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PRIDE OF MINDANAO: RODY, PIA MEET


JULY 18 -Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes a selfie with President Duterte during a courtesy call at Malacañang yesterday
The first President and first Miss Universe from Mindanao finally met yesterday, exchanging pleasantries at Malacañang and discussing plans to promote the Philippines. Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach took a selfie with President Duterte during a courtesy call at Malacañang as they discussed the possibility of holding the beauty pageant in the country. It remains unclear whether Duterte approved of the proposal, but previous reports quoted Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo as saying that the President is open to the idea. A Malacañang statement said Duterte and Wurtzbach talked about the similarities between them, with both of them hailing from Mindanao. Duterte served as mayor of Davao City for 22 years while Wurtzbach hails from Cagayan de Oro. “What an honor to meet our new President, Rodrigo Duterte. First Mindanaon president and first Mindanaon Miss Universe,” Wurtzbach wrote in the caption of her selfie with the Chief Executive posted on Instagram. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte SONA won’t blame previous administrations


JULY 19 -President Duterte will not dwell on the mistakes of previous administrations nor play the blame game when he gives his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). Incoming Department of Finance spokesperson Paola Alvarez said yesterday the SONA could focus on the details of the 10-point agenda reported earlier, including the drive for constitutional change to allow a shift to a federal form of government and the revival of the death penalty, although details are still not available.
Speaking yesterday to Malacañang reporters, Alvarez said international award-winning film director Brillante Mendoza will direct the SONA, especially the placing of cameras and how the event unfolds on TV. The Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives will meet and escort Duterte to the Plenary Hall. Alvarez said the SONA would tackle the comprehensive tax package – something that the Department of Finance is working on and which Congress will tackle. It will also touch on subjects like the death penalty that Duterte wanted to revive for heinous crimes like rape, kidnap-for-ransom and murder, she added. Asked if militants will be allowed to protest during the SONA, Alvarez encouraged them to pick another time to air their grievances. Duterte has always been “welcoming and open” to talking with them, she added. Communications Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping told reporters yesterday Duterte wants his first SONA on Monday to be different from those of his predecessors. “The President is a simple man, so he wants his SONA to be simple,” he said. “His SONA will not be as stiff as previous SONAs.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy won’t attend Rody’s SONA


JULY 21 -“I will watch it on TV to be able to concentrate on its content,” Former president Benigno Aquino III replied when asked if he would join the other former presidents who were invited to attend President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. PIA/File
Former president Benigno Aquino III will not be attending President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address before the joint opening session of Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday. “I will watch it on TV to be able to concentrate on its content,” Aquino replied when asked if he would join the other former presidents who were invited to attend the event. Former presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada (now Manila mayor) have confirmed their attendance at the House gallery, while Aquino’s immediate predecessor – Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – has the option to join her House colleagues. Ramos has been religiously attending SONAs after he stepped down from office in June 1998. House deputy secretary general Artemio Adaza said Arroyo has the prerogative to sit beside former presidents at the gallery, the seating arrangement of which would be based on their succession and terms of office. But Adaza told reporters Arroyo could also sit in the middle of the session hall as representative of Pampanga. Her lawyer confirmed yesterday that Arroyo would attend the SONA on Monday. She will undergo medical check-ups immediately after her release.THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: 91% of Filipinos trust Duterte - Pulse Asia


JULY 20 -In this July 19, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte issued a statement on July 19 at Malacañan Palace clarifying and dismissing rumors that he is replacing Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay. The President said that he personally pleaded Yasay to join his administration because of his competence and honesty and that the Secretary knows his business. PND/Toto Lozano
 A recent Pulse Asia survey showed that 91 percent or nearly all Filipinos trust President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte. Based on the survey, only 0.2 percent distrust Duterte while the rest could not say if they trust or distrust him.
A total of 1,200 respondents participated in the survey conducted last July 2-8 after his oath taking. The survey has a ± 3-percent error margin at the 95-percent confidence level. Duterte got high trust ratings in all social classes: ABC (89 percent) and DE (92 percent). Meanwhile, the poll showed that Robredo is most trusted by social class D (64 percent) compared to classes ABC (53 percent) and E (61 percent). Meanwhile, Vice President Maria “Leni” Robredo gained a trust rating of 62 percent. Eleven percent expressed small or no trust while 27 percent said they were undecided. The survey also revealed that 35 percent of Filipinos trust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno while 19 percent do not trust her. Some 42 percent of the respondents said they were undecided. The president got the highest trust ratings among respondents from Mindanao (97 percent) while Robredo got her highest trust rating from respondents in Visayas (72 percent). READ MORE...

ALSO: China eyes working with Philippines vs illegal drugs


JULY 20 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, then still to be proclaimed president, receives a copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping from Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a courtesy call at Davao City on May 16, 2016. Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP
China yesterday expressed willingness to cooperate with the Philippines in the campaign against illegal drugs after President Duterte cited the involvement of some Chinese citizens in the drug menace in the country.
The Chinese embassy in Manila said fighting all drug-related crimes is a shared responsibility of all countries in the world. “China has expressed explicitly to the new administration China’s willingness for effective cooperation in this regard, and would like to work out a specific plan of action with the Philippine side,” the embassy said in a statement. “The Chinese government has been firm and severe in drug control and in punishing all drug criminals in accordance with laws, regardless their nationalities,” it said. READ MORE...


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Pride of Mindanao: Rody, Pia meet


Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes a selfie with President Duterte during a courtesy call at Malacañang yesterday

MANILA, JULY 25, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Alexis Romero  Updated July 19, 2016 - The first President and first Miss Universe from Mindanao finally met yesterday, exchanging pleasantries at Malacañang and discussing plans to promote the Philippines.

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach took a selfie with President Duterte during a courtesy call at Malacañang as they discussed the possibility of holding the beauty pageant in the country.

It remains unclear whether Duterte approved of the proposal, but previous reports quoted Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo as saying that the President is open to the idea.

A Malacañang statement said Duterte and Wurtzbach talked about the similarities between them, with both of them hailing from Mindanao.

Duterte served as mayor of Davao City for 22 years while Wurtzbach hails from Cagayan de Oro.

“What an honor to meet our new President, Rodrigo Duterte. First Mindanaon president and first Mindanaon Miss Universe,” Wurtzbach wrote in the caption of her selfie with the Chief Executive posted on Instagram.

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Duterte was accompanied by Teo and tourism undersecretary for media affairs Katherine de Castro.

The members of the Miss Universe organization who were present during the courtesy call included Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Foundation; Shawn Maclaine, vice president for marketing and business development; and Esther Swan, Miss Universe Foundation manager.

VIDEO URL FROM GMA NEWS ONLINE: https://www.facebook.com/PBSRTVM/videos/1117415661630913/

Promoting tourism Wurtzbach said she would continue to pursue her goal of being an ambassador for the Philippines and promote tourism.

“It is my personal dream and of majority of the Filipinos to see the Miss Universe pageant held here,” she said.

Teo had earlier said Duterte agreed to host the 2017 Miss Universe pageant in Manila to boost tourism.

She added the private sector has agreed to sponsor the international event.

“This undertaking would entail no expense on the part of the government and it would give a boost to businesses and livelihood of millions of Filipinos,” Teo said.

“Miss Universe organization assured us that the franchise fee will be much less than what they had in Russia and Brazil,” De Castro said.

The DOT proposed that the segments of the month-long beauty pageant be filmed in the country’s tourist spots like Palawan, Boracay and Cebu, which topped the World’s Best Islands 2016 awards by New York-based Travel & Leisure magazine. – With Louise Maureen Simeon


SCREENGRAB FROM GMA NEWS VIDEO - Wurtzbach was also accompanied by representatives from the Miss Universe foundation including president Paula Shugart, vice president for marketing and business development Shawn Maclaine, and manager Esther Swan. — Trisha Macas/BM, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Duterte SONA won’t blame previous administrations By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 83 googleplus0 0


A worker cleans the session hall of the House of Representatives yesterday in preparation for President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Boy Santos

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte will not dwell on the mistakes of previous administrations nor play the blame game when he gives his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Incoming Department of Finance spokesperson Paola Alvarez said yesterday the SONA could focus on the details of the 10-point agenda reported earlier, including the drive for constitutional change to allow a shift to a federal form of government and the revival of the death penalty, although details are still not available.

Speaking yesterday to Malacañang reporters, Alvarez said international award-winning film director Brillante Mendoza will direct the SONA, especially the placing of cameras and how the event unfolds on TV.

The Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives will meet and escort Duterte to the Plenary Hall.

Alvarez said the SONA would tackle the comprehensive tax package – something that the Department of Finance is working on and which Congress will tackle.

It will also touch on subjects like the death penalty that Duterte wanted to revive for heinous crimes like rape, kidnap-for-ransom and murder, she added.

Asked if militants will be allowed to protest during the SONA, Alvarez encouraged them to pick another time to air their grievances.

Duterte has always been “welcoming and open” to talking with them, she added.

Communications Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping told reporters yesterday Duterte wants his first SONA on Monday to be different from those of his predecessors.

“The President is a simple man, so he wants his SONA to be simple,” he said. “His SONA will not be as stiff as previous SONAs.”

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Cualoping said the SONA will be “very short and straight to the point.”

“It’s now being put together with inputs from members of the Cabinet,” he said.

Asked if Duterte’s address would be punctuated by expletives, as is his wont, Cualoping said, “Since it’s a formal event, I think he will follow protocol.”

Mendoza told reporters that in line with the SONA’s theme of simplicity, he expects lawmakers, their spouses, administration officials and other guests to be “less formal in their attire.”

“The simpler the better,” he said.

Members of Congress and guests should focus on what Duterte would tell the nation, he added.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Mendoza conducted an ocular inspection of the House of Representatives building in Quezon City where the President will deliver the SONA.

Mendoza discouraged House officials from installing more lights at the session hall.

“There should be normal lighting,” he said.

Cualoping said those attending the SONA “are not required to come in gowns and suits but in business dress.”

Prospective speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has dissuaded his colleagues from transforming the SONA into a fashion show.

Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe said the practice of some lawmakers of making the SONA an exhibition of the latest in fashion “will now be a thing of the past.”

“The SONA is the President’s show. Let’s give it to him,” he said. “The House leadership does not want distractions.”

This year’s SONA, and in the next five years, would not be a fashion show, DOF’s Alvarez said, as she noted that guests were asked to either wear a simple Filipiniana dress or business attire and not the expensive gowns that marked past SONAs.

“It (SONA) will not be a fashion show. We want to center on what the President’s message is to our people especially that it is his first… we want to bring back the real essence of the SONA,” Alvarez said.

Duterte will deliver his first SONA on Monday. – With Jess Diaz


PHILSTAR

Noy won’t attend Rody’s SONA By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


“I will watch it on TV to be able to concentrate on its content,” Former president Benigno Aquino III replied when asked if he would join the other former presidents who were invited to attend President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. PIA/File

MANILA, Philippines – Former president Benigno Aquino III will not be attending President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address before the joint opening session of Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday.

“I will watch it on TV to be able to concentrate on its content,” Aquino replied when asked if he would join the other former presidents who were invited to attend the event.

Former presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada (now Manila mayor) have confirmed their attendance at the House gallery, while Aquino’s immediate predecessor – Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – has the option to join her House colleagues.

Ramos has been religiously attending SONAs after he stepped down from office in June 1998.

House deputy secretary general Artemio Adaza said Arroyo has the prerogative to sit beside former presidents at the gallery, the seating arrangement of which would be based on their succession and terms of office.

But Adaza told reporters Arroyo could also sit in the middle of the session hall as representative of Pampanga.

Her lawyer confirmed yesterday that Arroyo would attend the SONA on Monday. She will undergo medical check-ups immediately after her release.


PHILSTAR

91% of Filipinos trust Duterte - Pulse Asia By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated July 20, 2016 - 2:51pm 3 128 googleplus0 1


In this July 19, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte issued a statement on July 19 at Malacañan Palace clarifying and dismissing rumors that he is replacing Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay. The President said that he personally pleaded Yasay to join his administration because of his competence and honesty and that the Secretary knows his business. PND/Toto Lozano

MANILA, Philippines — A recent Pulse Asia survey showed that 91 percent or nearly all Filipinos trust President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.

Based on the survey, only 0.2 percent distrust Duterte while the rest could not say if they trust or distrust him.

A total of 1,200 respondents participated in the survey conducted last July 2-8 after his oath taking. The survey has a ± 3-percent error margin at the 95-percent confidence level.

Duterte got high trust ratings in all social classes: ABC (89 percent) and DE (92 percent). Meanwhile, the poll showed that Robredo is most trusted by social class D (64 percent) compared to classes ABC (53 percent) and E (61 percent).

Meanwhile, Vice President Maria “Leni” Robredo gained a trust rating of 62 percent. Eleven percent expressed small or no trust while 27 percent said they were undecided.

The survey also revealed that 35 percent of Filipinos trust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno while 19 percent do not trust her. Some 42 percent of the respondents said they were undecided.

The president got the highest trust ratings among respondents from Mindanao (97 percent) while Robredo got her highest trust rating from respondents in Visayas (72 percent).

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The respondents said they want the Duterte administration to focus on three economic issues — controlling increases in prices (68 percent), creating employment opportunities (56 percent) and crafting new pro-poor programs like education, health and housing for the poor (55 percent) — in its first six months in office. Forty-eight percent would like the new administration to immediately address the problem of criminality in the country.

Last week, the Social Weather Stations also released the results of its nationwide trust rating poll conducted from June 24-27 showing that Duterte gained 84 percent trust rating while only 5 percent had “little trust” in him for an “excellent” net trust rating of +79.

Pulse Asia President Ronnie Holmes said that based on history most presidents obtain high ratings during their first week in office, and usually, it is the highest they can get throughout their term.

“This is the highest numerically (trust ratings during the first week). It’s been high for most presidents,” Holmes said. — Infographic design by Jonathan Asuncion


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China eyes working with Philippines vs illegal drugs By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 20, 2016 - 12:00am 2 15 googleplus0 0


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, then still to be proclaimed president, receives a copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping from Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a courtesy call at Davao City on May 16, 2016. Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP

MANILA, Philippines – China yesterday expressed willingness to cooperate with the Philippines in the campaign against illegal drugs after President Duterte cited the involvement of some Chinese citizens in the drug menace in the country.

The Chinese embassy in Manila said fighting all drug-related crimes is a shared responsibility of all countries in the world.

“China has expressed explicitly to the new administration China’s willingness for effective cooperation in this regard, and would like to work out a specific plan of action with the Philippine side,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The Chinese government has been firm and severe in drug control and in punishing all drug criminals in accordance with laws, regardless their nationalities,” it said.

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The embassy said the Chinese government has been promoting and has carried out effective international cooperation with many countries.

“China fully understands that the Philippine government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has taken it as a top priority in cracking down drug-related crime,” it added.

Speaking at a fellowship dinner with his batchmates at the San Beda College of Law over the weekend, Duterte said he wanted to call the attention of China to the fact that many of the drug lords in the Philippines were Chinese.


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