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US-FORMER AMBASSADOR PLOTTING DUTERTE FALL - SOURCE
(A document received over the weekend by The Manila Times from that source said Goldberg had outlined a list of “strategies” to undermine President Duterte and called for his eventual ouster. The blueprint gave a timetable of one-and-a-half years.)


DECEMBER 27 -GOLDBERG: The Philippines may be in for another rough ride in 2017. Not only did former United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg leave the Philippines with a legacy of fractured relations between the two countries, he allegedly left behind a “blueprint to undermine Duterte,” a strategic recommendation ostensibly to the State Department for the ultimate removal of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from office, according to a highly placed source. It is not clear, however, if the State Department in Washington DC had given its imprimatur to the recommendation by its former ambassador to the Philippines. A document received over the weekend by The Manila Times from that source said Goldberg had outlined a list of “strategies” to undermine President Duterte and called for his eventual ouster. The blueprint gave a timetable of one-and-a-half years. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace plays down rumored 'Oust Duterte' blueprint; Speaker calls for probe


DECEMBER 27 -PHOTO OF Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella explains the economics behind decreasing the demand for illegal drugs during a press briefing in Malacañan on Aug. 26, 2016. PPD/Toto Lozano
Malacañang on Tuesday played down a rumor that former US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg prepared a supposed blueprint to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella instead pointed out that the president has a high trust rating in the country — an 'excellent' +72 in a Social Weather Stations poll this month. “The president continues to enjoy the trust of the people, and the people on the ground apparently appreciate what he’s doing,” Abella said in a press briefing. The statement was in reaction to a newspaper article that cited a single unnamed source claiming that Goldberg had prepared a plan "to undermine" the Duterte administration. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bato: 70% of PNP target in war on drugs accomplished
[ALSO: Duterte visits Midsayap blast survivors on Christmas Day]


DECEMBER 28 -Director General Ronald dela Rosa (Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)
Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said yesterday that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has accomplished 70 percent of its six-month target in the campaign against illegal drugs since it all started in July this year. President Duterte had originally committed to eliminate problem within six months but subsequently he asked for a six-month extension, citing the severity and magnitude of the drugs crisis. From the benchmark of 1.8 million pushers and users, Dela Rosa said they have accounted for a total of 1.049 million drug pushers and users — either through the process of surrender, through arrests or through deaths during encounters with police forces. “The PNP is on a continuous campaign against criminal gangs and personalities… with more focus on the arrest of and accounting for High Value Target personalities in illegal drugs business,” said the PNP Chief. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte visits Midsayap blast survivors on Christmas Day...

ALSO: Duterte to move vs China if it siphons out sea resources


DECEMBER 30 -In this undated file photo released by the U.S. Navy Visual News Service, the USNS Bowditch, a T-AGS 60 Class Oceanographic Survey Ship, sails in open water. After China returned an underwater glider it seized from the U.S. Navy off the coast of the Philippines, the Philippine defense secretary said his government would put both Washington and Beijing on notice against what he called their unauthorized presence in the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. (CHINFO, Navy Visual News via AP, File)
When China starts siphoning off resources from disputed waters in the South China Sea, that is when President Duterte will bring up the arbitration court ruling and assert the Philippines’ claim over the area. Mr. Duterte made the statement in a live television interview Thursday, saying that was an issue he could not let pass. Asked for the specific instance when he would assert the Philippine victory in the arbitral tribunal, Mr. Duterte said: “When the minerals are already being siphoned out.” READ MORE...

ALSO DOH: Firecracker injuries down by 34% from last year; number of injuries may soar between 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday.


DECEMBER 31 -In this file photo, a boy grimaces while being treated at a hospital after being injured in a firecracker explosion while celebrating the New Year in Manila, Philippines Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Despite the total ban of some firecrackers, many Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks allegedly to bring them good luck and to drive away evil spirits. AP/Linus Escandor II Change has really come to the country, with even the number of firecracker-related injuries down this year, data from Health department showed. A total of 141 injuries were recorded by the Department of Health between December 21 up to 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 31. DOH spokesperson Dr. Enrique Tayag said in an ABS-CBN News Channel report that the numbers were 34 lower lower compared to 214 incidents in the same period last year. Tayag said the number of injuries may soar between 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday. READ MORE...

ALSO TRANSCRIPT: President Rodrigo Duterte's one on one interview with CNN Philippines


DECEMBER 29 -Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sat down with CNN Philippines Senior Anchor Pinky Webb on Thursday for a one on one interview.
(CNN Philippines) — Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sat down with CNN Philippines Senior Anchor Pinky Webb for a one on one interview on Thursday afternoon. Here is the transcript of the interview. Pinky Webb: Good afternoon from Malacañang and good afternoon to you, Mr. President. President Duterte: Good afternoon. The pleasure of your company. Ms. Webb: Thank you, sir. You know, I know this is your first sit-down live interview since you assumed the post on June 30. President Duterte: Yes, it means to say that you have the priority. Ms. Webb: We do, sir. READ MORE...


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US ex-envoy plotting Duterte fall – source


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LISBON, PORTUGAL, JANUARY 2, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) BY DR. DANTE A. ANG, DECEMBER 27, 2016 - The Philippines may be in for another rough ride in 2017.

Not only did former United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg leave the Philippines with a legacy of fractured relations between the two countries, he allegedly left behind a “blueprint to undermine Duterte,” a strategic recommendation ostensibly to the State Department for the ultimate removal of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from office, according to a highly placed source. It is not clear, however, if the State Department in Washington DC had given its imprimatur to the recommendation by its former ambassador to the Philippines.

A document received over the weekend by The Manila Times from that source said Goldberg had outlined a list of “strategies” to undermine President Duterte and called for his eventual ouster. The blueprint gave a timetable of one-and-a-half years.

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Quoting Goldberg, it said the “political actors (the opposition) would need all the political weapons in their arsenal to replace the Duterte administration and replace it with something more to the opposition’s liking.” He noted, however, “that (deposing Duterte) would be a challenge for the opposition.”

Analyzing the President’s weakness, Goldberg said that Mr. Duterte “has no real friends” outside of his region for his propensity to mock and ridicule people close to him. He also said that the President’s “views are shaped not by ideology or personal ambitions, but by old-fashioned nationalism where he holds the United States accountable for the Philippines’ current state of poverty and dependency.”

To bring down Duterte, the Goldberg plan calls for stoking public dissatisfaction with the President over unfulfilled election promises, isolating the Philippines from the rest of the Asean by extending military assistance to member countries except the Philippines, and/or through economic “blackmail” that aims to limit trade by some Asean member countries with the Philippines.

ENCOURAGES SUPPORT FOR OPPOSITION

Goldberg also encourages support for the opposition through aids and grants, sowing discontent among the Duterte supporters and cultivating the cleavage between the congressmen and the senators over the Charter Change issue.

In brief, the plan calls on the US government to employ a combination of socio-economic-political-diplomatic moves against Duterte “to bring him to his knees and eventually remove him from office.”
The paper outlined the Ambassador’s “strategies to be employed” such as:

Political and economic isolation of the Philippines in the region by engaging the leaders of Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and by “highlighting the basic question of the risk of doing business in the Philippines.”
Enhanced US military relationship with members of the Asean community except the Philippines.

TURN AGAINST DUTERTE

Blackmail neighboring countries so they would turn against Duterte by reducing trade with the Philippines in favor of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Deepen ties with Philippine officials (the opposition), the police/military and leaders in the region who share the US concerns over Duterte.

Track corruption cases and highlight the failures of Duterte.

“Focus on the needs of the people at the grassroots and assist the opposition groups in delivering those failed promises through USAID – such as alleviation of poverty, housing and education – to name a few.”

Utilize the media to expose the truth about Duterte – “his false vision for the Filipino people and his dangerous international relationships with China and Russia.”

CHANGE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Goldberg also recommends, “change the political landscape by dividing the core leadership of Duterte” by “sowing discontent among (his) partymates.” He observed that some of the President’s allies are privately becoming concerned over his shift in foreign policy and the twist in the character of his economic and social agenda that veers closely toward the Left.

The former US Ambassador underscores the need to stoke the fire between the “defenders of the rule of law and Duterte’s Leftist group” by highlighting the demands of the Left to free all political prisoners in the country even before a formal peace agreement could be signed between the government and the CPP/NDF/NPA, and an end to US military presence in the Philippines.

It is not clear from what the source said how Goldberg would go about weakening the Philippine currency, but it states that such a scenario would lead to inflation (and would raise prices of food and other commodities). (Author’s note: He was wrong, though, in predicting that a weak peso would make our agriculture less competitive. On the contrary, a weak peso would help strengthen our exports and make our products more competitive in the global market.)

POSSIBLE COURSE OF ACTION BY  'STALEMATE'

The paper also quoted Goldberg’s recommendation to “capitalize on a possible stalemate” as a possible course of action if and when the Lower House marginalizes the Senate on the voting on Charter Change. The Lower House has already publicly declared that both the House and the Senate should vote as one and not separately, as espoused by the Senators. Voting as one would, as some senators say, disenfranchise them given the sheer number of the congressmen – 240 representatives versus 24 Senators.

There will be fallout as a result of the Charter Change stalemate. Many legislators will break away from the administration as a consequence, Goldberg predicts.

In his observation, the US former envoy to the Philippines said that while President Duterte has been successful in earning the support of the people for his campaign against drugs, his political and economic program has failed to deliver the desired results. The US government, he said, should try “to understand how Duterte thinks” and what his next moves would be.

PRESSURE ON DUTERTE

“With growing concern about the country’s security situation and economic discontent, the pressure is on Duterte to deliver concrete results,” the paper wrote, quoting Goldberg. “In this increasingly sensitive environment – a country susceptible to favor political disruption, our approach must be measured. Opposition actors across the political spectrum look at us (US) for cues, and our (US) influence is much greater than our footprint.”

Goldberg also advises “restraint in expressing public support for former President Fidel Valdez Ramos and Vice President Leni Robredo, as well as other opposition leaders “so as not to alarm the Duterte administration of an impending “destabilization or a coup.” He admits, however, that the “operation (coup) is obscured with difficulties.”

Two other options were presented by Goldberg, according to the paper: The rift among the Duterte supporters should be exploited, or assist the “Robredo-led opposition groups (to include the Catholic Church and other religious groups, business sectors, civil society groups and the youth) in addressing the international community regarding the shift in foreign policy issue, restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights through constitutional means.”

Goldberg predicts a worsening of the US-Philippine relations, more so on the issue of the US military presence in the Philippines, more particularly during the last two years of the Duterte administration.

The paper also wrote that the former US ambassador to the Philippines wanted to “know the views of Sen. Bongbong Marcos on a variety of issues such as: the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), China, Human Rights and the US-PH relations.”


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Palace plays down rumored 'Oust Duterte' blueprint By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 4:08pm 1 2 googleplus0 0


PHOTO OF Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella explains the economics behind decreasing the demand for illegal drugs during a press briefing in Malacañan on Aug. 26, 2016. PPD/Toto Lozano

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:51 p.m.) — Malacañang on Tuesday played down a rumor that former US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg prepared a supposed blueprint to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella instead pointed out that the president has a high trust rating in the country — an 'excellent' +72 in a Social Weather Stations poll this month.

“The president continues to enjoy the trust of the people, and the people on the ground apparently appreciate what he’s doing,” Abella said in a press briefing.

The statement was in reaction to a newspaper article that cited a single unnamed source claiming that Goldberg had prepared a plan "to undermine" the Duterte administration.

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The article quoted from an allegedly leaked document of "a strategic recommendation ostensibly to the State Department for the ultimate removal of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from office."

Abella said that “whoever attempts [the ouster] will find it difficult.”

The palace official said he is not sure whether Duterte has already seen the article on the alleged ouster plot. He added that the Palace has not received any word from the US State Department but is aware that it has already denied the existence of such a blueprint and Goldberg’s participation in an alleged ouster.

Ties between the Philippines in the US have soured since the US State Department, and later US President Barack Obama, expressed concern over deaths in the government's war on drugs. The Philippines has since announced that it will pursue an "independent foreign policy" that will focus more on regional partnerships in Asia, especially with China.

The president has more than once said that he will have the Visiting Forces Agreement, through which US troops are allowed on Philippine territory, abrogated.

The Palace has said in the past, though, that while the president's statements are a basis for policy, these are not policy until the government acts on them.

Speaker calls for probe

Meanwhile, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the president's party mate and ally, called Tuesday for an investigation into the supposed plot.

"If true, this has serious consequences not only on our country’s political stability but also on the economic and social fabric of our nation. It would also have grave repercussions on our relationship with the United States," Alvarez said in a statement released by the House public information bureau.

He said that if the US does interfere in Philippine politics, "that is anathema to the gospel of democracy the US government, especially under the administration of President Obama, has been preaching to the world."


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Bato: 70% of PNP target in war on drugs accomplished 223 SHARES Share it! Published December 28, 2016, 12:09 AM by Aaron B. Recuenco


Director General Ronald dela Rosa (Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)

Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said yesterday that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has accomplished 70 percent of its six-month target in the campaign against illegal drugs since it all started in July this year.

President Duterte had originally committed to eliminate problem within six months but subsequently he asked for a six-month extension, citing the severity and magnitude of the drugs crisis.

From the benchmark of 1.8 million pushers and users, Dela Rosa said they have accounted for a total of 1.049 million drug pushers and users — either through the process of surrender, through arrests or through deaths during encounters with police forces.

“The PNP is on a continuous campaign against criminal gangs and personalities… with more focus on the arrest of and accounting for High Value Target personalities in illegal drugs business,” said the PNP Chief.

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However, a review of the data released by the PNP showed figures that dispute the 70 percent accomplishment target of the PNP.

Based on the data of the accomplishments being sent to the media by the PNP’s Public Information Office (PIO), a total of 983,232 pushers and users surrendered to the police while a total of 42, 543 were arrested from July to December 27 this year.On the other hand, a total of 2,157 individuals were killed in police operations.

DISCREPANCY IN NUMBERS

These figures would only have 1,027,932 arrested, surrendered or killed — or only a 57-percent accomplishment.

Data from the Directorate for Operations (DO) released by the PIO has a bigger figure of 1,326,472 suspected drug pushers and users from July 1 to December 22.

“Included in the 70 percent are the total of 1,049,302 individuals who have surrendered under Oplan Tokhang; 45,041 who were arrested; 2,295 drug suspects who were killed during police operations; 69,647 drug offenders in jails; 54 under counselling with DSWD; and 147,756 drug personalities arrested or killed from 2010 to June 30, 2016,” it read.

With these figures, it would have been a 74 percent accomplishment for the anti-drugs war, dubbed as Project Double Barrel Alpha.

The problem, however, is that these figures released by the DO are way different from the daily data being sent by the PNP to the media for the Project Double Barrel.

The data also included a figure which is not part of the Project Double Barrel.

2010 DATA INCLUDED

The Project Double Barrel, later upgraded to Project Double Barrel Alpha, was launched on July 1 this year or on the day of the assumption of office of dela Rosa.

But the DO figures that justified the 70 percent accomplishment included a total of 147,756 drug personalities arrested or killed from 2010 to June 30 2016 — hence, partly under the past administration.

Sought for comment, PNP spokesman, Dionardo Carlos said he would ask the DO to explain. But as of press time yesterday, there was no clarification either from the DO or the PIO.

NOT IN THE EQUATION

The figure on fatalities does not include the 3,000 victims of supposed extra-judicial killings although Dela Rosa said not all of them are drug-related.

Among those killed by suspected vigilante groups are the Odicta couple tagged as the main supplier of shabu in Iloilo.

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Duterte visits Midsayap blast survivors on Christmas Day Rappler.com Published 10:50 PM, December 25, 2016 Updated 10:50 PM, December 25, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte distributes financial aid to the survivors and promises that the government will shoulder their hospital expenses


CHRISTMAS DAY VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte visits some of the Midsayap blast survivors at the Anecito T. Pesante Sr Memorial Hospital on December 25, 2016. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte paid a Christmas Day visit to survivors of the blast that struck Midsayap, Cotabato on Christmas Eve.

Duterte visited the wounded, who included children, at the Anecito T. Pesante Sr Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 25.

In a press release, Malacañang put the total number of the injured at 18. It said 3 of the injured were admitted to the Anecito T. Pesante Sr Memorial Hospital, while 2 are at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center and 1 is at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. The 12 others are outpatients.

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"During the visit, the President personally handed over an envelope containing financial assistance to the 15 survivors present in the hospital," said Malacañang, without disclosing the amount of the aid.

"The Chief Executive also promised the survivors a full payment to the hospital and outpatient expenses," the Palace added.

The blast had ripped through a police car and hit churchgoers arriving for Christmas Eve mass at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño.

A member of the Midsayap police force, SPO4 Johnny Caballero, was among those injured.


Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo


Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo


Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

The Midsayap local government condemned the blast as an "act of cowardice" and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. –
Rappler.com


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DOH: Firecracker injuries down by 34% from last year By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated December 31, 2016 - 3:14pm 5 0 googleplus0 0


In this file photo, a boy grimaces while being treated at a hospital after being injured in a firecracker explosion while celebrating the New Year in Manila, Philippines Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Despite the total ban of some firecrackers, many Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks allegedly to bring them good luck and to drive away evil spirits. AP/Linus Escandor II

MANILA, Philippines – Change has really come to the country, with even the number of firecracker-related injuries down this year, data from Health department showed.

A total of 141 injuries were recorded by the Department of Health between December 21 up to 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 31.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Enrique Tayag said in an ABS-CBN News Channel report that the numbers were 34 lower lower compared to 214 incidents in the same period last year.

Tayag said the number of injuries may soar between 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday.

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READ: Bato adds 2 new commandments vs indiscriminate firing

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police reported in their 'Iwas Paputok at Disgrasya' advisory one death due to stray bullet. Four others were also hurt, while nine civilians were arrested for the illegal discharge of firearms.

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The PNP also seized P827,260 worth of illegal firecrackers, including Piccolo, watusi and boga.

The DOH has already declared “code white” in the country and will monitor all firecracker related injuries until January 5.


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Duterte to move vs China if it siphons out sea resources By: Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:11 PM December 29, 2016


In this undated file photo released by the U.S. Navy Visual News Service, the USNS Bowditch, a T-AGS 60 Class Oceanographic Survey Ship, sails in open water. After China returned an underwater glider it seized from the U.S. Navy off the coast of the Philippines, the Philippine defense secretary said his government would put both Washington and Beijing on notice against what he called their unauthorized presence in the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. (CHINFO, Navy Visual News via AP, File)

MANILA — When China starts siphoning off resources from disputed waters in the South China Sea, that is when President Duterte will bring up the arbitration court ruling and assert the Philippines’ claim over the area.

Mr. Duterte made the statement in a live television interview Thursday, saying that was an issue he could not let pass.

Asked for the specific instance when he would assert the Philippine victory in the arbitral tribunal, Mr. Duterte said: “When the minerals are already being siphoned out.”

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He said he would bring up the friendship of the Philippines and China and ask that the two countries discuss the issue.

“Wait a minute, I thought we’re friends. We share economic bounties. How about us? What do you think? Isn’t it better if we talk now?” he said, addressing China.

Just recently, the President said he would set aside the tribunal’s ruling given the politics in Southeast Asia.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration had invalidated Beijing’s claim to nearly the whole of the South China Sea.

As for China’s increasingly aggressive militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, Mr. Duterte said the United States should have done something about this.

“If it was really a serious concern, then the United States should lead the way and stop it,” he said.

The US should have taken action from the beginning, he said, before chiding the American think tank that had brought attention to the issue as “useless.”

“Why raise a concern, why raise an issue putting the countries into distress or under stress, when you wouldn’t do anything. You have the arms, you have the tanks. We only have slingshots,” he said.

The US is not claiming any part of the South China Sea but is concerned about free navigation.

Mr. Duterte’s statements came not long after he said he wanted US troops out of the country and threatened to terminate its Visiting Forces Agreement with the Philippines.

On Thursday, he said he was trying to figure out what to do with the VFA.

He said many were angry with him about the issue, including the military. SFM


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TRANSCRIPT: President Rodrigo Duterte's one on one interview with CNN Philippines By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 19:06 PM PHT Thu, December 29, 2016
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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sat down with CNN Philippines Senior Anchor Pinky Webb on Thursday for a one on one interview.

(CNN Philippines) — Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sat down with CNN Philippines Senior Anchor Pinky Webb for a one on one interview on Thursday afternoon. Here is the transcript of the interview.


Pinky Webb:
Good afternoon from Malacañang and good afternoon to you, Mr. President.

President Duterte: Good afternoon. The pleasure of your company.

Ms. Webb: Thank you, sir. You know, I know this is your first sit-down live interview since you assumed the post on June 30.

President Duterte: Yes, it means to say that you have the priority.

Ms. Webb: We do, sir.

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President Duterte: Even in the number of hours.

Ms. Webb: We have… We thank you for this opportunity. Mr. President, it’s been six months. Kamusta na po kayo [How are you]? How has the presidency been treating you?

President Duterte: Well, let me put it this way. If you are asking me if I am happy with the presidency, I’ll give you this answer: I don’t need it at this time of my life.

I’m sorry to say it, but I will work and work and work. But kung ano… Maybe it’s because of age or the grueling trips that you have to make day-to-day, depend on what develops or what evolves around the country.

And so I get to travel a lot. And about the only time — and the purpose of going around ASEAN countries is because we are hosting the summit next year. And you have to get the feel of what you’d like to present to the ASEAN.

So you have to get into the — ‘yung dibdib ng tao [the hearts of people]. So, what do you want us to present or make a representation of what particular matter that are subject closest to your hearts?

And… That’s why I have to travel. But I hate traveling, you might as well know that.

I hate to travel but I have to go there because it’s my duty being the host country, probably around towards the end of November next year, God willing, hopefully.

Ms. Webb: Sir, can I clarify that? Are you unhappy being President? Ganon ho ba ‘yun [Is that how things are]?

President Duterte: No, if it means I’m extra happy, ‘yung a presidency, isa ka lang eh. But ‘yung sabihin ng mga tao that I am eagerly happy, I said I don’t need it at this time of my life.

But since I ran for the position and I won, so I have to honor the contract. Pero ‘yung… Sabihin nila gusto akong…I’m…They are trying to communicate with the guys na gusto akong paalisin, just to oust. You know, kaya sabi ko, kung talagang tatanungin mo ako kung atat na atat ba ako dito? Do not mess up with me because I mean, I don’t —

Ms. Webb: You are ready to let it go, you’ve always said that.

President Duterte: No, but ‘yung sabihin mo to oust, oust. I will… probably, I’ll give you a good fight. You’ll get a bloody nose sigurado ‘yan.

Ms. Webb: Sir, I wanted to…That was obviously part of my questions a little later on but since you brought it up, sir. These allegations supposed to be of ousting the President, how seriously do you take them? Very recently, meron supposed to be, Mr. President, this blueprint from the former ambassador. Are these something, number one, you believe, how serious do you take them?

President Duterte: In the matter of the credible news, kind of maybe, you may have some an inkling of how this guy operates, because most of the ambassadors of the United States, but not all, are not really professional ambassadors.

Iyong mga career at the same time, they do spying. They are really connected with the CIA. Ganon ‘yan eh.

The ambassador of a country is the number one spy, but there are ambassadors of the United States, ‘yung forte nila is really to undermine government.

That’s what happened with Bolivia. He was expelled because he was undermining the native President there. And they say that – that’s a good article of Time Magazine, I think. And it has a good analysis of how the elite of that country hates that native President.

And Goldberg started to dig under, to erode the foundation of the presidency and he was expelled persona non grata.

Ako naman, this is my message to the United States and to everybody, to those out there on the streets, and for those who are demanding my resignation: you know, I feel that I have to honor the contract with the people.

Pero kung sabihin mo na tatakutin mo ako, or that you’d be happy to see me out, I view life as a matter of destiny. All of what happens here in this universe.

So with little money and no machinery at all, I won the presidency. So to me it’s… There has to be something in there. So I asked somebody, I said, maybe just a message from you, from God, or from you to whatever gusto mo i-communicate, from you to whom.

Sabi ko, well, sabi ko, gusto siguro talaga ng Diyos na ilagay ako dito. So it’s destiny. So if I get to survive six months and one day, that’s part of my destiny. That is your presidency in this planet.

If I am still around next year to host the ASEAN, that’s my destiny. Sabi ko, kung anong ibigay ng Panginoong Diyos sa akin, tatanggapin ko ‘yan. Pero kung sabihin mo ako, you messed up with me, wala naman akong masabi. But I could give you a bloody nose really.

Ms. Webb: So may I get an answer on this, sir. Do you take these threats seriously? The threats to oust you.

President Duterte: In the sense that I maybe looking at it as a possibility, yes. But kung sabihin mo, fear of being ousted, and that would be I said, well, this is how long God gave me in this presidency.

But in return, sabi ko, you should also be prepared. So I said, I’ll give you the time of the day, and… I can do it if I want to.

So what you can, ‘yung sa America, ‘yung gusto nila akong paalisin, and some will say it’s because of the elite and anong ano dito, ‘yung… I said I do not really give [inaudible] about what you want me to be.

Basta ako may trabaho and I know that — ano ako eh. I’m part of the establishment or I was or I am. I’ve been mayor for 23 years in Davao. So… Come in from the cold, coming in from the cold ako.

But I’m part of that Republic of the Philippines. So hindi… Ang tao sa akin except for those who believed in me, is ‘yung — those who heard my message and that’s the only thing that you can really attribute to my victory.

It was the message that I was carrying and it was corruption in government, drugs which is really a virulent thing now and it’s just too bad that I cannot show to the people and all of you the chart of how things are going.

But most of the big time are really still very big and — always maybe undermining also government o talagang we have not shown enough to them.

Pero nakita mo naman sa San Juan, isang tonelada. And that would give you an idea, the activity of the drug system in this country.

Ms. Webb: Well, that is your campaign promise, Mr. President. Sabi niyo po noong kampanya, three to six months. In September, three months after you assumed the post, sabi mo, I need a little extension because you didn’t know how grave the problem was.

President Duterte: Because I was just mayor dealing with a problem of a small town city. In my town, in my city, wala masyadong drugs. I mean Davao is comfortable where it is now. Nakakalakad ‘yung mga tao gusto nila at wala masyadong krimen kasi walang mga tao na nasa droga.

So it’s a bit peaceful. But when I said, well how naïve of me rather. Kasi ‘yung sinasabi ko, I’ll finish it in six months, I was looking at the Philippines, ang akala ko ganon lang.

Ms. Webb: Davao?

President Duterte: Shabu dito, shabu doon konti. But I didn’t know that when I became the President, I started to squeeze everybody, so you saw the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos, not counting the original figure given by General Santiago, PDEA before, pegging it at three million.

Itong akin, as I have said by the end of the year, I would have hit a million. So you add another to Santiago’s original number, you add mine which is about one million, so there are four million addicts.

It is no joke. It is not just a problem that you can ignore or give just about five, ten minutes attention everyday. You have to worry about the repercussions.

Drugs, you know, that’s why I kill you. Why? Because they enslave the people. With four million, they are really slaves to you by way of a chemical, an agent. Parang alipin mo siya sa drugs, ahente ikaw, tapos dysfunctional family, ruined lives, hiwalay, then crime.

And you just say how many? 5,000? 10,000 people? You don’t even sure if it were really police encounter or not. You don’t even bother to…And that’s what happened here because America seems to have adopted a theory of the yellow. Kasi ‘yung yellow iyon na ‘yung campaign…It was not an issue against me, by the way. It became an issue when at the last moment, the last four days, lumabas na ‘yung figure about Central Bank na 4. — kaya ako galit sa Central Bank. Wala na nga ako pera…But sabagay you have to get somebody — somebody else’s permission.

Alam ko na rin iyon pero ang sabi ko ikaw alam ninyo. Nandiyan ‘yan money laundering. Eh kung 211 million ko. Kung walang nag-tanong eh di ibinigay na sana ninyo sa kanila para totoo. I was just hoping that you’d be truthful to your work.

CNN Philippines will be updating the transcript.

 
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