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RELUCTANT RODY WILL OCCUPY 'BAHAY PANGARAP' AS A PRESIDENTIAL 2nd HOME [RELATED: IN PHOTOS: ‘Bahay Pangarap’ in Malacañang]


JULY 7 -DREAM HOUSE Despite initial reservations, President Duterte has decided to take up official residence at Bahay Pangarap (top), where then President Benigno Aquino III used to live. From left: the pool, the master bedroom and the dining hall FILE PHOTOS From a reluctant candidate, to a reluctant Palace occupant. After saying he was spooked by reported ghost sightings in Malacañang, President Duterte has decided to move into Bahay Pangarap which his predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, used during his six-year term. And like its previous resident, the new occupant of the bungalow structure facing Pasig River will stay there by his lonesome, as members of his immediate family are staying put in Davao City. A senior Malacañang official on Wednesday said Mr. Duterte had decided to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence in Manila after staying in various hotels in the metropolis since he was sworn into office on June 30. The source, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, said the President’s new home was now undergoing repairs in time for his transfer. “It’s now being cleaned up. President Duterte will move in probably by next week,” the Palace official said. Simple person Christopher “Bong” Go, newly appointed head of the Presidential Management Staff, confirmed as much in a text message to Inquirer.net on Wednesday. READ MORE...RELATED, IN PHOTOS: ‘Bahay Pangarap’ in Malacañang...

ALSO: Duterte attends wake of ex-MMDA chair Francis Tolentino's father


JULY 6 -FRANCIS TOLENTINO -The former MMDA chairman was among the senatorial candidates that Duterte endorsed in the recent elections. He left Aquino LP govt and ran as an Independent. But he lost because he was at the 13th place of the Senate election in 2016.—PHOTO NB, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday attended the wake of the father of defeated senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino, former chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority. Duterte arrived in Tagaytay City at 4:30 p.m. and condoled with the family of Isaac Tolentino at Our Lady of Lourdes Church where the former mayor's remains lie in state. The 93-year-old Isaac became mayor in 1954 when Tagaytay was not yet a city. He served Tagaytay until 1979. Isaac's son, Francis, became Tagaytay officer-in-charge from 1986 to 1987. He became city mayor from 1995 to 2004. Duterte endosed the 2016 senatorial bid of Francis, who was among those who attended the President's June 4 victory party in Davao City. Francis, a member of the Aquino administration, ran as an independent senatorial candidate after withdrawing from the Liberal Party slate following strong criticisms against the lewd preformance of female dance group "Playgirls" during the birthday party of Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao and the oath-taking of new LP members in October last year. The host during the party said the dancers were a "gift" from Tolentino, which the latter denied, saying his mistake was his failure to stop Playgirl's performance. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Duterte offers Robredo a Cabinet post (Housing Urban Devpt)


JULY 7 -Vice President Leni Robredo pays President Rodrigo Duterte a courtesy visit at Malacañang presidential palace on Monday, July 4, 2016. Malacañang Photo Bureau
President Rodrigo Duterte recently changed his mind about refusing to let Vice President Leni Robredo join his Cabinet. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said at a televised press conference on Thursday that Duterte earlier his special assistant, Secretary Christopher "Bong" Go, to call Robredo and inform her of appointment to lead the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
"Well I could only speak late... I believe there was some sort of warming up between the two. In the newspaper it was reported that the past two meetings between the two are very amiable," Aguirre said, referring to Robredo's courtesy call to Duterte earlier this week. Aguirre said Robredo was asked to join the Cabinet meeting on Monday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Rody inspired by Roosevelt, Lincoln


JULY 8 -Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg listen as the national anthems are played at the reception the other night marking 240 years of US independence and 70 years of Philippine-US diplomatic ties.
Tough-talking President Duterte draws inspiration from at least two American presidents – one famous for abolishing slavery and the other for leading his country to a progressive era with his “Square Deal” domestic policies. “Our President at times draws inspiration from at least two American presidents, notably President Theodore Roosevelt and President Abraham Lincoln,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in his speech during the celebration of the 240th Independence Day of the United States held at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday. He said it is Duterte’s commitment to ensure the Philippines remains a “rampart of democracy.” He said the Philippines and the US share aspirations for equality, dignity, justice, peace and freedom for everyone regardless of race or creed. “It is imperative for us to work together for our collective hopes for a brighter tomorrow for our people, a nation living in peace and prosperity with our neighbors in the region and the rest of the world,” he said, quoting Duterte’s message. READ MORE...

ALSO: INQUIRER EDITORIAL - Gaming the generals


JULY 8 -Good on President Duterte for taking the campaign against illegal drugs right to the highest ranks of the Philippine National Police. If only he hadn’t taken shortcuts in doing so. If history—our own, still-recent history—teaches us anything, it is that, in the long run, shortcuts work against our own best interests.
Even during the campaign period, candidate Duterte had already suggested that some police generals were involved in big-time illegal drugs trade. During the transition, President-elect Duterte called on three police generals to resign; he did not name them, but during his thanksgiving rally in Davao City on June 4, he issued a clear warning. “Corruption must stop. I would have to ask about three generals diyan sa Crame [there in Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters] to resign. Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you.” Reporters working the police beat had an inkling about who the three were, but could not get confirmation. And then last Tuesday, July 5, the President, at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Philippine Air Force, dropped a bomb. “I am compelled by my sense of duty to tell you [the names of] the police who contributed to deterioration of law and order in this country.” He then proceeded to name three generals in active police service and two recently retired generals. He tagged Marcelo Garbo, former deputy director general of the PNP, and Vicente Loot, now a mayor of a town in Cebu province. He also named active-duty generals Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao, and former Quezon City Police District chief Edgardo Tinio. These officers are among the highest ranking policemen in the country, holding prime positions. That the President himself accused them, and the two who have already retired, of “protecting drug syndicates” is not only unprecedented; it is shocking. READ MORE...


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Rody’s 2nd home: Bahay Pangarap


DREAM HOUSE Despite initial reservations, President Duterte has decided to take up official residence at Bahay Pangarap (top), where then President Benigno Aquino III used to live. From left: the pool, the master bedroom and the dining hall FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, JULY 11, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Marlon Ramos, Nestor Corrales @inquirerdotnet July 7th, 2016 - From a reluctant candidate, to a reluctant Palace occupant.

After saying he was spooked by reported ghost sightings in Malacañang, President Duterte has decided to move into Bahay Pangarap which his predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, used during his six-year term.

And like its previous resident, the new occupant of the bungalow structure facing Pasig River will stay there by his lonesome, as members of his immediate family are staying put in Davao City.

A senior Malacañang official on Wednesday said Mr. Duterte had decided to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence in Manila after staying in various hotels in the metropolis since he was sworn into office on June 30.

The source, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, said the President’s new home was now undergoing repairs in time for his transfer.

“It’s now being cleaned up. President Duterte will move in probably by next week,” the Palace official said.

Simple person

Christopher “Bong” Go, newly appointed head of the Presidential Management Staff, confirmed as much in a text message to Inquirer.net on Wednesday.

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“He actually prefers a smaller and much simpler place. The President is a very simple person,” Go added.

The Palace source said President Duterte would still fly home to Davao City every weekend as he had previously disclosed to the media.

The President will be living on his own, the source said, adding that the Duterte children are all living in Davao.

“His youngest daughter is still studying in Davao,” he added.

Asked if new furniture would be brought in for Mr. Duterte’s new home, the source said there was no need for it. “Only new curtains will be installed,” he said.

“As I have said, the President is a very simple guy. A simple place is OK with him,” the source added.

Formal dinners

In 2010, then President Aquino chose to stay in the prewar era structure and became the first Philippine President to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence.

Previous Presidents have used the structure for formal dinners and other social functions, with then First Lady Evangeline Macapagal renaming it Bahay Pangarap in the 1960s.

Located near the presidential golf course, Bahay Pangarap was renovated in 2010 when Mr. Aquino moved in.

It retained its art deco look but was refurbished with the addition of three bedrooms to the existing master bedroom. It has been described as having a “resort ambience,” complete with a swimming pool and a Balinese-style garden.

Bahay Pangarap was built before World War II as a recreational retreat inside Malacañang Park. The prewar park had a rest house, a recreation hall, putting green, stables and tennis courts.

Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino lived at the Arlegui Mansion but held office at Malacañang’s Premier Guest House.

Fidel V. Ramos also lived in Arlegui and held office in the Palace.

Sources: gov.ph, Inquirer Archives

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IN PHOTOS: ‘Bahay Pangarap’ in Malacañang By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 03:16 PM July 6th, 2016


MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU/Jay Morales

The “Bahay Pangarap” (House of Dreams) in Malacañang will serve as the official residence of President Rodrigo Duterte as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

READ: ‘Bahay Pangarap’ is Duterte’s official residence

Duterte is the second president to reside at the Bahay Pangarap after former President Benigno Aquino III made the prewar house his official residence.


MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU/Jay Morales


MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU/Jay Morales


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The Bahay Pangarap is situated within the Presidential Security Group (PSG) compound across the Pasig River from Malacañang.

Located near the presidential golf course, Bahay Pangarap is described as having a “resort ambience,” complete with a swimming pool and a Balinese-style garden.


MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU/Jay Morales


MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU/Jay Morales

It was renovated to add three more bedrooms to the existing master bedroom.

In the past, it has served as a venue for formal dinners and other social functions. With Inquirer Research/CDG

READ: #INQFact: Where did past Philippine Presidents live?


INTERAKSYON.COM

Duterte attends wake of ex-MMDA chair Francis Tolentino's father By: InterAksyon.com
July 6, 2016 6:18 PM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5


Reuters file photo of President Rodrigo Duterte

(UPDATED - 6:39 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday attended the wake of the father of defeated senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino, former chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Duterte arrived in Tagaytay City at 4:30 p.m. and condoled with the family of Isaac Tolentino at Our Lady of Lourdes Church where the former mayor's remains lie in state.

The 93-year-old Isaac became mayor in 1954 when Tagaytay was not yet a city. He served Tagaytay until 1979.

Isaac's son, Francis, became Tagaytay officer-in-charge from 1986 to 1987. He became city mayor from 1995 to 2004.

Duterte endosed the 2016 senatorial bid of Francis, who was among those who attended the President's June 4 victory party in Davao City.

Francis, a member of the Aquino administration, ran as an independent senatorial candidate after withdrawing from the Liberal Party slate following strong criticisms against the lewd preformance of female dance group "Playgirls" during the birthday party of Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao and the oath-taking of new LP members in October last year.

The host during the party said the dancers were a "gift" from Tolentino, which the latter denied, saying his mistake was his failure to stop Playgirl's performance.


PHILSTAR

Duterte offers Robredo a Cabinet post (philstar.com) | Updated July 7, 2016 - 6:14pm 10 124


Vice President Leni Robredo pays President Rodrigo Duterte a courtesy visit at Malacañang presidential palace on Monday, July 4, 2016. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3 6:42 p.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte recently changed his mind about refusing to let Vice President Leni Robredo join his Cabinet.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said at a televised press conference on Thursday that Duterte earlier his special assistant, Secretary Christopher "Bong" Go, to call Robredo and inform her of appointment to lead the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

"Well I could only speak late... I believe there was some sort of warming up between the two. In the newspaper it was reported that the past two meetings between the two are very amiable," Aguirre said, referring to Robredo's courtesy call to Duterte earlier this week.

Aguirre said Robredo was asked to join the Cabinet meeting on Monday.

READ MORE...

Robredo's spokesperson Georgina Hernandez on Twitter also reposted a report that the vice president, who ran under the banner of the opposing Liberal Party, was chosen to take the helm at HUDCC.

RELATED STORY: Robredo laughs off 'Dubredo' love team

The post was the same President Benigno Aquino III of the Liberal Party gave former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who ran with the rival United Nationalist Alliance. Binay's successor, Noli de Castro, also occupied the same position.

Before his inauguration, Duterte said he would not appoint Robredo to his Cabinet as the move could endanger his alliance with Robredo's rival candidate, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Robredo and Duterte held separate inaugural ceremonies, with the president taking his oath at Malacañan's Rizal Hall, while Robredo had hers at the Quezon City Reception House where she holds official residence.

The two top leaders met for the first time at the turnover ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at military headquarters Camp Crame last Friday, the day after the inaugural events. — Camille Diola


PHILSTAR

Rody inspired by Roosevelt, Lincoln By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 8, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg listen as the national anthems are played at the reception the other night marking 240 years of US independence and 70 years of Philippine-US diplomatic ties.

MANILA, Philippines - Tough-talking President Duterte draws inspiration from at least two American presidents – one famous for abolishing slavery and the other for leading his country to a progressive era with his “Square Deal” domestic policies.

“Our President at times draws inspiration from at least two American presidents, notably President Theodore Roosevelt and President Abraham Lincoln,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in his speech during the celebration of the 240th Independence Day of the United States held at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday.

He said it is Duterte’s commitment to ensure the Philippines remains a “rampart of democracy.”

He said the Philippines and the US share aspirations for equality, dignity, justice, peace and freedom for everyone regardless of race or creed.

“It is imperative for us to work together for our collective hopes for a brighter tomorrow for our people, a nation living in peace and prosperity with our neighbors in the region and the rest of the world,” he said, quoting Duterte’s message.

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“We will remain a rampart of democracy in Asia where the rule of law, peace and order can centrally govern and justice are upheld,” Yasay stressed.

Lincoln was noted for preserving the union during the Civil War and for abolishing slavery. He was killed by an assassin.

Roosevelt championed his “Square Deal” domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness and making conservation a top priority. He established a myriad new national parks, forests and monuments intended to preserve the nation’s natural resources.


INQUIRER EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: Gaming the generals SHARES: 1186 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:30 AM July 8th, 2016

Good on President Duterte for taking the campaign against illegal drugs right to the highest ranks of the Philippine National Police. If only he hadn’t taken shortcuts in doing so. If history—our own, still-recent history—teaches us anything, it is that, in the long run, shortcuts work against our own best interests.

Even during the campaign period, candidate Duterte had already suggested that some police generals were involved in big-time illegal drugs trade. During the transition, President-elect Duterte called on three police generals to resign; he did not name them, but during his thanksgiving rally in Davao City on June 4, he issued a clear warning.

“Corruption must stop. I would have to ask about three generals diyan sa Crame [there in Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters] to resign. Do not wait for me to name you in public because I will only humiliate you.” Reporters working the police beat had an inkling about who the three were, but could not get confirmation.

And then last Tuesday, July 5, the President, at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Philippine Air Force, dropped a bomb. “I am compelled by my sense of duty to tell you [the names of] the police who contributed to deterioration of law and order in this country.” He then proceeded to name three generals in active police service and two recently retired generals.

He tagged Marcelo Garbo, former deputy director general of the PNP, and Vicente Loot, now a mayor of a town in Cebu province. He also named active-duty generals Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao, and former Quezon City Police District chief Edgardo Tinio.

These officers are among the highest ranking policemen in the country, holding prime positions. That the President himself accused them, and the two who have already retired, of “protecting drug syndicates” is not only unprecedented; it is shocking.

READ MORE...

Perhaps the shock will do wonders for the system; if some of the highest ranking police officials are involved in illegal drugs, we certainly join the public in supporting the Duterte administration’s fight to flush them out, and then to hold them to account. But part of the shock is that, despite the lapse of time since Mr. Duterte raised the specter of high police involvement in the drugs trade in February, in spite of the full month that separated his thanksgiving rally from the PAF anniversary, he did not offer any evidence to support his accusation.

We do not necessarily mean evidence that would stand legal scrutiny beyond the customary measure of reasonable doubt; we only mean evidence to satisfy the inevitable public curiosity.

But aside from the admittedly powerful passage about the sense of betrayal we feel when we discover that the police we expect to protect us are themselves involved in crime—“It hurts to hear because you spent money on them, you sent them to school, you paid for even socks and shoes, then they commit [these crimes], by any language, it is treason”—the President did not explain why he thought these men had in fact committed treason.

Shouldn’t investigation precede accusation, especially when the accuser is the official designated as the Constitution’s chief executive? The President could have offered one instance when one of the police generals was discovered in the act of protecting drug syndicates, or described one situation where a police general was compromised.

Instead, he gave a blanket accusation, and then called on the police generals named to prove their innocence. “I would like to talk to them and certainly, I would expect the [National Police Commission] to do their thing; imbestigahan ninyo ito at ’wag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela (investigate this and don’t play pretend).”

This turns the justice process upside down. The Constitution guarantees each citizen, police generals included, the right to be presumed innocent. What would it have cost the President to wait until the administration had gathered the necessary evidence? We wish to stress the point: The public would fully support the new administration’s crackdown on the illegal drugs trade if it did not violate the law in the process. If police generals are involved, then, yes, “it is going to be a dirty fight, it’s going to be a bloody fight,” as the President said. Would that he had both law and the public on his side.


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