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PACQUIAO RETURNS TO SENATE, HONORED BY COLLEAGUES
[RELATED: Bato faces probe over free trip to Pacman fight]


NOVEMBER 9 -Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival from Los Angeles, CA early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight boxing title on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Las Vegas via unanimous decision. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez Boxing champion and Sen. Manny Pacquiao was back at the Senate yesterday a few days after his victory against former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday. “There’s a lot of work to do here,” Pacquiao told reporters in Filipino when he entered the session hall, adding his wife Jinkee and their children were still in the US. “I’m very happy because this is a first in history that a senator became a (boxing) champion,” he said. The 37-year-old senator said he was able to juggle his work in the Senate and the intense training for his comeback fight from retirement through discipline. READ MORE... RELATED, Bato faces probe over free trip to Pacman fight...

ALSO: PNP’s zero-graft campaign paying off
[RELATED: Duterte may suspend 'writ of habeas corpus' to strengthen drug-war and suppress rebellion in Mindanao]


NOVEMBER 13 -The FEO is the PNP unit in charge of issuing Licenses to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR). File photo
- Getting rid of corruption, speeding up processing of licenses and greatly increasing collections have enabled the Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) to regain the public’s trust, an official said yesterday. The FEO is the PNP unit in charge of issuing Licenses to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR). Chief Supt. Cesar Howthorne Binag, PNP-FEO chief, said they have initiated a zero-graft campaign, dubbed “Kusang tatakbo kahit walang piso piso (things will run even without pesos),” to address corruption at the FEO. With the one-stop-shop policy being enforced at the FEO main office at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Binag said the PNP shortened the application process for a gun permit. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte may suspend writ of habeas corpus...

ALSO: Duterte off to KL today; Abu Sayyaf tops agenda
[RELATED: Duterte meets with PM Najib to bolster PH-Malaysia ties]
[RELATED(2) Yasay: PH, Malaysia agreed to set aside Sabah issue for now]


NOVEMBER 9 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to journalists before getting aboard a coast guard ship at a Japan Coast Guard base in Yokohama, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Duterte is on a three-day official visit to Japan, his first as Philippine leader. —EUGENE HOSHIKO/AP

President Rodrigo Duterte flies to Kuala Lumpur today (Wednesday) with several issues at hand, including the Abu Sayyaf menace that has affected not only the Philippines, but neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia as well. Dozens of Malaysians and Indonesians have fallen victim to kidnappings and sea piracy blamed on the Abu Sayyaf in recent years. Mr. Duterte is expected to push for a joint action against the Abu Sayyaf when he meets with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. He had earlier agreed with Indonesian President Joko Widodo that a more concerted effort was needed to crush the group, which currently holds several foreign hostages. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte meets with PM Najib to bolster PH-Malaysia ties...RELATED(2), Yasay: PH, Malaysia agreed to set aside Sabah issue for now...

ALSO WATCH: IN MALAYSIA Duterte, Najib outsing each other at dinner
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Corruption holding back PH progress, Duterte tells Pinoys in Malaysia]


SINGING BUDDIES. President Duterte and Prime Minister Najib Razak bond over singing and food in Malaysia. To cap off his visit to Malaysia, Duterte sings 'Wind Beneath My Wings' for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who, in turn, performs 'The Young Ones' for Duterte at a dinner he hosted for the visiting Philippine leader  During his trip to Malaysia, it seems President Rodrigo Duterte got along well with Prime Minister Najib Razak on more than just official matters: the two leaders appear to share a love for singing. On Duterte's last night in Malaysia on Thursday, November 10, the two leaders took to the stage to perform a song for each other. Watch the moment below: ...READ MORE...RELATED, Corruption holding back PH progress, Duterte tells Pinoys in Malaysia......

ALSO: Migraine kept Duterte from 'date' with Kris
[RELATED FROM CEBU DAILY NEWS: Kris Aquino ‘humbled’ by Duterte’s ‘epic snub’]


NOVEMBER 12 -
“BLAME it on migraine,” President Rodrigo Duterte said explaining why he missed the Town Hall Session of the MSME Summit which was hosted by tv host Kris Aquino.
Duterte said he was forced to take a rest because of migraine but later was well enough to grace the launch of Pilipinong May Puso Foundation at a hotel in Davao City Friday evening. The Pilipinong May Puso Foundation was founded in honor of Duterte’s late mother, Soledad Roa Duterte. Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said Duterte had to skip the event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City due to a “bad migraine.” In his speech at the foundation affair, Duterte lashed out anew at Sen. Leila de Lima. READ MORE...RELATED, Kris Aquino ‘humbled’ by Duterte’s ‘epic snub’...


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Pacquiao returns to Senate, honored by colleagues


Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival from Los Angeles, CA early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight boxing title on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Las Vegas via unanimous decision. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, NOVEMBER 14, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Paolo Romero November 9, 2016 - Boxing champion and Sen. Manny Pacquiao was back at the Senate yesterday a few days after his victory against former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.

“There’s a lot of work to do here,” Pacquiao told reporters in Filipino when he entered the session hall, adding his wife Jinkee and their children were still in the US.

“I’m very happy because this is a first in history that a senator became a (boxing) champion,” he said.

The 37-year-old senator said he was able to juggle his work in the Senate and the intense training for his comeback fight from retirement through discipline.

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During the session, senators approved a resolution commending and congratulating Pacquiao for his victory over the 27-year-old Vargas.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri sponsored the resolutions authored by Sens. Joseph Victor Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara and Cynthia Villar. The resolution was later authored by all senators.

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“I offer my victory to you and our country. I still have bruises in my face but I don’t mind, just to help our countrymen and bring honor to our country,” he said after the resolution was approved.

“Boxing is my passion. I come fully alive whenever I am in the ring. But I have a greater passion: serving the country. Just like you, Mr. (Senate) President, my heartbeat is for our fellowmen,” Pacquiao said.

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Bato faces probe over free trip to Pacman fight By Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2016 - 12:00am 20 1504 googleplus0 0


PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa himself admitted that Sen. Manny Pacquiao paid for everything for him and his family to watch the bout and he did not spend personal or public funds to go to the United States. Rudy Santos, file photo

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the propriety of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa’s free trip to Las Vegas to watch Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas over the weekend.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has reportedly initiated a probe to determine if the police official’s act of receiving such gift from the boxing champion did not violate Republic Act 6713 or the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees.

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De la Rosa himself admitted that Pacquiao, who won the fight, paid for everything for him and his family to watch the bout and he did not spend personal or public funds to go to the United States.

RA 6713 states that “public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by, the functions of their office.”

Pacquiao reportedly shouldered the travel and hotel accommodation expenses of a handful of his supporters who wanted to watch his fight.


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PNP’s zero-graft campaign paying off By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 13, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


The FEO is the PNP unit in charge of issuing Licenses to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR). File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Getting rid of corruption, speeding up processing of licenses and greatly increasing collections have enabled the Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) to regain the public’s trust, an official said yesterday.

The FEO is the PNP unit in charge of issuing Licenses to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR).

Chief Supt. Cesar Howthorne Binag, PNP-FEO chief, said they have initiated a zero-graft campaign, dubbed “Kusang tatakbo kahit walang piso piso (things will run even without pesos),” to address corruption at the FEO.

With the one-stop-shop policy being enforced at the FEO main office at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Binag said the PNP shortened the application process for a gun permit.

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Under the present setup, Binag said gun licenses are released in just six hours.

“Applications for LTOPF received by the FEO before 11 a.m. are guaranteed to be released by 5 p.m. as long as the applicant’s documents are complete and authentic,” he said.

Binag said they have recovered fake LTOPFs and investigated around 14 FEO personnel involved in corruption since he assumed office last February.

He said they are eyeing computerized issuance of licenses and permits not only for firearms but also for explosives and firecrackers at FEO regional offices.

“This will decentralize the processing of gun permits,” Binag said.

He said the FEO offices in Marikina City, Cebu and Davao are implementing automated processing of firearms permits.

Binag said gun owners applying for licenses no longer need to resort to the “padrino or lagay” system.

“I believe the most effective solution to corruption is renewed faith in God. If you have faith in God, you will not be involved in corruption,” he said.

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Duterte may suspend writ of habeas corpus By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 13, 2016 - 12:00am 1 41 googleplus3 1


“If you do not give me a choice, and then you box me in a corner and I find myself helpless… Those are really provisions intended to protect the Republic of the Philippines,” President Duterte said in a speech on Friday night in Davao City where the Pilipinong May Puso Foundation Inc. was launched to mark the 100th birth anniversary of his mother Soledad. File photo To stop drug menace, rebellion in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has expressed plans to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to strengthen his anti-drug campaign and suppress “rebellion” in Mindanao.

A writ of habeas corpus, which literally means to “produce the body,” is an order to deliver an imprisoned individual to a court.

Duterte said he wanted to take all drug pushers off the streets and have the last drug lord killed during his term.

“If you do not give me a choice, and then you box me in a corner and I find myself helpless… Those are really provisions intended to protect the Republic of the Philippines,” Duterte said in a speech on Friday night in Davao City where the Pilipinong May Puso Foundation Inc. was launched to mark the 100th birth anniversary of his mother Soledad.

He said the writ suspension would also be in response to the ongoing rebellion “being waged now in Mindanao.”

The President did not elaborate but mentioned in passing the Maute gang, an armed Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, as one of those sowing trouble in Mindanao.

Last September, Duterte issued Proclamation Order 55, which placed the entire country under a state of emergency due to lawless violence after the bomb attack in Davao City that left 15 dead.

He also tapped the military and the police in the implementation of measures in relation to maintenance of peace and order nationwide.

Present during the event were some members of the business community, including Ramon Ang of San Miguel, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara and former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who also placed the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) under a state of rebellion during her term.

The police were then empowered to arrest without warrant personalities believed to be behind the rebellion in ARMM.

“If the lawlessness will spread, I might be forced to… I don’t want it. This is my warning to them. I don’t want it because it is not good. But if you force my hand… I will declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Not martial law,” Duterte said.

Duterte said he was empowered by the Charter to do so, referring to Article III Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution, which states that: “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in cases of invasion or rebellion when the public safety requires it.”

In saying that he would not be declaring martial law, Duterte explained this was because he did not have any plans to perpetuate himself in power. “I don’t have political plans. But I will (suspend the writ of habeas corpus) if I have no remedy. I cannot issue an order without valid… I have to build a case one by one,” he said.

“I will pick them all up. I will bring them to Samal. I will drill a hole in the middle of Samal so that it will submerge, including all of them,” he said, referring to the island-garden tourist haven off Davao City.

But Duterte recognized that he could be stopped by the Supreme Court. He will pursue his plans, though, if necessary.

“…but there are things which they (SC) cannot… maybe I will not stop,” he said. “I can say, I will finish this then I can go to jail and file all the charges that you can think of. But this country, in my time, will not deteriorate any further.”

Duterte also expressed disappointment over how the country was slowly becoming a narco-state. He also hit the United States anew for meddling in his anti-drug policy, which has been marred by summary executions.

He likewise said he would not mind if his presidency would be cut short – either by impeachment or assassination – as long as “I was trying my best to do something for my country.”

“That’s it. I don’t need the praises or everything,” Duterte said.

“If they want to impeach me, go ahead, be my guest. If they kill me, the better then I can rest earlier. I will not back out from this,” he said, referring to his efforts to stop drugs.

“…for as long as the problem is there, as long as there is a pusher on the street, as long as there are drug lords who are doing it, and alive… this thing will continue until the end of my term. When? I don’t know,” the President said.

Duterte admitted that his campaign had also been affected by perception – perpetuated by groups who failed to understand the context of his hard stance against illegal drugs.

“Mine, it’s self-defense, in defense of the helpless children. It is in defense of a race. It is in defense of my fellowmen,” he said.

Duterte said the Philippine situation was reflected in the book of author Ioan Grillo, who wrote about the drug cartel in South America.

“As long as it’s there, I will never (wane)… magkapatayan na tayo kung magpatayan (let’s fight to the death if needed),” he said.


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Duterte off to KL today; Abu Sayyaf tops agenda Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:03 AM November 09, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to journalists before getting aboard a coast guard ship at a Japan Coast Guard base in Yokohama, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Duterte is on a three-day official visit to Japan, his first as Philippine leader. —EUGENE HOSHIKO/AP

President Rodrigo Duterte flies to Kuala Lumpur today (Wednesday) with several issues at hand, including the Abu Sayyaf menace that has affected not only the Philippines, but neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia as well.

Dozens of Malaysians and Indonesians have fallen victim to kidnappings and sea piracy blamed on the Abu Sayyaf in recent years.

Mr. Duterte is expected to push for a joint action against the Abu Sayyaf when he meets with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. He had earlier agreed with Indonesian President Joko Widodo that a more concerted effort was needed to crush the group, which currently holds several foreign hostages.

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The president has said it was important for the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to come together in finding a solution to the Abu Sayyaf problem.

His trip comes shortly after the Abu Sayyaf took responsibility for abducting a German man and killing his female companion off the southern island province of Tawi-tawi over the weekend. The group has also beheaded two Canadian captives earlier this year.

The ragtag band of self-styled Islamists has recently pledged allegiance to the Daesh or Islamic State. In the past, it also had connections with the Jemaah Islamiyah and was considered among terror groups operating in Southeast Asia.

Sabah
A Malaysian online news source said Malaysians would also be closely watching the Duterte-Najib meeting due to the Philippine president’s pronouncement during the elections that he was recognizing the Sulu sultanate’s claim over Sabah.

Kuala Lumpur has maintained that the ownership of Sabah had long been settled and that it has sovereignty over it now.

In 1962, Britain set up the Cobbold Commission to determine if the people of North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak supported the creation of the the Federation of Malaysia. The federation proposal included Malaya (Malaysia), Brunei, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak. —ALLAN NAWAL

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Duterte meets with PM Najib to bolster PH-Malaysia ties By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 05:57 PM November 10, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hold a bilateral meeting on November 10 at the Prime Minister’s Office known as Perdana Square in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday afternoon met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in a bid to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations.

Duterte was given full military honors upon arriving at the Prime Minister’s Office known as the Perdana Square in Putrajaya around 5 p.m.

The President will have a bilateral meeting with Najib where security and counterterrorism issues are expected to be discussed.

READ: Duterte to meet Malaysian PM Najib to discuss security, piracy

Among Duterte’s delegation include Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo and Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza.

The chief executive’s visit here is his eighth Asian trip since he assumed office on June 30. RAM

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Yasay: PH, Malaysia agreed to set aside Sabah issue for now By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 07:46 PM November 10, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak pose for photographs during a welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Nov. 10. AP

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia—The Sabah issue was placed “on the back burner” during the bilateral meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday here.

“We both agreed that we will set the Sabah issue aside and not even talk about it for now,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told reporters after Duterte and Najib’s meeting.

“We had set the Sabah issue on the back burner, on the side, and we agreed to engage ourselves more vigorously on the area of trade and investment and the other aspects of mutual cooperation,” he said.

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Yasay said the issue was discussed only in passing by Najib, who said “that talking about Sabah at this point in time is not a good idea because we would not be able to come up with solutions as yet.”

“It may not be resolved within shortest possible time. It may take many years before we could find a workable and acceptable solution,” Yasay said.

The foreign affairs chief said the Philippines’ sovereign issue on Sabah “will not stop us from pursuing the other aspects of our relationship which is really more important at this time.”

“As I say, it was discussed tangentially in terms of how we would be able to go ahead with the other aspects of our relationship,” he said.

“There was really no discussion of Sabah. The prime minister immediately, in fact, said that he agrees with what has been articulated even in the past,” he added.

Yasay said the President also raised the condition of Filipinos in Sabah.

“(The) President (raised) the question of how we can assist our Filipinos in Sabah who are in dire need of education and they are not provided because they are considered illegals there,” he said.

The need for health services for Filipinos in Sabah was also discussed.

“Also the need for health assistance and attention and so the President had suggested the idea if we can put up through international organizations—maybe the World Health Organization or Unesco—the facility to educate the Filipinos who are there, the education and also maybe the WHO can put up a facility to address the illegals who are there,” Yasay said.

Apart from the condition of Filipinos in Sabah, the issue on sovereign claims was not discussed.

“There are a lot of contentious issues that we have to address, very complicated. I would imagine that it is more complicated than the South China Sea disputes that we have. But if you’re asking me the exact words, I could not remember exactly but if you ask me exactly what was intended was that we both agreed that we will set the Sabah issue aside and not even talk about it for now,” he said.

“As I’ve said, it will come, proper time will come in the future and I hope it will be soon but if not it should not stop us in proceeding and strengthening the other aspects of our relations,” Yasay said.


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WATCH: Duterte, Najib outsing each other at dinner Pia Ranada @piaranada Published 11:44 AM, November 11, 2016 Updated 4:03 PM, November 11, 2016

To cap off his visit to Malaysia, Duterte sings 'Wind Beneath My Wings' for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who, in turn, performs 'The Young Ones' for Duterte at a dinner he hosted for the visiting Philippine leader


SINGING BUDDIES. President Duterte and Prime Minister Najib Razak bond over singing and food in Malaysia. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

During his trip to Malaysia, it seems President Rodrigo Duterte got along well with Prime Minister Najib Razak on more than just official matters: the two leaders appear to share a love for singing.

On Duterte's last night in Malaysia on Thursday, November 10, the two leaders took to the stage to perform a song for each other.

Watch the moment below:

 
https://youtu.be/fwTe6kX8KFQ?t=31 Duterte, Najib bond over singing at dinner Rappler Rappler Subscribe175,929 Add to Share More 12,681 views 34 5 Published on Nov 10, 2016 The Philippine President and Malaysian Prime Minister perform songs for each other at a dinner on the last night of Duterte's Malaysia visit. Follow Rappler on Social Media:

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Enthusiastic clapping accompanied Duterte as he walked onstage in the middle of a hall in Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's official residence, where Najib was hosting a dinner for him.

Duterte then gave his rendition of the ballad, "Wind Beneath My Wings." Like his karaoke sessions in his favorite Davao City bar After Dark, Duterte sang solo with minimal gestures while reading from a lyrics book.

Najib's performance was livelier. The Malaysian leader, flanked by two other men, sang the more upbeat song, "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richards, complete with some hip swaying.

After Najib's performance, Duterte was overheard shouting, "More!"

The two leaders also had a duet – "Shalala Lala" by the Vengaboys – that night.

This was the only time that Duterte sang during a dinner hosted by a foreign leader, according to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr, who has been to most of the President's trips abroad.

"The setting did not call for it in the other dinners, state or official," Esperon told Rappler.

Duterte's love for singing is known especially among Davaoeños. Since his mayorship, Duterte has been known to spend the wee hours of the morning in front of the karaoke machine, among his preferred ways of unwinding.

His performance at Najib's dinner was not the first time he sang during his Malaysia trip. At a gathering of Malaysia-based Filipinos the previous night, Duterte sang along with the Filipina-Malaysian singer performing at the event. – Rappler.com

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Corruption holding back PH progress, Duterte tells Pinoys in Malaysia
By: Allan Nawal - Correspondent / @inqmindanao Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:53 AM November 11, 2016


SNAPSHOTS President Duterte is greeted by snapshots and cheers from the crowd as he arrives at the Grand Ballroom of theMandarin Oriental Hotel for hismeetingwith the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur. —MALACAÑANGPHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR—Comparing the pace of its progress to an airplane, President Duterte on Wednesday said the Philippines had long been on the runway but had not been able to take off.

“Why? Well, No. 1 is corruption,” Mr. Duterte told more than 1,000 Filipinos who welcomed him at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Malaysian capital.

He arrived here on an official visit after traveling to Bangkok, where he paid his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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The President was given full military honors when he arrived at Perdana Square in Putra Jaya, the Malaysian center of government, around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Security issues

Mr. Duterte, who motored for nearly an hour from Kuala Lumpur with several Cabinet members and Philippine National Police Director General Ronald de la Rosa, shook hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who led him to the Prime Minister’s Office after the welcome ceremony.

The two officials then talked behind closed doors in what was described as a “Four Eyes Meeting” inside Najib’s office.

Malacañang earlier said the two leaders would be talking about security in the Malacca Straits and abductions by the Abu Sayyaf bandit group in Malaysia-Philippine waters.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay later told reporters at the Marriott Hotel that it was Najib who mentioned Sabah in passing, by saying that it was “not a good idea” to talk about the issue.

“There was really no discussion of Sabah. The Prime Minister has immediately, in fact, said that he agrees with what has been articulated in the past that talking about Sabah at this time is not a good idea because we would not be able to come up with solutions as of yet,” Yasay said.

He said Najib also stated that it would take some time before the issue is resolved.

Malaysia maintains that the claim of the sultanate of Sulu over Sabah, which Duterte declared support for during the election campaign, has no basis as the issue had been settled when the people of Sabah voted to join the Malaya Federation in the 1960s.

Najib and Mr. Duterte also talked about revitalizing economic cooperation, such as pushing forward the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area cooperation efforts, according to Yasay.

THE MEETING AT PUTRA JAYA

Najib played host to Mr. Duterte and other officials at a state dinner in Putra Jaya.

At the meeting with the Filipino community, the President said corruption had long been a problem and it was time to put a stop to it, which, he added, was among the reasons that made him run for the presidency in the May elections.

Mr. Duterte said he was bent on fulfilling that promise even if it meant hurting oligarchs who wanted to bag government contracts by using their influence on officials.

“Corruption must stop and it will stop during my time,” he stressed.

The President also advised Filipinos working abroad to be “assertive” when dealing with government personnel. For example, he urged them not to fall prey to extortion at airports when they return home.

He said he would not hesitate to dismiss officials for corruption even if the accusations would reach him only in whispers.

Mr. Duterte said he was bound to stop corruption as this was what he promised the people.

He said that there should be zero corruption in his six years in power, and that he reminded “everybody in the government” about that desire of his.

“I’ve warned all of them that if they do something wrong, for example…the assistant commissioner of customs. If it reaches me … not even a whisper like Caesar’s wife. If I hear just a little of it, I would not gamble whether or not it’s true. He should go,” the President said.

He said he wanted to be remembered “as one who really tried to do something good for our country.”


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Migraine kept Duterte from 'date' with Kris November 12, 2016Written by Efren MontanoPublished in NationRead: 42

“BLAME it on migraine,” President Rodrigo Duterte said explaining why he missed the Town Hall Session of the MSME Summit which was hosted by tv host Kris Aquino.

Duterte said he was forced to take a rest because of migraine but later was well enough to grace the launch of Pilipinong May Puso Foundation at a hotel in Davao City Friday evening.

The Pilipinong May Puso Foundation was founded in honor of Duterte’s late mother, Soledad Roa Duterte.

Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said Duterte had to skip the event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City due to a “bad migraine.”

In his speech at the foundation affair, Duterte lashed out anew at Sen. Leila de Lima.

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He also weighed in on the operation conducted by the CIDG which left suspected drug lord Rolando Espinosa and one inmate dead.

Duterte’s interview by Aquino had been widely promoted and advertised.

“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy,” said Aquino on stage after she was introduced by Concepcion.

Aquino said she did not know why she was “snubbed.”

Aquino said she lost weight just for the exclusive interview.

“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy. President Duterte pinaghandaan kita, nag-dyeta ako ng dalawang linggo,” Aquino said on stage at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

She hoped that her cancelled meeting with Duterte would still push through in the future.

“President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako (one day you will also love me),” she said.

“I apologize again that the date hindi natuloy (did not push through). I was stood up. But I assume the next time...sisipot na siya.”

‘Rody is fine’

“The President is fine”.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the assurance in a text message to Palace reporters yesterday.

Abella said Duterte only experienced migraine.

In a separate text message, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said “the long hours and endless trip must be taking its toll on the President.”

“Like any human being, the President needs to take a rest,” Andanar said.

During the regional convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Manila, the President told a group of lawyers that he has “medical issues.”

But Andanar reacted to Duterte’s statement, saying the President was “fit and healthy” to perform his job as the country’s chief executive.

Duterte just returned home early Friday from his visit to Thailand and Malaysia this week.

The President earlier visited the countries of Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and China.

Next week, the President is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Peru although Duterte himself aired doubts about his showing up at the vital convergence of Asia- Pacific leaders.


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Kris Aquino ‘humbled’ by Duterte’s ‘epic snub’ SHARES: 123 VIEW COMMENTS By: Apple Ta-as @cebudailynews 02:14 PM November 13th, 2016


KRIS AQUINO (Instagram).

IT COULD have been the biggest comeback for TV host and actress Kris Aquino, but things didn’t go as planned.

President Rodrigo Duterte failed to show up at her widely promoted one-on-one interview last Friday for the Go Negosyo event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

The President was reportedly not feeling well due to a “bad migraine,” coming from his visit to Thailand and Malaysia this week.

The exclusive interview was highly promoted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Go Negosyo Foundation, and TV5 on newspapers and TV ads, and on state-run station PTV 4.

Everything was going well until the Queen of All Media was informed that the interview had to be cancelled.

“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy,” said Kris on stage after she was introduced by Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, who broke the news that the Duterte had a migraine.

Kris, looking slimmer in a green dress, said she went on a diet just for the interview and credited comedian K Brosas for the hashtag #GandangDiNapakinabangan in her Instagram post.

“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy. President Duterte, pinaghandaan kita, nagdyeta ako ng dalawang linggo,” she said.

Kris hopes that her meeting with Duterte will still push through in the future.

“President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako. I apologize again that the date hindi natuloy. I was stood up. But I assume the next time, sisipot na siya,” said Kris.

And if there is one thing that she learned from the experience, it is about being humble enough to admit that she was snubbed by the President himself.

Sharing some screenshots of the positive feedback she got for staying at the event despite the President’s absence, she wrote on her Instagram: “Humble and realistic enough to admit it was an epic snub—but learning so much from Beyonce’s Lemonade.”

And that is, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Kris shared that when she knew that the interview got cancelled, she called her brother, former President Benigno Aquino III, predecessor of Duterte.

“Tumawag ako. Sabi ko: ‘Noy, I’m alone. What do I do?’ Sabi niya: ‘You made a commitment. Andyan ka because you believe in the Philippine economy. Andyan ka because you want everybody to be included in the growth of the Philippine economy,’ ” she said


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