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DE LIMA ASKS FOR 'MIRACLE' IN HER XMAS WISH FOR DUTERTE[RELATED ON OFF-THE CUFF REMARKS IN PUBLIC: Duterte - If you can’t take my jokes, then that’s your problem]


DECEMBER 26 -In this July 25, 2016 file photo, political opposites President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima greet before he delivers his first State of the Nation Address. PPD/King Rodriguez
Sen. Leila De Lima is asking for a "miracle" this Christmas directed to her political nemesis, President Rodrigo Duterte. "I wish for a Christmas miracle where the President orders an end to all summary executions, whether by police or by the death squads roaming our streets, especially during this season of hope and salvation with the coming of the Saviour to our home and to our families," De Lima said in a statement on Monday. The senator also wished for the president to "full control of his faculties" to give the "gift of Nativity" by respecting every Filipino's right to live. "May the Holy Spirit and the Son and the Father also visit President Duterte and his family and bless them with the gift of life," De Lima said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte: If you can’t take my jokes, then that’s your problem...

ALSO: 6 months into term - Duterte’s men claim victory in Drug War
[RELATED: Robredo, de Lima warn of ‘dark change’]


DECEMBER 27 -President Rodrigo Duterte's law enforcement officials on Tuesday claimed that the government was winning the war on drugs a few days before the six-month mark of his term. At a news briefing in Manila, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the government's impending victory in the drug war was evidenced by the seizure of 890 kilos of shabu worth P6 billion in a series of raids over the past days by the National Bureau of Investigation. "Malamang nananalo na kami," Aguirre said. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, for his part, said 70 percent of the country's 1.8 million drug personalities, or more than 1.3 million, have either been killed, surrendered, arrested or undergoing rehabilitation. “As of now, masasabi natin na we are victorious on our war on drugs for the moment since nakuha natin yung 70 percent ng ating target na 1.8 million," Dela Rosa said. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo, de Lima warn of ‘dark change’...

ALSO:
De Lima ethics case - Sotto wants immediate action
[RELATED: Declare Duterte 'unfit' for office, De Lima asks Cabinet]
[ALSO: Duterte to UN rights chief - Shut up, we pay your salary]


DECEMBER 28 -Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (left) said he wanted immediate action on the ethics complaint filed by House leaders against Sen. Leila de Lima (right) but would let members of the Senate ethics committee to decide on the issue. House leaders are accusing De Lima of stopping her former driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan, from testifying in a congressional inquiry on illegal drugs. INQUIRER FILES
Is there a need for the Senate to immediately call for a “full blown inquiry” on the complaint filed against Senator Leila de Lima? This question would be answered in a resolution that Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is planning to draft as chair of the Senate committee on ethics tasked to deliberate on the complaint filed by three officials of the House of Representatives — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.
READ: Ethics complaint vs De Lima filed at Senate Sotto said the committee would tackle the complaint in the first week of the resumption of the sessions of Congress. Congress is on break and will resume on January 16. READ MORE...RELATED, Declare Duterte 'unfit' for office, De Lima asks Cabinet... ALSO: Duterte to UN rights chief - Shut up, we pay your salary...

ALSO: Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations


DECEMBER 21 -Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon answers questions during an interview with Agence France-Presse November 11, 2016, at the UN in New York. AFP PHOTO
UNITED NATIONS, United States — UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale. “I feel a bit like Cinderella. Tomorrow at midnight, everything changes!” he joked to staff and colleagues as he wrapped up a decade leading the United Nations. Beginning Sunday, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, 67, takes over from Ban. Guterres is the first former head of government to lead the UN, succeeding Ban for a five-year term. Ban, in a more serious vein, said it has been a “privilege” to have been at the head of an organization that endeavored to tamp down global conflict and end suffering — and said it was an honor to have shared that mission with his co-workers. READ MORE...

ALSO ANALYSIS: On De Lima, UN - Guilty before innocence is proven?
[RELATED: Apology for killings not enough says, CHR Chair, 2 Senators]


DECEMBER 24 -By Ninez Olivarez: By Ninez Olivarez
United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, along with other human rights groups, all of whom apparently take the claims of former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), now senator, Leila de Lima, as gospel truth, is making a mountain out of a molehill, apart from making their judgments and conclusions on Rody Duterte’s “guilt” based on his “admitted murders,” despite a clear lack of evidence.Al Hussein called for the Philippine investigative bodies to probe Duterte and called on Philippine authorities to investigate Duterte over his admission that he “personally” killed when he was his city’s local chief executive, saying the President admitted openly that he committed murder when he had declared he killed suspected criminals while he was mayor of Davao City, “The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder,” Zeid said.First off, Al Hussein has not quoted the admission of Duterte accurately. While Rody did say before a group of businessmen was that he was then with a police team that shot at abductors that he killed criminals and rapists of the victim carrying guns, which means that the killing of the suspected criminals was in the line of duty, which cannot be murder. READ MORE...RELATED, Apology for killings not enough – CHR, senators...


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De Lima asks for 'miracle' in Christmas wish for Duterte


In this July 25, 2016 file photo, political opposites President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima greet before he delivers his first State of the Nation Address. PPD/King Rodriguez

MANILA, JANUARY 2, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated December 26, 2016 - 6:27pm 2 17 googleplus0 0

Manila, Philippines — Sen. Leila De Lima is asking for a "miracle" this Christmas directed to her political nemesis, President Rodrigo Duterte.

"I wish for a Christmas miracle where the President orders an end to all summary executions, whether by police or by the death squads roaming our streets, especially during this season of hope and salvation with the coming of the Saviour to our home and to our families," De Lima said in a statement on Monday.

The senator also wished for the president to "full control of his faculties" to give the "gift of Nativity" by respecting every Filipino's right to live.

"May the Holy Spirit and the Son and the Father also visit President Duterte and his family and bless them with the gift of life," De Lima said.

She also wished that the first family have "kindness and compassion" to others.

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Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, meanwhile, said the ugliness of summary killings scars the beauty of Christmas.

“Christmas comes to us as a feast of beauty, but we are not blind and numb to the ugliness that has come upon us,” Villegas said in his pastoral message titled "Feast of Beauty and Hope."

READ: EJKs mar the beauty of Christmas, says bishop

"We have Christmas, but there is blood spilling on our streets and sidewalks," Villegas added.

The Duterte administration has repeatedly denied having a hand in the extrajudicial killings involved in the campaign against illegal narcotics.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in police operations and vigilante killings, among others, since Duterte assumed presidency in June.

REFRESHER: THE DE LIMA HYSTERICS PRESSCON VIDEO LAST SEPTEMBER 
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Duterte: If you can’t take my jokes, then that’s your problem By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 11:17 AM December 31, 2016


DUTERTE ON HIS off-the-cuff remarks in public.

If you can’t take my jokes, then that is your problem, President Rodrigo Duterte has said.

Duterte said he sees no problem with how he communicates even if some of his jokes had been taken seriously by others and even reported by the media.

“It’s not a problem actually. If you cannot understand me, the entire Filipino nation, kayo ang may problema (then that’s your problem),” the President said in a recent television interview when asked about his off-the-cuff remarks in public.

“Basta ako dito trabaho (I’m doing my job). What I promised you. Let’s stick to the fundamentals,” he said.

The President earlier claimed to have once thrown a person off a helicopter but later denied doing it. He said he was only joking when he said that God talked to him during his flight from Japan to Manila in October.

READ: After hearing the ‘voice of God,’ Duterte swears he won’t swear again

Duterte said he was surprised that the media picked it up and wrote about it.

“Sino ba namang gagong ang magsalita na…Ang joker diyan ang Diyos, hindi ako,” he said in the same TV interview.

(What kind of fool would say that… It’s God who is the joker there, not me.) CDG

 
http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/12/29/16/watch-is-duterte-happy-about-being-president
 WATCH: Is Duterte happy about being President? ABS-CBN News  Dec 29 2016 07:26 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte said he is still adjusting to his job as chief executive of the Philippines. Duterte, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News' Lynda Jumilla in Malacanang on Thursday, said it was his first time to be busy even after Christmas Day. "Sabi ko nga I'll give it to you ahead because there are many guys who are really asking me about the presidency." "Sabihin ko sa iyo ang totoo. If you ask me whether I'm happy and extraordinarily happy, my answer would really be 'I don't need a job at this time of my life," the president said. Duterte said that no matter how orderly you plan your life for the next day, there will always be changes.


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SIX MONTHS INTO TERM Duterte’s men claim victory in war on drugs Published December 27, 2016 6:23pm

President Rodrigo Duterte's law enforcement officials on Tuesday claimed that the government was winning the war on drugs a few days before the six-month mark of his term.

At a news briefing in Manila, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the government's impending victory in the drug war was evidenced by the seizure of 890 kilos of shabu worth P6 billion in a series of raids over the past days by the National Bureau of Investigation.

"Malamang nananalo na kami," Aguirre said.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, for his part, said 70 percent of the country's 1.8 million drug personalities, or more than 1.3 million, have either been killed, surrendered, arrested or undergoing rehabilitation.

“As of now, masasabi natin na we are victorious on our war on drugs for the moment since nakuha natin yung 70 percent ng ating target na 1.8 million," Dela Rosa said.

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Duterte during the campaign promised to stamp out crime and illegal drugs in the country in six months or at the end of 2016.

Duterte, however, asked for another six months to combat the problem of narcotics in the country.

“Just a give me a little extension, maybe another six months," he said in September.

Duterte has repeatedly said that he didn't know the extent of the country's drug problem until he took office.

Less crime, more murder

PNP data shows that index crime in the five months since Duterte took office is down more than 31 percent year on year, even as cases of murder went up by over 50 percent.

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, however, 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.

The Philippine Statistics Authority defines index crimes as: crimes which are sufficiently significant and which occur with sufficient regularity to be meaningful."

Included in this category are murder, homicide, robbery, theft, carnapping, and physical injury.

Local and international watchdog organizations, however, have expressed concern over the rising death toll in the administration's crime campaign. Duterte, in turn, has bristled at the criticism, lashing out with profanity-laced tirades against critics ranging from United States President Barack Obama to the United Nations to the European Union.

More than 2,000 people have been killed in the PNP's drug operations.

The police also said more than 4,000 people have been killed in what they have termed "deaths under investigation."

Dela Rosa claims, however, that only about a third of those incidents are related to the drug war.

Significant headway

In a news briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that given the "depth, length, breadth, and extent" of the drug problem in the Philippines, Duterte's campaign was making significant headway.

"A great number of people on the ground appreciate the fact that they can go home safe, the fact that there are no people are no longer on the streets acting with impunity and we hear this on the ground, I’m sure you do. The people do appreciate the fact that... his war on drugs has actually yielded very significant results both quantitatively and qualitatively," Abella said.

Abella said that one of the parameters of winning the war on drugs include the uncovering of the actual drug situation in the Philippines. Duterte has repeatedly claimed that thousands of government officials are involved in the drug trade, citing names in his narco-list.

"Identifying the enemy is about 50 percent of the battle, right? And also the fact that at least 900,000 people have already surrendered during his administration. So it tells you that prior to him, prior to his situation, this was not something that was being done," Abella said. —Erwin Colcol, Amita Legaspi, and Trisha Macas/NB/JST, GMA News

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Robredo, de Lima warn of ‘dark change’ BY MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO, TMT ON DECEMBER 31, 2016 TOP STORIES


IN THIS JULY 4, 2014 PHOTO REP. LENI Robredo and Secretary Leila de Lima tweak Filipiniana: Robredo with off shoulder top; De Lima with Maria Clara top INQUIRER LIFESTYLE Women stylize Filipiniana to suit the times 04:59 AM July 04, 2014

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday decried what they claimed was “darkness” shrouding the country, as they urged the Filipino people to gather strength for the New Year and have faith that the “light” will come.

In her New Year message, Robredo said unwelcome changes were brought about by desperation and hatred from some people, such as the poor.

“May kumakalat na madilim na pagbabago [Dark change is spreading],” she said. “Ang mga taong lugmok sa kahirapan ay humihiyaw sa galit—at bakit naman hindi? Sila naman talaga ang dapat pinakikinggan ng ating pamahalaan at nating lahat [People mired in poverty are crying in anger—and why not? It is they the government and the rest of us should be listening to].”

Robredo, who quit the Duterte Cabinet on December 4, was accused on Thursday by the President of involvement in efforts to oust him. The vice president on Friday denied joining rallies calling for President Rodrigo Duterte’s ouster.

Robredo, the highest ranking Liberal Party member and its interim chair, has been vocal in denouncing a number of policies of Duterte, including the proposed restoration of the death penalty, the government’s retreat from its West Philippine Sea claims, the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.

“As we welcome the New Year, let our homes be filled with light and peace. If there is harmony in our homes, let us remain strong for whatever storm might rock our nation. Even in the darkest night, we will always find light; we just need to learn to see with gratitude in our hearts,” she said in Filipino.

“This coming year, let us take to heart beautiful change, in our own lives, and in our being Filipino. Let us love simple life and simple joys, deepen the manner of our service to our loved ones, and widen our understanding for those at the edges of society,” she added.

“The New Year brings new opportunities. Let us continue to trust. Let us continue to have faith that at the end of it all—what is right and what is good will always prevail.”

Another staunch Duterte critic, Sen. Leila de Lima, who has denied accusations of involvement in the drug trade, said many people could no longer be with their loved ones because of killings.

“We have countrymen who have been killed, instead of given the chance to change their ways. Amid the feasting and shiny decorations, there are others in anguish and deep sadness in the memory of their slain parents, children, sibling, spouse, and friend. How do we celebrate, if the killings and injustice in society continue?” she said in her New Year message.

“However heavy the trials of life, however dark the period covering our nation, I have faith that the light will come. As the New Year comes, I believe in the greater compassion of Filipinos for fellow Filipinos and respect for human rights. With the Lord’s guidance, let us unite toward a truly peaceful and just nation,” de Lima said.

According to a yearend report released by Malacañang, a total of 2,166 drug suspects were killed in 40,284 police operations from July 1 to December 30.

A total of 1,003,118 people surrendered amid the drug war, while 42,978 suspects were put behind bars.

The report did not include the growing number of people left dead on sidewalks with cardboard signs over or near their bodies claiming they were involved in illegal activities.

Speaker wants paradigm shift


ALVAREZ

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was optimistic in the coming year as a result of the new administration’s “achievements” in the past six months.

“The Duterte administration has made significant gains not only in the war on illegal drugs and in fighting crime and corruption, but also in laying the ground for sustained socioeconomic advance, lasting peace and political reforms,” he said.

Alvarez called for unity behind the reform agenda of the President, including the shift to a federal system, putting an end to poverty, strengthening democratic institutions and moving the country forward.

“Let us take the first of the many giant steps we as one nation must undertake to effect a paradigm shift by changing our form of government from presidential to federal.

Let’s all open our eyes that it is only through federalism that we can break the barriers of a fatally flawed Manila-centrist government to one that grants political and economic autonomy to all of our country’s regions,” he said.


INQUIRER

De Lima ethics case: Sotto wants immediate action By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 11:32 AM December 28, 2016


Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (left) said he wanted immediate action on the ethics complaint filed by House leaders against Sen. Leila de Lima (right) but would let members of the Senate ethics committee to decide on the issue. House leaders are accusing De Lima of stopping her former driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan, from testifying in a congressional inquiry on illegal drugs. INQUIRER FILES

Is there a need for the Senate to immediately call for a “full blown inquiry” on the complaint filed against Senator Leila de Lima?

This question would be answered in a resolution that Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is planning to draft as chair of the Senate committee on ethics tasked to deliberate on the complaint filed by three officials of the House of Representatives — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

READ: Ethics complaint vs De Lima filed at Senate

Sotto said the committee would tackle the complaint in the first week of the resumption of the sessions of Congress. Congress is on break and will resume on January 16.

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“I plan to draft a resolution and have the members review it and agree if we will call for a full blown inquiry right away,” he said in a text message on Wednesday.

Asked if the committee should immediately act on the complaint against De Lima, Sotto said, “Yes, I think so. To be fair to all sides.”

The complaint, filed before the committee last December 12, stemmed from De Lima’s advice to her former aide and partner, Ronnie Dayan, not to attend the House justice committee’s investigation on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima allegedly violated Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code, which states that “Disobedience to summons issued by the National Assembly, its committees or subcommittees, by the Constitutional Commissions, its committees, subcommittees or divisions.”

“As an incumbent Senator, former Secretary of Justice and a lawyer, advising and inducing Mr. Dayan to hide and not to attend and/or appear in the House inquiry for which she was duly summoned, is tantamount to restraining or inducing disobedience to a summon issued by Congress, of which she is a sitting member, in violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code,” the complaint said.

De Lima, it said, “clearly interfered in a congressional inquiry conducted by the House committee on justice” when she advised Dayan to hide and refrain from appearing the House probe.

“This is a clear case of contempt of the power and authority vested in the House of Representatives,” the complaint said.

Dayan, who eventually appeared in the House probe and later in a separate investigation in the Senate, claimed to have delivered millions of pesos to De Lima allegedly from suspected drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa. CBB

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Declare Duterte 'unfit' for office, De Lima asks Cabinet Rappler.com Published 10:37 AM, December 24, 2016 Updated 10:37 AM, December 24, 2016

'The Cabinet should seriously consider declaring him unfit to perform the duties of the President... in order to save this nation from the ramblings of a madman'


UNFIT. Senator Leila de Lima urges the Cabinet to declare President Rodrigo Duterte 'unfit' for office.

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima called on the Cabinet to declare President Rodrigo Duterte “unfit” to serve the country, citing his supposed abuse of the powerful opioid painkiller Fentanyl.

“The Cabinet should seriously consider declaring him unfit to perform the duties of the President and relay such opinion to Congress, in order to save this nation once and for all from the ramblings of a madman,” De Lima said on Friday, December 23.

De Lima, the fiercest critic of Duterte, slammed the chief executive for his new tirades against the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, the Anti-Money Laundering Council, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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“We have to understand by now that all the President’s statements are fentanyl-induced. He can no longer be considered to be in a normal state of mind,” the senator said.

“How else can one explain all of these outrageous statements about the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) executives and the UN human rights commissioner who are the most professional people in their respective lines of work?” she added.

Duterte on Thursday, December 22, lambasted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein for urging Philippine authorities to probe him after he himself admitted killing at least 3 suspects when he was Davao City mayor.

The Chief Executive reminded the UN official that the Philippines, as a member state of the international organization, pays for the salary of UN employees like him.

Before this, on the same day, Duterte accused officials of the AMLC and BSP of inefficiency and corruption.

(READ: Duterte threatens to 'whack' BSP, AMLC officials)

The President in the same speech also blasted the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) for alleged corruption in issuing online gaming licenses. But PEZA later reminded him that it has nothing to do with regulating online gaming in the Philippines.

(READ: PEZA to Duterte: We're not engaged in online gaming)

Allegations vs AMLC untrue

De Lima said allegations against the AMLC are untrue, saying it had been cooperative with her when she was justice secretary. She added members of the Duterte administration have “little” respect for the rule of law.

“In my time as secretary of justice, during which time we worked with the AMLC in many cases that resulted in productive investigations that even resulted in the freezing of assets of some of those subject of investigation or parties to cases filed in court, I have never known said office to be uncooperative,” said De Lima.

This was the second time Duterte threatened AMLC and BSP officials. He earlier accused them of turning a blind eye to hidden wealth and allegedly contributing to a smear campaign against him during the 2016 polls. After his outburts, the AMLC in November released documents that would allegedly bolster the case against De Lima.

While the President did not spell out what was in the report he was demanding, he seemed to be referring to the bank records of the senator, whom he alleged to be a drug coddler.

The law, however, prohibits the AMLC from sharing any information with anyone else without a court order. – Rappler.com

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Duterte to UN rights chief: Shut up, we pay your salary

In his latest rant against a United Nations human rights official, the Philippine president says: ''You officials sitting there on your asses, we pay you your salaries. You idiot. You do not tell me what to do. I am your employer.'

Jun A. Malig Published 11:16 PM, December 22, 2016 Updated 6:20 AM, December 23, 2016


RANT. President Rodrigo Duterte talks about the 'idiot' United Nations officials during a gathering of community drug watch volunteers in Pampanga on December 22, 2016. Onstage with him are (from left) Clark International Airport Corporation OIC Alexander Cauguiran, Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

PAMPANGA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 22, lambasted the United Nations (UN) human rights chief for asking the judiciary to investigate him for admitting that he had killed 3 people when he was a mayor of Davao City.

The Chief Executive reminded the UN official, whom he did not name, that the Philippines, as a member state of the international organization, pays for the salary of UN employees like him.

Mr. Duterte did not mention the name of the official but was apparently referring to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights has since formed a team to look into Duterte's admission that he had killed crime suspects.

During the gathering of the about 9,000 women volunteers for a community drug watch program in Pampanga, Duterte stressed that UN officials have no right to tell him what to do because he, as the elected president of the Philippines, is an employer of these officials.

“There’s one United Nations official, human rights. He said Duterte is a murderer and must be charged for murder. This guy is ever a joker or a bit insane,” he said to the cheers and applause of the audience on the parade ground at the Clark Freeport Zone.


AL HUSSEIN

“Ang mahirap dito sa United Nations, you guys, you are employed by an organ composed of nations whose officials are elected by the people. You, kayong mga opisyal sitting there on your asses, we pay you your salaries. You idiot. You do not tell me what to do. I am your employer. Who gave you the right? Kulang kayo ng [knowledge of] international law. Kami ang may contribution sa United Nations. Kung di ba kayo mga tarantado, putang ina. Ako ang nagbabayad sa s'weldo mo,” the fuming President said.

(The problem with the United Nations, you guys, you are employed by an organization composed of nations whose officials are elected by the people. You officials sitting there on your asses, we pay you your salaries. You idiot. You do not tell me what to do. I am your employer. Who gave you the right? You lack knowledge of international law. We are the ones who contribute to the United Nations. You shameless sons of a whore. I pay your salaries.)

Duterte continued before an amused crowd: “Ako ang nagbabayad sa s'weldo mo. Huwag ka d'yan magsalita na akala mo empleyado mo ako. I am [the head of] a member state, a sovereign state. Please shut up. Ang utak ninyo d'yan kulang. Do not do that. You’re just an employee there. Appointed kayo.” (I'm the one who pays your salary. Don't talk as if I'm your employee. I am the head of a member state, a sovereign state. Please shut up. Your brain is small. Do not do that. You're just an employee there. You're appointed.)

“You are just employees of an office there whose subsidy comes from the pockets of the member-states. You strut around as if you’re a sovereign idiot. Go back to school. You do not know diplomacy. You do not know how to behave to be [an] employee of the United Nations. You do not talk to me like that, you son of a bitch,” Duterte said.

Referring to Zeid calling him out in September for his supposed "lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies safe," Duterte said on Thursday there is no law in the Philippines that criminalizes making threats to suspected criminals.

“If I say, 'If you meddle in the affairs of my country, I will kill you,' that is a legitimate statement. If I say, 'Do not destroy the youth of the land because you will be destroyed,' what’s wrong with that?" he said.

Duterte said the UN human rights official can come to the Philippines if he wants to, but added, “Mamaya sampalin kita (I might just slap you).”

In early June this year, before his formal assumption to office, Duterte had told then outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon to "shut up," also because the latter condemned Duterte's endorsement of extrajudicial killings.

A week ago, the Philippine president admitted to killing hostage takers in Davao City when he was mayor. In March, he admitted to Esquire magazine that he "maybe" killed a man during a beach rumble when he was 17. – Rappler.com


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Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations Agence France-Presse / 07:14 AM December 31, 2016


Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon answers questions during an interview with Agence France-Presse November 11, 2016, at the UN in New York. AFP PHOTO

UNITED NATIONS, United States — UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale.

“I feel a bit like Cinderella. Tomorrow at midnight, everything changes!” he joked to staff and colleagues as he wrapped up a decade leading the United Nations.

Beginning Sunday, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, 67, takes over from Ban.

Guterres is the first former head of government to lead the UN, succeeding Ban for a five-year term.

Ban, in a more serious vein, said it has been a “privilege” to have been at the head of an organization that endeavored to tamp down global conflict and end suffering — and said it was an honor to have shared that mission with his co-workers.

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“You should be very proud — just as I am so very proud to call you my colleagues,” the South Korean diplomat said.

He added that in his decade at the UN, he has endeavored “to never give up. To keep dreaming, to keep believing, and to keep working hard until we achieve progress,” he said.

Ban added that as UN chief, he also has been guided by a desire “to keep the focus on people — on people’s rights and people’s dignity… and to stand up for those who are left behind.”

As a first act after leaving the pinnacle of global diplomacy, Ban will ring in the new year at Times Square by formally launching the traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop, to be attended by hundreds of thousands of revelers.

“Tomorrow night, on the eve of the New Year, I will be in Times Square for the ball drop — millions of people will be watching as I lose my job!” the outgoing UN leader joked. CBB


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DE LIMA AND THE UN HR: Guilty before innocence is proven? Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00


DECEMBER 24 -By Ninez Olivarez

United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, along with other human rights groups, all of whom apparently take the claims of former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), now senator, Leila de Lima, as gospel truth, is making a mountain out of a molehill, apart from making their judgments and conclusions on Rody Duterte’s “guilt” based on his “admitted murders,” despite a clear lack of evidence.

Al Hussein called for the Philippine investigative bodies to probe Duterte and called on Philippine authorities to investigate Duterte over his admission that he “personally” killed when he was his city’s local chief executive, saying the President admitted openly that he committed murder when he had declared he killed suspected criminals while he was mayor of Davao City,

“The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder,” Zeid said.

First off, Al Hussein has not quoted the admission of Duterte accurately. While Rody did say before a group of businessmen was that he was then with a police team that shot at abductors that he killed criminals and rapists of the victim carrying guns, which means that the killing of the suspected criminals was in the line of duty, which cannot be murder.

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Rody never said he committed murder. It was the rights groups’ favorite, de Lima, who has been branding Rody a “mass murderer” and keeps on claiming that he has admitted to murdering people.

Al Hussein really should check things out first before listening to Leila’s tales against Rody that are moreover carried by the international newsrooms.

But Al Hussein went on, saying that “It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted to being a killer.”

Al Hussein really should look deeper into Leila’s past efforts as CHR chairman.

It was Leila who had investigated Rody when he was mayor of Davao City, but never filed a complaint of murder — not even before the UN Rights organization throughout her stint in the CHR.


AL HUSSEIN

Up to the time she left the CHR and joined Noynoy Aquino’s administration as his Justice secretary for six years, she then had full powers to investigate Duterte, but again, despite her claim that she would be probing Rody as Justice chief, she never did, up to the time she resigned her post to run for a Senate seat.

She claimed that her witness to the Davao Death Squad that pointed to Rody as he official who was giving orders for the DDS to kill, who was Leila’s witness under the government protection program. She then said the witness had vanished as the reason she failed to conduct a probe or file a case against Rody.

During the Senate hearing, she suddenly “found” her witness against Rody, Edgar Matobato, who was clearly coached by Leila but his manufactured testimony fell flat under the senators’ questions.

Yet when it comes to Leila being accused by several national penitentiary convicts and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials, all of whom testified that she had ordered them to deliver funds from their illegal drug trade to fill up her campaign kitty, she dismissed their testimonies as manufactured by the new Justice chief, despite the fact that there was not one prisoner or BuCor official that contradicted the others who had also testified during the House of Representatives’ probe on the national penitentiary prisoners’ illegal drug trade. Heck, even her bodyguard- lover admitted that he collected drug money for her.

Al Hussein insists that Duterte’s acts while still mayor “directly contravene” the rights enshrined in Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, and violate international law...”

Al Husseun does not seem to know the Philippine Constitution, as he merely parrots Leila’s claim. Rody cannot be impeached while in office and he has been investigated as Davao mayor.


DE LIMA

Yet Al Hussein is already saying that Rody is guilty, and his only evidence is that Rody admitted he had killed suspected criminals when he was Davao City mayor, without adding that he was with a team of policemen and faced the armed abductors and rapists who were shot by the police team and Rody.

Rody likes to brag, and even comes up with claims of having gunned down the Davao penitentiary prisoners who laid siege to the prison, taking as hostage an Australian missionary whom they raped.

All the international news reports at that time clearly proved that Duterte was nowhere near the penitentiary. It was just the troopers with their chief who were on the scene, and finished off the prisoners.

The rights groups could have at least checked on this, and would know that Rody loves to exaggerate to make him look fearless and is always on the spot when mayhem and other criminal acts occur.

It really looks like the UN Rights Commissioner is so frustrated due to the fact that Rody has thumbed down the plans of UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to come to the Philippines. He wants an investigation under his terms.

Rody is now being investigated by the Ombudsman, so what are the UN and Leila bitching about?

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Apology for killings not enough – CHR, senators By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 31, 2016 - 12:00am 1 14 googleplus0 0


Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s apology for the “unintentional” deaths of innocents in his bloody war on drugs, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon said the government should hold those responsible for the killings accountable. Chito Gascon Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines - Saying sorry is not enough.

Following President Duterte’s apology for the “unintentional” deaths of innocents in his bloody war on drugs, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon said the government should hold those responsible for the killings accountable.

“If the President is prepared to accept or concede that there have been persons wrongfully killed, and seriously wants to set things right to prevent its further occurrence, then a zero-tolerance policy for this must be pursued,” Gascon told The STAR yesterday.

“That President Duterte is feeling remorse for those killed unintentionally in his so-called ‘war on drugs’ should spur him to do more than just say sorry,” he added.

Duterte on Thursday said those who were unintentionally caught in crossfire could be considered as collateral damage in government’s efforts to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

“I would admit there were killings that were really unintended, like the children who were caught in a crossfire. Collateral damage, and I’m sorry,” Duterte said during his interview with ABS-CBN.

“There has to be a casualty and there has to be some drawbacks there.”

Duterte maintained security forces would have no criminal liability despite the death of innocents during legitimate anti-crime operations.

Gascon, however, said Duterte should stop shielding law enforcement personnel with a blanket acceptance of their justifications over the deaths.

He urged Duterte to allow independent bodies to check for violations of established police procedures and use of force protocols.

“The harm and injury of the families of those wrongfully killed must be immediately addressed,” Gascon said.

“A thorough independent investigation of every single case of death during police operations must be undertaken to determine levels of accountability to pierce the ‘nanlaban’ (resisting arrest) justification,” he added.

Lawmakers welcomed Duterte’s regret over the “unintended killings” in the course of his brutal war against illegal drugs.

They said, however, that Duterte should do more to stop extrajudicial killings.

HONASAN

Sen. Gringo Honasan said Duterte’s apology for the innocent victims in the campaign against illegal drugs showed he was not condoning extrajudicial killings.

“In all our hearings as well as meetings with law enforcement officials and the military officers, we have not heard of any order from the commander-in-chief (Duterte) telling them to go on a rampage,” Honasan said.

“He (Duterte) has condemned extrajudicial killings, we all have condemned extrajudicial killings, so we have to assume due process on the part of his administration and give him the benefit of the doubt,” he said.

Honasan said it was unfortunate the country has to undergo this “painful” process of fighting drugs with limited resources as previous governments did not do enough to prevent the scourge from spreading.

LACSON

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, however, said there must be some explanation with accompanying details as to what Duterte meant by “unintended killings.”

“Those killed as what he described as collateral damage in the drug war, especially those ‘in slippers,’ must be given at the very least some compensation and justice, at the most,” Lacson said.

He reiterated his call for the administration to form a composite team of seasoned investigators and intelligence operatives to deal with at least 4,000 vigilante killings.

Some 6,000 people have died in supposed drug-related incidents since Duterte assumed office on June 30.

More than 2,000 of those were killed in legitimate police operations, while suspected vigilante groups killed over 4,000.

“Otherwise, they cannot expect to disabuse the thinking that most of those killings were either state inspired or at worst, state sanctioned or sponsored,” Lacson said.

HONTIVEROS

Sen. Risa Hontiveros was not impressed by the apology, saying government’s supposed shift to the public health approach in its anti-drugs campaign should have come first in a comprehensive response against the drug menace.

“President Duterte should go beyond words and rhetoric. I believe the best apology he can give the people is for the government to put a stop to the extrajudicial killings,” Hontiveros said.

“Ending the killings and holding all those responsible for these atrocities must be done alongside the implementation of a public health agenda on the anti-drugs campaign,” she said.

Failure to do so will fuel further speculations that the government not only condones the extrajudicial killings, but also sanctions them, to the detriment of the people’s health, Hontiveros said.

PANGILINAN

Sen. Francis Pangilinan said he found it difficult to accept Duterte’s description of “unintended” referring to the innocents killed.

“When the police are encouraged to kill and even to lie and are assured that they will not go to jail despite findings of premeditated killings,” he said. – Paolo Romero


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