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UNDAUNTED DE LIMA FACES REPORTERS: 'HAVE DECENCY, MR. PRESIDENT'
[RELATED: Sandra Cam - De Lima’s driver frequented Bilibid for drug money]
[RELATED(2): De Lima ‘should be ashamed of herself’ — Cam]


AUGUST 19 -UNDAUNTED Sen. Leila de Lima faces Senate reporters to respond to President Duterte’s latest tirades against her. LYN RILLON In a fight with the country’s most powerful man, she could only appeal for thepeople she loves. Emotional yet unfazed, Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday called on President Duterte to spare her family, friends and colleagues from what she described as a systematic effort to taint her name. She vowed to pursue her inquiry into the spate of unexplained deaths amid the drug war even if she might end up “buried” for her crusade. Responding to the firebrand President’s latest tirades that portrayed her as an “immoral” woman engaged in illicit affairs, De Lima called on Mr. Duterte to give her a chance to air her side, recognizing the gulf of power between the two of them: “You are the President. I am just a senator.” “If you will also attack my colleagues or my own family the way you have attacked me, I hope you will spare them. If you are bent on destroying me, please have the decency to spare my colleagues, friends, and family. They have done you no wrong,” said De Lima, a neophyte senator at the center of the President’s most straightforward allegations yet against an elected official. De Lima faced Senate reporters but did not take questions. She did not categorically deny Mr. Duterte’s charges that she benefited from the illegal drug trade and that she used her driver, described by the President as her lover, as her bagman in collecting payoffs from convicted drug lords held at the national penitentiary. What wrong did I do? The closest to a denial was her statement that “I don’t know what I have done wrong against him.” READ MORE... RELATED, RELATED, Sandra Cam: De Lima’s driver frequented Bilibid for drug money... RELATED(2) De Lima ‘should be ashamed of herself’ — Cam...

ALSO:
Marking his first 50 days, Duterte aims for drug-free, graft-free PH
[RELATED FROM WIKIPEDIA: Duterte's Philippine Drug War]


AUGUST 19 -As he marked his 50th day in office yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he is doing his best to attain a “drug-free” and “graft-free” Philippines. The President, however, refused to claim “any great success” so far, saying he would continue to work for the interest of the nation. “I would say I’m trying my very best, period. I do not claim any great success, maybe failures here and there. But I would make the assessment na ginagawa ko lahat ’to sa trabaho ko because I’m paid for it,” he said in a press conference Wednesday night. “I’m paid and I work. I got elected and I give to the people what they want. They want a graft-free government, makukuha nila, makukuha ninyo. Drug-free, graft-free,” he added.
Since Day 1, the Duterte administration stepped up the campaign against illegal drugs resulting in the arrest of thousands of drug dependents. Duterte also launched a name-and-shame campaign against drug dealers and their cohorts in government. When asked if he was on track on his anti-crime drive, the President said: “I would say, nandito ako because if not, I would not be standing here before you.” CHANGE IS HERE “Change has truly come. Instead of waiting for the usual 100 days before, we are ready to present the milestones that have been achieved under the 50-day-old leadership of President Duterte,” Communication Secretary Martin Andanar said. READ MORE...RELATED,

ALSO: 'Absolute lie,' says De Lima on drug links
[RELATED: De Lima denies owning house linked to 'driver-lover']


AUGUST 19 -Former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima strokes her hair as she reads her statement Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at the Philippine Senate in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte, in a news conference Wednesday, linked De Lima to the illegal drug trade and called her "immoral woman." De Lima, for her part said, President Duterte, who also criticized the United Nations for condemning the spate of killings of suspected drug criminals in the country is "abusing and misusing his executive power." AP/Bullit Marquez
Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday addressed anew the accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte that she coddles drug lords or convicts, saying these are "completely false." Earlier this week, Duterte lambasted De Lima for allegedly receiving drug money for her campaign to become senator. The president also called the neophyte senator an "immoral woman" for having an illicit affair with her married driver. READ: Duterte lambasts female senator for criticizing war on drugs | De Lima cries foul over 'character assassination' "Pero ilang beses ko na po 'yan dineny. So I'm denying it again, that's an absolute lie. That's completely false," De Lima told television reporters. She also said Duterte's statements only contain "snippets of truth" but most are exaggerations and lies. De Lima added that she would never protect drug lords because she would never betray her oath as a public servant. "I don't intend to betray my oath as a public servant lalo na na may mandato ako ngayon sa taong bayan. So that's what I can tell you right now," De Lima said. READ MORE...RELATED,
De Lima denies owning house linked to 'driver-lover'...

ALSO:
Duterte House allies turn tables on De Lima, eye probe
[RELATED May 26, 2016: Duterte vows to investigate De Lima on ‘shabu’ inside Bilibid]
[RELATED(2):
House probe on De Lima questioned by solon]


AUGUST 19 -Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives have sought a “comprehensive investigation” into the supposed proliferation of drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City during the term of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and 10 other lawmakers filed House Resolution No. 105 calling for a probe on the alleged involvement of government authorities “under De Lima’s leadership” in the spread of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary. As Justice Secretary, De Lima had control of the Bureau of Corrections. “Now, therefore be it resolved as it is hereby resolved, that the House of Representatives direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP, including the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary, under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies particularly those in combatting the use, proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs,” the resolution read. De Lima, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, will lead the Senate investigation into the rising death toll in the administration’s war against drugs. She is facing criticisms from the President himself, who accused her of being “immoral” for her alleged affair with her driver and alleged bagman of drug money. The lawmakers said a “continuous monitoring of the imposition of the penalties” on convicted criminals in the Bilibid was necessary to ensure that “they are totally incapacitated from engaging in any and all unlawful transactions and operations including those involved in illegal drugs.” READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte vows to investigate De Lima on ‘shabu’ inside Bilibid...RELATED(2),  House probe on De Lima questioned by solon...

ALSO: ‘She [De Lima] has a right to defend herself’ - Palace press secretary[RELATED: De Lima to Duterte - ‘You’ll be embarrassed’]
[RELATED(2): De Lima: Shoot me if it’s (drive-lover) true!]


AUGUST 21 -ANDANAR: “Anyone has the right to defend himself/herself before the bar of public opinion,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
Malacañang said yesterday it respects Sen. Leila de Lima’s right to defend herself against President Duterte’s claim that she had an illicit affair with her driver, who allegedly collected money from drug lords for her senatorial campaign. “Anyone has the right to defend himself/herself before the bar of public opinion,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said. But Andanar said the Palace and the President would not waver in the anti-drug campaign despite the senator’s allegation that Duterte abused his power in shaming his critics. “The war of this administration against illegal drugs shall not be deterred,” he added. Andanar also said appropriate charges are set to be filed against the so-called narco-generals. “The government will announce the charges that will be filed against some police generals this Monday,” he said. But Andanar refused to reveal the names of those who will be facing charges. De Lima is the chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights that will investigate the drug-related killings under the Duterte administration. READ MORE... RELATED, De Lima to Duterte: ‘You’ll be embarrassed’...RELATED(2) De Lima: Shoot me if it’s true...

ALSO: ‘Love affair led to corruption’
[RELATED: Imee on ‘honor list’ in drug war]


AUUST 21 -THE REAL RONNIE Photo from a The Manila Times source shows the real Ronnie Palisoc Dayan (right), standing beside his former boss at the Justice department, now Sen. Leila de Lima.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is in possession of wiretaps and ATM records showing that the former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima transacted with drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa when she was Justice secretary.
Duterte made the revelation in a news conference at 1 a.m. in Davao City on Sunday, where he addressed criticisms, including from his relatives abroad, over his public exposure of de Lima’s alleged affair with the driver-bodyguard, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan. Duterte claimed the driver-bodyguard, whom he alleged had collected money from drug traders for de Lima’s senatorial campaign, could not have acted without her knowledge. The two were intimate, he said, based on recordings of their “lovers’ talk” over the phone. “What is really crucial here is that because of her [romantic]relationship with her driver which I termed ‘immoral’ because the driver has a family and wife, that connection gave rise to the corruption of what was happening inside the national penitentiary. That is why the inmates had special privileges,” he said. “All of this could have only happened if there was a go-signal from the head of the department, which is the secretary,” the President told reporters. Duterte said a foreign country, which he did not name, provided the wiretaps. “Even the ATM (automated teller machine) and the calls emanating from Muntinlupa to her driver,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Imee on ‘honor list’ in drug war...


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‘Have decency, Mr. President’
[DE LIMA APPEALS FOR HER LOVED ONES]


AUGUST 19 -UNDAUNTED Sen. Leila de Lima faces reporters to respond to President Duterte’s latest tirades against her. LYN RILLON

MANILA, AUGUST 22, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ 12:18 AM August 19th, 2016 - In a fight with the country’s most powerful man, she could only appeal for the people she loves.

Emotional yet unfazed, Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday called on President Duterte to spare her family, friends and colleagues from what she described as a systematic effort to taint her name. She vowed to pursue her inquiry into the spate of unexplained deaths amid the drug war even if she might end up “buried” for her crusade.

Responding to the firebrand President’s latest tirades that portrayed her as an “immoral” woman engaged in illicit affairs, De Lima called on Mr. Duterte to give her a chance to air her side, recognizing the gulf of power between the two of them: “You are the President. I am just a senator.”

“If you will also attack my colleagues or my own family the way you have attacked me, I hope you will spare them. If you are bent on destroying me, please have the decency to spare my colleagues, friends, and family. They have done you no wrong,” said De Lima, a neophyte senator at the center of the President’s most straightforward allegations yet against an elected official.

De Lima faced Senate reporters but did not take questions.

She did not categorically deny Mr. Duterte’s charges that she benefited from the illegal drug trade and that she used her driver, described by the President as her lover, as her bagman in collecting payoffs from convicted drug lords held at the national penitentiary.

What wrong did I do?

The closest to a denial was her statement that “I don’t know what I have done wrong against him.”

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She urged the President to stop his “threatening and shaming” campaign.

“Let’s go back to order that is brought by the rule of law and respect for fellow men. I have always been loyal to my oath as a public servant. I am not the enemy here. Stop portraying me as one,” she said.

“They are destroying my dignity and trampling upon my being a woman. Is there anything worse than that?” De Lima said.

Abuse of power

“I will not fight, I will not put up a fight against the President. First of all, I don’t know what I have done wrong against him,” she said, adding she just had a sleepless night following the President’s statements on Wednesday.

De Lima said she was powerless against an attacker who is immune from suit, calling the President’s public tirades “no less than an abuse and misuse of executive power.”

“I don’t think the Constitution has ever contemplated such abuse of power on such scale, as it assumes every President to conduct himself in a manner befitting the office he holds,” she said.

In a speech in Camp Crame on Wednesday, Mr. Duterte denounced De Lima’s “very sordid personal and official life.” It marked the peak of the longtime bickering, which began when De Lima, as chair of the Commission on Human Rights, investigated Mr. Duterte’s alleged links to the Davao Death Squad when he was Davao City mayor.

A mother of two who has long separated from her husband, De Lima described the allegations as “very foul” and smacked of “character assassination.”

‘Bury me instead’

The chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights said she would pursue her investigation set to begin on Monday.

“If this is his way of stopping the Senate’s investigation on the extrajudicial killings, he can try until he finally silences me or the Senate. But I think it is already clear that what is being done to me is what will happen to anyone who does not bow to the wishes of the President,” she said.

“Your Excellency, I have also thought about stopping the investigation if that’s what you want, just so the personal attacks against me would stop … But if I do that, it would be like turning my back on my principles and beliefs,” De Lima said.

“It would be like burying my own person. I would rather that you and your government bury me instead of me burying myself,” she said.

Alarming public reaction

Senators Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan rallied to the defense of De Lima, their ally in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, and urged Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to initiate a collective stand against Mr. Duterte.

“While he is known for his colorful language, it is not an excuse to insult and threaten women or target, without basis, a person’s reputation,” Hontiveros said.

Vice President Leni Robredo of Mr. Aquino’s Liberal Party said: “It’s sad that the fight has become personal … If we bring down the level of discourse to personal attacks, we may be bringing out the worst in people.”

Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines public affairs committee, described as “alarming” the public reaction to Mr. Duterte’s blast against De Lima.

“It’s as if what the President did was perfectly fine. When Mr. Duterte himself was called names by his detractors, people came to his defense and bullied his critics,” Secillano said. With reports from Dona Z. Pazzibugan and Julie Aurelio

 
DE LIMA: https://youtu.be/O0_tBIvM1Jo 

 
DUTERTE ; https://youtu.be/FlRjPNPQ3DE

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Sandra Cam: De Lima’s driver frequented Bilibid for drug money By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales
@YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 02:30 PM August 19th, 2016


Sandra Cam (right), president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines and then-Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

Former “jueteng” whistleblower Sandra Cam on Friday said Sen. Leila De Lima’s driver and alleged lover, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, frequently visited the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City to collect drug money from high-profile inmates.

Citing sources she did not name, Cam said Dayan collected about P5 million a week from drug lords in the national penitentiary.

“Si lalaki, labas-masok ng BuCor (Bureau of Corrections), ‘yang si Ronnie Palisoc Dayan. Kumukuha siya ng pera sa mga drug lord sa loob (Ronnie Palisoc Dayan would frequently go inside BuCor to get money from drug lords),” Cam said over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

Amid De Lima’s calls for accountability on the rising death toll in the administration’s war against drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday branded the senator as an “immoral woman” for her alleged affair with her driver, who he said collected drug money to fund her campaign.

READ: Duterte slams De Lima

In 2014, Cam opposed De Lima’s confirmation as justice secretary before the Commission on Appointments because of her “controversial private life,” including an “illicit affair with her married driver,” Dayan.

READ: Cam bares De Lima’s ‘illicit affairs’

Cam said among the high-profile inmates whom Dayan collected money from were gang leader Jaybee Sebastian and Peter Co, reportedly the leader of the so-called “Bilibid 19” or a group of drug convicts living a luxurious lifestyle in the national penitentiary.

Co, together with Peter Lim alias Jaguar and Herbert Colangco alias Ampang, was earlier named by Duterte as part of the top tier drug lords in the country.

“After 2014, nag-raid raid siya (De Lima) sa Bilibid ‘di ba? Nalipat pa nga ang Bilibid 19 sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). Pero may isa siyang hindi dinala sa NBI, ‘yung commander ng Commando Gang si Jaybee Sebastian,” Cam said.

(After 2014, she ordered a raid in Bilibid, right? They transferred the Bilibid 19 to NBI. But she left out one inside Bilibid: Jaybee Sebastian, the commander of the Commando Gang.)

“I pitied her but this is karma for her… I feel vindicated,” said Cam, who lost her bid for a senatorial seat while supporting Duterte’s candidacy in the May elections.

Cam, however, refused to add more details on Dayan’s alleged transactions inside the penitentiary as she “did not want to preempt Duterte.”

“May pinagbibigyan siya nu’ng drug money na kinukubra niya. I don’t want to preempt the President, ibibigay ni Presidente ang detalye tungkol diyan,” she said.

Pressed by reporters about his allegations, Duterte on Thursday said he has evidence and witnesses to back his tirades against De Lima, as he advised the media to go to the Department of Justice and the Commission on Human Rights to validate the “scandal.”

READ: Duterte: I have evidence to back tirades vs De Lima

An emotional De Lima denounced Duterte’s accusations as character assassination and abuse of power, as she pleaded for her family to be spared from personal attacks. IDL/rga

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RELATED FROM THE TRIBUNE

De Lima ‘should be ashamed of herself’ — Cam Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 21 August 2016 00:00


WHISTLEBLOWER SANDRA CAM

Whistle-blower Sandra Cam yesterday said Sen. Leila de Lima should be ashamed of herself for allegedly protecting illegal activities in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during her stint as secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).

In an exclusive phone interview with The Tribune, Cam noted that certain whistleblowers approached De Lima in 2012 to supposedly come out to reveal unlawful acquaintances within the agencies under the then Justice secretary’s helm.

De Lima, according to Cam, ordered to investigate irregularities within the DoJ, particularly the BuCor but when the report was furnished it was allegedly ignored by De Lima and no result was made public.

Cam said she was able to obtain a copy of the report that will “further shock the public and put to hell” De Lima’s reputation.

Still persistent at the time, Cam approached De Lima and lobbied a supposed whistleblower – a jail guard – who was “sick with the system” to be instrumental in the reforms within the BuCor.

“I came to her, bringing with me Mr. Kabunsuan Makilala, who took a video of irregularities within the National Penitentiary. What happened was, I brought him there to Secretary De Lima and told her to qualify Mr. Makilala under the Witness Protection Program (WPP), which, at the time, she fairly did,” Cam narrated.

“But eventually, perhaps due to the whistleblower’s more braver exposés, she might have been offended. She removed Mr. Makilala from the WPP and eventually dumped him to the Davao Penal Colony,” she said. Also, Cam said she made efforts to block De Lima’s appointment as Justice secretary under the previous Aquino administration.

De Lima, Cam claimed, had an intimate relationship with her driver, Ronnie Palisok Dayan.

She added Dayan was an employee of the Justice department who acted as “fixer” and influenced the promotion of prosecutors and other officials as well as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Cam also claimed De Lima had an affair with Cesar Mancao, who was under the witness protection program in connection with the 2001 murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

Asked by reporters to comment on Cam’s statements, De Lima said in a press conference in Quezon City that she does not care about the well-known whistleblower’s accusations.

“I don’t listen to Sandra Cam. All she does is destroy me. I don’t know why,” De Lima said.

Cam was the first to accuse De Lima of having an elicit affair with her driver/bodyguard.

“Leila, you’re immoral. I told you during those Senate hearings that if you want to prove my accusations wrong, then file cases against me! But you did not, Leila. You did not dignify my offer to give me my chance to prove myself correct in the proper forum,” Cam addressed De Lima through the Tribune interview.

“You don’t want to listen to me? Fine! But I’m standing by the truth that I have against you, Leila. To hell with you,” she emphasized as a response to the senator’s branding that she is meddling in government affairs and is more of into gossip-mongering.


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte aims for drug-free, graft-free PH in first 50 days by Genalyn Kabiling August 19, 2016 Share9 Tweet1 Share0 Email1 Share75

As he marked his 50th day in office yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he is doing his best to attain a “drug-free” and “graft-free” Philippines.

The President, however, refused to claim “any great success” so far, saying he would continue to work for the interest of the nation.

“I would say I’m trying my very best, period. I do not claim any great success, maybe failures here and there. But I would make the assessment na ginagawa ko lahat ’to sa trabaho ko because I’m paid for it,” he said in a press conference Wednesday night.

“I’m paid and I work. I got elected and I give to the people what they want. They want a graft-free government, makukuha nila, makukuha ninyo. Drug-free, graft-free,” he added.

Since Day 1, the Duterte administration stepped up the campaign against illegal drugs resulting in the arrest of thousands of drug dependents. Duterte also launched a name-and-shame campaign against drug dealers and their cohorts in government.

When asked if he was on track on his anti-crime drive, the President said: “I would say, nandito ako because if not, I would not be standing here before you.”

CHANGE IS HERE

“Change has truly come. Instead of waiting for the usual 100 days before, we are ready to present the milestones that have been achieved under the 50-day-old leadership of President Duterte,” Communication Secretary Martin Andanar said.

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He noted that it is the first time in the country’s history that change has already been realized by the Filipino people in the early days of a new administration.

“Change is happening every day. It is very clear to all that change is here,” he said.

President Duterte’s view that he owes his election to no one but the Filipino people “is a welcome sign that he is eager to report on his accomplishments and his concerns to the people,” said Fr. Joel Tabora.

GOLDEN MOMENT

The first 50 days of President Duterte in office have already been a “golden moment” amid his administration’s early accomplishments in law and order, environment, jobs and economy, among others.

This was the main theme of a government documentary aired by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) on state television about the President’s first few weeks in office.

“Para sa ating Pangulong si President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, his first 50 days in office is a golden moment dahil wala siyang sinayang na precious days at lahat ng ginawa niya ay regalo sa ating lahat,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said at the start of the 50-minute video.

Abella said the President “walks the talk” as he aims to bring peace, stability and growth in the country.

Topping the President’s achievements is the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs and crimes.

The government took pride of the 10 percent decline in the crime volume in the first month of the President as well as the surrender of hundreds of thousands of drug dependents to authorities.

In his first month in office, the President also signed the historic executive order implementing freedom of information in the executive branch. Telephone hotlines for emergency and citizens’ complaints were also established.

For the first time, the President offered Cabinet positions to activists as part of forging peace with the local communist group.

Several mining firms have been suspended for irresponsible operations while government efforts have been stepped up to put an end contractual employment in the country.

On food security, the government introduced food caravans and opened talks with the farmers. The administration also pushed for the strong implementation of the reproductive health law.

The President also directed concerned agencies to cut red tape in extending service to the public. A one-stop service for overseas Filipino workers has also been established to address their concerns. Upon the directive of the President, the government will also extend the validity of driver’s license to five years. (With PNA)

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RELATED FROM WIKIPEDIA

Philippine Drug War From Wikipedia as of August 20, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte presents a chart illustrating a drug trade network of high level drug syndicates in the Philippines during a press conference. Date June 30, 2016 – present (1 month and 3 weeks); Location; Philippines Status' Ongoing

More than 5,400 arrested 565,805 drug dealers & users surrendered; 612 killed; National crime rate declines significantly;

The Philippine Drug War, also known as Philippine War on Drugs and locally known as Oplan Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang, is an ongoing crackdown against the trade of illegal narcotics in the Philippines that began on June 30, 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte was inaugurated as president of the country.

Background of events

In the first two weeks of the Duterte presidency, more than one hundred suspected drug pushers have been killed, 1,844 arrested, and 66,000 drug users and pushers have surrendered.[9] And while critics have likened the situation to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, there are also those that support the campaign.

As Mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte was praised for turning his city into one of the safest cities in the world through the suppression of drugs and criminality, although he was criticized by groups like Human Rights Watch for the extrajudicial killings carried out by the Davao Death Squad, a vigilante group with which he was allegedly involved.

Timeline

June 24, 2016 — more than fifty people accused of dealing in controlled substances have been killed after Rodrigo Duterte called for killings against suspected criminals. Duterte wants to return capital punishment in the country. After Duterte's inauguration, he conducted a speech in Tondo, Manila where he urged people to kill drug pushers in exchange for bounty.

July 1 — Duterte continued his calls for Filipino citizens to kill people suspected of using illegal drugs.

July 3 — It was reported that ten people had been killed by the Philippine National Police within a week after Rodrigo Duterte took office as president and made statements encouraging the murder of illegal drug addicts.

On July 4, 2016 the Communist Party of the Philippines agreed to fight drug lords after its legal wing Bagong Alyansang Makabayan joined the government cabinet of Rodrigo Duterte.

July 5 — International media organizations report that more than 100 alleged drug dealers, rapists and car thieves have died in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte's election win on May 9, but no evidence of their crime is presented by local authorities. Many the killings happened during the last days of the Aquino administration, and prior to Duterte's inaugural on June 30, 2016. Duterte actively encouraged extrajudicial killing of suspected drug addicts and petty criminals before and after the election.

On July 7, 2016, the Philippines House of Representatives sought to investigate the rise in deaths of suspected drug dealers in the country.

July 9 — the Philippine government demanded that its critics provide proof that there have been human rights violations in the current drug war. Later that day, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front decided to join Duterte in his purge of drug traffickers.

August 7 — On early Sunday morning, President Duterte named more than 150 alleged drug protectors including local politicians, police, judges, and military. Some politicians, who had been named, subsequently denied the accusations.

August 8 — The United States expressed concerns over the extrajudicial-killings of drug suspects.

Criticism

On July 8, 2016, the left-wing political party, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, represented by Liza Maza of GABRIELA Women's Party, both allies with the current government, asked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the recent vigilante killings of suspected drug pushers.

Ifugao congressman Teodoro Baguilat called for an investigation because of concerns about the death rate of suspected drug pushers as well as the legitimacy of their labels. Those killed by police and vigilantes had no due process, of course, and so no evidence of their supposed crimes was presented. This is the same for the 'voluntary surrendering' likewise cited.

People appeared on the lists by the barangays and PNP without evidence of any crime, such that thousands of people were summoned to the barangay under threat of arrest or even death without any evidence of criminal activity.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote a letter to Duterte with regards to the seven judges included on his August 7 list of people alleged to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

On August 9, this prompted Duterte to retort that he is just doing his job as the President of the nation, whilst implying that she is not doing her job properly as SC Chief Justice. He claimed that Sereno might be creating a constitutional crisis, in the event that he would order everybody in the executive department not to honor her.

Duterte then rhetorically asked Sereno if she would prefer him to declare martial law, although never implying he would carry it out.

On August 11, Duterte apologized to Sereno for the "unintended" harsh words that he directed at her.

Opposition senator and human rights lawyer Leila de Lima of the Liberal Party condemned the killings and urged the Philippine Congress to investigate.

De Lima called for an end of vigilante killings of drug suspects. On her privilege speech at Senate on August 2, she noted that "we cannot wage the war against drugs with blood..." De Lima laments over the indifference by new government to extrajudicial killings and warns that more innocent people will suffer if the killings are fail to stop.

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FROM BLOOMBERG

Duterte to Push Ahead With Name-Shame in Drug War as Deaths Rise Clarissa Batino Cecilia Yap  August 2, 2016 — 11:13 PM EDT Updated on August 3, 2016 — 5:24 AM EDT

Philippines War On Drugs Continues


A body of an alleged drug dealer is taken out of a crime scene in Manila on July 16. Photographer: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Six people killed by police at home of mayor linked to drugs
Police say 402 drug suspects killed, near 600,000 surrendered

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to publicly shame dozens of government officials allegedly involved in the illegal narcotics trade, as the casualties mount from his war on drugs with another police firefight.

Six bodyguards for Rolando Espinosa, mayor of Albuera in the central Philippines, were shot dead in a raid on Espinosa’s house on Wednesday, a day after he surrendered and confessed that his son is a drug lord. At a televised briefing on Tuesday, police chief Ronald dela Rosa said Espinosa was free to return home but ordered his son -- who is at large -- to surrender or die.

The government will allow other officials linked to trafficking to seek to clear their names. “My God, you will be shocked” at those on the list, Salvador Panelo, Duterte’s legal adviser, told reporters in Manila on Tuesday. He said Duterte would name all 27 local politicians shortly.

Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, won the presidency in a landslide partly on his tough talk against crime, corruption and vice. Even on the campaign trail he warned the blitz would be bloody and without mercy.


Inmates sleep on the ground of an open basketball court inside the Quezon City jail in Manila on July 21. Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

There’s no specific polling since he took office on the popularity of his war on drugs, but he has won plaudits among his supporters on social media. His trust rating was 91 percent in a poll conducted last month by Pulse Asia Research Inc., the highest mark for any president since it started trust surveys in 1999.

“Duterte’s style is unusual in the sense that he thinks out of the box and he uses tactics that he thinks will work,” said Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform in Manila. “It’s too early to say whether it’s getting out of hand. Police abuse would have to be cumulative as a phenomenon and the president himself has said that he would go after abusive policemen.”

The national police said 402 people were killed in the first month after the crackdown started July 1, the day after Duterte took office. More than 5,400 were arrested and 565,805 surrendered. That count doesn’t include dozens killed by unidentified assailants.

Duterte named five police generals accused of involvement in illegal drugs last month, three of them on active duty. All five deny wrongdoing.

Rights Concerns

The campaign has drawn condemnation from some quarters, with Human Rights Watch calling the surge in killings unacceptable. An S&P Global Ratings analyst said the deaths may spur uncertainty. Senator Leila de Lima, a former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, said Tuesday in a televised speech she filed a resolution seeking a Senate probe of the drug-related killings.

“Mr. President, impunity once unleashed has no boundaries,” De Lima said. “We cannot wage the war against drugs with blood. We will only be trading drug addiction with another more malevolent kind of addiction. This is the compulsion for more killing, killings that have now included the innocent.”

De Lima, who investigated Duterte over extra-judicial killings when he was mayor, decried what she said was “propaganda” on social media that portrayed her as a protector of criminals. She said videos and a photo that circulated purportedly showing her socializing with alleged drug lords mistakenly identified a guest at her birthday party as a convicted felon.

“We are somewhat unsettled by the extra judicial killings,” said Kyran Curry, an S&P Global Ratings sovereign analyst based in Singapore.

“While they have no immediate ratings impact, we regard this aspect of the law and order focus of the new government as troubling because it has the potential to cast a shadow over enforcement of criminal laws without due judicial process and raises the possibility of breaches of civil rights and social unrest.”


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'Absolute lie,' says De Lima on drug links By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 19, 2016 - 4:26pm 4 696 googleplus1 0


Former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima strokes her hair as she reads her statement Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at the Philippine Senate in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte, in a news conference Wednesday, linked De Lima to the illegal drug trade and called her "immoral woman." De Lima, for her part said, President Duterte, who also criticized the United Nations for condemning the spate of killings of suspected drug criminals in the country is "abusing and misusing his executive power." AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday addressed anew the accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte that she coddles drug lords or convicts, saying these are "completely false."

Earlier this week, Duterte lambasted De Lima for allegedly receiving drug money for her campaign to become senator.

The president also called the neophyte senator an "immoral woman" for having an illicit affair with her married driver.

READ: Duterte lambasts female senator for criticizing war on drugs

| De Lima cries foul over 'character assassination'

"Pero ilang beses ko na po 'yan dineny. So I'm denying it again, that's an absolute lie. That's completely false," De Lima told television reporters.

She also said Duterte's statements only contain "snippets of truth" but most are exaggerations and lies.

De Lima added that she would never protect drug lords because she would never betray her oath as a public servant.

"I don't intend to betray my oath as a public servant lalo na na may mandato ako ngayon sa taong bayan. So that's what I can tell you right now," De Lima said.

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Meanwhile, Duterte said that De Lima created the "scandal" that may affect her loved ones.

"Family?... She created the scandal. She knows that she is a public official. Nag-iskandalo na siya d'yan sa (Commission on) Human Rights, nag-iskandalo na siya d'yan sa Department of Justice. Ano'ng spare the family?" Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview at Camp Siongco in Maguindanao.

The verbal spat between Duterte and De Lima started when the senator initiated a Senate inquiry on the rising number of drug-related killings in the country.

Duterte called out De Lima for criticizing his anti-drug campaign and resorted to a "character assassination" against the senator.

READ: Unrepentant Duterte says De Lima 'created the scandal'

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De Lima denies owning house linked to 'driver-lover' ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 19 2016 04:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2016 01:36 AM Adrian Ayalin @adrianayalin


Sen. Leila De Lima on accusations against her: May konting totoo dyan pero karamihan exaggeration
2:03 AM - 19 Aug 2016 · Manila City, National Capital Region, Republic of the Philippines

MANILA (4th UPDATE) – Senator Leila de Lima on Friday denied reports that she owns a house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan which is reportedly being used by her alleged driver-lover.

A day after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not back down on his attacks against the former justice secretary, De Lima told reporters the chief executive's accusation that she was involved in drugs was an absolute lie.

De Lima said she opted on Thursday to keep mum about the president's accusation since she had already previously denied this.

"There are insinuations na protector ako ng drug lords, of drug convicts, either I'm in their payroll o nag-contribute sila sa campaign funds ko. Ilang beses ko na iyan dineny so I'm denying it again," she said.

She said, however, that some of Duterte's allegations were "true," but that most of them were "exaggerated."

"May kaunting totoo dyan pero karamaihan dyan exaggerations, distortions and lies," she said.

The broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer on Friday published a photo of a house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, where De Lima's driver supposedly lives.

When asked about the house in Pangasinan, De Lima said, "Hindi akin yan." (That's not mine.)


According to the Urbiztondo Municipal Assessor's Office, the land where the house was built is owned by the driver's sister.

"Si Kagawad Dureta po iyung nagmamay-ari po. Nakapangalan po sa kanya," said municipal assessor Merle Moreno.

Urbiztondo police head Chief Insp. Joshua Maximo said de Lima's driver rarely visits the town. "Madalang lang pumunta dito. Nakikita namin minsan iyung sasakyan niya, pero hindi nagtatagal."

"Alam naman namin dito na driver siya ni senadora. Hindi talaga namimirmi dito." (We know he is the senator's driver. He doesn't stay here.)

According to the Urbiztondo Municipal Assessor's Office, the land where the house was built is owned by the driver's sister.
Duterte on Wednesday accused De Lima of having had an illicit affair with her driver. He also linked him to the drug trade, saying De Lima's driver-lover collected drug money for her in the last elections.

On Thursday, Duterte said he will not stop until De Lima answers for her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

"Hindi ako magkasundo kasi ang pinag-usapan namin, droga. Galit ako sa droga. 'Yung drayber niya, naglaro. 'Yung drayber niya, gumaganoon na rin, kaya hiwalay na siya," Duterte told reporters after his speech in Camp Siongco in Maguindanao.

(There will be no reconciliation because what we're talking about is drugs. I hate drugs. Her driver toyed with drugs. Her driver used drugs, that's why they've separated).

Duterte also believes he did not go overboard with his accusations.

"I did not (go overboard), but she did. Sige siya, pinagbibintangan niya 'yung mga pulis na ganoon, ganoon, ganoon. P*t*ng*na, namamatay na nga 'yung pulis, o. G*g* siya," Duterte said.

(I did not, but she did. She accuses cops of this and that. - expletive- this cop died, o. She's stupid.)

He also said he is confident about his evidence against De Lima, a former justice secretary and chair of the Commission on Human Rights.

Duterte said he would not file a case against the driver as he (driver) can be used as a witness against De Lima.

An emotional De Lima on Thursday shot back at Duterte for "abuse and misuse" of power by launching a personal attack against her after she questioned the spate of killings linked to his war on drugs.

De Lima also warned that her fate could befall "anyone who does not bow to the wishes of the President."


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Duterte House allies turn tables on De Lima, eye probe By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ
INQUIRER.net 05:50 PM August 19th, 2016


Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives have sought a “comprehensive investigation” into the supposed proliferation of drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City during the term of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and 10 other lawmakers filed House Resolution No. 105 calling for a probe on the alleged involvement of government authorities “under De Lima’s leadership” in the spread of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary.

As Justice Secretary, De Lima had control of the Bureau of Corrections.

“Now, therefore be it resolved as it is hereby resolved, that the House of Representatives direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP, including the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary, under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies particularly those in combatting the use, proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs,” the resolution read.

De Lima, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, will lead the Senate investigation into the rising death toll in the administration’s war against drugs. She is facing criticisms from the President himself, who accused her of being “immoral” for her alleged affair with her driver and alleged bagman of drug money.

The lawmakers said a “continuous monitoring of the imposition of the penalties” on convicted criminals in the Bilibid was necessary to ensure that “they are totally incapacitated from engaging in any and all unlawful transactions and operations including those involved in illegal drugs.”

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The House leaders noted that the operations of high-profile drug lords such as Peter Co and Herbert Colangco, who were recently named by Duterte as top drug dealers in the country, still continue in their “detention cells-turned luxury air-conditioned kubols (shelters) equipped with internet connection” despite various raids conducted by authorities in the past.

“The use of the NBP as a base for the operation of these top drug lords has been made evident during the raid operation conducted on December 2014, where makeshift “shabu” laboratories were discovered, as well as other illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, high-powered firearms and improvised weapons, luxury watches and other smuggled items, golf carts, electric bikes, musical instruments, flat screen television sets and other appliances, sex toys and other pornographic items, as well as a stripper bar and Jacuzzi spread,” the resolution stated.

“The proliferation of illegal drug trade and other criminal activities inside the NBP created a climate of anger, apprehension and frustration among citizens who now believe that the nation is under the grip of powerful drug syndicates coddled by high-ranking authorities of the government,” it added.

Citing data from the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the lawmakers said illegal drugs continue to spread in more than 8,000 barangays (villages) in the country despite the police’s anti-drug policies.

“The new administration inspired an unprecedented clamor for drug policy reform and outcry for genuine public accountability and transparency among government officials and agencies mandated to enforce the law and combat criminality, in order that the people’s trust and confidence in government institutions and processes may be effectively restored,” they added.

Co-authoring the resolution were Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, Rizal Rep. Michael John Duavit, Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, minority leader Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas, Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon, and Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez. IDL/rga

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Duterte vows to investigate De Lima on ‘shabu’ inside Bilibid SHARES: 24.5K VIEW COMMENTS
By: Karlos Manlupig @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 02:09 AM May 26th, 2016

 
YOU TUBE Published on May 26, 2016 DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte warned senator-elect Leila De Lima that she’s not off the hook for her supposed slowness in cracking down on shabu laboratories inside the national penitentiary. “De Lima, tumahimik ka (you be quiet)! I will investigate you. I will file charges against you. Do not pick a fight with me, you will lose,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday night, May 25. Duterte claims that he had told De Lima about the existence of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) inside the New Bilibid Prison. https://youtu.be/vjvmFIyH9zE

DAVAO CITY—The war is not yet over. “I will investigate you.”

This was presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte stern response to Senator-elect Leila De Lima.

De Lima earlier vowed that she will be keeping an eye on Duterte most especially for his shoot-to-kill order against suspected criminals.

READ: Biggest shabu haul seized in Bilibid

“Shabu (inside the Bilibid Prisons) started in her time. Siya magbantay sa akin,” Duterte said.

Shabu is layman’s term for methamphetamine hydrochloride.

Duterte shared that he already approached De Lima to remind her that there is a bigger problem that must be immediately addressed.

“I called her attention when she criticized me after the senate hearing. Instead of zeroing in the real culprit ako na binantayan niya,” Duterte said.

Duterte had a word war with De Lima after the tough talking mayor threatened to kill alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan during a Senate hearing in 2014.

“I will dig deep. In response to that, ‘hoy iha wag mo akong masyado pakialaman sa bunganga ko you better look at your own backyard. Shabu is being cooked inside your premises in Bilibid,” Duterte said.

Duterte said that it even took seven months for De Lima to start going inside the Bilibid Jail after he tipped her to do something about it.

“It took you seven months to go inside Bilibid. I will investigate you,” Duterte said.
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House probe on De Lima questioned by a solon By Artemio A. Dumlao (philstar.com) | Updated August 20, 2016 - 6:03pm 33 273 googleplus0 0


“Obviously the proposed investigation, which singles out Senator de Lima, wants to discredit the ongoing investigation at the Senate on drug-related killings." AP/Bullit Marquez

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Ifugao lawmaker Teodoro Baguilat Jr. questioned the logic and propriety of House Resolution (HR) No. 105 calling for an investigation “in aid of legislation” of the accountability of Senator Leila De Lima for the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison during the lady senator’s term as justice secretary.

“In the same way that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said no new legislation could come out of an investigation into the rampant extrajudicial killings that have cost hundreds of innocent lives, how can any new law come out of an investigation looking for accountability of past officials?” Baguilat asked.

“This proposed investigation in fact reeks of harassment and various constitutional violations as it seeks to spend people’s money on a witch hunt, forgetting that the role of Congress is primarily to make laws, not look for criminal evidence, which is an executive function,” the lawmaker said.

HR 105 filed by Alvarez and 10 other congressmen called for the House of Representatives to “direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP, including the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary, under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies.”


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“Certainly, Congress should look into inefficiencies in government service as part of its control of the national budget, but this resolution obviously targets Senator De Lima while making the unjustified conclusion that the drug problem in NBP started during her stint in the Department of Justice,” the Ifugao lawmaker said.

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“The congressmen who filed the resolution failed to note that it was De Lima who ordered the crackdown on various abuses in NBP,” Baguilat added.

Target roots of drug problem Baguilat believed a sincere investigation into the alleged proliferation of drugs in Philippine jails would try “to search for its roots, not target specific officials.”

He reminded his colleagues in the House of Representatives that “as early as 2009, during the term of then President Arroyo, questionable activities have been reported at the NBP, not the least of which was the construction of houses and the conduct of various businesses by then-inmate Romeo Jalosjos.”

Baguilat also questioned the timing of the proposed investigation, coming at the heels of an investigation in the Senate, spearheaded by De Lima, into drug-related killings.

“Obviously the proposed investigation, which singles out Senator De Lima, wants to discredit the ongoing investigation at the Senate on drug-related killings. It is outrageous that the leadership of the House of Representatives would allow this venerable institution to be used as a political weapon,” Baguilat said.

Baguilat also noted that Rep. Danilo Suarez, whose election as minority floor leader is being questioned by (him) and other lawmakers signed Alvarez’s resolution.

“This only shows that we have a co-opted minority in the House; this is dangerous for democracy and does not bode well for the Filipino people,” he said.


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‘She [De Lima] has a right to defend herself’ By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


“Anyone has the right to defend himself/herself before the bar of public opinion,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said yesterday it respects Sen. Leila de Lima’s right to defend herself against President Duterte’s claim that she had an illicit affair with her driver, who allegedly collected money from drug lords for her senatorial campaign.

“Anyone has the right to defend himself/herself before the bar of public opinion,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

But Andanar said the Palace and the President would not waver in the anti-drug campaign despite the senator’s allegation that Duterte abused his power in shaming his critics.

“The war of this administration against illegal drugs shall not be deterred,” he added.

Andanar also said appropriate charges are set to be filed against the so-called narco-generals.

“The government will announce the charges that will be filed against some police generals this Monday,” he said.

But Andanar refused to reveal the names of those who will be facing charges.

De Lima is the chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights that will investigate the drug-related killings under the Duterte administration.

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Last Wednesday, Duterte accused De Lima and her driver of having an illicit affair and being involved in the drug trade.

Duterte claimed that he had more goods to prove his claims against De Lima, who he again described as “immoral.”

Duterte also said he does not pity De Lima and would not apologize to her because she was the one who caused her own problems.

“She created a scandal. She knows she is a public scandal…What spare the family? If you are in the public office, your life is an open book,” he added.

De Lima confirmed yesterday that she and her driver, Ronnie Palisoc Dayang, were close but she denied links to drugs.

She said the President’s attacks showed an “abuse and misuse of executive power” and warned that her fate could befall anyone who opposes the tough-talking President.

“I’m willing to resign. I’m willing to be shot in front of the President kung may tunay o totoo na ebidensya na hindi imbento (if there is credible evidence that is not fabricated),” De Lima said.

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De Lima to Duterte: ‘You’ll be embarrassed’
[SENATOR SAYS SHE IS WILLING TO RESIGN, BE SHOT IF EVIDENCE VERIFIED] By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 01:54 PM August 20th, 2016



“I’m willing to resign. I’m willing to be shot in front of the President if there is authentic evidence that is not fabricated.”

A fiery Sen. Leila de Lima faced the media anew on Saturday and defended herself from accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte linking her to illegal drugs.

“I’m telling you Mr. President, ayaw ko pong mapahiya kayo. Mapapahiya kayo diyan at ayaw ko pong mangyari ‘yan sa inyo. Kung ano man ang ebidensya n’yo diyan, sinasabi ko na sa inyo na ang ebidensya na ‘yan ay hindi totoo. Fake, manufactured, fabricated,” De Lima said in a televised press briefing in Quezon City.

“Ang unsolicited advice ko po sa inyo, kung sino man ang nagsu-supply ng mga impormasyon na ‘yan, pwede ho bang harapin n’yo na sila ngayon at pilitin n’yo na silang magpakatotoo sa inyo… I will stand by my innocence, now and forever,” she added.

(I’m telling you Mr. President, I don’t want you to be embarrassed. Whatever evidence you have, I am telling you, they’re not real. Fake, manufactured, fabricated.

My unsolicited advice to you, whoever is supplying you with that information, please face them and urge them to be honest with you… I will stand by my innocence, now and forever)

Amid De Lima’s calls for accountability over the rising death toll in the administration’s war against drugs, Duterte on Wednesday slammed De Lima as an “immoral woman” over an alleged affair with her former driver Ronnie Dayan, who he said collected drug money to fund her campaign. Duterte claimed he has evidence and witnesses to back his tirades against the senator.

De Lima, who will lead the Senate inquiry into the drug war as justice and human rights committee chairman, denounced Duterte’s allegations as a tactic to divert public attention from the upcoming Senate investigation.

Citing credible sources, De Lima disclosed a supposed plan to link her to drug coddling in the New Bilibid Prisons, which she found out after the elections.

“Nung first week pa lang po after elections, meron na ho sa aking mga nagsasabi na meron daw pong umiikot-ikot sa Bilibid na ang ginagawa ay naghahanap na pwedeng magtestigo… (They are) trying to access certain convicts para ituro ako na isang drug coddler, na ako ay nakikinabang sa droga nila, na ako ay tinulungan nila noong eleksyon through campaign funds, at palabasin na si Ronnie ay bagman,” she said.

“Hindi po ako magtataka kung at this point meron na po silang nakuha na mga ganoon ang sasabihin. Wina-warningan na ho ako dito, ayaw ko lang pong maniwala. Ano man ang kasalanan ko sa Pangulo, iniisip ko na hindi naman siya hahantong sa punto na ito na lantaran at out and out to destroy me,” De Lima added.

(Just a week after the elections, I had been told that there were people going around Bilibid who were looking for witnesses…They are trying to access certain convicts to implicate me as a drug coddler, that I was benefiting from their drug trade, that they helped fund my election campaign, and to make it appear that Ronnie was my bagman.)

READ: House to probe drugs in Bilibid under De Lima

| De Lima says drug charges are all lies

The senator said the private lives of people perceived to be close to her both in a personal and professional level are also being looked into, according to the same sources.

“Ang pinakaaayaw ko po kasi na pagdating sa Lunes, simula ng pinakaabangan na Senate inquiry, na-didivert ang tunay na issue sa mga personal at foul na bagay na binabato sa akin.

Ang personal na buhay ng isang tao ay sensitibo. Ang personal na buhay ng isang tao ay sagrado. Sinisuguro ko po na ano mang mga krisis na personal na pinagdaan ko ay hindi nakaaapekto sa pagganap sa aking mga tungkulin sa buhay,” De Lima said.

(What I would hate the most is that come Monday, the start of the highly anticipated Senate inquiry, the attention would be diverted from the real issue and that the personal and foul accusations against me [would get more attention].

Someone’s personal life is sensitive. Someone’s personal life is sacred. I assure you that whatever personal crisis I have gone through had never affected the fulfilment of my duties in life. ) CDG

READ: Sandra Cam: De Lima’s driver frequented Bilibid for drug money

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DE LIMA ON BODYGUARD-DRIVER-- https://youtu.be/st9MMoxnN3c

 
DE LIMA WILLING TO RESIGN, BE SHOT,, IF FOUND GUILTY --https://youtu.be/k2qnBFf7rfQ

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De Lima: Shoot me if it’s true By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 21, 2016 - 12:00am 1 4 googleplus1 0


Sen. Leila de Lima holds a press conference at Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City yesterday. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - Fearing that he would be forced to testify against her, Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver-bodyguard has gone into hiding, she told reporters yesterday.

She also dared President Duterte to have her shot in front of him if he can find real and “not manufactured” evidence of her alleged links to illegal drugs.

In a press briefing, De Lima admitted she and her former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan had been “close” but declined to confirm if they had been lovers as claimed by President Duterte in a speech before police officers and personnel last Wednesday.

The President said De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover – whom he did not name – collected money for her from convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

He said instead of filing a case against De Lima’s driver, the government would use him to testify against the senator.

De Lima said she and Dayan had been in communication until some three or four weeks ago. She said Dayan called her recently to ask for help, as unidentified people were reportedly following his movements.

The senator said Dayan was clearly scared and agitated when he called. Dayan told her he had information from some police-friends that people were looking for him and that they intend to raid his house and possibly kill him and make it appear he was armed and resisting arrest.

De Lima said people had told him he would be taken into custody and forced to testify against her.

She added Dayan could not even find refuge for his family.

In the press briefing, De Lima reiterated her appeal to Duterte to spare her family, friends and loved ones, as well as Dayan’s family, from the President’s vicious campaign against illegal drugs.

Even before the President came out with his claims against her, De Lima said she had already been informed about efforts to link her to illegal drugs as early as the week after the May 9 elections.

Citing credible sources, De Lima said she was told people were going around the NBP looking for inmates willing to testify against her using fabricated evidence.

“They were trying to access certain convicts na ang pakay ay ituro ako, na ako ay isang coddler, ako ay isang protector, na ako ay nakikinabang sa droga nila, tinulungan sa eleksyon through campaign funds (They were trying to access certain convicts, the objective of which is to identify me as a coddler, protector and beneficiary of their drug trade and that they helped me during the elections with campaign funds),” De Lima said.

At the time, she already had information that Dayan would be implicated as her bagman.

“I was told then not to worry because there were no takers. But I would not be surprised if at this point they have someone who would say these things. Perjured witnesses who are possibly convicts,” De Lima said.

She said the same informants told her that this was just the beginning and that some of her former colleagues and subordinates were also being convinced to pin her down on drugs.

“The information was that they are digging through the lives of some people they know are close to me, either on a personal or professional level,” De Lima said.

“Like Ronnie, former usecs (undersecretaries) or heads of attached agencies of the Department of Justice who are perceived to be close to me. Whether or not they are really close to me is another matter,” she added.

The plan, according to De Lima, is that whatever dirt they dig up would be linked to her.

But the senator said she is confident that whatever is presented by the President against her regarding illegal drugs would not hold water.

“I’m willing to resign. I’m willing to be shot in front of the President kung may tunay – I just have to qualify, tunay, totoo na ebidensya. Hindi coerced, hindi manufactured, hindi fabricated, hindi imbento (real, true evidence, not manufactured, not fabricated, not invented),” De Lima said.

She also advised the President to carefully vet whatever evidence is presented to him lest this would blow up in his face.

“My unsolicited advice (to the President) is that whoever is supplying the information or the so-called evidence linking me to drugs, confront them now and force them to tell you the truth because this will hurt you,” she said.

“Maybe not now, in the very near future but there will come a time na talagang ganyan ang lalabas na walang katotohanan yan (it will turn out to be untrue). I’m telling you, Mr. President, ayaw ko mapahiya kayo (I don’t want to see you shamed),” she added.

Just close friends

She also emphasized during her press briefing that she and Dayan were close and that to her knowledge he had been estranged from his family when he became her driver before her stint in the government – first as chairman of the Commission on Human Rights during the Arroyo administration.

De Lima declined to provide more details about Dayan, saying she just wanted to bring out as much information as she could about the drug issues being raised against her by the President so that there won’t be any distraction when the Senate committee on justice and human rights which she heads starts its inquiry into the alleged extrajudicial or summary killings of suspected drug pushers under the Duterte administration.

Last Friday, De Lima said that there were “snippets of facts and truth” in Duterte’s tirades against her but that his tagging her as recipient of drug money was “an absolute lie.”

The President, in a televised speech, called De Lima immoral for having a relationship with her driver.

“We became close but as to how close, I am sorry but I don’t want to touch on that because that is something personal,” De Lima said, adding Dayan resigned when she was still justice secretary.

“Ronnie has a family. He has children although from what I know, he was already separated even before he became my driver/bodyguard. His family is hurting. He has children who are girls,” De Lima said.

She said she is also bothered by reports on the existence of a sex video of her and an unidentified man.

De Lima said she has not seen the video and was only told by her staff the woman in the video was not her.

What was circulating appeared to be only stills of an apparent video of a man and a woman resembling De Lima. “I never looked at that video, it’s so filthy. It obviously wasn’t me there,” she said.


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‘Love affair led to corruption’ BY LLANESCA PANTI ON AUGUST 21, 2016 HEADLINES, TODAY'S HEADLINE PHOTOS


THE REAL RONNIE Photo from a The Manila Times source shows the real Ronnie Palisoc Dayan (right), standing beside his former boss at the Justice department, now Sen. Leila de Lima.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is in possession of wiretaps and ATM records showing that the former driver-bodyguard of Sen. Leila de Lima transacted with drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa when she was Justice secretary.

Duterte made the revelation in a news conference at 1 a.m. in Davao City on Sunday, where he addressed criticisms, including from his relatives abroad, over his public exposure of de Lima’s alleged affair with the driver-bodyguard, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.

Duterte claimed the driver-bodyguard, whom he alleged had collected money from drug traders for de Lima’s senatorial campaign, could not have acted without her knowledge. The two were intimate, he said, based on recordings of their “lovers’ talk” over the phone.

“What is really crucial here is that because of her [romantic]relationship with her driver which I termed ‘immoral’ because the driver has a family and wife, that connection gave rise to the corruption of what was happening inside the national penitentiary. That is why the inmates had special privileges,” he said.

“All of this could have only happened if there was a go-signal from the head of the department, which is the secretary,” the President told reporters.

Duterte said a foreign country, which he did not name, provided the wiretaps. “Even the ATM (automated teller machine) and the calls emanating from Muntinlupa to her driver,” he said.

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The President admitted that the recordings were inadmissible as evidence in court, but said he would confront de Lima with these if given the chance.


EXPOSED Leila de Lima, then secretary of Justice, is surrounded by her bodyguards during an outing in a Batangas resort.

“De Lima, I was listening to you. If she would face me, the two of us, I would tell her: ‘Explain to me your immorality and explain to me your connection to the drug deal,’” Duterte added.

De Lima has admitted to being close to her former driver, but denied that she tolerated illegal drug trade and pocketed money from drug syndicates. The senator even said she was wiling to resign from her post and be shot in front of the President if there was authentic evidence against her.

The lawmaker has called on the President to spare her former driver-bodyguard from personal attacks, saying he had gone into hiding because of threats to his life since Duterte assumed the presidency.

The President would have none of de Lima’s pleas.

“As the President, I got this information … as a privilege. But I am not required to prove it in court. That is somebody else’s business. My job is to protect public interest. She’s lying through her teeth,” he said.

Instead of appealing for her former driver-bodyguard, the President urged the senator to reveal her former employee’s sources of funds for the construction of a house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.

“Afraid to just tell the truth, or maybe afraid to just tell a lie? Which is which? He should tell the truth, expose everything. If he lies, he will go to jail. What is he afraid of? Tell me, where did your driver get the money to build such a good house? Can you show me their income? What is their business?” Duterte asked.

“Senator de Lima was there [in Urbiztondo]so many times. First during the house blessings, and on weekends you’re with your driver. Everybody knows,” Duterte added.

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Imee on ‘honor list’ in drug war SHARES: 7 VIEW COMMENTS By: Marlon Ramos @MRamosINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:17 AM August 22nd, 2016


Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

IF THERE’S a “horror roll,” there should also be an honor roll.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, a daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is among the 10 governors to be cited by the Duterte administration for stemming the illegal drug trade in their provinces.

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno has submitted the list, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer on Sunday, to Malacañang ahead of President Duterte’s plan to name in public the second batch of elected officials, judges and policemen with alleged links to the narcotics trade.

Besides Marcos, to be recognized are Governors Faustino Dy III (Isabela), Junie Cua (Quirino), Jose Alvarez (Palawan), Eduardo Firmalo (Romblon), Alfredo Marañon (Negros Occidental), Edgardo Chatto (Bohol), Hilario Davide III (Cebu), Daisy Avance-Fuentes (South Cotabato) and Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba (Agusan del Norte).

Dy, Alvarez, Maranon, Chatto and Davide openly supported the presidential run of Mar Roxas, the defeated presidential standard-bearer of the Liberal Party.

Why Marcos?

It was not clear, however, why Marcos and Dy were on the list, as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had ruled that officials belonging to political dynasties should be automatically disqualified.

“[T]he notion [is] that they control much of what is going on around them in their locality. Any information deemed detrimental to their image might be suppressed,” the DILG said in a briefing paper.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed that Sueno had submitted the list to Malacañang.

“As we utmostly condemn the alleged narcopoliticians, we should also be celebrating these provincial chief executives for showing exemplary management prowess and strong character in thwarting illegal drugs in their territory,” Andanar said in a text message.

According to Sueno, the governors were chosen in a three-stage screening process conducted by the DILG.

From the initial names of 41 candidates, the list of honorees was trimmed to 25 during the second stage.

The governors of 41 provinces that had been previously awarded with the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance were automatically listed in the first stage.

Among the criteria the DILG used in the first round of screening are the provincial government’s record in good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection and environment management.

The governors were also judged according to their relationship with the business community and their record in ensuring peace and order in their provinces.

Political dynasties

In the second stage, six of the governors were removed from the list, including some who are facing charges in the Office of the Ombudsman and some who belong to political dynasties.

“Media reports are also taken into consideration, along with feedback from residents about the personality or character of the concerned official,” the DILG said. “Their circle of friends and relatives with negative records are also given attention.”

Only 25 governors made it to the third and last stage of the vetting, where DILG field personnel were given the task of providing feedback about the performance of the local officials.

Interior Undersecretary Austere Panadero ordered the screeners, “When in doubt, don’t give any recommendation at all.”

“Any hint or rumor regarding drugs or illegal gambling links were considered,” the DILG said.

While some of those to be honored are governors of provinces that are home to people who have been publicly named by the President as narcopoliticians, Sueno said they should be recognized for their “relentless … antidrug campaign efforts.”


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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