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NO APOLOGY TO U.S. ENVOY FROM DUTERTE
[RELATED: CHIEF Justice Sereno appreciates Rody's apology]


AUGUST 13 -President Duterte yesterday reiterated there is no need for him to apologize to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg for calling him “bakla (gay).” Presidential Photographers Division/Ace Morandante
No apologies. President Duterte yesterday reiterated there is no need for him to apologize to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg for calling him “bakla (gay).” The US embassy had described the comment as “inappropriate and unacceptable.” “We have seen reports of inappropriate and unacceptable comments made about Ambassador Goldberg, a multi-time ambassador and one of the US Department of State’s most senior diplomats,” the embassy said in a statement. Duterte made the comment about Goldberg in a speech before troops in Cebu City last week. His speech was aired live by the media, including state-run PTV-4 and dzRB. “I will not apologize. Why would I apologize to him? He started it…he should apologize to me,” he said. When asked by the local media if his rift with Goldberg will end, Duterte said he is not one to hold a grudge. “Just wait… there will come a time on this. I am not a person who holds grudges for long,” he said.
Duterte expressed hope that relations between the two countries will not be adversely affected by his remarks. – Pia Lee-Brago FULL REPORT. RELATED,Sereno appreciates Rody's apology...

ALSO Catholic schools to Rody: Marcos wished to be buried next to mother in Ilocos
[RELATED: Top Duterte ally calls for Marcos burial in Ilocos Norte]


AUGUST 14 -The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to grant the deathbed wish of former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried next to her mother's grave in Ilocos Norte.
“At his deathbed, Mr. Marcos himself asked that he be buried next to his mother in Ilocos, where he is revered and loved,” the CEAP said in a statement The CEAP added: "Fulfilling Mr. Marcos’s deathbed wish will give us all the unity and closure that this country desperately needs." The group, which expressed opposition against Duterte's decision to allow the hero's burial for Marcos, said that granting the late president's wish will also bring "a final measure of justice, justice due decades-long after the dark chapter of our history under dictatorial rule." It reiterated that Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which is "a national shrine for heroic Filipinos who have rendered great service and sacrifice for the nation." The group also asked Duterte to fulfill his promise of unity and healing. “President Rody, we ask nothing that you have not already promised. Justice. Unity. Healing. A better Philippines as envisioned by the thousands who gave the ultimate sacrifice to restore the freedoms that we now enjoy. President Rody, we ask that you heal this festering wound. Let this be your legacy. Please do not allow the burial of Mr. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.” —ALG, GMA News FULL REPORT RELATED, Top Duterte ally calls for Marcos burial in Ilocos Norte...

ALSO By Amado Macasaet - DUTERTE AND ONGPIN
[RELATED: Ongpin to Duterte: I was born poor, I worked honestly for my money]


AUGUST 12 By Amadao Macasaet -SCREENGRAB Roberto Ongpin, former minister of trade and industry, who ran the Binondo Central Bank, the unofficial source of foreign exchange when the country ran out of foreign exchange reserves was set free for alleged crimes during his term. Now, newly elected president Rodrigo Duterte makes him appear like a criminal, no questions asked. Duterte has singled him out as an “oligarch,” which by his own one-sided definition, is an oppressor. Ongpin, feeling the pressure, was forced to say he will sell his company PhilWeb in public auction. I am personally saddened by this turn of events as it shows the makings of a one-man rule short of officially declaring martial law. Little does Duterte know that he was voted to office on the promise based on his past record that he will eliminate corruption. He did not say he will use the rule of law in pursuing or implementing his wish. We all know this country needs an iron hand to attain peace and progress but with due process. The law is strengthened every time it is enforced, starting from a citizen’s most basic rights. Democracy is best attained with the leader setting an example of how to be fair in a democratic society. The US is the best example. Al Capone would never have been jailed as there was no evidence of the crimes he committed. But Federal authorities got him for evading taxes. He was found guilty. The country is in the grip of fear because many businessmen may, like Ongpin, be put on trial by publicity and without due process. Duterte is leaping before he looks, as in the case of Ongpin, who has been cleared by previous governments. The country owes him a debt for saving the state from possible collapse through the Binondo Central Bank. READ MORE...RELATED, Ongpin to Duterte: I was born poor, I worked honestly for my money...

ALSO:
Reds hit Duterte over 'bullheaded' decision to bury Marcos in heroes' cemetery

[ALSO: Duterte's drug war lowered crime rate, Palace says]


AUGUST 14 -The Communist Party of the Philippines said that by claiming that former President Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be buried with other former soldiers, Duterte is helping perpetuate the historical lies surrounding Marcos’ bogus medals and phoney Maharlika guerrilla unit. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File
BAGUIO CITY — Yet another exchange of harsh words. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called President Rodrigo Duterte "bullheaded" over his decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. “By claiming Marcos deserves to be buried with other former soldiers, Duterte is helping perpetuate the historical lies surrounding Marcos’ bogus medals and phoney Maharlika guerrilla unit,” the CPP said in a statement. RELATED: Victims of martial law seek TRO on FM burial “By further ordering that Marcos be accorded military honours befitting a former head of state, Duterte is virtually deleting Marcos’ bloody record as a military despot and the fascist violence, human rights violation, corruption and economic hardships he made the Filipino people suffer through 14 years of dictatorship.” READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte's drug war lowered crime rate, Palace says...

ALSO: New 'high-security' passports available starting Monday - Andanar


AUGUST 14 -Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the production speed of the passports was increased to 35 percent so it would be readily available to Filipinos. File photo
MANILA, Philippines — New passports with added security features would be available starting Monday, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said Sunday. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the “all new high-security passport” would also contain designs that would promote the regions of the country. “Added security features have been placed such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light,” Andanar said in a statement. “Other changes include intaglio printing used for the printing of money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle,” he added. READ MORE...


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No apology to US envoy from Duterte


President Duterte yesterday reiterated there is no need for him to apologize to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg for calling him “bakla (gay).” Presidential Photographers Division/Ace Morandante

MANILA, AUGUST 15, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Christina Mendez August 13, 2016 - No apologies.

President Duterte yesterday reiterated there is no need for him to apologize to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg for calling him “bakla (gay).”

The US embassy had described the comment as “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

“We have seen reports of inappropriate and unacceptable comments made about Ambassador Goldberg, a multi-time ambassador and one of the US Department of State’s most senior diplomats,” the embassy said in a statement.

Duterte made the comment about Goldberg in a speech before troops in Cebu City last week.

His speech was aired live by the media, including state-run PTV-4 and dzRB.

“I will not apologize. Why would I apologize to him? He started it…he should apologize to me,” he said.

When asked by the local media if his rift with Goldberg will end, Duterte said he is not one to hold a grudge.

“Just wait… there will come a time on this. I am not a person who holds grudges for long,” he said.

Duterte expressed hope that relations between the two countries will not be adversely affected by his remarks. – Pia Lee-Brago

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Sereno appreciates apology By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 13, 2016 - 12:00am 15 112 googleplus0 0


In the letter, Sereno called Duterte’s actions “premature” and cautioned the judges named in the list not to surrender in the absence of formal complaints or arrest warrants.  Rody: Harsh words unintended EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno yesterday accepted the apology of President Duterte.

The President apologized to Sereno late Thursday for his “harsh words,” saying they were not intentional.

Sereno, through Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te, issued a statement acknowledging the comment made by Duterte on the issue.

“The Chief Justice appreciates the President’s latest remarks. As previously announced, she would no longer say anything on this matter,” Te said.

Te said the chief magistrate was not able to watch the televised late night press conference in Davao City where Duterte offered his apology.

He said Sereno was later provided a transcript.

“I would like to apologize to the Chief Justice for the harsh words, which were never intended,” Duterte said.

“Because of the magnitude of the problem, it was my way of solving the problem within the ambit of my powers as President,” he said.

Duterte was angry over the letter from Sereno, where she stated her reservations over the President’s revelations that some members of the judiciary are involved in the illegal drug trade.

In the letter, Sereno called Duterte’s actions “premature” and cautioned the judges named in the list not to surrender in the absence of formal complaints or arrest warrants.

Duterte complained a warrant would take months and would affect his anti-drug campaign.

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He shot back at Sereno, warning of a constitutional crisis and possible declaration of martial law if the judiciary gets in the way of his anti-illegal drug campaign.

Sereno declined to answer Duterte’s remarks.

Duterte’s statements on the possibility of declaring martial law earned him rebukes from several quarters already wary of his controversial methods in dealing with criminals and drug offenders.

Malacañang downplayed Duterte’s remarks, saying the President was merely asking a rhetorical question.

Humble Senators commended the President for making the apology.

“I see in Duterte a humble president who apologized when he realized he made a mistake. It is better to have a leader like that than someone who thinks he is always right,” Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara said Duterte’s apology showed his personality – if he is attacked he will counter-attack; if people are gracious he will reciprocate as well.

“Perhaps it will aid the public in understanding him as a man and as a public official,” Angara said.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Duterte’s outburst often stemmed from his frustration in the campaign against illegal drugs.

“That’s why is it imperative that the bosses of the judiciary and executive constantly coordinate. Let’s give it to him. He knew he was harsh, and he apologized for it. He was man enough to know his shortcomings in order to avoid misunderstandings,” Gatchalian said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Duterte has often publicly admitted being unmindful of other people’s opinion. He said Duterte making the public apology is actually how he describes himself.

“One and a half months as President won’t transform him into a statesman that Filipinos have become accustomed to see upon assumption of office,” Lacson said.

“Let’s just hope that he’s capable of defying the old adage, ‘It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks’ for his own good and our country as well,” he said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva said the apology was a good sign for a better, more mature and more harmonious relationship among government branches.

Sen. Leila de Lima also praised Duterte for apologizing but called on him to make clearer statements, particularly on sensitive issues.

“We can also rest assured that the possible declaration of martial law is not administration policy, if the President did not intend to say those harsh words in the first place. As I said, whatever the President says can be construed as policy,” De Lima said.

She said it would be helpful if Malacañang clarifies what part of the President’s declarations are policy and what are not, or intended as mere ice breakers.

“So we do not get confused as to what the President means to say and what he does not,” De Lima said.

Presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo said Duterte is known to be passionate in his statements.

“Sometimes, in the heat of passion, you can add harsh words when it could have been mild. But he is a gentleman and he has always been respectful of women, whether young or old. That’s the kind of President we have,” Panelo said.

Although Duterte is tough talking, Panelo said the President is also “compassionate, can walk the talk and has the guts and the political will” to deliver change in the country.

He explained the President is operating on the “predicate of serving and protecting his people” and in his move to name the errant officials, he was just doing this job.

On Sereno’s acceptance of the apology, Panelo said the chief magistrate is cooperating with Duterte in his campaign against illegal drugs.

“We believe the Chief Justice is cooperating with the government. We should be cooperating with each other,” he said.

Duterte, in his visit to Jolo yesterday, refused to comment further when asked for his reaction on Sereno’s gesture accepting his apology. – Christina Mendez, Giovanni Nilles


GMA NEWS

Catholic schools to Duterte: Marcos wished to be buried next to mother in Ilocos Published August 14, 2016 5:44pm

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to grant the deathbed wish of former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried next to her mother's grave in Ilocos Norte.

“At his deathbed, Mr. Marcos himself asked that he be buried next to his mother in Ilocos, where he is revered and loved,” the CEAP said in a statement

The CEAP added: "Fulfilling Mr. Marcos’s deathbed wish will give us all the unity and closure that this country desperately needs."

The group, which expressed opposition against Duterte's decision to allow the hero's burial for Marcos, said that granting the late president's wish will also bring "a final measure of justice, justice due decades-long after the dark chapter of our history under dictatorial rule."

It reiterated that Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which is "a national shrine for heroic Filipinos who have rendered great service and sacrifice for the nation."

The group also asked Duterte to fulfill his promise of unity and healing.

“President Rody, we ask nothing that you have not already promised. Justice. Unity. Healing. A better Philippines as envisioned by the thousands who gave the ultimate sacrifice to restore the freedoms that we now enjoy. President Rody, we ask that you heal this festering wound. Let this be your legacy. Please do not allow the burial of Mr. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.” —ALG, GMA News

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Top Duterte ally calls for Marcos burial in Ilocos Norte Published June 17, 2016 3:07pm


Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

One of the founders of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's political party on Tuesday called for the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in his home province in Ilocos Norte.

Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., a political detainee under the Marcos regime and one of the founders of the PDP-Laban, said the Marcoses should just let their father be buried in Ilocos where he is loved by the people.

“Palagay ko lang mas maganda kung saang teritoryo kung saan minamahal siya ng tao, doon sa bandang IIocos.… where he will get all the honors that they want because obviously he was loved there by some people," Pimentel told reporters.

"They will give the honors to him,” he added.

Pimentel said even India's Mahatma Gandhi was buried at a very simple place.

“One time nagpunta ako sa India, hinanap ko yung libingan ni Mahatma Gandhi sapagkat palagay ko ay napakalaking tao nito," Pimentel said.

"Dinala nila ako doon sa isang sementeryo at nakita ko ordinaryo ang libingan ng pinakarespetado na statesman sa buong mundo, kahit na he was not elected as a public official,” he added.

Pimentel said Gandhi's example showed it didn't matter where one was buried.

"Basta iginagalang ka ng tao OK lang yun,” he added.

Pimentel said the Marcos family should no longer insist on giving their patriarch a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“Sana naman ang pamilya ni President Marcos wil not insist on giving him a hero’s burial sapagkat ang Martial Law, when his father was the one running the country under authoritarian dictatorship, andami pong napinsalang mga tao, andaming natorture, andaming namatay,” Pimentel said.

“So medyo masalimuot na issue na ilibing siya d’yan sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he added.

The former senator was one of those arrested and jailed during the Martial Law.

Told on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inclination to grant the wish of the Marcoses, Pimentel said the name of Libingan ng mga Bayan should be changed to Libingan ng mga Sundalo. Marcos is a World War II veteran.

“Pero kung ‘yun ang desisyon ni President Digong (Duterte’s nickname) then let it be. But perhaps, probably ulitin ko baguhin ang pangalan sa Libingan ng mga Sundalo na lang para he will qualify as a soldier to be buried there,” he said. —NB, GMA News


MALAYA OPINION By Amado Macasaet

DUTERTE AND ONGPIN By Amado P. Macasaet August 12, 2016


SCREENGRAB

Roberto Ongpin, former minister of trade and industry, who ran the Binondo Central Bank, the unofficial source of foreign exchange when the country ran out of foreign exchange reserves was set free for alleged crimes during his term.

Now, newly elected president Rodrigo Duterte makes him appear like a criminal, no questions asked. Duterte has singled him out as an “oligarch,” which by his own one-sided definition, is an oppressor.

Ongpin, feeling the pressure, was forced to say he will sell his company PhilWeb in public auction.

I am personally saddened by this turn of events as it shows the makings of a one-man rule short of officially declaring martial law.

Little does Duterte know that he was voted to office on the promise based on his past record that he will eliminate corruption. He did not say he will use the rule of law in pursuing or implementing his wish.

We all know this country needs an iron hand to attain peace and progress but with due process. The law is strengthened every time it is enforced, starting from a citizen’s most basic rights.

Democracy is best attained with the leader setting an example of how to be fair in a democratic society. The US is the best example. Al Capone would never have been jailed as there was no evidence of the crimes he committed. But Federal authorities got him for evading taxes. He was found guilty.

The country is in the grip of fear because many businessmen may, like Ongpin, be put on trial by publicity and without due process.

Duterte is leaping before he looks, as in the case of Ongpin, who has been cleared by previous governments. The country owes him a debt for saving the state from possible collapse through the Binondo Central Bank.

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Duterte probably does not know Ongpin was set free of many “crimes” that should have angered the International Monetary Fund. On the contrary, Ongpin invested heavily in his country and brought some investors. He is now shuttling between Hong Kong and Europe to pursue international business.

Very few people know Ongpin owns, lock, stock, and barrel the Balesin island and sells proprietary shares to a selected few.

President Duterte must be told that there are many ways of skinning a cat. His ways are not one of them. The ability to run a country successfully is better shown by example like how Lee Kwan Yu ran the small state of Singapore.

He, however, was never accused of high-handedness in making Singapore what it is today. He commands the respect of every Singaporean and businessmen from other countries for the simple reason that he has been fair.

Those who say particularly in the case of Ongpin that Duterte has been fair do not know the meaning of due process or fairness.

It is hoped that Duterte will change his ways and accomplish his objectives without making it appear that some people, like Ongpin, are criminals before they are tried.


MALAYA column by Amado Macasaet

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Ongpin to Duterte: I was born poor, I worked honestly for my money Posted on August 11, 2016 by Marcus V Image from Federal Philippines' Facebook page


DUTERTE, ONGPIN

MANILA, Philippines – Embattled businessman Roberto Ongpin defended himself amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations he was an oligarch, saying he was born poor and had to work hard and honestly for his wealth.

He told Duterte he was born poor and acquired his wealth the hard and honest way. He also said Duterte was fed the wrong information about him being an oligarch

“Define an oligarch for me. If it means I have money, I do have money but I made it all honestly. I worked hard for it,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying.

Ongpin, a former trade minister under late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, recounted the days when he had to study hard even as his family could not afford to buy him a pair of shoes.

“I was barefoot. My family simply couldn’t afford to buy shoes,” he said. “I was born poor. I worked hard. I graduated from public school, I graduated valedictorian.”

Ongpin, who offered to sell his entire stake in Philweb to save the company after PAGCOR refused to renew its operating license, also said he believes Duterte was fed the wrong information about him being an oligarch.

“I don’t know what the intention was. I have no clue why it happened. I don’t know who fed him with all of the falsehoods, but he did make the statement and he is the President of the country,” he said.

The tycoon, estimated to be worth $900 million, added Philweb’s board of directors had just agreed to build a drug rehab center in Quezon province and subsidize its operations with P100 million annually when Duterte tagged him as an oligarch.

“I have been very supportive of the president’s very serious drive against drug pushers, durg lords,” he said. “I hope the PhilWeb board, if PhilWeb continues to exist, will continue this program.”


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Reds hit Duterte over 'bullheaded' decision to bury Marcos in heroes' cemetery By Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2016 - 2:47pm 20 240 googleplus0 0


The Communist Party of the Philippines said that by claiming that former President Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be buried with other former soldiers, Duterte is helping perpetuate the historical lies surrounding Marcos’ bogus medals and phoney Maharlika guerrilla unit. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

BAGUIO CITY — Yet another exchange of harsh words.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called President Rodrigo Duterte "bullheaded" over his decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“By claiming Marcos deserves to be buried with other former soldiers, Duterte is helping perpetuate the historical lies surrounding Marcos’ bogus medals and phoney Maharlika guerrilla unit,” the CPP said in a statement.

RELATED: Victims of martial law seek TRO on FM burial

“By further ordering that Marcos be accorded military honours befitting a former head of state, Duterte is virtually deleting Marcos’ bloody record as a military despot and the fascist violence, human rights violation, corruption and economic hardships he made the Filipino people suffer through 14 years of dictatorship.”

RELATED: Hundreds protest hero's burial for Marcos

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The CPP said the "Filipino people hold all post-Marcos regimes equally culpable for the political restoration of the Marcos family—Imelda and their children, who all took part in the machinations of the Marcos dictatorship.” Revising history The CPP said Duterte's flaunting of his alliance with the Marcos family is helping with the “Marcosian scheme” to revise history and make younger generations overlook the “colossal plunder and sale of the country’s patrimony, his debt-borrowing debt spree, his legacy of gross cronyism, his family’s ostentatious lifestyle built upon the poverty of the people, and his martial law’s massacre of freedom and democracy.”

The communist group hit the president's decision which it said displays extreme insensitivity to the sensibilities of the thousands of martial law victims and their families.

“[Duterte] insults the memory of thousands of patriotic Filipinos from all walks of life who gave up their lives at the prime of their youth to fight for the dictatorship’s overthrow,” it added.

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Duterte's drug war lowered crime rate, Palace says By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2016 - 5:30pm 11 107 googleplus0 0


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, stands beside new Police Chief, Director Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa, during the "Assumption of Command" ceremonies at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police headquarters, in suburban Quezon city, Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 1, 2016. Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill, eradicating crime especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder in three to six months. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality — criticized for supposedly encouraging human rights abuses — has pulled down the country’s crime rate in the first seven months, Malacañang said Sunday.

Citing a report by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said crime volume went down by 9.8 percent to 50,817 from 56,339 in the same period last year.

“The campaign against drugs and crime of the present administration is gaining positive results a month after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assumed office in Malacañan,” Andanar told radio station dzRB.

“It proves that the bold solution and swift action that the president is known for is not just a campaign slogan during the campaign period. It is change that will be felt by every Filipino wherever they are,” he added.

The average monthly crime rate hit 49.15, down by 11.51 percent from 55.54 last year. The average monthly crime rate refers to the average number of crime incidents in a given period of time for every 100,000 inhabitants per month.

RELATED: PNP chief: Crime rate down 49%

Crime clearance efficiency, the percentage of cleared cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by law enforcement agencies, improved to 69.49 percent in July from 63.49 percent.

A case is cleared when at least one of the offenders has been identified, there is sufficient evidence to charge him and he has been charged before the prosecutor's office or the court.

Crime solution efficiency or the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by law enforcement agencies went up to 57.37 percent from 51.38 percent. A case is considered solved when the offender has been identified, there is enough evidence to charge him, the offender has been taken into custody and the offender has been charged before the prosecutor's office or the court.

Authorities also regard the case as solved when some elements beyond police control prevent the arrest of the offender such as when the victim refuses to prosecute or the offender dies or the arrest of one offender can solve several crimes or several offenders may be arrested while solving one crime.

CRIME VOLUME DECREASED

Index crime volume decreased by 31.01 percent to 11,800 from 17,105. PNP defines index crime as those that are serious and occur with sufficient frequency.

The number of crimes against persons went down to 11,800 last month from 17,105. Murder incidents, however, rose by 68 percent to 1,271 in July from 755 last year. Homicide incidents also increased to 214 from 197. Incidents involving physical injury, however, decreased to 2,847 from 4,168 last year. Rape incidents also dipped to 838 from 879.

The number of property-related crimes went down by 40.30 percent to 6,630 from 11,106, PNP data showed. The number of robbery incidents plunged to 6,630 from 11,106 while that of theft decreased to 4,230 from 7,168. Car theft incidents went down to 705 from 1,109 while that of cattle rustling decreased to 47 from 72.

The volume of non-index crimes went down slightly to 39,017 from 39,234.

“We urge the public to continue cooperating with the Philippine National police so that the number of crimes will continue to decrease,” Andanar said.

Duterte has promised to suppress crime and narcotics within three to six months and has declared a brutal and bloody war against drug lords.

More than 500 people have been killed and more than 7,300 others have been arrested so far in the intensified anti-drug campaign, according to the PNP. More than 540,000 drug pushers and users have surrendered to authorities.

Human rights advocates raised concerns on the recent spate of killings of suspected drug personalities. They are worried that the anti-drug war may be encouraging summary executions and abuses.

RELATED: Int'l consortium asks global authorities to condemn surge in killings

Duterte has repeatedly said that he knows the limits of his powers and does not tolerate extralegal killings.


PHILSTAR

New 'high-security' passports available starting Monday - Andanar By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2016 - 6:37pm 44 271 googleplus0 0


Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the production speed of the passports was increased to 35 percent so it would be readily available to Filipinos. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — New passports with added security features would be available starting Monday, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said Sunday.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the “all new high-security passport” would also contain designs that would promote the regions of the country.

“Added security features have been placed such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant, invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread, and elaborate design when subject to UV light,” Andanar said in a statement.

“Other changes include intaglio printing used for the printing of money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angle,” he added.

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Among the designs featured in the new passports are the Philippine eagle and the green turtle.

Andanar assured Filipinos who wish to go to other countries that the new passports would be readily available. He said APO Production Unit, an agency supervised by the PCO, was able to increase the production speed of passports to 35 percent.

“This means the new passport printing system results (in the) delivery of passports from press to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to an average of five days compared to seven to 14 days previously,” Andanar said. 


He said his agency aims to further improve the passport printing process so that the delivery from the APO Lima Plant in Batangas to the DFA office can be hastened to four days by next year.


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