criticized Duterte’s remarks on Hitler, calling them “deeply troubling.”

An outraged German government on Friday told the Philippine ambassador in Berlin that the comments were “unacceptable.”

The German foreign ministry said in a statement that it had asked the Philippine envoy “to come to the ministry for a discussion on this issue.”

“Any comparison of the singular atrocities of the Holocaust with anything else is totally unacceptable,” ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told reporters earlier and reiterated this in the statement.


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President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday apologized to the Jewish community for his remarks that drew parallels between Adolf Hitler’s killing of Jews during the Holocaust and his bloody war on drugs.

Speaking at the opening of the 37th Masskara festival in Negros Occidental, Duterte said he did not intend to derogate the memory of slain Jews.

“There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans,” Duterte said.

“I apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community,” he added.

Upon arriving from an official visit to Vietnam, Duterte on Friday said he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts in the Philippines by himself in the same way that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews before and during the Second World War.

“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have …,” Duterte told reporters in Davao City, before pausing and pointing to himself.

The President’s remarks drew a barrage of condemnation from the United Nations, German and Israeli governments, the Pentagon, and international rights groups. JE/rga

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President was only addressing comparison with Hitler – Palace Published October 1, 2016 4:13am Updated October 1, 2016 7:12pm

Malacañang on Saturday responded to criticism that President Rodrigo Duterte had likened himself to Adolf Hitler, explaining that the president was merely "addressing the negative comparison that people made between him and Hitler."

In a speech he made on Friday, Duterte appeared to draw a parallel between his campaign to wipe out illegal drugs and the genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany.

"Hitler murdered three million innocent civilians whereas Duterte was referencing his 'willingness to kill' three million criminal drug dealers - to save the future of the next generation and the country," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella explained in a statement, adding that "[t]hose are two entirely different things."

Abella also said that the Philippines was cognizant of the deep significance of the Jewish experience during the Holocaust, and the Philippine government did not wish to diminish the profound loss of 6 million Jews.

"The President's reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects," explained Abella.

"He likewise draws an oblique conclusion, that while the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the future generations of Jews, the so-called 'extra-judicial killings', wrongly attributed to him, will nevertheless result in the salvation of the next generation of Filipinos," the spokesman reiterated.

Hitler reference

In another statement issued Saturday afternoon, Abella reiterated that Duterte’s statement was not, in anyway, meant to disrespect or diminish the great loss of six million Jews during the Holocaust, but just a reaction to the way he was being portrayed by his critics.

“It is a matter of record that the reference to Hitler did not originate from the President. Days before the May presidential elections, the President’s opponents introduced this issue to gain political mileage,” Abella said.

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“The President himself flatly rejected the Hitler comparison as can be seen in his reaction. The President recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history,” he added.

Abella said the Philippines was in fact the only country in Asia that accepted the Jewish refugees during Hitler’s regime.

“In Asia, only the Philippines gave a safe haven for Jewish refugees during World War II with lands in Marikina donated for the settlement of a Jewish community. More farmlands were offered in Mindanao for the Jewish settlers. The President knows this and values our strong historical ties with the Jewish people,” Abella said.

“The President’s reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer,” he added.

‘Outrageous’

In his Friday speech on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam, Duterte said that he had been "portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler" by critics.

Noting that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews, Duterte said, "There are three million drug addicts [in the Philippines]. I'd be happy to slaughter them."

"If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have ...," he said, pointing to himself.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Digital Terrorism and Hate project, was critical of Duterte's reference to Hitler, calling it "outrageous."

"Duterte owes the victims [of the Holocaust] an apology for his disgusting rhetoric," Cooper said.

The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish group based in the United States, said Duterte's comments were "shocking for their tone-deafness."

"The comparison of drug users and dealers to Holocaust victims is inappropriate and deeply offensive," said Todd Gutnick, the group's director of communications. "It is baffling why any leader would want to model himself after such a monster."

The German foreign ministry, meanwhile, had asked the Philippine ambassador "to come to the ministry for a discussion on this issue."

"Any comparison of the singular atrocities of the Holocaust with anything else is totally unacceptable," ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer reiterated earlier in a statement. —Elizabeth Marcelo/DVM, GMA News


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Yasay says int’l media pick up ‘malicious spin’ Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 02 October 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera and Joyce Ann L. Rocamora


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The aides of President Duterte are again doing the unenviable job of putting out the fire from another controversial outburst of Duterte as Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the comparison to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was “a malicious spin to sow hatred against Duterte and destabilize the country.”

The Hitler comparison, however, came straight from the President himself in an effort to desribe his ruthlessness against drug offenders and criminals.

Yasay said Duterte “did not compare his all-out war on illicit drugs to Hitler’s evil campaign (Holocaust), much less, justify his tough and uncompromising stance against the deadly scourge.”

“Contextually, he assured the people that he was not waging a war against illegal drugs to exterminate the more than 3 million addicts and drug users in the country the way the Jews were exterminated by Hitler’s Nazis in Europe during WWII,” said Yasay in a social media account post.

“I was there in front of him as he spoke when we arrived in Davao City about 2 a.m. after a hectic schedule in the service of the nation in Hanoi,” he said.

The tough talking President decried the comparison when he alleged that an unnamed critic has compared him to the Nazi Party leader.

He said equating him to Hitler is unfair, “if you were in my position, why wouldn’t you curse? You’re portrayed or pictured to be some… a cousin of Hitler. And you do not even bother to find out, to investigate,” the President has lashed.

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Giving his comment another thought, Duterte then indicated that if Hitler has killed millions of Jews during his era, he too would do the same but with millions of drug pusher and drug addicts in the Philippines.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million drug addicts [in the country], there are.”

“I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...,” he said without ending the statement.

Abella: ‘Misquoted’

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella, meanwhile, said Duterte was taken out of context, which was the standard defense used on most of the President’s controversial statements.

“The President’s reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects,” Abella said in a statement yesterday.

“He was just addressing the negative comparison that people made between him and Hitler,” he added.

However, Abella clarified that when the President said he would slaughter 3 million addicts (not merely dealers) it means that he wants to save the next generation of Filipinos from the narcotics menace.

“Hitler murdered 3 million innocent civilians whereas Duterte was referencing to his ‘willingness to kill’ 3 million criminal drug dealers - to save the future of the next generation and the country. Those are two entirely different things,” the Presidential spokesman said.

Abella says that the Philippines is not being irreverent to the Jewish people, adding that the killings under the Duterte administration shouldn’t be compared to Hitler’s extermination of Jews.

“The Philippines recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history. We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust - that deep midnight of their story as a people,” Abella said.

Since Duterte took office on June 30, police have killed more than 1,200 people and about 1,800 others have died in unexplained circumstances, according to official figures.

Du30 warns US senators

In the same arrival address Friday morning, Duterte said the United States should not interfere in the Philippines’ affairs, particularly in the government’s intensified war on drugs.

Duterte was reacting to the remarks made by American senators Benjamin Cardin and Patrick Leahy that the Duterte administration has taken the wrong way in dealing with the Philippines’ drug menace.

”Do not interfere in our affairs,” Duterte said during a press conference upon his arrival from a two-day official visit to Vietnam at the Davao International Airport.

The President said the US has its “own sins”, referring to the shooting of African Americans, invading Iraq on the “flimsy” excuse that it has weapons of mass destruction, and undermining Libya, “which is now a destroyed nation”.

”I would like to appeal in answering the two senators. I’d like to (say to) the government of the United States: Stop this hypocrisy game and we are all right. Stop being hypocrites. Do not pretend to be the moral conscience of the world. Do not be the policeman because you do not have the eligibility to do that in my country,” he said.

Recently, President Duterte invited the US, the United Nation rapporteur and even the European Union to come to the Philippines to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects before making any judgment.

Duterte, however, said he should also be allowed to ask questions to the members of the international investigating teams.

”US, EU, you can call me anything. But I was never into or I am never into hypocrisy like you,” the President said.

”Close your doors, it’s winter time, there are migrants escaping from the Middle East, you allow them to rot and then you are worried about the death of about 1,000, 2,000, 3,000?” he added.

Duterte has said 11,000 policemen and 16,000 barangay officials are involved in the illegal drug trade.

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Irresponsible journalism in Philippine Media almost ruined US-Philippine relations
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ASEAN Business & Investment Summit participants scramble to take selfies with Duterte in Laos. (Source: Trisha Macas on Twitter)

Thanks to US President Barrack Obama being such a good sport, the flames lit by the irresponsible journalism of both local and foreign media had been doused.

“As I said when I was asked about this in China, I don’t take these comments personally because it seems that this is a phrase he’s used repeatedly, directed at the Pope and others and so,” Obama said.

“I think it seems to be just a habit, a way of speaking for him,” he added.

Obama added that he doesn’t expect the controversy to affect the relationship of the two countries.

Amazingly, President Rodrigo Duterte, who fell victim to scoop-starved journalists’ perverse translation and interpretation of his words, came out relatively unscathed.

Filipinos are increasingly suspicious of the agenda of the handful of big oligarch-owned conglomerates that dominate their country’s media industry. Long-perceived to be overly-sympathetic to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan and the Liberal Party led by its scion former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, the reputation of these big media brands have since fallen into disrepute.

They are based in what is now seen to be the Philippines’ “imperial” capital city of Manila by Duterte’s broad base of supporters from the Philippines’ southern regions.

Accustomed to schmoozing with the bigwigs of Manila politics for decades, Philippine corporate media seem ill-equipped to cover the country’s southern parts (Duterte’s home region) fairly and insightfully. This being outside of their element in the Philippines’ south likely contributed majorly to the catastrophic failure in presidential coverage that unfolded over the last several days.

Former Cabinet Secretary Rafael Alunan III, for his part, published on Facebook his brief but scathing take on the destructive conduct of both local and foreign media in the manner with which they reported Duterte’s speech before he departed for Laos last Friday.

The media that went to town saying that Du30 insulted Pres BHO should be singled out and sanctioned for malice and placing the country’s diplomatic relations with the U.S. at risk.

They are saboteurs working under the influence that ought to be blacklisted. Freedom of the press is not freedom to destroy. The latter deserves appropriate action in order to deliver unforgettable life lessons and alter behaviour.

Fortunately for Duterte, his “colourful” character may be scoring points and was even told by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the Laos summit sidelines that he was “quite a famous figure also in Japan”. Just the same, it is also important that Duterte also consider the lessons that could be learned from this experience.

A brush with what could have ended as a diplomatic disaster between the Philippines and its closest most powerful ally in the region is one close call too many.


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