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BY PETER WALLACE: UNDERSTANDING DUTERTE
[RELATED: FIRST 100 DAYS DRUG WAR- Redemption, not execution; reformation, not exclusion]
OCTOBER 8 -President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE I think there’s a need to try and explain the President because he’s getting quite a bit of flak, especially from the international community. The front cover of Time, a negative article in the Economist, and many others are not what the President or the country needs. They’re based on a misreading of the President but can do harm to the Philippines. Especially in attracting investment and aid. So they need correcting. This nation has a very different culture compared to the West. The trouble is it doesn’t seem to be. It looks just like the US or any other Western City, but it isn’t. Below that surface its culture is far different. Ask yourself, why aren’t Filipinos outraged by the drug-related killings? Why didn’t society reject him when he made an insensitive comment about a dead nun? Why wasn’t he condemned when he blamed corrupt journalists for being killed? How can he get away with lambasting the United Nations and attacking the US Ambassador with hardly a murmur, or apparently insulting the US President with no one disagreeing? In fact, they agree with him in the main. Ask around, you’ll see. READ MORE...RELATED, PART 2 (CONCLUSION) OF AGONCILLO SPECIAL REPORT: Redemption, not execution; reformation, not exclusion...
ALSO: Duterte tells U.S. - ‘Give us little of respect rather than a reprimand'.
(However, Enrile says PH should stick with the United States, its long-time ally, and stop warming up to China and Russia .“China is going to be the past and America is the future.” the Senator added)
[RELATED: Duterte grade higher than 6, says Cebu archbishop]
OCTOBER 9 -‘JOHN’ AND ‘JUAN’ — A Philippine Marine and his American counterpart keep pace with each other in a bit of action at Friday’s Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise or ‘PHIBLEX’ field in San Antonio, Zambales, which might be the last war games between the Philippines and the United States based on President Duterte’s recent pronouncements. (Jansen Romero/Manila Bulletin) ‘ President Duterte has called on the United States to accord the Philippines a “little of respect.” “For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it. I will not stick with you. I can always go to China, invite them. I have met (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry) Medvedev during the (ASEAN) Summit,” he said. The US should “try to give us a little of respect” rather than a reprimand,” Duterte said. “You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency? Go ahead!” President Duterte dared the United States last Friday, saying: “What happens to me is really part of my destiny. If I am ousted, then that is part of my presidency.” The Chief Executive, who marked his 100th day in office Friday, made the statement during the Banana Congress 2016 in SMX Convention Center in Davao City. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte grade higher than 6, says Cebu archbishop...
ALSO: Abella slams French paper for 'serial killer' tag on Duterte
(ABELLA: IRRESPONSIBLE USE OF POWER! Abella added, the true state of the country is not reflected by foreign news reports, but by the 64% of public’s confidence in Duterte)
[ALSO: De Lima tags Duterte in smear conspiracy]
OCTOBER 9 -Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Sunday slammed what he called the “irresponsible use of power” of a French newspaper that labelled President Rodrigo Duterte a “serial killer” amid the rising death toll in his brutal war on drugs. “It’s irresponsible the way they have termed it and the way they have carelessly used this word and their media power to paint the Philippines in such a way,” Abella told radio DZMM. The Palace official noted that Duterte, despite his volatile rhetoric, has always underscored that all government initiatives must follow the rule of law, even in problems as “drastic” as the drug scourge which has grown into a multi-million-peso industry affecting over 40,000 barangays. “For the longest time kasi, hindi siya (drug) binigyang pansin, binigyang-tuon. Ngayon, napakalaki na so drastic measures have to be taken for drastic situations. But we appreciate the President, lagi niyang sinasabi, kahit very colorful ‘yung language niya, na in practice, everything has to be done with regularity,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima tags Duterte in smear conspiracy...
ALSO: Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana - New arms sources not that simple
(Lorenzana said he has been instructed by Duterte to see “what’s best” in terms of buying arms from China and Russia.) [RELATED: Duterte eyes land as concession to rebels]
OCTOBER 9 -Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana THE Armed Forces of the Philippines may face operability issues if it pursues President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to procure arms from Russia and China instead of the United States, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “I think it will be a problem, if we decide to procure military equipment from Russia or China,” Lorenzana said. “If just firearms, it’s easy to operate. But if sophisticated equipment, there we will have a problem because sometimes the technology [is] not the same. But we will find out if our end users can use it here,” he said, explaining that the US equipment currently operated by the Philippines may not be compatible with different foreign technology. “The end user on the ground, the cutting edge of the military... should decide what would be bought,” Lorenzana added. For one, the ammunition that China and Russia can provide are not compatible with the firearms of the AFP, he said. Lorenzana said he has been instructed by Duterte to see “what’s best” in terms of buying arms from China and Russia. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte eyes land as concession to rebels...
ALSO: Almonte to Duterte - Rant in beautiful language
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte scratches his head as he addresses Philippine Marines in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Duterte used an expletive to warn key ally Barack Obama not to lecture him on human rights and, in another impromptu speech, declared a dramatic policy change such as removing U.S. counterterrorism forces out of his country's volatile south. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez If the President has to rant, then he can do so in more elegant language. This was the advice of former national security adviser Jose Almonte, who urged President Duterte to refrain from being too crass. “If (cuss words) should – not be stopped, he should transition it to a better language… you can communicate your anger, your rant, in a beautiful language,” Almonte said during an interview with ANC over the weekend. Almonte added the President could say something like “I love you but I hate you.” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who appeared in the same interview, defended Duterte, saying the President is a maverick who works outside the box and sometimes speaks off the cuff. Andanar said the Presidential Communications Office has made preparations and has adjusted to the President’s cursing and ranting in his speeches. READ MORE...
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COMMENTARY: Understanding Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
MANILA, OCTOBER 10, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Peter Wallace / @inquirerdotnet October 08, 2016 - I think there’s a need to try and explain the President because he’s getting quite a bit of flak, especially from the international community.
The front cover of Time, a negative article in the Economist, and many others are not what the President or the country needs. They’re based on a misreading of the President but can do harm to the Philippines. Especially in attracting investment and aid. So they need correcting.
This nation has a very different culture compared to the West. The trouble is it doesn’t seem to be. It looks just like the US or any other Western City, but it isn’t. Below that surface its culture is far different. Ask yourself, why aren’t Filipinos outraged by the drug-related killings? Why didn’t society reject him when he made an insensitive comment about a dead nun? Why wasn’t he condemned when he blamed corrupt journalists for being killed?
How can he get away with lambasting the United Nations and attacking the US Ambassador with hardly a murmur, or apparently insulting the US President with no one disagreeing? In fact, they agree with him in the main. Ask around, you’ll see.
Take the response to a journalists’ question on how he would react if President Obama brought up human rights issues in relation to the extrajudicial killings. The President said: “I am a President of the sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master, except the Filipino people… you must be respectful.
Do not just throw away questions and statements. Putang Ina mumurahin kita diyan sa forum na yan. Huwag mo akong ganunin. (I’ll curse you at that forum. Don’t do anything like that to me).” “Putang Ina” translated into English is “Son of a Bitch” or “Son of a Whore.”
It’s a figure of speech of a general nature. It’s commonly and frequently used in discourse amongst ordinary Filipinos. If it were to be a personal attack, it would be “Putang Ina mo” (You are a Son of a Bitch/Whore). Media, particularly foreign media, took it up as a personal insult because it made better press. It was a wrong interpretation.
OBAMA UNDERSTOOD BUT...
President Obama understood though when he said: “I don’t take these comments personally because it seems as if this is a phrase he’s used repeatedly, including directed at the Pope and others.” But, if he truly believed that (not just being “trapo nice”) why did he cancel the meeting at Apec?
It’s a message to Duterte though. As President now he is no longer just talking to other Filipinos that understand what he means but to an international audience that doesn’t, so he has to suppress his emotions and kowtow to diplomatic politeness.
Mind you we might get more things done if the world’s leaders spoke more frankly and said what they really meant. It might be more contentious, but it would likely be a better world. Unfortunately it’s not likely to happen. So it’s he who’ll have to adapt, much as he shouldn’t have to.
Or is it unlikely?
The world is changing, people are ever more assertively saying “we won’t take it anymore.” There’s a movement away from rule by trapos. The social media revolution is giving more power into people’s hands, and they’re learning to use it.
We can well say his style is not acceptable in refined society and in international diplomacy, but that’s exactly why he won. He’d seen the failure this conformity had led to. He wanted change and the people agreed. The people in Britain did too. Brexit was intense dissatisfaction with politicians and their arrogance to public concern.
It’s why Donald Trump is where he should never have been. And hopefully won’t be where he gets, not that we want Hillary Clinton either.
I’m no psychologist, but to me, it comes down to ultimate frustration. The people have had enough of the corrupt, inbred, and basically ineffectual, as they see it, leadership of the country in the past.
IT'S THE WAY HE IS, WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVES
It’s an awfully trite thing to say, but he’s a man who wears his heart on his sleeve. He really does care for the little guy. And they know it. So they care back. Wearing jeans and slippers is not an affectation, it’s the way he is. It’s the way they are. He has a natural and genuine empathy with them. And he’s a fierce nationalist correcting what he sees as a mendicant attitude of the past. He has a rough way of saying, and doing it. But Filipinos are proud he’s standing up and demanding independence and equality amongst nations.
But he’s very different from other Filipinos in one way, he’s direct “in-your-face.”
For him, the niceties be damned, just get down to business. Just say it like it is, to hell with the consequences. Most often they’re just outbursts of anger against a perceived slight. They’re not thought-out policy pronouncements. The point I’m getting to is that you must just discount what he says. Look at what he subsequently does.
No previous president has had 76 percent satisfied with him at this stage of their term. In much of Europe today they’re lucky if 20 percent of the populace cares for them. That alone tells you something: Filipinos approve of him and his style, the international community needs to be guided by that.
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Redemption, not execution; reformation, not exclusion By: Jodee A. Agoncillo, Mariejo S. Ramos / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:06 AM October 09, 2016
(Editor’s Note: A hundred days after President Duterte declared an all-out war against illegal drugs, cash-strapped communities are scrambling to address a phenomenal number of drug users and pushers who have answered calls to mend their ways or die. In this series of articles, the Inquirer takes a hard look at how authorities are struggling to give them a new lease on life.)
Drug users and pushers undergo briefing and orientation for rehabilitation. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)
The story of priests, lawyers, soldiers, pushers, ex-convicts, children, women locked up in rehabilitation centers, or in their own homes waiting for treatment, show that it is redemption, not execution; reformation, not exclusion, that drug dependents need
Suddenly the once-neglected Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DOH-TRC) has become important.
That’s because the authorities are hard-pressed to find shelter for more than 700,000 drug users who have surrendered for rehabilitation rather than be killed in President Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.
The DOH-TRC in Bicutan, Taguig City, is the biggest government-owned rehabilitation center. Formerly under the supervision of the Philippine National Police, it has five dorms for male adults, a dorm for boys aged 14 to 18, and a dorm for around 130 women.
Most of the patients—regular and heavy drug users—come from the cities of Taguig, Pasay and Manila and Cavite province.
Majority of the resident adult males came from detention cells, said Dr. Alfonso Villaroman, an addiction specialist and director of the DOH-TRC.
Bert, 41, an ex-convict, is one of them.
He killed at least five people, and robbed countless victims. He and a companion roamed the streets on board a motorcycle, looking for people withdrawing money at ATM stalls.
Then they spend their loot on illegal drugs, mostly “shabu,” or methamphetamines.
Bert started doing drugs at 17 and was imprisoned at 21 for breaking drug laws.
“Literally, I was hopping from one detention cell to another since I was 21. It was my way of life,” he said.
After serving his sentence in New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, he went right back to drugs, was caught in Caloocan City and sent back to jail.
His next stop after jail was the DOH-TRC.
“In the prison system, there is no change. Because it’s where all the bad things are: drugs, beer, violence and gambling. The rehab center taught me about goodness, that nothing is impossible. Here, they will not hurt you, or treat you violently. I’m bad, but their kindness crushed my heart … Believe it or not, I know I changed here,” Bert said.
When he arrived at the center seven months ago, he refused to eat. Now, he said, he has learned to value eating and taking care of himself.
The DOH-TRC was built for 500 patients. At present, it houses 1,550. Overpopulation causes patients to suffer from common illnesses and diseases like scabies, eczema and tuberculosis.
To help them, they are made to take a bath at least twice a day. “They should be comfortable. Remember, a rehab center is not a jail. It’s a place of healing,” Villaroman said.
For Villaroman, keeping patients clean is part of healing. But the cleansing could be something beyond physical.
“Now I’m fair. I was sun-burned when I came in. I don’t want to be under the sun again. This is the real me,” Bert said.
He’s looking forward to seeing his 17-year-old daughter in Romblon province after his release.
“She’s my reason for living. I could have died like my friends without the rehab. I can’t say I’m totally changed, but I am sure I can now manage,” he said.
Another patient at the center, Brother Joey, is being treated for alcoholism.
Unlike Bert, who first struggled with fumbles, as mistakes are called at the center, Joey, 37, is well-behaved. He is a deacon from the Archdiocese of Manila.
He used to consume a great amount of alcohol to be able to sleep. He started becoming an alcoholic after his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alone, he would contemplate life and solitude, his mission and purpose.
Joey’s plan was to keep his identity a secret while under treatment. He discreetly learned from other patients as they confronted him with his limitations.
But his identity was exposed after a fellow patient recognized him.
In two months, Joey said he would be ordained, bringing with him to the priesthood lessons learned from fellow substance abusers.
Deciding to undergo rehab, he said, was “God’s call for change” and his way of cleansing.
Six other priests have undergone the same rehabilitation program at the center and are now assigned in different parishes.
“Humans err,” Joey said. “But not doing anything about it is a different thing.”
In a dorm for young males, around 15 boys, whose heads are shaved and who wear white shirts and shorts, are also undergoing rehabilitation.
Their world for six months is less crowded and fresher. A floor up their dormitory is a library where they can study or just read.
Most of the boys started with their adult friends teaching them to smoke, then take shabu. They used to steal money or sell their family’s belongings to finance their addiction.
“When Mr. Duterte became President, I was frightened. People told me the police will get us if they caught us. That’s why I went to rehab. I miss my family. I don’t want it here,” said Mike, 13, the oldest in the boys’ ward.
Mike tried shabu out of curiosity and due to peer pressure But he was hooked and he started lying about cutting classes and stealing money from his mother to buy shabu.
“I don’t want to go to a rehab facility before. It looked scary. But now, I told my mother I would go to a rehab facility so I could go out before New Year,” he said. “I think that’s the best time to change.”
Peter, 12, a former heavy shabu user, thinks he is much safe inside the center, but admits he misses his family. He was turned in by the social welfare department after he was imprisoned for robbery.
“When we didn’t have money, we stole from our parents or robbed people using knives,” he said, referring to his gang.
Peter’s life at the rehab center was far from his life in prison. He and the other boys are neat, take a bath four times a day and never go hungry. But they crave for freedom.
“I want to go home. I know I have changed. I will not come back here, I promise,” Peter said.
“I want to be a policeman. I am not a bad kid, like what some think of me. I think I can still prove to my family that I can still do right things when I come home,” he said.
For Villaroman, half of the battle is lost if the institution will not work with the family.
“We have to fit the program to the patients’ needs. It’s not putting them in a place and waiting for six months and leaving everything up to God. You help them have a form of insight. Develop a thinking there’s hope for them,” he said.
The DOH-TRC has a success rate of 70 percent, according to Villaroman.
“Many of the patients here, if you look at their eyes, they tell you, they’ve given up on everything. The challenge is to put them back on their feet, to build again their self-esteem, their shattered egos. This is what our job is,” Villaroman said.
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‘Give us little of respect’ Duterte tells US not to treat PH like doormat; we should stick to US – Enrile October 9, 2016 Share3 Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share13 By Elena L. Aben and Mario B. Casayuran
‘JOHN’ AND ‘JUAN’ — A Philippine Marine and his American counterpart keep pace with each other in a bit of action at Friday’s Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise or ‘PHIBLEX’ field in San Antonio, Zambales, which might be the last war games between the Philippines and the United States based on President Duterte’s recent pronouncements. (Jansen Romero/Manila Bulletin) ‘
President Duterte has called on the United States to accord the Philippines a “little of respect.”
“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it. I will not stick with you. I can always go to China, invite them. I have met (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry) Medvedev during the (ASEAN) Summit,” he said.
The US should “try to give us a little of respect” rather than a reprimand,” Duterte said.
“You want to oust me? You want to use the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency? Go ahead!” President Duterte dared the United States last Friday, saying: “What happens to me is really part of my destiny. If I am ousted, then that is part of my presidency.”
The Chief Executive, who marked his 100th day in office Friday, made the statement during the Banana Congress 2016 in SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
In his speech, Duterte launched fresh tirades against the US for criticizing his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs instead of helping the government deal with the problem.
He also again mentioned his intention of turning his back on the US in favor of partnership with China and Russia if the country’s long-time ally would continue to treat the Philippines like doormat.
But former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, 92, the Defense minister of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, suggested that President Duterte should stick with the United States, its long-time ally, and stop warming up to China and Russia.“China is going to be the past and America is the future.”
Enrile comments come in the face of President Duterte’s foreign policy shift as well as the Philippines’ failure to convince China to respect a United Nations arbitration court decision siding with the Philippines and rejecting the historical basis of China’s claim over contested areas in the West Philippine Sea.
He said the Philippines has military agreements with the US. These are the 61-year-old RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement, and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
On Duterte’s statement that he has crossed the Rubicon, Enrile said whether passing that line will turn out to be beneficial to the country or a source of danger is addressed to the leader.
“All I can say is that when you innovate and he (Duterte) is innovating, you have to be very, very cautious. It can bring glory or destruction. Whether his innovation will be for the benefit of the country or for its degradation, only the future can tell. Many times in the past, people embrace the bear or the dragon. They could either be eaten by the bear or burned by the dragon. We have to be careful,” he added.
The bear represents Russia while the dragon refers to China. The eagle represents the US. All three are military giants.
As Duterte tries to distance himself from the US, he pointed out how the Philippines suffered during World War II because of the Americans.
“We sacrificed for you. You stayed here. You are still doing business here. Nilunokkonalangiyan. We suffered during the last Second World War because you were here,” he said.
“Had you not been here, we would not have experienced so much destruction in the country. The Battle of Manila – 200,000 Filipinos died because you were here,” the President added.
“So these are the things … do not forget, do not say it was 45 years ago, 60 years ago. In the relation between race and tribes, the past is as valid as the present. Assess yourselves because if you don’t, you will lose the Philippines,” he said.
Duterte likewise reiterated that the ongoing Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) would be the last war games between Philippines and US forces.
“The wargames are not a part of EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), mind you. If you don’t look at it again, ask your lawyers because I have read it. The war games are not there in flat word which says that you can have it. This year would be the last, this year would be the last,” he stressed.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan, a former Army colonel and a close associate of Enrile in the successful push to oust then President Marcos from power in 1986, also recalled that the US had doled out billions of dollars to countries that hid then terrorist Osama bin Laden.
But he rued that the US only gave the Philippines $50 million in military aid at that time. Retired military officers also noted that the old US vessels donated to the Philippines were stripped of important equipment.
Asked whether President Duterte knows this unequal treatment by the US on the Philippines, Honasan replied: “Could be, could be.”
Enrile said that “China can be our friend but they have their own strategic interest (as) they need the West Philippine Sea (WPS) where both the Philippines and China are at loggerheads on their divergent territorial claims. The United Nations-back arbitral tribunal has already ruled in favor of the Philippines.
With a population of 1.3 billion and its only energy producing area is Manchuria, China needs the South China Sea contested by the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries, he said.
Enrile said the WPS has 132 billion barrels of proven crude reserve and 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas of proven reserve.
Asked whether China is the future and the US the past, Enrile said China “is going to be the past and America is the future.”
WHERE US STANDS
“America is self-sufficient. It has that body of land and water and ice from Argentina to the Artic Sea. Self-sufficient, they do not need the world. They are self-contained. They are the most gifted in this planet. They have plenty of waterways, plenty of arable lands, plenty of agricultural products to feed them, enough population and self-sufficient on energy. There is no country in this planet that can invade them. They can invade any part of the planet. What do we have?” he asked.
China, on the other hand, has a problem, and internally China is not what one perceives it to be, Enrile said.
“China is not a very unified country and the system of integration is military. China’s problem is the instability of its financial condition, its aging population due to its one-child policy. China depends on America… it was America that gave them their present economic well-being and it is China that is guarding their foreign trade because they do not have enough Navy. If China disengages from the world, there is a possibility that they will become isolationist again,” he added.
“In case of trouble, the weakness of China if somebody put battleships in the Persian Gulf to interdict the flow of oil, China will suffer because 80 percent of their energy comes from that part of the world,” he explained.
The military capability of Russia to help, on the other hand, is affected by its being surrounded by water “that will impair its capability to help any country.”
Vladivostok, Russia’s eastern warm water port, is considered “too distant’’ from Moscow as a train ride from Vladivostok to Moscow takes 10 days. It is located at China’s northeastern quadrant.
“We have to understand that Russia is no longer a Soviet Union, geographically, demographically, and economically,’’ he said.
On seeking friends other than the US, President Duterte should bear in mind that “each of these people hasits own obligation. Their latent undisclosed interest must be studied before you try to embrace them and become your friends so that you will not regret in the end.”
Enrile warned that “once you play the game of nations, once you are locked in, you cannot disengage just like that without any repercussions.”
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Duterte grade higher than 6, says Cebu archbishop By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol / @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:48 AM October 10, 2016
CEBU CITY—Amid the rising death toll in the war on illegal drugs, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on Sunday gave President Duterte a passing grade based on his overall performance in the last 100 days.
“I should say more than 6,” Palma said, smiling when asked to rate the President’s performance on a scale of 1 to 10.
While the Catholic Church is worried about the alleged cases of extrajudicial killings, Palma said Mr. Duterte nonetheless had made numerous efforts to improve the lives of Filipinos, citing his attention to the plight of workers, the environment, and government services.
“He has made serious efforts to curb abuses in trying to make the people and the government work. Majority of our people has given him a very high rating. It’s one of the highest rating a government official has ever had,” said Palma, 66, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Palma was referring to the recent Social Weather Stations survey that said 76 percent of respondents were satisfied with Mr. Duterte’s performance—the second highest among the post-Edsa Presidents after Fidel Ramos.
“On a personal note, he should not take for granted the way he speaks. I hope it could be fine-tuned. In general, he has a very high rating for people except for his not-so-diplomatic way of speaking,” Palma told reporters after celebrating Mass to welcome the image of Our Lady of Lindogon at the International Eucharistic Congress Pavilion in Barangay Mabolo.
Chief Supt. Noli Talińo, police director in Central Visayas, described Mr. Duterte’s first 100 days as “successful.”
Talińo said the total crime volume in the region had decreased to 26 percent from July to September 2016 compared with the same period last year, citing the antinarcotics campaign as a major factor.
“Illegal drugs is the mother of all crimes, and 70 percent of the total crimes committed are attributed to the use of illegal drugs,”ť he said.
“Now, we have seen the impact. All other crimes like robbery, theft, rape and the like have reduced. Incidents of murder, on the other hand, have increased due to the killings related to drugs,” he added.
He said 113 drug suspects were killed in alleged shootouts with policemen in the provinces of Cebu, Siquijor and Bohol from July 1 to Oct. 3. At least 130 killings blamed on unknown assailants are under investigation.
Evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, speaking at his birthday party in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Saturday, expressed concern about drug-related killings.
The leader of the Jesus Is Lord Church said too many drug suspects had been killed in police operations, and urged law enforcers not to take advantage of the President’s popularity by murdering criminals.
“Criminals who are not given the chance to repent go straight to hell and that should not be the case,” said the evangelist, who ran and lost in the 2004 and 2010 presidential elections. —WITH A REPORT FROM TONETTE OREJAS
Abella slams French paper for 'serial killer' tag on Duterte ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 09 2016 02:08 PM
MANILA - Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Sunday slammed what he called the “irresponsible use of power” of a French newspaper that labelled President Rodrigo Duterte a “serial killer” amid the rising death toll in his brutal war on drugs.
“It’s irresponsible the way they have termed it and the way they have carelessly used this word and their media power to paint the Philippines in such a way,” Abella told radio DZMM.
The Palace official noted that Duterte, despite his volatile rhetoric, has always underscored that all government initiatives must follow the rule of law, even in problems as “drastic” as the drug scourge which has grown into a multi-million-peso industry affecting over 40,000 barangays.
“For the longest time kasi, hindi siya (drug) binigyang pansin, binigyang-tuon. Ngayon, napakalaki na so drastic measures have to be taken for drastic situations. But we appreciate the President, lagi niyang sinasabi, kahit very colorful ‘yung language niya, na in practice, everything has to be done with regularity,” he said.
[For the longest time, the drug problem was not given attention, emphasis. Now, it has grown so much so that drastic measures have to be taken for drastic situations. But we appreciate the President, he always says, despite his colorful language, that in practice, everything has to be done with regularity.]
The Liberation, a newspaper in France, published Saturday a banner story about Duterte's anti-drugs campaign that has left over 3,000 people dead.
Written by Arnaud Vaulerin, the four-page article also touched on Duterte’s expletive-laced tirades against US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, his comments referencing the mass murder of Jews under Adolf Hitler’s command and his alleged ties to a hit squad in Davao City.
Abella, however, argued that the true state of the country is not reflected by foreign news reports, but by the public’s confidence in Duterte.
“The best picture, the best mirror of what’s happening in the Philippines, is 'yung tao mismo, 'yung taumbayan na apektado [the public, the citizens who are affected]. So far, ang nakikita nating response ng tao [the response that we see], they have a very high appreciation of what the President is doing,” he said.
Duterte has earned a net satisfaction rating of +64 or "very good" despite the controversies marring his three months in office, according to a recent survey.
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De Lima tags Duterte in smear conspiracy Written by Angie M. Rosales Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 5 comments
CLAIMS FELLOW ALUMNA SQUEALED ON BLACK OPS
Beleaguered Liberal Party (LP) Sen. Leila de Lima tied President Duterte to the House investigations on her involvement in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drugs syndicate which in turn she claimed was triggered by investigations on extra-judicial killings she initiated in the Senate.
De Lima said the demolition job against her has the blessings of Duterte as she claimed a mutual friend and fellow “Bedan,” or a co-alumna of San Beda College where Pres. Duterte also took up law, made the disclosure to her.
The unnamed schoolmate of de Lima and Duterte allegedly sought out a Palace official to set up a meeting with her to discuss the outcome of a meeting held during Duterte’s appearance at the San Beda Law Alumni Association testimonial dinner reception in honor of the Chief Executive held at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City sometime in mid-July or some two weeks after he formally assumed the presidency. “The Bedan I am referring to overheard in the holding area, in Club Filipino, before President Duterte gave a speech, that there were several of them (in a huddle), officials of San Beda. He suddenly cited me, and his war on drugs,” de Lima said.
During the huddle de Lima said “these are the exact words of the my friend who listened in to the discussion, “Ah, that Leila (De Lima), my people are preparing something against her. But I am holding back because she has not crossed the line,” she said.
At that time, the senator said, she has yet to file Senate Resolution 9 which sought a Senate inquiry on the recent rampant extrajudicial killings and summary executions of suspected drugs offenders.
While she had then no idea what Duterte was referring to, De Lima said, she eventually realized that such pronouncements coincided with the information she received sometime after the May 9 elections on those supposedly trying to recruit possible personalities who could provide testimonies on her supposed drug links.
“So, such information was corroborated from the statements of the President himself,” she said.
“So apparently, in his mind I crossed the line so the demolition campaign was turned up full blast. So I met our mutual friend for an informal talk over late breakfast with the Palace official. And there was nothing to that...although, the Palace official said the President knew about the meeting. There was no offer of whatever to reach an agreement or what. I explained my side why I filed the Senate resolution. That’s it,” she said.
No to slut shaming
In near breakdown, de Lima, over the weekend, described herself in the past weeks especially during the height of the debate on the House of Representatives’ plan to publicly view her alleged “sex video” in the ongoing inquiry against her.
“I was feeling down the past weeks. Even on the surface you saw me fighting, but the truth was deep my determination to fight has weakened. I was really boiling inside. I was deeply hurting inside. Although, I tried not to show it, although, there were occasions, at least a couple of times, that many saw me break down,” she said.
Even if the lower house committee investigating her alleged drug links succumbed to public pressure against the playing of her alleged sex video, De Lima did not hide her disgust over how the proceedings turned out as congressmen allowed one witness, one of her security detail who is a member of the former Presidential Security Guard (PSG) named Joenel Sanchez who revealed her alleged intimate relationship with former driver Ronnie Dayan.
“Still that was slut shaming…So that should not have been allowed. They should not treat a woman that way, they should have not resorted to that act of harassment, violation. It’s virtual rape. If they can do that to a sitting senator, they can do that to any other woman,” De Lima said in an interview after attending the “Misa para sa Katarungan at Katotohanan” (Mass for Justice and Truth) at the Chapel of the Divine Child in La Salle Greenhills last Saturday.
The senator said support from various sectors, women’s groups, civil society groups, including colleagues who recently passed a resolution in the Senate expressing its sense that the showing of her alleged sex video is illegal, violative of the inter-parliamentary courtesy and decency and an affront to women’s dignity, somehow helped in uplifting her spirit amid continuing battle against supposed acts of persecution.
“This is not avout me and it should not be about me but should be about other issues such as summary killings, and violation of women’s rights. I was subjected to slut shaming,” she said.
De Lima admitted that at first, she thought she’s alone in dealing with the issues being thrown at her, the reason why the support system she realized she has helped her overcome her moments of weakness.
“It started last weekend, a women’s group met with me and they said they are forming some kind of a social movement, social movement to uphold and protect human rights, women’s rights and democracy. Human rights against summary killings, extrajudicial killings; women’s rights against slut shaming; and then for democracy, because we are seeing suppression of dissent, muzzling, stifling of dissent,” De Lima added.
The recent admission of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the government is yet to come up with an air tight case against her only goes to prove that those investigating her do not have legitimate or genuine objective in conducting an inquiry that is supposedly in aid of legislation.
“Rather, these are all definitely in aid of my demolition or destruction,” she said.
Based on her recent visits in various schools and universities in Manila, students have shown great, if not, high interest in what’s happening nowadays, she said.
NBI exec to pin De Lima anew
An official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to testify anew in the resumption of the House investigation into the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons today.
According to Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, vice chairman of the House Committee on Justice, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Rafael Ragos’ testimony will focus on an instance where he allegedly delivered P1 million to Ronnie Dayan, whom de Lima is being linked with.
Veloso, the panel vice chairman, said Ragos executed a supplemental affidavit dated September 26, 2016 enumerating the supposed instances when he delivered money to De Lima.
Ragos recanted his earlier testimony issued on September 5, 2016 where he testified in Congress that there were two instances that he allegedly delivered P5-million to the senator’s house.
“He has a supplemental affidavit which is fearful,” Veloso said in a radio interview.
“Well in a way the weight of his testimony is going to be heavier considering the said deliveries,” Veloso said.
In February 2013, Veloso disclosed that Ragos, a former officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) where New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City is one of its penal institutions, allegedly gave Dayan, de Lima’s former bodyguard, P1 million for then secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to work on the pardon of inmate German Agojo, but did not progress and the money was never returned.
Last Thursday, Aguirre said Sebastian is still recuperating from wounds he incurred during a riot at the NBP.
Aguirre bared that Sebastian expressed readiness to “cooperate” with them, but he would only testify in relation to food supply anomaly in the national penitentiary.
Aguirre said he rejected Sebastian’s offer, saying that he wanted the inmate to spill out all the beans on the alleged drug proliferation in the NBP during the stint of de Lima as secretary of the DoJ.
The DoJ secretary disclosed that Sebatian even asked him to make his affidavit, but he said he should be the one to do it on the basis of truth for him to qualify in government’s witness protection program. Gerry Baldo
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana: : New arms sources not that simple posted October 09, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines may face operability issues if it pursues President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to procure arms from Russia and China instead of the United States, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
“I think it will be a problem, if we decide to procure military equipment from Russia or China,” Lorenzana said.
“If just firearms, it’s easy to operate. But if sophisticated equipment, there we will have a problem because sometimes the technology [is] not the same. But we will find out if our end users can use it here,” he said, explaining that the US equipment currently operated by the Philippines may not be compatible with different foreign technology.
“The end user on the ground, the cutting edge of the military... should decide what would be bought,” Lorenzana added.
For one, the ammunition that China and Russia can provide are not compatible with the firearms of the AFP, he said.
Lorenzana said he has been instructed by Duterte to see “what’s best” in terms of buying arms from China and Russia.
“The President is also [keen] on getting some equipment from China and/or Russia. He gave me instructions to visit these countries in the near future to check out what they are offering to us,” he said.
Despite interoperability issues with China and Russia, the defense chief said that the country can also buy missiles from other countries like Germany, Israel, South Korea and France.
“Many ambassadors have come to me offering a lot of equipment. I see this as a healthy development with our relationship with other countries. They are offering to sell to us,” Lorenzana added.
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Duterte eyes land as concession to rebels by Genalyn Kabiling October 10, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share10
President Duterte is willing to grant “concessions,” including awarding of public lands, to communist rebels and Muslim insurgents as part of the peace negotiations with the government.
The President recognized that the rebels would not simply lay down their guns without getting any resources and funds to start over.
“We can only talk and if you are able to convince the communists, they would require a huge amount, resources. They will not go into a surrendering mode by just simply dropping the guns. They would ask for concessions,” the President said during an agri-business forum in Davao City last Friday.
“Concessions would be land, which is very good. I agree with them, I can open up the whole, the entire Republic of the Philippines, all public lands ibigay ko, tutal hindi naman nagagamit, especially for food,” he said.
Duterte said he would also be “happy” not only giving such land but also funds amounting to “another billions of pesos” to the rebels talking peace with the government.
In the government’s peace process with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the President said he would allow the return of the territory they owned for centuries in Mindanao.
“Ang MN, MI, they would relish a return of a fraction of what they own,” the President said. Duterte however admitted there would be a “huge expenditure” to develop the Muslim territory since “they have lost that initiative for all of these years, they’ve been fighting for their land.”
In an unprecedented move, the government has declared a ceasefire with the communist rebels, released several political prisoners, and taped some left-leaning activists to the Cabinet. These measures aimed to show the government’s sincerity in resuming the peace talks with the local communist group in Oslo, Norway.
“Right at the start of my administration, we also started the talks, and I’m very happy. Now we are freed of the countryside vis-a-vis itong Communist Party of the Philippines, NDF (National Democratic Front), NPA (New People’s Army),” Duterte said.
MEETING WITH MISUARI
Meantime, the President said he would hold a meeting with MNLF founding chairman, Nur Misuari, this week on efforts to advance the peace process in Mindanao.
“Misuari is getting out of Jolo next (this) week, and we’ll begin the talks,” he said.
Earlier, Misuari has been assured by Duterte that he could come out of hiding without the fear of getting arrested. Law enforcers have been ordered not to enforce the arrest warrant against Misuari, who has long been wanted for the deadly Zamboanga siege in 2013.
“That’s my order to the police and the military. Why? I am not a war-type president. My job is to seek peace for my land. So you have to talk to everybody,” he said.
The President also reiterated the need to address the armed conflicts in Mindanao stemming from the historical injustices committed by American and Spanish colonizers against the Moro people.
“Iyong Islam naman was already thriving here in Mindanao. As a matter of fact, Islam was 100 percent dito sa Mindanao because Mindanao was really part — you go to the archives of Malaysia and itong sa Indonesia, there’s a part there about the Philippines and how the missionaries came here,” he said.
Duterte said he leaves it to leaders of different MNLF factions – Misuari, Muslimin Sema, and Abul Khayr Alonto, who is chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) – on how to “fix internal dynamics” but he said the three of them are willing to talk again.
Duterte said the MILF leadership is also willing to talk with his government after the botched approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL. (With a report from Antonio L. Colina IV)
Almonte to Duterte: Rant in beautiful language By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 10, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte scratches his head as he addresses Philippine Marines in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Duterte used an expletive to warn key ally Barack Obama not to lecture him on human rights and, in another impromptu speech, declared a dramatic policy change such as removing U.S. counterterrorism forces out of his country's volatile south. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – If the President has to rant, then he can do so in more elegant language.
This was the advice of former national security adviser Jose Almonte, who urged President Duterte to refrain from being too crass.
“If (cuss words) should – not be stopped, he should transition it to a better language… you can communicate your anger, your rant, in a beautiful language,” Almonte said during an interview with ANC over the weekend.
Almonte added the President could say something like “I love you but I hate you.”
EX-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ALMONTE
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who appeared in the same interview, defended Duterte, saying the President is a maverick who works outside the box and sometimes speaks off the cuff.
Andanar said the Presidential Communications Office has made preparations and has adjusted to the President’s cursing and ranting in his speeches.
“We have to adjust everything according to (the President’s statements), and it’s now becoming clear that, really until the end of his six years, the President will be the chief architect of his communication policy,” Andanar said.
He said the President still listens to his Cabinet members but stressed they could only give advice.
“It’s difficult to telegraph the punches of the President. At the end of the day, at the end of an event, he will always have something new… we are very flexible with whatever the President says,” Andanar added.
Almonte however explained that heads of state, when confronted with an issue, might choose to go to war or talk with opponents.
“And when it has become very difficult, the competition, they pause, and then they talk. But they do not say cuss words, ” he said.
Almonte added though this might just be a part of the President’s strategy.
“This is only a phase of his strategy, which all of us do not understand. How do we know that?... well, I’ll give you an example. Before the election, and the day after, I was concerned with the way he was treating his vice president. When she went to Malacańang, he kissed her hand,” Almonte said.
Andanar, on other hand, said the President has a reason for every statement made “off the cuff or blurted out of nowhere,” adding Duterte is always “five steps ahead” of his Cabinet officials.
Less talk, fewer mistakes Sen. Richard Gordon, in a separate radio interview, said Duterte’s use of foul language will not only risk the President losing the respect of the international community, but the entire nation as well. He said Duterte should leave foreign policy speeches to diplomats and concerned officials to avoid putting the country in a compromising position.
Gordon said Duterte, who continues to generate controversy over his expletive-laden speeches against the US and the European Union, must keep his cards close to his chest, and keep in mind that the nation is much better off if it is “friends with the whole world.”
“Foreign policy statements should be made by his (Duterte) people. It should be the foreign affairs secretary or the defense (secretary) who should be talking or else he runs the risk of already closing the door in his pronouncements,” Gordon told dzBB. – With Paolo Romero
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