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AQUINO HAD LIST OF 'DRUG' MAYORS - EX-PDEA DIRECTOR


JULY 11 -Former Director Gen. PDEA Santiago FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd knew of the 23 mayors who protected illegal drug syndicates but the government lost the case filed against these officials, Dionisio Santiago, former director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said on Monday.Santiago, who also served as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Aquino and his executive secretary, Paquito Ochoa Jr., were given a list of local government officials linked to the illegal drug trade. Aquino named Ochoa as head of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission. The same list is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte had said that he will name these mayors in due time. “They [Aquino and Ochoa] knew these individuals. We provided them with the list like Amante, Alcala, Asistio, Ablan, Cuenca and Soon,” Santiago told The Manila Times at the sidelines of a news conference held at Aristocrat Restaurant in Manila.He did not give the first names of the local officials, saying Duterte will identify them soon.Santiago, who also headed the Bureau of Corrections that has jurisdiction over the New Bilibid Prisons and other national prison facilities, said his agency filed charges against some of the local officials but all the cases were dismissed either by the prosecutor or the judge.
“We simply lost the cases. After we were able to arrest their people who implicated them, we could not do anything when the case had been dumped,” he noted.If these mayors were identified, charges would be filed against them first at the Department of Interior and Local Government. If they are found guilty, they can be dismissed from their posts and drug charges will be filed against them in court.Santiago said a former head of the National Youth Commission is also a protector of illegal drug rings.“We did not talk to this person when he went to Davao,” he added, without giving a hint as to the identity of the official. He also did not say if the person is still in government service. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino bests recent presidents in satisfaction rating—SWS


JULY 9 -Former President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC
Former President Benigno Aquino III ended his term with a net satisfaction rating halved compared to that when he assumed office, but it was still the highest among recent chief executives, according to a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS). In an SWS survey conducted from June 24 to 27, Aquino got a net satisfaction rating of a “moderate” +29 (57% satisfied, 28% dissatisfied), two percentage points higher than the “moderate” +27 he received in April. Net satisfaction rating is the difference between the percentage of satisfied and dissatisfied. Aquino got a “very good” +60 when in September 2010 after taking oath in June of the same year. He received his best net satisfaction rating, a “very good” +67, in August 2012, while his worst score was recorded in March 2015, at the height of the Mamasapano operation controversy that killed 44 elite policemen. Aquino’s final satisfaction rating was the highest among recent Philippine presidents, namely Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (“poor” -17), Joseph Estrada (“neutral” +9), Fidel Ramos (“moderate” +19), and his late mother Corazon Aquino (“neutral” +17). Conducted among 1,200 adults, the survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 points for national percentages, and +/-6 points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. CDG RELATED STORIES Aquino rating plunges to ‘0’ in Metro Aquino gov’t enjoys highest satisfaction rating in 21 months—SWS poll FULL REPORT

ALSO: SWS - Duterte begins presidency with ‘excellent’ trust rating


JULY 13 -President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte. MALACAÑANG POOL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte started his six-year term with an “excellent” trust rating, according to the poll conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last June.
According to the results of the June 24-27 Second Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey, about 84 percent of those surveyed showed “much trust” in Duterte, 11 percent said they were undecided, and five percent had “little trust”. This yielded a 79 percent net trust rating. The results of the poll were first published on BusinessWorld on Wednesday. The SWS classifies net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very “good””; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable”. When the SWS first asked about Duterte’s trust rating in December 2015, the then presidential-candidate only got a “moderate” +16. It rose to “moderate: +26 in March 2016, a “good” +30 in April and a “moderate” +26 in May.  Duterte’s predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, was rated “excellent” at +83 when the poll was conducted after the May 2010 elections. READ: Baseline trust ratings of Duterte and Robredo The 53-point surge in Duterte’s net trust rating was due to increases across geographical areas and social classes. Duterte posted “excellent” ratings in all areas: Balance Luzon (+75 from +9 in May), Metro Manila (+78 from in May), Visayas (+74 from +17 in May) and in Mindanao (+90 from +60 in May). READ MORE...

ALSO: FVR says Duterte, Robredo must work together


JULY 1 -MANILA - Former President Fidel V. Ramos believes the first meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo earlier today was "very, very terrific, wonderful."  "That’s good because this is the Philippines now getting together as one team—that’s what we need to compete in the world," he told ANC's Top Story on Friday. Duterte and Robredo were seen shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries during their brie f encounter on stage at the the turnover ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Camp Aguinaldo Parade Grounds.
READ: Duterte, Robredo meet at AFP turnover  It was the first engagement between the top two executive officials who were inaugurated separately on Thursday.According to Ramos, the two have to eventually work together for the benefit of the nation. "The leader must consider that among his first priorities is to reach out and embrace the opposition, no matter how bitter they have been during the electoral campaign," said Ramos. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lacson slams revival of pork barrel under Duterte gov’t


JULY 16 -LACSON Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday lambasted the apparent return of the controversial Priority Development and Assistance Fund or “pork barrel” system in the Duterte administration. This, despite Palace officials’ adamant stance that the reported endorsement of projects to be funded under the proposed P3.35-trillion budget for 2017, cannot be considered pork barrel as it will not be downloaded to the lawmakers, specifically, congressmen. “(Department of Budget and Management) Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno is an alter ego (of President Rodrigo Duterte). Unless rebuffed by the President, we can assume it is with the blessing,” Lacson said in a text message to reporters. Lacson was reacting to Diokno’s pronouncements on lawmakers being authorized to endorse and fund projects in the proposed budget, saying that that the appropriations to be made is different from the graft-laden pork barrel system already struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC). “Pork is pork no matter how they describe it and hide its form. How can they justify the participation of the legislators in a purely executive function of preparing the National Expenditure Program (NEP), otherwise known as the President’s budget?” he asked. The senator, a staunch advocate of the abolition of pork barrel funds, emphasized the role of the Legislative branch in the budget process. “It is to scrutinize and introduce amendments prior to giving it back to the Executive branch as an enrolled bill to be approved or vetoed by the President in part or as a whole piece of legislation,” he said. “Legislators submitting projects prior to submission of the President’s budget to Congress is tantamount to prostituting the whole budget process. It is also a malevolent way of going around the intent of the SC decision in declaring as unconstitutional the pork barrel system. “What makes it even worse is when the Executive branch through the DBM and the Congress leaders conspire to fool the Filipino people and probably continue robbing them of their hard-earned tax money,” Lacson added. READ MORE...


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Aquino had list of ‘drug’mayors


Santiago

MANILA,
JULY 18, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) July 11, 2016 9:33 pm by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER - FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd knew of the 23 mayors who protected illegal drug syndicates but the government lost the case filed against these officials, Dionisio Santiago, former director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said on Monday.

Santiago, who also served as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Aquino and his executive secretary, Paquito Ochoa Jr., were given a list of local government officials linked to the illegal drug trade. Aquino named Ochoa as head of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission.

The same list is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte had said that he will name these mayors in due time.

“They [Aquino and Ochoa] knew these individuals. We provided them with the list like Amante, Alcala, Asistio, Ablan, Cuenca and Soon,” Santiago told The Manila Times at the sidelines of a news conference held at Aristocrat Restaurant in Manila.

He did not give the first names of the local officials, saying Duterte will identify them soon.

Santiago, who also headed the Bureau of Corrections that has jurisdiction over the New Bilibid Prisons and other national prison facilities, said his agency filed charges against some of the local officials but all the cases were dismissed either by the prosecutor or the judge.

“We simply lost the cases. After we were able to arrest their people who implicated them, we could not do anything when the case had been dumped,” he noted.

If these mayors were identified, charges would be filed against them first at the Department of Interior and Local Government. If they are found guilty, they can be dismissed from their posts and drug charges will be filed against them in court.

Santiago said a former head of the National Youth Commission is also a protector of illegal drug rings.

“We did not talk to this person when he went to Davao,” he added, without giving a hint as to the identity of the official. He also did not say if the person is still in government service.

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To ensure that drug cases will be resolved quickly, Santiago proposed the creation of special drug courts.

He said the PDEA should be disbanded so that the task of going after people involved in illegal drugs will be the sole responsibility of the Philippine National Police.

“We copied this PDEA thing from the United States. In some countries like Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, only their police agenc[ies] are handling the anti-drug operations and they are successful,” Santiago added.

Duterte had identified five police generals who he claimed were involved in the illegal drug trade.

They are retired deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr., former National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, former Western Visayas police head Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz and Vic Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu

Chinese hand

Santiago said anti-drug operatives also suspect that the Chinese government may be behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

One proof, he added, is the fact that shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride is being imported from China and the chemists are solely Chinese.

“Ephedrine, one of the major chemical components of shabu, is imported from China,” Santiago said.

This was confirmed by Chief Inspector Kim Molitas, spokesman for the National Capital Region Police Office, who said that not a single Filipino chemist has been arrested.

“Only Chinese and Taiwanese chemists were arrested in various shabu laboratories,” she told reporters.

Santiago said the influx of shabu into the country could be attributed to the open border visa policy, lax officials at the Bureau of Customs and long coast line.

Molitas said 92 percent of barangay (villages) are facing serious problems on illegal drugs and the remaining eight percent are not totally free of such drugs.

In Metro Manila alone, from July 1 to 5, a total of 2,6921 drug addicts surrendered to the police.

Meanwhile, Dr. Benny Vicente of the National Center for Mental Health, said their clinic has helped 3,500 drug dependents.

Actor Rex Cortes, who admitted that he once was addicted to marijuana, said many show business people are into illegal drugs.

As to why the trail of drug money is difficult to trace, Max Edralin, a consultant at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, said the Anti-Money Laundering Council has to ask the Court of Appeals every time a suspicious account has to be investigated.

Another problem, he added, is that banks are not honest enough to report the actual deposits of their clients, especially those who have P500,000 or more savings.


INQUIRER

Aquino bests recent presidents in satisfaction rating—SWS  SHARES: 1867 VIEW COMMENTS By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 12:13 PM July 9th, 2016


Former President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Former President Benigno Aquino III ended his term with a net satisfaction rating halved compared to that when he assumed office, but it was still the highest among recent chief executives, according to a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

In an SWS survey conducted from June 24 to 27, Aquino got a net satisfaction rating of a “moderate” +29 (57% satisfied, 28% dissatisfied), two percentage points higher than the “moderate” +27 he received in April.

Net satisfaction rating is the difference between the percentage of satisfied and dissatisfied.

Aquino got a “very good” +60 when in September 2010 after taking oath in June of the same year. He received his best net satisfaction rating, a “very good” +67, in August 2012, while his worst score was recorded in March 2015, at the height of the Mamasapano operation controversy that killed 44 elite policemen.

Aquino’s final satisfaction rating was the highest among recent Philippine presidents, namely Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (“poor” -17), Joseph Estrada (“neutral” +9), Fidel Ramos (“moderate” +19), and his late mother Corazon Aquino (“neutral” +17).

Conducted among 1,200 adults, the survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 points for national percentages, and +/-6 points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. CDG

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INQUIRER

SWS: Duterte begins presidency with ‘excellent’ trust rating By: Aries Joseph Hegina
@AHeginaINQ INQUIRER.net 12:09 PM July 13th, 2016


President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte. MALACAÑANG POOL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte started his six-year term with an “excellent” trust rating, according to the poll conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last June.

According to the results of the June 24-27 Second Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey, about 84 percent of those surveyed showed “much trust” in Duterte, 11 percent said they were undecided, and five percent had “little trust”. This yielded a 79 percent net trust rating.

The results of the poll were first published on BusinessWorld on Wednesday.

The SWS classifies net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very “good””; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable”.

When the SWS first asked about Duterte’s trust rating in December 2015, the then presidential-candidate only got a “moderate” +16. It rose to “moderate: +26 in March 2016, a “good” +30 in April and a “moderate” +26 in May.

Duterte’s predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, was rated “excellent” at +83 when the poll was conducted after the May 2010 elections.

READ: Baseline trust ratings of Duterte and Robredo

The 53-point surge in Duterte’s net trust rating was due to increases across geographical areas and social classes.

Duterte posted “excellent” ratings in all areas: Balance Luzon (+75 from +9 in May), Metro Manila (+78 from in May), Visayas (+74 from +17 in May) and in Mindanao (+90 from +60 in May).

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He also got “excellent ratings in all social classes: Class ABC (+82 from +35 in May), Class D (+79 from +23 in May) and Class E (+79 from +35 in May).

Meanwhile, among those surveyed based on educational attainment, Duterte’s rating given by non-elementary graduates rose to an “excellent” +76 from a “moderate” +18.

Those with some high school education rose to an “excellent” +74 from a “moderate” +16. Among those with some college education gave Duterte an “excellent” +81 from a “moderate” +28 while the President’s trust rating among those who have graduated from college increased to an “excellent” +87 from a “good” +44.

Duterte also received an “excellent” rating in all age groups: +88 from 18- to 34-year-olds, +84 from those from 25- to 34-year-olds, +78 among 35- to 44-year-olds, +78 among 45- to 54-year-olds, and +70 among those aged at least 55-years-old.

The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews among 1,200 adult respondents nationwide. The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Luzon areas outside the nation’s capital, the Visayas, and Mindanao. CDG


ABS-CBN

FVR: Duterte, Robredo must work together Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 01 2016 07:00 PM

MANILA - Former President Fidel V. Ramos believes the first meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo earlier today was "very, very terrific, wonderful."

"That’s good because this is the Philippines now getting together as one team—that’s what we need to compete in the world," he told ANC's Top Story on Friday.

Duterte and Robredo were seen shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries during their brief encounter on stage at the the turnover ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Camp Aguinaldo Parade Grounds.

READ: Duterte, Robredo meet at AFP turnover

It was the first engagement between the top two executive officials who were inaugurated separately on Thursday.
According to Ramos, the two have to eventually work together for the benefit of the nation.

"The leader must consider that among his first priorities is to reach out and embrace the opposition, no matter how bitter they have been during the electoral campaign," said Ramos.

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He added, to make amends is necessary "because that is the way to heal the wounds and to build up the team, and therefore, to prosper the nation."


VR throws support behind Leni for VP, but is mum on Mar Roxas FEBRUARY 9 -Photo from Leni Robredo media bureau

Robredo said in an ambush interview after the ceremony that they are looking at having an extended conversation and meeting soon, but there is no word yet as to when that will actually happen.

According to Christopher Go, Duterte's long-time aide, Duterte and Robredo were supposed to meet in Davao City ahead of their respective inaugurations but the former congresswoman's trip over the weekend for the National Day Celebration for the Filipino Community in Japan got in the way.


TRIBUNE

Lacson slams revival of pork barrel under Duterte gov’t Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00


LACSON

Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday lambasted the apparent return of the controversial Priority Development and Assistance Fund or “pork barrel” system in the Duterte administration.

This, despite Palace officials’ adamant stance that the reported endorsement of projects to be funded under the proposed P3.35-trillion budget for 2017, cannot be considered pork barrel as it will not be downloaded to the lawmakers, specifically, congressmen.

“(Department of Budget and Management) Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno is an alter ego (of President Rodrigo Duterte). Unless rebuffed by the President, we can assume it is with the blessing,” Lacson said in a text message to reporters.

Lacson was reacting to Diokno’s pronouncements on lawmakers being authorized to endorse and fund projects in the proposed budget, saying that that the appropriations to be made is different from the graft-laden pork barrel system already struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).

“Pork is pork no matter how they describe it and hide its form. How can they justify the participation of the legislators in a purely executive function of preparing the National Expenditure Program (NEP), otherwise known as the President’s budget?” he asked.

The senator, a staunch advocate of the abolition of pork barrel funds, emphasized the role of the Legislative branch in the budget process.

“It is to scrutinize and introduce amendments prior to giving it back to the Executive branch as an enrolled bill to be approved or vetoed by the President in part or as a whole piece of legislation,” he said.

“Legislators submitting projects prior to submission of the President’s budget to Congress is tantamount to prostituting the whole budget process. It is also a malevolent way of going around the intent of the SC decision in declaring as unconstitutional the pork barrel system.

“What makes it even worse is when the Executive branch through the DBM and the Congress leaders conspire to fool the Filipino people and probably continue robbing them of their hard-earned tax money,” Lacson added.

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On Wednesday, Lacson said he will oppose the introduction of such scheme in the 2017 national budget once the proposed proposed expenditure program is transmitted to the Senate

“I will oppose that,” Lacson said, referring to the reported plans to set aside P80 million for each member of the House of Representatives, representing the cap in the cost of the projects that they would identify and included as line items in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2017.

Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez recently assured that the P3.3-trillion budget for 2017 is pork-free contrary to claims that lump sum fund allocations were present.

“The Duterte administration has a strong anti-corruption program. Woe to the lawmaker who will propose a project with the end in view of making money out of it in the manner it was done in the past through under-the-table commissions from implementors,” Alvarez said.

He said that 2017 national budget would be done on a line-item system rather than lump-sum allocations, including the supposed P80-million cap on projects by lawmakers.

Lacson said legislators could insert their pet projects in the Local Development Council in the municipal and city level.

The proposed P80 million for each legislators will be divided between infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, school buildings and non-infrastructure expenditures, such as medicines.

The senator said he will push for the enactment of a bill allowing participatory in budgeting process from provincial down to barangay level.


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