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TRANSPORT UNDERSECRETARY  KINTANAR QUITS POST
 [RELATED: Bill on emergency presidential powers faces delay in House]


NOVEMBER 24 -In this Aug. 10, 2016 photo, DOTr representatives attended the hearing led by Secretary Tugade, USec Bobby Lim and Noel Kintanar. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo PHILSTAR FILE
Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade accepted yesterday the resignation of Undersecretary for Railways and Tollways Noel Kintanar.“Mr. Kintanar would like to give Secretary Tugade a free hand in addressing any and all mis-conceptions or doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the DoTr in addressing the many issues and concerns on transportation,” the DoTr said in a statement.
Kintanar’s resignation is effective on Nov. 29, 2016. Assistant Sec-retary Cesar Chavez refused to confirm speculations that he will be assuming Kintanar’s position but stated that he was already appointed as permanent representative to the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Board. READ MORE...RELATED,
Bill on emergency powers faces delay in House...

ALSO: DOMINGUEZ WARNS CONGRESS - Debt crisis looms if...[ALSO: NAIA T3 pedestrian bridge a step closer to completion]


NOVEMBER 25 -Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III yesterday warned the Philippines could move closer to a debt crisis if Congress fails to approve in its entirety the proposed comprehensive tax reform program. Dominguez fears that lawmakers will only pass popular tax reform programs like tax reductions and drop those designed to increase revenues. The Duterte government plans to speed up spending to push growth and it would need new money that will come from tax reform. Dominguez said six million Filipinos representing those still trapped in extreme poverty will be doomed to their fate, GDP expansion will not be sustained at seven percent, the economy will suffer a credit ratings downgrade, and the benefits of continued high growth will remain exclusive to the rich if the reform program is not passed. READ MORE.
..ALSO, NAIA T3 pedestrian bridge a step closer to completion ...

ALSO Ombudsman: Probe on Duterte continues; investigation can spur impeach
(Morales raised a similar argument in the case of former Vice President Jejomar Binay on the investigation of allegations of overprice against Binay in the construction of the Makati City HallBuilding 2 despite his immunity from suit as Vice President.)
[RELATED: Panelo - Ombudsman did not see gravity of drug problem]


NOVEMBER 27 -MORALES SAYS INVESTIGATION CAN SPUR IMPEACH
Raising the realm of possibilities, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said her office is pursuing investigations on plunder allegations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV against President Duterte for supposedly hiring “ghost employees” at the Davao City Hall during his term as city mayor.Talking to the alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Law, Morales said the Office of the Ombudsman is pursuing the complaints despite Duterte’s immunity from suit. “Under the law, even if a person has immunity or even if he is impeachable, you still continue the investigation for purposes whether there is misconduct which can be a basis of impeachment—if it amounts to the grounds for impeachment under the constitution,” Morales said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Panelo: Ombudsman did not see gravity of drug problem ...

ALSO: Philippines' Duterte mulls leaving international court


NOVEMBER 24 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says only small countries are 'beaten up' by the International Criminal Court. (Bullit Marquez/The Associated Press)
​Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court, where his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs. In a statement before flying to Peru to attend the annual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, Duterte also said the United Nations has been useless in stopping wars. He said if China and Russia decide to create a new world order, he would be the first to join them and leave the UN, which he said is dominated by the U.S. "You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I would be the first to join," he said, adding that he would quit the UN. READ MORE...


ALSO: Rody’s anti-US rhetoric not enough for rebels
[RELATED: Leftists advise Duterte - Cut ties with Marcoses]


NOVEMBER 26 -n this photo taken Nov. 23, members of the New People’s Army march with their firearms before a news conference at their camp in the Sierra Madre mountains. AP
SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS, Philippines – Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia. In a clandestine news conference in a New People’s Army guerrilla encampment, regional rebel commander and spokesman Jaime Padilla outlined the advantages and downside of talking with Duterte to end one of the world’s longest-running Marxist insurgencies. READ MORE...RELATED, Leftists advise Duterte - Cut ties with Marcoses...

ALSO: Rody to submit final 'drug list' to Nat'l Security Council next week [RELATED: Duterte’s narco list has more than 5,000 gov’t officials]
[RELATED(2): DOH allots P570 M for drug rehab centers]


NOVEMBER 27 -WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to submit his 'final' drug list to members of the National Security Council. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday, November 26, that he may submit his final, validated list of alleged drug personalities to the National Security Council (NSC) before the end of the month. Duterte made the statement at the San Beda College law alumni homecoming, where he detailed the major challenges confronting his administration. "Maybe before the end of the month, I will submit that report to the National Security Council. And I will give each of them a copy, and then the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. Then let us formulate how to prevent disaster for the next generation," he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte’s narco list has more than 5,000 gov’t officials...RELATED(2)
DOH allots P570 M for drug rehab centers...


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DoTr Usec. Kintanar quits post

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NOVEMBER 28, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by PNA Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00


In this Aug. 10, 2016 photo, DOTr representatives attended the hearing led by Secretary Tugade, USec Bobby Lim and Noel Kintanar. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo PHILSTAR FILE

Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade accepted yesterday the resignation of Undersecretary for Railways and Tollways Noel Kintanar.

“Mr. Kintanar would like to give Secretary Tugade a free hand in addressing any and all mis-conceptions or doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the DoTr in addressing the many issues and concerns on transportation,” the DoTr said in a statement.

Kintanar’s resignation is effective on Nov. 29, 2016.

Assistant Sec-retary Cesar Chavez refused to confirm speculations that he will be assuming Kintanar’s position but stated that he was already appointed as permanent representative to the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Board.

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Before being appointed as transportation undersecretary, Kintanar was executive vice president of Ayala Infra-structure. He was part of the Ayala Group’s investments into public private partnerships (PPP) with the government.

The Ayala group currently holds the contract for theAutomated Fare Collection System. It also operates the Light Rail Transit Line 1 via the Light Rail Manila Consortium, which Ayala formed with Metro Pacific, DoTr, LRTA and Macquarie.

Transportation groups have called for his resignation due to issues over conflict of interest considering his involvement as a representative of Ayala in such projects.

For his part, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged Secretary Tugade to dismiss from service Kintanar, undersecretary for air operations Bobby Lim and undersecretary for legal affairs Raoul Creencia for their dismal performance as well as conflict of interest while serving in the government.

Lim was country manager for International Air Transport Association and Creencia served as a government corporate counsel.

Alvarez warned that these officials with background in the private sector may use their positions to negotiate contracts with companies they were formerly employed with.

He also criticized Tugade for delaying the bidding of multi-billion peso priority projects for these to be included in the emergency powers measure pending in Congress.

The Speaker has accused the DoTr of delaying projects which could have been implemented immediately without need for emergency powers citing those for the supply of drivers’ licenses and the mass rail transit supplies and services.

Congress is currently deliberating the grant of special powers to the transportation secretary as traffic manager to solve the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

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Bill on emergency powers faces delay in House Written by PNA Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00



House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday there is a slim chance that the House of Representatives will be able to pass the “Traffic Crisis” bill this year.

In a radio interview, Alvarez said Congress may miss out on the passage of the proposed special powers for President Duterte to address the traffic crisis before its Christmas break since the Department of Transportation (DoTr) is being “uncooperative.”

”It will be quite difficult to pass the proposed emergency powers (before our Christmas break) because the DoTr is not being cooperative. They have to lay out what they intend to do so that the Congress could identify what emergency powers we can grant to them,” Alvarez said.

He urged the DoTr to identify specific plans meant to ease the worsening traffic congestion in the metropolis before the Lower Chamber can grant the agency special powers.

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“We cannot give them blanket authority under the emergency powers without knowing their specific plans,” he added.

Alvarez is one of the principal authors of the bill granting President Duterte special powers to address the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, Mega Cebu and Davao City.

The House leadership has filed House Bill No. 4334 or the “Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 Makiisa. Makisama. Magkaisa” as an “urgent, immediate and comprehensive” response to the worsening traffic congestion in highly urbanized areas.

For his part, Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chairman of the House committee on transportation, told reporters in an ambush interview that the Senate is planning to adopt some of the provisions in the House’s version of the “Traffic Crisis” bill.

“We had a coordination meeting with Sen. Grace Poe, the chair of the Senate committee on transportation, last week. And comparing notes, she said upon review that the House version is very thorough and well-thought off. And the Senate is ready to adopt some of our provisions,” Sarmiento said.


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DOMINGUEZ WARNS CONGRESS: Debt crisis looms By ANGELA CELIS November 25, 2016

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III yesterday warned the Philippines could move closer to a debt crisis if Congress fails to approve in its entirety the proposed comprehensive tax reform program.

Dominguez fears that lawmakers will only pass popular tax reform programs like tax reductions and drop those designed to increase revenues.

The Duterte government plans to speed up spending to push growth and it would need new money that will come from tax reform.

Dominguez said six million Filipinos representing those still trapped in extreme poverty will be doomed to their fate, GDP expansion will not be sustained at seven percent, the economy will suffer a credit ratings downgrade, and the benefits of continued high growth will remain exclusive to the rich if the reform program is not passed.

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The finance chief said the growing uncertainty in global prospects as a result of recent external developments means the country would “need to prepare well and build a solid fiscal buffer to keep us strong when the storm comes.”

The DOF secretary raised a dire scenario should the Congress choose to pass only the tax package’s popular component, which is the reduction in personal income tax rates without the corresponding revenue-enhancing measures.

“Without improving on our revenues, many of our children will continue walking hours to get to school and our classrooms will continue to be packed beyond capacity. The poorest Filipinos will continue to have little or no access to health services. Our farmers will be unable to raise their productivity and thus remain poor,” he said.

Along with this scenario, the Philippines will most possibly suffer a credit rating downgrade as the government will be forced to rely on borrowings to manage the deficit, which means P30 billion in additional debt costs; consumers will have to absorb the consequences by having to cope with a permanent P2-depreciation of the local currency against the dollar, along with a two-percent increase in interest rates; and public funds for classrooms, health centers and rural roads will be in short supply, Dominguez said.

“If we fail to pass the revenue enhancement measures, we will lose the growth momentum that took us years to build. We will face the specter of large budget deficits and move closer to a debt crisis,” he said.

Dominguez likewise noted that without the entire tax reform package, growth will not only be slower but exclusive, with the rich continuing to corner the wealth created and the poor kept out of the national economic mainstream.

“In a word, the 21.6 percent still trapped in poverty will remain there even after we have gone. We have reached the toughest point in poverty alleviation. We are left with what might be called the hardcore poor: those with no skills and no opportunities. They have the steepest slope to climb,” Dominguez said.

“By failing to act boldly at a most opportune moment, we will betray our people. We will condemn our nation to the vicious cycle of high inflation, high interest rates and inhospitable business conditions that we endured before,” he added.

Dominguez pointed out that without a dramatic increase in investments, the country will be consigned to growth below six percent—”a purgatory for an emerging economy with great potential.”

“Our economic simulation studies validate this,” he said.

The first package of the comprehensive tax reform program submitted to the Congress last September under the DOF-proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act aims to generate a net gain of P174 billion in 2018.

This initial package aims to make the tax system more progressive through the lowering of personal income tax (PIT) rates to make these at par with those in the region, expanding the Value Added Tax (VAT) base by limiting exemptions to necessities such as raw food, education and health care, while increasing excise taxes on oil and automobiles.

Dominguez said that the proposed comprehensive tax reform program will, if approved in toto, let the Duterte administration improve 44,000 kilometers of national and local roads; build 6,700 health centers and hire nearly 10,000 doctors, nurses and midwives; and attain 100 percent health insurance coverage, along with building 80,000 more classrooms and hiring 157,000 teachers over the next five years.

“All the above will not be possible if the tax reform package is not passed,” Dominguez said.

“We must be fiscally prepared to invest more heavily in our human capital and in much needed infrastructure,” he added.

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NAIA T3 pedestrian bridge a step closer to completion 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 28, 2016, 12:05 AM


VITAL LINK – The pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Newport City is expected to be completed by the first half of 2017. (Manila Bulletin) VITAL LINK – The pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Newport City is expected to be completed by the first half of 2017. (Manila Bulletin)

Relief is in sight for tourists, travelers and the general public heretofore discomfited, if not angered, by traffic congestion around Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

A pedestrian link bridge directly connecting Terminal 3 with Newport City across is getting closer to completion. Once opened, it is seen to help ease the traffic situation in the area.

Instead of travel time that can reach over an hour just to get out of NAIA Terminal 3, in about three minutes, the average person can walk the distance between the airport and Newport City, from where safe alternatives are available to reach various parts of the metropolis.

The link bridge will be enclosed and air-conditioned, with pedestrian-friendly facilities such as walkalators and elevators, making it an iconic tourism development.

Given its clear public benefit and necessity, the project has received the full support and endorsement of relevant government and airport authorities.


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Ombudsman: Probe on Duterte continues Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 27 November 2016 0



MORALES SAYS INVESTIGATION CAN SPUR IMPEACH

Raising the realm of possibilities, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said her office is pursuing investigations on plunder allegations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV against President Duterte for supposedly hiring “ghost employees” at the Davao City Hall during his term as city mayor.

Talking to the alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Law, Morales said the Office of the Ombudsman is pursuing the complaints despite Duterte’s immunity from suit.

“Under the law, even if a person has immunity or even if he is impeachable, you still continue the investigation for purposes whether there is misconduct which can be a basis of impeachment—if it amounts to the grounds for impeachment under the constitution,” Morales said.

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Morales raised a similar argument in the case of former Vice President Jejomar Binay on the investigation of allegations of overprice against Binay in the construction of the Makati City HallBuilding 2 despite his immunity from suit as Vice President.

“We don’t discount any possibility that we’ll spare him or indict him. We are talking about possibilities. There are many possibilities,” she added.

“As I said before, it is undergoing investigation,” Morales said.

The Ombudsman herself has inhibited herself from the case as she is the aunt-in-law of Duterte’s daughter and incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Morales also hinted that a probe on alleged extra judicial killings (EJK) under President Duterte could also be dissected by her Office.

“We’re respecting investigations regarding extra-judicial killings. If there are public officials involved, that’s where our jurisdiction comes in,” Morales stressed.

Indirectly, Morales also took swipe at President Duterte’s supposed similarities with the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who, she said, was irreverent towards human rights.

“When leaders seem to send the message of promoting, rather than condemning, reprehensible acts that transgresses basic human rights the people ought to be concerned about it, rather than cheering out for sheer ignorance, callous conscience, blind loyalty or gorgonized fanaticism,” she said.

The retired Supreme Court Associate Justice also blasted the so-called “historical revisionism” on the legacy of Marcos.

“As it turns out nowadays, those who could not remember history have the tendency to write new ones. Much worse, there are a lot of people who simple do not want to read their history,” Morales said.

“This alarming attitude is appalling which opens a large portion of society vulnerable to a revisionist-distortionist proclivity,” she added.

PROBE INTO LEILA DE LIMA ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE LINK

Morales also said she had also ordered a fact-finding investigation into the alleged involvement of Senator Leila de Lima in the illegal drugs trade despite her earlier statement that she is not inclined to conduct a motu propio investigation on the accusations made against the senator.

“There have been some leads. We’re giving it due course by conducting fact-finding,” she said.

Morales said the investigation was triggered by a complaint last October of Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, head of Albuera, Leyte, police, who accused De Lima of receiving payoffs from Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Case filed prior to presidency

Morales said Trillanes’ complaints were filed before Duterte was elected president in May, citing it as a reason that an investigation can still be pursued even with his presidential immunity.

“At the time the case was filed, he was not yet president, under the law, even if a person has immunity or even if he’s impeachable, you still continue the investigation for purposes of determining whether there is misconduct,” she added.

If Duterte is found liable “there could be a basis for impeachment, if it amounts to the grounds of impeachment under the Constitution,” she added.

During her speech before law graduates, she warned that people should not ignore human rights abuses out of a sense of “blind loyalty” saying that the country exists under “trying times”.

“Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not kill,” Morales said.

“When leaders seem to send the message of promoting rather than condemning reprehensible acts that transgress basic human rights, the people ought to be concerned about it, rather than cheering for it either out of sheer ignorance, callous conscience, blind loyalty, or gorgonized fanaticism,” she said.

Latest figures showed 4,940 drug suspects have died since July 1 when Duterte took office.

“In linking corruption and human rights violations, one study concludes that when corruption thrives, human rights are denied, and correlatively, when denial of human rights continues, corruption persists,” Morales said.

“The monstrosity of supremacy and the trappings of power aptly explain why great people fall as prey and transform as predators themselves,” she said apparently referring to the Duterte administration.

“The relevant message is that we cannot pretend to end impunity by clothing ourselves with impunity as well. He who enforces accountability must himself be ready to assume accountability,” she added.

“It seems that no matter how highly we regard ourselves, there is still a higher order: there exists the overarching rule of law. The law serves as the proverbial lighthouse that guides a nation as it charts the course of history,” she said.

Presidential immunity no guarantee

Earlier, Morales said Senator Leila De Lima has every right to seek and consider any legal remedy by filing a case against Duterte wherein the latter could not invoke presidential immunity.

“Well everything is possible,” she said.

Morales said the question on the President’s immunity against suit would largely depend on what De Lima intends to file in any court or with the Supreme Court.

“If it is not a criminal case, I don’t see why immunity should come in,” she said.

Morales even cited former President Aquino as being a respondent in a case before the Supreme Court where the former chief executive did not invoke his right for protection against suit.

“Nothing can prevent De Lima from filing a complaint against her tormentor but it will all depend on what legal course of action she would file,” she stressed.

Earlier De Lima announced that she would file a complaint against President Duterte at the Supreme Court which to her would test the President’s immunity from suit.

De Lima had said among the cases that she would file against Duterte are the petitions for the writ of amparo and writ of habeas data.

She said should De Lima file a criminal case against Duterte, she may submit the complaint before the Ombudsman where the office could give due course to the case.

Morales, however, said the President could still invoke his presidential immunity from suit.

She even cited the case of former Vice President Jejomar Binay whom her office found to be probably guilty of so many crimes but the office deferred the filing of the information until after Binay’s immunity was lifted.

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Panelo: Ombudsman did not see gravity of drug problem By: Vince F. Nonato - Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:46 PM November 26, 2016


Presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo believes Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has failed to understand the gravity of the drug problem in the country. VINCE F. NONATO/INQUIRER

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said his “friend,” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, had “failed to appreciate the gravity of the drug problem.”

This was after the Ombudsman delivered a hard-hitting speech on Friday night that stressed that one of the Ten Commandments is “thou shall not kill.” The said speech made a few allusions to the ethics of the drug war, before she described how Filipinos live in “trying times.”

READ: Morales describes ‘trying times’ amid Marcos burial, disrespect for rights

“When leaders tend to send the message of promoting rather than condemning reprehensible acts that transgresses basic human rights—the people ought to be concerned about it, rather than sheering out for sheer ignorance, callous conscience, blind loyalty or gorgonized fanaticism,” Morales said.

Panelo, wearing a white shawl draped over his formal wear, was present during the University of the Philippines College of Law alumni homecoming, where Morales made the speech. (Another Duterte ally, Rep. Pia Cayetano, was present.)

Sought for comment, Panelo told reporters: “We have 4 million potential killers, rapists, thieves because they are afflicted with drugs. We have, how many surrenderers? Almost a hundred thousand.”

He stressed that “these surrenderers are the reasons why there have been extrajudicial killings,” depicting the incidents as the handiwork of drug syndicates to prevent them from giving authorities information.

Panelo also took exception to Morales’ criticism of the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

READ: Panelo: No growing protest vs Marcos burial, just ‘vocal minority’

Morales paraphrased Lord Acton’s oft-quoted take and said: “As it turns out nowadays, those who could not remember history have the tendency to rewrite it. Much worse, there are a lot of people who simply do not want to read their history.”

Panelo reiterated that the dictator’s burial at the hero’s cemetery does not ascertain his status as a hero.

“The problem there is that, you are making the act of burying a person in a particular burial site as a basis for being a hero. But that cannot be the case,” Panelo said.


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Philippines' Duterte mulls leaving international court The Associated Press Posted: Nov 17, 2016 6:42 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 12:23 PM ET


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says only small countries are 'beaten up' by the International Criminal Court. (Bullit Marquez/The Associated Press)

​Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court, where his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs.

In a statement before flying to Peru to attend the annual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, Duterte also said the United Nations has been useless in stopping wars. He said if China and Russia decide to create a new world order, he would be the first to join them and leave the UN, which he said is dominated by the U.S.

"You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I would be the first to join," he said, adding that he would quit the UN.

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OPINION | The U.S. has been accused of war crimes, so here's what will happen — nothing (By CBC news columnist Neil MacDonald)

Duterte also criticized the global agreement to fight climate change, saying there are no penalties for violators and it is not clear which industrialized countries will contribute money to support developing countries' efforts against global warming. He said that was the reason why president-elect Donald Trump does not want the U.S. to spend on fighting climate change.

During his campaign, Trump said he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris pact on climate change.

The foul-mouthed Duterte said that like Russia, he might withdraw from the ICC "because we the small ones are the only ones being beaten up," but nothing has been done for the thousands of children and women dying in bombings in Syria and Iraq.


PHILIPPINES-DRUGS -Police from the SWAT team conduct an anti-drugs operation in Manila on Nov. 12. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

Duterte is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the summit in Lima. He requested for the bilateral meeting because he wants to meet and be friends with Putin, whom he said was his idol.

Human rights advocates have criticized Duterte's anti-drug campaign that has left more than 4,000 suspected addicts and pushers dead since July. They said the killings can be a basis to charge him for crimes against humanity before the Netherlands-based court.

Duterte said he has intentionally used foul language — including calling Obama a "son of a bitch" — because Obama has trivialized the Philippines' drug problem when there are already around four million Filipinos addicted to drugs. The country has a population of more than 103 million.


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Rody’s anti-US rhetoric not enough for rebels (Associated Press) | Updated November 26, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


In this photo taken Nov. 23, members of the New People’s Army march with their firearms before a news conference at their camp in the Sierra Madre mountains. AP

SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS, Philippines – Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia.

In a clandestine news conference in a New People’s Army guerrilla encampment, regional rebel commander and spokesman Jaime Padilla outlined the advantages and downside of talking with Duterte to end one of the world’s longest-running Marxist insurgencies.

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Founded in 1968, the rebels’ communist party has held peace talks with six presidents, including Duterte, whose rise to power in June sparked rebel optimism due to his searing anti-US rhetoric, populist pro-poor stance and appointments of at least two left-wing Cabinet members.

But the guerrillas have also found themselves in a dilemma due to the tough-talking Duterte’s moves they find reprehensible, including the killings of large number of poor drug users that sparked accusations of massive human rights violations against him, a recent decision to allow dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in a heroes’ cemetery and threats to shift to dictatorial rule if rival politicians derail his anti-drug crackdown and try to impeach him.

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Leftists advise Duterte: Cut ties with Marcoses Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 27 November 2016 00:00


NOVEMBER 27 -PHILSTAR FILE COMPOSITE PHOTOS

Left-wingers want self-proclaimed leftist President Duterte to cut his ties with the Marcos family.

While retaining the view that Duterte is a “progressive (and is) patriotic,” former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo said the President’s reputation is only at risk of being rallied against if he continues to appear as a Marcos loyalist.

“President Duterte has repeatedly proven his progressive side and his patriotic nature. That’s why we appeal to him to stop this so-called Duterte-Marcos alliance,” Ocampo told the Daily Tribune last Friday night at the sidelines of the demonstration against the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Luneta.

“It should be clear to President Duterte that Marcos is not a hero and that he does not deserve the honors accommodated to them. For all we know, knowing how deceiving (the Marcoses) are, they might capitalize on these favors and eventually be back at Malacañang,” he added.

The leftist leader also disagreed with Duterte’s argument that the Marcos burial is meant for reconciliation, especially to the Ilocano people.

“We do not mean to isolate the Ilocanos. We want to isolate the ruling Marcos family,” Ocampo said.

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Duterte said on Friday that if he does not allow the Marcos burial, he might incur the ire of 98 percent of Ilocanos and of the Marcos family as well.

The President denied facilitating the return of the Marcos family to national power, to Malacañang where they were evicted 30 years ago.

“I don’t have anything to put the Marcoses back. I never said it and I will not,” the Chief Executive stressed amid his previous pronouncements that he owed his successful presidential bid to Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, the late strongman’s first born, who endorsed him in the Ilocos region and accordingly donated funds to him.

During the campaign season, despite having a sidekick running mate in vocal anti-Marcos Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, there were groups and personalities linking an actual alliance between Duterte and the dictator’s namesake former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who was also running for the vice presidency at that time.

Moreover, former Rep. Ocampo, who used to be the communist frontman for the National Democratic Front, said the issue on Marcos is a conflict that derails the peace talks between the government and the Reds.

For his part, government peace panel chair and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Marcos burial is a “minor issue.”

“Kung meron mang epekto, hindi naman masyadong substantial — ibig sabihin, hindi naman ito magiging dahilan para hindi isulong yung usapang pangkapayapaan,” Bello said yesterday in an interview with state-run dzRB radio.
“May mas mahalaga kaming pag-uusapan doon sa peace talks kaysa itong paglilibing kay dating Pangulong Marcos,” he added.


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Duterte may submit final 'drug list' to NSC next week

President Rodrigo Duterte says the National Security Council will 'formulate' a plan to protect the next generation from the drug menace


WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to submit his 'final' drug list to members of the National Security Council. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

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Published 12:02 AM, November 27, 2016
Updated 11:15 AM, November 27, 2016
WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to submit his 'final' drug list to members of the National Security Council. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday, November 26, that he may submit his final, validated list of alleged drug personalities to the National Security Council (NSC) before the end of the month.

Duterte made the statement at the San Beda College law alumni homecoming, where he detailed the major challenges confronting his administration.

"Maybe before the end of the month, I will submit that report to the National Security Council. And I will give each of them a copy, and then the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. Then let us formulate how to prevent disaster for the next generation," he said.

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The President did not say, however, whether he planned to convene the NSC to present the "validated" drug list. The NSC has as members past presidents, key Cabinet members, Congress leaders, and security officials, among others.

Duterte convened the NSC for the first time on July 28 to discuss the Philippines' victory against China in its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute, the Duterte administration's peace roadmap, and its war on drugs.

He told his fellow Bedans on Saturday that in the course of validating the drug list, the names of several police generals he mentioned early in his term "keep on cropping up." Duterte specifically mentioned retired police general Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu.

In his testimony before a congressional inquiry, alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa claimed that he paid protection money to several police officers, including Loot, who was then deputy regional director for administration of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8). Loot had denied the allegations.

Duterte had also earlier released an alleged drug matrix of personalities involved in the New Bilibid Prison drug trade, which reportedly included Senator Leila de Lima and her former bodyguard and boyfriend, Ronnie Dayan. Both denied the allegation but Dayan implicated De Lima when he appeared at a recent congressional inquiry.

Duterte's initial drug matrix also included Pangasinan officials whom he later cleared of involvement in the drug trade, after further validation. The President issued a public apology to the officials, including Pangasinan 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr, for his "negligence." – Rappler.com

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Duterte’s narco list has more than 5,000 gov’t officials Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 27 2016 01:50 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2016 02:14 PM

 
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MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte’s “validated” list of alleged drug personalities contains more than 5,000 names of government officials, Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Sunday.

Duterte announced Saturday during the San Beda College Law alumni homecoming that he may submit his final narco list to the National Security Council (NSC) and the legislative branch before the end of the month.

"And I will give each of them a copy, and then the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, then let us formulate how to prevent disaster for the next generation," Duterte said.

In an interview with ANC, Panelo said he saw the folders of the list, which he estimates to be more than one foot-high and contains around 5,000 to 10,000 names of government officials from barangay officials and mayors to governors, members of the judiciary and prosecutors.

He said the huge number of narco-politicians poses a threat to public safety.

“There are about 10,000 people, government officials involved. That means that the magnitude and depth of the drug menace is so much, so huge, that public safety is now in danger.”

Asked on the possible next step of the President after submitting the list, Panelo said he heard the President is considering the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

Panelo also responded to critics saying the President can only suspend the writ on two grounds — rebellion and invasion — and argued that similar circumstances may also be considered in declaring a suspension.

Earlier this month, Duterte said he may be forced to suspend the writ if lawlessness in Mindanao continues.

The President, under the 1987 constitution, may suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus only in cases of invasion or rebellion and when public safety requires it.

“Some are arguing that there is no invasion and neither is there rebellion but he (Duterte) is saying that drug money is being used to fund the rebellion in Mindanao therefore there is a rebellion,” Panelo explained, noting that critics are looking at the constitution “literally.”

Panelo argued that suspending the writ is done to prevent the effects of invasion or rebellion and therefore any circumstance similar to such can be considered in its suspension.

“You cannot limit the President on two grounds of invasion and rebellion. Any circumstance similar or akin to those grounds, I think the President and I think the Supreme Court will do so,” he said.

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DOH allots P570 M for drug rehab centers By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 27, 2016 - 12:00am 2 0 googleplus0 0


He said the funds, included in the proposed P3.35-trillion 2017 national budget, “will be spent entirely to build up the infrastructure of government-run residential TRCs, with the aim of enabling them to accommodate a larger number of users.” AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) is spending P570 million “to construct, upgrade, expand and repair” 16 public drug treatment and rehabilitation centers (TRCs) across the country in support of President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said yesterday.

He said the funds, included in the proposed P3.35-trillion 2017 national budget, “will be spent entirely to build up the infrastructure of government-run residential TRCs, with the aim of enabling them to accommodate a larger number of users.”

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Pimentel, a member of the House appropriations committee, said the P570 million has been allocated for drug rehab centers in:

•Bicutan, Taguig City, which will get P51 million;

•San Fernando, La Union (P15 million);

•Bauko, Mountain Province (P65 million);

•Ilagan, Isabela (P20.3 million); Pilar,

•Bataan (P20 million); Pampanga (P60 million);

•San Fernando, Camarines Sur (P24.2 million);

•Pototan, Iloilo (P8.3 million); Argao, Cebu (P54 million);

•Cebu City (P11.7 million); Dulag, Leyte (P4.2 million);

•Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte (P20 million);

•Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay (P20 million);

•Cagayan de Oro City (P11 million); and

•Davao City (P35 million). 

He added that the P570 million includes P150 million at the disposal of the DOH central office for the infrastructure requirements of the centers.

“We have to improve public access to these rehab facilities. We are worried about users from marginal families. We are not that concerned about users from well-to-do families who can afford to pay for private centers,” Pimentel said.

He stressed the need for government to send as many users as possible to government-owned treatment facilities to effectively address the “demand side” of the drug problem.

“There will always be suppliers – traffickers and pushers – as long as we have users generating the demand for drugs,” he pointed out.

He said the “supply side” is already being addressed by the Philippine National Police, which has been running after suspected traffickers and pushers, including their coddlers embedded in the criminal justice system.

He said the government centers are in addition to rehabilitation facilities being funded by businessmen from China, such as the one under construction at the Army camp in Nueva Ecija.


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