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PNoy NOT AMENABLE TO HERO'S BURIAL FOR MARCOS, PARDON FOR ARROYO
[Aquino, a few days before the May polls, warned he would fight any return of dictatorship and other abuses even at the cost of his life.]


JUNE 2 -President Aquino and Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte (MB File)
Despite a promise to give President-elect Rodrigo Duterte a yearlong honeymoon period, President Aquino is not amenable to his successor’s plans to give a hero’s burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos and grant pardon to detained former President Gloria Arroyo. The President argued that Marcos do not deserve to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery while Arroyo ought to face the pending corruption charges in court. “Kaisang-isang libingan na distinctive na talagang parang honor na ipinagkakaloob sa mga taong talagang may ginawa para sa lipunan [The heroes’ cemetery is the single distinctive resting place, an honor accorded to persons who really contributed to society],” Aquino said in an interview with “24 Oras” last Wednesday night (June 01, 2016), about the proposed hero’s burial for Marcos. On Duterte’s belief Arroyo should be set free due to weak cases against her, the President said they are standing firmly behind the cases filed against the former leader by the Department of Justice. “We believe the evidence is strong,” Aquino added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Incoming DAR chief vows Luisita review
[Mariano: Cojuangcos busy ‘securing landholdings’]


JUNE 2 -Incoming Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Rafael Mariano
THE 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, would be among the first to be subjected to a “no holds barred” review, incoming secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Rafael Mariano, vowed Wednesday. “We will immediately review the sham land reform implemented by the DAR in Hacienda Luisita,” Mariano said. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, the leftist farmers group Mariano headed, said the Cojuangco family “immediately maneuvered to secure their landholdings” after Mariano was mentioned as a possible DAR secretary. The KMP cited reports by the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura on the most recent incident of violence against farmers of Hacienda Luisita that occurred on Monday, May 30, when agents of the Cojuangco-Aquino family attempted to demolish a farmer’s house in Barangay Mapalacsiao, inside Hacienda Luisita.“We will conduct a no holds barred review and reversal of the DAR’s anti-farmer decisions, [declare] a moratorium on land-use conversion, and a stop to the cancellation of farmers’ land ownership certificates,” Mariano said. “This review will also include the pending petition by farmers for the revocation of the land-use conversion issued by the DAR in favor of the Cojuangcos of Hacienda Luisita,” Mariano said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino ready for any lawsuit


JUNE 4 -President Aquino (MB File) President Aquino (MB File)
President Aquino is confident that he would not rot in jail for the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) even though it was partly declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The President insisted that he has not broken any law or abused government funds, unlike his two predecessors who faced corruption charges when they stepped down from office. “Besides the fact that we served in this office, yun lang ang similarity yata namin,” Aquino said in a recent television interview about former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo. “The fate that befell them why should it befall me if I didn’t do that which they were either accused or convicted of,” he added. The President affirmed that he is ready for any lawsuit that may be filed against him when he ends his six-year term at the end of the month. “I’ll wait na lang. If anybody decides to file, we are ready to respond,” he said during th “24Oras” interview last Wednesday night. Aquino insisted that the spending program, which diverted government savings to other projects to boost economic growth, benefited many Filipinos. “Ang bottomline nun, nakatulong sa kababayan natn at yun naman ang silbi ng gobyerno. Paano dapat magiging mali yun?” he said. “That has been practiced previous to us. They called it by different name,” he added. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Aquino govt plans suit against Digong
[DILG plans to use CHR ruling against Duterte as basis]


JUNE 3 -DAVAO CITY—The government is considering filing charges against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, in connection with a complaint filed by women’s groups against him before the Commission on Human Rights, after he told a campaign crowd that he should have been first to have sex with an Australian missionary that inmates had raped and killed in a jail riot in 1989.
News of a possible investigation came as Duterte drew more flak for sexual harrassment and disrespecting women, after he wolf whistled a female journalist during a nationally televised press conference. Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said that as soon as his department receives a copy to the CHR resolution citing the complaints that Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women, they would conduct a preliminary investigation to find probable cause for disciplinary proceedings against him.READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace on Duterte vs media - Let’s wait and see


JUNE 4 -After deciding not to hold press conferences for the meantime, Duterte started boycotting the media yesterday, his close aide said. KRIS JOHN ROSALES
Malacañang prefers to wait and see how president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will carry out his promise to “metamorphose” when he assumes office on June 30 instead of commenting on his pronouncements. After deciding not to hold press conferences for the meantime, Duterte started boycotting the media yesterday, his close aide said. Related Stories Palace: Water supply from Angat Dam sufficient for Metro Manila Duterte restricted media coverage following his rants against members of the industry in his recent press briefings. Outgoing Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said he does not see anything wrong if all statements of Duterte would be made through state-owned television network PTV4 to avoid misinterpretation of his statements. “There is no issue about that… All pronouncements from him (Duterte) will be carried by the People’s Television,” Coloma said. Asked about Duterte’s complaints against the media, Coloma said it would be best to wait until he assumes office as the country’s 16th president. “We heard the pronouncement of president-elect Duterte that he would change,” Coloma said. Coloma also refrained from reacting on Duterte’s statement against the United Nations when the president-elect was asked about the international organization’s opposition to his statements on media killings. READ MORE...


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Aquino not amenable to hero’s burial for Marcos, pardon for Arroyo


President Aquino and Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte (MB File)

MANILA, JUNE 6, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Genalyn Kabiling June 2, 2016 - Despite a promise to give President-elect Rodrigo Duterte a yearlong honeymoon period, President Aquino is not amenable to his successor’s plans to give a hero’s burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos and grant pardon to detained former President Gloria Arroyo.

The President argued that Marcos do not deserve to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery while Arroyo ought to face the pending corruption charges in court.

“Kaisang-isang libingan na distinctive na talagang parang honor na ipinagkakaloob sa mga taong talagang may ginawa para sa lipunan [The heroes’ cemetery is the single distinctive resting place, an honor accorded to persons who really contributed to society],” Aquino said in an interview with “24 Oras” last Wednesday night (June 01, 2016), about the proposed hero’s burial for Marcos.

On Duterte’s belief Arroyo should be set free due to weak cases against her, the President said they are standing firmly behind the cases filed against the former leader by the Department of Justice. “We believe the evidence is strong,” Aquino added.

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The President earlier said he would keep mum about his successor as part of his self-imposed rule to give him a honeymoon period at least for a year.

“I promised that I will not comment on my successor, incoming assumption of office at least for a year. I would want to grant him that which was not granted to me,” Aquino said in an interview with the Manila Bulletin last Monday (May 30, 2016).

The President opted to give his successor a chance to prove his worth even after strongly campaigning against Duterte’s presidential bid due to his alleged dictatorial tendency. Aquino, a few days before the May polls, warned he would fight any return of dictatorship and other abuses even at the cost of his life.


MANILA STANDARD

DAR chief vows Luisita review
Mariano: Cojuangcos busy ‘securing landholdings’


Incoming Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Rafael Mariano

THE 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, would be among the first to be subjected to a “no holds barred” review, incoming secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Rafael Mariano, vowed Wednesday.

“We will immediately review the sham land reform implemented by the DAR in Hacienda Luisita,” Mariano said.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, the leftist farmers group Mariano headed, said the Cojuangco family “immediately maneuvered to secure their landholdings” after Mariano was mentioned as a possible DAR secretary.

The KMP cited reports by the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura on the most recent incident of violence against farmers of Hacienda Luisita that occurred on Monday, May 30, when agents of the Cojuangco-Aquino family attempted to demolish a farmer’s house in Barangay Mapalacsiao, inside Hacienda Luisita.

“We will conduct a no holds barred review and reversal of the DAR’s anti-farmer decisions, [declare] a moratorium on land-use conversion, and a stop to the cancellation of farmers’ land ownership certificates,” Mariano said.

“This review will also include the pending petition by farmers for the revocation of the land-use conversion issued by the DAR in favor of the Cojuangcos of Hacienda Luisita,” Mariano said.

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Farmer tenants have complained that the Cojuangco-Aquino family has defied a Supreme Court ruling that the President’s family must distribute the lands to the farmers, and that the DAR was conniving with them.

The Court had also ordered the family to return P1.33 billion to the farmers, since this amount came from the proceeds of the sale of some 500 hectares.

The KMP said the Cojuangco-Aquinos were now securing control over the hacienda in Tarlac.

“While we welcome President-elect Duterte’s appointment of KMP chairperson Rafael Mariano as secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Filipino peasantry must not put their guard down,” KMP secretary general Antonio Flores said.

“The Filipino peasantry should continue and heighten their collective assertion of their rights to the land. Big landlords led by the Cojuangco-Aquinos are fortifying their stranglehold over vast landholdings like Hacienda Luisita,” Flores said. With Sandy Araneta


MANILA BULLETIN

Aquino ready for any lawsuit by Genalyn Kabiling June 3, 2016 (updated) Share85 Tweet1 Share2 Email1 Share111


President Aquino (MB File) President Aquino (MB File)

President Aquino is confident that he would not rot in jail for the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) even though it was partly declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The President insisted that he has not broken any law or abused government funds, unlike his two predecessors who faced corruption charges when they stepped down from office.

“Besides the fact that we served in this office, yun lang ang similarity yata namin,” Aquino said in a recent television interview about former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo.

“The fate that befell them why should it befall me if I didn’t do that which they were either accused or convicted of,” he added.

The President affirmed that he is ready for any lawsuit that may be filed against him when he ends his six-year term at the end of the month.

“I’ll wait na lang. If anybody decides to file, we are ready to respond,” he said during th “24Oras” interview last Wednesday night.

Aquino insisted that the spending program, which diverted government savings to other projects to boost economic growth, benefited many Filipinos.

“Ang bottomline nun, nakatulong sa kababayan natn at yun naman ang silbi ng gobyerno. Paano dapat magiging mali yun?” he said. “That has been practiced previous to us. They called it by different name,” he added.


MANILA STANDARD

Govt plans suit against Digong
DILG plans to use CHR ruling against Duterte as basis
posted June 03, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito

DAVAO CITY—The government is considering filing charges against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, in connection with a complaint filed by women’s groups against him before the Commission on Human Rights, after he told a campaign crowd that he should have been first to have sex with an Australian missionary that inmates had raped and killed in a jail riot in 1989.

News of a possible investigation came as Duterte drew more flak for sexual harrassment and disrespecting women, after he wolf whistled a female journalist during a nationally televised press conference.

Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said that as soon as his department receives a copy to the CHR resolution citing the complaints that Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women, they would conduct a preliminary investigation to find probable cause for disciplinary proceedings against him.

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

But to do so, he said, the department must get an “authority to investigate” from the Office of the President.

“Within 20 days from the receipt of the authority from OP, we should be able to determine whether there is probable cause to warrant the conduct of formal administrative proceedings,” Sarmiento said.

If there is no probable cause, the DILG will recommend a dismissal of the case.

On the other hand, if probable cause exists, the DILG will set the case for preliminary conference and formal administrative proceedings in which both parties will be asked if they prefer a formal investigation or submission of the case for resolution based on the evidence on record.

If warranted, Sarmiento said the DILG may recommend to the Office of the President to impose preventive suspension on the respondent.

On Tuesday night, Duterte interrupted a question from television reporter Mariz Umali about his Cabinet appointees with a comment about her trying to get his attention, then wolf whistling and breaking into a short serenade.

Umali continued trying to ask her question as Duterte smiled and some other reporters laughed.

In an interview on her own network on Thursday, Umali described his remarks as “improper.”

While Umali said she would not ask for an apology and sought not to inflame the controversy, her journalist husband criticized Duterte on his Facebook page.

“Catcalling my wife is wrong in so many levels,” husband Raffy Tima wrote.

“Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them.”

At the same press conference, Duterte said there was a justification of killing corrupt journalists, and that one “rotten son of a bitch” reporter deserved getting murdered.

Duterte, an incendiary politician who won last month’s elections by a landslide on a pledge to end crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals, has previously been criticized for comments about women.

On the campaign trail he made a joke about wanting to rape a “beautiful” Australian missionary who had been sexually assaulted and murdered in a 1989 prison riot in his hometown of Davao.

When his daughter reacted to those comments by revealing she had been raped, Duterte described her in jest as a “drama queen.”

Duterte, whose first marriage was annulled and is in a long-term relationship with another woman, has also openly boasted about having mistresses and using Viagra to have sex with them.

Aida Santos, president of local women’s rights groups WeDpro, said Duterte’s wolf whistling was a form of sexual harassment.

“Catcalling treats women as sex objects... some say it’s a way of being cute but it’s wrong,” Santos said.

Duterte and his aides have repeatedly said such controversial comments and actions should not be taken too seriously: that he is a straight-talker and an authentic character who likes to joke and speak the language of the streets.

They also point to his pro-women policies in Davao, which he has ruled as mayor for most of the past two decades.

However Duterte’s jokes sent the wrong messages to society, said Elizabeth Angsioco, national chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines.

“His words and actions reinforce looking at women as second-class citizens,” she said. With AFP


PHILSTAR

Palace on Duterte vs media: Let’s wait and see Share Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) - June 5, 2016 - 12:00am


After deciding not to hold press conferences for the meantime, Duterte started boycotting the media yesterday, his close aide said. KRIS JOHN ROSALES

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang prefers to wait and see how president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will carry out his promise to “metamorphose” when he assumes office on June 30 instead of commenting on his pronouncements.

After deciding not to hold press conferences for the meantime, Duterte started boycotting the media yesterday, his close aide said.

Related Stories Palace: Water supply from Angat Dam sufficient for Metro Manila Duterte restricted media coverage following his rants against members of the industry in his recent press briefings.

Outgoing Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said he does not see anything wrong if all statements of Duterte would be made through state-owned television network PTV4 to avoid misinterpretation of his statements.

“There is no issue about that… All pronouncements from him (Duterte) will be carried by the People’s Television,” Coloma said.

Asked about Duterte’s complaints against the media, Coloma said it would be best to wait until he assumes office as the country’s 16th president.

“We heard the pronouncement of president-elect Duterte that he would change,” Coloma said.

Coloma also refrained from reacting on Duterte’s statement against the United Nations when the president-elect was asked about the international organization’s opposition to his statements on media killings.

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He said it would be best to wait for the official pronouncements of Duterte as president, being the principal architect of the country’s foreign policy.

Coloma said the official policies would carry more weight over “initial observations, preparatory remarks” and current discussions.

Duterte’s camp has been complaining that the statements of the president-elect have been taken out of context by the media.

Rody boycotts media

President-elect Duterte is boycotting the media, his longtime executive assistant announced yesterday.

Duterte is making himself unavailable to journalists covering him in Davao City after he received flak for his remarks on media killings and for wolf whistling a female television reporter.

“Kung ayaw niyo daw mag-boycott sa kanya, siya daw ang mag-boycott sa inyo (If you don’t want to boycott him, he will be the one to boycott you),” Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the president and incoming chief of the Presidential Management Staff, told reporters.

“Anyway, mayor pa naman siya and si P-Noy ang presidente (he is still mayor and Aquino is the president),” Go said in a text message.

Duterte earlier dared members of the media to stop covering him in response to calls by an international media group to boycott him unless the incoming president apologizes for his remarks.

Media groups scored Duterte for his announcement that slain journalists are corrupt and most of them deserved to be killed.

Duterte said he would never apologize for his statements against the media.

“No apologies. I would never apologize,” he told reporters during his last press conference on Thursday.

Communications strategy


PCOO CHIEF. Broadcast journalist Martin Andanar is the new PCOO head of the Duterte administration. COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM

Meanwhile, incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office chief Martin Andanar wants to learn how to handle Duterte from Davao-based journalists.

Andanar said members of the media in Davao City could help enlighten others on the nuances of covering the next president.

Duterte has received flak for his remarks against the media.

“That is why I wanted to speak to Davao journalists. I wanted to know the culture in Davao,” Andanar said.

“I would be more than happy to have a good relationship between the communications group and the media,” Andanar said.

He also denied reports that Duterte ordered his Cabinet members not to issue any statement to the media.

“It is not true. There is no such directive,” Andanar told reporters at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, said he expects the relationship between Duterte and the media to improve once the two sides become more familiar with each other.


FILE PHOTO: Senator Vicente Sotto III (FROM UNTV News)

Sotto said it was good that the conflict between Duterte and members of the media took place before he assumes office.

Duterte earlier described some journalists as “lowlife” and corrupt.

Sotto said he has known Duterte for a long time and noted that some people who are not familiar with him would not know when he is serious or just fooling around.

“I have no right to say what he should or should not do. My analysis of the situation is that the incoming president and members of the media are at a getting to know you stage right now,” Sotto said.

Sotto said Duterte is not someone who holds a grudge and is capable of reaching out to people he had disagreements with.

Meanwhile, a national association of newspapers urged the incoming Duterte administration to protect media workers and uphold freedom of the press.

The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) made the call amid Duterte’s pronouncement that corrupt journalists deserved to be killed.

The PPI reiterated its stand against the unabated killings of journalists in the country.

It said the Philippines was considered second most dangerous place for media workers, next to strife-torn Iraq.

The PPI expressed alarm over Duterte’s comments about the media.

The growing number of slain journalists has set off the alarm not only across the country but also globally, the group said.

“The remarks of president-elect Duterte do nothing to counter the spate of media attacks in the country,” the PPI said.

“No one denies the existence of corruption within the ranks of the media. However, citing it as a deplorable reality in journalism practice is one thing, but using it as a justification for murdering or attacking journalists is absolutely another,” it added.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said the government must take responsibility for solving media killings.

“But journalists should also be responsible in performing their job,” VACC chairman Dante Jimenez said.

Jimenez said journalists must know their limitations and should not take advantage of being members of the media. – With Edith Regalado, Marvin Sy, Rhodina Villanueva


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