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EU, UN WON'T STOP PHILIPPINES AID despite 'hell', 'purgatory' remarks
[RELATED: First 100 days: Rody focuses on drugs, Leni on poverty]
[RELATED(2): French paper calls Duterte ‘serial killer’ ]
(In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the French paper's "serial killer" tag was irresponsible. "The comment is irresponsible and shows a lack of understanding of local conditions," Abella said.)


OCTOBER 8 -The United Nations, for its part, said it has no plans to stop its assistance to the Philippines despite constant drubbing from President Duterte, who said the other day that the country would survive without foreign aid. File photo Despite being told by President Duterte to “go to purgatory” because hell is already full, the European Union (EU) is extending P9 billion in assistance to the Philippines for energy-related measures, especially for renewable energy development and energy efficiency promotion. The United Nations, for its part, said it has no plans to stop its assistance to the Philippines despite constant drubbing from President Duterte, who said the other day that the country would survive without foreign aid. The EU and the Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday launched the Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP), aimed at providing el        ectricity to 90 percent of Philippine households through maximized use of renewable energy. “We see that the Philippines and the EU are sharing many objectives looking forward on issues such as climate change, sustainable energy, pro-poor agenda, trying to lift people out of poverty,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said in a briefing. The P9-billion financing agreement will run for three to four years, Jessen said, depending on “how fast the money is being spent and being used by the communities.”  READ MORE...RELATED, First 100 days: Rody focuses on drugs, Leni on poverty... RELATED(2) French paper calls Duterte ‘serial killer’... PLUS READERS' COMMENTS, HERE IS THE FIRST ONE 1. Avatar Joe DeVoe • 6 hours ago Du30 is a cereal killer - his favorite victims are Froot Loops (De Lima) and Raisin Brains (addicts).... He goes after Leprechauns (Pushers) peddling pink hearts, yellow moons (hates anything associated with this color), green clovers, blue diamonds, and crystal rocks (meth) - hiding their pot of gold somewhere over the rainbow.... These Leprechauns are pushing their Lucky Charms, but he'll soon catch up to them.... And now, he hates French Fries, it reminds him of lsd users (who fry their brains)... :D .....

ALSO: US to provide $180-M aid to Philippines next year
[RELATED: US military pulls out equipment in Zambo]


OCTOBER 8 -The United States is committed to providing $180 million in assistance to the Philippines in fiscal year 2017 and routinely vetting the military to ensure security units that violate human rights do not get any aid, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. AP/Susan Walsh
WASHINGTON – The United States is committed to providing $180 million in assistance to the Philippines in fiscal year 2017 and routinely vetting the military to ensure security units that violate human rights do not get any aid, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. Fiscal year 2017 is from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017. President Duterte, in yet another jab at the US, dared it to end its assistance if it continues to criticize extrajudicial killings in his war against illegal drugs. Duterte’s rhetoric is at odds with the very close relationship between the two countries, Kirby said. “We continue to focus on our broad relationship with the Philippines and we’ll work together in the many areas of mutual interest,” he said. He said Washington is focused on ensuring that assistance efforts truly benefit the people and are compliant with US laws and regulations. READ MORE...RELATED,
US military pulls out equipment in Zambo...

ALSO: EU ENVOY TO PHL - New language with many meanings marks Duterte’s 1st 100 days in office
(Times have been rough for the EU and other multilateral organizations taking harsh blows from President's cursing, but Jessen said part of his task " is to understand changes, new ideas and views" of the Philippines as host country. The EU envoy also enjoyed engaging Filipinos on the ground and narrated his first time eating "Balut" and learning Tagalog)[RELATED: EU envoy hails Duterte’s peace process on admin’s first 100 days]


OCTOBER 8 -European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's first 100 days in office may have been highlighted by an important breakthrough in the peace process with leftist rebels, but the period also saw a lot of changes in terms of "new language" with many meanings. "One hundred days passed very fast, lots of changes, new policies, new language, and many interpretations of statements and developments," said Ambassador Franz Jessen in his open letter posted on the Facebook website of EU in the Philippines. Through those 100 days, President Duterte had been cussing, swearing, hurling profanities at the EU, the United Nations, as well as US President Obama for their criticisms on the summary killings of some 3,000 people under an intensified drive against illegal drugs. But in his assessment of Duterte's first 100 days, Jessen said "the ongoing peace process remains an area where President Duterte may have an early and very important breakthrough." For the ongoing second round of peace talks in Oslo, Norway between the Philippine government and the Communist Party-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Jessen wished that an agreement would be reached. READ MORE...RELATED, EU envoy hails Duterte’s peace process on admin’s first 100 days...

ALSO: ‘[Rody's] Rhetoric encourages society of bullies’ - Rhetpric expert
[ALSO: Much to be done for Mindanao - Zobel]


OCTOBER 10 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File
The “brutish and macho” President Duterte has eroded the rhetoric of compassion in his singular focus of getting rid of the narcotics trade as a way to bring growth and development, according to a Filipino academician. The Inquirer sought the opinion of Gene Segarra Navera, a Singapore-based rhetoric expert, on the President’s first 100 days in terms of language and messaging. “Because he is the President, the way he communicates matters significantly. It invites a particular way of thinking,” Navera said. “I’m afraid his rhetoric is the kind that encourages a society of bullies instead of a society that empathizes. Compassion has been lost all in the name of public safety, peace and order and security—terms that are easy to toss around and to use for a certain interested perspective, usually the perspective of a faction of the elite,” he added. Mr. Duterte has shown his unorthodox and colorful way with words, winning the presidency with 16.6 million votes. Curiously, his constant cussing has both charmed and offended the public. He has not let up on his verbal tirades against those he deemed enemies of the Philippines—US President Barack Obama, the European Union, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—for calling him out on the alleged human rights violations in the government’s war on illegal drugs. He has challenged them to bring their development packages somewhere else because the Philippines is not a mendicant nation. READ MORE...RELATED,
Much to be done for Mindanao...

ALSO: Peace panel sees signing of new pact
‘[RELATED: NDF demand to release political prisoners up to Rody’]


OCTOBER 8 -FIST BE WITH YOU!
Government peace negotiators on Saturday reiterated their commitment to work closely with their counterparts from the National Democratic Front (NDF) for the speedy resolution of issues related to the crafting of a Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (Caser). “We in the GRP remain committed to our goal of signing Caser within one year of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term of office. We are optimistic that our counterparts from the NDF share the same goal,” Hernani Braganza, supervising panel member for Caser, said. “In fact, our Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) on Caser is prepared to wrap up work with the NDF within the six-month timeline agreed upon in Oslo last August,” Braganza added. During the resumption of formal peace negotiations in Oslo in August, the negotiating panels from the Philippine government and NDF signed an agreement binding their RWCs on Caser to “endeavor to complete work within a period of six months.” The RWCs on Caser met again Saturday in Asker, Norway, to begin harmonizing their framework and outline for future discussions on socio-economic reforms. READ MORE...RELATED,
‘NDF demand to release political prisoners up to Rody’...

ALSO: China allows PH banana, pineapple exports ahead of Duterte visit
[RELATED: Duterte to establish better relations with China, Japan]


OCTOBER 8 -China has lifted restrictions on banana and pineapple exports from the Philippines ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Beijing later this month, the Filipino agriculture minister said.Aside from the two fruits, which are major products of Duterte's home region of Mindanao, China will also be "opening up its market" to Philippine mangoes, coconut and dragon fruit as well as lapu-lapu (grouper), crabs, shrimps, prawns, tuna and bangus (milk fish), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday."Two weeks before President Rody Duterte's State Visit, the Chinese government has announced that it will lift the suspension imposed earlier on Filipino companies exporting bananas and pineapple to the country," Piñol said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.China also "indicated that it would also increase the volume" of Philippine banana and pineapple exports, Piñol said.China's Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, also told Filipino officials that Philippine produce would be sold in major Chinese cities, Piñol said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte to establish better relations with China, Japan...


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EU, UN won’t stop Philippines aid


The United Nations, for its part, said it has no plans to stop its assistance to the Philippines despite constant drubbing from President Duterte, who said the other day that the country would survive without foreign aid. File photo

MANILA, OCTOBER 10, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Danessa Rivera and Richmond Mercurio October 8, 2016 - 12:00am -Despite being told by President Duterte to “go to purgatory” because hell is already full, the European Union (EU) is extending P9 billion in assistance to the Philippines for energy-related measures, especially for renewable energy development and energy efficiency promotion.

The United Nations, for its part, said it has no plans to stop its assistance to the Philippines despite constant drubbing from President Duterte, who said the other day that the country would survive without foreign aid.

The EU and the Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday launched the Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP), aimed at providing electricity to 90 percent of Philippine households through maximized use of renewable energy.

“We see that the Philippines and the EU are sharing many objectives looking forward on issues such as climate change, sustainable energy, pro-poor agenda, trying to lift people out of poverty,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said in a briefing.

The P9-billion financing agreement will run for three to four years, Jessen said, depending on “how fast the money is being spent and being used by the communities.”

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ASEP seeks to provide clean energy solutions to 100,000 households or roughly 500,000 people, add 20 megawatts in additional renewable energy projects and improve energy efficiency and generate savings equivalent to a 50-megawatt power plant.

With the challenge of ever-changing technologies, the EU is working closely with the DOE in identifying projects that would be covered by the grant, such as clean energy and other low carbon development, ASEP consultant Christoph Menke said in the same briefing.

“More than technology, we need business models and the right policies administration. This is exactly where the project can work with the government and a lot of people committed in different agencies to work on,” he said.

The DOE, for its part, is pitching for greater use of information technology in the wires-related business of the energy sector, DOE undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said.

“What the Department of Energy is looking at in the future is how to be more flexible and how to gather more information at the right time. We are all looking at the smart grid technology and, as I have emphasized, we are looking at how to further develop wires and have convergence on ICT,” he said.

The DOE is also looking at using the grant for paying Feed-in Tariff (FIT) – a set of incentives given to power developers for investing in the more expensive renewables sector – instead of passing the burden to consumers.

“So we brought up FIT, how we can remove the pass-on charge to consumers,” Fuentebella said.

UN commitment stays Meanwhile, UN resident coordinator and UN Development Program resident representative in the Philippines Ola Almgren said relations between the world body and Manila remain undamaged.

“We need to look at the broader aspect of the Philippines’ role in the UN and the work that we do here to judge that. I remain firm in my belief that that relationship will continue in as good a level as it has been in the past,” Almgren told The STAR.

He stressed there is no way the UN would stop giving aid to the Philippines.

As this developed, Duterte asked US President Barack Obama to let the US ambassador to the UN file a complaint against him for human rights violations.

“When the European Union and the US reprimand it was as if I was their (house) boy. I am not your servant,” Duterte said yesterday in his speech at the National Banana Congress in Lanang, Davao City.

Almgren expressed confidence “the partnership between the UN and the Philippines will remain strong as it has been as we go forward.”

MEMO OF AGREEMENT

He cited a memorandum of understanding signed by the UNDP, the Board of Investments and local business groups for the conduct of a nationwide baseline survey on inclusive business among Philippine firms.

“The Philippines is a member-state of the UN since the very beginning. It’s a question of what has been the contribution of the Philippines to the UN and that contribution has been fantastic ever since the beginning of the UN and even in recent years,” Almgren pointed out.

Duterte has been unleashing harsh remarks against the UN, the EU and the US for their calling his attention to the rising death toll and human rights abuses in the conduct of his intensified campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.

The President in August threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN – a statement he later clarified was only a joke.

On Duterte’s latest tirade against the US and the EU, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the President is merely saying “we have a reform policy, we have our own problems, internal problems in the country, so instead of criticizing us, help us. If you are really our friend, help us.”

He stressed the President “knows what he is saying and the President is standing for the right of every Filipino, independent foreign policy and about opening our doors to other countries also if they want to – who may want to work with the Philippines in mutually beneficial ways.” – Christina Mendez, Giovanni Nilles

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First 100 days: Rody focuses on drugs, Leni on poverty By Giovanni Nilles and Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am 1 8 googleplus0 0


Vice President Leni Robredo and Pres Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - There’s no one to hold at night and the routine of the country’s most powerful man is “work, eat, sleep.” But these personal longings do not seem to affect the toughness of President Duterte, who vowed to pursue his bloody war against illegal drugs to the end, as he marked his first 100 days in office.

Vice President Leni Robredo is not as personal as Duterte when she talks. A widow and living with her three daughters, Robredo is always focused on her programs to alleviate the plight of the poor and how people should learn to feel and not just understand their concerns.

Despite admitting that he has several partners, Duterte reiterated on Friday he would find himself alone in his official residence after work and could not even enjoy dinner with his many responsibilities.

The members of the First Family, including his live-in partner, Honeylet Avancena, are all in Davao City.

The tough talking leader, faced with criticisms for his bloody war against illegal drugs, earlier said he could no longer court anyone at 71 as it was obvious that women would want him for his money and not his body.

And there is nothing that he can hide anymore, or so it seems. “I do not have privacy because you are not supposed to lock your door. You are not allowed to do that…I don’t know why. I suppose if there’s a robber, they can immediately arrest but that’s the rationale of the life of a President. Beyond that there is nothing,” Duterte said.

When he retires to his room, the President shared he would find the time to read all the folders sent by the departments to his desk.

LONELY ROUTINE

“Every time, every night there is a folder there…and I have to read it,” Duterte said, noting he was very careful in approving documents or placing marginal notes or suffer the fate of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was jailed while being prosecuted for an alleged irregularity at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Some of the evidence used against Arroyo for plunder were the marginal notes on the documents she signed involving PCSO funds.

According to Duterte, his earliest time to call it a day “on the average is at two o’clock.”

“Then I wake up because my day starts at one (in the afternoon). So, I attend to all the business of the government. Again, I go home. I do not eat dinner just finger food (like) sandwiches,” Duterte said.

“That’s the routine…it’s lonely. Alone. I could not embrace these guards because they’re men,” the President said.

There were occasions though that some female aides would accompany him to his home in Malacañang.

“But they go home after making sure that I got home alive. After that, if I die in my sleep, they really wouldn’t care,” Duterte added.

In his first few days, the President complained of boredom inside the Palace as it contrasted sharply with the time when he was mayor of Davao City and able to move around at night to meet people or conduct business.

Duterte said it was more fun when he was younger, as he recounted that many of his Cabinet secretaries excelled academically during their school days, including Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.

“Our planners, like Piñol, and other members of the Cabinet are all bright. They are all cum laudes…Ako lang ang bugok diyan sa totoo lang (I am the only dullard in that group)…I was the only one lagging behind because I enjoyed my elementary and high school days,” Duterte said.

“When they were studying very hard I was enjoying my life taking most of my time. Mas maganda kasi ang kabataan mo kaysa dito sa…presidency (Youth is better than this…presidency)? Susmaryosep! If you only knew,” Duterte recounted to the amusement of those who attended the National Banana Congress in Davao City Friday night.

Margins of society

In her first 100 days in office, Robredo visited coastal villages, indigenous people groups and other communities in far-flung areas of the country almost every week since assuming her post on June 30.

Called laylayan events, the Vice President, who campaigned with a promise of helping those in the fringes of society, said it enabled her and her team to understand the problems and provide specific solutions by seeking partnerships with various sectors.

Appointed as chair of the Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council, Robredo also personally inspected government housing projects, such as in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

Last month, with the support of Duterte, the Vice President met with officials of other government agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Commission on Audit to address the slow-paced implementation of the housing projects.

She pledged to work on hastening the processing of papers for government housing projects.

As she tries to redefine the functions of her office, Robredo underscored the complexity of the issue of poverty and the need to address it on different fronts.

Over 26 million Filipinos are poor, with another 12 million experiencing extreme hunger, Robredo said, citing latest reports.

“But going by mere numbers puts us at risk of forgetting the ordinary Filipino who suffers from the brutal injustice of poverty. Statistics can unwittingly erase the face of the poor Filipino and render them invisible,” Robredo said.

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French paper calls Duterte ‘serial killer’ Published October 9, 2016 6:07pm Updated October 9, 2016 6:26pm A French newspaper has tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as a "serial killer" as hundreds of drug suspects have been killed in his war against drugs.

The four-page article, with a banner headline "Rodrigo Duterte, the serial killer president," mentioned the Davao Death Squad, which allegedly helped Duterte rid Davao City of rebels.

The article also quoted unnamed sources as saying that Duterte is also labeled locally as the "Little king of the poor."

The French paper's article came amid Duterte's continued tirades against the United States, European Union and the United Nations.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the French paper's "serial killer" tag was irresponsible.

"The comment is irresponsible and shows a lack of understanding of local conditions," Abella said.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, meanwhile, declined to comment on the French paper's article.

He said he has not read the article.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported last October 6 that a total of 1,390 drug suspects have been killed in police operations since Duterte launched the war on drugs last July 1.

It also reported that a totla of 22,971 drug suspects have been arrested and 734,231 confessed pushers and users have surrendered.

In an earlier report, the PNP said a total of 1,745 killings suspected of being carried out by vigilantes have been recorded from July 1 to September 29.

Police death squads?

Last October 4, The Guardian published an article where an unidentified policeman claimed he was part of a death squad formed to hunt down and kill drug personalities.

The article was titled "Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings."

In the article, the policeman claimed he is part of one of 10 police death squads.

The article said each special operations team has 16 members.

In a recenty interview, PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa denied the existence of the alleged police death squad.

"For the record, I vehemently deny such information of a hit squad. Kailangan pa ba natin mag-hit squad na puwede mo namang gamitin ang regular performance duties ng isang ordinarsyong pulis para diyan sa drugs," Dela Rosa said.

He said that the alleged policeman in the story may be involved in drugs.

"I don't think a senior official in his right mind will accuse his organization of forming such illegal groups," he added.

Dela Rosa also said that the alleged policeman's story could be a "hoax."? —ALG, GMA News

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Avatar Joe DeVoe • 6 hours ago Du30 is a cereal killer - his favorite victims are Froot Loops (De Lima) and Raisin Brains (addicts).... He goes after Leprechauns (Pushers) peddling pink hearts, yellow moons (hates anything associated with this color), green clovers, blue diamonds, and crystal rocks (meth) - hiding their pot of gold somewhere over the rainbow.... These Leprechauns are pushing their Lucky Charms, but he'll soon catch up to them.... And now, he hates French Fries, it reminds him of lsd users (who fry their brains)... 4 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar batangpasIit Joe DeVoe • an hour ago CEREAL killer? Duterte doesn't eat cereal for breakfast. It's SERIAL. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar cyjeren Joe DeVoe • 2 hours ago super geil! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Juan Joe DeVoe • 4 hours ago Haha • Reply•Share ›

Avatar shaddows • 4 hours ago ahahaha coming from a country that once executed their monarchs by beheading in public, and issuing "reign of terror " against those of their provisional government. Unahin nyo muna yung mga terroristang bumibira sa bansa ninyo, at mga kawawang refugees na gustong pumasok ha?! Gusto lang maging sensational ang diyaryo nila, pwe 3 • Reply•Share › Avatar Dating Pinoy shaddows • an hour ago that was during the dark age. It is shameful in the modern time what the Philippine president doing. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar cyjeren shaddows • 2 hours ago yung nuclear waste nila dito sa europe tinatapon sa pobre na eastern europe, france you are the one who is a criminal, and your farmed salmon in norway the most toxic food in the world. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Bituin Escalera • 6 hours ago Wala akong paki what the French paper thinks. 2 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar sexedtooearly • 2 hours ago Of course they will call him anything after he cursed EU. EU is using this newspaper for their propaganda. Last week I was asked by my foreigner colleague about what's happening in the philippines. I told him, this president is the most misunderstood president but also told him, he is the most sincere in solving problems of this country. If I may suggest something to DU30, he just need to communicate very clearly all his plans as these misunderstandings are being used against him not only domestically but internationally. 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Dagr2013 • 2 hours ago Another case of an ignorant and arrogant foreign media organization that most likely interviewed only De Lima and Gascon. Keep them coming. THE F#CK WE CARE!!! 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar cyjeren Dagr2013 • 2 hours ago nag lechon ngayon si trillanes at delima, karaoke at my pa elbow to elbow pa. grabe ka delima, hindi kana nahihiya, anu ba talaga ang agenda mo! hindi ka ba aware na ang daming tao na galit sa yo? you are proud pa at the hearing. 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Juan • 4 hours ago Di kaya ng opposition at home, they find allies outside the country. Lalo lang nila sinira reputation ng bansa by being snitches na wala na mas bababa pa. Mga daga who lives in dirty sewers 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar John Edwin Juan • 3 hours ago kailangan muna ng loperamide 20 mg yong bunganga ni Digong • Reply•Share ›

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Avatar John Edwin Juan • 3 hours ago Bakit may reply button. Kailangan mo rin ba ng loperamide. Diatabs pwedi na sa bunganga mo. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Juan John Edwin • 3 hours ago Eto na mga reader ng pdi. Congrats for becoming a low class tabloid • Reply•Share ›

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Avatar Mario Agila • an hour ago Duterte's response: Put.....ina nyo you can go to hell mga U...l palibhasa mga Addict kayo FU !!! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar tommy • an hour ago Duterte is a See-Real-Killer because when he sees a killer, he hires him/her to serve in his staff. Vive La France!!! Je suis d'accord avec votre journal • Reply•Share ›

Avatar batangpasIit • an hour ago First it was Australia due to the Aussie woman raped, then the US, then UN, EU, Germany and now France. It won't be long all countries in the world would dislike Duterte perhaps except China, Russia, and some Asian neighbors. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Joseph El Dorado • an hour ago Hindi pwede yan.murahin na yan mga French na yan.mas mabuti pa pag gerahin ang france.ipadala na ang atin armed forces.gera na!! • Reply•Share ›

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Avatar unang hakbang • 3 hours ago Wow sikat na sikat na president natin....the best president the philipines ever had...serial killer nga lang.... • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Yellowtard • 3 hours ago May nabayaran na naman ang mga yellowtarded sa France....👊 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar victor arches • 4 hours ago Nanggaling Purgatoryo itong dyaryong ito – ni hindi man lang nag imbestiga – nakinig lang sa mga Dilawan, kay DeLib0G, Bakl@ Gascon na mga galing Impyerno. Pa ulit-ulit silang pinagbababaril ng taga-ISIS na hindi nila masugpo, kaya linilihis nila ang balita sa’tin. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar John Edwin victor arches • 3 hours ago Nakinig din sa parang s u p o t na bunganga ni Digong. Kaya sumulat at sumiwalat yong writer. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar victor arches John Edwin • 2 hours ago Ang babaw mo. 1 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Idol • 5 hours ago All the small time & nameless tabloids around the globe are dipping into President Duterte's unquestionable distinction for them to get their share and be noticed by the reading public. For sure, supporters of President Duterte will not let that article die unnoticed. As a result, instant fame for the French nameless tabloid. Pathétiquement incompétent!

TO SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT DUTERTE; Wag ng patulan ang nameless french tabloid na yan, baka sumikat lang at our expense! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar cyjeren Idol • 2 hours ago korek! yung france ang serial killer yung nuclear waste nila dito tinatapon sa pobre na eastern europe at saka yung farmed salmon nila sa norway, the most toxic food in the world. 1 • Reply•Share ›


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US to provide $180-M aid to Philippines next year By Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington bureau (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 8, 2016 - 12:00am 66 507 googleplus0 0


The United States is committed to providing $180 million in assistance to the Philippines in fiscal year 2017 and routinely vetting the military to ensure security units that violate human rights do not get any aid, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. AP/Susan Walsh

WASHINGTON – The United States is committed to providing $180 million in assistance to the Philippines in fiscal year 2017 and routinely vetting the military to ensure security units that violate human rights do not get any aid, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

Fiscal year 2017 is from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.

President Duterte, in yet another jab at the US, dared it to end its assistance if it continues to criticize extrajudicial killings in his war against illegal drugs.

Duterte’s rhetoric is at odds with the very close relationship between the two countries, Kirby said.

“We continue to focus on our broad relationship with the Philippines and we’ll work together in the many areas of mutual interest,” he said.

He said Washington is focused on ensuring that assistance efforts truly benefit the people and are compliant with US laws and regulations.

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To ensure assistance earmarked for law enforcement is not used in extrajudicial killings, the US government routinely and regularly vet security forces through a process known as “Leahy vetting,” Kirby said.

Under a US human rights law named after its principal sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Washington utilizes the International Vetting and Security Tracking (INVEST) system which tracks all units and individuals who are potential recipients of assistance.

“It’s a law we strongly believe in. And whether it’s in the Philippines or anywhere around the world, that review process is near continuous and it will remain so,” Kirby said.

Asked to comment on Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay’s statement that the United States has failed the Philippines, prompting Duterte to break the country’s “shackling dependency” on its long-time ally, Kirby said it was not useful to parse every bit of rhetoric that comes out of Manila.

“What I can tell you is that in practicality, as you and I talk today, that cooperation continues. Those government contacts continue. The military-to-military relationship remains strong,” Kirby said.

The US takes its treaty alliance with the Philippines seriously and “nothing that we’re seeing today tangibly would change our mind about that,” he added.

Duterte, well known for a ruthless stand against crime from his years as mayor of Davao City, won election in May on a promise to wipe out drugs and drug dealers.

Some 3,600 people have so far been killed in his anti-drugs drive and he has been enraged by questions about human rights, from the US and others, that the bloodshed has raised.

Duterte said on Thursday if the United States and European Union objected to his drug war and wished to withdraw aid, they should do so, and the Philippines would not beg.

US aid ‘not that much’

In Manila, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday US-Philippines ties are going through “bumps on the road” and the military could manage if the US were to withdraw aid.

The Philippines intended to buy arms from China and Russia and there had been no adverse reaction from within the military to Duterte’s vows to scale back defense ties with the US, he said.

Lorenzana’s remarks suggested he was following other top officials in Duterte’s administration in rallying behind the maverick president’s tough anti-US agenda after weeks of scrambling to manage the fallout from his outbursts and threats to downgrade the alliance.

Lorenzana had on Wednesday set a conciliatory tone, saying Duterte may have been misinformed when he said US-Philippine military exercises were of no benefit to his country.

But yesterday, Lorenzana said the value of US military aid to the Philippines was “not that much,” and the military could ask Congress to make up for a shortfall of some $50 million-$100 million a year in US military aid.

“We can live without (that),” Lorenzana told a foreign correspondents’ forum.

Lorenzana said he believed Duterte’s objective was to diversify the Philippines’ foreign ties and cut dependency on a former colonial ruler.

“The President is trying to develop a relationship with the US that is not too dependent on one country,” he said.

Duterte has caused a diplomatic storm by declaring that joint US-Philippines military exercises would cease, a defense agreement would be reviewed and, at an undisclosed time, he might “break up” with the US.

On Monday, Duterte said US President Barack Obama should “go to hell.”

Lorenzana said there had been no official directive to scrap a two-year-old Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. He said the uncertainty in the US-Philippines relationship was “just going through these bumps on the road.”

“Maybe we should re-assess (the relationship),” he said. “Are we benefiting, are we getting what we should be getting from the alliance? It is part of this growing up.”

He said Duterte was sensitive to concerns about his drug war and it was likely the President would dial down his rhetoric if questions from the West about human rights stopped.

Asked how changes in the security relationship could impact a strategic US “rebalance” to Asia, he said: “They are not lacking of any place to park their ships if they are no longer allowed to park their ships here.”

He said there may be some issues of compatibility with defense procurements from Russia and China, which were willing to sell to the Philippines.

A Philippine dispute with China over sovereignty in the South China Sea would not impede defense procurements, he said, adding there had been no discussion of the two countries working together militarily.

“All we are thinking now is buying equipment,” he said. “No talks yet about military alliance. Just simple transaction of buying equipment.”

Lorenzana’s show of accord with Duterte’s anti-US stand follows a similar tough line from Foreign Secretary Yasay, who said this week Duterte wanted to liberate the country from a “shackling dependency” on the US.

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US military pulls out equipment in Zambo By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am 2 13 googleplus0 0


The US military under the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) ended its mission last February 2015 and pulled out its troops who were deployed on rotation basis for 13 years, providing technical assistance and training to their Filipino counterparts. AP/Bullit Marquez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – US military units deployed here have begun pulling out some of their equipment, including transport vehicles.

The aviation security police confirmed the arrival of the US C-17 transport plane at the Zamboanga International Airport on Tuesday that picked up some service vehicles and equipment of the American troops.

Police Aviation Security Group chief Senior Insp. Roderick Salem said American security personnel have been securing the cargoes and service vehicles near the control tower and loaded it on the C-17 Globe Master which immediately flew out.

Salem said the US military coordinated the arrival of the transport plane with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). However, it did not specify the schedule for security reasons.

Officials from the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) declined to comment on the reported pullout of the equipment. The US embassy in Manila also did not issue a statement.

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The US military under the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) ended its mission last February 2015 and pulled out its troops who were deployed on rotation basis for 13 years, providing technical assistance and training to their Filipino counterparts.

However, the US military retained some of its personnel on liaison basis while leaving some service and equipment.

Earlier this month, President Duterte said he wants US military forces out of Mindanao and blamed America for inflaming local Muslim insurgencies in the region.

Duterte also said he would not allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal reached with the US military earlier this year.

Diplomatic style Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with the United States since he won the presidential election in May. He said he is charting a foreign policy not dependent on the US, and has taken steps to revive ties with China, which had been strained over longstanding territorial conflicts in the South China Sea.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez expressed support for Duterte’s independent foreign policy stance.

He said previous administrations had adhered to the policies of western countries, particularly the US and members of the European Union.

“And now for the first time, we are seeing that the President is pursuing our national interest. Maybe we are not just getting used to it,” Alvarez said.

He added the conduct of foreign policy is the prerogative of the President “and so the particular style of diplomacy of President Duterte should be respected.”

“Diplomacy is a matter of style of the leader. So the administration should follow his style of diplomacy,” he said.

Alvarez pointed out that countries that want to withhold or impose conditions on their aid to the Philippines as an offshoot of Duterte’s rhetoric and the administration’s bloody anti-drug campaign could do so.

He said it’s time “we assert our country’s sovereignty and avoid over-reliance on foreign aid.”

Alvarez expressed confidence that the government could still provide the necessary services to the people and pursue its development programs even with little or no foreign assistance. – With Jess Diaz


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EU ENVOY TO PHL - New language with many meanings marks Duterte’s 1st 100 days in office Published October 8, 2016 11:39am


European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's first 100 days in office may have been highlighted by an important breakthrough in the peace process with leftist rebels, but the period also saw a lot of changes in terms of "new language" with many meanings.

"One hundred days passed very fast, lots of changes, new policies, new language, and many interpretations of statements and developments," said Ambassador Franz Jessen in his open letter posted on the Facebook website of EU in the Philippines.

Through those 100 days, President Duterte had been cussing, swearing, hurling profanities at the EU, the United Nations, as well as US President Obama for their criticisms on the summary killings of some 3,000 people under an intensified drive against illegal drugs.

But in his assessment of Duterte's first 100 days, Jessen said "the ongoing peace process remains an area where President Duterte may have an early and very important breakthrough."

For the ongoing second round of peace talks in Oslo, Norway between the Philippine government and the Communist Party-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Jessen wished that an agreement would be reached.

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"We all hope that an agreement will soon be reached ... so that needed peace and stability in Mindanao can be used as a basis for further developments in Mindanao and the Philippines."

He assured the Filipinos that the EU-Philippines strong cooperation continues with the successful hosting of the first EU-Philippines Business Summit that gathered 300 businessmen.

Jessen said European business community remains keen on investing in the Philippines particularly in the area of energy.

Times have been rough for the EU and other multilateral organizations taking harsh blows from President's cursing, but Jessen said part of his task " is to understand changes, new ideas and views" of the Philippines as host country.

The EU envoy also enjoyed engaging Filipinos on the ground and narrated his first time eating "Balut" and learning Tagalog. — LBG, GMA News

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EU envoy hails Duterte’s peace process on admin’s first 100 days By: Estrella Torres / @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 08:01 PM October 07, 2016
 

EU ambassador Franz Jessen/Yuji Gonzales, INQUIRER.net

European Union ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said moving the peace process with leftist rebels has been an important breakthrough of President Duterte in his first 100 days.

Jessen, however, noted a lot of changes in terms of “new language” and many interpretations of statements.

President Duterte had been thrown into fits of cussing and swearing at the EU as well as United Nations and US President Obama for their criticisms on summary killings of drug addicts that have reached more than 3,000.

“One hundred days passed very fast, lots of changes, new policies, new language, and many interpretations of statements and developments,” said ambassador Jessen in his open letter posted on the Facebook website of EU in the Philippines.

In his assessment of Duterte’s first 100 days, Jessen said “the ongoing peace process remains an area where President Duterte may have an early and very important breakthrough.”

This week, he said talks between the Philippine government and rebels continue in Norway. “We all hope that an agreement will soon be reached between the different parties, so that needed peace and stability in Mindanao can be used as a basis for further developments in Mindanao and the Philippines.”

He said the EU-Philippines strong cooperation continues with the successful hosting of the first EU-Philippines Business Summit that gathered 300 businessmen.

Jessen said European businessmen remain keen on investing in the Philippines particularly in the area of energy.

Times have been rough for the EU and other multilateral organizations taking harsh blows from President’s cursing, but Jessen said part of his task “ is to understand changes, new ideas and views” of the Philippines as host country.

The EU envoy also enjoyed engaging Filipinos on the ground and narrated his first time eating “balut” and learning Tagalog.

Jessen said he achieved hands on learning on three things this week:” I found a street vendor who sold balut, and bought; I ordered a barong and I started Tagalog. Time will show how and if eating traditional Philippines dishes, wearing traditional Philippine clothes and speaking the national language will help my understanding of life in the Philippines.”


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‘Rhetoric encourages society of bullies’ By: Nikko Dizon / @nikkodizonINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:19 AM October 10, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File

The “brutish and macho” President Duterte has eroded the rhetoric of compassion in his singular focus of getting rid of the narcotics trade as a way to bring growth and development, according to a Filipino academician.

The Inquirer sought the opinion of Gene Segarra Navera, a Singapore-based rhetoric expert, on the President’s first 100 days in terms of language and messaging.

“Because he is the President, the way he communicates matters significantly. It invites a particular way of thinking,” Navera said.

“I’m afraid his rhetoric is the kind that encourages a society of bullies instead of a society that empathizes. Compassion has been lost all in the name of public safety, peace and order and security—terms that are easy to toss around and to use for a certain interested perspective, usually the perspective of a faction of the elite,” he added.

Mr. Duterte has shown his unorthodox and colorful way with words, winning the presidency with 16.6 million votes. Curiously, his constant cussing has both charmed and offended the public.

He has not let up on his verbal tirades against those he deemed enemies of the Philippines—US President Barack Obama, the European Union, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—for calling him out on the alleged human rights violations in the government’s war on illegal drugs.

He has challenged them to bring their development packages somewhere else because the Philippines is not a mendicant nation.

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Reckless statements

“He appears to be squandering his huge political capital by making reckless statements. There is no doubt that he has huge public support; people supportive of his administration seem to choose to overlook his brutish rhetoric. But as pointed out by a lot of people, his kind of rhetoric is only applicable to the election campaign season,” Navera said.

Navera said Mr. Duterte “appears to be operating in a binaristic framework,” which is “either you are for me or against me.”

“But that does not mean we ought to follow the same—whether we support or choose to be critical of his policies. The President is not infallible—his supporters should be reminded of that,” he said.

“Vilifying Mr. Duterte is not going to fly as it would only result in the same binaristic thinking that we ought to resist,” Navera said.

“People will eventually get tired of listening” to the President if he continues to be “reckless and brutish in his statements,” he added.

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Much to be done for Mindanao October 10, 2016

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said there is much to be done for Mindanao for it to keep pace with the economic growth of the entire country.

Zobel, in his speech at the 2016 Eisenhower Day at the Ayala Museum on Friday, said the gross domestic product of Metro Manila remains big while that of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) remains the lowest.

Citing statistics, Zobel said the human development index places Metro Manila at par with that of Thailand but ARMM is like Nigeria.

“That is how much that needs to be done to uplift ARMM,” said Zobel, honorary chair of the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines.

Zobel noted the need to have a framework for Mindanao for it to move forward, citing the importance of ARMM “for the future of our country.”

MujivHataman, ARMM governor, in the same event said the region is still the poorest at 53.4 percent in the first semester of 2015.

Hataman proposed focused interventions to the poorest of the poor families in ARMM by providing the basic of the basic family requirements such as food, shelter, light and water.

For the long term, Hataman said ARMM needs toenhance the productivity of the rural sector to increase agricultural production through micro and Islamic financing.

Local and regional governments should work on providing a conducive environment for industry development and strengthening the services sector, he added.


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Peace panel sees signing of new pact BY NEIL ALCOBER, TMT ON OCTOBER 8, 2016 NATION


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Government peace negotiators on Saturday reiterated their commitment to work closely with their counterparts from the National Democratic Front (NDF) for the speedy resolution of issues related to the crafting of a Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (Caser).

“We in the GRP remain committed to our goal of signing Caser within one year of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term of office. We are optimistic that our counterparts from the NDF share the same goal,” Hernani Braganza, supervising panel member for Caser, said.

“In fact, our Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) on Caser is prepared to wrap up work with the NDF within the six-month timeline agreed upon in Oslo last August,” Braganza added.

During the resumption of formal peace negotiations in Oslo in August, the negotiating panels from the Philippine government and NDF signed an agreement binding their RWCs on Caser to “endeavor to complete work within a period of six months.”

The RWCs on Caser met again Saturday in Asker, Norway, to begin harmonizing their framework and outline for future discussions on socio-economic reforms.

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The discussion hit an early snag, however, after the NDF refused to include in the outline nine major outcomes that the Philippine government wanted spelled out in the Caser.

These are poverty eradication, environment and climate justice, globally competitive economy, adequate and quality social services, reduced inequalities, peaceful rural communities, food security, living incomes, and gender equality and representation.

“We want the outcomes spelled out in Caser because we do not want to limit the discussions only on the root causes of poverty. We also want exhaustive discussions on how we, the Philippine government and the NDF, can agree on a shared view of the future for the Philippines,” Braganza said.

“The outcomes we spelled out, hopefully, will not only address the root causes of armed conflict. They should bring a better future for every Filipino. After all, this is what Caser is all about,” he added.

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‘NDF demand to release political prisoners up to Rody’ By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 10, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


At the start of Philippine peace negotiations hosted by Norway government, Monday Aug. 22, 2016, in Oslo, Norway, with Jose Maria Sison of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, left, and Philippine peace minister Jesus Dureza, as government officials and rebels participate in the peace negotiations. Berit Roald / NTB scanpix via AP

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte has the final say on whether government would agree to the demand of the communists to release all political prisoners as part of confidence-building measures in the ongoing peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway.

Government panel member Angela Librado-Trinidad said they have submitted a draft amnesty proclamation to the Office of the President a week before leaving for the second round of peace talks.

Trinidad said the matter is consistent with the panel’s commitment to immediately recommend to the President a draft amnesty proclamation covering personalities listed by the National Democratic Front (NDF).

“We have in our possession a stamped receipt of our endorsement letter together with the draft proclamation. It was received by the Office of the Executive Secretary,” Librado said.

Covered by the draft proclamation are 434 detained leaders and alleged members of the NDF, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA).

The NDF is representing the CPP-NPA in the peace talks with the Philippine government in Norway.

The NDF earlier included in the list 81 detained rebels to be released on humanitarian grounds.

The draft proclamation will also include NDF consultants already released on bail and now participating in the peace negotiations.

NDF chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili stressed the release of political prisoners is a matter of justice – an important issue in the ongoing talks.

“The NDFP stands firm in calling for the release through amnesty of the 432 political prisoners not only as a matter of justice but also in basic compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” Agcaoili said.

“Their release will undoubtedly serve as an incentive in accelerating the peace negotiations and in forging a more stable ceasefire agreement. I hope we can resolve these crucial issues so that we can move forward,” he stressed.

During the opening session of the second round of talks in Oslo, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said they understand the concerns raised by the NDF panel over the continued detention of their members.


DUREZA

Dureza, however, explained the amnesty has to go through the process, which includes review of the draft proclamation and concurrence of Congress after the President signs the proclamation.

Government panel chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III said the release of detained rebels would just be a matter of time.

“I see no reason why we cannot do it the way we are accelerating the peace process,” he added.

The draft proclamation under review covers only the updated list of detained rebels submitted on Sept. 15 by Agcaoili.

The NDF said the peace negotiations in Oslo were an “initial success” even as it criticized government panel member Hernani Braganza for making a “foul and erroneous” report.

Alan Jazmines, vice chairman of the NDF’s Reciprocal Working Committee on Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (RWC-CASER) faulted Braganza for saying the NDF had “refused to include” nine major points or “outcomes” up for agreement in the peace talks. Jazmines said Braganza had stated the other day that the talks hit a snag because of the issues.

NDF RWC-CASER chair Julie de Lima said, however, that nine items were mere enumerations actually lifted from the NDF’s lengthy draft proposals amid the government’s alleged lack of elaborations “to explain the content and expectations of those nine outcomes.”

“After a couple more of editing sessions, the two negotiating panels on CASER agreed to a final outline on a comprehensive CASER proposal,” Jazmines said.

Still in combat mode In a related development, a spokesman for the NPA claimed the military is still in combat mode despite the prevailing ceasefire between the government and the communist rebels.

NPA spokesman Jorge Madlos admitted, however ,that the ceasefire has been holding.

“All NPA units have strictly abided by the ceasefire declaration. Aside from maintaining defensive posture, NPA units are conducting counter-maneuvers to avoid armed skirmishes with the AFP,” Madlos said, referring to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Not a few NPA units are having difficulty holding back offensives amid threats from the AFP in its counter-insurgency intelligence operations, Madlos said.

From North Luzon to Southern Mindanao, Madlos claimed, there were reports that military units are telling civilians that the ceasefire is no longer in effect to justify their operations and presence in their communities.

The NPA’s Agustin Begnalen Command based in Abra said the Army’s 24th Infantry Battalion have been telling civilians in Sallapadan town that the ceasefire has ended.

Madlos said the AFP has yet to observe the advice of President Duterte to be friendly with the NPA.

However, Madlos claimed the AFP continues to conduct hostile operations against the NPA, “even the drug campaign is being used by the AFP to conduct anti-NPA operations.”

Madlos is calling on the President “to tame” the AFP to end all counter-insurgency operations in the rural areas. – With Ding Cervantes, Artemio Dumlao, Jose Rodel Clapano


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China allows PH banana, pineapple exports ahead of Duterte visit ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 08 2016 04:16 PM



MANILA - China has lifted restrictions on banana and pineapple exports from the Philippines ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Beijing later this month, the Filipino agriculture minister said.

Aside from the two fruits, which are major products of Duterte's home region of Mindanao, China will also be "opening up its market" to Philippine mangoes, coconut and dragon fruit as well as lapu-lapu (grouper), crabs, shrimps, prawns, tuna and bangus (milk fish), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday.

"Two weeks before President Rody Duterte's State Visit, the Chinese government has announced that it will lift the suspension imposed earlier on Filipino companies exporting bananas and pineapple to the country," Piñol said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

China also "indicated that it would also increase the volume" of Philippine banana and pineapple exports, Piñol said.

China's Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, also told Filipino officials that Philippine produce would be sold in major Chinese cities, Piñol said.

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China has imposed tighter quarantines on Philippine bananas since a tense naval standoff at the Scarborough Shoal in 2012. Thousands of tons of the fruit were impounded and eventually destroyed in Chinese ports.

China is one of the biggest markets for Philippine bananas. In 2011, before the Scarborough standoff, it imported 300,000 bananas worth $60 million, according to data from the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Piñol said the "suspension" was lifted for the following companies: Sumifru, Banana Brothers, Inc., Evita Banana Trading Company, Inc., Nader and Ibrahim S/O Hassan Phils., Inc., Tagum Agricultural Development Trade Co., Inc., TVEM Links International Co., Stanfilco Division of DOLE Philippines, Inc., Phil pack, Continental Farm Corp., and Lapanday Diversified Products Corp.

Duterte's visit to China is seen as an attempt to reboot ties that have been strained by territorial wrangling in the resource-rich South China Sea. A United Nations-backed court in July ruled in favor of Manila and said that Beijing had no historic rights to the disputed waters.

The visit will also come as Duterte seeks to reassess the Philippines long-standing alliance with the United States while building ties with Washington's rivals, Beijing and Moscow.

Duterte this week said US President Barack Obama could "go to hell" for Washington's criticism of his bloody war on drugs while Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said the US "has failed" its treaty ally, the Philippines.

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Duterte to establish better relations with China, Japan By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


In his visit to Beijing, President Duterte said he is hoping that the Chinese government would finally allow Filipino fishermen to go back to its traditional fishing grounds, particularly the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal near Zambales. CSIS/AMTI

MANILA, Philippines - After dishing out insulting remarks against the leaders of the United States, European Union and the United Nations, President Duterte is optimistic about establishing better relations with China and Japan during his working visits to those countries this month.

In his visit to Beijing, Duterte said he is hoping that the Chinese government would finally allow Filipino fishermen to go back to its traditional fishing grounds, particularly the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal near Zambales.

Sources revealed that Duterte is campaigning around the region to have a united Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the country is set to host the summit next year in Manila.

Following the nomination of former ABC News Beijing Bureau Chito Sto. Romana as ambassador to China, Duterte said he hopes Beijing will ease restrictions on the quality of bananas being exported by the Philippines to China.

“But I hope to report to you good news when I shall have visited Japan and China. I’m quite positive about China, okay lang. We will have the Filipinos’ traditional fishing grounds. I think they will ease up with the quality control for the banana and so many other things,” he said.


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