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RODY AT THE TOYM AWARDS WITH MVP: SEEKING PRESIDENCY WAS A MISTAKE
[RELATED: Duterte calls MVP a ‘good man’]


DECEMBER 13 -President Duterte chats with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during the awarding of The Outstanding Young Men and Women of 2016 at Malacañang yesterday. KRIZJOHN ROSALES
Almost six months into office, President Duterte still views his decision to seek the highest elected post in the land as a mistake. “Kung ayaw na talaga ninyo (If you really don’t like the way I run things), I am ready to step down. I don’t have a problem with that. I have no illusions about power or about the presidency,” Duterte said during the awarding of this year’s The Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) yesterday at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall. “As a matter of fact, I whispered something to Sir Manny Pangilinan. He said, ‘How are you?’ But I said if I were to go back in time, I would have not committed the same mistake. That’s true,” Duterte said. Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., attended yesterday’s event as chairman of the TOYM Foundation. He was seated behind Duterte during the awarding ceremony. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte calls MVP a ‘good man’...

ALSO I'm not a killer: Duterte sorry for all those caught in crossfire [RELATED: UN investigation hangs; Yasay seeks rapporteur’s apology for ‘arbitrary’ conclusion]


DECEMBER 13 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo
President Duterte has apologized for the loss of innocent lives in his brutal war on drugs and vowed to investigate extrajudicial killings that have marred the campaign and drawn criticism from international human rights groups. “I’m really sorry to all, if I have to say this. It’s not that I’m sorry for the decision, but I’m sorry for those who were caught in the crossfire [in the war on drugs],” Mr. Duterte said in a speech at the opening of the 9th Belenisimo Festival in Tarlac City on Sunday night. “I’m getting a lot of criticisms. I can understand the Church. I can understand the libertarians. But please, there are 4 million drug addicts. The sheer number we would have never known if I did not become President,” he said.
READ MORE...RELATED, UN investigation hangs Yasay seeks rapporteur’s apology for ‘arbitrary’ conclusion...

ALSO: Killings related to drug war don’t make me happy —Duterte[RELATED: Rodrigo Duterte Criticizes Times Coverage of Philippine Drug Campaign]


DECEMBER 13 -With thousands of drug personalities killed since July 1 until Monday morning according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), President Rodrigo Duterte said the killings didn't make him satisfied or happy. "I know that people are killed. It doesn't make me happy. I am a Filipino. Kung iba sigurong tao yan, from the Middle East or Africa, maybe if they are really guilty, I would... not really enjoy but it would give me satisfaction," Duterte said in a speech before the awardees of The Outstanding Young Men and Women of 2016 in Malacañang on Monday afternoon. The official PNP death toll in the government's war on drugs is at a little more than 2,000. "You know kapag may namatay na tao diyan, hindi ako naliligayahan... And I sign vouchers and all and everything, allowing this unit to have more guns and more bullets, I do not find satisfaction in it because I know ultimately it would be used against the Filipinos," Duterte said. READ MORE...RELATED, Rodrigo Duterte Criticizes Times Coverage of Philippine Drug Campaign...

ALSO: Rody to drug addicts: Take tranquilizers or hang yourself
(You just stay in the house and I will order the medical workers all around the country to go around the areas (with drug addicts),” he added. For addicts who can no longer be treated by medicine, Duterte gave this advice. For those who are already crazy and can no longer be cured, I’ll send you ropes. Just hang yourselves sons of b******),” he said.)


DECEMBER 13 -“Ngayon, ‘pag talagang loko-loko na, tapos walang alibyo na ang katawan, hindi na masauli, nagpadala rin ako ng mga lubid. Magbigti lang kayong mga p**** i**,” President Rodrigo Duterte said. AP/Aaron Favila, File
MANILA, Philippines — Take tranquilizers or hang yourself. These were the choices given by President Rodrigo Duterte to drug addicts whom he said should just stay home to avoid arrest. In a speech delivered Tuesday before leaving for Cambodia, Duterte said he would use part of the P5 billion remitted to him by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to buy medicines for drug dependents. “Stay in your house and wait… I also released another P1 billion… There are about four million of you, I do not know if it would be enough,” Duterte said. “You can buy your medicines. For example, the tranquilizers, the medicines that would keep you calm, medicines that would restore your sanity if it can still be restored. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte admits killing 3 hostage-takers in Davao City
[RELATED: De Lima in Washington - Duterte may face impeachment for admitting the killings of drug suspects]


DECEMBER 16 -President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the Filipino community in Singapore on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by WONG MAYE-E/AP)
SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Friday to killing three people, men who were responsible for taking hostage and killing an Australian missionary. Duterte made the statement in an interview with reporters after his meeting with the Filipino community here at the Max Pavilion, Singapore Expo. He was responding to a clarification on a speech he made earlier in which he said that the international media “were not wrong” in their stories that he has killed previously. “It was not because I was walking around and I killed somebody,” he said. “It was actually an event that was covered by the TV and all. It was about a hostage-taking. And it was when they decided to return the victim, I was already down there waiting for them and it was covered by all TV networks in Davao.” READ MORE...RELATED,
De Lima: Duterte may face impeachment for extrajudicial killings...

ALSO: Duterte insists on public debate with UN special rapporteur


DECEMBER 17 -President Duterte was in Zamboanga City to visit wounded troops. PPD/Ace Morandante, file
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday rejected United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard’s proposal to hold a private meeting with him on extrajudicial killings and insisted on having a public debate with her on the issue. The government had invited Callamard to the Philippines to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects but insisted that she comply with some conditions. They include engaging Duterte in a public debate where the president would be allowed to ask her questions. Callamard has rejected the conditions, saying they go against the code of conduct for special rapporteurs. She said the findings of an investigation should be confidential so she can build trust among her sources of information. Instead of a public debate, the rapporteur suggested holding a private debriefing with Duterte and a joint press conference where the president can challenge her findings. READ MORE...


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Rody: Seeking presidency was a mistake


President Duterte chats with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during the awarding of The Outstanding Young Men and Women of 2016 at Malacañang yesterday. KRIZJOHN ROSALES

MANILA, DECEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero Updated December 13, 2016 - Almost six months into office, President Duterte still views his decision to seek the highest elected post in the land as a mistake.

“Kung ayaw na talaga ninyo (If you really don’t like the way I run things), I am ready to step down. I don’t have a problem with that. I have no illusions about power or about the presidency,” Duterte said during the awarding of this year’s The Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) yesterday at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall.

“As a matter of fact, I whispered something to Sir Manny Pangilinan. He said, ‘How are you?’ But I said if I were to go back in time, I would have not committed the same mistake. That’s true,” Duterte said.

Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., attended yesterday’s event as chairman of the TOYM Foundation. He was seated behind Duterte during the awarding ceremony.

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AWARDEES

This year’s TOYM awardees are Carmela Andal Castro for law, Earl Martin Valencia for entrepreneurship, Jhett Tolentino for arts in theater, Saturnino Tiamson for arts in music, Geraldine Racaza for medicine, Ronivin Pagtakhan for youth leadership, Richard Muallil for marine science conservation, Richard Javad Heydarian for social science, Randy Halasan for education, Ryan Guinaran for indigenous people advocacy, and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado for community service.

“Please stay driven and inspired as you continue to better the lives of our people,” Pangilinan told the awardees.

Duterte previously complained that his P130,000 salary is too small to support his two families. He also lamented that as president he is alone and lonely and deprived of privacy.

During the oath taking of officers of the People’s National Movement for Federalism (PENAMFED) officers also yesterday, Duterte described his job as “exhausting.” He said he usually leaves Malacañang at around 3 a.m. and reviews voluminous documents from agencies.

“If I go back in time, no (I won’t run for president). Mabigat ang trabaho (the work is demanding),” Duterte said. “Pagod tapos maliit ang sweldo (It’s exhausting and the salary is small).”

Duterte reiterated that he has no illusions to cling to power and he is ready to step down once a federal government is established in the country.

During the awarding of the 2016 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) also yesterday, Duterte admitted that he is not sure if he can even survive the next six years. He stressed though that he is ready to perform his job and to fulfill his promises to the Filipinos.

“I am not the most honest person. I don’t know if I will survive the next six years,” Duterte said.

“Let’s not be dramatic about the most honest. I just want to give my respect to the Philippines,” he added.

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Duterte calls MVP a ‘good man’ 173713101180_1283985101615945_188669465_n

We didn’t know Metro Pacific-Salim big boss Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) is cozy with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In his hour-long, profanity-laced speech in front of the country’s businessmen, Duterte went out of his way to give high praise to MVP.

“He’s a good man,” said Duterte of the businessman considered as the highest paid executive in the region.

Duterte said that if elected president, he planned to pay for all the hospital bills of the poor but he would ask for a discount from MVP.

After controlling the country’s telecommunication, water, power, and toll road businesses, MVP has steered Metro Pacific-Salim into the hospital business in recent years . Metro Pacific-Salim has 11 hospitals in its portfolio.

MVP was previously rumored to have expressed interest in running in this year’s elections. The 69-year old executive said he has no plans to go into politics.


INQUIRER

Duterte sorry for all those caught in crossfire By: Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:18 AM December 13, 2016 duterte


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

President Duterte has apologized for the loss of innocent lives in his brutal war on drugs and vowed to investigate extrajudicial killings that have marred the campaign and drawn criticism from international human rights groups.

“I’m really sorry to all, if I have to say this. It’s not that I’m sorry for the decision, but I’m sorry for those who were caught in the crossfire [in the war on drugs],” Mr. Duterte said in a speech at the opening of the 9th Belenisimo Festival in Tarlac City on Sunday night.

“I’m getting a lot of criticisms. I can understand the Church. I can understand the libertarians. But please, there are 4 million drug addicts. The sheer number we would have never known if I did not become President,” he said.

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Nearly 6,000 killed

Nearly 6,000 drug suspects have been killed by police and unknown assailants since Mr. Duterte launched a crackdown on the narcotics trade after taking office on June 30.

He vowed to resign if he failed to end the drug menace within the first six months of his presidency, or until the end of this month, but extended the campaign up to June after the Philippine National Police admitted midway into the drive that it could not meet the President’s deadline.

The killings will continue, Mr. Duterte implied in his speech on Sunday night.

“Forgive me, but I really cannot lose the momentum here,” he added. “As I have said, this is a matter of survival for my country.”

But he promised to deal with allegations of extrajudicial killings, reiterating he never condoned them and insisting that the slayings of drug suspects were the work of drug syndicates purging their ranks.

“It is not our job, believe me,” he said. “I do not allow extrajudicial [killings] … .We do not do that. It’s a dirty job. And it’s unmanly. You tie up [your victims] and cover them with plastic? It’s a form of torture. That’s not the job of the policemen and soldiers. Why cover them? You should just kill them. We are not producing mummies.”

PNP special probe



To end suspicions that the government is behind the extrajudicial killings, Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked the Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa to form a special task force to investigate the slayings attributed to vigilantes.

“I would advise Dela Rosa to form a special task force composed of intelligence and investigative personnel to address this particular issue, those deaths under investigation,” Lacson said on Monday.

“Deaths under investigation” is how the PNP classifies the extrajudicial killings, now said to be two-thirds of the 5,800 deaths in the war on drugs.

“Until we can see a high solution efficiency when it comes to this kind of killings, then suspicion or perception that this has the blessing of the government will remain,” Lacson said.

In his speech, Mr. Duterte maintained that the killings of drug suspects had been going on before he was elected President.

“Please look back, you will notice that many were already being killed. And you must remember that there were about six or seven generals I fired,” he said.

“I’m not saying they did a [cleanup] job,” he added.

“I don’t want to kill. It pains me to kill a Filipino. We all don’t want it. Do you think I enjoy [killing]?” he said.

Mr. Duterte’s take-no-prisoner approach to fighting the illegal drug trade has stirred outrage from local and international human rights group and religious organizations.

National security
It has also put his administration at loggerheads with the United States, United Nations and European Union, which have threatened to cut off assistance to the Philippines amid the unabated drug killings.

Mr. Duterte stressed that wiping out the drug problem was his administration’s primary program, as it had grown into a national security matter.

“By the sheer number [of drug addicts], it becomes a death threat [to] national security. If they continue to increase, where will we go? And so what will be my answer at the end of my term? That I allowed the Filipino people to go crazy?” he said. —WITH REPORTS FROM CHRISTINE O. AVENDAÑO AND GABRIEL CARDINOZA IN TARLAC CITY

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UN investigation hangs Yasay seeks rapporteur’s apology for ‘arbitrary’ conclusion 1 SHARES Share it! Published December 17, 2016, 12:10 AM by Roy C. Mabasa

The plan of the United Nations (UN) to investigate allegations of human rights violations now hangs after the world body’s special rapporteur rejected the conditions set by the Philippine government.

For UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitration Executions Agnes Callamard, her visit now lies in the hands of the Philippine government after she rejected the conditions imposed by the government.

Duterte administration before she is allowed to conduct the probe.

These conditions include allowing herself (Callamard) to be subjected to scrutiny and allowing President Duterte to rebut her allegations and findings in public and before media and the Filipino public; for her to answer questions from the President; and for her to take an oath.

In a television interview Friday, the UN special rapporteur from France said she cannot accept the conditions because these are inconsistent with the Code of Conduct for Special Rapporteurs.

Callamard said she will not be able to build trust, particularly with the police or with the government, if there is a requirement for her to take part in a public discussion of the findings with President Duterte.

Furthermore, she noted that the issue is a sensitive matter and cannot be the object of a public debate since it involves the killings of alleged victims and perpetrators.

NECESSITY OF RESPECT

“There is the necessity of respect,” said Callamard. “Respect for the life, respect for the loss of life. Respect for the victims, respect for the police, respect for the family.”

In addition, there exists the UN’s standardized assessment that rules out any “politicized debate,” she pointed out.

Callamard emphasized that the results of the investigation should be highly confidential and that she can only produce preliminary findings after a weeklong probe.

In place of these conditions, Callamard instead recommended that a private debriefing be held with President Duterte after the preliminary findings, after which a joint press conference be conducted to allow the President to rebut the findings.

Now, as far as the Philippine government is concerned, its position is that it is up to Callamard to accept the conditions otherwise her visit will not happen.

“If she’s saying now that she cannot accept then… the visit may not push through,” Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose stressed yesterday.

APOLOGY SOUGHT

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., who is in Singapore as part of President Duterte’s delegation, yesterday called on Callamard to apologize for her “arbitrary” conclusion on President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs that placed the Philippines in bad light.

Yasay, in a press briefing, said Callamard already concluded that the string of deaths in connection with the campaign against illegal drugs is state-sponsored.

“She must apologize for the arbitrary findings that she has made. She must withdraw the findings immediately and admit in public before the international community because it has unfairly damaged the country that this conclusion that she arrived at was not verified at all,” Yasay said.

He said that Callamard’s statement that was based on unverified reports and made prior to an official investigation is against protocol.

VISIT NEXT YEAR

Still, Callamard is hopeful that her visit to the Philippines will be realized next year.

“I am absolutely committed to go to the Philippines in the spirit of constructive dialogue with the government… I am committed to offer my expertise,” she said.

On October 13, Callamard and UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras, wrote to the Philippine government to request the conduct of a joint fact-finding visit to the country in the first quarter of 2017. The objective of the joint visit would be to examine issues related to the Special Rapporteur’s mandates and to identify good practices and challenges, as well as the most effective ways to assist the Philippines in guaranteeing the protection of the right to life and the right to health, particularly in the context of the anti-drug campaign.

The request for a joint country visit followed a previous communication in September from the two Special Rapporteurs, proposing the organization of an expert consultation on drug control strategies and policies. The main objective of the proposed expert meeting is to provide a platform to identify the challenges in addressing drug-related issues, discuss relevant experiences and lessons learnt, and explore comprehensive and sustainable policy responses in the areas of public health, judicial and legislative reform, and law enforcement, which comply with human rights standards.

On October 24, Callamard received an official invitation letter from the Philippine government, dated September 26.

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions conducts country visits, examines situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions worldwide, monitors implementation of international standards on the right to life in all countries, and engages with government and other stakeholders. It draws attention to serious situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, including through urgent appeals, and reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

The special rapporteur undertakes two country visits per year and reports to the UN Human Rights Council on her findings and recommendations. In her country visits, the Special Rapporteur examines the situation of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and formulates recommendations to the government and other actors on upholding the right to life. The visits of the Special Rapporteur, as those of all UN Human Rights Special Procedures, are governed by the Terms of Reference for Fact-Finding Missions by Special Rapporteurs, which governments are requested to fully accept for any visit to take place.

The mandate of the special rapporteur operates under the UN Human Rights Council, together with the other UN Special Procedures Mechanisms. Special Procedures’ experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council and serve in their personal capacities for a term of three years which can be extended to a maximum of six years. They work on a voluntary basis and are independent from any government or organization.


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Killings related to drug war don’t make me happy —Duterte Published December 12, 2016 5:52pm Updated December 12, 2016 11:47pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

With thousands of drug personalities killed since July 1 until Monday morning according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), President Rodrigo Duterte said the killings didn't make him satisfied or happy.

"I know that people are killed. It doesn't make me happy. I am a Filipino. Kung iba sigurong tao yan, from the Middle East or Africa, maybe if they are really guilty, I would... not really enjoy but it would give me satisfaction," Duterte said in a speech before the awardees of The Outstanding Young Men and Women of 2016 in Malacañang on Monday afternoon.

The official PNP death toll in the government's war on drugs is at a little more than 2,000.

"You know kapag may namatay na tao diyan, hindi ako naliligayahan... And I sign vouchers and all and everything, allowing this unit to have more guns and more bullets, I do not find satisfaction in it because I know ultimately it would be used against the Filipinos," Duterte said.

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"But when I am down and I am faced with a choice between an disorderly society and maybe a failed state and my country... Itong drugs because of the enormity of the problem. I did not realize it when I was a mayor about the widespread use of drugs in the entire Philippines," he added.

Meanwhile, the President was quick to explain that threatening criminals was not a crime.

"But anyway, konti na lang naman ang namamatay. Medyo ubos na e. May report na talaga. Hindi ako nagpapatawa pero I cannot... My next successor should be freed of this kind of malignancy... Talagang ayaw ko. And corruption must go," Duterte said.

Duterte made the remarks after the New York Times published an article on the series of killings blamed on his war on drugs. It included interviews of mourning loved ones of the dead and pictures of the slain suspects.

Killing spree

Following up on the article, the newspaper published an editorial such killings would not have taken place without Duterte's approval since he promised to go after drug personalities during the presidential campaign.

"Even if Mr. Duterte has not directly ordered individual killings, there is no doubt they are being carried out with his approval. Mr. Duterte campaigned on a promise to begin a killing spree to eliminate the country’s drug problem, and he pledged bounties to those who would help," the editorial said.

Duterte has repeatedly denied that the government was behind the deaths under investigation—those committed by unidentified assailants—of drug suspects in the country.

The President, however, has also repeatedly stood by police officers who allegedly shot it out with drug personalities who supposedly chose to fight the law enforcers than be arrested.

In a statement on Monday, Duterte's communications chief Martin Andanar claimed the New York Times report did not give the full picture.

"There are two sides in every story. The New York Times article entitled 'They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,' dated 7 December 2016 is totally one-sided as it depicts the Philippines as the Wild, Wild West in this part of the world. This is farthest from the truth," he said.

Andanar said that of the 3,000 deaths under investigation by the Philippine National Police, only 1,080 are drug-related.

"The rest are murder and homicide cases perpetrated by gunmen which the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating, the results of which will be made public in due time," Andanar said.

"The police have nothing to do with these killings. The President has not given any direct order for them to kill drug dealers and users on mere suspicion. Police operatives only neutralize those who violently resist arrest, or else they could be the ones who end up dead. Thus, the President’s marching order to the police is that they have the right to defend themselves when their lives are endangered," he added.

Duterte in his second speech for the day, during The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award 2016 at the Heroes Hall, Duterte

"But all others, itong ganito na laro, I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood and gory," he said.

The President also said that he never enjoyed seeing Filipinos who died amid his war on drugs.

"Hindi ako nag-e-enjoy diyan. I am not really into so much about religion but I still have deep and abiding faith in God. Naniniwala ako ng karma. Pero ‘yung problema ko ngayon sa droga pati corruption, I will hit hard," he said. — NB, GMA News

 
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Rodrigo Duterte Criticizes Times Coverage of Philippine Drug Campaign By RICHARD C. PADDOCKDEC. 12, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page


The body of a man killed by unknown gunmen lay behind a convenience store in Manila. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

MANILA — The office of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines protested on Monday that a New York Times article and photographic essay on the country’s antidrug campaign had been “totally one-sided.”

Martin Andanar, the president’s communications secretary, complained in a statement that the piece, titled “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” and published on Wednesday, “depicts the Philippines as the Wild, Wild West in this part of the world.” He added, “This is farthest from the truth.”

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Daniel Berehulak, the photographer and author of the article, spent five weeks documenting the president’s antidrug campaign. He photographed 57 slain victims at 41 locations in metropolitan Manila.

His article reported that since the beginning of July, about 2,000 people had been killed by the police and that there had been more than 3,500 unsolved killings in the country. These figures match the numbers given to the news media by a Philippine police spokesman, Dionardo Carlos.

Mr. Andanar said that about a third of the unsolved killings had been identified as drug-related.

“The rest are murder and homicide cases perpetrated by riding-in-tandem gunmen which the Philippine National Police (P.N.P.) is now investigating, the results of which will be made public in due time,” he said in the statement.


A woman grieved as she waited for the body of her husband to be retrieved from the scene of a multiple homicide at a house in Manila. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Killings by gunmen riding in tandem on a motorbike are often drug-related attacks by vigilantes. Critics have said that the police are behind some vigilante killings, but Mr. Andanar denied that charge in his statement.

“The police have nothing to do with these killings,” he said. “The president has not given any direct orders for them to kill drug dealers and users on mere suspicion. Police operatives only neutralize those who violently resist arrest, or else they could be the ones who end up dead. Thus, the president’s marching order to the police is that they have the right to defend themselves when their lives are endangered.”

Michael Slackman, The Times’s International editor, stood behind the coverage. “Daniel’s work was an important contribution to our ongoing and in-depth coverage of the Philippines,” he said in a statement. “He took us onto the streets in a visceral, human way, capturing the cold reality of state policy while putting deaths in proper context.”


The body of a man killed by unidentified gunmen lay on a street in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

In a speech on Monday at an awards ceremony in Manila, the capital, Mr. Duterte said fewer people were being killed in the antidrug campaign, but did not provide specifics.

The president, who has called repeatedly for the killing of drug dealers and addicts, added that he did not enjoy seeing the deaths of his people.

“It doesn’t give me happiness to see a Filipino die,” he said. “But given a choice between a disorderly and failed state in my country.…” he said, without completing his thought.


The funeral of Jimboy Bolasa, 25, who was found killed along with a friend. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Mr. Andanar, a former television news anchor, said in his statement that a number of police officers had been killed, but did not cite a figure. He said their deaths demonstrated “the magnitude of the drug problem in the country, and the need for resolute and decisive response by law enforcement.”

He asked the foreign news media to “present both sides of the story” when covering the antidrug campaign.

(The Times published a follow-up article on Friday quoting many Filipinos as supporting Mr. Duterte’s antidrug campaign and describing it as a welcome antidote to the pervasive drug crimes that they said had traumatized the country.)


ANDANAR

“We in government, including the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, would be more than willing to help in unearthing the truth and presenting the facts about the drug menace to the public,” Mr. Andanar said.


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Rody to drug addicts: Take tranquilizers or hang yourself By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 13, 2016 - 8:26pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


“Ngayon, ‘pag talagang loko-loko na, tapos walang alibyo na ang katawan, hindi na masauli, nagpadala rin ako ng mga lubid. Magbigti lang kayong mga p**** i**,” President Rodrigo Duterte said. AP/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines — Take tranquilizers or hang yourself.

These were the choices given by President Rodrigo Duterte to drug addicts whom he said should just stay home to avoid arrest.

In a speech delivered Tuesday before leaving for Cambodia, Duterte said he would use part of the P5 billion remitted to him by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to buy medicines for drug dependents.

“Stay in your house and wait… I also released another P1 billion… There are about four million of you, I do not know if it would be enough,” Duterte said.

“You can buy your medicines. For example, the tranquilizers, the medicines that would keep you calm, medicines that would restore your sanity if it can still be restored.

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You just stay in the house and I will order the medical workers all around the country to go around the areas (with drug addicts),” he added.

For addicts who can no longer be treated by medicine, Duterte gave this advice.

“Ngayon, ‘pag talagang loko-loko na, tapos walang alibyo na ang katawan, hindi na masauli, nagpadala rin ako ng mga lubid. Magbigti lang kayong mga p**** i** (For those who are already crazy and can no longer be cured, I’ll send you ropes. Just hang yourselves sons of b******),” he said.

Duterte ordered the Social Welfare department to determine the areas inhabited by drug addicts.

“I hope that one billion would go a long way to treat you this Christmas,” he said.

The problem on illegal drugs was one of the topics discussed during the National Security Council meeting in Malacañan Monday night. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon confirmed that they are still verifying the involvement of eight lawmakers in the narcotics trade.

“We are still validating,” Esperon said in a chance interview Tuesday.

Duterte has claimed that there are about 3.7 million addicts in the country. He said more than 2,000 government officials, local executives and barangay captains are involved in illegal drugs.

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Duterte admits killing 3 hostage-takers in Davao City By: Jeannette I. Andrade - Reporter / @jiandradeINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:57 PM December 16, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte speaks to Filipino community in Singapore - 16 Dec 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the Filipino community in Singapore on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by WONG MAYE-E/AP)

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Friday to killing three people, men who were responsible for taking hostage and killing an Australian missionary.

Duterte made the statement in an interview with reporters after his meeting with the Filipino community here at the Max Pavilion, Singapore Expo.

He was responding to a clarification on a speech he made earlier in which he said that the international media “were not wrong” in their stories that he has killed previously.

“It was not because I was walking around and I killed somebody,” he said. “It was actually an event that was covered by the TV and all. It was about a hostage-taking. And it was when they decided to return the victim, I was already down there waiting for them and it was covered by all TV networks in Davao.”

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The President added:, “I said I killed about three of them. I don’t really know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies but it happened. and I said I can’t lie about it because killing people, kneeling down with their hands behind their backs. That’s all bullshit.”

Duterte was apparently referring to a three-day hostage taking at the Davao City Jail, which started on April 13, 1989. Felipe Pugoy and 15 members of his Wild Boys gang took advantage of the visit of members of the Joyful Assembly of God, a Protestant group, taking 15 of its members hostage, among them Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill. The incident ended with shots being fired, resulting in the death of five hostages, among them Hamill, and Pugoy and his gangmates.

Duterte was then Davao City mayor and part of the negotiating team.

On Friday, a Singaporean reporter asked Duterte if he would kill again as President, Mr. Duterte bluntly replied: “No, I will order (the killing). I said: ‘Go out and hunt for the drug guys. And it’s a virulent problem. Arrest them if it’s possible. Bbut if they offer violent resistance and you think, as a policeman, military man that you will also die, kill them.”

Questioned by a foreign reporter on his fitness to run the country, he pointed out that he was fit to be President because of the country’s drug problem, stressing: “I have a four million drug addicts in my country. That is not a joke. So when the United Nations and even Obama talked about it publicly, they were belittling, trivializing the problem because I said there are four million addicts in my country.”

He reiterated that the death of thousands of drug offenders could be classified as a genocide by the International Criminal Court and that his anti-drug campaign would continue to the last day of his term – until all drug offenders were killed.

He denied he was dependent on drugs to relieve himself of his migraine. He said that he would only take pain relief medicine when it is prescribed.

“(There is) addiction only when there’s regularity, when you take it and there’s a monkey on your back. That’s addiction,” he said.

Duterte pointed out that he had a bad motorcycle spill and his injury had been causing him intermittent pain, showing off his right elbow which had been stitched up because of it. –ATM

 
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President Duterte meets the 7,000 Filipinos in Singapore - Duterte Speech at the Filipino community Published on Dec 16, 2016

President Rody Duterte meets the 7,000 estimated number of Filipinos that gathered at the Max Pavilion and Hall 9 of the Singapore Expo for the Filipino community meeting on December 16, 2016.The President is on his second and last day of state visit to Singapore.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE
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Duterte wants to overhaul the unitary-presidential system and shift to a federal-parliamentary system through a Constitutional Convention. He desires the holding of a plebiscite and preparing the future federal states to effect power-sharing, resources-sharing, respect-for-all and development-for-all as key to reforming the whole bureaucracy to effect good governance.

Reforms under the new system are said to include: increasing the salaries of government workers; fighting graft and corruption; and unleashing the full potentials of all regions and ethnic groups for social, economic and cultural growth.

Furthermore, constitutional amendment shall lift restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution, grant more foreign ownership of property and certain industries.

The centerpiece of Duterte’s campaign platform was suppressing the three so-called evils: crime, illegal drugs and corruption, which he believes are undermining security across all sectors and hampering the growth of the domestic economy. He pledged to instill discipline with an iron fist for everyone to adhere to the rule of law and strengthen the country’s justice system.

To reestablish law and order, he plans to launch a focused, time-bound campaign against criminals, drug lords and corrupt government officials through the joint efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

He also plans to carry out: improvement of government provision of social services which include education, health, housing, mass transportation with special attention to the elderly, women, children, youth, indigenous peoples and other marginalized sectors; provision of assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families; and adaptation to climate change through reducing risk, preparing for natural disasters and adopting 911 nationwide.

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De Lima: Duterte may face impeachment for extrajudicial killings By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo - @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net / 12:30 PM December 15, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte may face impeachment for killing drug suspects.

In an interview in Washington with CNN, De Lima said Duterte’s recent admission that he “personally” killed suspected criminals while he was Davao City mayor was a violation of the Constitution.

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“I should say that that is an impeachable offense. That is a culpable violation of the Constitution,” she said. “That is betrayal of public trust and that constitutes high crimes because these are mass murders.”

De Lima said “mass murders” are considered among “high crimes” and that “high crimes is a ground for impeachment under our Constitution.”

Duterte earlier told a group of business leaders that when he was still mayor, he would ride a big bike and patrol the streets “and [look] for trouble.’

“I know it because—I am not trying to pull my own chair—in Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the [policemen] that if I can do it, why can’t you?” he said.

De Lima, who has been Duterte’s staunch critic, said she is unfazed by the threats against her.

“I just have to really continue, to continue fighting,” she said.

More than 2,000 people have been killed in police operations since Duterte assumed power.

“I am hoping one day he (Duterte) is struck by his conscience and order the police to stop the killings. The moment it is done I am sure that killings would stop,” the senator said. RAM/rga

 
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Duterte insists on public debate with UN special rapporteur By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2016 - 7:11pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte was in Zamboanga City to visit wounded troops. PPD/Ace Morandante, file

MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday rejected United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard’s proposal to hold a private meeting with him on extrajudicial killings and insisted on having a public debate with her on the issue.

The government had invited Callamard to the Philippines to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects but insisted that she comply with some conditions. They include engaging Duterte in a public debate where the president would be allowed to ask her questions.

Callamard has rejected the conditions, saying they go against the code of conduct for special rapporteurs. She said the findings of an investigation should be confidential so she can build trust among her sources of information.

Instead of a public debate, the rapporteur suggested holding a private debriefing with Duterte and a joint press conference where the president can challenge her findings.

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The president, however, was firm on his stand that he and Callamard should have a public debate.

“No, I want it discussed in public so she can state her case. If that’s what she did then I can refute her and ask her where did you get that garbage? What extrajudicial killings?,” he said in a news conference in Zamboanga City.

“I’ve been very open about everything. My order is to destroy (the drug apparatus). They did not understand the enforcement and the presidency,” he added.

Duterte said his order to destroy the drug apparatus includes not only tangible objects but also people involved in the narcotics trade.

“I’m not ordering a punitive police action. I’m declaring war because of the number of people, Filipinos who were victimized by drugs,” he added.

Duterte chided the western nations for supposedly trivializing the Philippines’ drug problem, which he claimed has affected four million Filipinos.

“I am angry because they are trivialize. They are underestimating the four million (addicts), sons of b******, because they are not Filipinos,” the president said.

The figure of four million is not supported by data from the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Duterte said his critics did not seem to grasp the reality that he did not have enough funds to address the drug problem.

“I assumed the presidency midterm. My budget was the budget of (former president Benigno) Aquino (III). He did not think that the number of Filipino addicts was that high,” he said.

“Whats the favorite battle cry of LP (Liberal Party)? Bottoms up, disburse everything. I was left with nothing, just the funds for maintenance and operation.”

Duterte insisted that he never ordered security forces to execute people who whose hands were already tied and those begging for their life.

“Did I order them to shoot people whose hands were tied? If some say I did, I will resign tomorrow,” he said.

“If you order an illegal thing to the military and policemen, they will mount a coup d’ etat.”

Duterte visited wounded troopers at Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City yesterday and handed out financial assistance to 16 battle casualties. Families of soldiers who were killed in clashes received at least P500,000 each.


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