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RIZAL DEATH ANNIVERSARY: DUTERTE URGES 'NATIONAL UNITY'. 'ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT' FOR CHANGE


DECEMBER 30 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for a “period of national unity” as the country faced a “significant phase” of social development and economic growth. In his message during the country’s commemoration of Jose Rizal’s martyrdom, Duterte also sought the “active involvement” of all sectors to help bring about genuine change in society. “We are the fortunate recipient of the fruits of Rizal’s sacrifices, the freedom that he fought for, and the self-identity and honor that he strongly believed we ought to defend. Beyond his prodigious and various talents, Rizal is best honored when we regard him as a beacon and moral compass in these challenging and perilous times,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO SWS survey: Filipinos hopeful for 2017; Optimism for the New Year had improved three percentage points from 2015’s 92 percent.


DECEMBER 30 -(Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
High survey turnout matches optimism shown by those hopeful for 2003 and 2012 Majority of Filipinos are welcoming the New Year with hope, revealed Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll recently. The SWS survey, conducted December 3–6, bared that 95 percent of adult Filipinos said they are hopeful of the coming 2017. Only five percent said they are rather fearful. The results, SWS said, matched the all-time high record of those hopeful in 2002 for the incoming 2003, and those in 2011 for the incoming 2012. Optimism for the New Year had improved three percentage points from 2015’s 92 percent. Meanwhile, fear for the incoming year had decreased from last year’s eight percent. Only five percent of the 1,500 respondents expressed fear for 2017. READ MORE...

ALSO: ON WAR ON DRUGS - Duterte asks Filipinos, 'Trust me!'


DECEMBER 31 -Trust me.” This was President Duterte’s message to Filipinos wary of his war on drugs, which he vowed to vigorously pursue until the last day of his term. In separate television interviews on Thursday, the President admitted that with the magnitude of the drug problem in the country, his campaign, though it may seem impossible to win, is doable. According to Duterte, he has six years in office and if he is not removed as president or if he does not die before the end of his term, he will not stop until the last drug pusher is out of the streets and the last drug lord is killed. And when he showed his thick list of drug personalities, the President appealed to Filipinos to trust him as he continues to wage his war on drugs. “You elected me as president. You must have trust in me. When I say that it’s time to lift it, I will lift it. I have no personal stake here, I do not even know them,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte to Pinoys - Continue fight vs drugs, crime, corruption in 2017


DECEMBER 31 -President Rodrigo Duterte gives his first New Year's message to Filipino since assuming the post in June 2016. AP/Vincent Thian, file
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged Filipinos to work with the government to attain peace and development. In his first New Year’s message, Duterte called on the public to help in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. Duterte also said he hopes that a da will come when no Filipino will be forced to work abroad to look for better opportunities. “Let us work together to enliven our business environment so that, in the near future, working abroad would only be an option for our kababayans and not a necessity,” the president. The administration is looking to attract more investors that will lead to the creation of jobs. READ MORE...

ALSO: Join fight vs drugs, corruption – Duterte


JANUARY 1 -President Duterte welcomed the New Year by asking the people to be the government’s partners in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. PPD/Ace Morandante
Faced with the challenge to improve the lives of Filipinos amidst human rights concerns over his bloody war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday underscored the need to improve peace and order to push the country’s development. Duterte welcomed the New Year by asking the people to be the government’s partners in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. Duterte, in his New Year’s message, urged everyone to welcome 2017 with renewed determination and a reinvigorated spirit for the country to surmount the challenges ahead. The President batted for his administration’s goals amid the concern of human rights groups over his campaign against illegal drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, including those of innocent children. He had asked for forgiveness for the “unintentional” deaths in the war on drugs. But the Commission on Human Rights said Duterte’s apology was not enough and the government should hold those responsible for the killings accountable. READ MORE...


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RIZAL DEATH ANNIVERSARY: Duterte urges ‘national unity,’ ‘active involvement’ for change


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

MANILA, JANUARY 2, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ December 30, 2016 - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for a “period of national unity” as the country faced a “significant phase” of social development and economic growth.

In his message during the country’s commemoration of Jose Rizal’s martyrdom, Duterte also sought the “active involvement” of all sectors to help bring about genuine change in society.

“We are the fortunate recipient of the fruits of Rizal’s sacrifices, the freedom that he fought for, and the self-identity and honor that he strongly believed we ought to defend. Beyond his prodigious and various talents, Rizal is best honored when we regard him as a beacon and moral compass in these challenging and perilous times,” he said.

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Until now, however, Duterte said, the country is still fighting for independence. Only this time, he said, the nation is fighting for freedom from the “bondage of poverty, crime, illegal drugs and corruption.”

“Indeed, they are our present enemies. They are the modern invaders that subjugate our people’s hearts, minds and spirits,” he said.

The President then called “active involvement of all sectors to help us in this war to bring about genuine change in our society.”

“As the nation undergoes a significant phase of social development and economic growth, a period of national unity that calls for the cooperation, patience, and sacrifice of our people is necessary,” he said.

Duterte urged everyone “to manifest the same fervor and dedication” that moved and motivated Rizal to action.

“Let us therefore emulate the traits of Rizal. Let us be willing heroes—patriotic, faithful, and loyal to our Motherland,” he said.

He also expressed hope that Filipinos would become their own heroes by being committed to advocate good governance and uphold the rule of law, steadfast to end criminality and all forms of government corruption, and compassionate to the plight of the poor and less privileged. CBB


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SWS survey: Filipinos hopeful for 2017  0 SHARES Share it! Published December 30, 2016, 1:00 PM By Vanne Terrazola


(Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

High survey turnout matches optimism shown by those hopeful for 2003 and 2012

Majority of Filipinos are welcoming the New Year with hope, revealed Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll recently.

The SWS survey, conducted December 3–6, bared that 95 percent of adult Filipinos said they are hopeful of the coming 2017. Only five percent said they are rather fearful.

The results, SWS said, matched the all-time high record of those hopeful in 2002 for the incoming 2003, and those in 2011 for the incoming 2012.

Optimism for the New Year had improved three percentage points from 2015’s 92 percent.

Meanwhile, fear for the incoming year had decreased from last year’s eight percent. Only five percent of the 1,500 respondents expressed fear for 2017.

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SWS also noted that New Year hope is higher than the 73 percent who expected a happy 2016 Christmas. Hope for the New Year has always been high when it was first surveyed it in 2000, ranging from 87 percent to 95 percent, the pollster added.

Optimism was greatest in Balance Luzon at 97 percent, followed by the National Capital Region and Mindanao at 95 percent; and the Visayas at 92 percent.

The readings were most notable in Mindanao where New Year hope had usually been lowest among all the areas. This year, New Year hope reached its all-time high record from the 88 percent recorded in 2015.

SWS said that compared to last year, confidence for the New Year improved in all provincial areas and remained steady in NCR.

Hopefulness for the New Year was also high across socio-economic classes: 99 percent among upper to middle to middle class ABC; 95 percent among those in class D or the “masa”; and 93 percent among the very poor class E. The results also went up from the readings of the 2015 survey.

The December 2016 SWS survey had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.


MANILA BULLETIN

Trust me – Duterte 11 SHARES Share it! Published December 31, 2016, 12:10 AM by Elena L. Aben and Reuters

Trust me.”

This was President Duterte’s message to Filipinos wary of his war on drugs, which he vowed to vigorously pursue until the last day of his term.

In separate television interviews on Thursday, the President admitted that with the magnitude of the drug problem in the country, his campaign, though it may seem impossible to win, is doable.

According to Duterte, he has six years in office and if he is not removed as president or if he does not die before the end of his term, he will not stop until the last drug pusher is out of the streets and the last drug lord is killed.

And when he showed his thick list of drug personalities, the President appealed to Filipinos to trust him as he continues to wage his war on drugs.

“You elected me as president. You must have trust in me. When I say that it’s time to lift it, I will lift it. I have no personal stake here, I do not even know them,” he added.

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Duterte, who won the May elections by a landslide because of his vow to rid the country of illegal drugs and stamp out corruption, likewise admitted that he may have “miscalculated” the scale of the narcotics trade in the Philippines.

It was recalled that he made a self-imposed deadline to eliminate the drug problem in three to six months of his presidency, but later on he said he needed a six-month extension, saying he did not realize how severe and how serious the drug menace was in the country until he became president.

“I was not privy… I was thinking gawin ko lang ang Pilipinas like Davao – peaceful,” he said. But, Duterte said that when he “squeezed it all out,” it was revealed to him that there are thousands of personalities, among them government officials involved on the illicit trade.

KILLING NOT THE SOLUTION

Considering the magnitude of the problem, the President said that the government is making headway in its campaign and pointed out that there are already those who have been marked “X” in his list of drug personalities.

When asked if he considers killing as the solution to the problem, the President categorically said “no” but given the number of people involved in the trade, Duterte said that he will solve it the way that he knows how.

“You can’t call the heavens to come down on bended knees because of our problem. I am only six months into the presidency (and) this (thick list) is what I got. I will solve the problem the way I know how, the way I solved the problem of Davao,” he said.

Duterte then called on those involved in the drug trade to stop their nefarious activities if they want the killings to stop. This, as he also said that being poor does not give anyone the license to engage in illegal drugs nor do government officials have the right to destroy the country with their illegal activities.

SORRY

As he vowed to push the fight against drugs, the President apologized to the families of those who have been killed.

“I am sorry that there is something which we cannot agree on. Pati yung iba naman talagang lumaban sa police (Some fight it out with the police). I’m sorry for that. Wala ako talaga magawa. Trabaho lang po (I can’t do anything, we’re just performing a job),” he said.

He said he cannot be always present to supervise all police operations and that he has no control over criminal minds.

He insisted that he never ordered the police to execute criminals.

NO TO MARTIAL LAW

Duterte also allayed fears that he is laying the predicate for the declaration of martial law.

“Hindi nga eh, hindi ako sanay diyan (No, I’m not used to that). I am smarter than martial law. Hindi ko kailangan yan (I don’t need that),” he stressed.

Duterte added that with the present state of things, referring to the problem on drugs and the threat of terrorism, he is okay with his declaration of a state of lawless violence.

PEOPLE SPEAK OUT

More than 6,000 people have been killed in the anti-narcotics drive since he took power, about a third in police operations with the rest still being investigated. Many are believed to be vigilante murders.

His hardline measures have been criticized by many, including the United States and the United Nations, but Duterte retains a “very good” opinion poll rating at home, the Social Weather Stations said this month.

On the streets of Manila, residents from a variety of professions gave their thoughts.

Felicidad Magdayao, 59, owner of a fast-food restaurant: “Our business has really suffered. People are afraid to go out. At dawn we only have few customers. At least, there are fewer drug addicts and drug pushers.”

Ronaldo David, 49, police officer: “My load in filing cases in the office has been reduced. I am now more focused on educating people and in prevention.”

Cristine Angelie Garcia, 24, call center agent: “Maybe there is another way where people do not need to die,” she said, but stressed she felt safer walking the streets at night.

“I’m on Duterte’s side. Maybe he’s just misunderstood because he grew up on the streets.”

Rosalina Perez, 41, from Tondo, Manila. Perez is the sister of Benjamin Visda, who was killed by police during a drug investigation: “At first, we liked what he (Duterte) was doing. But as it went on I started to question what he was doing. Everyone who wants to change is just killed. They are not even given a chance to explain themselves to the authorities.”

Weng Ruda, 36, mother of three, lives in a slum at the foot of Payatas garbage dumpsite in Quezon City: “I like that he is very tough. There are no children loitering around now. They also avoid picking up bad habits.”

Zainab Omar, 41, teacher, from Taguig City: “The children are safer now. Parents used to accompany their children to school before Duterte sat as president. Now they let their children go to school by themselves.”

Graciano De Leon, 19, parking attendant, from Parañaque City: “What he is doing is good. He gave jobs to many people and many are happy with him. I just don’t know about the families (of those killed) if that is good for them.”

Marianito Navarra, 54, village watchman in Pasay City: “I pity the families of those who are killed, especially those who really had nothing to do with crime. There have been a lot of people who were killed that weren’t really involved with drugs. They should just arrest them.”

Bobby Dela Cruz, 54, Catholic priest and former drug addict: “These people (drug addicts) are fighting for their lives. They need our help. We must help these people.”

Jose Cecilia Jr., 51, owns a trucking company, from Santa Rosa, Laguna: “I give one 100 percent for Duterte. He’s the only president who is fighting the drug lords and other syndicates in our country.”

Kimee Enciso, 21, student, from Quezon City: “When it comes to him being too tough, I think it is just right. He’s our leader and he’s only doing it for our sake.”

Orly Fernandez, 64, operational manager at Eusebio Funeral Services in Navotas City: “Before, maybe we pick up one body per day, now we get around two or three bodies a day.”

Sandro Gabriel Jr, 34, grave digger at Pasay Public Cemetery: “A lot of people who have been shot have been buried here. More than 40 people have recently been buried here.”

“…I am not saying Duterte should keep killing people. But for us, we will keep working as long as there is work.”


PHILSTAR

Duterte to Pinoys: Continue fight vs drugs, crime, corruption in 2017 By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated December 31, 2016 - 3:56pm 1 3 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte gives his first New Year's message to Filipino since assuming the post in June 2016. AP/Vincent Thian, file

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged Filipinos to work with the government to attain peace and development.

In his first New Year’s message, Duterte called on the public to help in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption.

Duterte also said he hopes that a da will come when no Filipino will be forced to work abroad to look for better opportunities.

“Let us work together to enliven our business environment so that, in the near future, working abroad would only be an option for our kababayans and not a necessity,” the president. The administration is looking to attract more investors that will lead to the creation of jobs.

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READ: Philippines still fighting for independence in post-Rizal era — Duterte

“The achievement of these goals will reclaim order and safety in our communities and will enable us to restore the public’s trust in government and in our people’s capacity to serve,” he added.

Duterte assured the public that while the world will move to another year, they will never forget the things that happened in the country this year.

“We, in government, will remember, because it is our solemn duty to evaluate our work and make sure that its gains redound*  to the common good,” he said.

In the end, Duterte invited the Filipinos to welcome 2017 with “renewed determination and reinvigorated spirit” to hurdles any challenges the next year will bring.

*REDOUND - (verb) 1. formal - contribute greatly to (a person's credit or honor). "his latest diplomatic effort will redound to our country's common good";  Synonyms: contribute to, be conducive to, result in, lead to, effect.


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Join fight vs drugs, corruption – Duterte By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 1, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte welcomed the New Year by asking the people to be the government’s partners in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. PPD/Ace Morandante

MANILA, Philippines – Faced with the challenge to improve the lives of Filipinos amidst human rights concerns over his bloody war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday underscored the need to improve peace and order to push the country’s development.

Duterte welcomed the New Year by asking the people to be the government’s partners in the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption.

Duterte, in his New Year’s message, urged everyone to welcome 2017 with renewed determination and a reinvigorated spirit for the country to surmount the challenges ahead.

The President batted for his administration’s goals amid the concern of human rights groups over his campaign against illegal drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, including those of innocent children.

He had asked for forgiveness for the “unintentional” deaths in the war on drugs.

But the Commission on Human Rights said Duterte’s apology was not enough and the government should hold those responsible for the killings accountable.

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“The achievement of these goals will reclaim order and safety in our communities and will enable us to restore the people’s trust in government and in our people’s capacity to serve,” said Duterte.

“My warmest greetings to the Filipino people, here in the Philippines and across the globe, as we celebrate the New Year,” Duterte said. “Indeed, there is no greater happiness than spending time with our loved ones during the holiday season.”

“I hope that we will all enjoy the time of the year by demonstrating love, solidarity, understanding, happiness and optimism toward our personal ambitions and national aspirations,” he added.

The President said that while others might forget the events of the past year, those in government would always remember them.

“Soon, we will be pre-occupied with our daily grind and usual day-to-day activities. Many will forget the events of the past year. But we, in government, will remember because it is our duty to evaluate our work and make sure that its gains redound to the common good,” he said.

Duterte arrived in Davao City Friday night after visiting the victims of an explosion during a fiesta celebration in Hilongos, Leyte.

The President celebrated New Year’s Eve at his home in Davao City with his family.

Concern for OFWs I

n his first New Year message as president, Duterte talked about his dream of providing better lives for the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have decided to leave their families to earn a living.

Duterte expressed hope that no Filipino would leave for abroad to work.

“Let us work together to enliven our business environment -- by attracting more investments and creating more job opportunities for the people – so that in the near future, working abroad would only be an option for our kababayans and not a necessity,” he said.

Palace hopes for better 2017

With the President given leeway in his P3.35-trillion budget for change, a Malacañang official expressed hope that the lives of Filipinos would improve this year.

“As the President walked the extra mile for peace, he made the country’s economic growth the fastest among emerging Asian economies and lowered unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than a decade,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

In television interviews on Thursday, Duterte said the economy has grown by up to seven percent of the GDP.

Although he and his economic managers noted a slight dip in the numbers, Duterte said he expects more public spending to happen this year.

Andanar noted how the Duterte administration unveiled a budget to usher in the “golden age of infrastructure and bring forth the promise of real change in the country.”

“The President hit the ground running in the first six months and we expect much more will be done in the succeeding months and years,” Andanar said in a statement.

The Palace official said Duterte’s passion to serve would continue to benefit the Filipinos.

Andanar also said the President’s efforts to unify the people by striking peace agreements with the Moro groups and the communist rebels have started to pay off.

Andanar said the nation has witnessed drastic changes in public governance characterized by courageous and compassionate leadership since Duterte assumed the presidency on June 30.

Duterte launched an unprecedented anti-drug war that saw the surrender of more than a million drug addicts, and charted a new course in international relations with his pursuit of an independent foreign policy.

The President has started moving strongly and swiftly toward regional economic rebalancing for closer integration. The Philippines has forged closer ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and Russia.

To restore faith in government, Andanar noted how Duterte moved the bureaucracy to effectively implement programs that benefit the poorest.

“Basic services, formerly broken or unavailable, are working. More passengers are being served by the railway system while driver’s license cards are ready for pick up. Free education, hospitalization and medicine as well as irrigation are within the grasp of the marginalized and the poor,” Andanar said.

PNP seeks public support

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa called on the people yesterday to continue supporting the PNP’s campaign against drugs and crime.

“Let us learn from the lessons of the past year to strengthen the unity of the people and police,” Dela Rosa said in his New Year’s message.

Despite the challenges faced by the PNP last year, Dela Rosa is confident there will be more accomplishments for the police force in 2017.

He believes Filipinos can surpass the challenges that may come this year.

“Let’s all welcome the New Year with hope,” he said. – With Edith Regalado, Emmanuel Tupas


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