PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE: Since 1997 © Copyright (PHNO) http://newsflash.org



HEADLINES NEWS THIS PAST WEEK...
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

DUTERTE: LEILA OPENED DOORS FOR PHL TO BECOME NARCO STATE
[RELATED: De La Rosa - Drug war success: Shabu prices up; supply lowered by 80%]

[RELATED(2):
Name calling time: Trillanes calls Duterte ‘mass murderer’]


OCTOBER 8 -“The portals of the national government have been opened to narco-politics by the election of Leila De Lima. Until now she plays coy, she does not want to admit her immorality,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a gathering of banana growers at the SM Convention Center in Davao City. PPD | AP, file The election of former justice secretary Leila de Lima as senator has opened the doors for government to be turned into a narco state, President Duterte said last night. “The portals of the national government have been opened to narco-politics by the election of De Lima. Until now she plays coy, she does not want to admit her immorality,” Duterte told a gathering of banana growers at the SM Convention Center in Davao City. The President hit De Lima anew a day after her former security aide testified at the House of Representatives and went into detail about the senator’s supposed relationship with her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. According to Duterte, De Lima miscalculated everything. “She thought it will never come out, openly creating something like this even carrying on an affair… even in full view,” Duterte said, referring to the purported sex video of De Lima and Dayan. “She does not want to admit her immorality when as a matter of fact Dayan, and her craving for sex made it possible for her to be corrupt,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, De La Rosa - Drug war success: Shabu prices up; supply lowered by 80%... RELATED(2), Name calling time: Trillanes calls Duterte ‘mass murderer’ ...

ALSO: A look at the 1st 100 days of Duterte’s phenomenal rule
[RELATED: Narco fight now enters third phase with P1.45b for Nat'l Rehab Program, China has offered to help]


OCTOBER 8 -In this Tuesday Oct.4, 2016 photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses army troopers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, President Duterte has stirred a hornet's nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country's 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia. AP Photo
In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stirred a hornet’s nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country’s 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia. A look at the highlights of the first 100 days of Duterte’s phenomenal presidency. ANTI-DRUG WAR Duterte’s obsessive focus on his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, a hallmark of his three-decade political career, has single-handedly defined his early days in the presidency. It has become his boon and bane and earned widespread condemnations when he compared it to the Holocaust under Hitler. A rough estimate puts the death toll at about 3,600, including more than 1,300 suspects killed in gunbattles with police — an average of 36 killings a day since he took office on June 30. READ MORE...RELATED,
Narco fight now enters third phase with P1.45b for Nat'l Rehab Program, China has offere to help...

ALSO: Leila’s drug case ‘the trial of the century’ - DOJ
[RELATED: Leila vows to fight, die for ‘innocence’]
[RELATED(2): SHOCK
(THE SENATE PROBE VS KILLINGS FROM CHAIR DE LIMA TO GORDON)
[RELATED(3): Trillanes, Gordon fix spat - No more word war/Senator Antonio Trillanes IV visits Senator Richard Gordon and the two settle their differences]


OCTOBER 8 -A trial of the century.This was how Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday described the case being built up against Sen. Leila de Lima, along with possibly several others on the alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade of convicted drug lords, with the transactions involved may even amount to P15 billion. “The way I see it, this will be the trial of the century,” Aguirre said, as he emerged from the hearing of the proposed 2017 budget of the DoJ at the Senate. He added that when he files a case, “I want it to be airtight. There is still much to do. To this day, the AMLC (Anti-Money Laudering Council) has not replied to ourrequest. That is the important factor, to get this from the AMLC, to find out where the money goes that amounts to some P15 billion that was taken from drug money,” he said. In the case build up, Aguirre said they will spare no one as the matter is not only concentrated on the senator, his predecessor who is alleged alleged, based on the testimonies of witnesses gathered so far, had been on the take from convicted drug lords detained at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City in tens of millions of pesos. He said the DoJ will get there. “It will not only be Senator de Lima who will be charged. Included will be all of those who are probably guilty,” Aguirre stressed.READ MORE... RELATED, Leila vows to fight, die for ‘innocence’...RELATED(2)
SHOCK (INQUIRER COMMENTARY)  RELATED(3) Trillanes, Gordon fix spat: No more word war: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV visits Senator Richard Gordon and the two settle their differences ...WATCH VIDEOS OF SENATE PROBE....

ALSO: Ex-PDEA official questions Aquino on ‘narco-politics’ during his admin
[ALSO FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino?]


OCTOBER 8-MILITARY intelligence operative Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is taking former President Benigno Aquino 3rd to task over what he knew about the extent of “narco-politics” in the country during his administration. Marcelino has executed an affidavit on his knowledge of the illegal drug trade as a former official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), but was barred from speaking before the House justice committee on Thursday, with lawmakers claiming his testimony was not relevant to the inquiry. What the lawmakers didn’t hear was Marcelino’s account of his discovery and dismantling of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Camiling, Tarlac in 2014, which he claims was the largest ever dismantled, with P3 billion in equipment and drugs seized. In his six-page sworn affidavit dated September 25, a copy of which was obtained by The Manila Times, Marcelino wondered whether Aquino knew of the shabu laboratory in Tarlac, the former president’s home province. He also pointed out that former PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac had served as Tarlac provincial police director. READ MORE... ALSO FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino?...

ALSO: Leftists point at ‘hits, misses’ of Duterte gov’t 100 days
[RELATED: Minority solons criticize Duterte in first 100 days]


OCTOBER 9 -IN THIS JUNE 30, 2016 PHOTO Pres. Duterte meets w/ multi-sectoral groups at the Osmeña Room of the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang | @RTVMalacanang - For the first time in over a decade, militant groups set foot in Malacanang, a feat that would have been unimaginable in previous administrations. On Thursday, members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) entered the Malacañang Palace to have a dialogue with the new president. "Today, leaders of Bayan met with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Osmena Room in Malacanang to congratulate him on his inauguration and to submit to him the People's Agenda for Change which was drafted by the National People's Summit," Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. wrote on Facebook. ABS-CBN REPORT More conflicts will try to prevent the Duterte administration from being progressive, militant groups who trooped to Mendiola yesterday to mark the President’s 100th day in Malacanang, said. Left-wing organizations led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) marched to the historic Mendiola Bridge in Manila and pointed at the “hits and misses” of the regime they consider an “ally.” “President Duterte has made some significant pronouncements and actions that are greatly appreciated by the people’s movement,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said. “But we are conscious of the fact that there will be struggles ahead as forces of the status quo continue to resist the growing demands for change,” he added. According to Reyes, Duterte could likely be pressured by old school bureaucrats to turn his back on the political and economic thrust he’s beenmouthing in the last 100 days. READ MORE...RELATED, Minority solons criticize Duterte in first 100 days...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Leila opened doors for Philippines to become narco state – Rody


“The portals of the national government have been opened to narco-politics by the election of Leila De Lima. Until now she plays coy, she does not want to admit her immorality,” President Rodrigo Duterte told a gathering of banana growers at the SM Convention Center in Davao City. PPD | AP, file

MANILA, OCTOBER 10, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Christina Mendez October 8, 2016 - The election of former justice secretary Leila de Lima as senator has opened the doors for government to be turned into a narco state, President Duterte said last night.

“The portals of the national government have been opened to narco-politics by the election of De Lima. Until now she plays coy, she does not want to admit her immorality,” Duterte told a gathering of banana growers at the SM Convention Center in Davao City.

The President hit De Lima anew a day after her former security aide testified at the House of Representatives and went into detail about the senator’s supposed relationship with her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

According to Duterte, De Lima miscalculated everything.

“She thought it will never come out, openly creating something like this even carrying on an affair… even in full view,” Duterte said, referring to the purported sex video of De Lima and Dayan.

“She does not want to admit her immorality when as a matter of fact Dayan, and her craving for sex made it possible for her to be corrupt,” he said.

READ MORE...

Duterte has accused De Lima of involvement in illegal drugs.

Lawmakers are looking into the involvement of De Lima in the illegal drug trade in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).

She has become the subject of investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the House of Representatives, which could lead to the filing of criminal charges.

De Lima said all of these efforts are being done with the view of removing her from office, all because she questioned the manner in which the Duterte administration is implementing its war against illegal drugs.

P1.5 M IN CASH IN A SHOEBOX


DURANO: Senator Leila de Lima on Friday said the convicted police officer [ENGELBERTO DURANO] who testified on her alleged links to the prison drug trade is a relative of President Rodrigo Duterte. “Meron akong natanggap na impormasyon kanina na ‘yang Durano na yan – I think he’s no longer in the active service – pero pulis siya. Napaka-corrupt daw ng pulis na ‘yan, taga Danao City and relative daw ‘yan ng Pangulong Duterte,” De Lima said in a chance interview with reporters.FROM GMA NEWS

In last Thursday’s hearing at the House, a former policeman, Engelberto Durano, testified that he personally handed over to De Lima a shoebox containing P1.5 million in cash.

De Lima denied the claims. “Who is that Durano? First of all I don’t know him. I have not met him. So that is a lie. I never accepted anything, especially from the so-called drug money. I have never been involved in any kind of acts of corruption.”

De Lima said she had information that Durano was dismissed from the service for corruption. “He is from Davao City and is said to be a relative of President Duterte,” she added.

De Lima yesterday had the opportunity to face her detractors during the budget hearing at the Senate.

PAO LAWYERS

De Lima questioned the presence of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta and her lawyers at the hearings of the House of Representatives.

She confronted Acosta during the Senate committee on finance’s hearing on the proposed P15.017-billion budget of the Department of Justice for 2017.

De Lima aired her concern that the PAO was not performing its mandate by appearing before the congressional hearing and even representing some inmates testifying before the House.

In her initial questions, De Lima asked Acosta if the PAO has enough public lawyers to handle all the cases brought before its office.

Acosta said the PAO clearly does not have enough lawyers, considering that it caters to around seven million indigent individuals around the country.

De Lima, a former justice secretary, pointed out the PAO’s mandate is to represent indigents who do not have the means to hire their own lawyers.

“I’m wondering how is the mandate of your office being fulfilled by your appearance in the ongoing House hearings?” De Lima asked Acosta.

The hearings of the House justice committee were intended to look into the illegal drug operations in the NBP, but have been centered on the alleged involvement of De Lima and even her romantic relationships.

Acosta said she was invited to the hearing as a resource person and was required to provide several documents executed under the mandate of the PAO.

Acosta initially said the two PAO lawyers who were at the hearings with her were not representing anyone in particular but were there to administer the oaths of some witnesses.

She said the public attorneys are tapped during congressional hearings so that legal counsels could be made available to witnesses if needed.

Acosta admitted the two lawyers were representing two inmates who testified.

De Lima then asked Acosta if the two inmates passed the indigence test of the PAO.

“Those two were prisoners so they are not employed. The indigency (sic) test is based on net income. If you are a prisoner you can be assisted by a PAO lawyer,” Acosta said.

De Lima said some of the inmates presented as witnesses before the House hearings were convicted drug lords and their status as indigents is questionable.

------------------------

RELATED FROM PHILSTAR

Drug war success: Shabu prices up By Jaime Laude and Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


“During the first 100 days in office of President Duterte, I can say we are winning the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said in a television interview. The PNP chief said the supply of shabu in the market has been reduced by 70 to 80 percent and the price of shabu sold by street level pushers continued to rise. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration is winning the war on drugs as evidenced by the price of shabu having gone up from P3,000 to P25,000 per gram due to scarcity of supply, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Friday.

Dela Rosa said the supply and demand for shabu have a direct effect on its price.

“During the first 100 days in office of President Duterte, I can say we are winning the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said in a television interview.

The PNP chief said the supply of shabu in the market has been reduced by 70 to 80 percent and the price of shabu sold by street level pushers continued to rise.

In the past, authorities said a kilo of shabu cost P5 million. But based on Dela Rosa’s assessment, a kilo of shabu is currently valued at P25 million.

He said 1,523 drug personalities have been killed in legitimate police operations since the PNP launched Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel in July.

He said the anti-drug campaign also resulted in the surrender of 732,000 people and arrest of 22,000 others.

Dela Rosa admitted that the PNP is investigating 2,000 deaths of suspected drug users and pushers.

Of this number, he said the PNP has so far investigated 500 cases, solved 200 deaths while 300 cases have been filed against suspects who remain at-large.

Various groups have criticized the government as bodies of drug suspects continued to pile up in the streets.

Dela Rosa, however, said he is opposed to vigilante killings of drug personalities.

Dela Rosa described the government’s drug war as challenging as he appealed for sustained public support for police to knock out the menace.

“It’s challenging. We need the support of the public in the campaign against illegal drugs. We cannot succeed without your help,” he said.

He said the drug war would continue until all barangays in the country are drug-free and government officials on drug watchlists are punished.

With the active participation of the citizenry, Dela Rosa expressed confidence that the PNP would be able to knock out the drug menace in one year.

Extrajudicial killings

Former National Security adviser Jose Almonte has cautioned the Duterte administration from creating conditions where justice would be defined by vengeance amid the bloody campaign against illegal drugs.

Almonte said the government’s drug war should shift to education and rehabilitation phase.

He said the President should gather public support, especially from those “who expressed misgivings and opposition to the government’s anti-drug thrust both here and abroad.”

“The Duterte government has been in office for only three months but has been getting criticism because of extrajudicial killings,” Almonte said during a roundtable discussion on identifying the national interests of the Philippines at Malacañang on Wednesday.

“Beyond the legitimate concerns about extrajudicial killings, the Duterte government has initiated a radical national reform program. If it turns out successful, it will make the nation great,” he added.

Almonte said if the President’s malasakit at pagbabago (concern and change) approach to governance would triumph, it would “lay the foundation for the formation of a new Filipino personality and identity and build a strong and respected nation.”

“This will be the foundation of our internal strength – the bedrock of an independent foreign policy, which is neither for nor against anybody but equidistant to everyone,” Almonte pointed out.

He advised the Duterte administration to handle its campaign against illegal drugs carefully.

For his part, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian pushed for the creation of a task force to speed up the probe on extrajudicial killings.

Gatchalian, who spoke at the meeting of the Negros Association of Chief Executives in Bacolod City on Friday, admitted that the drug-related killings create a negative perception about the Philippines.

While the Duterte administration is winning in the campaign against crime and drugs, Gatchalian said an improved foreign policy is needed and action should be taken against extrajudicial killings. – With Giovanni Nilles, Gilbert Bayoran

----------------------

RELATED FROM MALAYA

Name calling time: Trillanes calls Duterte ‘mass murderer’ By JP LOPEZ September 27, 2016

SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday called President Duterte a “mass murderer” for his alleged “direct involvement” in the killing of some 1,000 persons in Davao City when he was city mayor through the use of supposed Davao death squad (DDS).

Trillanes, in a privilege speech, defended self-proclaimed member of DDS Edgardo Matobato who testified before the Senate committee on justice and human that Duterte was the mastermind of the killings of mostly petty criminals.

He moved that his speech be referred to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, so that it could investigate Duterte for being the “mastermind” of extrajudicial killings.

Several of his colleagues objected, with Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto III asking that the word “mass murderer” be removed from Senate record.

Blue Ribbon panel chair Sen. Richard Gordon said the word is too harsh and that it likened the Davao killings to the period of Adolf Hitler in Europe and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

IMPEACHMENT

Gordon and Sen. Miguel Zubiri also said only an impeachment court could investigate Duterte.

In the end, on Sotto’s motion, Trillanes’ speech was referred to the committee on rules.

Trillanes, aided by a PowerPoint presentation, presented documents that he said would corroborate Matobato’s testimony during a recent Senate inquiry, including Matobato’s ATM card, “job order” as auxiliary worker at the Davao City hall, and some news clippings and pictures of supposed victims of the DDS.

“Now that we have seen the different corroborating evidence on the testimony of Mr. Edgar Matobato, we are faced with a very frightening prospect – that of having a mass murderer as president of the country,” said Trillanes.

Matobato, in his second appearance before the Senate inquiry last week, was grilled by senators, some of whom found inconsistencies and contractions in his testimonies.

The next hearing of the justice committee into summary killings, initially set for Wednesday, was moved to next week.

Trillanes, in his privilege speech, said the public, even the senators, have long heard about Duterte’s alleged links to the DDS “but we were able to look the other way because it was convenient for us to do so.”

“All that has changed. We cannot look the other way anymore because now Matobato is staring us in the face. He has testified that President Duterte as mayor of Davao City was the mastermind behind the DDS which was responsible for the killing of more than a thousand persons from 1998 to 2013,” he said.

DAY 5 UNDER CHAIRMAN GORDON OCTOBER 3

 
https://youtu.be/G90X5h1LHto
 

GORDON SUSPENDS HEARING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 
https://youtu.be/8BMK2y11zHE


INQUIRER

A look at the 1st 100 days of Duterte’s phenomenal rule Associated Press / 03:14 PM October 08, 2016


In this Tuesday Oct.4, 2016 photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses army troopers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, President Duterte has stirred a hornet's nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead. In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country's 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia. AP Photo

In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stirred a hornet’s nest by picking a fight with Barack Obama, the United Nations, the European Union and others who have criticized his brutal crackdown against drugs that has left more than 3,600 suspects dead.

In another defining aspect of his unorthodox rule, the 71-year-old Duterte has pushed back his country’s 65-year treaty alliance with the United States while reaching out to China and Russia.

A look at the highlights of the first 100 days of Duterte’s phenomenal presidency.

ANTI-DRUG WAR

Duterte’s obsessive focus on his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, a hallmark of his three-decade political career, has single-handedly defined his early days in the presidency. It has become his boon and bane and earned widespread condemnations when he compared it to the Holocaust under Hitler. A rough estimate puts the death toll at about 3,600, including more than 1,300 suspects killed in gunbattles with police — an average of 36 killings a day since he took office on June 30.

READ MORE...

The scale of the crackdown has been unprecedented, with the police launching more than 23,500 raids so far and arresting 22,500 suspected drug dealers and addicts. More than 1.6 million houses of drug suspects have been visited by police to invite them to surrender and stop using drugs or disengage from the drug trade. About 732,000 addicts and dealers have surrendered, apparently for fear of being killed, overwhelming Duterte and the national police and prompting them to scramble for land and money to build rehabilitation centers.

Duterte’s public threats to kill criminals, especially drug dealers, have helped considerably reduce the crime rate, according to police. A poll by the independent Social Weather Stations last month showed 84 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with his war on drugs, but 94 percent felt it’s important for police to arrest suspects alive, underscoring public worry over the growing body count even in a crime- and insurgency-plagued country long accustomed to deadly violence.

READ: SWS: Duterte’s war on drugs earns ‘excellent’ rating

Western governments led by the U.S., the EU, the U.N. and human rights watchdogs are alarmed. Amnesty International says Duterte’s “first 100 days as president have been marked by state-sanctioned violence on a truly shocking scale.”

Uncertainty over the killings, Duterte’s SOB-laced verbal assaults on Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-moon and other critics, along with flip-flopping government pronouncements, have been partly blamed for foreign selling in the stock market and the peso’s plunge to a seven-year low.

FRAYING U.S. ALLIANCE

An emerging casualty under the Duterte presidency is the country’s 65-year treaty alliance with the United States, which has been a constant target of his foul tongue. He has had a falling out with President Barack Obama, who along with the State Department raised concerns over the widespread drug killings, earning Duterte’s wrath. In a speech this week, he told Obama “to go to hell.”

While critical of the U.S., Duterte has reached out to China and Russia.

READ: On his first 100 days, Duterte dares US: ‘Go ahead, oust me’

Labeling himself as leftist, Duterte wants U.S. counterterrorism forces to leave his country’s south, saying their presence was helping inflame restiveness among minority Muslims and they could be targeted by extremists. He ordered the military not to join the U.S. Navy in planned joint patrols in the disputed South China Sea and said that an ongoing combat drill by U.S. Marines and their local counterparts, one of 28 joint exercises by the allies each year, would be the last in his six years as president.

The U.S. has generally played down the effect of Duterte’s remarks and underscored the Filipinos’ long affinity with America, although Philippine officials have said that some of their U.S. counterparts have privately been concerned about where Washington’s alliance with the Philippines is headed.

Duterte’s moves to limit engagements with visiting American troops will impede Washington’s plans to expand the footprint of U.S. forces in Southeast Asia to serve as a counterweight to China, including in the South China Sea.

TAMING DECADESLONG REBELLIONS

Duterte’s effort to resume peace talks with communist insurgents who are waging one of Asia’s longest rebellions has led to cease-fire declarations by both sides. With a cease-fire accord forged with the largest Muslim rebel group under his predecessor, the easing of violence involving the communist insurgents has freed up thousands of troops who were redeployed to execute the president’s order to destroy the brutal Abu Sayyaf group, notorious for kidnapping and beheading Western tourists.

Duterte, however, walks a tightrope in handing concessions to the communists, including the release of long-detained insurgent leaders, without unsettling a military that’s in the front line of a bloody conflict that has left between 30,000 to 40,000 combatants and civilians dead in nearly half a century. The president has made whirlwind visits to at least 22 military and police camps to explain his counterinsurgency strategy, raffle off pistols and update them on a pledge to double their salaries and improve medical care for combat troops.

READ: EU envoy hails Duterte’s peace process on admin’s first 100 days

A Sept. 2 bomb attack that killed 15 people at a night market in his southern hometown of Davao prompted him to declare a “state of lawlessness” to empower the government to harness troops in countering militant threats in urban areas.

The attack was a reality check on the complexity of fighting the restiveness Duterte blames on atrocities against local Muslims by American colonial forces around the early 1900s.

-------------------------

RELATED FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Narco fight now enters third phase with P1.45b for Nat'l Rehab Program, China has offere to help posted October 09, 2016 at 12:01 am by F. Pearl A. Gajunera and John Paolo Bencito


Fort Ramon Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. (widipedia.org)

THE war against drugs will soon enter its third phase— that of rehabilitating arrested drug users – and only China has offered to help the government which on Saturday announced the allocation of more than P1.45 billion for its National Drug Rehabilitation Program.

Speaking before a conference of banana exporters in Davao City, Duterte lauded China for quietly helping the country without fanfare for itself nor loud criticism before the international community.

He said China is already about to complete a drug rehabilitation facility inside the military’s Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija that can house 1,400 drug addicts from the different parts of the country.

“China is about to complete it. No boasting, no news, no publicity. It’s about to be completed,” he said. “”Four million drug addicts are no joke. We are not a rich country. It is only China who has helped us.”

CHINESE PHILANTHROPIST

A Chinese philanthropist who has been donating funds for school buildings in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, donated the funds for the construction of the Nueva Ecija facility.

Experts have been concerned at what the government will do with arrested drug addicts and the police has encouraged local government units to invest in their own rehabilitation facilities.

Chief Superintendent Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, chief of the PNP’s directorate for operations, has encouraged local government units to build their own rehabilitation centers.

Cascolan said the number of addict surrenderers have decreased due to the lack of rehabilitation centers in the country.

“They [drug surrenderers] are confused on surrendering because we do not have enough rehab centers,” he said.

P1.45 Billion

But the government has allotted more than P1.45 billion to assist in the implementation of the National Drug Rehabilitation Program, to support the war on drugs, the Social Welfare Department said Saturday.

The proposed fund allocation, a total of P1,452,982,078.34 will be used in the creation of staff requirements of the DSWD Central Office, 18 Field Offices and 81 Social Welfare and Development Teams Offices, beginning October to December 2016 and January to December 2017.

Also included in the budget are fund for a Cash for Work (CFW) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to provide assistance to the recovering drug dependents along with other psychosocial programs of DSWD.

The program targets 376,916 estimated drug surrenderers for the months of October to December 2016 and another 41,708 estimated surrenderers from January to December next year.

Under the Phase III of the ‘war’ on drugs, the Health Department, along with the PDEA, PNP, BJMP, DILG and DDB will conduct screenings and referrals for appropriate services and provide needed support for those who will surrender and willing to rehabilitate.

The next stage of the drug rehab program will focus on a community-based and holistic recovery and rehabilitation program to make the community itself a “rehabilitation center” for the drug pusher, with the PNP, DSWD, Tesda, DILG and the DoH taking lead.

The last stage provides a wide array of after-care services to strengthen their rehabilitation and reintegration to the society.


TRIBUNE

Leila’s drug case ‘the trial of the century’ Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 08 October 2016 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 64 comments

A trial of the century.

This was how Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday described the case being built up against Sen. Leila de Lima, along with possibly several others on the alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade of convicted drug lords, with the transactions involved may even amount to P15 billion.

“The way I see it, this will be the trial of the century,” Aguirre said, as he emerged from the hearing of the proposed 2017 budget of the DoJ at the Senate.

He added that when he files a case, “I want it to be airtight. There is still much to do. To this day, the AMLC (Anti-Money Laudering Council) has not replied to ourrequest. That is the important factor, to get this from the AMLC, to find out where the money goes that amounts to some P15 billion that was taken from drug money,” he said.

In the case build up, Aguirre said they will spare no one as the matter is not only concentrated on the senator, his predecessor who is alleged alleged, based on the testimonies of witnesses gathered so far, had been on the take from convicted drug lords detained at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City in tens of millions of pesos. He said the DoJ will get there.

“It will not only be Senator de Lima who will be charged. Included will be all of those who are probably guilty,” Aguirre stressed.

READ MORE...

When asked by reporters if there case could eventually link former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Aguirre would not give any categorical answer, insinuating merely the information they have gathered from former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) intelligence officer Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino who was supposed to testify on why the planned drug raid on the NBP tagged as “Oplan Cronus” failed to push through in 2014.


MARCELINO

“What Marcelino said is that the biggest drug laboratory that was ordered closed in his (Marcelino’s) operations is located in Tarlac, the hometown of former President Noynoy Aquino and the director there is General (Arturo) Cacdac. Of ocurse he was in Oplan Cronus since he is a representative of PDEA. The representative of PAOC (Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission) was General (Reginald) Villasanta. For DILG, it was Philippine National Police deputy director Gen. Marcelo) Garbo. So you know that Garbo is in the drug matrix of President Duterte, OK?,” he merely said.

Aguirre, it can be recalled, was earlier quoted saying that another official of the previous administration, who is a “yellow member” was a beneficiary of the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary.

The color yellow is the political color highly associated with the former ruling party, the Liberal Party (LP) of Aquino and of which de Lima is currently a member.

Aguirre admitted that he has yet to have an air tight case against De Lima at this point as he is still collecting evidence such as bank records, accounts which could provide the link or trail on the illegal drugs trade implicating the senator.

“Just be patient. When we file, it will be an airtright case,” he said.

Asked if he has other pieces of evidence that are yet to be presented in public, the Cabinet official gave this answer: “definitely. Stringer evidence too.”

Leila’s ex-aide to testify in House probe

The DoJ will present on Monday de Lima’s former security aide who was asked to make deposits and withdrawals amounting to P300,000in a bank near the senator’s residence.

“I have a witness on Monday saying he was ordered by Senator de Lima to deposit and withdraw for her. You will see the withdrawals, they are not that big just P300,000,” Aguire said in an an interview.

The House committee on justice will resume on Monday its probe on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the NBP.

Aguirre said the witness was a member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who was detailed to de Lima, as justice chief.

He said the money was placed in envelopes, and that de Lima had an arrangement with the bank to just receive the deposits and make the withdrawals to her aide.


AGUIRRE

“As I said before, if you were de Lima, would you put that money in in the millions in your own name, especially when you know the money was ill gotten?”

While he is still on the process of verifying if the account was under de Lima’s name, Aguirre pointed out that the bank is located near the residence of the senator.

He said he is also yet to establish whether the said money were payoffs received from convicted drug lords inside the NBP.

Aguirre said among those who will testify in the lower house on Monday will attest to being a supposed dummy of de Lima and had been the one depositing and withdrawing large amounts of cash by the senator from a bank near her residence.

“There are still additional testimonies and evidence that will be tied to this case. This is what I do as a lawyer of the government,” he said.

Aguirre said convicted carnapper Jaybee Sebastian whom de Lima claimed is a government asset, will be among those lined up to testify in the lower house.

“Yes Jaybee Sebastian will be there on Monday,” he said.

At the said budget hearing at the Senate, de Lima questioned the presence of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta at the ongoing inquiry against her in the House of Representatives.

De Lima tried to extract an admission from Acosta on whether she was providing assistance to Aguirre or a resource person separate from the representation of the DoJ.

“You’re telling us that your presence there was specifically requested by (House) Speaker (Pantaleon Alvarez), in what capacity? Who are you supposed to represent in that particular proceedings? I just want to know,” de Lima said, explaining that based on the information that reached her, Acosta is alleged to have been interviewing and coaching the witnesses who testified in the lower house proceedings.

Acosta said the witnesses are being assisted by their respective private counsels and they do not represent anybody in the proceedings.

“The investigation is being conducted not by the PAO but by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). The role of the PAO is just to administer the oaths of the witnesses,” she added.

Yet there is at least one being assisted by PAO, Acosta admitted.

“I just want to understand the personality of the PAO in that particular hearing. So if you’re telling us that there are PAO lawyers assisting one or two of the witnesses, so are you telling us that those witnesses are qualified to be assisted by PAO lawyers? These are government witnesses and they might also become the prosecution witnesses later if and when cases will be filed for, example against yours truly. Is there a seeming or apparent conflict of interest that would happen? Isn’t it anomalous for PAO lawyers to represent potential government witnesses who will become or most probably become prosecution witnesses later?” the senator asked.

“The hearing in every hearing of a quasi-judicial bodies, the PAO is being tapped by the courts...that the PAO office be made available whenever a witness needs a lawyer because it is the state’s duty to provide a counsel to any witness,” Acosta said adding that failure to do so would result in the proceedings being a sham.

“Everyone in this country is entitled to legal representation or assistance and PAO office is made by law, by Congress. So that any vacuum can be filled up when there’s a need for a person, especially for a witness who has no counsel at that moment. So we are just filling up the vacuum if a witness wants to subscribe his affidavit and that’s part of the law created by Congress, by the Senate. We have no personal interest. So I as I said, do not prepare any witness, there are private counsels like Ferdinand Topacio et al and other private counsels who assisted the witnesses,” Acosta explained.

Look Out Bulletin order vs Dayan


Undated photo now going viral shows then justice secretary Leila de Lima escorted by driver Ronnie Dayan at a press event.

A lookout order is out for Ronnie Dayan, and a travel ban is forthcoming against him, who Malacañang insists brokered millions in campaign donations from incarcerated drug lords to bankroll the candidacy of his erstwhile boss, de Lima.

Aguirre confirmed he will hand down a lookout bulletin order (LBO) against Dayan, the driver and alleged boyfriend of de Lima after he failed to appear before the House committee on justice to answer questions on the illegal drugs trade at the New Bilibid Prison .

An LBO is issued to subject persons, in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, travel, and/or whereabouts. The persons subject of an LBO are allowed to travel subject to a permission from the Department of Justice (DoJ). But it is the court that can issue a hold departure order.

Dayan, who has been accused of collecting money from high profile inmates was the subject of a subpoena from Congress to attend Thursday’s hearing. He, however, failed to appear during the inquiry.

Aguirre said Dayan will be given 24 hours to explain why he failed to attend last Thursday’s hearing.“Otherwise he will be declared in contempt,” he added.

Safety not assured

The Presidential Security Guards (PSG) yesterday said that they cannot assure the safety of its fellow who testified against former de Lima in Congress.

In a statement, PSG spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Aquino also refused to comment whether or not there were six PSG aides assigned to de Lima during her stint as justice secretary in the previous administration.

“We cannot comment on behalf of the past PSG leadership. Presently, PSG only secures the President and his family,” Aquino said.

De Lima’s former security aide, Philippine Air Force Sgt. Joenel Sanchez – who appeared before the House justice committee hearing last Thursday – is no longer assigned with the unit since July 1 but remains to be under their unit’s custody.

“But he is still with PSG because he is processing his papers for his new assignment,” the PSG spokesman added.

The PSG, according to Aquino, is still gathering more details to determine if there were breaches of discipline that may warrant a deeper probe.

Sanchez, during the House probe, affirmed previous allegations about the senator’s romantic relationship with her driver Ronnie Dayan with whom she reported appeared in two sex videos.

The former PSG man added that he saw the videos in 2012 when another driver he identified as Bantam showed it. The videos were reportedly stored in Dayan’s mobile phone that was left in De Lima’s car.

He also claimed that the two always shared a room during out-of-town trips and that De Lima would buy Dayan liquor, cigarettes and shoes.

Matobato turned over to PNP


PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa receives self-confessed hit man Edgar Matobato who was turned over by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to the custody

Self-confessed killer Edgar Matobato, the primary witness of de Lima during the recent Senate inquiry into alleged extra judicial killings, was turned over yesterday to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Dela Rosa assured the safety Matobato, who was turned over to Camp Crame Friday morning.

The chief PNP tapped members of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to secure Matobato, who was ordered arrested by a Davao City court for illegal possession of firearms.

“I am giving the assurance that Matobato will only be killed over the dead bodies of these CIDG personnel who are assigned to escort him. That’s my word,” said dela Rosa.

According to dela Rosa, Matobato would be flown to Davao on or before Monday.

“The normal process is that he has to be presented to the court of origin of the warrant of arrest…if the group of Senator Trillanes has other remedies, they are free to do so as long as it is within the bounds of the law,” said dela Rosa.

For the meantime, Matobato will be under the custody of dela Rosa, who refused to reveal where would Matobato be staying.

For his part, Trillanes expressed confidence that Matobato will be safe under dela Rosa.

The chief PNP said that during initial informal talks with Matobato his fellow Davaoeno expressed his sentiments but did not show any regret.

“He just expressed his sentiment…why he has gotten into this,” said Dela Rosa, adding Matobato also told him that he feels safe under his custody.

Matobato tagged President Duterte and the DDS in killing more than 1,000 individuals in Davao City from 1998 to 2013. He claimed to have killed 50 persons.

However, several senators found inconsistencies to Matobato’s responses during cross examinations. With Ted Tuvera, Benjamin B. Pulta and Mario J. Mallari

------------------------------------

RELATED FROM THE TRIBUNE

Leila vows to fight, die for ‘innocence’ Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 07 October 2016 00:00


DELIMA

Beleaguered Sen. Leila de Lima is not backing down from the charges being leveled against her, the allegations pinning her down on her supposed drug links with the surfacing of additional witnesses presented by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre before the House of Representatives’ justice committee probing the illegal drugs trade among New Bilibid Prison (NBP) convicts and other for-mer officials and officers from the previous Aquino administration, of which de Lima served as its Justice chief.

De Lima yesterday said she will fight for, even die, for her in-nocence and will not stop in doing so “because the truth is on my side.”
She has not, however, offered any evidence or witnesses to counter the witnesses’ testimonies before the House justice panel.

“Despite all these vicious attacks and malicious fabrications, I have to continue standing against these people because I do not want to give them the pleasure of seeing me beaten. I know the truth is on my side,” she said in speaking before an audience in St. Scholastica’s College in Manila.

“It is something I will fight for, even die for, to prove that I am innocent,” de Lima said, adding that she will also continue performing her duties and functions as a senator even if her tormentors will succeed in seeing her behind bars.

“I will do this (fight for her innocence) not as a senator but as a mother who is concerned for other Filipinos,” she said.Rody gov’t to look like ‘impotent fools’

READ MORE...

The embattled senator lashed back at those who continue to subject her an inquiry in the House of Representatives who have come up with new charges, saying that they’re afraid to look like impotent fools before a defenseless woman if they fail to pin her down with the whole government apparatus behind their massive demolition job.

By continuously implicating her in the alleged continuing proliferation of illegal drugs trade inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP), de Lima said she has been dishonored and maligned and continue to be dishonored and maligned by her critics.

“They disseminate wrong information and fabricate lies to deceive all of us. They want to set an example out of me. They want an example of what would happen to those who would dare to oppose their policies. It is as if they are doing it on purpose to deflect the attention of our countrymen away from the real social issues,” she said.

“They said they will jail me. If it is the price of standing for the truth, then I’m honored to be jailed. That’s why I challenge him (President Duterte) already last week, arrest me now,” she said.

“I am just human. I am a woman. I have feelings. I hurt. There is a limit to my suffering,” the senator added.

Despite all these attacks against her, de Lima vowed to continue standing against people who want to destroy her.

De Lima then urged the people to rise above their fear and speak up for what is right even if it is unpopular and to stand up for democratic ideals.

“I encourage the Filipino people to fight these evil elements from a moral high ground, to fight for the rule of law and the reign of justice. This is about our future. The future of our country and the future of our children,” she said.

De Lima said she would not give her enemies that pleasure of seeing her beaten because she knows that the truth is on her side.

She said her enemies were spreading lies and fabricating evidence to deceive the people in order to deflect the attention of the public away from the real social issues, which she said is the prevailing impunity in the name of war against drugs.

De Lima has condemned what she called the “do-it- yourself” justice system being carried out under the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration which has claimed hundreds of lives.

She expressed doubts on claims by police that all of the drug suspects killed during police operations had resisted arrest.

“If ‘Rodiness’ is the new normal then what values are we teaching our youth and our children nowadays,” de Lima said.

“I fervently urge everyone, all concerned individuals, groups, and institutions to stand for the truth, to speak out against human rights abuses and to fight for the democracy in our country,” she added.

Ex Justice Usec Baraan flees the country


Ex-DOJ undersecretary Baraan

Former Department of Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, who was linked by President Duterte to the operation of illegal drugs in the NBP in Muntinlupa City left the country last August. De Lima has always claimed that fleeing charges is a sign of guilt.

His eldest son Francis Frank Baraan IV bared this in a post in his Twitter account.

”My father, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III left the country for health and medical reasons, on August 25, 2016, which is many days before the day the House of Representatives began its probe on the alleged drug trade inside the BIlibid, and days before President Dutere himself tagged him in his drug matrix, in one of his press cons,” Francis said.

The younger Baraan said that leaving the country is not a crime – “not if you’re not a fugitive of a law, or a person of interest.”

He noted that his father was unaware that there would be a House of Representatives probe on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Bilibid and that he would be asked to appear in the ongoing inquiry.

”My Dad, Usec Baraan, no longer wishes to comment on any of the allegations or issues raised against him in public. However, he has asked me to speak on his behalf regarding this particular matter. Rest assured, he isn’t running away from anything or avoiding any possible prosecution,” he said.

”He would face all allegations and issues against him in a real court of law—not in a court of “trial by publicity”—if and when somebody actually files formal complaint against him,” he added.

The former DoJ official was supervising undersecretary of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) during the Aquino administration.

Baraan vehemently denied the allegation raised by Colanggo during the inquiry of the House of Representatives on the proliferation of illegal drugs trade in NBP.

“Colanggo’s claim is a complete nonsense. I challenge him to produce any document that shows I approved any transfer of inmate/s within the Bilibid compound,” he stressed.

Trillanes set to yield Matobato

Sen. Antonio Trillanes is set to yield self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato before the authorities, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said yesterday following the issuance of an arrest warrant to him.

The arrest warrant against Matobato is seen by Trillanes as part of the persecution and harassment against de Lima and possibly a cover up eventually on the revelations made so far by the former, despite the fact that these cases against him were filed before Duterte’s term as president.

Trillanes, who has been providing Matobato “protective custody,” made the announcement early last night after the arrest order failed to be served through him, despite a public appeal made earlier in the day.

“I have already coordinated with the office of the Chief PNP (about this plan) and I expressed my intention. Our decision is to turn him over tomorrow at 10 a.m. with or without the warrant on hand,” he said.

Trillanes said he will seek the commitment of the PNP to provide Matobato security, even as he openly implicated a number of policemen in the alleged killings committed by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) allegedly on the directives of President Duterte when the latter was still Davao City mayor. Matobato’s claims have been proven false.

Asked if President can be held liable if anything happens to Matobato while he is in the hands of the PNP, “that goes without saying,” adding that “this is the best opportunity for the PNP to display professionalism, fairness and sense of justice.”


Trillanes called for probe on Duterte's alleged role in Davao  Death Squad

He was implying that Matobato would be killed by the cops, even wthout any evidence to prove this.

“There really is no assurance that no harm can happen to him. Everyone’s watching. But we will deal with the situation as it is,” he added.

Prior to this, Trillanes called on the authorities and asked that the arrest warrant against Matobato be coursed through his office since the confessed killer has been under his protective custody and coordinating with his office would prevent any untoward incident.

Matobato is facing illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions charges filed against him two years ago in Davao City and the warrant was issued against him after he failed to attend the arraignment last Tuesday.

Trillanes asked the PNP to send the arrest warrant to him instead of launching a manhunt against Matobato

Once the arrest warrant would be delivered to him, Trillanes said he will personally escort Matobato to Camp Crame.

The senator also asked for an understanding for Matobato’s absence in the arraignment since the confessed assassin was then expected to attend the Senate investigation on extrajudicial killing involving the alleged Davao Death Squad.

Besides, Trillanes said Matobato was also not informed about the arraignment. With PNA

---------------------

RELATED(2): COMMENTARY FROM THE INQUIRER

Shock
Philippine Daily Inquirer Commentary  / 02:54 AM September 21, 2016


Leila De Lima

Senator Leila de Lima delivers her privilege speech during regular session at the Senate in Pasay City. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER

It was a shocking turn, and even those who had an inkling or a premonition must still have been shocked by the suddenness of it all. Mere days after conducting the third hearing of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, where a self-described hitman from the so-called Davao Death Squad was presented as witness, Sen. Leila de Lima found herself ousted from her committee chairmanship.

It was an extraordinary twist to the running feud between De Lima and President Duterte, which goes back to 2009 when she was chair of the Commission on Human Rights, and she investigated him for his alleged involvement with the Davao Death Squad. Some of the 16 senators who voted to oust De Lima as committee chair went on record to say that the President had no input at all in the Senate vote; De Lima herself has said she has no doubt the President was involved.

But it is impossible to think of the ouster as not designed to please the President.

Political relativists have pointed out that the politics of the majority is by and large amoral; the tyranny of the majority Tocqueville diagnosed 200 years ago is also the Senate’s way of conducting business.

As some have suggested online, what is sauce for the late former chief justice Renato Corona is applesauce for De Lima. To be sure, senators who voted yes said they did so to protect the integrity of the Senate and the credibility of its inquiries in aid of legislation.

The bottom line is clear, however: A politician the President considers his archcritic was removed from her committee chairmanship (and, not coincidentally, the number of minority seats in the committee was reduced from two to one) precisely because her committee’s investigation into extrajudicial killings today had directly implicated the President in extrajudicial killings before.

The credibility of Edgar Matobato, the witness who implicated President Duterte, has come under withering scrutiny; in the five days since his introduction to the public, he found himself savaged online and off.

CONSEQUENCES

It is ironic, then, that the first consequence of De Lima’s ouster is to increase Matobato’s value as a witness. If his testimony was full of inconsistencies and impossibilities, why did the President’s allies in the Senate seek to insulate him from further attack by ousting De Lima?

(It is therefore incumbent on the senators to call Matobato back to the Senate, if they want to prove that he is truly no credible witness.)

The second consequence is to test De Lima’s resolve. The ouster from the committee chairmanship she held for two months is a stinging defeat; it is, as both Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Richard Gordon said, a warning, an object lesson.

It is not a wake-up call about the costs of criticizing or running counter to Mr. Duterte. De Lima has already received unprecedented abuse from the administration, with even the President, a proud womanizer, suggesting that the senator was not only corrupt but also an immoral woman. Instead, it is a warning for any who dare in the Senate to make sure they have enough support for their position.

The third consequence is to open a crack in the Senate majority as presently constituted. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III was elected Senate president despite pledging the justice committee to De Lima because he had the support of two of the three major blocs in the Senate: the group formed by Sotto and Sen. Loren Legarda, and the Liberal Party bloc. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who tried to contest the position of leader of the chamber, could at best muster seven votes. After the De Lima vote, the LP decided to stay with the majority, but the Pimentel supermajority no longer looks as solid as it used to.

The fourth consequence is truly consequential. Will the reconstituted justice committee, under Gordon (also the chair of the Senate’s blue ribbon committee), continue to investigate the killing spree that started on July 1, or will it find a way to bring the investigation to an early close? On the day we usually mark the declaration of martial law, we should remind ourselves: It is eminently the role of the Senate (and Congress) to serve as a counterweight to the presidency. When the main policy initiative of the President leads to 3,000 killings in two-and-a-half months, the Senate must ask probing, uncomfortable, impertinent questions—even if it comes at the risk of displeasure.

------------------------

RELATED(3) FROM RAPPLER.COM

Trillanes, Gordon fix spat: No more word war: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV visits Senator Richard Gordon and the two settle their differences

VIDEO: Trillanes tried to impeach Duterte, Gordon rejected his motion


SETTLED. Senators Richard Gordon and Antonio Trillanes IV say they have already settled their differences, following a series of heated exchanges that began on October 3, 2016. File photos by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – All is well that ends well.

At least, that's how it has played out so far for bickering senators Richard Gordon and Antonio Trillanes IV, who resolved their differences on Wednesday, October 5, after engaging in a word war since Monday, October 3.

It was Trillanes who went to the office of Gordon, chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights which is leading the probe into the spate of extrajudicial killings.

Asked if everything has been settled already, Trillanes said: "Definitely." He then promised Gordon that he would no longer talk about the issue.

"Mas marami kasing na-re-resolve na bagay directly and quietly so I promised not to issue any more statements," Trillanes told reporters right after exiting Gordon's office.

(There are more matters resolved when you handle it directly and quietly so I promised not to issue any more statements.)

Gordon earlier called Trillanes "sundalong kanin" while the latter called the former "biased" and challenged him to "be man enough" and apologize to Senator Leila de Lima, another colleague embroiled in their exchange.

It's just natural, Trillanes said, for colleagues to have contrasting views, but this does not mean they have personal angst against each other.

"Sakin, wala 'to. Kumbaga, kung ano na kailangan gawin, eh di gawin. (For me, this is nothing. Let's just say, we should do what we should do.) We're still colleagues. We're still senators, so we can communicate freely. Every once in a while, you're on opposing sides of the fence. The next issue, you're on the same side. So gano'n lang 'yun (That's just how it is)," he said.

"Sometimes, things can be heated then all of us are passionate in what we're fighting for, so these things happen," Trillanes added.

"'Yung debate, iba 'yun. Wag lang namemersonal," Gordon also said. (Debating is a different thing. It's fine as long as there's no personal attack.)

'Decent, passionate' talk

Gordon added that he appreciated Trillanes' gesture.

"He was gentleman enough [to] come to the office. He said it just so happened he was passionate about the cause and that he was going to stop the word war already. I said no problem, we're gonna be here for a long time, para magsama tayo matino at para masaya tayo rito (so we should work together properly and harmoniously)."

Gordon also advised the younger senator not to jeopardize personal relationships in the course of their work.

"That's enough for me. Nag-usap kami, matino, passionate. Marami pa mangyayari diyan kako, never ever put a relationship [na] magkaka-samaan ng loob because we are here for a long time," he said.

(That's enough for me. We talked in a decent way, in a passionate manner. Many things will still happen, I told him, and I said to never ever harbor ill feelings because we are here for a long time.)

The Senate committee earlier decided to pursue its probe into the killings but without Matobato, who Gordon described as "damaged goods."

Trillanes, although against it, said he would respect the decision of the majority. Trillanes and De Lima, members of the panel, were not invited to the caucus on Tuesday, October 4.

"We will submit to the decision of the majority. Whether we agree with it or not is an entirely different issue, but there are other means of bringing out the truth so we just move forward," he said.

Trillanes drew the ire of Gordon on Monday after the former allowed Matobato to leave the Senate premises without the chairman's permission.

He also presented Senate transcripts of previous hearings to counter Gordon's allegations that De Lima deliberately hid information on the kidnap-for-ransom case against Matobato involving the death of alleged terrorist Sali Makdum.

Gordon earlier said he is eyeing an ethics complaint against De Lima. But now, he said he would just talk to her instead. – Rappler.com

VIDEO TRILLANES TRIED TO IMPEACH DUTERTE, GORDON REJECTED MOTION

 
https://youtu.be/vP-5TZ8D1Qo
TRILLANES TRIES TO IMPEACH DUTERTE, Objected by Senator Gordon BangonPilipinas.

---------------------------------

VIDEO: SENATE PROBE UNDER GORDON:
DE LIMA WALKS OUT; TRILLANES DEFENDS MATOBATO TESTIMONIES AS CREDIBLE;
PACQUIAO MOVED HEARING WITHOUT MATOBATO (MATOBATO HAS PENDING KIDNAPING CASE WITH NBI)
PACQUIAO MOTION SECONDED BY CAYETANO, FINALLY GORDON SUSPENDED HEARING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 
https://youtu.be/sfp3-Z2HgUI
Caught by Senator Gordon for concealing material facts, De Lima walks out The Storyteller The Storyteller

----------------------

VIDEO: DE LIMA questioning SPO3 Arthur Lascañas Tungkol sa relationship nya kay Pres Duterte when still Mayor of Davao!


https://youtu.be/qKvGCkjGIls
Published on Oct 4, 2016 Senator Leila De Lima, natameme sa sagot ni SPO3 Arthur Lascañas nang tanungin kung ano ang comment niya tungkol sa DDS sa Davao City at kay President Duterte, binara din ito ni Senator Dick Gordon na kung maari ay magtanong na batay lamang sa kayang sagutin ng inakusahan. EJK Senate Hearing October 03 2016.

----------------------

VIDEO: TRILLANES GRILLED LASCANAS, TRIED TO CLAIM LASCANAS IS THE ONE LYING AT HEARING, NOT MATOBATO

 
https://youtu.be/agev-ZI7HJk
NAPIKON! Sen Trillanes PINAGMUKHANG TANGA sa mga Sagot ni SPO3 Arthur Lascañas sa Senate Hearing! DUTERTEISM DUTERTEISM Subscribe Add to Share More 147,150 views 392 38 Published on Oct 3, 2016 Senator Antonio Trillanes nainis at mukhang napikon na sa mga matalinong sagot ni SPO3 Arthur Lascañas sa EJK Senate Hearing.

------------------------------

VIDEO: LACSON QUESTIONS LASCANAS RE MATOBATO'S STATEMENTS AGAINST MAYOR DUTERTE

 
https://youtu.be/PtjI3DbmB6g
TILA NAGING PEPE SI TRILLANES AT SI DE LIMA NG SABIHIN NI LACSON NA MABABA ANG CREDIBILITY NI MATOBATO PRESIDENT DUTERTE  Published on Oct 3, 2016 Like Our FB Page Here @ www.facebook.com/atvreplay
 


MANILA TIMES

MILITARY INTEL OFFICER Marcelino questions Aquino on ‘narco-politics’ BY JEFFERSON ANTIPODA, TMT ON OCTOBER 8, 2016 TOP STORIES

MILITARY intelligence operative Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is taking former President Benigno Aquino 3rd to task over what he knew about the extent of “narco-politics” in the country during his administration.

Marcelino has executed an affidavit on his knowledge of the illegal drug trade as a former official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), but was barred from speaking before the House justice committee on Thursday, with lawmakers claiming his testimony was not relevant to the inquiry.

What the lawmakers didn’t hear was Marcelino’s account of his discovery and dismantling of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Camiling, Tarlac in 2014, which he claims was the largest ever dismantled, with P3 billion in equipment and drugs seized.

In his six-page sworn affidavit dated September 25, a copy of which was obtained by The Manila Times, Marcelino wondered whether Aquino knew of the shabu laboratory in Tarlac, the former president’s home province.

He also pointed out that former PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac had served as Tarlac provincial police director.

READ MORE...

“Is it possible that the syndicates already penetrated the highest political leadership in the country? Or do they simply want to embarrass our government when it will eventually be discovered?” he added.

He said the 2014 Tarlac operation was part of a special counter-intelligence project called “Enchanted Link,” tasked to gather information on illegal drug operations in the country.

While conducting a surveillance operation at the condo building on January 20, 2016, Marcelino said he and his “action agent” were nabbed by PDEA men and made to appear as drug suspects.

Marcelino was arrested in that operation and was detained at the PNP Custodial Center, where he said he was visited by de Lima at one time.

Marcelino said that during the visit, he and de Lima discussed the raid in Tarlac and the possibility of drug syndicates having influence over the national leadership.

Marcelino claimed de Lima immediately told him: “I can assure you the President is not involved.”

“I was stunned when she mentioned the president, when I did not state his name nor alluded to him at that time,” Marcelino said.

The Manila Times tried to reach the camps of former president Aquino and de Lima, but to no avail.
De Lima had claimed that Marcelino was being forced to testify against her, which the latter denied.

The DOJ earlier dropped drug charges against Marcelino but reversed itself in September.

--------------------------

ALSO, FROM RAPPLER.COM

FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino? Rappler.com Published 11:50 AM, October 04, 2016 Updated 3:00 PM, October 04, 2016



President Duterte said in Bacolod that EDCA was 'only signed by an aide and [former defense chief Voltaire] Gazmin.' Did the President get his facts right?

MANILA, Philippines – In his continuing spat with the United States, President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to kick American forces out of the Philippines should the military agreement between their two countries prove invalid.

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US that was signed in 2014 does not have the signature of then President Benigno Aquino III, Duterte said on Sunday, October 2.

(READ: Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties)

In a speech in Bacolod City, Duterte said the document was signed on behalf of the Philippines only by then-Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. It was meant to allow US soldiers to preposition assets inside military bases across the Philippines. The agreement was declared constitutional by the Philippine Supreme Court.

"May I remind the Americans, itong (this) EDCA, it is an official document but it's only signed by an aide and Gazmin. It does not bear the signature of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Aquino. Walang pirma si Aquino (Aquino has no signature)," Duterte said.

"After review of that document and if I find that there is no signature.... If you cannot produce a signature bearing the permit to conduct... war games..." he added.

The Instrument of Ratification might help settle the issue for President Duterte.

Dated June 6, 2014, it bears President Aquino's name, ratifying and confirming the articles and clauses of EDCA "after having seen and considered the agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the United States of America on Enhanced Defense Cooperation."

It is signed by Gazmin and then-Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr on behalf of President Aquino.

It says among the "defense cooperation activities" envisioned under EDCA are "security cooperation exercises" and "combined training activities." They are meant to help strengthen the two countries' "individual and collective capacities to resist armed attacks from external aggressions."

The executive secretary is not a mere "aide." The Administrative Code of 1987 mandates him or her to attest to presidential issuances, assist the President in managing the affairs of the state, and perform other official functions. – Miriam Grace A. Go/Rappler.com


TRIBUNE

Leftists point at ‘hits, misses’ of Duterte gov’t Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 09 October 2016 00:00


IN THIS JUNE 30, 2016 PHOTO Pres. Duterte meets w/ multi-sectoral groups at the Osmeña Room of the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang | @RTVMalacanang - For the first time in over a decade, militant groups set foot in Malacanang, a feat that would have been unimaginable in previous administrations. On Thursday, members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) entered the Malacañang Palace to have a dialogue with the new president. "Today, leaders of Bayan met with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Osmena Room in Malacanang to congratulate him on his inauguration and to submit to him the People's Agenda for Change which was drafted by the National People's Summit," Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. wrote on Facebook. ABS-CBN REPORT

More conflicts will try to prevent the Duterte administration from being progressive, militant groups who trooped to Mendiola yesterday to mark the President’s 100th day in Malacanang, said.

Left-wing organizations led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) marched to the historic Mendiola Bridge in Manila and pointed at the “hits and misses” of the regime they consider an “ally.”

“President Duterte has made some significant pronouncements and actions that are greatly appreciated by the people’s movement,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said.

“But we are conscious of the fact that there will be struggles ahead as forces of the status quo continue to resist the growing demands for change,” he added.

According to Reyes, Duterte could likely be pressured by old school bureaucrats to turn his back on the political and economic thrust he’s beenmouthing in the last 100 days.

READ MORE...

“There will be greater struggles ahead as contradictions will sharpen from pro-US factions that will resist Duterte’s assertions of sovereignty; big businesses will also resist moves to ban contractualization of labor, and some militarists may also be opposing peace efforts,” he added.

Reyes said the leftist movement are ever supportive of Duterte’s foreign policy that veers away from the Philippines’ traditional alliance with the United States that tends to pivot with Russia and China.

“This may pave the way for mutually beneficial relations with countries not aligned with the US which may be utilized for nationalist development,” he noted.

But as if a chorus, militants expressed worries about the series of extra judicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte administration’s war on illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, among those who joined the demonstration yesterday, was incumbent Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. Rafael Mariano who lamented EJKs where victims are not involved in drug trafficking.

In his speech before the demonstrators, Mariano said cited killings of five farmers in Laur, Nueva Ecija, one in Isabela, and another peasant leader in Coron, Palawan.

Mariano said he has formed a fact-finding body for all these killings.

The leftist DAR official was referring to the deaths of Baby Mercado, Violeta Mercado, Eligio Barbado and Gaudencio Bagalay who were gunned by unidentified men while resting at a farm in Nueva Ecija.

Ariel Diaz, head of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Dagami chapter, was shot dead at his farm in Villa Pereda, Isabela, while peasant leader Arnel Figueroa was killed by a government security guard at the disputed Yulo King Ranch (YKR) in Coron, Palawan.

----------------------------

RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

Minority solons criticize Duterte in first 100 days By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab / @MJcayabyabINQ
INQUIRER.net / 06:11 PM October 07, 2016


Ifugao Rep. Teodoro “Teddy” Baguilat Jr.

Lawmakers in the minority bloc in Congress on Friday deplored the spate of extrajudicial killings and the alarming shift in foreign policy in the first 100 days of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a text message, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said the administration’s bloody crackdown on drugs and criminality had put the country in a negative light before the international community.

Villarin called the administration’s war against drugs antipoor.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2016 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE 
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE