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IN PHOTO: DUTERTE, FVR SHARE A LIGHT MOMENT IN MALACAÑANG


NOVEMBER 15 -President Rodrigo Duterte and former President Fidel Ramos on Monday afternoon shared a light moment in Malacañang. Ramos was in Malacañang to discuss the peace process and climate change. The meeting happened after Ramos wrote a series of opinion articles criticizing Duterte. He even said that Duterte would be shooting himself in the mouth if he opposed the ratification of the Paris Agreement. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO: New latest survey - Duterte gets 'very good' grade in first 100 days: SWS between September 24 and 27


NOVEMBER 17 -President Rodrigo Duterte is having his pictures taken with three girls as they attend the ceremony marking the anniversary of the Philippines Coast Guard in Manila, Philippines, October 12, 2016. Damir Sagolj, Reuters President Rodrigo Duterte has started his six-year term with a "very good" net satisfaction rating and top marks for "campaigning against illegal drugs" and "promoting human rights," according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. Of 1,200 respondents questioned between September 24 and 27, 75 percent were satisfied with the national government's general performance, 17 percent were undecided and 8 percent were dissatisfied. This yielded a +66 net satisfaction rating which is the difference between the percentage of satisfied and dissatisfied respondents. In the SWS scale, a score of at least 50 qualifies as "very good" while ratings 70 above are "excellent." Duterte's maiden satisfaction marks bested most of his post-EDSA revolt predecessors except for Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III who got a net rating of 67 in his first three months in office. 'VERY GOOD' IN HUMAN RIGHTS, 'EXCELLENT' VS DRUGS READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte gets strong start on the economy


NOVEMBER 17 -President Rodrigo Duterte inherited an economy that is among the fastest-growing in Asia, built over decades by his predecessors. With strong fundamentals, including a burgeoning middle class that drives consumption and a growing services sector, the Philippines is tipped by economists to sustain its upward trajectory that is crucial to reducing poverty. Former president Benigno Aquino presided over growth that benefitted from record low interest rates abroad but was weighed down by underspending. READ MORE...INFOGRAPHIC REPORT...

ALSO: Rodrigo Duterte is flying an unusual route to Peru’s APEC summit, to avoid landing in the US
[RELATED AT APEC MEET: ‘Ailing’ (Migraine or avoid someon?) Duterte skips APEC gala dinner]


NOVEMBER 12 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after arriving from Malaysia, at Davao International airport in Davao city in southern Philippines, November 11, 2016. Going his own way. (Reuters/Lean Daval Jr) Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte made clear last week that he’d rather not travel halfway around the world to attend a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This year the annual meeting takes place Nov. 19-20 in Lima, Peru. Duterte said he dislikes long-haul flights. He’s been persuaded to attend, yet instead of flying through Los Angeles—a typical transit point between Manila and Peru, and one that will be used by Filipino journalists covering the event—he’ll make New Zealand his pit stop,  according to his administration. That could add about six hours to his flying time, depending on a few variables. Duterte has shown paranoia about traveling to the US, after railing against the nation for months. On Oct. 20, while on a state visit to China, he announced his “separation from the United States.” Duterte also said on Oct. 19 that he was once denied a visa while trying to enter the US, and questioned why Americans can easily enter the Philippines while his countrymen are often denied visas. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Ailing’ Duterte skips APEC gala dinner...

ALSO: New DILG assistance different from PNoy-Roxas BuB


NOVEMBER 20 -Department of Interior and Local Government Ismael "Mike" Sueno - Sueno is the national chairman and, at some point, interim president of PDP-Laban Party, President-elect Duterte's political party.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said over the weekend that the DILG’s new Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program is ‘different’ from the previous administration’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program. Sueno said ADM is distinct in terms of its objectives, type of projects, eligibility for funding, projects identification scheme, and budget allocation per local government unit (LGU). He said that unlike BuB whose main objective is citizen engagement and participation, ADM is designed to help LGUs strengthen their ability to deliver basic services. “The ADM is anchored on the need to somehow provide fiscal space to municipalities, to allow them not to become too dependent on their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and to help LGUs utilize their local resources for other programs and projects,” he said. READ MORE...


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Duterte, FVR share light moment in Malacañang

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (GMA NEWS)  Published November 14, 2016 - President Rodrigo Duterte and former President Fidel Ramos on Monday afternoon shared a light moment in Malacañang.

Ramos was in Malacañang to discuss the peace process and climate change.

The meeting happened after Ramos wrote a series of opinion articles criticizing Duterte. He even said that Duterte would be shooting himself in the mouth if he opposed the ratification of the Paris Agreement. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News


Duterte, FVR meet in Malacañang Uploaded on Nov 15, 2016 12:10 pm President Rodrigo Duterte pulls up a chair for Former President Fidel V. Ramos during their meeting in Malacañang on Monday, November 14, 2016. Toto Lozano/PPD


Duterte, FVR meet in Malacañang Uploaded on Nov 15, 2016 12:09 pm Former President Fidel V. Ramos confers with President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza at a meeting in Malacañang on Monday, November 14, 2016. Toto Lozano/PPD


Duterte, FVR meet in Malacañang Uploaded on Nov 15, 2016 12:08 pm President Rodrigo Duterte meets with former president Fidel V. Ramos at the Orchid Room of Malacañang on Monday, November 14, 2016. Simeon Celi Jr/PPD


ABS-CBN

Duterte gets 'very good' grade in first 100 days: SWS Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 17 2016 12:37 PM

67% satisfied with govt, survey says


President Rodrigo Duterte is having his pictures taken with three girls as they attend the ceremony marking the anniversary of the Philippines Coast Guard in Manila, Philippines, October 12, 2016. Damir Sagolj, Reuters

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has started his six-year term with a "very good" net satisfaction rating and top marks for "campaigning against illegal drugs" and "promoting human rights," according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Of 1,200 respondents questioned between September 24 and 27, 75 percent were satisfied with the national government's general performance, 17 percent were undecided and 8 percent were dissatisfied.

This yielded a +66 net satisfaction rating which is the difference between the percentage of satisfied and dissatisfied respondents. In the SWS scale, a score of at least 50 qualifies as "very good" while ratings 70 above are "excellent."

Duterte's maiden satisfaction marks bested most of his post-EDSA revolt predecessors except for Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III who got a net rating of 67 in his first three months in office.

'VERY GOOD' IN HUMAN RIGHTS, 'EXCELLENT' VS DRUGS

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The pollster also noted that the Duterte administration bagged "excellent" marks in the "campaign against illegal drugs" -- included for the first time in the SWS Governance Report Card -- "very good" in eight subjects and "good" in eight others.

Duterte's anti-narcotics drive, despite mounting criticism on the deaths of drugs suspects, posted a +78 net score, with 85% satisfied, seven percent dissatisfied and seven percent undecided.

The administration's record on human rights, meanwhile, got a "very good" +63.

Other areas where the government had "very good" were:

•helping the poor, +63;
•promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, +62;
fighting crime, +58;
•eradicating graft and corruption, +57;
fighting terrorism, +55;
•defending the country's territorial rights, +55; and
•distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform, +53.

The government got "good" scores in eight other issues, including: developing science and technology, providing jobs, reconciliation with Muslim rebels, foreign relations, ensuring an efficient transportation system, reconciliation with communist rebels, ensuring that no family will ever be hungry, and fighting inflation.

First published on the Businessworld, the survey has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and +6% for area percentages.


ABS-CBN

Duterte gets strong start on the economy ABS-CBN NEWS, 11/17/16 10:56 AM



MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte inherited an economy that is among the fastest-growing in Asia, built over decades by his predecessors.

With strong fundamentals, including a burgeoning middle class that drives consumption and a growing services sector, the Philippines is tipped by economists to sustain its upward trajectory that is crucial to reducing poverty.

Former president Benigno Aquino presided over growth that benefitted from record low interest rates abroad but was weighed down by underspending.

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Aquino’s predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, grappled with political uncertainty during her near decade-long rule but was able to steer the economy from a recession during the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US.

Former president Joseph Estrada took over as Asia reeled from a sharp depreciation in its currencies, a crisis that derailed the ambition of his predecessor, Fidel Ramos, to transform the Philippines into a “tiger” economy by the turn of the millennium.

Former president Corazon Aquino spent her entire term stabilizing a fragile democracy that was saddled in debt by his predecessor, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.


QUARTZ.COM

Rodrigo Duterte is flying an unusual route to Peru’s APEC summit, to avoid landing in the US Steve Mollman November 15, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after arriving from Malaysia, at Davao International airport in Davao city in southern Philippines, November 11, 2016. Going his own way. (Reuters/Lean Daval Jr)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte made clear last week that he’d rather not travel halfway around the world to attend a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This year the annual meeting takes place Nov. 19-20 in Lima, Peru. Duterte said he dislikes long-haul flights.

He’s been persuaded to attend, yet instead of flying through Los Angeles—a typical transit point between Manila and Peru, and one that will be used by Filipino journalists covering the event—he’ll make New Zealand his pit stop,  according to his administration. That could add about six hours to his flying time, depending on a few variables.

Duterte has shown paranoia about traveling to the US, after railing against the nation for months. On Oct. 20, while on a state visit to China, he announced his “separation from the United States.” Duterte also said on Oct. 19 that he was once denied a visa while trying to enter the US, and questioned why Americans can easily enter the Philippines while his countrymen are often denied visas.

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Elaborating back in the Philippines on the night of Oct. 21, he said: “Better be careful with the word, we ‘separate’ or ‘sever’ our diplomatic relations [with the US]. The second one is not feasible. Why? The Filipinos and the United States will kill me. That is why I am not going there. Not in this lifetime.”

He said he would even go as far as finding a way to not fly through the US to attend the APEC summit in Peru.

Leo Lim-Herrera, an official in the Philippines foreign affairs department, said “technical matters, like the capacity of the plane and fuel storage,” were the reasons Duterte was taking the unusual route, but it still raised suspicions in the Philippines.

Readers’ comments below an article on the website of the Philippine newspaper the Inquirer included:

“Perhaps rumors are true he will be arrested by the state dept for crimes against humanity if he steps on US soil….”

“He can be arrested for human rights…”

US president Barack Obama and others have strongly condemned the Philippine leader’s war on drugs, which has seen thousands of suspected drug criminals gunned down by self-appointed vigilante squads, and “crimes against humanity” is punishable under international law.

But there’s no indication the US would arrest Duterte during a layover. US senator Ben Cardin has said he would oppose the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines’ national police, citing human rights concerns.

Duterte has frequently unleashed invective-laced tirades against the US, EU, UN, rights activists, and others who have expressed concerns over human rights violations in the war on drugs. He has admitted that children and innocent people have been killed in the campaign, but has called them “collateral damage,” and he said last month, “If it involves human rights, I don’t give a shit.”

On Nov. 14 he said that if ISIL sets up in the Philippines, he would forego human rights obligations to keep the public safe. And last week he warned lawmakers he “might be forced” to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a safeguard against warrantless arrests, to enforce the war on drugs.

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‘Ailing’ Duterte skips APEC gala dinner By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte is welcomed by Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski upon his arrival at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru on Friday.

LIMA – President Duterte skipped Saturday’s gala dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders because he was not feeling well, one of his spokespersons said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. represented Duterte during the dinner, which was hosted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

“He was not feeling well,” Andanar said when asked by reporters here why the President had failed to attend the gala dinner, one of the highlights of the APEC summit.

The Saturday dinner, which started minutes past 7 p.m. Peru time would have allowed Duterte to talk to other APEC leaders to discuss possible strengthening of ties.

TO AVOID OBAMA?

Almost all APEC economic leaders, including Duterte’s favorite punching bag US President Barack Obama, were present during the dinner at the Parque de la Reserva.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha skipped the APEC summit because his nation is still mourning the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye was also a no-show as she is dealing with a political crisis that stemmed from claims that she allowed a personal friend to interfere with state affairs.

There were speculations that Duterte skipped the dinner to avoid Obama, who has been vocal about his concerns over the Philippines’ intensified campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte had responded to Obama’s criticisms by accusing the US leader of interfering with the Philippines’ affairs.

Duterte intentionally snubbed a dialogue between Obama and leaders of Southeast Asian counties in Laos last September “as a matter of principle.”

The President’s statement contradicted his officials’ claim that he failed to attend the event because of a migraine.

Duterte attended the formal welcome ceremony for heads of APEC member economies at the Lima Convention Center yesterday afternoon.

During the event, Duterte had an opportunity to talk to Kuczynski and listen to the recommendation of the APEC Business Advisory Council on promoting free trade. He later on joined the general dialogue of APEC leaders with 63 chief executive officers of companies.

Before the APEC welcome ceremony, Duterte held separate bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at Swissotel Lima.

Days before leaving for Peru, Duterte said he would rather skip the APEC summit because he hates long travels.

The President eventually pushed through with the trip after he was convinced that the event would allow him to explain his policies and plans for the Philippines.


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New DILG assistance different from BuB  BY JING VILLAMENTE ON NOVEMBER 19, 2016 NATION


NOVEMBER 20 -Department of Interior and Local Government Ismael "Mike" Sueno - Sueno is the national chairman and, at some point, interim president of PDP-Laban Party, President-elect Duterte's political party.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said over the weekend that the DILG’s new Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program is ‘different’ from the previous administration’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program.

Sueno said ADM is distinct in terms of its objectives, type of projects, eligibility for funding, projects identification scheme, and budget allocation per local government unit (LGU).

He said that unlike BuB whose main objective is citizen engagement and participation, ADM is designed to help LGUs strengthen their ability to deliver basic services.

“The ADM is anchored on the need to somehow provide fiscal space to municipalities, to allow them not to become too dependent on their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and to help LGUs utilize their local resources for other programs and projects,” he said.

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Sueno said that under the new program, the local chief executive has to submit a project list culled from any of the municipality’s existing plans, unlike in the BuB wherein civil society organizations are included in project identification.

“The main trajectory of BuB then was people participation. In ADM, we are more concerned with helping the towns address the essential needs of their constituents,” he said.

Sueno added that the projects eligible for ADM assistance include the five basic infrastructures that are most needed in municipalities namely: access roads, potable water, evacuation centers, sanitation facilities, and small water impounding.

The DILG Secretary also said that the ADM, similar to the BuB, also imposes a requirement wherein municipal governments have to meet good governance standards prior to the release of funds to them. These standards include passing the good financial housekeeping component of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and completion of the assessment of its Public Financial Management System.

He said that although not all of the 1,373 out of the total 1,489 municipalities in the country that are covered under the program may be considered “disadvantaged,” the ADM looks at the magnitude of poverty in the area and not just at the municipalities’ baseline income.

The DILG chief also stressed that there is no duplication or repetition of projects under the ADM program with other national government agencies, noting that the P19.4 billion budget being proposed for ADM is for projects that are within the scope of implementation by the DILG.


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