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HABEAS CORPUS PLAN PART OF CALIBRATED RESPONSE VS REBELLION - RODY


NOVEMBER 16 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is seen on an electronic board as he delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. AP Photo/Aaron Favila Suspending the writ of habeas corpus is a “calibrated response” to the rebellion in Mindanao and the brazen disregard for the rule of law particularly by drug offenders, President Duterte said yesterday. In remarks at the 80th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Duterte said such drastic move would ensure the stability of the country and the economy. He said he has begun laying down the groundwork for his possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, which his communications officials had described as a “mere idea.” “If you are a president of a country that is rocked with rebellion, extremism and the flooding of drugs, sometimes it can be hell,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Reds urge Duterte to reverse Marcos' hero's burial


NOVEMBER 20 -In this photo provided by the Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs Headquarters Philippine Army (OACPA HPA), soldiers fold the national flag over the casket of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos during his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery in Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines Friday, Nov.18, 2016. Despite growing opposition, after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds, Marcos was buried Friday at the country's heroes' cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony which opponents said mocked the democratic triumph won when a "people power" revolt ousted him three decades ago. OACPA HPA via AP
BAGUIO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to reverse the hero’s burial accorded to former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, warning that the president could eventually face isolation. The CPP denounced the government for having honored the late dictator as a hero with full military honors in a funeral carried out in secret at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. “In ordering his military honor guards to bear the tyrant's casket in a hero's funeral, Duterte exhibited gross disrespect and insensitivity to the Filipino people's sufferings under the brutal martial law rule and to the martyrs and heroes of their epic resistance,” the CPP said. READ MORE...

ALSO By Boo Chanco - Lawlessness and impunity


NOVEMBER 16 -BY BOO CHANCO
impunity made it happen. The Senate was uncovering a case of premeditated murder of a suspected drug lord inside a jail cell and it didn’t look good. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who is no virgin in matters like that, had concluded it was a badly staged extra judicial killing. Sen. Lacson said “nothing makes sense” in the police’s version that Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in a shootout while detained inside a provincial jail. “Why would Mayor Espinosa even attempt to put up a fight while he was trapped inside a prison cell with nowhere to go, not to mention that he has surrendered and was fully cooperating, hoping to become a state witness?” But when asked to comment on the case, President Duterte made it clear that “as the chief executive of the Executive branch: I believe in the version of the police.” He also said that if the policemen were found guilty and jailed, he would go to jail with them. READ MORE...

ALSO: Martial law a ‘contingency’ vs violence – Rody


NOVEMBER 17 -“I am not a fan of martial law. I am a lawyer. People are afraid of martial law but if ever, martial law is a contingency to meet widespread violence,” President Duterte told reporters at the Presidential Security Group compound last Tuesday night. PPD/Karl Alonzo, file
 President Duterte said he is no fan of martial law even as he maintained that such declaration could be a “contingency” to address violence. Duterte allayed fears that his recent statement on the possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus could be a prelude to martial rule, similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. “I am not a fan of martial law. I am a lawyer. People are afraid of martial law but if ever, martial law is a contingency to meet widespread violence,” Duterte told reporters at the Presidential Security Group compound last Tuesday night. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte tasks DSWD to better protect children of OFWs


NOVEMEBR 18 -Duterte tasks DSWD to better protect children of OFWs Davao City – President Duterte has tasked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to intensify its efforts in protecting the children of foreign workers following the death of two-year-old John Earl at the hands of his guardians. John Earl was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, apparently a victim of abuse by his cousin Sarah Jane and her husband Ronilo. The child was brought to the hospital last Sunday with several bruises. He was already dead. Duterte, who is known to have a soft spot for children, said that he was disturbed by the recent rise in the cases of battery and physical and sexual abuse of children. READ MORE...

ALSO Duterte on Marcos burial: I’m just being legalistic about it


NOVEMBER 18 -President Rodrigo Duterte
LIMA, Peru—President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday justified his decision to allow the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried as a hero by virtue of the latter being a President for so long and a soldier. “Me, I am just being legalistic about it. President Marcos was a President for so long, and he was a soldier. That’s about it,” he told Radio-TV Malacañang shortly after arriving in the Peruvian capital for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit. Sounding unaffected by the criticisms back home, Mr. Duterte said he did it in part to allow the healing of the nation, particularly the Ilocano people. “You know… we have a divided nation, though not that widespread. You can be very sure all the Ilocano-speaking people are hurt. They are dismayed. It’s been there floating like flotsam,” the President said. READ MORE...


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‘Habeas corpus plan part of calibrated response vs rebellion’


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is seen on an electronic board as he delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Christina Mendez November 15, 2016 -  Suspending the writ of habeas corpus is a “calibrated response” to the rebellion in Mindanao and the brazen disregard for the rule of law particularly by drug offenders, President Duterte said yesterday.

In remarks at the 80th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Duterte said such drastic move would ensure the stability of the country and the economy.

He said he has begun laying down the groundwork for his possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, which his communications officials had described as a “mere idea.”

“If you are a president of a country that is rocked with rebellion, extremism and the flooding of drugs, sometimes it can be hell,” he said.

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As a lawyer, Duterte said he is inclined to follow the rule of law, but as a leader who has to deal with a slow justice system, he has to choose between following the rule of law and endangering the welfare of the people.

“The problem is, there is no obedience of the law and sometimes the rule of law becomes a stupid proposition,” he added.

He said his frustration with the system has led him to consider resigning.

“And sometimes you really ponder whether it would be right just to resign and say that, just invent an ailment and say I’m suffering from this cancer and I’d like to take a rest,” he said.

“So, we will have a calibrated thing here. I will not just sit down and allow my people to be slaughtered, for the sake of human rights. That’s b****. That’s b*****,” he said.

US INT'L NARCOTICS BUREAU IN MANILA

As this developed, the head of the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) arrived in Manila on Sunday to discuss with officials the strengthening of American support for anti-crime initiatives.

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield will also discuss US support for maritime security and for an effective, humane drug treatment in the Philippines.

The President declared a state of emergency due to lawless violence in September after the bomb attack in Davao City.

Last Friday, Duterte revealed he was thinking of suspending the writ of habeas corpus to allow warrantless arrests. He emphasized it would not be martial law.

In his speech yesterday, Duterte talked about the “terrorists in Jolo (who) conduct abductions almost everyday, bringing shame to the Philippines.”

TERROR THREATS

He also cited the need for the country to “prepare” for the possible activities of terrorists from the Middle East, specifically those belonging to ISIS.

He also lamented that less developed countries like the Philippines are made to account more for human rights issues than the developed and wealthier nations.

“You know countries like the Philippines, you do what is right, it is wrong. You do what is wrong, it’s still wrong. And that is how I balance the governance. Whether to do wrong or to do right, to commit a wrong or do a wrong thing, to make it right,” the President said.

He said he is used to getting criticized for his bloody anti-drug campaign but that he would rather shrug if off as he has to stop the country from becoming a narco-state.

Job made easier For Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director Ronald dela Rosa, the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus would make the job of law enforcers easier.

“It will provide enough deterrence to the drug violators,” Dela Rosa said as he appealed to the public to trust the police.

With a suspended writ of habeas corpus, drug lords or at least many of them would abandon their illegal business out of fear of being arrested anytime.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao said the people should trust President Duterte, as it is not in his character to abuse his power.

“To all Filipinos listening now, I ask you not to be afraid of President Duterte because he loves the people. He fights for the oppressed – that’s in his heart,” Pacquiao told reporters in Filipino.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said it would be too early at this point to discuss or debate about the President’s purported plan to suspend the writ of habeas corpus.

“Let’s talk about it if the President keeps his word, and then we can check if the declaration has enough basis,” Alvarez said in Filipino. “But at this time, it’s too early to speculate.”


ALVAREZ

The Davao del Norte congressman, an ally of Duterte and stalwart of the ruling PDP-Laban party, made the pronouncements yesterday on “News to Go” over GMA-7.

Alvarez declined to comment on chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo’s defense of Duterte’s plan, which the latter floated at a recent forum, apparently to rev up his current campaign against drugs.

Check and balance Reps. Rodel Batocabe of party-list Ako Bicol and Jericho Jonas Nograles of PBA assured the public that Congress and the judiciary can provide the necessary check and balance in case Duterte pushes through with his plan.

Both administration lawmakers stressed there is no invasion or rebellion to justify the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, and that the administration is even talking peace with communists and Muslim rebels.

But members of the independent House minority bloc said a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus would “resurrect” the horrors of martial law.

With Delon Porcalla, Helen Flores, Ding Cervantes, Artemio Dumlao, Pia Lee-Brago, Jaime Laude


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Reds urge Duterte to reverse Marcos' hero's burial By Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com) | Updated November 20, 2016 - 12:10pm 10 311 googleplus0 0


In this photo provided by the Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs Headquarters Philippine Army (OACPA HPA), soldiers fold the national flag over the casket of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos during his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery in Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines Friday, Nov.18, 2016. Despite growing opposition, after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds, Marcos was buried Friday at the country's heroes' cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony which opponents said mocked the democratic triumph won when a "people power" revolt ousted him three decades ago. OACPA HPA via AP

BAGUIO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to reverse the hero’s burial accorded to former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, warning that the president could eventually face isolation.

The CPP denounced the government for having honored the late dictator as a hero with full military honors in a funeral carried out in secret at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“In ordering his military honor guards to bear the tyrant's casket in a hero's funeral, Duterte exhibited gross disrespect and insensitivity to the Filipino people's sufferings under the brutal martial law rule and to the martyrs and heroes of their epic resistance,” the CPP said.

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WATCH: Highlights of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

“It was an act of great reversal of the historical judgment of the Filipino people against the US-Marcos dictatorship and a completion of the political resurrection of the Marcoses.”

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The CPP said it is supporting organizations and various sectors of society, especially the students and youth, in launching street protest actions to demonstrate their indignation and protests.

Duterte, the CPP said, risks facing mounting protests and isolation, as it advised him “to reverse this historical wrong.”

“Instead of paying tribute to Marcos, Duterte should support the people's demand to hold Ferdinand Marcos, as well as Imelda and their children, accountable for the crimes of plunder and violations of the people's civil and political rights,” the CPP continued.

“By giving Marcos a hero's burial, Duterte has succeeded in stoking the anger and rage of the victims of the US-Marcos dictatorship as well as of the younger generation of Filipinos who are highly conscious of the lessons of martial law and indignant of the innumerable crimes of the fascist tyrant,” it pointed out.

TIMELINE: Hero’s burial for Marcos: How did we get here?

“In ordering the AFP to give Marcos hero's honors, Duterte is proving himself a rotten trapo (traditional politician) who has no qualms working with the worst of the bureaucrat capitalists and gives premium to paying political debt and political loyalties even to the detriment of the people's aspirations for historical and social justice,” the CPP said in yet the harshest words it called the president which earlier it considered an “ally” and a leftist.

“He must stop effusively praising Marcos' mythic brilliance which makes him sound like a loyalist, and end making suggestions about reviving such hallmarks of Marcos's martial law as the constabulary and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.”


PHILSTAR COMMENTARY

Lawlessness and impunity DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 16, 2016 - 12:00am 2 134 googleplus1 0 Sheer


BY BOO CHANCO

impunity made it happen. The Senate was uncovering a case of premeditated murder of a suspected drug lord inside a jail cell and it didn’t look good. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who is no virgin in matters like that, had concluded it was a badly staged extra judicial killing.

Sen. Lacson said “nothing makes sense” in the police’s version that Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in a shootout while detained inside a provincial jail.

“Why would Mayor Espinosa even attempt to put up a fight while he was trapped inside a prison cell with nowhere to go, not to mention that he has surrendered and was fully cooperating, hoping to become a state witness?”

But when asked to comment on the case, President Duterte made it clear that “as the chief executive of the Executive branch: I believe in the version of the police.” He also said that if the policemen were found guilty and jailed, he would go to jail with them.

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Duterte later on went on to warn that he may declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus if the state of lawless violence continues. It is as if the writ had been a deterrent to our police forces today.

Habeas corpus is the power of the court to require the state to produce the body of a person suspected to be under police custody. With the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, military and police authorities can make warrantless arrest.

Columnist Ellen Tordesillas explains what this means, when they pick up a person and bring him or her to a place only they know where, they can torture the person and his or her family cannot go to the court to ask the government to produce him. This is the Marcos martial law story all over again.

But as Ellen laments, there is an absence of public uproar because “the public has been desensitized by all these killings. Duterte knows the public won’t mind if he takes his violation of human rights a notch higher.”

Duterte could have taken the initial stance of PNP chief Director General Bato dela Rosa who promised no whitewash in the investigation of the Espinosa case. CIDG chief Gen. Benjie Magalong told the Senate there were clear violations of police protocol and instructions on the warrant by the police team that killed Espinosa.

But Duterte’s statement, made upon his return from a state visit to Malaysia, is not surprising. He did repeatedly say he would back up the police in the course of fighting the war on drugs. He also did say it would be bloody.

Duterte’s reluctance to make a distinction between what could be called extra judicial killings and legitimate police operations is reason enough why the world is making him responsible for the over 3,000 killings so far. Police claim a decline in the crime rate, but it is obvious there is a significant increase in unsolved murder cases. This is impunity.

Duterte thinks he has no choice but to stand by the police. Duterte said he is afraid that if he is seen as less than totally supportive of the police, they would not be as enthusiastic about his war on drugs.

Duterte’s way of thinking is understandable given he has anchored the success or failure of his administration almost totally on his ability to control the drug menace. He has also taken the position that anyone involved in drugs is less than human and may be killed at will by the police.

Indeed, that was the President’s other comment on the Espinosa slaying. He said the late Mayor was a criminal and had abused his office and in so many words, does not deserve to live.

Many of us agree about Espinosa being a lowlife and should be neutralized. But the manner it was done is contrary to what our society stands for.

It is easy to understand where the President is coming from. He had lost faith in the country’s judicial system a long time ago. A former prosecutor, he knows how the system is gamed. Duterte believes what happened to Espinosa saved government time and money.

The problem with the conduct of his drug war, thus far, is that too many of those being killed are mere pawns of the drug lords. Mayor Espinosa is the rare suspected high level drug lord who has been killed in this campaign.

But drug lord or not, what scandalizes people is the brazenness by which Espinosa was killed inside a jail cell. It didn’t help the cover story or what some senators called “the script” didn’t hold out to scrutiny.

Now, even some of President Duterte’s staunch supporters are getting antsy about how the police can be judge and executioner. Maybe, if the police was not itself infested with so called ninja cops who deal in drugs, it would be easier to give the PNP the benefit of the doubt.

Worse, the PNP does not seem to be doing anything about the ninja cops, nothing about cleaning up the police force of undesirables. It is easy to suspect many of the EJKs have been done by police officers eager to wipe out their trail of drug dealing by finishing off their low level drug couriers. Or, they could be killing competitors by using the cover of the anti drug war.

FACEBOOK POST

Bella Enriquez, one of President Duterte’s staunch supporters in social media, is starting to wonder what is going on.

In a post on Facebook, Ms Enriquez asked the President for reassurance that he still has his moral compass intact.

“My faith in you is not transferable to law enforcers who may be killing to save themselves because they are already part of the drug trade you hate.

“I need assurance and answers that my President who, despite the challenges of his office and the responsibilities that pull him in a thousand directions at once, has at his center a moral compass that can be relied upon to guide this nation in a way that will never endanger us.”

OTHER VOICES

Other voices are issuing warnings as well. In a seminar on the Rule of Law, lawyer Chel Diokno, son of the distinguished Jose W. Diokno, said we are witnessing today hundreds, if not thousands, of people taking the law into their own hands, dispensing justice from the barrels of their guns, deciding who are guilty and who are not, who deserves to die and who deserves to live, and using fear and violence to enforce the law.

The lack of public outrage is perhaps more alarming than the unfortunate position the President has taken on the Leyte policemen. On top of that, the President warns about suspending the writ of habeas corpus.

It is as if we have not learned from history. My generation may be unfortunate enough to experience the suspension of the writ and possibly the proclamation of martial law twice in our lifetimes… both for no real compelling reason.

Marcos claimed a heightened communist insurgency. Duterte is claiming lawless violence. In both cases, the lawless violence came more from the armed forces of the state. Maybe, if we lost our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms the second time, we truly deserve it because we allowed it to happen.

It will be downhill from then on… including for the business sector which holds the rule of law as paramount. When political power emanates from the barrel of a gun, the climate for doing business or indeed, living in such a society becomes unbearably iff


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Martial law a ‘contingency’ vs violence – Rody By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 17, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


“I am not a fan of martial law. I am a lawyer. People are afraid of martial law but if ever, martial law is a contingency to meet widespread violence,” President Duterte told reporters at the Presidential Security Group compound last Tuesday night. PPD/Karl Alonzo, file

MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte said he is no fan of martial law even as he maintained that such declaration could be a “contingency” to address violence.

Duterte allayed fears that his recent statement on the possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus could be a prelude to martial rule, similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“I am not a fan of martial law. I am a lawyer. People are afraid of martial law but if ever, martial law is a contingency to meet widespread violence,” Duterte told reporters at the Presidential Security Group compound last Tuesday night.

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Writ of habeas corpus, which literally means produce the body, requires arresting officers to deliver or present a detained person before a court. It provides a person an opportunity to challenge what he believes is an unlawful arrest or illegal detention.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the president may suspend the writ “for not more than 60 days in case of an invasion, rebellion or when the public safety requires it.”

Last week, Duterte said he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness spread in Mindanao, adding that the move could intensify the crackdown on illegal drugs and rebellion.

Duterte clarified though that he would not declare martial law and that he would only suspend the writ if criminals “force his hand to do it.”

Officials sought to downplay Duterte’s pronouncement by saying that the President was just articulating an idea and a hyperbole.

Some lawmakers, however, have raised concerns over the President’s statement, noting that Marcos suspended the writ before declaring martial law.

Critics of Duterte’s war on drugs are worried that the campaign could lead to human rights abuses and extralegal killings. More than 3,000 drug suspects have been killed since Duterte assumed the presidency last July.

Duterte said Mindanao, which is plagued with armed private and Islamist groups, is in a “state of rebellion.”

He reiterated his concern over the involvement of some government officials in the illegal drug trade.

“There are officials elected to offices by the use of drug money. (Those with) elective positions, they were able to parlay their influence,” the President said.

BUILDING A BIG CASE

Duterte revealed that an elected official with alleged links to the narcotics trade has amassed P5.9 billion worth of “dirty money.”

“We are trying to build a case. Watch out for it. Matutumba kayo (you will be shocked)… P5.9 billion,” he said without identifying the person.

Last September, Duterte placed the entire country under a state of emergency after a bombing in Davao City that killed 15 persons and wounded 60 others.

The declaration, which was contained in Proclamation no. 55, also ordered the military and the police to suppress “any and all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao” and to prevent lawless violence from spreading in other parts of the country.

Duterte has said he would consult Congress on the drug menace, admitting that he cannot address the problem by himself.

The President has said he is expecting the number of drug addicts in the country to reach four million by yearend.

‘Raise awareness’

In a bid to downplay the impact of Duterte’s plan to declare martial law or suspend the writ of habeas corpus, the Palace maintained yesterday that the Chief Executive was just trying to “raise awareness” about the issue before the media.

Duterte has said that he might be forced to suspend the writ of habeas corpus if terrorism in Mindanao and the drug menace could not be eradicated.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President knows there are processes before he could issue such a declaration. Right now, he said Duterte is merely creating awareness.

“Like I said, he was creating… was elevating awareness regarding some of the actions of, for example, terror – terrorist groups, basically lawless elements,” Abella said.

The terrorist activities and the “lawlessness” are actually being addressed by police action, he said.

Abella hinted that the President was actually testing the waters on how the public would respond to his “calibrated” response to the war on terror and illegal drugs.

“However, again, that is a process and simply what we need to understand is… elevating awareness regarding the matter,” Abella said.

The concerns about Duterte’s dictatorial tendencies surfaced anew since he already declared a state of emergency due to lawlessness, and then he called on the military to help the police address the issues.
Abella earlier urged the media to use their creative imagination in interpreting the President’s remarks that include his cussing US President Barack Obama, the United Nations, European Union and even Pope Francis, as well his sexist slurs. – With Christina Mendez


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Duterte tasks DSWD to better protect children of OFWs 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 18, 2016, 12:05 AM by Yas D. Ocampo


Duterte tasks DSWD to better protect children of OFWs

Davao City – President Duterte has tasked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to intensify its efforts in protecting the children of foreign workers following the death of two-year-old John Earl at the hands of his guardians.

John Earl was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, apparently a victim of abuse by his cousin Sarah Jane and her husband Ronilo.

The child was brought to the hospital last Sunday with several bruises. He was already dead.

Duterte, who is known to have a soft spot for children, said that he was disturbed by the recent rise in the cases of battery and physical and sexual abuse of children.

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“I think we’ll have to talk to the DSWD. I might really look at this thing when I come back,” he said prior to his departure for Lima, Peru to attend the 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Duterte said he was shown the data on the victims of child abuse.

“Marami kasi dito mga minors, may patay dito na hinayaan lang magpipinsan and the mother is working in the Middle East,” President Duterte said. (Most of the victims are minors. One died at the hands of his cousins while his mother is working in the Middle East.)

“This is very disturbing. For a human being who cannot defend himself to die in a brutal manner, through negligence,” he said.

“We’ll have to do something about this. Alam mo marami yan. Yung mga anak nila iniiwan sa mga kapatid at pinsan.” (There are so many of them – children who are left in the care of relatives.)

Duterte said that at the core of the project of the administration was for the overseas Filipino workers to find their way back home instead of slaving it out in other countries.

Duterte said that the OFWs are breaking their backs in other places for the sake of their families.

“Nagpakamatay doon sa Middle East. And I must be really frank with you… brutal sila in treating foreigners there.” (They toil and literally shed tears and blood for a living. Some even end up in the hands of cruel employers.)

He said that drug addiction is one of the effects of children whose one or both parents are working abroad. “Sayang naman yung pagod ng tao.” (The parents’ hard work will all be for naught.)


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Duterte on Marcos burial: I’m just being legalistic about it By: DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:24 PM November 18, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte

LIMA, Peru—President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday justified his decision to allow the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried as a hero by virtue of the latter being a President for so long and a soldier.

“Me, I am just being legalistic about it. President Marcos was a President for so long, and he was a soldier. That’s about it,” he told Radio-TV Malacañang shortly after arriving in the Peruvian capital for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

Sounding unaffected by the criticisms back home, Mr. Duterte said he did it in part to allow the healing of the nation, particularly the Ilocano people.

“You know… we have a divided nation, though not that widespread. You can be very sure all the Ilocano-speaking people are hurt. They are dismayed. It’s been there floating like flotsam,” the President said.

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He said he was making no moral judgments on Marcos’ record as a leader.

“Whether or not he performed worse or better, there’s no study, no movie about it, just the challenges and allegations of the other side,” Mr. Duterte said.

Duterte suggested that martial law victims ‘stretch’ their understanding for what happened
The President also left a message for those who were “hurt or injured” during the martial law years: “For those detained so long and suffering, we have this option to file the case against the late President Marcos.”

“You know the sins cannot visit the children and liability is always personal. That’s a principle of law which must always be followed,” he said.

Mr. Duterte suggested that the martial law victims “stretch” their understanding for what happened./rga


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