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CARDINAL ROSALES: DUTERTE ON THE RIGHT TRACK
[Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales: Fault-finders were wrong to think they had a monopoly over righteousness.]


AUGUST 8 -Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales Duterte. President Rodrigo Duterte is on the right track ... PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has found an ally in the Catholic hierarchy—Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales — who said fault-finders were wrong to think they had a monopoly over righteousness. Rosales, the archbishop emeritus of Manila, said Duterte had shown decisiveness in government “you have never seen in many decades.” He chided the President’s critics and urged Filipinos to pray to “lessen the faults” of the new leadership. “Now there is a new leader and we can see he is on a right track, the leadership really is on a right track,” he said at the Church-run Radyo Veritas 846 over the weekend. The prelate acknowledged that Duterte’s methods had drawn criticisms, but said he would rather pray for the President. In an apparent invitation to the public to try to see good in Duterte’s actions, Rosales argued that God does not limit goodness to one shape, as goodness can come in many shapes. “You know you cannot own goodness. Sometimes we think we’re the only ones who are good. No way, that’s not right,” Rosales said. READ MORE...

ALSO ‘Kill-order backfires’: Amnesty International warns lawlessness to worsen


AUGUST 12 -Against killings. Human rights advocates backed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines offer prayers and light candles as they call for due process amid the war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. The event was held at the Redemptorist Church in Parañaque City. Danny Pata

AMNESTY International on Thursday expressed concern over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “shoot to kill” orders and his public naming and shaming of drug suspects, saying these did not only violate fundamental rights, but also worsen lawlessness.“The actual or suspected use of drugs cannot constitute grounds for violating the rights of individuals, irrespective whether the applicable drug control regime allows for imprisonment or other sanctions,” the group added.
The group said Duterte’s “shoot-to-kill” directive and frequent hints that policemen and soldiers would not be held accountable for obeying his wishes would “further exacerbate the culture of impunity among law enforcement officials for human rights violations.”  The international human rights organization, which previously urged the Duterte administration to break the cycle of rights violations, said that his “shoot to kill” directive and frequent hints that policemen and soldiers would not be held accountable for obeying his wishes “will further exacerbate the culture of impunity among law enforcement officials for human rights violations.” “Under international human rights law, including treaties which legally bind the Philippines, the right to life… cannot be restricted even in times of crisis.” Anti-narcotics strategies based on the use of force and militarization “increased levels of violence, intimidation and corruption usually associated with drug markets,” the group added. Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, however, defended that the President, saying he “has never ordered extrajudicial killings” and that he was “deeply concerned about what’s happening.” But Amnesty International reminded the Duterte administration that the government should “protect people from all forms of violence, including an obligation of due diligence to prevent or to promptly, independently and impartially investigate” all killings. The group also said perpetrators of the increasing vigilante-style executions of drug suspects must be brought to justice. Meanwhile, students from different universities in Metro Manila held simultaneous candle-lighting protests Thursday, to demand justice for the victims of summary executions and extrajudicial killings in the country. “We light these candles as expression of the youth’s strongest condemnation against all the killings experienced by the Filipino people. This is not just for the victims of drug-related killings, but also to denounce the persistent killings of our lumad brothers and sisters,” Kevin Castro, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) spokesperson said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace readies ‘clean’ list Honor roll of governors, mayors without drug links out soon


AUGUST 11 -Army troops listen to President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to the headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division in Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz on August 5. Presidential Photographers Division/Ace Morandante, file
President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs is not purely a shame game after all. After publicly naming and shaming government officials with suspected links to illegal drugs, Malacañang is now preparing another list – this time an honor roll of local executives untainted by the menace. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the new government list will be released soon to “celebrate” the “clean” local government unit (LGU) officials who outnumber those implicated in illegal drugs operations. “In a few days, we will release a list of clean LGU officials. It was a borne out of my usual media meeting with ES [Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea]. We thought that it was also proper to celebrate the untainted reputation of LGU executives when it comes to illegal drugs,” Andanar said. “Based on the list, there are more clean governors and mayors than LGU executives who are suspected to be in the illegal drugs business,” he added. President Duterte had earlier identified more than 150 judges, local officials, and policemen allegedly involved in illegal drug trade. He has asked the concerned officials to report to their superiors to clear their names. READ MORE...

ALSO: US summons Filipino envoy over Duterte’s ‘bakla’ remarks vs. Goldberg


AUGUST 9 -The US Department of State has summoned the Philippines' charge d'affaires in Washington to explain what it called "inappropriate comments" that President Rodrigo Duterte's made against US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Elizabeth Trudeau, the director of the State Department press office, said the department had summoned Filipino charge d'affaires Patrick Chuasoto on Monday in the US.
"The first, specifically on the remarks, we’ve seen those inappropriate comments made about Ambassador Goldberg. He’s a multi-time ambassador, one of our most senior U.S. diplomats," Trudeau said in a news briefing. "We have asked the Philippines charge to come into the State Department to clarify those remarks," he added. Asked about the details of the Filipino diplomat's meeting at the department, Trudeau said, "I’m not going to read out that detailed conversation, but it was specifically on those remarks." In a speech delivered late Friday night at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City, Duterte called Goldberg “bakla” or “gay” for comments the envoy made during the campaign. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte warns chief justice against 'meddling' in drug war


AUGUST 9 -Duterte warns chief justice against 'meddling' in drug war. The president explain what the  'shoot-to-kill' order is and it will continue until his term is finished. WATCH THE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/N98Q84vYzpc
 A fiery President Rodrigo Duterte warned Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday that he would order his officials not to honor the judiciary if she creates a “crisis” and continues what he called her meddling in his crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte, who promised to launch a ruthless and brutal war against illegal drugs and crime, was visibly ticked off by Sereno’s statement that judges who are linked to illegal drugs should not surrender unless there is a duly-issued arrest warrant against them. In a speech delivered before soldiers in Cagayan de Oro, the president could not hide his displeasure over the chief justice’s pronouncement, saying he cannot afford to wait for arrest warrants while people are being “slaughtered” by drug users. “You know, chief justice, there is a slaughter going on. Mind you, you are appointed by the government there in your office as chief justice at a time when the government is doing nothing. Why wait for warrant of arrest? There are 600,000 people addicted to drugs?” Duterte said. “Madam Chief Justice, you must be joking. You must be joking. Both of us are lawyers… You know how long it will take for the government to secure a warrant of arrest,” he added. “I warn you. Don’t create a crisis because I will order everybody in the executive department not to honor you. You want me to be frank?” Duterte said it takes about two to three months before an arrest warrant can be secured. He noted that cases take years or even “forever” before they are resolved by the court. READ MORE...


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Cardinal Rosales: Duterte on the right track


Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales Duterte. President Rodrigo Duterte is on the right track ...

MANILA, AUGUST 15, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) August 8, 2016 10:45 pm - PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has found an ally in the Catholic hierarchy—Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales — who said fault-finders were wrong to think they had a monopoly over righteousness.

Rosales, the archbishop emeritus of Manila, said Duterte had shown decisiveness in government “you have never seen in many decades.”

He chided the President’s critics and urged Filipinos to pray to “lessen the faults” of the new leadership.

“Now there is a new leader and we can see he is on a right track, the leadership really is on a right track,” he said at the Church-run Radyo Veritas 846 over the weekend.

The prelate acknowledged that Duterte’s methods had drawn criticisms, but said he would rather pray for the President.

In an apparent invitation to the public to try to see good in Duterte’s actions, Rosales argued that God does not limit goodness to one shape, as goodness can come in many shapes.

“You know you cannot own goodness. Sometimes we think we’re the only ones who are good. No way, that’s not right,” Rosales said.

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The cardinal’s statements contrasted with those of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, who said on Sunday he could no longer stomach the widespread killings of suspected drug pushers and traders.

“I do not have to be a bishop to say this. I do not have to be a Catholic to be disturbed by the killings that jar us every time we hear or watch or read the news,” the prelate said in a statement entitled, “Let the Humanity in Us Speak.”

11 Responses to Cardinal Rosales: Duterte on the right track
elcid malong says:
August 9, 2016 at 10:18 am
Cardinal Rosales shows the “very meat” of goodness. “Goodness” is definitely comes in many shapes. The goodness in PDU30’s war on illegal drugs is for the benefit and interest of the individuals, families and communities- the right to live peacefully, without threats of the consequences of illegal drugs. The critics of PDU30 is for the goodness of the illegal drugs players and protectors that they be afforded due process.
BUT, Cardinal Rosales, is again very right, when he saw the “decisiveness” of this administration to fight illegal drugs. No other past administrations showed this kind of political will. In fact, because of the absence of political will of the past administrations, the illegal drugs players and protectors have gained the “fruits” of this menace for so long period of time.
This is now the time for the victims and future victims, for the peace-loving Filipinos, for the hard-working individuals and for the crusaders against illegal drugs to taste their due “right to live peacefully”, away from threats of the consequences of illegal drugs.
I salute Cardinal Rosales for this- He saw that the goodness of PDU30 in its true form…and substance.
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joros says:
August 9, 2016 at 9:47 am
What can you expect from Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Oscar Cruz the former they are followers of the retarded BS Aquino da Turd they don’t see anything good in Pres. Duterte’s action even for the good of our contry.
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ddd says:
August 9, 2016 at 9:39 am
Kung walang Pres. Duterte sino pa ba ang lalaban sa droga? Hindi ba kayo natatakot sa lawak at lalim ng epekyo ng droga? Why be afraid if you are not either a pusher nor a user of prohibited/illegal drugs. To those who are oppose on the way Pres. Duterte is doing, mag-isip isip kayo. Kailan pa ba ang droga na dapat labanan? Hintayin pa ba natin na ang lahat na Filipino ay lulong na sa Droga bago tayo gumising sa katutuhanan. Ipagdasal nalang natin si Pres. Duterte na maging successful siya sa kanyang laban against the illegal drugs to make this Philippines a livable, peaceful and fearful place to live in.
I totally agree and support Cardinal Rosales. He is just practical regarding the current situation. Unlike other bishops or priests who are hypocrite. They should also be blamed for what the Philippines is now. They claimed that they are the protector of values. But look, ano ba ang values natin ngayon?
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Leodegardo Pruna says:
August 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
Archbishop Emeritus Rosales is right in saying that the better thing for us to do is to pray for the President rather than criticize the President. The President as leader should be allowed to do what he is supposed to do and that is to ensure the security and welfare of the people the way he believes should be. There are ways to legally make him answer should he violate the Constitution which are also prescribed in the same. God bless the Philippines.
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Julio says:
August 9, 2016 at 8:21 am
Mga cardinal at pari talaga, mag usap muna kayo hindi yung kanya kanya kayo ng press statement at stand, hindi kyo magkasundo sa desisyon kaya pati sa bibliya iba-iba kayo ng aral. Issue kayo ng issue ng statement, e hindi naman kayo tinatanong. Yung ibang religion tahimik lng. Intindihin nyo yung simbahan lung pano kayo makakatulong. HINDI yung lahat ng nangyayari sa gobyerno naglalabas kayo ng statements. Gaya ng CBCP, Cardinal Rosales, Cardinal Villegas, Episcopal etc…. Pag simbahan ang may issue at ginagawa, nakikialam ba ang gobyerno sa inyo?
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dayne says:
August 9, 2016 at 8:12 am
Thank you Cardinal! It’s really true…”we don’t own goodness…it has many shapes.” Let us think of the good for the whole country instead, not just the almost “hypocritical” concern for the rights of the criminals! Our group is praying for President Duterte…that the Holy Spirit will guide him in this crusade of his.
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Ric Brazil says:
August 9, 2016 at 7:49 am
Mabote pa itong so Cardinal Rosales. He certainly is bliss. Drawing from the Supreme God’s wisdom. Just remember what he did in the middle of heavy traffic somewhere in Batangas? He got out from his car and directed the traffic. He is a man of cloth and action. May the good Lord our God continue to bless him with good health and wisdom.
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Filomeno A. Tanhueco says:
August 9, 2016 at 5:52 am
If we are to rely on the Holy Bible regarding what President Duterte is doing, this is what is written:
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
This is similar to what Apostle Paul wrote in
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Nin says:
August 9, 2016 at 2:49 am
Cardinal Rosales is the priest without drama – thanks be to God
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Ely says:
August 9, 2016 at 1:19 am
At last … a real change for the benefit of the Filipino people is now visible , through Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales’ favorable comment about President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s way of solving the problems of our Country !!!
Instead of fomenting hatred against our President among church goers , Bishop Villegas should rather encourage the faithful to fervently pray to the Lord Almighty that may He give our President and our Officials enough Wisdom,Strength and Courage to perform their sworn duties Honestly and Fruitfully!!!
Otherwise, Father Villegas and other Priests (who criticize but cannot offer a solution)
should shut their mouth . Amen
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Stephanie Davis says:
August 8, 2016 at 11:06 pm
All that time, money and manpower could be better spent on raising the minimum wage of workers, setting up a labour relations board to help people find a job make sure that workers are treated properly by their employers and held accountable for mistreatment of them. He promised that he would help the people of the Philippines but all he is doing now is playing wild west cowboy and killing and arresting those involved with drugs. Yes drugs are a problem but millions and millions of people need help right now to make a better life for themselves and their families. One of his campaign promises was to help its citizens.


MANILA STANDARD

‘Kill-order backfires’: Amnesty International warns lawlessness to worsen posted August 12, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Against killings. Human rights advocates backed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines offer prayers and light candles as they call for due process amid the war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. The event was held at the Redemptorist Church in Parañaque City. Danny Pata

AMNESTY International on Thursday expressed concern over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “shoot to kill” orders and his public naming and shaming of drug suspects, saying these did not only violate fundamental rights, but also worsen lawlessness.

“The actual or suspected use of drugs cannot constitute grounds for violating the rights of individuals, irrespective whether the applicable drug control regime allows for imprisonment or other sanctions,” the group added.

The group said Duterte’s “shoot-to-kill” directive and frequent hints that policemen and soldiers would not be held accountable for obeying his wishes would “further exacerbate the culture of impunity among law enforcement officials for human rights violations.”

The international human rights organization, which previously urged the Duterte administration to break the cycle of rights violations, said that his “shoot to kill” directive and frequent hints that policemen and soldiers would not be held accountable for obeying his wishes “will further exacerbate the culture of impunity among law enforcement officials for human rights violations.”

“Under international human rights law, including treaties which legally bind the Philippines, the right to life… cannot be restricted even in times of crisis.”

Anti-narcotics strategies based on the use of force and militarization “increased levels of violence, intimidation and corruption usually associated with drug markets,” the group added.

Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, however, defended that the President, saying he “has never ordered extrajudicial killings” and that he was “deeply concerned about what’s happening.”

But Amnesty International reminded the Duterte administration that the government should “protect people from all forms of violence, including an obligation of due diligence to prevent or to promptly, independently and impartially investigate” all killings.

The group also said perpetrators of the increasing vigilante-style executions of drug suspects must be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, students from different universities in Metro Manila held simultaneous candle-lighting protests Thursday, to demand justice for the victims of summary executions and extrajudicial killings in the country.

“We light these candles as expression of the youth’s strongest condemnation against all the killings experienced by the Filipino people. This is not just for the victims of drug-related killings, but also to denounce the persistent killings of our lumad brothers and sisters,” Kevin Castro, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) spokesperson said.

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“Such atrocities have to end. President Duterte promised to have the lumad return home after years of displacement from their ancestral land. The President needs to keep his word and immediately execute orders to pull out all military forces from their lands.”

“Regarding the war-on-drugs campaign of the administration, we are urging the state to uphold due process with their drug-related operations,” the students said. Vigilante killings, they added, would not stop the country’s drug problems but uphold the worsening culture of impunity.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Thursday called on the government to concentrate its efforts on alleviating poverty and not killing suspected drug pushers and users.

Romblon Bishop Arturo Bastes, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Mission chairman, said poverty is the root cause of drug pushing for many families to survive.

“Because of poverty, many have turned to peddling drugs in order to survive. Giving them decent jobs would stop drug trade,” he said.

He said instead of killing them, drug users and pushers should be given due process and be helped to change their lives for the better.

Based on an official Philippine National Police report, some 564 suspected drug pushers or users have been killed, 34 in police operations and 223 by vigilantes.

But the NUSP said the number of vigilante killings related to drugs had already reached 943.

“As of writing, 943 people were victims of vigilante killings related to drugs, including among them is Jefferson Bunuan, a student of Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology,” the group said. With Sandy Araneta and Vito Barcelo


MANILA BULLETIN

Palace readies ‘clean’ list: Honor roll of governors, mayors without drug links out soon by Genalyn Kabiling August 11, 2016 Share1.9K Tweet1 Share4 Email3 Share2.1K


Army troops listen to President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to the headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division in Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz on August 5. Presidential Photographers Division/Ace Morandante, file

President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs is not purely a shame game after all.

After publicly naming and shaming government officials with suspected links to illegal drugs, Malacañang is now preparing another list – this time an honor roll of local executives untainted by the menace.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the new government list will be released soon to “celebrate” the “clean” local government unit (LGU) officials who outnumber those implicated in illegal drugs operations.


CAPTURED WEAPONS – President Duterte views high-powered firearms seized from New People’s Army rebels in a series of encounters with government troops in Bukidnon province during a visit to the Fourth Infantry Division Headquarters in Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday night. (Froilan Gallardo / mb.com.ph)

“In a few days, we will release a list of clean LGU officials. It was a borne out of my usual media meeting with ES [Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea]. We thought that it was also proper to celebrate the untainted reputation of LGU executives when it comes to illegal drugs,” Andanar said.

“Based on the list, there are more clean governors and mayors than LGU executives who are suspected to be in the illegal drugs business,” he added.

President Duterte had earlier identified more than 150 judges, local officials, and policemen allegedly involved in illegal drug trade. He has asked the concerned officials to report to their superiors to clear their names.

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The Palace, meantime, defended the President’s name-and-shame campaign against drug coddlers in government.

“The President’s primary concern is to deliver effective action to the people. By calling out the names of the judges on the list, he is giving them every chance and opportunity to be prepared to defend themselves, clear their names if they are innocent, and alert the community of their involvement in drugs if they are guilty,” Andanar said.

“Not everybody will applaud him for his audacity, but the President is putting his life, his honor, and the presidency at stake. His love for the people is greater than his fear for his own life, or the fear of embarrassment, failure, or mistake,” he added.

P88-M DRUG HAUL

As Malacañang prepares a “clean” list, policemen swooped down on the residence of Albuera, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. yesterday and confiscated some P88 million worth of shabu and some bomb component.

In a report reaching Chief Supt. Elmer C. Beltejar, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) acting director, said policemen led by Albuera police head Chief Inspector Jovie Espinido raided Espinosa’s house at Sitio Tinago, Barangay Binulho in Albuera on the strength of a search warrant.

Senior Superintendent Domingo S. Cabillan, PRO-8 chief of the operations, told Manila Bulletin that the raiding team confiscated 11 packs containing white crystalline, believed to be shabu.

Espinosa had earlier surrendered to Director General Ronald dela Rosa, PNP chief, after Duterte implicated him in illegal drugs trade.

Police have already filed cases against Mayor Espinosa and his son.

Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, spokesperson of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said illegal possession of drugs and firearms were filed against Mayor Espinosa Sr. and his son Kerwin in connection with the clash and raid on his house, where six of their men were killed.

“The cases were filed by our personnel in Eastern Visayas using the pieces of evidence taken from the recent operations there. The charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office,” said Jasmin.

Police killed six members of the Espinosa group last week after the latter allegedly fired on patrolling lawmen near the house of the mayor in Sitio Tinago.

METRO DRUG DRIVE

Meanwhile in Metro Manila, two policemen allegedly involved in illegal drugs were killed in separate operations.

In Pasig City, Police Officer 2 Miguel C. Turaray alias “JR,” who was assigned in Camp Crame, Quezon City, was shot dead Tuesday night by motorcycle-riding suspects.

Investigators said Turaray was standing near his residence on San Roque Street in Barangay Bagong Ilog when the suspects fired at him.

In Quezon City, PO1 Reyadzper Ibba, 34, of Barangay Culiat, Tandang Sora, and detailed at the Quezon City Police District’s (QCPD) Talipapa Police Station (PS-3), was killed after engaging his fellow cops in a shootout Tuesday night.

QCPD chief Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said Ibba had just finished his duty and was still in his uniform when he was killed in an encounter around 6:30 p.m. along Katipunan Ave.-SB Road, near corner Gen Luis St., in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches.

Eleazar said a buy-bust operation against Ibba was conducted by operatives of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group (RAID-SOTG) of the National capital Regional Police Office after he was found to be allegedly selling illegal drugs.

In Makati City, Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra reported to Mayor Abby Binay that at least 1,049 suspected drug personalities surrendered.

Mitra said police are in talks with barangay officials on how to counsel persons linked to illegal drugs but who have surrendered voluntarily.

“I commend the Makati police and our barangay officials and residents for bringing the figure to over 1,000 in a span of two weeks, from over 700 individuals who surrendered in the first half of July,” Mayor Binay said.

The Makati police reported that they have been in constant coordination with officials of the six exclusive villages that refuse to cooperate in the illegal drugs campaign.

Up to now, there were still no surrenderees as of July 31 from the exclusive villages of Magallanes, Dasmariñas, Forbes, San Lorenzo, Urdaneta, and Bel-Air, police said. (With reports from Aaron B. Recuenco, Nestor Abrematea, Jenny Manongdo, Vanne Terrazola, and Anna Liza Alavaren)


GMA NEWS ONLINE

US summons Filipino envoy over Duterte’s ‘bakla’ remarks vs. Goldberg Published August 9, 2016 4:47pm

The US Department of State has summoned the Philippines' charge d'affaires in Washington to explain what it called "inappropriate comments" that President Rodrigo Duterte's made against US Ambassador Philip Goldberg.

Elizabeth Trudeau, the director of the State Department press office, said the department had summoned Filipino charge d'affaires Patrick Chuasoto on Monday in the US.

"The first, specifically on the remarks, we’ve seen those inappropriate comments made about Ambassador Goldberg. He’s a multi-time ambassador, one of our most senior U.S. diplomats," Trudeau said in a news briefing.

"We have asked the Philippines charge to come into the State Department to clarify those remarks," he added.

Asked about the details of the Filipino diplomat's meeting at the department, Trudeau said, "I’m not going to read out that detailed conversation, but it was specifically on those remarks."

In a speech delivered late Friday night at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City, Duterte called Goldberg “bakla” or “gay” for comments the envoy made during the campaign.

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Duterte over the past weeks have met US Secretary of State John Kerry and Goldberg.

“Okay naman kami niya [US Secretary of State John Kerry]. Nag-away kami ng Ambassador niyang bakla. P— i—. Buwisit ako diyan. Nakikisali doon sa eleksyon, giving statement here and there. He was not supposed to do that,” said Duterte while telling the soldiers about Kerry's recent visit to the country.

During the campaign, Duterte found himself in a controversy over remarks about the rape of an Australian missionary in 1989.

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely posted Twitter that rape and murder should never be trivialized.

Goldberg seconded Gorely's sentiments, which did not sit well with Duterte. —NB, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Duterte warns chief justice against 'meddling' in drug war By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 8:40pm 38 956 googleplus1 0

 
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MANILA, Philippines -- A fiery President Rodrigo Duterte warned Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday that he would order his officials not to honor the judiciary if she creates a “crisis” and continues what he called her meddling in his crackdown on illegal drugs.

Duterte, who promised to launch a ruthless and brutal war against illegal drugs and crime, was visibly ticked off by Sereno’s statement that judges who are linked to illegal drugs should not surrender unless there is a duly-issued arrest warrant against them.

In a speech delivered before soldiers in Cagayan de Oro, the president could not hide his displeasure over the chief justice’s pronouncement, saying he cannot afford to wait for arrest warrants while people are being “slaughtered” by drug users.

“You know, chief justice, there is a slaughter going on. Mind you, you are appointed by the government there in your office as chief justice at a time when the government is doing nothing. Why wait for warrant of arrest? There are 600,000 people addicted to drugs?” Duterte said.

“Madam Chief Justice, you must be joking. You must be joking. Both of us are lawyers… You know how long it will take for the government to secure a warrant of arrest,” he added.

“I warn you. Don’t create a crisis because I will order everybody in the executive department not to honor you. You want me to be frank?”

Duterte said it takes about two to three months before an arrest warrant can be secured. He noted that cases take years or even “forever” before they are resolved by the court.

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“In the Supreme Court (SC), tell me. What is the fastest decision you made on criminal cases?... You’re asking for warrant of arrest for 600,000 Filipinos. In the meantime, what do we do with the addict? We let them stay there to resume their criminal activity?” the president said.

“Ma’am huwag tayo magbolahan (let’s not fool each other) and don’t force the issue. I respect your comment but it is…a rigmarole to me,” he added.

"Pigilin mo ako sige...Pag nagwala, would you rather I declare martial law?" he also said.

Duterte blamed the Aquino administration for its failure to curb the drug menace in the country “Six years have passed and nothing happened,” the tough-talking president said.

Former President Benigno Aquino III named Sereno chief justice in 2012 after the ouster of SC chief Renato Corona, who was found guilty by an impeachment court of failing to declare some of his assets.

Duterte said he is ready to step down once federalism is established and the problem of drugs is resolved.

“I’m ready to retire if federalism is ready two to three years from now. I’ll give way and I’m good for retirement,” he added.

The president stressed that he did not make an “accusatorial utterance” when he linked more than a hundred officials to narcotics trade.

“It is in consonance to my duty as president of the Philippines to let everybody know the people around them,” he said.


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