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DUTERTE VOWS DUE PROCESS FOR 'NARCO COPS'


JULY 9 -President Duterte takes a commercial flight going to Davao on Thursday evening. Malacanang Photo President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said the five police officers he labeled as drug protectors will undergo due process. “I am not condemning them, they deserve an investigation,” Duterte said in a speech at the Hariraya Eid’l Fitr event on Friday evening at the SMX Convention Center in Davao.Earlier this week, Duterte relieved from their posts police officers Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs. He also named two retired police officers, Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. and Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (now municipal mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu), as protectors of drug lords. READ: PNP probing alleged drug ties of generals READ MORE...

ALSO: Napolcom to probe top cops tagged by Duterte


JULY 6 -SCREENGRAB
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has formed a legal team to probe three of the five police officers identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates in the country. Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao said the team is composed of six lawyers who will gather more pieces of evidence and validate intelligence reports that are now in the hands of Malacañang. "We are now on the stage of validating the facts relative to the movement of these 5 PNP officials," Casurao said. ''The specific thing we would like to establish is to validate the information. There are already pieces of evidence, our task is to validate for purposes of establishing probable cause." He, however, explained that Napolcom only has jurisdiction over PNP personnel on active duty. Duterte yesterday named Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired), Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired), Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio as the police generals supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade.  READ MORE...

ALSO Duterte: Abu Sayyaf not criminals; They resort to violence because “they were driven to desperation.”
[“Failed promises” to the Islamic separatist group caused their desperation, Duterte said.]


JULY 8 -Abu Sayyaf. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)
DAVAO CITY—Despite the kidnapping and beheading activities of the terror group Abu Sayyaf, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he refused to call them criminals.
In a speech during the Hariraya Eid al-Fitr celebration in a convention center here, Duterte said: “I’m not including the Abu Sayyaf dito sa criminality. You’ve never heard me say that they are criminals.” He said the Abu Sayyaf—a group known for bombings, extortion and assassination—resorted to violence because “they were driven to desperation.” “Failed promises” to the Islamic separatist group caused their desperation, Duterte said. The al-Qaida-linked group seeks an independent Islamic state for the Muslims in the Mindanao region. Recently, the Abu Sayyaf beheaded its Canadian captives John Ridsdel and Robert Hall in the jungles of Sulu after the government refused to give in to their demand of millions-worth of ransom money. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said the Duterte administration is open to a negotiation with the Abu Sayyaf leaders. Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar and other leaders of the Moro community attended the event. FULL REPORT.

ALSO FROM RAPPLER.COM - Duterte's first week as president: 8 things we saw


GOODBYE, MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte caps his first full week as president by heading back to his hometown Davao City on a commercial flight. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacañang PPD
From his sartorial choices to the consequences of his first executive order, here's what Duterte's first week as president shows What a week it has been for Rodrigo Duterte and the entire country. Though he has barely warmed his seat in Malacañang, the 16th president of the Philippines has given Filipinos quite an introduction to his brand of leadership. He shocked the wardrobe-conscious by pairing a barong and denim pants for the Philippine Air Force anniversary – an outfit most thought would not be seen after the Cebu presidential debate. But that’s nothing compared to the boats he rocked when, in the same event, he announced the names of 5 police generals he claims protected drug lords. He and Vice President Leni Robredo titillated social media with their first public appearance and meeting together, culminating in a phone conversation broadcast nationwide in which Duterte asked her to be housing czar as bashfully as a high school boy asking a girl if she’d like to go out for a snack. Those are just some of the most talked about activities of the new president in his first full week at the country’s helm. The events of the week give insight into Duterte’s leadership style and what the next 6 years he will spend calling the shots might look like. Here are 8 observations: READ ON...

ALSO: 'Historic week' to include Duterte signing FOI order - Palace


JULY 10 -President Rodrigo Duterte says Freedom of Information is a priority of his administration. KRIS JOHN ROSALES, file MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign next week the executive order (EO) implementing freedom of information (FOI) in the executive branch in a move that officials claim would promote transparency and improve his strained relationship with the media. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the signing of the order is one of the things to look forward to during what he described as a “very historic week.” “Next week will be a very, very historic week for everybody,” he told government radio station dzRB on Sunday. “There are other announcements to watch out for next week like the signing by the president of the freedom of information executive order and other announcements by the different departments of the executive branch,” he added. Asked to clarify the schedule of the signing, Andanar said the president would affix his signature on the EO between July 11 and 15. “PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is reviewing it,” Andanar said in a text message. Last week, Andanar said Malacañang legal teams were working on an EO that would require agencies in the executive branch to release information about their projects and transactions. He said the EO on the FOI is in line with the administration’s efforts to promote transparency in government. Last Thursday, Duterte announced that he has received the draft EO, which has a working title “Operationalizing in the Executive branch the people's constitutional right to information and the state policies of full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and providing guidelines thereof of the freedom of information.” READ MORE.,..


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Duterte vows due process for 'narco cops'


President Duterte takes a commercial flight going to Davao on Thursday evening. Malacanang Photo

DAVAO CITY,
JULY 11, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Katrina Domingo, Posted at Jul 09 2016 12:46 AM - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said the five police officers he labeled as drug protectors will undergo due process.

“I am not condemning them, they deserve an investigation,” Duterte said in a speech at the Hariraya Eid’l Fitr event on Friday evening at the SMX Convention Center in Davao.

Earlier this week, Duterte relieved from their posts police officers Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

He also named two retired police officers, Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. and Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (now municipal mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu), as protectors of drug lords.

READ: PNP probing alleged drug ties of generals

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The 71-year-old president said it was his duty to inform the people about the rogue cops and relieve them from their posts even before the official probe had started.

“I have a sworn duty to let you know kung ano ang nangyayari sa ating bayan. These are the things I have to do because I’m the president,” Duterte said.

The former Davao City mayor also dismissed allegations that his move was politically motivated.

“Wala naman pinatawad dito. Waray, Maranaw, Ilonggo, lahat dito pantay-pantay. Everybody must answer to the law,” Duterte said.

READ: Garbo on drug links: Allies gave Duterte 'poison info'

The president insisted he is merely cleaning the ranks of the Philippine National Police before implementing the “many plans” and reforms he promised when he was still vying for the presidency.


ABS-CBN

Napolcom to probe top cops tagged by Duterte Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 06 2016 03:21 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2016 10:23 PM


SCREENGRAB

MANILA (UPDATE) - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has formed a legal team to probe three of the five police officers identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates in the country.

Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao said the team is composed of six lawyers who will gather more pieces of evidence and validate intelligence reports that are now in the hands of Malacañang.

"We are now on the stage of validating the facts relative to the movement of these 5 PNP officials," Casurao said.

''The specific thing we would like to establish is to validate the information. There are already pieces of evidence, our task is to validate for purposes of establishing probable cause."

He, however, explained that Napolcom only has jurisdiction over PNP personnel on active duty.

Duterte yesterday named Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired), Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired), Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio as the police generals supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

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Loot, who won as town mayor of Daanbantayan in Cebu in the May 9 polls, will be investigated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Garbo's case, on the other hand, will be handled by the Department of Justice.

FAST PROBE

Casurao said Napolcom will be able to render a decision by the first week of August.

"The president is very clear on this matter. Ayaw niya that the investigation will drag on, because it will become subject to suspicion that the case is being fixed, so we are assuring public that the investigation is going to be a straight-ahead investigation," Casurao said.

"We are estimating, by our timeline, that we will be able to complete it in a month, with an en banc resolution to be signed by all commissioners including the secretary of the DILG."

If proven guilty, the accused generals will be dismissed from service and all their benefits and allowances will be revoked.

''It's a normal procedure. If you are on your way to retirement and cases are still pending, you cannot receive full benefits,'' Casurao said.

He said Duterte's act of naming and shaming the policemen is really an out-of-the-ordinary move of the president.

''For Napolcom, it's quite an experience, a challenge actually on how to go about our mandate on the five PNP officials who are practically on top of the apex of PNP,'' he said.

''This is a big challenge but we can assure the public that even with this kind of situation, the full force of the law will be applied with due process".

Casurao said, the evidence they have at the moment are intelligence reports about the alleged involvement of the generals on drug syndicates, but he said they will be very careful in analyzing the information to make sure that the guilty are punished and the innocent are exonerated.

He, however, thinks that given the background of Duterte as a prosecutor, the president carefully weighed the pieces of evidence which became his basis in naming the cops publicly.

"It's a presidential statement. The president has the widest source of information, also being a former prosecutor and lawyer, he knows the parameters of the value of evidence, the assumption that it is supported by evidence is there," Casurao said.

Casurao said that based on their records, Diaz, Pagdilao, and Tinio have no previous or pending cases of any nature with Napolcom.


INQUIRER

Duterte: Abu Sayyaf are not criminals; They're a group resorted to violence because “they were driven to desperation.” By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 08:36 PM July 8th, 2016


Abu Sayyaf. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

DAVAO CITY—Despite the kidnapping and beheading activities of the terror group Abu Sayyaf, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he refused to call them criminals.

In a speech during the Hariraya Eid al-Fitr celebration in a convention center here, Duterte said: “I’m not including the Abu Sayyaf dito sa criminality. You’ve never heard me say that they are criminals.”

He said the Abu Sayyaf—a group known for bombings, extortion and assassination—resorted to violence because “they were driven to desperation.”

“Failed promises” to the Islamic separatist group caused their desperation, Duterte said.

The al-Qaida-linked group seeks an independent Islamic state for the Muslims in the Mindanao region.

Recently, the Abu Sayyaf beheaded its Canadian captives John Ridsdel and Robert Hall in the jungles of Sulu after the government refused to give in to their demand of millions-worth of ransom money.

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said the Duterte administration is open to a negotiation with the Abu Sayyaf leaders.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar and other leaders of the Moro community attended the event.


RAPPLER.COM

Duterte's first week as president: 8 things we saw Pia Ranada @piaranada Published 11:00 AM, July 09, 2016 Updated 11:00 AM, July 09, 2016

From his sartorial choices to the consequences of his first executive order, here's what Duterte's first week as president shows


GOODBYE, MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte caps his first full week as president by heading back to his hometown Davao City on a commercial flight. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacañang PPD

MANILA, Philippines – What a week it has been for Rodrigo Duterte and the entire country.

Though he has barely warmed his seat in Malacañang, the 16th president of the Philippines has given Filipinos quite an introduction to his brand of leadership.

He shocked the wardrobe-conscious by pairing a barong and denim pants for the Philippine Air Force anniversary – an outfit most thought would not be seen after the Cebu presidential debate.

But that’s nothing compared to the boats he rocked when, in the same event, he announced the names of 5 police generals he claims protected drug lords.

He and Vice President Leni Robredo titillated social media with their first public appearance and meeting together, culminating in a phone conversation broadcast nationwide in which Duterte asked her to be housing czar as bashfully as a high school boy asking a girl if she’d like to go out for a snack.

Those are just some of the most talked about activities of the new president in his first full week at the country’s helm.

The events of the week give insight into Duterte’s leadership style and what the next 6 years he will spend calling the shots might look like.

Here are 8 observations:

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1. His first EO grants special powers to his two most trusted men


CLOSE-IN. Special Assistant to the President Secretary Bong Go steps out of the car right behind his longtime boss President Duterte in Camp Crame on July 1. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

JULY 1 CAMP CRAME
On the day he took his oath, one of the first things Duterte did was sign his first Executive Order – intending to streamline anti-poverty programs of various agencies of government.

But another thing the EO does is bequeath two Cabinet secretaries – Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr and Christopher “Bong” Go – with special powers and tasks.

These two appointees are special because they are two of Duterte’s most trusted men. Evasco used to be his chief of staff in Davao City and headed his presidential campaign. Go is his longtime aide and is known as the “gateway” to Duterte because of his unparalleled access.

The EO basically allows Evasco and Go to resume their old tasks. By putting Evasco in charge of optimizing anti-poverty programs, Duterte ensures a man he trusts is leading programs that can be directly felt by the poor.

By giving Go control over the Presidential Management Staff, security, and media, Duterte is simply empowering Go to have, as he had in Davao City Hall, full control over Duterte’s schedule, public appearances, and meetings.

(READ: The man they call Bong Go)

This first EO is not surprising, given the premium Duterte puts on personal relationships. His Cabinet Secretaries are old friends of his. One reason he gave for hesitating to appoint Robredo to a Cabinet post was his not knowing her very well.

The fact that he signed this EO on his first day at work makes it obvious that he immediately wanted to impose his tried and tested work habits as mayor on his work habits as president. The less work he spends transitioning, the faster he can get things done.

The question is, will his methods as mayor work for the presidency?

And what does it mean for a man like Go, who holds a new title of Special Assistant to the President, to have so much decision-making power, including the first pass at who gets to see the President?

2. He can bend to convention…


SARTORIAL CHOICES. President Duterte has so far never worn the usual black slacks with his barong, preferring khaki or in this case, denim. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

As he told Robredo during their first meeting, Duterte finds himself adjusting to the many protocols and security procedures that come with being president.

His public appearances show that he is able to follow some of these protocols when truly necessary. He wore a modified barong to his inauguration, though paired with khaki pants that belied his preference for more casual wear. He continued to wear barong for other formal occasions like the change of command ceremonies for the military and police, and the anniversary of the Air Force (though that time he wore it with jeans).

Departing from his usual one-hour extemporaneous speeches, his inauguration message was a crisp 20 minutes and read from a teleprompter (which he supposedly enjoys using, according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar).

3. …But he will flout convention if he can


PREFERRED GET-UP. President Rodrigo Duterte wears one of his favorite tops during his meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua instead of the usual barong. Photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

But convention did not stop him from wearing his usual collared tops with rolled up sleeves when he met with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua and Robredo. Though most of his speeches after his inauguration were still shorter than an hour, he extemporized more often.

Notably at the PAF anniversary, as soon as he reached the podium, he announced that he would depart from the prepared speech given to him that morning because it was “all motherhood statements.”

Seconds later, he was baring the identities of supposedly drug-tainted police generals – definitely an unprecedented move for a president on his first week.

If Aquino wanted to promote simplicity among government officials by getting rid of “wang-wang,” Duterte is trying to do the same by taking commercial flights.

Last Friday, he made headlines by taking a Philippine Airlines flight to Davao City in a premium economy seat.

4. It’s ‘stay out or die’ all over again


'ESCAPE AND DIE.' President Duterte warns Chinese drug lords detained in the New Bilibid Prison that if they escape, they face death. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

His supporters say, "If he did it for Davao, he’ll do it for the Philippines."

That’s definitely what we’re seeing in the anti-drug campaign.

When Duterte was a first-time mayor, his biggest headache was the communist rebels. He made deals with them that they stay out of his city or else face consequences. Later on, he made similar warnings to drug pushers and criminals.

Together with his disciple, PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, he is doing the same thing in his nationwide war on drugs.

His presidency coincided with a spike in deaths of alleged drug addicts and pushers. He may not have pulled the trigger but is it a stretch to say his messaging did not embolden whoever did?

But his presidency also coincided with the mass surrender of drug addicts in different towns and cities due to the nationalized Oplan TukHang, which was implemented in Davao City by Dela Rosa.

Duterte’s message hardened when he shamed the 5 top cops and later on threatened 3 Chinese drug lords.

Just as he did when he was mayor, he is using loud scare tactics to keep bad elements from his turf.

5. He just needed to ‘warm up’ to Leni


CHEMISTRY? Vice President Leni Robredo politely declines President Duterte's offer to take a drink from his carton of coconut water during the AFP turnover ceremony on July 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Just as people were starting to fear a rift between the President and Vice President, social media went abuzz with photos, memes, and videos of them warming up to each other.



In their first public appearance together, Filipinos watched as he offered Robredo a sip from his carton of coconut water (a move endearing to some, disgusting to others). He was all warm gazes and small smiles at her during their first official meeting, even walking her to her car after.

As the week drew to a close, he ended up offering her more than coconut water. Via phone call, he finally asked her to be his housing czar, claiming he did it out of impatience with media pestering him on Robredo.

This shows how even tough-talking Duterte is affected by public pressure and how much he values personal relations with the people he chooses to work with. (READ: Duterte's decision-making unpredictable)

Of course, the next few months will show if the Duterte-Robredo onscreen chemistry will translate to a good working relationship.

6. No official First Lady, for now


PRESIDENT'S CHILDREN. The Duterte children stand in a place of honor surrounding their father as he takes his oath as president

There’s no rush to choose an official First Lady. In fact, it seems Duterte is comfortable not having one. His inauguration may have been a taste of things to come. Both his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman and common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña did not play starring roles in the ceremony. That job went to his 4 children – Paolo, Sara, Baste, and Veronica or Kitty.

But First Ladies have played critical roles in past presidencies. For instance, they often entertained guests of the president or held events for spouses of visiting dignitaries. In the time of Aquino, the country’s first bachelor president, this function of the First Lady was assumed by his sisters.

Will Duterte end up having to choose a First Lady after all?

7. His spat with independent media continues


'EH KAYO EH!' President Duterte says if media will boycott him, he will boycott them. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Aquino held his first press conference with independent media only 4 days after his inauguration. With Duterte’s promise never to hold a press conference, things are going to be very different this time around.

He brought up his beef with the media again on Friday night, claiming that Philippine media’s call to boycott him goaded him to boycott them as well. Never mind the fact that the call came from foreign media groups and not Philippine media.

So far, the only “press conference” he has given was one with state-run PTV4’s reporter Rocky Ignacio. Independent media are allowed to cover his speeches and public activities but are not allowed to ask him questions.

Some, including Communications Secretary Andanar, believe Duterte will eventually thaw out. Various media groups, in a pooled editorial, decried how the current state of affairs is affecting both Duterte’s and their duty to inform the public on matters of national interest.

8. He spends his weekends in Davao City


HOME FOR THE WEEKEND. Duterte tucks in for his late-night flight back to Davao City on July 7, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacañang PPD

For two Fridays now, Duterte has been flying to Davao City to spend the weekend there. He flew back to Manila the following Monday. If Duterte’s previous statements are to be believed, this is part of a “transitional period” which will eventually see him spending more and more time in Manila.

With his first week behind him, President Duterte now looks toward the 100-day mark and his 3 to 6 months deadline of suppressing crime, drugs, and corruption. His next big speech will happen on his 1st State of the Nation Address on July 25. Everyone is also waiting to see which country would be his choice for his first foreign visit as president.

Like the start of any presidency, Filipinos will have to prepare themselves for the 6-year ride. Rappler.com


PHILSTAR

Palace: 'Historic week' to include Duterte signing FOI order By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated July 10, 2016 - 5:19pm 19 2320 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte says Freedom of Information is a priority of his administration. KRIS JOHN ROSALES, file

MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign next week the executive order (EO) implementing freedom of information (FOI) in the executive branch in a move that officials claim would promote transparency and improve his strained relationship with the media.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the signing of the order is one of the things to look forward to during what he described as a “very historic week.”

“Next week will be a very, very historic week for everybody,” he told government radio station dzRB on Sunday.

“There are other announcements to watch out for next week like the signing by the president of the freedom of information executive order and other announcements by the different departments of the executive branch,” he added.

Asked to clarify the schedule of the signing, Andanar said the president would affix his signature on the EO between July 11 and 15.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is reviewing it,” Andanar said in a text message.

Last week, Andanar said Malacañang legal teams were working on an EO that would require agencies in the executive branch to release information about their projects and transactions.

He said the EO on the FOI is in line with the administration’s efforts to promote transparency in government.

Last Thursday, Duterte announced that he has received the draft EO, which has a working title “Operationalizing in the Executive branch the people's constitutional right to information and the state policies of full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and providing guidelines thereof of the freedom of information.”

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“Due to constant and insistent demand especially coming from media of the Philippines regarding the state of the right of information, I have decided to hurry up the process. I have the copy of the draft,” Duterte said in an interview aired over state-run television station PTV-4.

Judiciary, legislature not covered

Duterte, however, noted that the EO would only cover the executive branch and not the legislature and judiciary.

“I can only mind the executive department, my branch of government. I cannot mind the judiciary and Congress because of separation of powers.

The president said it would be up to Congress to decide whether to pass an FOI law that would cover all government entities.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said last week that the proposed FOI law – which has been bypassed since the 12th Congress – remains a priority of the Duterte administration.

Andanar previously said that the EO, which is expected to be implemented in the coming week, is Duterte’s “first step” towards restoring what used to be a friendly relationship with journalists.

Duterte, who used to hold lengthy late night press briefings, has decided to limit interviews to state-run media after getting criticism for saying that some slain journalists were involved in extortion. The statement was later clarified by his spokespersons.

Some press watchdogs interpreted Duterte’s statement as an endorsement of media killings, with one of them – Paris-based Reporters Without Borders – going as far as calling for a boycott of his press conferences until he apologizes.

The opposite happened, however, as Duterte was the one who decided to boycott the media until the end of his term “to avoid wrong statements.”


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