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PALACE: INVITATION TO U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ALREADY SENT OUT
[RELATED: White House Press Briefing On President Duterte's Rhetoric Against the US...
WATCH VIDEO][RELATED(2): Palace yet to receive UN expert’s reply to Duterte’s invitation]


OCTOBER 17 -Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said an invitation has already been sent to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard for her to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. File photo
 Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Monday that an invitation for the United Nations to come to the Philippines to look into allegations of extrajudicial killings has already been sent out. "What we do have is for the office of the special rapporteur. At this stage, it's for Agnes Callamard, the special rapporteur of the United Nations," Abella said. Callamard is special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions. UN special rapporteurs usually conduct investigations on allegations of human rights violations. They may only investigate in countries that have invited them. READ MORE...  RELATED, White House Press Briefing On President Duterte's Rhetoric Against the US...WATCH VIDEO...RELATED(2), Palace yet to receive UN expert’s reply to Duterte’s invitation...

ALSO: Larger than life, By: Martin Andanar
[RELATED: Duterte comes home from ‘productive’ China trip]


OCTOBER 20 -Duterte enhanced ties with Brunei, President Rodrigo Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo) / MB FILE. One could have mistaken this for a rock concert. Filipino workers in Brunei trooped to the city’s stadium early enough to listen to their President. The scene was joyful and morale was high.
President Duterte did not disappoint his fans. He launched into yet another masterful yet impromptu performance, cracking folksy jokes and mustering support for his programs. The crowd laughed heartily and applauded lustily. The love for this man was genuine. No other previous president was as warmly received by overseas Filipinos as President Duterte. We saw that earlier in Vientiane. Then we saw it again in Brunei. The man has an uncanny ability to ignite his countrymen, to reinvigorate their hopes in their country’s prospects and to believe that change has indeed come. READ MORE...WATCH VIDEO...RELATED, Duterte comes home from ‘productive’ China trip...

ALSO:
Poll Shows Drop in Number of Filipinos Who Tag Criminality as Urgent
[RELATED: Duterte signs EO to address poverty ]


OCTOBER 17 -Applicants look at the list of jobs at the Labor Day Job Fair by the Department of Labor and Employment. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA
Filipinos want the Duterte administration to focus on increasing workers’ pay and creating more jobs, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia. The poll, conducted from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, found that most Filipinos regard improving salary and job generation as the most urgent national issues that the government must address with 46 and 38 percent, respectively. Increasing workers’ pay was also the leading first-mentioned urgent national issue (19 percent) and the only majority urgent national issue across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, which was cited by more than half (53 percent) of those belonging to the poorest class E. It was the most often cited urgent concern in the rest of Luzon and Class D, Metro Manila, and the Visayas. READ MORE...RELATED,

ALSO AFP: 94 Abus neutralized during 54 clashes
[RELATED: Army to Abu Sayyaf: Wanna live? Surrender]


OCTOBER 16 -Abu Sayyaf. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)
With the full backing of President Duterte, the Armed Forces of the Philippines intensified its all-out war against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), neutralizing 94 ASG members during 54 clashes. AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya said at least 56 ASG members were killed in the military operations, 21 surrendered, 12 were either captured or arrested and five were wounded. ASG leaders Nelson Muktadil, Braun Muktadil, and sub-leader Mohammad Said were among the terrorists killed and their bodies were recovered in intense combat and ensuing search and retrieval operations. READ MORE...RELATED, Army to Abu Sayyaf: Wanna live? Surrender...

ALSO INTERVIEW: Hard Talk - China Visit
[ALSO: Duterte joined by Bongbong in Beijing;
Kung manalo sa electoral protest, siya na VP natin at Duterte joked at Filipino workers meeting]


Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays courtesy call to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after the inaugural ceremony. PCCO PHOTO
Expect China to roll out red carpet when Duterte visits this week Q: What are your expectations for President Duterte’s trip to China? Dennis Coronacion, chair, political science department, University of Santo Tomas: The President’s state visit to China from Oct. 18 to 21 is in line with his “independent foreign policy.” Its main component is the rapprochement with Beijing, which is a complete departure from his predecessor’s confrontational approach. CONTINUE READING... WATCH VIDEO OF DUTERTE WITH FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN BEIJING... ALSO, Duterte joined by Bongbong in Beijing: Kung manalo sa electoral protest, siya na VP natin, Duterte joked at a Filipino workers meeting...


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Palace: Invitation to UN special rapporteur already sent out


Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said an invitation has already been sent to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard for her to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. File photo

MANILA, OCTOBER 24, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated October 17, 2016 -

MANILA, Philippines -- Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Monday that an invitation for the United Nations to come to the Philippines to look into allegations of extrajudicial killings has already been sent out.

"What we do have is for the office of the special rapporteur. At this stage, it's for Agnes Callamard, the special rapporteur of the United Nations," Abella said. Callamard is special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

UN special rapporteurs usually conduct investigations on allegations of human rights violations. They may only investigate in countries that have invited them.

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In several of his speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte invited the UN special rapporteur, representatives of the European Union and US President Barrack Obama to visit the Philippines and do their own investigations regarding drug-related killings.

Duterte has said, however, that he is ready to humiliate them in a debate on human rights.

"Come here. Investigate me. But give me also the right to be heard. So I will have to ask you questions after questioning me. I’ll let them play into my hands,” Duterte said at a business event in Pasay last week.

“I’m very sure they can never be brighter than me. Believe me,” he added.

Callamard meanwhile, took to social media to say that she accepts the invitation to go to the Philippines.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has forwarded the formal invitation to Callamard dated September 26.

However, Abella said that the government has not yet received a formal response.

Abella also said that he will confirm if the Office of the President has any plans to send an invitation to the US and the EU.

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White House Press Briefing On President Duterte's Rhetoric Against the US

 
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White House Press Briefing On President Duterte's Rhetoric Against the US Pilipinas Na Walang Katulad Pilipinas Na Walang Katulad Subscribe1,194 Add to Share More 3,324 views 11 2 Published on Oct 5, 2016 White House Press Briefing On President Duterte's Rhetoric Against the US

MANILA, Philippines – US Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the military-to-military deal between the Philippines and the US that President Rodrigo Duterte is putting under review is a "binding" agreement that may only be withdrawn through a formal process.

Earnest said the US remains "committed" to strengthen its alliance with the Philippines, noting US assistance to the Philippine military and the victims of the 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that devastated the Visayas region.

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was signed in 2014 under the previous Aquino administration to increase US presence in the Philippines amid escalating tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). It allows US forces to build facilities and place assets inside military bases.

"As it relates to the defense agreement, it's, of course, a binding one, and there's a formal process for withdrawing from it or changing it, and I'm not aware that that process has commenced in any way," Earnest said on Monday, October 3, at a regular White House press briefing in Washington, DC.

The briefing was held after the Philippine president questioned the validity of the agreement without the signature of Aquino, but before he told US President Barack Obama to "go to hell." These are the latest in a series of Duterte's tirades against the US, whose ties with the Philippines he is threatening to cut.

International agreements do not require a president's signature, however. EDCA was signed by Aquino's defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg. The deal has a period of 10 years and is renewable.

Duterte's pronouncements have not been translated to formal directives.

PH-China relationship doesn't undermine US

Earnest said Duterte's plan to strengthen alliances with China does not have to hurt its ties with the US, citing the relations of China with Japan and South Korea.

"Sometimes it's difficult to determine precisely what President Duterte's intent is in offering public comments, but if his intent is to seek a more effective relationship with China, that doesn’t undermine US positioning in that region of the world," Earnest said.

"When they've had conversations with President Xi [Jinping] or other senior Chinese officials, what we've said at every turn is that the United States believes it's in our interest for our closest friends in the Asia Pacific to have an effective working relationship with the Chinese," he said.

Duterte was scheduled to meet Obama on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Laos in September, but their talks were cancelled after Duterte's "son of a bitch" comment.

Super Typhoon Yolanda

Earnest said the US remains "committed" to the Philippines, confident that Filipinos recognize the benefits of the alliance.

He cited Obama's state visit in Manila in 2014, a few hours after the signing of EDCA, where the US president showcased the transfer of a US Coast Guard vessel to the Philippine Navy to become its most capable warship.

He also cited US assistance to the small country's maritime security efforts, counter-terrorism campaign, and the rapid mobilization of US troops and assets in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License

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Palace yet to receive UN expert’s reply to Duterte’s invitation Published October 17, 2016 1:55pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News


CALLAMARD

Malacañang has yet to receive a formal response from UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard as regards its invitation for her to visit the Philippines and investigate the killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs.

Asked at a press briefing on Monday if Callamard has sent her reply, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said, "Not that I know of."

Abella also said he would have to "confirm" whether a similar invitation would be extended to the United States and the European Union.

Last week, Abella confirmed that an invitation was sent to Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. The invitation sent written by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

He noted that in this invite, the Palace is urging Callamard to also look into killings of law enforcers during operations "so she could obtain an accurate perspective of the drug problem in the country."

For her part, Callamard last week welcomed Malacañang's invitation.

She said she was "waiting for a confirmation through official channels" as well as for the formal letter.

President Rodrigo Duterte on his 100th day of office announced that he already wrote the UN, EU, and the US to invite them to the Philippines to investigate his war on drugs.

This was a few weeks after he publicly invited the three international bodies, with the condition that he will be allowed to ask questions afterwards. —NB, GMA News


INQUIRER

Larger than life, By: Martin Andanar / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:24 AM October 20, 2016


OCTOBER 20 -Duterte enhanced ties with Brunei, President Rodrigo Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo) / MB FILE. One could have mistaken this for a rock concert. Filipino workers in Brunei trooped to the city’s stadium early enough to listen to their President. The scene was joyful and morale was high.

President Duterte did not disappoint his fans. He launched into yet another masterful yet impromptu performance, cracking folksy jokes and mustering support for his programs. The crowd laughed heartily and applauded lustily. The love for this man was genuine.

No other previous president was as warmly received by overseas Filipinos as President Duterte. We saw that earlier in Vientiane. Then we saw it again in Brunei. The man has an uncanny ability to ignite his countrymen, to reinvigorate their hopes in their country’s prospects and to believe that change has indeed come.

He has been described as a “nontraditional” leader. That puts it lightly and most politely. In the few months he has been in power, Mr. Duterte has grabbed the limelight with his controversial remarks and his willingness to take risks.

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Among the Southeast Asian countries, where quiet diplomacy and piecemeal changes are the norms, Mr. Duterte stands out as a forthright and even brash leader. He talks off the cuff and makes policy on the run. He confronts the sacred cows with a devil-may-care attitude. Without trying very hard, he cuts a larger-than-life figure that impresses his peers in the region.

What impresses most is his profound patriotism. Everything he does and everything he says are animated by a sincere desire to do his people good. He comes across as an avenging angel and a humble servant rolled into one.

He has taken his act to the road. First Brunei, then China, and then Japan. At each stop he is closely scrutinized by the local and international media. When he rises to speak, no one is sure what he will say next. There is an unmistakable element of suspense and an air of anticipation in the audience. There is never a dull moment in every engagement.

The international media are closely on his heels as he swings from productive meetings with the Sultan of Brunei to the dramatic summit with China’s leader. He built up global interest in his Beijing meetings with anti-Western tirades in the past few weeks. There is now keen interest in what his “pivot to China” really means.

From the President’s point of view, however, the visit to Beijing is driven principally by economic concerns. It is less about geopolitics and more about trade. He wants to reduce the “informal trade” (read: smuggling) going on between our two economies. He wants a larger share of Chinese investment outflows. He wants the Philippines to benefit from the rich Chinese tourism market. He wants better cooperation in building direly needed infrastructure to help fuel the Philippines’ growth momentum.

TO DO LIST IN CHINA

President Duterte’s to-do list in Beijing includes winning the cooperation of Chinese law enforcement in breaking the sources of illegal drugs to stop the scourge that bedevils our society. On the side, he hopes to win Beijing’s consent for our fishermen to fish around Scarborough Shoal. Our fishermen were shut out from the rich fishing grounds they fished for generations after the cooling of our bilateral relations during the previous administration.

Access to Scarborough will be a glistening trophy Mr. Duterte hopes to bring home. It will be a practical gain from renewing ties with the superpower next door.

We hope to deliver the message more clearly to the rest of the world: The reinvigoration of our bilateral relations with China has nothing to do with geopolitics. It has everything to do with securing a stable and prosperous future for all Filipinos.

There is much work to do. On our part, we need to prepare our economy to be receptive to investment inflows. We need to bring down power costs, assure peace and order and improve on the ease of doing business.

China, for its part, knows it must try better to bring down the level of distrust Filipinos nurse about the motives of the superpower. That will require much public diplomacy underscored by real economic results.


BY MARTIN ANDANAR, INQUIRER OPINION
ALSO The Philippines Presidential Communications Office Chief Secretary

 
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Duterte comes home from ‘productive’ China trip INQUIRER.net / 12:15 AM October 22, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. AP

President Rodrigo Duterte came home late Friday night from his four-day state visit to China, which he said turned out to be “productive.”

At a televised news briefing in Davao City, his hometown, he cited among the key achievements of the trip the agreement of the Philippines and of China to ensure free navigation through the South China Sea so as to stimulate trade.

In resuming normal relations with China, he said he had “renewed optimism” in the outlook for trade relations.

To achieve this, he said, the two countries agreed to conduct frequent bilateral consultations to discuss “immediate issues of concern in the South China Sea.”

In his talks with President Xi Jinping, among other top Chinese officials, he said both countries pledged to settle all disputes peacefully, in accordance with international law.

Duterte also noted that the 13 deals he secured with China, most of them economic in nature, would create two million jobs for Filipinos in the next five years.

Reading from a prepared statement, Duterte made no reference to controversial statements he made about cutting ties with the United States, a longtime ally of the Philippines despite being its former colonial master.

After the brief address, Duterte allowed himself to answer a few questions from journalists.

“Mag isang daan siguro okey na,” he said.


INQUIRER

POLL SHOWS DROP IN NUMBER OF FILIPINOS WHO TAG CRIMINALITY AS URGENT
By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales / @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net / 12:57 PM October 17, 2016


Applicants look at the list of jobs at the Labor Day Job Fair by the Department of Labor and Employment. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Filipinos want the Duterte administration to focus on increasing workers’ pay and creating more jobs, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia.

The poll, conducted from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, found that most Filipinos regard improving salary and job generation as the most urgent national issues that the government must address with 46 and 38 percent, respectively.

Increasing workers’ pay was also the leading first-mentioned urgent national issue (19 percent) and the only majority urgent national issue across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, which was cited by more than half (53 percent) of those belonging to the poorest class E. It was the most often cited urgent concern in the rest of Luzon and Class D, Metro Manila, and the Visayas.

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Controlling inflation (37 percent), fighting graft and corruption in government (32 percent), and reducing poverty of many Filipinos (32 percent) were also deemed important concerns by the respondents.

Fighting criminality (31 percent), increasing peace in the country (20 percent), enforcing the law (14 percent), reducing the amount of taxes paid by citizens (12 percent), stopping the destruction and abuse of the environment (10 percent), controlling fast population growth (9 percent), and protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (8 percent) were also mentioned.

Pulse Asia said the level of public concern for various issues between July and September 2016 were “essentially constant,” except the drop in the percentage of Filipinos who identified criminality as an urgent national concern (-21 percentage points).

Pulse Asia said Filipinos in all geographic areas and socioeconomic classes were least concerned about preparing to successfully face any kind of terrorism (5 percent), defending the integrity of Philippine territory against foreigners (5 percent), and amending the 1987 Constitution or Charter change (2 percent).

Earlier results released by Pulse Asia showed most Filipinos trust and approve of President Rodrigo Duterte and his accomplishments in his first three months in office with 86 percent, five points down from the rating he got in July. JE/rga

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Duterte signs EO to address poverty Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:41 AM October 16, 2016

President Duterte has signed Executive Order No. 5 adopting the National Economic and Development Authority’s “Ambisyon Natin 2040” developments goals to “create a predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor” in 24 years.

The program also envisioned Filipinos to “live long and healthy lives; be smart and innovative, and live in a high-trust society.”

The concrete goals of the program is to triple the country’s per capita income and wipe out hunger and poverty by 2040 or sooner. —GIL CABACUNGAN


INQUIRER

AFP: 94 Abus neutralized By: Cynthia D. Balana / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:14 AM October 16, 2016


Abu Sayyaf. (RADYO INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

With the full backing of President Duterte, the Armed Forces of the Philippines intensified its all-out war against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), neutralizing 94 ASG members during 54 clashes.

AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya said at least 56 ASG members were killed in the military operations, 21 surrendered, 12 were either captured or arrested and five were wounded.

ASG leaders Nelson Muktadil, Braun Muktadil, and sub-leader Mohammad Said were among the terrorists killed and their bodies were recovered in intense combat and ensuing search and retrieval operations.

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Three other ASG leaders were also killed but were not identified because their bodies were dragged by their fleeing comrades. However, military informants reported that the bodies had been buried in known locations in keeping with Muslim customs.

In his recent report to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the AFP’s accomplishments during the first 100 days of the Duterte admininistration, Visaya said the military conducted 579 massive focused operations, 426 of which were directed against bandits and allied terrorist groups.

A similar crackdown against terrorist groups in Central Mindanao was launched through the conduct of 44 combat operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and other foreign and local terrorists, particularly the Maute Group.

The crackdown resulted in the neutralization of 50 personalities and the confiscation of a large cache of high-powered firearms, ammunition, and various other materials and equipment for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The incessant drive to ferret out and bring to justice the perpetrators of the deadly bombing of the Davao City Night Market on Sept. 2 likewise yielded breakthrough results.

On Oct. 4, or 32 days after the incident, three Maute members were arrested. TJ Tagaya Macabalang, Wendel Apostol Facturan, and Musali Mustafa were collared in a checkpoint in Cotabato City.

At 2 a.m. on the same day, Teng Mustafa, father of Musali, was arrested by combined military and police operatives who were armed with search warrants. Confiscated from the elder Mustapha were high powered firearms and IED materials.

The AFP’s sustained combat and noncombat military operations backed by police, government officials, and local residents also led to the release or escape of 14 kidnap victims, leaving only 12.

Peace process

During the first 100 days, the AFP supported the President’s quest for a just and lasting peace through the observance of a unilateral ceasefire and the institution of incipient conditions conducive to peace talks between the negotiating panels from the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Armed confrontation between the AFP and the New People’s Army stopped immediately after the President restored the declaration of a ceasefire on Aug. 21 after lifting it due to violations from the rebel group.

A Joint Letter of Instruction signed on Aug. 24 made the AFP an active partner of the Philippine National Police in the war against illegal drugs, along with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies.

The AFP also supported the implementation of the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang.

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Army to Abu Sayyaf: Wanna live? Surrender By: Cynthia D. Balana / @cynchdbINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:30 PM October 21, 2016


Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines sent to Sulu to hunt down the Abu Sayyaf. (AFP FILE PHOTO)

MANILA — Surrender and live.

This was the message of soldiers to Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists in Sulu and Basilan following a visit by a monitoring group tasked to probe alleged human rights violations in military operations.

The troops from Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) told monitors of the BaSulTa Sub-Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) for the peace process that countless innocent lives could be saved by just forcing the ASG to disband and surrender.

The RHRC and IMT visited the task force’s headquarters in Camp Bautista on Wednesday and Thursday.

Successive military encounters with the ASG in Sulu have resulted in the deaths of many ASG members, including the notorious Muktadil brothers, and the arrest of ASG leader Pauji Asgari by Army troops in Talipao, Sulu on Tuesday.

Since July this year, a total of 36 ASG members were killed in Sulu and scores were wounded. On the AFP side, 15 soldiers were killed in action while 28 others were wounded.

The focused military operation also led to the rescue and recovery of 16 ASG hostages although 12 kidnapping victims have yet to be rescued.

The JTFS said Asgari was treated well, brought to the hospital for medical check-up, and given food.

Asgari was arrested after the 41st Infantry Battalion, which was pursuing a group of armed men acted on the information provided by local residents. Recovered from him were an M16 assault rifle, ammunition, electric cords, combat pack, cellphone, hammock, motorcycle and Marine Battle Dress Attire.

The JTFS said the pursuing soldiers were thankful that Asgari did not put up a fight during his arrest, which prevented a firefight.

Asgari’s mother showed up in the JTFS camp a day after his arrest and thanked soldiers for their kind treatment of his son. JTFS officials assured her and all relatives of ASG that those who would surrender would be treated humanely.

“Its good he did not resist. He and his mother are now glad he is alive. We don’t want anyone being killed but if he tried to shoot at us, we will have no choice but to shoot back,” the JTFS quoted one of the soldiers as saying.

APPEAL TO SURRENDER

Recently, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya urged ASG members to surrender in order to preserve lives and for them to have new lives. A week after the appeal, 21 ASG from Basilan surrendered.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, JTFS commander, also echoed the same appeal.

“We are calling on the ASG to surrender and stop these kidnappings and all un-Islamic activities so that they may be given chance to live, atone for their crimes and be with their families,” De la Vega said.

The ARMM BaSulTa Sub-RHRC led by lawyer Edy Lyn Santiago checked with JTFS officers on the status of human rights awareness of troops.

The JTFS said soldiers who were pursuing the ASG members assured the monitoring group of their compliance with human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law.

The IMT, led by Malaysian Maj. Gen. Datuk Wir Zamrose, also conferred with JTFS and local government officials on the status of peace process in the province.

The JTFS said reports from communities indicated that many ASG wanted to surrender but were told by their leaders that soldiers would kill them.

De la Vega said the humane treatment of those arrested was proof of the commitment of troops to human rights.

“We are all losers in this war specially the victims and the people of Sulu,” De la Vega said.

“Our soldiers die, many more on the ASG are killed and those who suffer most are the victims and innocent people being displaced due to the atrocities of the ASG,” he said. SFM/rga


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Hard Talk: China Visit Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:37 AM October 16, 2016


Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays courtesy call to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after the inaugural ceremony. PCCO PHOTO


Expect China to roll out red carpet when Duterte visits this week


UST FACULTY AB PolSci - CORONACION Dennis C (2012, MA - 2x2 Gray)

Q: What are your expectations for President Duterte’s trip to China?

Dennis Coronacion, chair, political science department, University of Santo Tomas: The President’s state visit to China from Oct. 18 to 21 is in line with his “independent foreign policy.” Its main component is the rapprochement with Beijing, which is a complete departure from his predecessor’s confrontational approach.

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Since he said he will not bring up the ruling of the Permanent Tribunal on the West Philippine sea issue, which has put the relations between the two countries under strain, we may expect his visit to gain a lot for the country.

If his strategy of setting aside the contentious West Philippine sea issue will work, we may expect both countries’ top leaders to sign major agreements of cooperation from trade to investments, aid, loans, and assistance.

Just recently President Duterte succeeded in convincing the Beijing government to reopen its market to our bananas and pineapples.

The President’s state visit might convince Beijing to further open its market to other Philippine exports, which are in need of access to other markets due to the global economic slump.

Richard Heydarian, political science professor at De La Salle University: Mr. Duterte’s primary goal is to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea, normalize ties with China, expand areas of cooperation, particularly in terms of infrastructure development, and diversify Philippine foreign relations away from the United States.

Mr. Duterte’s uber-pragmatic approach to the disputes—his refusal to invoke the arbitration award and his preference for bilateral negotiations—has certainly undermined existing US-led efforts at building multilateral pressure against Beijing’s maritime assertiveness.

I am not sure if Mr. Duterte really has a long-term, coherent strategy, but clearly he is eager on decreasing the Philippines’ reliance on America and rebuilding frayed ties with China.

Territorial disputes with China are not going away, and it is likely that there will be flareups in contested waters down the road. I won’t be surprised if at some point Mr. Duterte will hedge his bets and pivot back to the United States if he fails to get any satisfactory concession from China.

Q: What do you think will be the visit’s impact and outcomes?

Coronacion: We may also see in the immediate future a significant increase in Chinese investments in the country as well as increase in the loans and assistance that can be utilized to fund the Philippine government’s major programs and projects (transportation, infrastructure, poverty alleviation, etc.).

In other words, by setting aside the contentious political issue with Beijing, we may expect to gain a lot in the economic area.

The President also said he will urge Beijing to show leniency in dealing with the Filipino fishermen who rely on the rich fishing grounds surrounding the Scarborough shoal for their income.

But Beijing’s approval to this request would not mean it would grant recognition to the ruling of the Permanent Tribunal.

Heydarian: China also faces a historic opportunity to drive a wedge in the PH-US alliance.

Like none of his predecessors, Mr. Duterte has openly confronted America and explicitly suggested an alliance with China, which is negotiating with the Philippines a 25-year military agreements.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has suffered one foreign policy disaster after the other, from the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile system debacle in South Korea, warming ties between Myanmar and Vietnam with America, and, above all, the arbitration award at The Hague which nullified bulk of Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

But now they have unique opportunity to claim a strategic coup de grâce by extracting Manila out of the American sphere of influence.

So expect the Chinese to at least roll out the red carpet and try to woo Mr. Duterte with massive economic carrots and lavish praises.

Yet I still doubt they will give the Philippines any substantial concessions and a mutually satisfactory compromise in the South China Sea. —INTERVIEWS BY ALMI ATIENZA AND RAFAEL ANTONIO, INQUIRER RESEARCH

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VIDEO: DETERTE WITH FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN BEIJING

 
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Duterte joined by Bongbong in Beijing: Kung manalo sa electoral protest, siya na VP natin Published October 20, 2016 12:13am By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

BEIJING — Aside from government officials, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. joined the Philippine delegation led by President Rodrigo Duterte here.

Marcos, along with his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, attended a meeting with Filipino workers at a hotel in Wangfujing Street.

That led to Duterte teasing Marcos as the potential vice president of the country if his electoral case against Vice President Leni Robredo prospers.


OFWs in Beijing took selfies with Bongbong and Imee Marcos after Duterte's speech @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/wk2JeQD3Mu — Trisha Macas (@trishamacas) October 19, 2016

“Bongbong… Kung manalo siya sa protest niya, baka bago ang ating bise presidente,” Duterte teased as the crowd cheered.

Later asked what he thought of Duterte’s quip, Bongbong replied: “Well no, he is just behaving as a friend and I am very lucky that I have a friend in the president.”

Also among the government officials present at the event was Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate during the campaign period.

Bongbong was defeated by Robredo during the May 9 elections by a slim margin of 260,000 votes.

Duterte had previously acknowledged his ties with the Marcoses, a reason for his initial aloofness toward Robredo. He later appointed the vice president to head the country's housing council. —JST, GMA News


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