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RODY: DE LIMA AT THE HEART OF BILIBID DRUG MATRIX
[RELATED: Rody to release matrix of ‘drug links’ of De Lima]


AUGUST 24 -Undated photo now going viral shows then justice secretary Leila de Lima escorted by driver Ronnie Dayan at a press event. GEREMY PINTOLO
The highest-ranking official involved in illegal drug operations at the national penitentiary in the previous administration is none other than former justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima. President Duterte made this declaration yesterday before the media, declaring his readiness to drop the bombshell this week on De Lima’s alleged connections with convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Duterte said there is a web of connections with De Lima and her driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan and the drug convicts at the NBP in Muntinlupa. “I will show to you maybe this week the matrix of the Muntinlupa connection. It will show his role there,” Duterte said, referring to Dayan. He said a justice undersecretary and a governor are also in the drug matrix. “There is also a governor. You know, he is my friend and I cannot believe it but he is there. There is a governor and an undersecretary,” Duterte said. He confirmed the justice undersecretary involved was Francisco Baraan. Duterte said he has directed concerned agencies to validate the matrix further before he would formally announce the connections. De Lima has said accusations linking her to drug deals at the NBP are “an absolute lie.” The President has been making statements exposing the involvement of local officials, some police generals and other prominent personalities in drug deals. At the same time, Duterte said he does not want to “meddle” in the Senate’s investigation into the summary killings of suspected drug offenders. De Lima is leading the probe as chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights. “Why, what’s happening there?” Duterte asked reporters. He also laughed off insinuations of a killing pattern in his anti-drug campaign that would constitute “crimes against humanity.” The House of Representatives is also set to investigate drug operations run from the NBP. No date has been set by the House for the hearing, but among the witnesses it intends to summon is Dayan. READ MORE... RELATED,
Rody to release matrix of ‘drug links’ of De Lima...

ALSO: Duterte drops new bombshell
[Tags De Lima head of ‘Muntinlupa Connection’ ]
[RELATED: Ex-DOJ USec Baraan denies link to Bilibid drug trade]
[RELATED(2): De Lima on Duterte's drug matrix: Is this a joke?]


AUGUST 24 -President Rodrigo Duterte
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said that Malacañang is now in possession of a matrix that shows the alleged role of former Justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima in the so-called “Muntinlupa Connection” being run out of the New Bilibid Prison. In an ambush interview at the Palace, the President said De Lima was the highest ranking public official in the matrix, which he intends to reveal to the public in a week. “I will show to you maybe this week the matrix, I am just validating it. De Lima is there. The matrix shows her role there,” Duterte said. He said that another former ranking Justice Department official and a governor are also in the matrix. “When I go after the [names in the] matrix you will know. There is also a governor... He is my friend [and] I could not believe it. But he’s there, and so is an undersecretary,” he said. Pressed if he was referring to former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan II, the President said “yes.” De Lima on Tuesday remained silent on whether she would attend the House investigation of her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. The Senate committees on justice and human rights and public order, chaired by De Lima and Senator Panfilo Lacson, respectively, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of drug suspects during anti-drug police operations. She also said she doubted if the House probe had a legitimate objective. READ MORE...RELATED, Ex-DOJ USec Baraan denies link to Bilibid drug trade ...RELATED(2) De Lima on Duterte's drug matrix: Is this a joke?...

ALSO: Pangasinan source of Bilibid Prison drugs – Rody
[RELATED: Du30 tells DeLima: You’re finished]


AUGUST 26 -President Rodrigo Duterte said the matrix explains the illegal drug network at the NBP when De Lima was still justice chief and had control over the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which runs the national penitentiary. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Pangasinan appears to have been the principal source of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous administration, with its then governor and provincial administrator allegedly pulling strings under the protection of then justice secretary Leila de Lima. This was revealed in the so-called drug matrix released before dawn yesterday by President Duterte. With the matrix made public, Duterte said the political career of now Senator De Lima was finished. Former Pangasinan governor and now congressman Amado Espino Jr., suspended provincial administrator Rafael Baraan and his brother former justice undersecretary Francis Baraan were also in Duterte’s drug matrix. Likewise mentioned were Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Mayor Raul Sison, former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu and De Lima’s former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan. Duterte did not say how or where he got the information in the matrix, which he released at 3:30 a.m. after being egged on by reporters who followed him to a fruit stand in Magsaysay Park. He had to send somebody to get the matrix from his house. The President said the matrix explains the illegal drug network at the NBP when De Lima was still justice chief and had control over the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which runs the national penitentiary. The President’s drug matrix indicated Dayan had been a lover of De Lima even when she was still chair of the Commission on Human Rights. As the President pointed out, the matrix also showed that Dayan allegedly received monthly payola from Bucayu through a certain Senior Police Officer 1 Palisoc. It was not stated in the matrix if Palisoc is related to Dayan, whose middle name is Palisoc. The President has accused De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard of being her link to convicted drug lords, who were supposedly allowed to run their illegal operations inside the NBP when she was justice secretary. In the drug matrix, Dayan was described as “a known drug user in Urbiztondo” who was able to get a house and lot, a number of vehicles and money from De Lima. Bucayu was described as an intermediary between De Lima and Espino. Baraan’s brother Rafael, the provincial administrator when Espino was governor, was allegedly used to cover for the latter’s illegal activities. Espino, according to the matrix, is out on bail on graft charges. He is said to be the richest politician in Northern Luzon and was involved in black sand mining, quarrying and the illegal numbers game jueteng. READ MORE...RELATED,
Du30 tells D5: You’re finished...

ALSO:
Mayor Espinosa to bare son Kerwin's drug links, seeks police protection

[RELATED: Espinosa makes Albuera police station his new home]


AUGUST 24 -ALBUERA, LEYTE MAYOR ROLANDO ESPINOSA
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa has sought police custody as he expressed intention to unmask the powerful connections of his son, alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, in the government, a police official said Wednesday. A report by GMA News' Niko Sereno on "24 Oras" said Espinosa went to the office of Albuera Police chief Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido on Tuesday to request for protection in exchange for any information he will share regarding Kerwin's alleged coddlers. "Totoong ilalantad niya ang lahat. Handa siyang mag-execute ng affidavit niya kung kinakailangan. Siya mismo voluntarily nagpunta sa akin for custody," Espenido said. The elder Espinosa declined to issue a statement, the report said. Espinosa is among the local government officials tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of illegal drug syndicates. Kerwin, on the other hand, is an alleged big-time drug lord in Eastern Visayas. An hour after Espinosa's visit to Espenido's office, his legal counsel, Rogelio Bato, was killed in an ambush together with a 15-year-old girl in Tacloban City. READ MORE...RELATED, Espinosa makes Albuera police station his new home...

ALSO: By Nestor Mata - DUTERTE’S CRUSADE TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY DRUG-FREE


AUGUST 25 =By NESTOR MATA
BY this time, we hope that the heated verbal exchanges between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima have subsided, so that he can resume his crusade to make our country drug-free. We are sure that, like the President and the military police, senators and members of the House of Representatives are fully aware that the country is facing a serious national threat with the unabated drug problem. According to the latest United Nations report, 10 percent of Filipinos – or 10 million males, and females, from young to old, from rich down to the poor – are drug users, peddlers, manufacturers, for money, for escapism, for self-gratification, for power. Add to this crisis, Rafael Alunan III, former Secretary of the Interior and Local Governments in the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos, said, the “mess their protectors from the government and those officials who have violated their oath to keep us safe and secure from our enemies, particularly the drug lords. They are just as despicable as those who have chained our people to drugs!” *** Actually, if you’re wondering why President Duterte seems so bitter in his tirades against Senator de Lima, the reason goes back in time when he was campaigning for the presidency, according to objective political observers. They recalled that she, as then Secretary of Justice of the Aquino administration, reportedly blurted out that “the presidency will be a laughing stock with Duterte as president.” Well, Duterte won a landslide election and proved that she was absolutely wrong. His victory was partly due to hi railings against the nation’s political elite who have soaked up much of the benefits of the growth, while leaving a quarter of the nation’s 100 million people living below poverty line. He has since not only waged war against illegal drugs, but also showed that under his new administration the economy expanded 7.0 percent in the second quarter. Still, despite this strong economic growth, Duterte said major changes were still needed to fix one of Asia’s biggest rich-poor divides. His administration is also concerned about the farming and fisheries sector, which accounts for about 10 million workers and their families. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Tony Lopez - 1st 55 DAYS, Duterte delivers


AUGUST 24 -By Tony Lopez:
Fifty-five days into his 2,190-day presidency, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has delivered—at least on his vow to launch an anti-drugs war. “Our deal is stop corruption, drugs, corruption, and criminality,” he tells his countrymen. To achieve that, he stakes three things—“my honor, my life, presidency.” “I was never born to protect evil,” he says. “I grew up and was taught by my parents to be on the side of fairness, to protect the good, and to take care of our country.” With savage fury, President Digong has cracked down on illegal drugs and drug-related criminality. “It will be bloody,” he said before the election which he won with more votes (16.4 million) than any other Philippine president before him and with 6 million more votes than the poor second placer. Indeed, the narcotics campaign has been bloody—712 killed by the police and 1,067 by vigilantes, or a total of 1,779, from July 1, 2016 to August 22. At least 33 people are killed daily in the government’s anti-drug war. Those are figures of Duterte’s own hatchetman, police general “Bato” dela Rosa, the chief of the Philippine National Police which is at the forefront of the anti-drugs war, which has made the President such a controversial global figure. At the rate of 33 killings per day, more people will be killed on average per year (12,200) than the yearly average deaths in 47 years of the communist insurgency or in 44 years of the Moro separatist war. Which may explain why Duterte himself has put a timeline to the bloody campaign—three to six months. Otherwise, there is a Reign of Terror as Kit Tatad has observed, or gross human rights violations as the United Nations has warned. Still, don’t bet on Duterte stopping at 12,000 or even at double that. Before his election, the President vowed to drown as many as 100,000 drug lords or drug users in Manila Bay. So 100,000 looks like a working target. Duterte has warned the UN and the United States not to interfere in the Philippines’ sovereign right to deal with its drug problem. The UN in the particular, he sneers, has not solved the hunger problem nor helped stop the war in the Middle East. “I don’t give a shit to them!” There are 3.7 million drug users, the President reckons. He is probably right. In just two months, more than 600,000 have surrendered and admitted to using or dealing drugs. Duterte says the government has no money “to buy [or provide] beds, blankets, pillows, water, buildings, doctors, and nurses” for them. Which implies that eliminating them is the most expedient and efficient way to deal with them. If the President proceeds with his 100,000 target, one in every six of those who surrender will die a violent death. Duterte says after a year on drugs, an addict would have had a damaged brain. “Shabu for six months almost every day would shrink the brain of a person,” he analyzes. “They are living, walking dead.” READ MORE...


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Rody: De Lima at heart of Bilibid drug matrix


Undated photo now going viral shows then justice secretary Leila de Lima escorted by driver Ronnie Dayan at a press event. GEREMY PINTOLO

MANILA, AUGUST 29, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Christina Mendez Updated August 24, 2016 - 12:00am - The highest-ranking official involved in illegal drug operations at the national penitentiary in the previous administration is none other than former justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima.

President Duterte made this declaration yesterday before the media, declaring his readiness to drop the bombshell this week on De Lima’s alleged connections with convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Duterte said there is a web of connections with De Lima and her driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan and the drug convicts at the NBP in Muntinlupa.

“I will show to you maybe this week the matrix of the Muntinlupa connection. It will show his role there,” Duterte said, referring to Dayan.

He said a justice undersecretary and a governor are also in the drug matrix.

“There is also a governor. You know, he is my friend and I cannot believe it but he is there. There is a governor and an undersecretary,” Duterte said.

He confirmed the justice undersecretary involved was Francisco Baraan.

Duterte said he has directed concerned agencies to validate the matrix further before he would formally announce the connections.

De Lima has said accusations linking her to drug deals at the NBP are “an absolute lie.”

The President has been making statements exposing the involvement of local officials, some police generals and other prominent personalities in drug deals.

At the same time, Duterte said he does not want to “meddle” in the Senate’s investigation into the summary killings of suspected drug offenders. De Lima is leading the probe as chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights.

“Why, what’s happening there?” Duterte asked reporters.

He also laughed off insinuations of a killing pattern in his anti-drug campaign that would constitute “crimes against humanity.”

The House of Representatives is also set to investigate drug operations run from the NBP.

No date has been set by the House for the hearing, but among the witnesses it intends to summon is Dayan.

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De Lima said there is no reason for her to attend the House inquiry. She reiterated she does not see a legitimate purpose for the hearing since the same issues have been investigated before in a congressional inquiry.

She recalled the House justice committee held a hearing inside the NBP after the Department of Justice, which she headed during the Aquino administration, conducted a raid on the penal facility on Dec. 15, 2014.

De Lima said it was on her initiative as the secretary of justice that the discovery of the contraband inside the NBP was made.

During yesterday’s hearing at the Senate, De Lima pointed out convicted drug lord Peter Co still managed to deal in narcotics while inside NBP.

De Lima commended the Philippine National Police (PNP) for its efforts to crack down on the illegal activities inside the NBP by assigning police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos as replacement of the prison guards.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the SAF has made sure that no cellphones are smuggled inside the NBP although he cannot be sure that the entire facility is free from contraband.

He said the drug lords inside the NBP now have zero communication with the outside world.

Dela Rosa argued it would have helped a lot if the previous administration assigned the SAF to take over the NBP.

De Lima said this was considered earlier but did not push through. – With Marvin Sy

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Rody to release matrix of ‘drug links’ of De Lima By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:01 AM August 24th, 2016


Senator Leila de Lima during the hearing on extrajudicial killings at the Senate session hall, Pasay City. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

PRESIDENT Duterte is not at all done with Sen. Leila de Lima, and promised to release a “matrix” showing her alleged links to drug lords at New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“I will show you, maybe this week the matrix―I’m just validating―the matrix of Muntinlupa connection. De Lima is there… It would show her role there,” Mr. Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview on Tuesday.

De Lima, he said, was the highest ranking official in the chart, though he did not specify what exactly was the role she played. “Just look at the matrix,” he said.

The President said former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan was included in the chart, along with a governor who he said was his friend. “I could not believe it,” he added.

Mr. Duterte earlier alleged that De Lima’s driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, who was also supposedly her lover, had collected payoffs for her.

The senator, a staunch critic of the President, had vehemently denied his allegation and said she would be willing to resign and get shot if evidence linking her to illegal narcotics could be found.

De Lima is currently heading a Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings being linked to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Mr. Duterte said he was not keeping tabs on the nationally televised hearing.

Not taking part

“I don’t want to know [what’s happening], because I don’t want to meddle with that,” he said.

He also said he rarely watched TV, except for the news.

De Lima said on Tuesday she would not take part in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the prevalence of drugs inside the NBP, a facility under her supervision as justice secretary for six years of then President Benigno Aquino III.

Speaking to reporters, De Lima said that as justice secretary she had initiated raids on the maximum security unit of the national penitentiary, which is under the Bureau of Corrections of the Department of Justice.

She said Congress had already investigated the proliferation of drugs behind prison walls after her Dec. 15, 2014, raid, which busted luxury quarters for maximum security prisoners and a dizzying haul of contraband, including cash, drugs, sex toys, and top-of-the-line gadgets and appliances.

“Why should I be the one investigated? I was the one who took initiative to do something. I was the one who exposed the problems there, and they know I exerted certain efforts, took some steps after discovering all those in Bilibid,” she said.

“I never benefited with anything from drugs. I am not a protector, coddler or drug lord. Maybe others will not believe, but later they would. And those who know me, they know I will never do that,” De Lima said.

The House supermajority will break protocol if it invites De Lima to its proposed inquiry, said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, calling the move “a transgression of interparliamentary courtesy.”

Lagman said the House could invite anybody it wanted, including the senator’s driver-bodyguard, but not fellow lawmakers.

Lagman said the probe was but an attempt to harass De Lima, an outspoken critic of Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs. With reports from Tarra Quismundo and Gil Cabacungan


MANILA STANDARD

Duterte drops new bombshell
[Tags De Lima head of ‘Muntinlupa Connection’]
posted August 24, 2016 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz and PNA
 


President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said that Malacañang is now in possession of a matrix that shows the alleged role of former Justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima in the so-called “Muntinlupa Connection” being run out of the New Bilibid Prison.

In an ambush interview at the Palace, the President said De Lima was the highest ranking public official in the matrix, which he intends to reveal to the public in a week.

“I will show to you maybe this week the matrix, I am just validating it. De Lima is there. The matrix shows her role there,” Duterte said.

He said that another former ranking Justice Department official and a governor are also in the matrix.

“When I go after the [names in the] matrix you will know. There is also a governor... He is my friend [and] I could not believe it. But he’s there, and so is an undersecretary,” he said.

Pressed if he was referring to former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan II, the President said “yes.”

De Lima on Tuesday remained silent on whether she would attend the House investigation of her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.

The Senate committees on justice and human rights and public order, chaired by De Lima and Senator Panfilo Lacson, respectively, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of drug suspects during anti-drug police operations.

She also said she doubted if the House probe had a legitimate objective.

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She noted that the House committee on human rights and justice had already conducted hearings on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison under her watch.

De Lima was Justice secretary when the illegal drug trade reportedly flourished inside the Muntinlupa penitentiary.

She said the House investigation was conducted after the raid at the national penitentiary on Dec. 15, 2014.

“So the [House] committee on justice conducted also a series of hearings, two or three times inside New Bilibid. The members of the congressional committee also conducted an occular inspection. So they already knew the illegal drug activities inside Bilibid during the raid,” De Lima said.

“I initiated the raid. I started the raid, so why would they investigate me now?” she said.

Asked if she thinks the pending investigation was politically motivated, De Lima replied: “I would not know that.”

House leaders said they would try to locate De Lima’s former driver, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, if Congress summons him to testify on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the NBP.

President Duterte had earlier tagged Dayan as De Lima’s bagman for collecting money from drug lords operating inside the national penitentiary.

In separate interviews with the Manila Standard, House deputy speaker Raneo Abu of Batangas City, Robert Ace Barbers of Surigao del Norte, and Reynaldo Umali of Mindoro Oriental said the House may seek help from concerned government agencies like the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation to ensure that Dayan would receive the subpoena from the House of Representatives and be compelled to attend the congressional probe.

Dayan reportedly has gone into hiding.

The lawmakers said Dayan’s testimony would be vital to shed light on reports that drug use at NBP was rampant under De Lima’s watch, and that a shabu laboratory had been build there in 2014.

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Ex-DOJ USec Baraan denies link to Bilibid drug trade (philstar.com) | Updated August 24, 2016 - 6:54pm 13 280 googleplus0 0


Former Department of Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III on Wednesday denied any link to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. File photo

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) – Former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III on Wednesday denied having any links to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

"I respect our president, but I am powerless before him. All I ask is fairness and due process, a chance to vindicate myself in a formal proceeding. If a complaint will be filed, so then I will have the opportunity to present my side," Baraan said.

"All I can say now is that this is something I totally cannot imagine myself being involved in; it contradicts the deepest Christian values I hold dear. I know myself, and in due time the truth will prevail," he added.

He also clarified that the Bureau of Corrections was just one of several DOJ agencies under his limited administrative supervision. The other agencies were the Board of Pardons and Parole, Parole and Probations Administration, and Office of the General Corporate Counsel, among others.

"As Usec (undersecretary) having limited administrative supervision of BuCor as bureau, I did never oversee, either on the ground or from a distance, the prison operations in BuCor's seven penal colonies, more so the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. As wrongly reported, I was not Usec in charge of the Bilibid. This is a total misconception," he noted.

Baraan said a typical day in his DOJ office included processing folders of BuCor contracts and documents endorsed and reviewed by Technical Services, reviewing the corresponding recommendations, countersigning the action document for the secretary's final signature, attending meetings and receiving foreign guests.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that Malacañang is in possess of a matrix that shows the alleged role of former Justice secretary now Sen. Leila de Lima in the so-called "Muntinlupa Connection" being run out of the New Bilibid Prisons. Duterte reiterated on Wednesday that Baraan is included in the matrix.

"Baraan is a key player diyan at yang si Dayan ( drug matrix)," Duterte said Wednesday in his speech at Camp Geronimo Cabrera, Taytay, Rizal.

The president said that De Lima is the highest ranking public official in the matrix, which he intends to divulge to the public in a week’s time.

When pressed by media if he was referring to Baraan as the DOJ official whose name appears in the matrix, Duterte said, “Yes.”

The president also mentioned Baraan as a bag man in the national penitentiary and claimed the latter allowed the manufacturing of “shabu,” or methamphetamine hydrochloride in NBP. – PNA with a report from Philstar.com/Rosette Adel

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De Lima on Duterte's drug matrix: Is this a joke? By Levi A. So (philstar.com) | Updated August 25, 2016 - 2:23pm 26 779 googleplus2 0


"Is this a joke? Was it a joke?" Sen. Leila De Lima said. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima questioned on Thursday the matrix President Rodrigo Duterte presented which implicated her in the drug trade allegedly happening inside the New Bilibid Prison.

"Is this a joke? Was it a joke?" she said.

Like previous statements of the president, however, the senator said the recent allegation would also fail.

The matrix released early Thursday by Duterte showed seven people linked to the Bilibid narcotics trade with De Lima the highest ranking official in it. Others in it were De Lima's driver Ronie Dayan, Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr., former Justice Undersecretary Francisco "Toti" Baraan III, Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Rafael "Raffy" Baraan, retired Gen. Franklin Bucayo and Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison.

RELATED: Duterte matrix tags De Lima, ex-Pangasinan guv in drug trade

This announcement was the latest in the string of accusations thrown by the president against the senator. The tirade intensified after De Lima filed a resolution to probe extrajudicial killings in the country.

The Commission on Human Rights has noted the rise in extrajudicial killings in the country is unprcedented since the rights body was established n 1987.

"De Lima is undergoing a nightmare now tama na yan para sa akin," the president said.

"De lima you are finished, tapos ka na," he added.

'Waste of time'

De Lima said she is not surprised by the allegations, especially as it is from someone who has long professed to destroy her at all costs.

She said, however, said that she is 100 percent sure of her innocence.

"Bahala na sila kung mayroon talagang tunaty na ebidensya. Bahala na sila kung anong gawin nila sa ebidensya."

During a two-hour early morning press conference last Sunday, Duterte said he has no intention of filing a case against De Lima.

"Can I now go to court and file a case? No.... As president I got this information being a privilege as a president. But I'm not required to prove it in court, that is somebody else's business."

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The senator added that the seemingly endless word war between her and the president is a "waste of time" when more pressing matters require attention.

She said that today would be the last time she would talk about her alleged drug involvement as she wants to focus on her job at the Senate.

"Napapagod na po ako. Sabi ko nga sa inyo kahapon ayaw na nga ng pamilya ko at ng malalapit na kaibigan ko na magsalita pa ako tungkol dito dahil humahaba na dahil eveytime I speak the next day the president holds a press con."

Birthday wish

She also laughed off her alleged links with Espino who she had investigated for illegal black sand mining and illegal quarrying.

De Lima added that during her term as Justice secretary, she had Espino investigated for the killing of Infanta, Pangasinan Mayor Ruperto Martinez.

The others in the list were merely her colleagues, De Lima added.

The senator who is about to celebrate her 57th birthday on Sunday said that her wish for the president to leave her alone so she could focus on bigger issues.

"Sana po sa matitira ko pang mga taon dito, mahaba-haba pa naman siguro yan, God willing, dito sa mundong ito, makabuluhan naman ng aking gagawiin rather than ito na napipilatan akong sumasagot sa mga kabulastugan na ito."


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Pangasinan source of NBP drugs – Rody By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 26, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte said the matrix explains the illegal drug network at the NBP when De Lima was still justice chief and had control over the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which runs the national penitentiary. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Pangasinan appears to have been the principal source of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous administration, with its then governor and provincial administrator allegedly pulling strings under the protection of then justice secretary Leila de Lima.

This was revealed in the so-called drug matrix released before dawn yesterday by President Duterte.

With the matrix made public, Duterte said the political career of now Senator De Lima was finished.

Former Pangasinan governor and now congressman Amado Espino Jr., suspended provincial administrator Rafael Baraan and his brother former justice undersecretary Francis Baraan were also in Duterte’s drug matrix.

Likewise mentioned were Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Mayor Raul Sison, former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu and De Lima’s former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.

Duterte did not say how or where he got the information in the matrix, which he released at 3:30 a.m. after being egged on by reporters who followed him to a fruit stand in Magsaysay Park.

He had to send somebody to get the matrix from his house.

The President said the matrix explains the illegal drug network at the NBP when De Lima was still justice chief and had control over the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which runs the national penitentiary.

The President’s drug matrix indicated Dayan had been a lover of De Lima even when she was still chair of the Commission on Human Rights.

As the President pointed out, the matrix also showed that Dayan allegedly received monthly payola from Bucayu through a certain Senior Police Officer 1 Palisoc. It was not stated in the matrix if Palisoc is related to Dayan, whose middle name is Palisoc.

The President has accused De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard of being her link to convicted drug lords, who were supposedly allowed to run their illegal operations inside the NBP when she was justice secretary.

In the drug matrix, Dayan was described as “a known drug user in Urbiztondo” who was able to get a house and lot, a number of vehicles and money from De Lima.

Bucayu was described as an intermediary between De Lima and Espino.

Baraan’s brother Rafael, the provincial administrator when Espino was governor, was allegedly used to cover for the latter’s illegal activities.

Espino, according to the matrix, is out on bail on graft charges. He is said to be the richest politician in Northern Luzon and was involved in black sand mining, quarrying and the illegal numbers game jueteng.

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His trusted aide Rafael Baraan was said to have been dismissed from office by the Office of the Ombudsman because of his alleged involvement in black sand mining and quarrying.

In a late night press conference in Davao City, Duterte said De Lima’s political career is over following revelations of her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

“De Lima, you are finished. You are done,” the President said. “Now, the truth is out. The cat is out of the bag.”

Duterte said De Lima keeps on yakking about human rights violations while policemen are dying during encounters with drug offenders.

“She violated human rights. She started everything, not only me. She destroyed many Filipinos,” the Chief Executive said.

He, however, acknowledged that his nemesis was “a fighter.”

De Lima, a former justice secretary and Commission on Human Rights chair, ranked 12th in the 2016 senatorial race with 14.4 million votes.

Six witnesses Expected to bolster Duterte’s allegations against De Lima and the others were testimonies of at least six witnesses, the Department of Justice said.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the witnesses were inmates, prison guards and friends of De Lima and Dayan.

“The inmates are still there and so are the guards and their friends, well at least their former friends,” Aguirre told reporters at the Senate yesterday.

The affidavits of the six witnesses, he said, would be presented to the House of Representatives when it starts its hearings on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the NBP during the previous administration.

Based on what he has read in the affidavits, Aguirre said De Lima could be charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

He said the testimonies touched on the collection of drug money from some high-profile inmates, which allegedly went to De Lima and Dayan.


AGUIRRE

Citing the testimony of one of the witnesses, Aguirre said the cash collected was deposited in the bank account of someone else but the intended recipient was De Lima.

“She was named by the witnesses. One witness is already finished with his statement and there was something about money being deposited to some bank accounts. But we will go to the details after these affidavits have been submitted to me,” Aguirre said.

He said the drug money that went to De Lima and some other DOJ officials did not come from drug lords alone.

Last Saturday, De Lima said she received information about some people going around the NBP looking for possible witnesses against her.

De Lima said whatever testimonies they would gather against her would be definitely false and fabricated.

“We are being flooded with information. The information provided by these people were volunteered. So we have to consolidate all of these information. They should be clarified and that’s the only time that we’re going to prepare the complaints to be investigated by the DOJ,” Aguirre said. “Definitely there will be bank accounts to be disclosed by them.”

The DOJ chief said concerned inmates have requested to be transferred to a different facility for fear of retribution.

Duterte earlier criticized De Lima for being immoral, specifically for taking Dayan as her lover despite his being married at the time they began their relationship.

Due process

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez assured Espino he would be accorded due process.

“Of course we have to look into that,” Alvarez said, referring to Espino’s possible drug links.

“It doesn’t mean that when your name is mentioned, we in Congress will automatically do something drastic. We have proper committees that will look into that complaint,” he told reporters.

The Davao del Norte congressman said he might be able to talk with Espino on Aug. 30.

Meanwhile, Espino’s lawyer has withdrawn from the congressman’s graft case with the Sandiganbayan.

The case stemmed from his alleged involvement in illegal black sand mining activities in Pangasinan in 2011.

Alexander Poblador of the Poblador, Bautista, and Reyes Law Office, through a notice, informed the anti-graft court’s Sixth Division that he would no longer be representing Espino and his co-accused Rafael Baraan and Alvin Bigay.

He informed the Sandiganbayan to send all documents like orders, rulings and pleadings to the Quiason, Macalintal, Barot, Torres, Ibarra, Sison and Damaso Law Office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Poblador did not cite his reason for withdrawing from Espino’s case.

Court insiders said lawyers are not required to explain a decision to withdraw from cases as such decision is a matter between a lawyer and his client.

Last month, Espino pleaded not guilty to the graft charges. Pre-trial hearings are set for Sept. 20 to 22.

Graft investigators said Espino issued a mineral ore export permit in favor of a private firm which, along with another mining company, was not registered with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board.

Probers said the former governor and his co-accused should be held liable for authorizing unlawful magnetite extraction activities in favor of an unqualified contractor.

The Office of the Ombudsman has asked the Sandiganbayan to place Espino under mandatory preventive suspension while his case is pending. With Marvin Sy, Michael Punongbayan, Alexis Romero, Delon Porcalla

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Du30 tells D5: You’re finished By: Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:48 AM August 26th, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

President Duterte crowed that the career of Sen. Leila de Lima was over, shortly before disclosing a “matrix” to buttress his allegation that she was linked to the illegal drug trade.

De Lima, one of his most vocal critics, is “undergoing a nightmare now,” Mr. Duterte said in the wake of his claims that her driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan, who he also described as her lover, had collected payoffs for her, and that she had facilitated the drug trade at New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“De Lima, you are finished. Tapos ka na (You are done) next election,” he said in a late-night press conference on Wednesday.

The matrix is a diagram naming De Lima in the alleged activities of convicted drug lords at NBP.

Also named in the chart are Dayan, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, his brother Pangasinan Administrator Raffy Baraan, former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayo, former Pangasinan Gov. and now Rep. Amado Espino Jr., Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison and a Ms Cardenosa.

The paper could hardly be described as evidence, a point De Lima stressed in an interview with reporters on Thursday, describing it as a “joke.”

Mr. Duterte said De Lima was the first to disregard human rights when she aired allegations without substantiating them that he was tied to the Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was mayor of Davao and described his city as a killing field.

De Lima headed the Commission on Human Rights at the time and was investigating the activities of the DDS, which was alleged to be behind the extrajudicial killings of criminals in Davao City.

“She came back here bringing a shovel and saying Davao was killing fields,” Mr. Duterte said.

But she did not find anything, except the bones of a person, two skulls and plate numbers that were with the other party that had urged her to come to Davao, he said.

“She violated human rights, she started everything. Not only me, but she destroyed many Filipinos,” he said.

“Now the truth is out, the cat is out of the bag, as they say,” he added.

But De Lima, he said, continues to yak about the same issues.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Mr. Duterte’s latest matrix showing De Lima’s alleged link to the drug trade was backed by evidence.


ANDANAR

“We know Senator De Lima is no ordinary person. She is a senator of the Republic and President Duterte would not mention her name if he did not have the evidence to back the claim,” Andanar said in a television interview.

He also said the matrix underwent validation before it was released. The people named in the chart would have the chance to submit counteraffidavits to dispute any allegation against them, he said.

In the House of Representatives, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Thursday the chamber would look into the alleged involvement of Representative Espino, who denied involvement in the drug trade at NBP.

He said Espino would be given a chance to explain his side in the inquiry to be conducted by the appropriate committees.

But Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, an opposition congressman from the Liberal Party (LP), suggested that the 292-member chamber should take a stronger stance in support of Espino.

“Congressman Espino has been named. Will the legislative allow the executive to defame a member of the chamber? Without evidence, this is defamation,” he said in a Twitter post.

Espino, formerly of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, supported Duterte’s rival, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas of the LP, in the May elections.

“I have never been friendly with Senator De Lima, especially since she was instrumental in pursuing the investigation of a fabricated murder case against me at the height of the elections in 2012,” Espino said. With reports from Gabriel Cardinoza, Inquirer Northern Luzon, and DJ Yap

 
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Duterte's war vs drugs has become war vs De Lima' INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net Subscribe62,448 Add to Share More 1,546 views 3 25 Published on Aug 25, 2016 Speaking to reporters as she celebrated her 57th birthday at the Senate in advance, Sen. Leila De Lima, who turns 57 on Saturday, pleaded to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to “stop this madness,” noting that his allegations against her always dominated his press briefings.


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WAR ON DRUGS Mayor Espinosa to bare son Kerwin's drug links, seeks police protection Published August 24, 2016 9:19pm


LEYTE MAYOR ROLANDO ESPINOSA

Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa has sought police custody as he expressed intention to unmask the powerful connections of his son, alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, in the government, a police official said Wednesday.

A report by GMA News' Niko Sereno on "24 Oras" said Espinosa went to the office of Albuera Police chief Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido on Tuesday to request for protection in exchange for any information he will share regarding Kerwin's alleged coddlers.

"Totoong ilalantad niya ang lahat. Handa siyang mag-execute ng affidavit niya kung kinakailangan. Siya mismo voluntarily nagpunta sa akin for custody," Espenido said.

The elder Espinosa declined to issue a statement, the report said.

Espinosa is among the local government officials tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of illegal drug syndicates. Kerwin, on the other hand, is an alleged big-time drug lord in Eastern Visayas.

An hour after Espinosa's visit to Espenido's office, his legal counsel, Rogelio Bato, was killed in an ambush together with a 15-year-old girl in Tacloban City.

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Albuera Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr Plea his Son Kerwin Espinosa to Surrender Now; Kerwin Espinosa is reportedly 'the number one drug lord' in the region and is 'armed and dangerous' while on the run. COMPOSITE PHOTOS RAPPLER.COM

Senior Supt. Rolando Bade said they have yet to determine the motive behind the killing, but Espenido did not dispute the possibility that Bato was killed by the relatives of the girl, who is said to be his girlfriend.

"Lawyer siya. Alam niya yung batas pero lahat ng mga nobya niya mga underage," Bade said.

Meanwhile, the principal of the school where the girl was studying said the girl met Bato after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

She said they had no information on whether the minor and Bato were in a romantic relationship.

Meanwhile, Roderick James Espina, son of the former mayor of Maasin, Southern Leyte, was arrested in Cebu City during a drug raid. The policemen seized shabu from him and are investigating if he is linked with Kerwin, who is reportedly out of the country. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KBK, GMA News

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Espinosa makes Albuera police station his new home By Sarwell Q. Meniano (philstar.com) | Updated August 26, 2016 - 12:17pm 9 745 googleplus1 0


In this Aug. 3, 2016 Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa arrives at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group office at Camp Crame. Espinosa is the first local executive linked to the narcotics trade under the Duterte administration. STAR/Boy Santos, file

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Fearing for his life, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa temporarily decided to hold office in the town police station starting Thursday.

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, Albuera police chief said the mayor occupies their investigation room after seeking a protective custody from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The beleaguered local chief executive asked for protection after unidentified gunmen shot dead lawyer Rogelio Bato Jr. and a 17-year-old student on Tuesday in this city.

The lawyer, tagged as high value target by the regional police, is Espinosa's legal counsel and lawyer of the mayor's son Kerwin, the alleged top drug lord in the region.

The embattled mayor arrived at the police station around 9 a.m. on Thursday. A mattress was later delivered to his room where he will also stay overnight. The mayor's room is next to the police chief's office.

“We can assure the mayor’s safety inside the police station,” Espenido said. The local police provided chairs and a desk for the mayor to be able to work.

On Monday, Espinosa met with Espenido for the first time after the latter's assignment on July 18. The meeting lasted for five hours.

The mayor allegedly linked to illegal drugs trade, formally sought police protection on Wednesday as he executed an affidavit disclosing names of government officials protecting drugs trade in Eastern Visayas region.

Espenido welcomed the decision of the town mayor to ask for protective custody. "This will assure as that we can arrest him immediately once warrant of arrest against him is released by the court," he said.

The police earlier filed cases against Espinosa for illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms.

Espinosa surrendered to PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on August 2, a few hours after President Rodrigo Duterte demanded for his and son Kerwin's surrender within 24 hours. The son has remained at-large.

After four days, Dela Rosa kicked out Espinosa from his official residence after the son failed to meet the deadline for him to surrender.

The mayor was admitted in a hospital in Cebu after he left Camp Crame on August 6.

He returned to his hometown on August 16 and stayed at the town hall for about a week before he asked for police protection.


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DUTERTE’S CRUSADE TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY DRUG-FREE By NESTOR MATA August 25, 2016


By NESTOR MATA

BY this time, we hope that the heated verbal exchanges between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima have subsided, so that he can resume his crusade to make our country drug-free.

We are sure that, like the President and the military police, senators and members of the House of Representatives are fully aware that the country is facing a serious national threat with the unabated drug problem.

According to the latest United Nations report, 10 percent of Filipinos – or 10 million males, and females, from young to old, from rich down to the poor – are drug users, peddlers, manufacturers, for money, for escapism, for self-gratification, for power.

Add to this crisis, Rafael Alunan III, former Secretary of the Interior and Local Governments in the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos, said, the “mess their protectors from the government and those officials who have violated their oath to keep us safe and secure from our enemies, particularly the drug lords. They are just as despicable as those who have chained our people to drugs!”

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Actually, if you’re wondering why President Duterte seems so bitter in his tirades against Senator de Lima, the reason goes back in time when he was campaigning for the presidency, according to objective political observers. They recalled that she, as then Secretary of Justice of the Aquino administration, reportedly blurted out that “the presidency will be a laughing stock with Duterte as president.”

Well, Duterte won a landslide election and proved that she was absolutely wrong. His victory was partly due to hi railings against the nation’s political elite who have soaked up much of the benefits of the growth, while leaving a quarter of the nation’s 100 million people living below poverty line.

He has since not only waged war against illegal drugs, but also showed that under his new administration the economy expanded 7.0 percent in the second quarter.

Still, despite this strong economic growth, Duterte said major changes were still needed to fix one of Asia’s biggest rich-poor divides. His administration is also concerned about the farming and fisheries sector, which accounts for about 10 million workers and their families.

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He said that his administration will priorities agriculture, knowing that the majority of poor Filipinos rely on this sector for their livelihood. His government is aiming to cut the poverty rate from 26 percent currently to 17n percent when Duterte steps down from office in 2022.

All this and more that he has doing in his first 50 days in office show how absolutely wrong De Lima was in saying that the country “will be a laughing stock with Duterte as President.”

Well, obviously, the last loud laugh will come from President RRD, who can now say in turn that it’s De Lima who has become herself alone as the “laughing stock” in the country!

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Soon after this confrontation, President Duterte told reporters in a chance interview in Malacañang that he will soon release “a matrix” showing the structure of the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, with Senator Leila de Lima allegedly being the highest linked to the illegal drug trade.

“I will show to you maybe this week the matrix, vina-validate ko lang, iyong matrix ng Muntinlupa. Nandoon sa matrix so it would show her role there,” Duterte said. De Lima was then Secretary of Justice under the Aquino administration.

Well, it looks like we won’t see the end of this uproar between the President and Senator de Lima. Abangan natin an susonod na kabanata!

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Although President Duterte sees difficult peace talks ahead, he is still open to settlement with the Communist Party’s National Democratic Front (NDF) with the resumption of the negotiations between his government and the National Democratic Front to put an end to the decades-old insurgency problem in the countryside.

The government, on orders of the President, allowed several detained high-ranking NDF leaders who will join and fast track the peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway. Among them are Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, chair and secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP), respectively.

The Oslo talks are expected to tackle issues on socio-economic reforms, political and Constitutional reforms, security and immunity guarantees, cessation of hostilities and disposition of forces.

The CCP, along with its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA), has been waging Asia’s longest running insurgency.

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Quote of the Day: “There are three kinds of truth in the world – my truth, your truth, and the truth!” – Chinese Proverb


MANILA STANDARD BY TONY LOPEZ

Duterte delivers posted August 24, 2016 at 12:01 am by Tony Lopez


AUGUST 24 -By Tony Lopez:


Fifty-five days into his 2,190-day presidency, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has delivered—at least on his vow to launch an anti-drugs war.

“Our deal is stop corruption, drugs, corruption, and criminality,” he tells his countrymen. To achieve that, he stakes three things—“my honor, my life, presidency.” “I was never born to protect evil,” he says. “I grew up and was taught by my parents to be on the side of fairness, to protect the good, and to take care of our country.”

With savage fury, President Digong has cracked down on illegal drugs and drug-related criminality. “It will be bloody,” he said before the election which he won with more votes (16.4 million) than any other Philippine president before him and with 6 million more votes than the poor second placer.

Indeed, the narcotics campaign has been bloody—712 killed by the police and 1,067 by vigilantes, or a total of 1,779, from July 1, 2016 to August 22. At least 33 people are killed daily in the government’s anti-drug war. Those are figures of Duterte’s own hatchetman, police general “Bato” dela Rosa, the chief of the Philippine National Police which is at the forefront of the anti-drugs war, which has made the President such a controversial global figure.

At the rate of 33 killings per day, more people will be killed on average per year (12,200) than the yearly average deaths in 47 years of the communist insurgency or in 44 years of the Moro separatist war. Which may explain why Duterte himself has put a timeline to the bloody campaign—three to six months. Otherwise, there is a Reign of Terror as Kit Tatad has observed, or gross human rights violations as the United Nations has warned. Still, don’t bet on Duterte stopping at 12,000 or even at double that.

Before his election, the President vowed to drown as many as 100,000 drug lords or drug users in Manila Bay. So 100,000 looks like a working target. Duterte has warned the UN and the United States not to interfere in the Philippines’ sovereign right to deal with its drug problem. The UN in the particular, he sneers, has not solved the hunger problem nor helped stop the war in the Middle East. “I don’t give a shit to them!”

There are 3.7 million drug users, the President reckons. He is probably right.

In just two months, more than 600,000 have surrendered and admitted to using or dealing drugs. Duterte says the government has no money “to buy [or provide] beds, blankets, pillows, water, buildings, doctors, and nurses” for them. Which implies that eliminating them is the most expedient and efficient way to deal with them.

If the President proceeds with his 100,000 target, one in every six of those who surrender will die a violent death.

Duterte says after a year on drugs, an addict would have had a damaged brain. “Shabu for six months almost every day would shrink the brain of a person,” he analyzes. “They are living, walking dead.”

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In Duterte’s view, addicts behave like an animal or a criminal. As such, they should be neutralized with extreme prejudice. With the stunning success of the anti-drugs war, criminality, or petty criminality, has been halved. According to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, as high as 70 percent of crimes are drug-related.

The drug problem has become a pandemic, Duterte bristles.

In one town in a province in Southern Luzon, he volunteers, as many as 100 policemen are involved in drugs. “So what am I supposed to do as President? Empower the military and the police. For after all, they are there to protect the integrity and protect the people of the Philippines.”

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On another front, Duterte seems earnest in cutting red tape and curbing corruption in government. He has been aghast to find a government so corrupt, so incompetent, and so inefficient under BS Aquino.

On early Sunday, August 21, he asked everyone appointed by the president to consider their positions vacant. They have been fired, because of lingering corruption in various government agencies, especially in the provinces.

It is the largest mass firing of presidential appointees since Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law in 1972.

Incidentally, why is the Supreme Court going to decide whether Marcos, who died in 1989, should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or not. The law says soldiers and former presidents can be buried at the Libingan. Marcos was a soldier and the country’s longest-serving president. “It’s the law,” says Duterte.

Duterte’s decisions in his first 55 days have been drastic and draconian. They risk making him a pariah before the international community. The President doesn’t care.

He likes Abraham Lincoln, his idol as far back as when he was a law student at San Beda. On his copy of his Revised Penal Code, the then law student Duterte copied in his handwriting this famous quote:

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how—the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” 


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