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KILLINGS UP, INDEX CRIME DOWN
[RELATED: Duterte admin happy crime that rate went down; sad that killings are up]


DECEMBER 21 -INDEX crime were down in the first five months of the Duterte administration but there was a surge in killings during the same period, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed on Wednesday. Records obtained from the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) revealed that 55,391 index crimes were recorded by the police from July to November, 31.67 percent lower than the 81,064 cases reported in the same period last year. Killings however spiked to 5,970, much higher than the 3,950 recorded during the same period last year. The PNP defines index crimes as crimes as against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injury and rape, and crimes against property like robbery, theft, carnapping, and cattle rustling. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte admin happy crime that rate went down; sad that killings are up...

ALSO: Brace for Christmas typhoon Nina (Nock-ten)
[RELATED UPDATE: NDRRMC switches to 'red' alert due to Typhoon Nina]


DECEMBER 22 -A strong typhoon may wallop the country on Christmas Day, weathermen warned yesterday as millions of Filipinos prepare to celebrate one of the most important dates on the religious calendar. “Our Christmas will be rainy, with strong winds,” said Landrico Dalida Jr. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) deputy administrator. “So while we celebrate, let us also prepare.” Severe tropical storm Niña (international name: Nock-Ten) was expected to be packing winds of up to 194 kilometers an hour and gusts of nearly 241 kilometers an hour when it hit Southern Luzon on Sunday, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said. However, the state Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is predicting more modest wind speeds. READ MORE...UPDATE, NDRRMC switches to 'red' alert due to Typhoon Nina... (more update next pages)...

ALSO: Duterte plays Santa to cancer-stricken kids in Davao City[YEARENDER The real Duterte: Tough guy with soft heart]
(Watch video:  Real Duterte Have A Soft Heart Cries In Front Of Many Children Who Have Cancer!)


DECEMBER 25 -Duterte played Santa to cancer patients (Photo courtesy of MindaVote | Manila Bulletin)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Christmas eve played Santa and brought cheer to young cancer patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City. The chief executive went to the bedside of each cancer-stricken children and personally handed his presents to them. Duterte’s gifts included toys, learning materials, vitamins, and milk for the young patients who could not hide their joy upon seeing what the president has brought for them. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte: Tough guy with soft heart...

ALSO:
YEARENDER 2016 The 16 biggest Money stories of the year[RELATED PDEA: More than P12-B illegal drugs confiscated in 23,000 operations]


DECEMBER 24 -The economy and the business community went through major headwinds this year that shook both the public and private sectors. Perhaps the biggest and most controversial issue to hit the business community is the $81-million money laundering scheme involving the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC). Authorities have found that $81 million stolen by hackers from the account of the Bangladesh Central Bank at the Federal Reserve of New York entered the Philippines through RCBC. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas slapped the lender with a record P1-billion fine for non-compliance with banking laws and regulations. One of the biggest deals on the domestic front was the controversial acquisition of the telecom business of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for P70 billion by telco giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. READ MORE...RELATED, PDEA: More than P12-B illegal drugs confiscated in 23,000 operations...

ALSO: Duterte is PH’s most Googled person in 2016 – TIME
[RELATED: No surprise Duterte is PHL’s most googled —Palace]


DECEMBER 23 -
President Rodrigo Duterte has been declared as the most Googled person in the Philippines in 2016, according to TIME Magazine.In its chart of most Googled persons in the world, TIME described Duterte as being “known for waging a deadly war on drugs.” While Duterte topped the list in the Philippines, it was his soon-to-be United States counterpart, Donald Trump, who earned the distinction of being the top-trending person in 88 countries, “far more places than anyone else in the world,” according to Google data provided to TIME. Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte becoming the most-searched personality this year should not come as a surprise. READ MORE...RELATED, No surprise Duterte is PHL’s most googled —Palace...

ALSO:
SM Foundation completes 15th military hospital renovation project
[RELATED IN EARLIER REPORT: Tycoon who built mega drug rehab center is real friend: Duterte]


DECEMEBR 23 -A COUNTRY’S military force serves as the defenders of any country’s sovereignty. These individuals lay down their lives to protect the population’s right to freedom and injuries, whether in combat situation, or in routine military training. However, military hospitals might not be equipped to handle cases such as this and for this reason; SM Foundation has tied up with the AFP to address this growing issue. The Foundation ends 2016 with the reopening of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) field hospital in Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui (NSLG) in San Antonio, Zambales. “The priority facilities are the classrooms and the laboratories, but our field hospital is of the same level as our classrooms and laboratories because our personnel, sailors, and marines go here, not just to be educated, but also for the improvement of their physical fitness. The standard of physical fitness here is a bit higher compared to the physical fitness regimen that they are subjected to outside the camp. In the past years, there have been incidences of training accidents and the students or military personnel end up at the field hospital. That’s why this particular station hospital, which has now been renovated and refurbished, is of equal importance as our classrooms and laboratories,” Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, AFP, shared during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
READ MORE...RELATED, Tycoon who built mega drug rehab center is real friend: Duterte...


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Killings up, index crime down

MANILA, DECEMBER 26, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) BY THE MANILA TIMES ON DECEMBER 21, 2016 THE LATEST NEWS, TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS - INDEX crime were down in the first five months of the Duterte administration but there was a surge in killings during the same period, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed on Wednesday.

Records obtained from the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) revealed that 55,391 index crimes were recorded by the police from July to November, 31.67 percent lower than the 81,064 cases reported in the same period last year.

Killings however spiked to 5,970, much higher than the 3,950 recorded during the same period last year.

The PNP defines index crimes as crimes as against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injury and rape, and crimes against property like robbery, theft, carnapping, and cattle rustling.

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The PNP recorded 29,953 cases of crime against properties, down from the 52,075 incidents reported last year.

Crimes against persons were pegged at 24, 438, which is 12 percent lower than the 28, 989 recorded for the same period last year.

The police however recorded 5,970 killings, up by 51.14 percent from the 3,950 cases reported during the same period last year. The PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Monitoring Action (AIDMC) said 2,133 drug personalities were killed 39, 587 police operations from July 1, 2016 to December 21, 2016. Meanwhile, 41, 894 drug personalities were arrested while 953, 622 drug suspects surrendered.

Of those who surrendered, 73, 826 were drug pushers, while 879, 796 were drug users.

The PNP lost 21 of its personnel, while 60 others were wounded during the intensified campaign against illegal drugs. Anthony Vargas

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ORLYS on DECEMBER 22, 2016 2:15 PM
So even if you count the killings as crimes (although most of those killed are criminals), which increased by 2,000 incidents, total crimes still went down by 25,000. Sounds like a good trade-off.
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ME on DECEMBER 21, 2016 8:48 PM
“55,391 index crimes were recorded by the police from July to November, 31.67 percent lower than the 81,064 cases reported in the same period last year” – meaning 25,673 innocents were saved from criminals.

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RELATED FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Duterte admin happy crime that rate went down; sad that killings are up Published December 21, 2016 4:08pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

Malacañang on Wednesday said that it is not happy about the Philippine National Police (PNP) data showing that cases of killings have increased by 51 percent during the first five months of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"I think we should be happy for the fact that crime rate went down. And that it seems by all indications that those crime rates, crime rate that went down were actually drug-related cases," Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said at a news briefing in Malacañang.

"We’re not happy about deaths at all. We’re not happy about deaths, no death of—As the President said, the death of any Filipino is not anything to be celebrated. However it’s, it’s very heartening and very encouraging to realize that, to be able to identify the fact that much of the crime is actually drug-related," he added.

According to the PNP's Crime Research and Analysis Center (CRAC) of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), index crime went down to 55,391 cases from July to November this year, down from 81,064 cases during the same period last year.

The same data, which was released by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), showed murder cases went up from July to November to 5,970 cases. There were only 3,950 cases of murder during the same time period in 2015. —NB, GMA News


MANILA BULLETIN

Brace for Christmas typhoon Brace for Christmas typhoon 9 SHARES Share it! Published December 24, 2016, 12:10 AM by Chito A. Chavez and AFP

A strong typhoon may wallop the country on Christmas Day, weathermen warned yesterday as millions of Filipinos prepare to celebrate one of the most important dates on the religious calendar.

“Our Christmas will be rainy, with strong winds,” said Landrico Dalida Jr. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) deputy administrator. “So while we celebrate, let us also prepare.”

Severe tropical storm Niña (international name: Nock-Ten) was expected to be packing winds of up to 194 kilometers an hour and gusts of nearly 241 kilometers an hour when it hit Southern Luzon on Sunday, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said.

However, the state Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is predicting more modest wind speeds.

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In its 10 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Niña packs maximum sustained winds of up to 105 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph as it moves west northwest direction at 25 kph. It was located 790 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“Our people are being made aware that we could get hit on Christmas Day,” Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told AFP.

“The highest levels of preparedness are being undertaken,” she said, including stocking up designated evacuation centres with food and other provisions.

Weather forecaster Chris Perez said the forecast track of Niña is 390 km East Northeast of Guiuan this morning; 190 km East Northeast of Catarman, Northern Samar, tomorrow morning; within the vicinity of Lopez, Quezon, on Monday morning; 140 km West of Iba, Zambales on Tuesday morning; and 410 km West of Iba, Zambales on Wednesday morning.

“The weather disturbance is likely to affect generally the Central Luzon and Southern Luzon areas as well as portions of the Visayas area within the next three to five days,” Perez said.

Perez said moderate to heavy rainfall which may trigger landslides and flashfloods is expected over most parts of Southern Luzon, Metro Manila and some portions of Central Luzon and Visayas.

Moderate to heavy rainfall which may trigger landslides and flashfloods is expected in areas within 350-km diameter of the storm.

Local weather authorities said the storm could brush past Manila after Christmas Day if it maintained its current path.

The main threats were landslides and flash floods from heavy rains, as well as potentially large waves known as storm surges smashing through coastal communities, they said.

Following the storm warning, the Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has been placed on “blue alert” status, including provinces of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur.

UPDATE DECEMBER 24, 6 PM SIGNA NO. 2 UP IN 4 REGIONS
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 was raised over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Northern Samar on Saturday afternoon as Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) intensified further.


Signal No. 2 up in 4 areas as 'Nina' intensifies (philstar.com) | Updated December 24, 2016 - 6:15pm

A regional Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) was also held Thursday afternoon, attended by representatives from various disaster response agencies.

Alejandro said that DRRMCs of the provinces of Camarines Sur and Sorsogon were also placed under “blue alert” status, while Albay has already issued an advisory placing the whole province in “State of Preparedness” while the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Sorsogon City has already declared “state of alert for emergency preparedness”.

The Department of Health regional office in Legazpi City, Albay, is now under “Code White” alert, meaning all personnel are no longer allowed to go on leave.

The regional office of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol has assured the availability of 20,256 food packs; P3,173,626 standby funds; food items such 102 sacks of NFA rice, 433 boxes of corned beef; 37 boxes of sardines; 2,273 boxes of coffee; 211,707 non-food items such as Malong; 2,836 rolls of laminated sacks; 11,699 pieces of plastic mats; 9,700 pieces of mosquito nets; and 11,700 pieces of blankets.

Authorities in Panay and Negros islands are likewise bracing for Niña.

The RDRRMCs of Western Visayas and Negros Island have met to discuss preparations for Niña.

OCD Regional Director Rosario Cabrera said the continuous rains could trigger floods or landslide in Western Visayas, particularly in northern Panay. Cabrera told Manila Bulletin that teams are now prepositioned in key areas of the northern boundaries of Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo provinces.

Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong of Negros Island regions said northern Negros Occidental may experience nonstop rains.

Gobenciong told Manila Bulletin the provincial governments of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental have activated their disaster response teams.

Key personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) were also placed on alert.

In Baybay City, Leyte, Mayor Carmen L. Cari said she has mobilized the City Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDMC) after Niña entered the Philippine area of responsibility early Friday morning.

The Philippine islands are often the first major landmass to be hit by storms that generate over the Pacific. The Southeast Asian country endures about 20 major storms each year, many of them deadly.

The most powerful and deadliest was super-typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), which left 7,350 people dead or missing and destroyed entire towns in heavily populated areas of the Visayas in 2013. (With reports from AP, Niño N. Luces, and Tara Yap)

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UPDATE FROM PHILSTAR

NDRRMC switches to 'red' alert due to Typhoon Nina (philstar.com) | Updated December 25, 2016 - 7:12pm 0 3 googleplus0 0


In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte looks at documents presented by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Ricardo Jalad during an aerial inspection of flood-hit areas in the National Capital Region and Central Luzon. With them is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. PPD/King Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) raised its status to "red alert" as Typhoon Nina kept its strength while moving closer to Bicol region on Sunday.

"The NDRRMC is closely monitoring the updates on the typhoon as well as the situation on the ground through the regional and local councils concerned," NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said.

The new alert status activated response clusters, headed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to ensure close coordination and quick mobilization of assistance for communities likely to be affected by the typhoon.

Satellite image by the US Navy shows Typhoon Nina inside the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

State weather bureau PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains are expected within the typhoon 500-kilometer diameter.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon, the state weather bureau added.

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UPDATE THIS MORNING TORONTO TIME CHRISTMAS DAY...

Typhoon Nina makes landfall over Catanduanes (philstar.com) | Updated December 25, 2016 - 7:23pm PAGASA hoisted a cyclone warning Signal No. 4 over Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

Some coastal villagers in Catanduanes resist evacuation By: Fernan Gianan - Correspondent / @InquirerSLB Inquirer Southern Luzon / 06:26 PM December 25, 2016

VIRAC, Catanduanes – Virac Mayor Sammy Laynes said some residents refused to leave their homes, especially those living along coastal areas vulnerable to storm surge, despite strong winds and heavy rains as Typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) approach the province Sunday afternoon.


Residents are assisted into a truck after the local government implemented preemptive evacuations at Barangay Matnog, Daraga, Albay province on December 25, 2016, due to the approaching typhoon Nock-Ten. Babies, toddlers and old people were loaded onto military trucks in the Philippines on December 25 as thousands fled from the path of a powerful typhoon barrelling towards the disaster-prone archipelago. / AFP PHOTO

FULL REPORT: Some coastal villagers in Catanduanes resist evacuation


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte plays Santa to cancer-stricken kids in Davao City 311 SHARES Share it! Published December 25, 2016, 12:25 PM By Elena Aben


Duterte played Santa to cancer patients (Photo courtesy of MindaVote | Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Christmas eve played Santa and brought cheer to young cancer patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

The chief executive went to the bedside of each cancer-stricken children and personally handed his presents to them.

Duterte’s gifts included toys, learning materials, vitamins, and milk for the young patients who could not hide their joy upon seeing what the president has brought for them.

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The president also talked to the children-patients, asking them questions such as “Gusto mo ito?” while handing them a gift or “Ok ka pare?”. He also inquired about the health status of the young patients.

Aside from gifts to young patients, Duterte also gave their parents and guardians an envelope with cash inside to help them with the hospital expenses. He also gamely posed for pictures.

The president entered the SPMC’s Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit (CCBDU) around 6:30 p.m. and stayed there for over one hour.

Ever since he became mayor of Davao City, it has been his practice to visit and distribute Christmas presents to the cancer-stricken kid patients of SPMC, according to the Presidential Communications Office.

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Duterte: Tough guy with soft heart
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YEARENDER


THE REAL DUTERTE: TOUGH WITH A SOFT HEART --WATCH VIDEO BELOW...

In 2016, nearly 17 million Filipinos hired an unorthodox, tough-talker from Mindanao to lead a nation of 102,250,133 people in supposedly the next six years.

President Rodrigo Duterte, 71, plotted the Philippines before the world’s consciousness in a way that’s different from the usual meek and hospitable image Filipinos are pictured to be through his mouth that trash-talked globally acclaimed personalities and institutions – frequently calling them as sons of whores and a bunch of idiots.

But if his men are to be believed, Duterte is one tough guy that has a soft heart. It was, after all, his campaign package’s kicker: tapang at malasakit (courage and compassion).

A testament to such claim are the Chief Executive’s litany of promises and achievements while in Malacañang for the last six months, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.



Andanar told the Daily Tribune yesterday that since Duterte’s day one, he has accordingly “hit the ground in running and started his work for the nation with no dull moment.”

“After all, the President’s heart is in the right place, and he has only the interests of the Filipino people and the nation in his mind first and foremost,” he said.

But as far as the foul-mouthing is concerned, Andanar cannot tell if putting brakes on Duterte’s mouth is on his 2017 New Year’s resolution.

“I cannot answer that,” the Communications Secretary said as a reply in a text message.

For political analysts, the President’s sustained popularity – as manifest in a recent Social Weather Station (SWS) poll reporting that 81 percent of the population trusts him – is more of his walk than his style of talking.

Institute for Political and Economic Reforms (IPER) executive director Ramon Casiple, in an interview with the Tribune said that Filipinos support Duterte because he has accordingly fulfilled, in a short span of six months, most of his popular campaign promises.

“He was able to deliver the fundamental promises he made during the campaign particularly the one on illegal drugs. It has a deep impact to the community because it is one of the easy, achievable, reforms that he fulfilled,” Casiple said, noting however that Duterte’s profanity-laced pronouncements and methods are “worrisome.”

“President Duterte delivered his message straight to drug addicts and drug lords. But we really cannot tell if what he means in saying ‘I will kill you,’” he added, saying that the President “does not mind even if his actions are unpopular or not… because he’ll do it.”


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Malacañang usually brags about the surrender of more than 900,000 drug addicts as a result of the government’s no nonsense crackdown of the narcotics industry, but often avoids to mention the series of extrajudicial killing attributed to Duterte’s so-called war on drug traffickers that has drawn flak from the international community.

Based on the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) latest count, there are 6,187 killings related to the administration’s no nonsense crackdown of the narcotics industry since July 1: 2,138 suspected drug personalities killed in police operations as of December 23, and 4,049 victims of extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings as of December 15.

Nonetheless, Casiple says that it is early to tell whether Duterte is a flop or not, adding that – as an assessment of the President’s six months – it’s “so far, so good.”

“The people still have a lot of expectations on President Duterte. History will have to wait to unfold before judging him,” he said.

DUTERTE'S 'LANGUAGE'

But for London School of Economics (LSE) fellow and University of the Philippines (UP) Professor Ernesto Gonzales, Mr. Duterte’s language may be “politically incorrect” but is able to speak “sincerely to the masses”.

“For those used to the usual policy-makers, Duterte is different. He speaks with his heart out and sincerely to the masses that’s why they listen to him,” Gonzales said in a separate phone interview with the Tribune, pointing out that the problem lies in decoding what the President actually means when he’s saying something.

“Here’s the problem. We cannot tell when he is serious or not. Yes, the intentions are articulated and they’re quite good but his actual policies remain vague. And it is frustrating to say that there are times that he is misunderstood,” he added.

On Duterte’s leadership brand, Gonzales said that the President is the “fit guy” to lead the nation, saying that his “patriotic pronouncements” made the Philippines, little as it is, “stand brave” before other world powers.

“Duterte is undoubtedly a brave leader that gave Filipinos an identity in the community of nations,” the UP professor said.

“It may sound radical, but the way he talks about foreign policy – even though it is not yet time to judge him – unwittingly decolonized our national consciousness,” Gonzales added.

Apparently, no matter what the death toll tells or how the Western media portray Duterte’s anti-establishment pronouncements, he remains to be a popular leader in the Philippines.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

YEARENDER 2016 The 16 biggest Money stories of the year Published December 22, 2016 8:10pm By TED CORDERO and JON VIKTOR D. CABUENAS, GMA News

The economy and the business community went through major headwinds this year that shook both the public and private sectors.

Perhaps the biggest and most controversial issue to hit the business community is the $81-million money laundering scheme involving the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC).

Authorities have found that $81 million stolen by hackers from the account of the Bangladesh Central Bank at the Federal Reserve of New York entered the Philippines through RCBC.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas slapped the lender with a record P1-billion fine for non-compliance with banking laws and regulations.

PLDT-GLOBE TELECOM DEAL

One of the biggest deals on the domestic front was the controversial acquisition of the telecom business of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for P70 billion by telco giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc.

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The buyout supposedly cemented the duopoly of Globe and PLDT. However, the newly-established Philippine Competition Commission – the country's antitrust watchdog – is challenging the acquisition deal.

Ramifications


FRIST 2 LEFT TO RIGHT -1. Continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary, and trade policies. 2. Institute progressive tax reform and more effective tax collection, indexing taxes to inflation. A tax reform package will be submitted to Congress by September 2016.

The election of President Rodrigo Duterte has lasting ramifications on the economy as his economic managers are pushing for reforms, like the tax system which has been largely unchanged since 1997.

The appointment of anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez as the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has staggered the mining industry.

An environmental audit has so far resulted in the suspension of 10 companies with 20 more recommended for suspension and waiting for the DENR's final verdict.

The President also ordered a crackdown on online gambling, saying he wanted online gambling stopped. The initial impact of his comments downed gaming technology provider PhilWeb Corporation and its former Chairman Roberto V. Ongpin.

DUTERTE VS US, EU, UN

Political risks, both domestic and overseas, such as the President's anti-US, European Union and United Nations rhetoric, the Brexit and the victory of businessman Donald Trump in the US presidential elections last November caused volatility in financial markets, on top of the jitters from a Federal Reserve interest rate hike which happened this month.

PHILIPPINE PESO

The global headwinds pushed the peso to trade at its lowest levels in eight years and touch the P50:$1 mark, a level unseen in 10 years. — with Jannielyn Bigtas/VS, GMA News

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PDEA: More than P12-B illegal drugs confiscated in 23,000 operations
Yearend Report Published December 24, 2016, 10:00 PM by Chito A. Chavez


IFROM BUSINESS MIRROR.COM.PH -Government illegal-drugs campaign nets high-value targets and thousands of drug users By BusinessMirror - JULY 20, 20160506 In Photo: More than 1,000 residents queue up in a gymnasium, after heeding a call from the government to undergo processing allegedly for being drug users on July 18 in Tanauan City, Batangas. President Duterte said he plans to ask Chinese officials why some Chinese citizens who visit his country are involved in illegal drugs. The crime-fighting President, who has vowed to end crimes within six months of taking office on June 30, also said he will not hesitate to grant presigned presidential pardons to law enforcers accused by human-rights advocates of abusing their authority in cracking down on narcotics, as long as the soldiers and the police involved tell the truth and do not fabricate evidence.

President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs has pushed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) into center stage. Clearly, 2016 had been a very busy year for the agency, with raids, arrests and investigations on information.

Even before President Duterte took over, PDEA’s record for the period January to June 2016 was P3.85 billion worth of confiscated drug and non-drug evidence and the arrest of 9,383 drug personalities.

PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon said that the agency made 23,495 anti-drug operations from January to November 10, and arrested 20,011 drug personalities while confiscating P12.15 billion worth of illegal drugs.

From the period of January to November 10, Carreon said that PDEA agents arrested 1,535 high value targets (HVT) as the agency conducted 236 high impact operations (HIO) over the course of their anti-drug campaign.

During the period, PDEA agents dismantled three clandestine laboratories from January to June 29 and six others from June 30 to Nov. 10. The agency closed down two chemical warehouses.

In the HVT category, 71 foreign drug dealers were nabbed while 66 elected officials, 34 law enforcers, 75 government employees, 83 drug group members, 18 armed group personalities, 186 drug den maintainers, 54 wanted list men, 12 target listed persons and 936 other HIV targets were arrested.

Being the second most illegal drug of choice, PDEA agents raided 318 marijuana plantation sites with a combined land are of 81.54 hectares. Carreon said that from January to June 29, agents discovered 231 marijuana plantations and 87 similar lands the following period with a combined value of P5.12 billion marijuana plants.

PDEA increased by leaps and bounds its haul of shabu confiscation as of November 10. From 63 kilograms of confiscated shabu in 2010, the seized items jumped to an astonishing 1,520.64 kilograms.

The past figures show the dramatic gains made by the anti illegal drugs campaign: In 2015 the PDEA shabu haul was 595 kilograms down from 2014’s record of 718 kilograms. In 2013, the confiscated shabu reach 837 kilograms while the seized drug was only 112 kilograms and 254 kilograms in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

With regards to the volume of other confiscated illegal drugs, Carreon said PDEA agents seized 40.36 kilos of cocaine, 21,631 pieces of ecstasy and 5.81 kilos of ephedrine. The agency had also uprooted 27,063, 957 plants of marijuana, 944.45 kilos of dried marijuana leaves and 140,700 marijuana seedlings.

FOREIGNERS IN DRUG TRADE

In the local scene from January to Oct. 31, 73 foreign nationals were arrested for their involvement in the illegal drug trade. Out of this number 34 were Chinese nationals, four were Koreans, 11 were Taiwanese, one American, four Nigerian nationals and 19 were other foreigners.

Carreon noted that the Chinese-Filipino group is the most dominant drug syndicate in the country as they comprise the bulk of production and manufacturing facilities and drug smuggling activities in the country. The African Drug Syndicate (ADS) is responsible mainly for smuggling drugs through the airports using drug mules and swallowers while a new group the Mexican-Sinaloa Drug Cartel has now entered and expanded its illegal drug operation and is associated with the Chinese Drug Group.

SHABU HAUL

With the President’s order that illegal drugs must be stopped by all means that the law allows, PDEA has put up a relentless and sustained fight.

Three days after President Duterte took his oath of office, PDEA agents seized 180 kilos of shabu worth P900 million in barangay Culao Claveria, Cagayan. Two days later on July 5, PDEA agents dismantled a shabu laboratory in Las Piñas City and warehouse in Paranaque City where a total of 317.76 kilos of shabu worth P1.29 billion were seized and three Taiwanese nationals were arrested.

Six days after on July 11, agents discovered and destroyed a floating shabu lab in Subic Bay, Zambales where four Hong Kong nationals where nabbed. The operation also led to the confiscation off 500 grams of shabu and one set of hydrogenerator an equipment used for the manufacture of the illegal drug.

On July 20, Zhou Liming a 25-year-old Chinese national was nabbed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport after being caught in possession of four kilos of shabu worth P20-million. Acting on a tip from an informant, PDEA agents closely monitored the movement of Zhou who alighted from Cathay pacific Airways from Hong Kong.

Two days later, on July 22, PDEA agents nabbed alleged Chinese drug lord Mico Tan. The Chinese drug personality known as “Pogi” is associated with Jackson Dy. Their laboratory in Naic, Cavite was shut down after PDEA agents seized 600 kilos of shabu in 2003. Another shabu lab allegedly operated by them was destroyed with agents seizing 70 kilos of the illegal substance, and 3,500 kilos of ephedrine.

On the same date, PDEA agents searched a shabu lab at AAC Henson Trading at 21 Pinagbayanan St. barangay Lingunan, Valenzuela City. That led to the arrest of five Chinese nationals and confiscation of 5.81 kilos of ephedrine and various chemicals used for the manufacture of illegal drugs.

On July 23, PDEA personnel arrested the husband-and-wife team of Suharto and Johaira Macabuat in Mindanao. Suharto was a Philippine Army major detailed at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) while his wife known as “Marimar’’ is the alleged leader of the Abinal Drug Group and also the former mayor of Maging, Lanao del Sur from 1998 to 2004.

On August 5, 2016, agents seized 36.58 kilos of multi-colored shabu worth P182 million that led to arrest of Yiye Chen, a Chinese national after a search warrant was served in Hensonville, Malabanas, Angeles City.

The following day on August 6, combined elements of the PDEA and PNP recovered 14 plastic containers of chloroform worth P1.9 million at Purok 7 Barangay Maleklek Sta. Marcela Apayao. However, no arrests were made during the search.

On various days specifically August 8, 15, 16 and 18, and Sept. 5, PDEA men discovered various chemicals used for the manufacture of illegal drugs at the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

ARRESTS

On August 4, 2016, PDEA agents nabbed Julieto Prak the alleged trusted man of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in a buy-bust operation in Cebu City. The operation led to the Aug. 10 raid of the house of former Albuera, Leyte Mayo Rolando Espinosa in barangay Benolho, Albuera Leyte where 11.47 kilos of shabu worth P92 million was seized.

The intensified and strategic investigative anti-illegal drug campaign of the agency even yielded the arrest of the dangerous members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). On August 12, PDEA agents after long hours of stakeout and careful surveillance, arrested two MILF commanders and nine other MILF members in Barangay Margues, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

The following day on August 13, the PDEA agents nabbed Abdulmuhmin Sumampil of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group-Urban Terrorist Group (ASG-UTG) who was then a barangay kagawad in Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

MARIJUANA PLANTATIONS

In the mountainous areas of the country, PDEA operatives in coordination with the military and the police, finally hit pay dirt with the haul of the biggest marijuana eradication ever conducted. From Aug. 5 to 8, the group discovered 20 marijuana sites in Tinglayan, Kalinga covering the vast area of 16.26 hectares. The raid yielded the destruction of 11,605,250 marijuana plants, confiscation of 222 kilos of dried marijuana leaves and 45 kilos of marijuana seeds worth a whopping P2.35 billion.

P3.36-M ECSTACY TABLETS

Acting on tips from their foreign counterparts, PDEA agents on August 24 confiscated 1,962 pieces of ecstacy worth P3.36 million at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It also led to the interception of 2 kilos of cocaine worth P10 million at the Clark International Airport. During the operation at Clark a 68-year-old American who was on board Emirates Airline from Dubai was also collared.

On Sept.14, PDEA agents seized a package from the Netherlands with 5,000 tablets of ecstasy worth P7.5 million at the PhilPost, Manila. Carreon said that post offices have also become the delivery oints of illegal drugs in the country.

PIGGERY-SHABU LAB

On Sept. 7 the group dismantled a clandestine laboratory located at the basement of a piggery warehouse in Magalang, Pampanga. During the raid seven Chinese nationals were arrested while 468 grams of shabu, 20 kilos of ephedrine and various chemicals and laboratory equipment were seized.

With reports from its assets reaching its office, PDEA immediately coordinate with the police leading to the discovery on Sept. 22 of a clandestine laboratory in another piggery warehouse in Arayat, Pampanga. Combined police and PDEA operatives confiscated one combustion equipment, 10 diesel generators, one industrial chiller, seven industrial distillators and one reaction mixer.

During the raid a Chinese national who tried to hide in a secluded part of the shabu lab was eventually apprehended.

DRUG MULES AT THE AIRPORTS

In another airport operation on October 2, Jonjon Villamin, 22, was caught in the possession of 4.4 kilograms of cocaine worth P22.2 million hidden inside his luggage at the NAIA. With so many entry points in the country, various drug enforcement agencies have tried to seal every inevitable entrance to the archipelago of 7,100 islands to track down drug personalities mostly foreign nations trying to expand their illicit trade here in the Philippines.

With the intensified anti-drug activities at the country’s airports, combined police and PDEA agents arrested two Hong Kong residents identified as Pau Homanevan, 28, and Chan Kawai, 24, and Russian national Kirdyushin Yury, 31. They were collared after being caught in possession of 26.5 kilos of cocaine worth P129 million at the NAIA terminal 3 on October 5.

Ten days later on Oct. 15, Brazilian looker Yasmin Fernandez, 20, belied her movie star looks after being nabbed and caught with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine worth P29 million also at the NAIA Terminal 3. Another female foreign national this time 22 year old Venezuelan Lorena Salazar tried to transport 4.3 kilos of cocaine worth P21.5 million inside the country but was caught and arrested at the NAIA on October 17.

The number of foreign nationals including females trying to smuggle illegal drugs in the country prompted PDEA and other similar groups to keep a close tab on suspected drug mules.

Being at the forefront of the country’s war on illegal drugs, PDEA operatives has upgraded its operation yielding for them the recovery of 10 kilos of shabu worth P10 million in Apalit, Pampanga last Oct. 13.

A few days later on October 21, PDEA agents recovered 40 kilos of shabu worth P160 million in Dingalan, Aurora.

In the province of Cebu, a kilo of shabu was caught in the possession of an arrested drug personality on October 27 while the suspect during a buy-bust operation at the Cebu Business Park. This was followed by the arrest of five drug personalities on November 3 where they were held after in possession of one kilo of shabu in another buy bust operation in the province. Acting on another tip from their sources, another drug personality while in possession of 2.12 kilos of shabu was nabbed in Cebu City by combined teams of the PNP and PDEA agents.

On July 14, 346.30 kilos of shabu worth P1.66 billion were destroyed in Cavite by PDEA agents marking it as the shortest ever time of 10 days from the time of recovery to destruction. Another milestone was conducted on November 4 when PDEA agents after months of surveillance arrested two dug personalities who were in possession of 20 kilos of shabu worth P100 million during a buy bust operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

There are more accomplishments in the war against illegal drugs. It tells the many stories of agents who do not sleep on the job, especially with the President making the war against illegal drugs as his first priority.


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Duterte is PH’s most Googled person in 2016 – TIME ABS-CBN News Posted at Dec 23 2016 02:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2016 07:56 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte has been declared as the most Googled person in the Philippines in 2016, according to TIME Magazine.

In its chart of most Googled persons in the world, TIME described Duterte as being “known for waging a deadly war on drugs.”

While Duterte topped the list in the Philippines, it was his soon-to-be United States counterpart, Donald Trump, who earned the distinction of being the top-trending person in 88 countries, “far more places than anyone else in the world,” according to Google data provided to TIME.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte becoming the most-searched personality this year should not come as a surprise.

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"2016 is an election year in the Philippines. The President was a relatively unknown political figure outside Davao City and Region XI. It is therefore not surprising that people in the Philippines would be interested to know him and his platform," Andanar said in a statement.

Other most-searched personalities range from politicians such as disqualified Peruvian presidential bet Julio Guzmán (Peru) and Brazil’s former Lula da Silva (Brazil).

Athletes such as Olympic gold medalists Mariana Pajón (Colombia) and Joseph Schooling (Singapore) were also popular searches in their respective countries.

Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gigi Hadid, and Angelina Jolie were the most-searched persons in Morocco, Montenegro, and Tunisia, respectively.

TIME noted that Google narrowed this year’s list to include only people who are alive.

Google earlier said Duterte was the 7th overall trending search in the Philippines and the most-searched male personality in the Philippines.

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© Provided by GMA News Online President Rodrigo Duterte takes time to interact with supporters prior to the 'Convergence of Nanay Volunteers as Community Drugwatch' held in Clarkfield, Angeles City, Pampanga on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

Malacañang is not surprised that President Rodrigo Duterte was named as Time Magazine's Most Googled Person in the Philippines for 2016.

Presidential Communications Office head Secretary Martin Andanar in a statement said that Duterte was an "unknown" politician from Davao City when he decided to run for president in the May elections.

"The President was a relatively unknown political figure outside Davao City and Region XI. It is therefore not surprising that people in the Philippines would be interested to know him and his platform," Andanar said.


— People's Television (@PTVph) December 23, 2016

Time said that United States President-elect Donald Trump was the most googled person in 88 countries. —NB, GMA News


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SM Foundation completes 15th military hospital renovation project By Antonio Delos Reyes December 22, 2016

A COUNTRY’S military force serves as the defenders of any country’s sovereignty. These individuals lay down their lives to protect the population’s right to freedom and injuries, whether in combat situation, or in routine military training. However, military hospitals might not be equipped to handle cases such as this and for this reason; SM Foundation has tied up with the AFP to address this growing issue.

The Foundation ends 2016 with the reopening of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) field hospital in Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui (NSLG) in San Antonio, Zambales.

“The priority facilities are the classrooms and the laboratories, but our field hospital is of the same level as our classrooms and laboratories because our personnel, sailors, and marines go here, not just to be educated, but also for the improvement of their physical fitness. The standard of physical fitness here is a bit higher compared to the physical fitness regimen that they are subjected to outside the camp.

In the past years, there have been incidences of training accidents and the students or military personnel end up at the field hospital. That’s why this particular station hospital, which has now been renovated and refurbished, is of equal importance as our classrooms and laboratories,” Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, AFP, shared during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The hospital was first opened in 1979 as a medical clinic to cater to the medical needs of the Philippine Navy personnel assigned in Subic Naval Base Command situated within the US Naval Base. It was upgraded into a medical infirmary in 1989 but with the rejection of the base agreement by the Philippine Senate in 1991, it was dissolved and the facility transferred to its current location.

The NSLG hospital was downgraded and renamed the NSLG Medical Dispensary last June 2016 to conform to the Department of Health’s rules and regulations governing the new classification of hospitals and other health facilities in the Philippines. The downgrade came about due to the former hospital’s dilapidated structure and lack of medical facilities.

At present, the NSGL Medical Facility provides in and outpatient treatment and consultation, as part of its mandate to conserve the fighting strength of the AFP soldiers.

THE MISSION

The mission of the NSLG Medical Dispensary is to provide quality healthcare services to all military personnel, their dependents, as well as students undergoing professional military education in the NETC. It does so by offering ECG, X-ray, pharmacy, and ambulance transport services as well as providing a medical team to all Command and student activities.

“We from SM group of companies are deeply honored to be able to contribute in our own little way to those who serve the country, specifically with the improvement of this naval education and training command hospital. For several years now, SM Foundation has been renovating and refurbishing military facilities to make it more conducive to the recuperation of this country’s uniformed men and women who compromise their lives for the defense and security of our nation,” said Connie Angeles, SMFI’s Executive Director for Medical & Health Programs in a speech read for her by SM City Olongapo Assistant Mall Manager Ana Lorraine Azucena. “This is the foundation’s 15th improved health facility for the armed forces of the Philippines – our way of saying that we are your partner in providing continuous quality healthcare and service to uniformed personnel, their dependents, and authorized civilians. We dedicate SM Foundation’s program on the improvement of the AFP health facilities to you, beloved soldiers, who dedicated their lives and limbs so that we may enjoy the power of our freedom,” she added.

The renovation includes floor retiling, repainting of the interior and exterior partitions, and interior design. Furniture, appliances, and medical supplies were also part of the donation to create a conducive environment for treatment and recuperation of patients.

The renovation was aimed to contribute to the facility’s goal to be a DOH licensed Primary Care Facility capable of providing various healthcare services with enhanced equipment, facilities, and competent health workers. With the completion of the program, the naval base medical staff will now be able to expand the facility’s medical services and upgrade its classification as a Level 1 Hospital.

“On behalf of the Philippine Navy, I would like to thank SM foundation for the very noble project that they have undertaken and given to this naval command. I hope we could continue our partnership in future projects,” Vice Admiral Mercado said.

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Tycoon who built mega drug rehab center is real friend: Duterte Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 29 2016 04:47 PM | Updated as of Nov 29 2016 06:31 PM


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) greets Chinese businessman Huang Rulun during the inauguration of a drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center inside the military headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, in the Nueva Ecija province, north of Manila, Philippines November 29, 2016. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed gratitude to a Chinese tycoon who helped build a large drug rehabilitation center in the Philippines, saying people like him are the real friends of Filipinos.

In a speech at the inauguration of the mega drug rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, Duterte again lambasted the West for criticizing his controversial war on drugs.

READ: Billionaire builders behind Duterte’s mega-drug rehab

“When you are a friend, you do not treat him badly before the public. You don’t humiliate an ally, and at all cost you must save the friendship as an ally and friend so that you can help each other in the world of geopolitics,” Duterte said, without directly mentioning the West.

After the US and European Union's criticism of his primary crusade, Duterte has sought to forge closer ties with US’ regional rival China.

Following years of frozen relations due to the bitter South China Sea dispute, ties between the two Asian neighbors turned a new leaf after Duterte became the president.

The president has downplayed the Philippines’ maritime claims and said he wants his government to improve the other aspects of the Philippines’ relations with China.

Duterte recently came home from a state visit to China, carrying billions of dollars worth of investment pledges.
Among the highlights of the resurgence of Philippines-China relations is the building of the huge treatment center by Chinese donors, led by tycoon Huang Rulun.

READ: Behind Philippines' ties with China, a billionaire and his rehab centers

Duterte said unlike others, Huang “came out of nowhere and came to my office and said he would help me solve the drug problem.”

In his speech, Huang described Duterte as an "irresistible force" fighting drug cartels, whom he said caused "great harm" to the world.

"Drugs wreck the country and bring ruin to the people. It is the common enemy of all mankind," he said.

READ: Mega drug rehab facility rises inside PH military camp


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