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RODY WILL NOT DEVIATE FROM TRIBUNAL RULING ON SOUTH SEA CHINA - YASAY
[RELATED: ‘Joint exploration in South China Sea not government policy’- Abella]


DECEMBER 19 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Filipino community in Singapore as they listen and cheer during his speech on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. AP/Wong Maye-E The Philippines' top diplomat assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte will not deviate from the ruling of an arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea dispute despite revitalizing bilateral ties with China. Duterte earlier said that he will "set aside" the milestone ruling to mend relations with China that grew hostile over the territorial disputes. "In the play of politics, now, I will set aside the arbitral ruling. I will not impose anything on China," Duterte said. READ: Duterte says he'll set aside sea feud ruling against China On the other hand, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. stressed that the Philippine government adheres to the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling on the disputed waters. "I also wish to reiterate what the President has stated in the past that he will not deviate from the four corners of the ruling," Yasay said in a statement released Monday. READ MORE...RELATED,
‘Joint exploration in South China Sea not government policy’...

ALSO: UN rights chief: Probe Rody
[RELATED: UN rapporteur rejects Duterte's conditions on EJK probe]


DECEMBER 21 --Al Hussein
The United Nations’ human rights chief has asked Philippine authorities to investigate President Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people in the past and to also look into the “shocking number of killings” under his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, which has left nearly 6,000 people dead. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued in Geneva yesterday that Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation,” adding it is “unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.” Such calls have enraged Duterte, who may revive a previous threat to withdraw the Philippines from the UN. The President is immune from prosecution during his term but he can be investigated. A Senate probe of allegations that death squads operated in Davao City when Duterte was mayor cleared him of involvement in extrajudicial killings. READ MORE...RELATED, UN rapporteur rejects Duterte's conditions on EJK probe...

ALSO Palace: UN rights chief free to air opinion
(Malacañang believes the UN official raised old issues that are already being addressed)
[RELATED: Allies defend Duterte amid UN probe demand]


DECEMBER 21 -Malacañang believes the UN official raised old issues that are already being addressed. PPD/Ace Morandante, File
 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang downplayed Wednesday the call of the United Nations (UN) human rights chief for authorities to probe President Rodrigo Duterte for the spate of drug-related killings in the country, saying the Philippine leader has already responded to the issue. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Tuesday that Duterte should be investigated for murder after he admitted to killing people.
RELATED: UN rights chief: Investigate Duterte for killings He also asked Philippine authorities to probe what he described as the “shocking number of killings” tied to his war on drugs. About 6,000 suspected drug offenders have died since Duterte assumed the presidency last June 30. READ MORE...RELATED, Allies defend Duterte amid UN probe demand...

ALSO SWS: Majority of Filipinos fear EJKs; Very worried that one of them will fall victim to such killings
[RELATED Palace: Drug war not aimed at poor, innocent]


DECEMBER 19 -Police are near the scene where unidentified men were killed in a police drug "buy-bust" operation before dawn Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Pasig City. . AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines — The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on the Duterte administration's war on drugs and extrajudicial killings revealed that majority of Filipinos are worried that they or anyone they know would fall victim to such killings. Based on the SWS survey published by the BusinessWorld on Monday, 45 percent were “very worried” that they would become a victim of killings, 33 percent were “somewhat worried,” while 10 and 12 percent were “not too worried” and “not worried at all,” respectively. The survey showed that 78 percent of adult Filipinos fear that they would become victims of killings. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace: Drug war not aimed at poor, innocent...

ALSO: Forgive us for killing - PNP
[RELATED: PNP chief a hypocrite, says bishop]


DECEMBER 20 -Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa poses for a ‘groupie’ during the PNP Christmas party at Camp Crame in Quezon City yesterday. BOY SANTOS As killings of suspected drug offenders and other lawbreakers continue, the country’s national police chief is seeking forgiveness from God as well as prayers from the people in whose name, he said, criminals were being dealt with severely. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa voiced his pleas for forgiveness and prayers “for Christmas gift” in remarks during the PNP’s Christmas party at its national headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City yesterday, attended by policemen and their families. “Sorry Lord, forgive us, but all I can say is we’re doing this not for ourselves or for whatever purpose – not for our personal gain, but for the future of our nation,” Dela Rosa said in Filipino. He said policemen who kill drug suspects also need prayers. READ MORE...RELATED, PNP chief a hypocrite, says bishop...READ ALSO READERS' COMMENTS...

ALSO: NASSA/CARITAS of CBCP says, 'Killings contradict govt's pro-poor stance
[San Pedro, Laguna Parish priest denies involvement in campaign to oust Duterte]


DECEMBER 22 -National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas, the action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), voiced its support for the Church's call to respect life.
Drug-related deaths in the Philippines, even in the context of police operations, contradict the government's thrust to protect the lives of the poor, who make up most of the casualties in the drug war, the Catholic Church's social development arm said. The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas, the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, also said in a statement that it supports a call from parishes in Iloilo for authorities to respect the dignity of life and to end extrajudicial killings. "[The] killing of drug traffickers without due process, even in the name of a just cause, is morally unacceptable," NASSA/Caritas Executive Secretary Edwin Gariguez, a priest, said in a separate statement. READ MORE...related, Parish priest denies involvement in campaign to oust Duterte...


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Yasay reiterates: Rody will not deviate from tribunal ruling on South China Sea


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Filipino community in Singapore as they listen and cheer during his speech on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. AP/Wong Maye-E

MANILA, DECEMBER 26, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Patricia Lourdes Viray December 19, 2016 - The Philippines' top diplomat assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte will not deviate from the ruling of an arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea dispute despite revitalizing bilateral ties with China.

Duterte earlier said that he will "set aside" the milestone ruling to mend relations with China that grew hostile over the territorial disputes.

"In the play of politics, now, I will set aside the arbitral ruling. I will not impose anything on China," Duterte said.

READ: Duterte says he'll set aside sea feud ruling against China

On the other hand, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. stressed that the Philippine government adheres to the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling on the disputed waters.

"I also wish to reiterate what the President has stated in the past that he will not deviate from the four corners of the ruling," Yasay said in a statement released Monday.

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Last July, the arbitral tribunal ruled that China violated its commitment to the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) when it started building artificial islands in the South China Sea.

The tribunal also concluded that China's nine-dash line claim over the contested waters does not have a legal basis.

Yasay stressed that the country is a state party to the 1982 UNCLOS and that the Philippine Constitution accepts the principles in the treaty as part of national law.

"As such, the Philippines will respect its rights and responsibilities under these treaties, including those rights recently reaffirmed by the July 12th ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal on maritime entitlements in the South China Sea," Yasay said.

He noted that the Philippine government will continue to strengthen bilateral ties with China until it has reached a "trust level" which will allow them to discuss the maritime dispute.

"This we will continue to do for the foreseeable future, until such time that we achieve a trust level that will allow us to discuss the more sensitive issues in our bilateral relations," the Foreign Affairs chief said.

RELATED: The verdict: Philippines wins arbitration case vs China

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‘Joint exploration in South China Sea not government policy’ (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 12:00am 2 10 googleplus0 0


Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella downplayed President Duterte’s statement that he may allow a sharing of resources in the disputed waters, which came in the wake of an unannounced visit of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to Malacañang also the other day.
Presidential Photographers Division/Ace Morandante

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella reiterated yesterday that there is no policy yet that provides for joint oil exploration with Beijing in the South China Sea.

Abella downplayed President Duterte’s statement that he may allow a sharing of resources in the disputed waters, which came in the wake of an unannounced visit of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to Malacañang also the other day.

“I believe these are not government-to-government agreements, but it may be business-to-business agreements,” Abella said in a briefing yesterday, adding that it could not be considered official if it is a private sector initiative.

Pressed for an explanation, he said there is no clear government policy at this time regarding possible joint oil exploration with China.

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“I’m just saying that… there is no government policy regarding the matter, covering that matter at this stage. But I suppose what he’s saying, what he was referring to, is the possibility of business-to-business partnerships,” he added.

At the same time, Abella echoed the Palace’s statement that the Philippine government will adhere to the ruling of the arbitration tribunal “because these are our properties, technically our properties.”

In a speech in Malacañang, Duterte said he can look at having joint oil exploration with Beijing to further settle the differences between the two countries over control of the South China Sea.

Duterte admitted that the Philippine military does not have enough power to flex its muscles in the disputed seas – compared to the might that Beijing has – and cannot allow the Marines to be wiped out.

He committed though that he would not abandon the Philippines’ rights over the area, which has been stipulated in the arbitration ruling.

China offers help

China has offered the Department of National Defense (DND) $14.4 million worth of military equipment, according to DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

He said Zhao has given a list of defense equipment for the Philippines to choose from –including small arms, fast boats and night vision goggles all amounting to RMB100 million or P720 million.

A technical working group will be going to China to take a look at the equipment. If a deal is reached and finalized, these could be delivered by the first or second quarter of 2017.

Aside from the grant, the Chinese ambassador also expressed his country’s willingness to sell big-ticket items to the Philippines in the form of a $500-million soft loan.

“China wants to give us $500 million worth of long-term soft loan. If we want more equipment we can always avail of that soft loan,” Lorenzana said.

He gave assurance that China’s only intention in offering the grant and soft loan is to help the Philippines in its fight against terror and illegal drugs.

“They wanted to help the President. They told the President that they know the extent of the terrorism problem in the country as well as illegal drugs and they’re willing to help us,” Lorenzana said, noting that Beijing would also be putting up a drug rehabilitation center in Mindanao.

Duterte hurled fresh tirades at Washington in the presence of new US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Monday and insisted that the country can live without aid from the superpower.

During the Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu townhall meeting in Malacañang Monday night, he lambasted the US anew for allegedly using its aid to interfere with Philippine affairs and threatening to cut its assistance to the Philippines because of human rights violations under his watch.

The event was attended by top businessmen, entrepreneurs, politicians, former and incumbent cabinet officials and diplomats, including Kim.

“You the United States were here, they lord it over for 50 years and live with the fat of the land. But when they went out, it’s still, it was still a unitary type. And to hear them say, ‘we will cut your aid if these things happen again.’ Go on, shut up, shut up,” the President said.

He went on to criticize the US-led Millennium Challenge Corp., which deferred a $433-million assistance to the Philippines over “concerns around rule of law and civil liberties.”

“I do not need your assistance, challenge – Millennium Challenge, 400 million? China is going to release to me 50 billion, go home, I do not need your aid,” the President said, stressing that he is standing up for dignity when he made his statements against the US, pointing out that the Philippines would not go hungry without it.

Kim did not react while Duterte was delivering the statements, but the envoy displayed a faint smile when the President recognized him.

“If you are dealing with Asians, with due respect to the Ambassador of United States, be careful of your language. You could not do that to the Japanese and to the Koreans and to the…They feel insulted,” Duterte said, giving a bit of advice to the newly installed ambassador.

The Philippines and the US has had a rocky relationship since Duterte assumed power last June 30. US officials have called Duterte out for the spate of killings tied to his anti-drug war, a move that he viewed as intervention with Manila’s internal affairs.

Duterte is optimistic though that the relationship between Manila and Washington would improve under president-elect Donald Trump, adding that the US could have used proper channels if it has concerns over his campaign against illegal drugs.

Not gospel truth

On Duterte’s plan to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Lorenzana said it should not be taken as “gospel truth” for now.

The President’s statement can be considered simply as a threat, since no formal written order has been issued by Malacanang to invalidate the VFA, an agreement that came into force in May 27, 1999 upon ratification by the Philippine Senate, he said.

“He (Duterte) just said it. He simply said it in a form of a threat,” Lorenzana said, adding that the DND has not received an order from the President to notify the US government about his decision to abrogate the VFA.

The defense chief added that the country would soon be cautioning the US and China on their activities within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

He said the Philippines would want to know what they have been doing in the West Philippine Sea.

“We have rights over the area. Both should ask permission from us,” Lorenzana said in reference to the recent “drone” incident near Subic Bay wherein one of the two US unmanned underwater vehicle (UUVs) was as seized by a Chinese warship.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto urged President Duterte to keep the US as a friend of the country in recognition of the help it has provided in the past.

Recto agreed that the Philippines would be better off pivoting to an independent foreign policy position than siding with any of the big powers.

But in pushing for this, he argued, there is no reason for the country to be alienating any of its friends.

“Our motto should be: Friend to all, but subservient to none. In other words, amity to all, hostility to no one,” Recto said.

The lawmaker said foreign policy rebalancing should not mean that “we dump old friends for new suitors.”

“So what’s the advantage of running away from the claws of the American eagle only to rush to the embrace of a Chinese or Russian bear?” he said.

He insisted that the Philippines maintain friendship with all nations, even those it has “ongoing differences” with.

“We must continuously engage, not disengage. One of the important engagement points is the matter of trade and aid, but preferably more of the former,” Recto said. – Christina Mendez, Jaime Laude, Marvin Sy, Alexis Romero


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UN rights chief: Probe Rody (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 12:00am 2 2 googleplus0 0


Al Hussein

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations’ human rights chief has asked Philippine authorities to investigate President Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people in the past and to also look into the “shocking number of killings” under his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, which has left nearly 6,000 people dead.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued in Geneva yesterday that Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation,” adding it is “unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.”

Such calls have enraged Duterte, who may revive a previous threat to withdraw the Philippines from the UN.

The President is immune from prosecution during his term but he can be investigated. A Senate probe of allegations that death squads operated in Davao City when Duterte was mayor cleared him of involvement in extrajudicial killings.

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Another Senate probe on ongoing killings related to the drug war will resume in the coming year.

This developed as Duterte dared UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to prove that he ordered security forces to execute drug suspects and criminals.

Duterte reiterated that the government is not involved in extrajudicial killings as policemen and soldiers would not comply with illegal orders.

“The rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission wants to come here and she said she wants to talk to me, one-on-one. I said ‘no.’ You go public, you make the accusations. I’d like to know where you get the garbage,” the President said at the awarding of outstanding Filipino individuals overseas in Malacañang on Monday night.

“Give me a policeman or a soldier here in front of me and ask her, ‘Who was the one or who I ordered to be killed?’ Extrajudicial? We do not do that. You do not shoot.”

Duterte said security forces would oust him if he orders them to do something illegal.

“If you force them to commit that kind of (act) –they will mount a coup d’état, believe me, especially, and all of them – the officers, the non-commissioned and commissioned officers,” he said.

“We have an armed forces who will never, never do that. And I know that, well, you do not overdo things. You think that we shoot people walking with their hands tied at the back on bended knees, no. But if you say a third of all killings were committed, happened during a police confrontation, yes,” he added.

The Duterte administration has invited Callamard to the Philippines to probe the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, but asked her to abide by certain conditions, including allowing Duterte to propound questions as well as engage the UN team in a debate on relevant issues.

Callamard has opposed the conditions, saying the findings of investigations should remain confidential. She also argued the conditions are not in line with the code of conduct for special rapporteurs.

She suggested holding a private debriefing with Duterte as well as a joint press conference where the President can question her findings. – Alexis Romero, AP

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UN rapporteur rejects Duterte's conditions on EJK probe By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated December 19, 2016 - 2:21pm 5 275 googleplus1 0


United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard is scheduled to visit the Philippines next year for a fact-finding mission. United Nations/Loey Felipe

MANILA, Philippines — United Nations special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard urged the Philippine government to reconsider its demands on her planned visit to the Philippines.

Callamard is scheduled to visit the country early next year to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects ever since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

Duterte said he wants to have a public debate with Callamard rather than holding a private meeting with him.

READ: Duterte insists on public debate with UN special rapporteur

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"I deeply regret the Government’s position and urge the authorities to reconsider their demands," Callamard said in a statement.

The president also demanded to put forward his own questions to "whoever he deems appropriate, including the Special Rapporteur."

Duterte wants Callamard to take an oath before answering questions from government officials regarding the issue.

"It is crucial for the effective implementation of the mission that the UN terms of reference are fully accepted by governments and that the code of conduct is respected," the special rapporteur said.

Callamard had proposed an alternative that complies with the Human Rights Council’s code of conduct governing country visits by special rapporteurs.

The UN special rapporteur suggested holding a private debriefing with Duterte and a joint press conference where the president can question her findings.

The government earlier denied reports that it has canceled the visit and insisted that Callamard will have to comply with the conditions of the president.

Under her mandate, Callamard is expected to meet with government and other public officials at the national and local level.

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings undertakes country visits to examine situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions worldwide.


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Palace: UN rights chief free to air opinion By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 7:58pm 2 20 googleplus0 0


Malacañang believes the UN official raised old issues that are already being addressed. PPD/Ace Morandante, File

 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang downplayed Wednesday the call of the United Nations (UN) human rights chief for authorities to probe President Rodrigo Duterte for the spate of drug-related killings in the country, saying the Philippine leader has already responded to the issue.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Tuesday that Duterte should be investigated for murder after he admitted to killing people.

He also asked Philippine authorities to probe what he described as the “shocking number of killings” tied to his war on drugs. About 6,000 suspected drug offenders have died since Duterte assumed the presidency last June 30.

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Hussein said it is “unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.”

OLD ISSUES

Duterte’s spokespersons, however, believe the UN official raised old issues that are already being addressed.

Let me just remind one and all, that the incident referred to by the president was actually already covered by media and it was legitimate police action and that the UN commissioner is free to express his views regarding that matter,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press conference.

He was apparently referring to Duterte’s revelation that he killed three men in the 1980s to save a kidnap victim in Davao City.

“It’s already been under scrutiny in the past, but it has already been addressed, as far as we know,” Abella said.

Asked if the government will respond formally to Hussein’s statement, Abella replied: “It’s his opinion. Basically, he’s just, he’s just airing his opinion regarding the matter.”

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte has already been probed about the incident.

“The president was investigated when he was still mayor of Davao and there was no evidence that he was involved in the EJK (extrajudicial killings) in Davao,” Andanar told radio station dzBB.

“If they want to investigate they can surely investigate. So for me, the issues mentioned by the United Nations have already been answered,” he added.

Chief presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo said those who want to investigate the president are merely trying to discredit him, noting that the Philippine leader is immune from suit.

“The problem with those who are monitoring the remarks of the president is they do not listen to him carefully. He already narrated that incident during the campaign period,” Panelo told radio station dwFM.

When asked if the president is open to a probe, Panelo said: “If you think about it, it’s not about the president being open or not. Even if he does not want it, they can still investigate. It’s now up to them.”

Duterte did not say anything about the UN human rights chief's statement during his 11-minute speech at the military's' 81st anniversary in Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday.

The Duterte administration has invited UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to the Philippines to look into the alleged summary execution of drug suspects but asked her to comply with some conditions.

Philippine officials said Callamard should engage Duterte in a public debate where the president can ask her questions.

UN RAPPORTEUR REJECTS PUBLIC DEBATE

Callamard has rejected the conditions, saying the findings of investigations should remain confidential. She said the conditions are inconsistent with the code of conduct for special rapporteurs.

The UN rapporteur suggested holding a private debriefing with Duterte and a joint press conference where the president can rebut her findings.

Duterte, however, insisted that a public debate be held so Callamard can explain her position.

Malacañang officials maintained that the conditions set by the government are not unreasonable.

“I understand your position, and the UN rapporteur’s position, however, we also need to understand from where the president is coming from. That he understands, he personally has a point of view, and he has stressed this (conditions) simply because he feels, he also perceives that it would be for the betterment of the, of the situation,” Abella said.

“The President did open up with conditions. Right? So it’s now the UN rapporteur’s call,” he added.

Andanar said Callamard may be afraid to debate with Duterte.

“Perhaps she cannot handle live TV and to report, to say it under oath. These are not demanding conditions for people who know what they are doing,” he said.

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Allies defend Duterte amid UN probe demand Written by Tribune Wires By Ted Tuvera and Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00 font size decrease font size increase font size Print 2 comments

PALACE SAYS KILLINGS PART OF POLICE OPS


DUTERTE AND UN CHIEF ZEID HUSEIN

President Duterte’s killing of three persons in the 1980s was part of a police operation, the Palace said yesterday after the United Nations (UN) human rights chief urged the government to investigate him for murder.

In several speeches last week, Mr. Duterte recounted how in 1988, early in the first of his several terms as mayor of the southern city of Davao, he and local police ambushed and killed three suspected kidnappers.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said in a statement Tuesday that Mr. Duterte’s killings, by his own admission, “clearly constitute murder” and judicial authorities must launch a murder investigation.

NOT CONSISTENT



Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that Zeid’s demand to investigate Mr. Duterte is not consistent with Philippine laws.
“Apparently, the UN rights chief is not familiar with the Philippine Constitution and our laws.

First, our president enjoys immunity from suit during his term. Second, no matter how many times a person in our country admits having committed murder, as long as there is no other evidence to corroborate his extra judicial confession, the case cannot stand in any court of law,” Lacson said.

The UN official can shout to high heavens to investigate the president but unfortunately for him, he can’t get past that call, he added.

ARBITRARY CONCLUSION



Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told The Tribune that “the High Commissioner could not use this alleged admission without verifying the true facts to arrive at an arbitrary and unfounded conclusion that murders were committed.”

He stressed that the remarks made by President Duterte’s were clearly in allusion of legitimate operations.

“President Rodrigo Duterte clearly stated that the killings alluded to were the results of legitimate law enforcement operations that he had led against hardened criminal who’s violently resisted arrests and placed the lives of police operatives and innocent people in jeopardy,” Yasay said.

SIMPLY HIS OPINION



Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Zeid’s comments were nothing more than “his opinion”.

“Again, let me just remind one and all, that the incident referred to by the president was actually covered by media and it was (a) legitimate police action,” Abella added.

He did not address Mr. Duterte’s possession and discharge of a firearm while not a policeman.

Duterte has said he routinely carried a gun during his early years as mayor of Davao to protect himself in a high-crime environment. He has not said if the weapon used in the ambush was licensed.

He won the presidential election by a landslide in May largely on a vow to kill 100,000 criminals to stop the country’s slide into a “narco-state”.

According to the UN, nearly 6,100 people have been killed since Mr. Duterte took office in late June.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) put the figure at about 5,300 violent deaths, with Mr. Duterte consistently rejecting allegations his incendiary comments could be encouraging police to commit murder.

While mayor of Davao, Duterte was investigated by the independent Commission on Human Rights over allegations he ran death squads that killed more than a thousand petty criminals in the city.

Duterte has variously denied or confirmed the allegations. The commission did not file any criminal charges after completing its inquiry.

CREDIBLE INVESTIGATION DAVAO KILLINGS

Zeid called for “credible and independent investigations” to be immediately reopened into the Davao killings.

And he demanded similar probes into the “shocking number of killings that have occurred across the country since Mr. Duterte became president”.

“The perpetrators must be brought to justice, sending a strong message that violence, killings and human rights violations will not be tolerated by the State and that no one is above the law,” Zeid said.

Enough Zeid



Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque said while he appreciate Zeid’s concern, he is not certain if such a statement is timely or consistent with the generally accepted principles of law.

“It is well recognized that one of the most fundamental principles of criminal law is the presumption of innocence, which provides that one must be considered innocent unless proven guilty,” Roque said

I fully understand how he could arrive at such a conclusion, he added.

“In the past, I myself have warned the President about how his actions could be perceived. In a privilege speech, and through various interviews, I reminded the public that the President has a duty to investigate the rising number of police-related violence and to prove that there is no state policy to kill drug addicts and drug dealers,” he added.

Roque, however, said the violence plaguing the nation is deplorable and needs to be addressed immediately.

“However, it is one thing to promote the rule of law, and another to label leaders as criminals,” he said.

“The judgment the Philippine government receives from the international community has not been fair or productive.

Does the UN still expect to be welcomed to investigate the facts on the ground when the High Commissioner has made statements that appear to prejudge the scenario? We are currently facing a deadlock that can only be resolved through greater prudence and diligence,” he said.

Roque said being vigilant should not be equated to being “overly eager.”

“The vast majority of public officers, who condemn the increasing violence in the country, including myself, will continue to find solutions to this problem,” he said.

Matter of perception


Magdalo Party List Rep. Gary Alejano

The negative perception of the international community on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs with over 5,000 suspects killed is growing, Magdalo Rep Gary Alejano said.

Alejano was reacting to reports that James Taylor has cancelled a concert due to concerns about Duterte’s war on drugs.

“The statement and action of James Taylor only shows international perception about our country particularly on the war against drugs,” Alejano said. Filipinos also shared the same perception.

“The rising deaths are alarming and can not be denied. This perception is also shared at home as 8 out of 10 Filipinos in one of the surveys are worried that they or their friends will fall victims to EJK (extrajudicial killings),” the Magdalo lawmaker said.


JAMES TAYLOR

James Taylor was reported to have cancelled his concert in the country due to EJK. Taylor was quoted as saying that
“For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for the illegal trade in drugs is, of course understandable, even commendable; but recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.”

Palace elated over drop in crime

Malacanang expressed elation over the reduction of street crimes attributed to President Duterte’s tough stance against criminality and illegal drug trafficking but finds the mounting extrajudicial killings as somewhat alarming.

“I think we should be happy for the fact that crime rate went down. And that it seems by all indications that those crime rates that went down were actually drug-related cases,” Presidential spokesman Abella told reporters in a briefing in Malacanang yesterday.

“We’re not happy, however, about deaths at all. We’re not happy about deaths. As the President said, the death of any Filipino is not anything to be celebrated,” he added.

The President Communications Office (PCO) dangled a Philippine National Police (PNP) data saying that the index crime was down by 31 percent from July to November compared to the same time period last year. Murder cases, however, went up by 51 percent.

Abella added Mr. Duterte is willing to talk with the three Mindanao politicians who were recently named as being included in his thick file of officials dabbling with the narcotics trade.

“I’m sure it will be. The President is quite open to those things. But it’s really their move, it’s really their move,” Abella said as a response to reporters’ query if Mr. Duterte is going to open the doors to the alleged narco-politicians.

The President named former Iligan City Rep. Vicente Belmonte, former Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz and Lugait, Misamis Orienta Mayor Wellie Lim as elected officials involved in the drugs trade during his speech on Monday before the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO).

Abella, moreover, denied that the President is selective by his means of dealing in dialogue with politicians compared to the way he deals with small time traffickers.

“I don’t know about the double standards, about the processes. Let them take whatever steps that they need to take and I’m sure the President will respond in the manner that he most sees fit,” the Presidential spokesman added.
Gerry Baldo, AFP

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Duterte should continue the war on drugs but please shut the fuck up already. He is inviting unnecessary negative publicity.
dio san pedro Thursday, 22 December 2016 02:13 Comment Link

alexandra
un tigilan niyo nalang ang pangulo!

alexandra Thursday, 22 December 2016 01:52 Comment Link

cass
wala kayong mpapala jan mpapahiya lang kayo!

cass Thursday, 22 December 2016 01:47 Comment Link

Pokwang
James Taylor cancelled his concert because his afraid to be kill by EJK , his a well known user of illegal drugs!

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This Zeid is an idiot! Because he is a Prince of Jordan, he can dictate to any elected President in the World. On Wikipedia, we can read is story... and understand his little knowledge of his role! Russians are really not impressed by him: " These attacks on the candidacy of Trump prompted complaints from the Russian government to the UN, with Vitaly Churkin (Russia's ambassador to the UN) saying: "Prince Zeid is overstepping his limits from time to time and we’re unhappy about it. He criticized a number of heads of state, government. He should stick to his file, which is important enough."


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SWS: Majority of Filipinos fear EJKs By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 19, 2016 - 5:00pm 3 75 googleplus0 0


Police are near the scene where unidentified men were killed in a police drug "buy-bust" operation before dawn Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Pasig City. . AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on the Duterte administration's war on drugs and extrajudicial killings revealed that majority of Filipinos are worried that they or anyone they know would fall victim to such killings.

Based on the SWS survey published by the BusinessWorld on Monday, 45 percent were “very worried” that they would become a victim of killings, 33 percent were “somewhat worried,” while 10 and 12 percent were “not too worried” and “not worried at all,” respectively.

The survey showed that 78 percent of adult Filipinos fear that they would become victims of killings.

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Aside from worries on the killings, the SWS survey also showed that 39 percent of the respondents consider the issue of extrajudicial killings as “very serious.”

On the other hand, 30 percent said it is “somewhat serious” while 22 percent were “undecided.” Only 3 percent said the killings were “not serious at all.”

IMPORTANT THAT DRUG SUSPECTS CAUGHT ALIVE

For 71 percent the respondents, it is “very important” that drug suspects are caught alive, similar to the result of the third quarter SWS survey. Meanwhile, 23 percent said it is “somewhat important,” 4 percent said it is “somewhat not important” and only 1 percent answered that it is “not at all important” to catch drug suspects alive.

The same survey showed that 70 percent of respondents find that the Duterte administration is serious about solving cases of extrajudicial killings in the country.

Some 38 percent of them said the government is “very serious” and 32 percent said it is “somewhat serious.” On the other hand, 20 percent were “undecided” and only six percent said the administration was “somewhat not serious.”

The respondents, however, were divided when asked about their opinion on whether the police are telling the truth that the suspects they killed really resisted arrest.

About 9 percent believe the police were “definitely telling the truth” and 19 percent said they are “probably telling the truth.” On the other hand, 16 percent said cops were “definitely not telling the truth” while 13 percent said they are “probably not telling the truth.” Some 42 percent of respondents were undecided whether the cops are telling the truth.

Records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that cops have killed 2,102 and arrested 40,932 suspects through legitimate operations between July 1 and December 14. Its data also said that there are 2,886 deaths under investigations from July 1 to December 12 with a disclaimer that some of the murders are still being probed and are not automatically connected with the anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Some 908,244 drug users and pushers surrendered before authorities under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Despite their fear of the killings and doubt on the PNP’s arrest system, 85 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the campaign with 53 and 32 percent saying they were “very satisfied” and “somewhat satisfied,” respectively. Meanwhile, 5 percent were “somewhat dissatisfied,” 3 percent “very dissatisfied” and 7 percent were undecided.

The survey showed that the Duterte administration’s performance in its war on drugs is “excellent” this quarter.

The fourth quarter survey was conducted from December 3 to 6 via face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adult respondents nationwide. It has a sampling error margin of ±3 points.

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Palace: Drug war not aimed at poor, innocent By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net / 02:03 PM December 19, 2016


A police SWAT member stands guard as police operatives examine the scene where two bodies lay on a road after being killed in a police drug "buy-bust" operation before dawn Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Pasig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he will invite the U.N. chief and European Union officials to investigate his bloody anti-drug crackdown, but only if he can question them in public afterward to prove their human rights concerns are baseless. More than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since July and more than 600,000 others have surrendered for fear of being killed in Duterte's crackdown. Despite growing alarm, Duterte said he won't stop the campaign.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Reacting to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed nearly 8 out 10 Filipinos feared becoming victims of extrajudicial killings, Malacañang on Monday maintained that the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs was not aimed at poor and innocent individuals.

“On the worry of Filipinos about becoming victims of extrajudicial killings, we recognize our people’s concern as we assure them that the government’s anti-drug operations are not aimed at poor, innocent, hapless individuals,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

“Extrajudicial killings are not state-sponsored and we denounce riding-in-tandem murders perpetrated by common criminals wrongly attributed in news reports as part of police operations,” Andanar said.

The SWS survey, conducted from Dec. 3 to 6, showed that 78 percent of 1,500 respondents expressed worry that they or someone they know would be killed—45 percent said they were “very worried” they would fall victim to summary executions, while 33 percent said they were “somewhat worried.”

The same poll showed that Filipinos are divided on the claims of policemen that drug suspects being killed in the antinarcotics campaign allegedly resisted arrest—29 percent of respondents said the police were not telling the truth, while 28 percent believed otherwise.

But Andanar maintained that police are conducting only legitimate operations that “require observance of operational protocols.”

“Murder is murder… Police authorities who violate procedures are made to answer before the law. Suspected drug personalities who resist and fight back with arms have to be dealt with appropriately. The proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,” he added.

Andanar highlighted that the war on drugs still received an “excellent” net public satisfaction rating from the public, and that 70 percent of respondents in the SWS survey said that the administration was serious in addressing extrajudicial killings.

“Rest assured that the Duterte administration respects the law and uphold the basic rights of our people, regardless of beliefs and political persuasions,” he added. JE/rga

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PNP: Forgive us for killing By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa poses for a ‘groupie’ during the PNP Christmas party at Camp Crame in Quezon City yesterday. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - As killings of suspected drug offenders and other lawbreakers continue, the country’s national police chief is seeking forgiveness from God as well as prayers from the people in whose name, he said, criminals were being dealt with severely.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa voiced his pleas for forgiveness and prayers “for Christmas gift” in remarks during the PNP’s Christmas party at its national headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City yesterday, attended by policemen and their families.

“Sorry Lord, forgive us, but all I can say is we’re doing this not for ourselves or for whatever purpose – not for our personal gain, but for the future of our nation,” Dela Rosa said in Filipino.

He said policemen who kill drug suspects also need prayers.

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While admitting that policemen have no right to kill people, some of them end up killing suspects in situations beyond their control, Dela Rosa explained.

PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

“The Christmas gift we’re wishing for policemen is prayer for the Lord’s forgiveness. Even if those who have died are bad, they are still people, they are still human beings and they still deserve to live and we have no right to take their lives – but things happen because we don’t have complete control of the situation,” Dela Rosa said in english and Filipino.

Almost 6,000 people have been killed in the intensified police campaign against illegal drugs since July, according to the PNP National Operation Center.

From July 1 to Dec. 18, police killed 2,124 drug users and pushers who put up a fight while 2,928 other drug offenders died under sketchy circumstances.

The NOC said a total of 41,575 illegal pushers and users surrendered in 39,358 police operations. Police visited a total of 5,339,475 houses under Project Tokhang, resulting in the surrender of 940,803 people, including 73,504 pushers and 867,299 users.

Dela Rosa stressed they were not happy killing people involved in drugs, especially the poor. He said he himself grew up in a very poor family but he never got involved in illegal drugs.

Injustice

He stressed it’s a serious injustice if policemen get killed in the line of duty – especially while tackling drug offenders.

“Letting a policeman get killed to preserve the life of a criminal is a great injustice in this world. We can’t let good people die and bad guys live,” he pointed out.

Dela Rosa added he could understand the feeling of apprehension of some people about the government’s tough campaign against illegal drugs.

“To those who feel apprehensive about the turn of events, I’m not trying to be self righteous, I’m not bragging about anything. If we have victory, we also have defeats,” he said.

“If they fear for their lives because they are possible victims of EJK, well that’s how they feel, bear with it. On our part in the PNP, we’ll make sure this will never happen, this should never happen,” he said. EJK stands for extrajudicial killing.

“So, indeed there had been killings, so forgive us. We’re not saying we’re behind the EJKs you’re talking about. Many have joined the bandwagon of the war on drugs, but still they become victims because of our war on drugs,” he added. “The blame is still on us because we initiated this war on drugs.”

The PNP chief also cited the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing 85 percent of Filipinos satisfied with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“It shows the true sentiment of the Filipino people. These people who are satisfied are the ones who are not noisy,” he said.

He called critics of the campaign hypocrites.

“I challenge them. They are hypocrites if they won’t admit they are benefiting from the peace brought by our war on drugs,” he said.

DRUG CAMPAIGN NOT DIRECTED TO INNOCENT PEOPLE

At Malacañang, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assured the public yesterday the campaign against illegal drugs is not directed against innocent people.

He also maintained the Duterte administration does not condone extrajudicial killings.

“We recognize our people’s concern as we assure them that the government’s anti-drug operations are not aimed at poor, innocent, hapless individuals,” Andanar said in a statement.

“Extrajudicial killings are not state-sponsored and we denounce riding-in-tandem murders perpetrated by common criminals wrongly attributed in news reports as part of police operations,” he added.

Observing protocol

Andanar insisted law enforcers conduct “legitimate police operations that require observance of operational protocols.”

“Police authorities who violate procedures are made to answer before the law. Suspected drug personalities who resist and fight back with arms have to be dealt with appropriately,” he said.

“The proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,” he added.

Andanar also thanked those who have expressed satisfaction with the government’s efforts to curb the drug menace.

“Rest assured that the Duterte administration respects the law and upholds the basic rights of our people, regardless of beliefs and political persuasions,” he said.

DILG TO BARANGAYS

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, for his part, asked mayors and governors to organize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and allocate the necessary budget in support of President Duterte’s anti-illegal drug thrust.

Sueno said the 42,036 barangays in the country are in the grassroots and their officials “in-the-know” regarding basic issues and concerns in their communities.

“The drug problem is a national problem that can be targeted and solved at the barangay level,” said Sueno.

“Illegal drug activities happen in neighborhoods. The barangays, as the smallest local government units, are our first source of information and first line of defense,” he stressed.

“Barangay-level approach is also a way of promoting whole-of-government and participatory strategy in suppressing drug abuse and trafficking,” he added.

An administration lawmaker also defended the Duterte administration’s vicious war on drugs, saying it was meant to protect the welfare of the innocent 96 million or so Filipinos as against the reported four million drug dependents.

“The drug addicts who have been so because of the drug lords and pushers who made them are between three to four million people. And this excludes the other millions of Filipinos whose lives these drug dependents destroy,” 1-Pacman Rep. Mikee Romero pointed out.

“We also have to look at the fact that three to four million people are being affected by the drug plague,” he said. “The war on drugs is like a war against a plague.

A SOCIETY GOVERNED BY DRUGS

“Let’s give President Duterte a chance to rid us once and for all of a society governed by drugs. War on drugs is like a war we wage against a plague. Both go to all streams of society, it does not choose rich or poor like a plague,” he added.

Meanwhile, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief Guiling Mamondiong said the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should look for ways to protect the rights of victims of drug addicts and pushers instead of criticizing the war on drugs.

“I challenge the CHR and the opposition to join the war of President Duterte against illegal drugs and find out what they can do to protect the rights of the victims of drug lords, drug protectors and drug pushers. In this way, they will be able to make up for the failures of the past administration,” Mamondiong said in a statement.

Mamondiong headed the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) before becoming TESDA director general.

He said the MRRD-NECC was established before the May 2016 national elections to help Duterte in his campaign to make the country crime-free, drug-free, corruption-free, insurgency-free and poverty-free.

“The rising incidents of crimes against women and children are drug-related. Molestation and rape cases committed against minors by their parents are drug-related. This is how serious the drug problem in the country is,” he explained.

Duterte has lambasted the CHR for calling his attention to rising cases of summary executions of drug suspects and addicts. With Delon Porcalla, Alexis Romero, Mayen Jaymalin, Emmanuel Tupas

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LegalJustice • 2 days ago IT'S NOW TIME TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY FROM THIS PSYCHOPATH AND PNP BEKENG BATO.

WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP ?

BE PATRIOTIC AND TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY FROM THIS PSYCHOPATH BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar ponggi • 2 days ago Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should look for ways to protect the rights of victims of drug addicts and pushers instead of criticizing the war on drugs ..........

War on drugs is not being criticized, it is the killings. It is the RIGHTS of those being killed whether they are VICTIMS of drug addicts or rubouts by policemen and killings of riding in tandem... Those who believe that the more than 2000 killed by policemen fought back and fired first are ............ !!! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar boi skater • 2 days ago Your day will come Dela Rosa and you will be made to answer for your crimes. 2 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar lemar • 2 days ago Maraming salamat Gen,. Bato unti unti na nawawala ang mga ngahari harian na mga Adik at Kriminal sa Lugar namin..mga sigang pulis nawala narin... • Reply•Share ›

Avatar lemar • 2 days ago Gen. Bato sana ubusin mona lahat mga salot na Kriminal para di maka pinsala pa na ng iba..wala ng pusher dito samin dumami naman magnanakaw.. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar NOAH • 2 days ago Serious injustice kung mapatay ang mga pulis? Eh anong tawag mong hayup ka sa mga napapatay na inosente? Ang mga drug addicts ay hindi lahat kriminal. Karamihan diyan ay biktima - BIKTIMA NG KAHIRAPAN DAHIL SA MGA TIWALING OPISYAL NG GOBYERNO. Sana mangyari sa isa sa mga anak mo ang mabiktima ng mga walang takot sa Diyos na mga pulis mo. AT PLEASE HUWAG MONG IDAMAY ANG DIYOS SA MGA PINAGGAGAGAWA NINYO NA KAHAYUPAN. Pahingi-hingi ka pa ng tawad. Magpakamatay ka na. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar lemar NOAH • 2 days ago ala enosente pala mga adik at saka pusher? kaya pala normal lang na may napapatay sila, narerape at nahoholdup sa panahon ng Kultong dilaw.. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar OMG • 2 days ago wow, don't use Christmas in asking for forgiveness...in doing so, you are only implying that NOT all who have died in killing in the hands of law enforcement agencies, excluding the tolerated vigilante, were drug addicts. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Tomorrow Man • 2 days ago God will not forgive you Mr. Batos nor your assassins wearing uniforms. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar SHEILLA AVILLA • 2 days ago AFTER YOUR TERM KAYO ANG MABITAY PAG NA APROVE NA ANG DEATH PENALTY • Reply•Share ›

Avatar SHEILLA AVILLA • 2 days ago HOY DELA ROSA HINDI BAGAY SAYO MAG SUOT NG SANTA CLAUSE DAPAT I KABIT SA ULO MU SUNGAY KC DEMONYO KA... KILLING HUMANS IS EVIL... SANA SA IMPYERNO KYO PULUTIN NI DIGONG • Reply•Share ›

Avatar LegalJustice • 2 days ago THESE PSYCHO'S NEED TO BE SALVAGED BY ALL MEANS

IF THESE THE ONLY REMEDY TO PUT THEM TO JUSTICE.

LAWLESSNESS SHOULD BE STOPPED AND HAVE THEM BE ACCOUNTABLE, RESPONSIBLE AND CRIMINALLY LIABLE FOR THEIR HEINOUS CRIME.

IF YOU TRULY LOVED YOUR COUNTRY THEN STAND UP AND PROTEST FOR THESE KILLINGS AND BE PATRIOTIC.

TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY AND SAVE THE PHILIPPINES. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar rod rod • 2 days ago Nag-uumpisa ng makonsensya itong si Bato. Tingin ko may kabutihan pa ring natitira sa puso nito, konti na lang magre-resign na to • Reply•Share ›

Avatar bonobojean • 2 days ago know the god you pray to by the words you speak.. love is the prayers to god.. killing is the word of satan.. you are praying to god satan.. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar MangDoIphy • 2 days ago GOD: NO I CANNOT FORGIVE PNP. YOU GEN. BATO SHOULD KILL YOURSELF. 2 • Reply•Share › Avatar JUST ME • 2 days ago The dumbest police ever, psycho dela rosa. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar ManualOrtegas • 2 days ago First of all, Duterte and Bato WILL NEVER win the drug war. It is unwinnable especially in the manner in which is now waged. You are creating heros and martyrs, orphans and widows who breed faster than you can shoot. Mark my sad words and talk to me in 12 months when 25,000 are dead, the nation takes to the streets and the useless udeas of Digong are laid on the trash pile of history. Sori po and Merry X-Mas. 4 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar bonobojean ManualOrtegas • 2 days ago and without jobs to go to .. they will return to drugs..

jobs are the killers of drugs.. will these simple minds ever comprehend.. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Manny De Los Reyes • 2 days ago Speaking of an oxymoron. This "forgive us for killing" is best for 2016. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Maverick22 Manny De Los Reyes • 2 days ago Coming from Bato, the ultimate moron... What a clown. Photo-op pa more. • Reply•Share ›

Avatar James O Sullivan • 2 days ago When does the stupidity, lies and hypocrisy end? Is there no limit? • Reply•Share ›

Avatar FedUpWithWelfareStates • 2 days ago The Philippines is DOOMED! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar Patricia Rimando • 2 days ago Policemen who kill drug suspects without proven guilt don't' need prayers. They need to be brought before the courts and be punished for the crime they have done. If it is proven that they are guilty then give them that death penalty where they are so in favour of. 4 • Reply•Share ›

Avatar lumbertwome • 2 days ago What do you serious injustice for policeman being killed in the drug operation???? THAT'S THEIR JOB!!!! And what do think of a person inside his jail cell being killed???? If you don't consider it serious at least it is injustice !!! and those police authorities that violate the rules of law will answer before the law "MARVIN MARCOS "and cohort ANYONE???? GET A LIFE BATO!!!! "MABUHAY"!!! • Reply•Share ›

Avatar LegalJustice • 2 days ago KILING WITOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW IS A CRIME TO HUMANITY !

THIS IS A PLAIN AND SIMPLE TRUE CONFESSION OF THEIR KILLINGS

AND THAT IS JUST A CONFIRMATION AND VALIDATION THAT THERE WERE EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS.

THESE PSYCHO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE, ACCOUNTABLE AND CRIMINALLY LIABLE FOR THEIR HEINOUS CRIME.

THEY PUT THE WHOLE PHILIPPINES IN HOSTAGE FOR TERRORIZING THE WHOLE COUNTRY WITH THEIR EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS.

AND THE CRIME RATE EVEN WENT HIGHER AND THEY NEED TO SURRENDER THOSE POLICE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE RIDING IN TANDEM A.K.A. DAVAO DEATH SQUAD OF DUTERTE.

THIS PRESIDENT SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE INCLUDING PNP BATO WHO OBVIOUS TRYING TO COVER IT UP.

AS THE SAYING GOES: "NOBODY IS ABOVE THE RULE OF LAW !" 2 • Reply•Share › −

Avatar Eagle • 2 days ago maybe you will be forgiven if the dead will rise. • Reply•Share ›

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PNP chief a hypocrite, says bishop By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0


Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the policemen should go beyond asking for forgiveness by changing their ways, stopping the perpetration of atrocities against other people and arresting those behind “vigilante killings.” “Even if they asked for forgiveness but would not change their ways, it would be hypocrisy. You will ask for forgiveness yet you would continue with your killings,” the bishop declared over Church-run Radio Veritas. Facebook.com/RonaldBatoDelaRosa

MANILA, Philippines – “A hypocrite” is how Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo described Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa for asking God’s forgiveness on behalf of the policemen who have killed thousands of alleged criminals.

Pabillo said the policemen should go beyond asking for forgiveness by changing their ways, stopping the perpetration of atrocities against other people and arresting those behind “vigilante killings.”

“Even if they asked for forgiveness but would not change their ways, it would be hypocrisy. You will ask for forgiveness yet you would continue with your killings,” the bishop declared over Church-run Radio Veritas.

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Going to confession would not even be enough if the law enforcers would only continue committing sins, he said.

“If they would not change, then their sorry would be meaningless,” Pabillo said.

Saying sorry, he added, might be acceptable if people were only injured and not killed.

Dela Rosa wished during Monday’s PNP Christmas party that people pray for the policemen and for God to forgive them for all the killings done in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

He found an ally in presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, who said Dela Rosa’s plea for forgiveness should not be seen as an indication of guilt of the policemen tasked by President Duterte to take the lead in his intensified war against illegal drugs.

Abella said the PNP chief’s call was in consonance with the killings that came in the wake of legitimate police operations and disputed insinuations that it indicated a bothered conscience in the wake of concerns raised over alleged human rights violations in relation to the increased number of extra-judicial killings.

“It is an admission of engagement in police processes, you know. So, basically, you know, these are not murders being committed. These people are engaged in police operations and that’s why even the President couches his terms in, for example, war on drugs,” he added.

While Abella, a former evangelist, agreed that the number of killings is “not ordinary,” these should not be misconstrued as a result of the encouragement of the President’s call to go after and kill the last drug lord while he is in office.

“You need to understand what he (Dela Rosa) is saying, that people are being…there are actually casualties during legitimate police operations. That’s what he’s saying. That’s what he’s asking apologies for,” Abella added.

But for Pabillo, if the police are really intent on asking forgiveness, then it should go after the killers.

“If they are really repenting and asking for forgiveness then the PNP should apprehend these people engaged in vigilante killings,” Pabillo stressed.

At the Redemptorist’s national shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, rector Joseph Echano is growing worried over the public’s reaction to the photo gallery that features pictures of those who were killed and placed under the label “Death Under Investigation (DUI).”


Ipinahayag ng National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Baclaran Redemptorist Church ang kanilang pagkabahala sa naging reaksyon ng publiko sa 'photo ...

The religious community observed that a number of those who visited the gallery appeared to approve of the recent incidents of alleged extrajudicial killings.

“We are worried because the purpose of the photo gallery at the Baclaran Church is to inform people that each person must have their dignity, even the criminals. The criminals have the right to live and be given the opportunity to reform themselves,” Echano said.

According to a PNP report, more than 2,000 suspected illegal drug users and pushers were killed from July until Dec. 18. It also said that 3,993 cases are classified under DUI.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa said he would rather go to prison for murder than for stealing people’s money, an act he described as “nakakadiri” (filthy).

He also reminded the PNP’s logistics support service personnel to be extra careful in dealing with businessmen and in all their procurement transactions.

Dela Rosa installed Chief Supt. Amador Corpus as the unit’s acting director, replacing Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac who was assigned as PNP regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. – With Cecille Suerte-Felipe, Tina Mendez

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richamp17 • 24 minutes ago

there will be revenge after Duterts term expires..
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UGLY WHITES • an hour ago

Pinoys are unable to govern themselves. And the church should stay out of politics. What we need is to outsource our governance to either Japan or the US, say for 30 years, then after the new generation of Pinoys are educated and trained the true spirit of democracy and proper governance, then comes the handover back to Pinoy leadership, hopefully under the new and improved batch of educated and civilized younger generation.
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NO Red Tape ! • 2 hours ago

Why praise someone who cursed the Pope, an atheist? He’s also a psycho killer, Communist sympathizer, protector of NPA and Abu Sayyaf criminals, Misuari, protector of Muslim terrorists and drug dealers. And now He protected police criminals, Is this the person we must follow?
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NO Red Tape ! • 2 hours ago

Opssss sorry ! nadamay ka bata ! ganoon talaga !
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wtf3 phase 3 • 2 hours ago

bato, next time pag humingi ka ng tawad sa diyos, idaan mo sa middle man, kay bishop. na-bypass kasi kaya nagalit. ano ba yan, di ba pwedeng direct flight to god. mga pari talaga oh, dapat sana maging masaya...
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NO Red Tape ! wtf3 phase 3 • 2 hours ago

sinabi bang dumaan sa pari ?
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Sam Huan wtf3 phase 3 • 2 hours ago

Parang hindi mo naintindihan ang sinabe. hihinge ng patawad sa mga ginagawang mali, PERO gagawin pa ren nila. So walang ren silbe, pakitang tao lang ang paghinge ng sorry.
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milky_whitie • 3 hours ago

Mga pedophile na pari! Stop hypocrisy! Humingi na ba kayo ng tawa sa mga batang minolestya nyo? Pag nagkaroon ng kaso ang mga pari dito sa Pilipinas ay pilit nyong pinagtatakpan! Ganyan na ginagawa nyo mula pa sa panahon ni Padre Damaso!
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Sam Huan milky_whitie • 2 hours ago

Haha ayos sinaraan ang nagsabi pero hinde ang mensahe. O hindi mo lang naintindihan ang sinabe.
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milky_whitie Sam Huan • an hour ago

Siguro isa ka sa mga paring nangmomolestya!
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richamp17 milky_whitie • 26 minutes ago

jehovah ka o born again o INC?
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Manny De Los Reyes • 3 hours ago

You so nice bishop. This bato guy is lunatic.
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milky_whitie Manny De Los Reyes • 3 hours ago

Manuela De Los Reyes is baklang lunatic.
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Noynoy/Leni • 3 hours ago

Ano nga ba ang naririnig ko sa inyo sa simbahan bishop? Ahh..."He who has no sin cast the first stone". Tama ba father? Buti na lang sukdulang banal ka, kundi tatawagin ka nilang hypocrite din.
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Sam Huan Noynoy/Leni • 2 hours ago

Everyone is a hypocrite. There are so many laws out there. The idea is just to change for the BETTER. What they are saying is that they are asking for forgiveness of the sins they have committed. But they will still continue those activities afterwards. So it is useless to as for forgiveness after all.
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†he Coun† • 4 hours ago

yea, hypocrites tend to know who shares the same value as they do. CBCP, such f/\ggots. i feel bad for Cardinal Tagle. he's the only credible priest out there.
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Sa pool • 4 hours ago

Look who's talking ! The only "individuals" who claims to be the "sole" force that could grant forgiveness.... what a convenient "authority" huh?
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NASSA/CARITAS of CBCP says, 'Killings contradict government's pro-poor stances' By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 10:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas, the action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), voiced its support for the Church's call to respect life.

MANILA, Philippines — Drug-related deaths in the Philippines, even in the context of police operations, contradict the government's thrust to protect the lives of the poor, who make up most of the casualties in the drug war, the Catholic Church's social development arm said.

The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas, the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, also said in a statement that it supports a call from parishes in Iloilo for authorities to respect the dignity of life and to end extrajudicial killings.

"[The] killing of drug traffickers without due process, even in the name of a just cause, is morally unacceptable," NASSA/Caritas Executive Secretary Edwin Gariguez, a priest, said in a separate statement.

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The statement came after the Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo held a silent protest condemning the drug-related deaths, with at least 97 parishes putting up streamers calling for an end to the killings. Earlier, the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur also held a similar protest.

According to government data, 2,124 suspected drug personalities have been killed in police operations since July. Another 2,928 supposed personalities have also been killed in what the government says is a "cleansing" by drug syndicates and criminal gangs..

The CBCP has also condemned a recent statement of the president that there would be daily executions once the death penalty is restored.

"The Philippines will be viewed as very barbaric," Father Jerome Secillano, CBCP public affairs executive secretary, said in a Agence France-Presse report.

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Gariguez said that while he supports the administration's goal to eradicate illegal drugs and criminality, the method is unforgivable.

"Unfortunately, reports show that majority of those killed are poor people residing in squatter areas," Gariguez said, adding that they are the most vulnerable to be killed.

He also added that the poor are the most vulnerable to having their rights destroyed, violated and suppressed.

Monsignor Meliton Oso, Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center director, revealed they are creating a council to handle the drug rehabilitation program for surrenderees.

"We are looking at a therapeutic community-based rehabilitation program in coordination with the barangay local government units," Osa said.

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Parish priest denies involvement in campaign to oust Duterte By: Ed Margareth Barahan - @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net / 03:59 PM December 21, 2016 duterte4 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte –ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

A parish priest in San Pedro, Laguna on Wednesday denied involvement in a signature campaign to oust President Rodrigo Duterte which is being circulated by a fake social media site.

According to Father David Reyes of Saint Joseph the Patriach in Laguna, the report that his parish is doing a signature campaign to oust or call for Duterte’s resignation is not true, unfair and malicious.

“Saint Joseph the Patriarch Parish has never engaged in any signature campaign calling for the Philippine President’s resignation or ouster while the parish supports its Diocese in its stance against the death penalty and extra judicial killings,” Reyes said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

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He also encouraged other parishioners to check the sources of reports first and not to believe anything without sufficient basis.

“We encourage the parishioners and all our brothers and sisters to be cautious in being swayed by fake news such as this indicated below. The news is malicious, baseless and unfair, and does not verify information if they are factual or hearsay. The news is based on a message posted by Maharlika Facebook page from an alleged parishioner,”

Reyes called it “laughable” for a barangay (village) parish with a small population to engage in a signature campaign. RAM

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