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NO ONE CAN STOP ME FROM DECLARING MARTIAL LAW - DUTERTE
[RELATED: Constitutional provisions make declaring martial law problematic: Duterte]


JANUARY 14 -President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday evening said that no one can stop him from declaring martial law if that is the only way to preserve the Filipino people and the integrity of the country. In his speech during the oath-taking rites of the new officers and members of the board of trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce, Duterte said that it doesn't even have to take an external invasion for him to impose an iron rule. "I have to declare martial law, if have to, to preserve my country ... and the Filipino people.... Walang makapipigil sa akin ... wala nang invasion, invasion." He was referring to a provision in the Philippine Constitution that an external invasion is one of the conditions for the president to declare martial law. Also he said that the Supreme Court or Congress can't stop him from declaring martial law if he deems it necessary because of any threat to the "to integrity of the country." "I have to protect the Filipino people. It's my duty. And I tell you now, if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it. Not about invasion, insurrection, not about danger," the president threatened. "I will declare martial law to preserve my nation, period. READ MORE...RELATED, Constitutional provisions make declaring martial law problematic: Duterte...

ALSO: Martial law possible to fight illegal drugs, Duterte reiterates
[WATCH: HONEYLET AVANCENA INTERVIEW ON HER LIFE WITH DIGONG]


JANUARY 15 -DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned he would disregard the Supreme Court and place the country under martial rule if the drug problem worsened into something "virulent." The president's comments before businessmen here came after a Pulse Asia poll revealed 74 percent of Filipinos disagreed that martial law was the answer to the nation's problems. Duterte said he was not out to extend his term because he does "not need the position at this time in my life." But he raised the possibility of declaring martial law against illegal drugs. "I tell you now — if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it," he told businessmen here. "I will declare martial law to preserve my nation. Period. Wala akong pakialam dyan sa Supreme Court because . . . the right to preserve one's life and my nation, my country transcends everything else." Duterte said he could proclaim martial law despite existing constitutional safeguards. READ MORE...RELATED, WATCH: HONEYLET INTERVIEW ABOUT LIFE WITH DIGONG...


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PALACE BRUSHES OFF LENILEAKS - FIL-AM BIGSHOT CITES RIGHT TO MEDDLE IN PH
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'LeniLeaks' not part of Cabinet meeting agenda –Esperon]


JANUARY 10 -Filipino-American billionaire lobbyist and Liberal Party (LP) stalwart LoidaNicolas-Lewis
Loida Nicolas-Lewis defended her right and those of other Filipino-Americans critical of President Duterte to be involved in the country’s politics following an email leak that implied her participation in an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement issued in her Facebook page yesterday, Nicolas-Lewis said that overseas Filipinos like her have the right to be involved in the country’s political developments. “We have a right, even a duty, to be involved in our homeland and participate as much as we can in its politics,” she said. She added it is wrong to “disparage or demean comments from overseas Filipinos.”  READ MORE...RELATED, 'LeniLeaks' not part of Cabinet meeting agenda –Esperon ...

ALSO: Duterte administration keeps ‘very good’ satisfaction score —SWS [RELATED: Palace denies Rody sought cancer treatment in China; Bong Go said he is 100% sure there was no outside travel during the Christmas holidays]


JANUARY 10 -Satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte's administration remained "very good" in the last quarter of 2016, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday. SWS said of the 1,500 adults surveyed nationwide, 73 percent were satisfied with the national government, 12 percent were not satisfied and 15 percent were undecided. The result gave the Duterte administration a net satisfaction rating of +61, down five from the third quarter SWS survey result of +66 (75 percent satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied). The survey was conducted from December 3 to 6. It was sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, ±4 for "Balance Luzon" and ±6 points for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao. No administration got the excellent mark in SWS surveys. Both the administrations of Duterte and former President Benigno Aquino III got "very good" satisfaction ratings in their first two quarters. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace denies Rody sought cancer treatment in China;
Bong Go said he is 100% sure there was no outside travel during the Christmas holidays...

ALSO: Andanar - Leni not involved in e-mail 'oust' plot but staff may be
[RELATED: Leni, Koko suffer drop in Pulse Asia poll ratings]


JANUARY 10 -Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar does not think Vice President Leni Robredo is involved in the Yahoo! Group, but people from her office might be. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar does not believe Vice President Leni Robredo is involved in an e-mail group allegedly planning to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, he said Tuesday. "I'm not saying it's the vice president, I don't even think it's the vice president herself, baka yung mga tao niya?" Andanar said in a televised interview on ANC on Tuesday morning. Over the weekend, archives of supposed e-mails in a Global Filipino Diaspora Council Yahoo! Group between group members and supposed members of the Office of the Vice President circulated on social media. The supposed emails have been dubbed "LeniLeaks". Robredo has repeatedly denied involvement in any plots to oust the president and has also repeatedly said that ouster attempts will not be good for the country. She said Monday that she does not know much about the so-called LeniLeaks issue. READ MORE....RELATED, Leni, Koko suffer drop in Pulse Asia poll ratings...

ALSO: De Lima ordered to answer disbarment raps
[RELATD: De Lima on Duterte - "Shady characters” around our President continue to feed him with wrong information, particularly about me, so they can get in his good graces.]’



JANUARY 11 -Senator Leila De Lima
The Supreme Court (SC) has directed Senator Leila De Lima to respond to a new disbarment case filed against her by a certain Atty. Fernando P. Perito.De Lima was given ten days to file her comment to the complaint-affidavit of Perito.No details are available as to the nature of the disbarment case. The SC observes strict confidentiality in the handling of such administrative case.READ MORE...RELATED, Shady characters around Rody feeding wrong info’...


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No one can stop me from declaring martial law —Duterte

MANILA, JANUARY 16, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Published January 14, 2017 10:00pm - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday evening said that no one can stop him from declaring martial law if that is the only way to preserve the Filipino people and the integrity of the country.

In his speech during the oath-taking rites of the new officers and members of the board of trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce, Duterte said that it doesn't even have to take an external invasion for him to impose an iron rule.

"I have to declare martial law, if have to, to preserve my country ... and the Filipino people.... Walang makapipigil sa akin ... wala nang invasion, invasion."

He was referring to a provision in the Philippine Constitution that an external invasion is one of the conditions for the president to declare martial law.

Also he said that the Supreme Court or Congress can't stop him from declaring martial law if he deems it necessary because of any threat to the "to integrity of the country."

"I have to protect the Filipino people. It's my duty. And I tell you now, if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it. Not about invasion, insurrection, not about danger," the president threatened. "I will declare martial law to

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 preserve my nation, period. Wala akong pakialam diyan sa Supreme Court. Because the right to preserve one's life, and my nation, my country, transcends everything else, even the limitations."

Duterte still considers illegal drugs as one of the biggest threat to Filipinos.

He then showed a thick volume of his narco-list with a inscription on cover-page "Updated December 28, 2016."

He also dared the military to launch a coup d'etat if they want to.

"Sige, mag-coup kayo. Yung magko-coup, tatawagin ko sila sa Malacañang at sabihin ko sa kanila, 'sige kayo na ang magpatakbo ng bansa.'"

On the issue on graft and corruption, Duterte said that "the people must assert... you should demand the service from government. Magsumbong kayo... I have zero tolerance to corruption." — LBG, GMA News

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Constitutional provisions make declaring martial law problematic: Duterte
ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 14 2017 10:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2017 11:17 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacanang Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday slammed the constitutional provisions for declaring martial law, saying those who drafted the 1987 charter made proclaiming military rule problematic.

“The martial law provisions to defend the country sinira ng Cory (Aquino) constitution because of the hangover nila sa martial law,” Duterte said in his speech before the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Marco Polo Hotel.

Aquino succeeded Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the country under martial law for almost a decade.

Under the Constitution, the president can declare martial law in cases of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, for a period not exceeding 60 days.

The Constitution provides that a state of martial law does not suspend the operation of the Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or legislative assemblies, nor authorize the conferment of jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians where civil courts are able to function, nor automatically suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

“But after 60 days I have to go to Congress to ask for an extension if I cannot complete whatever is there to finish,” Duterte said.

“And there is also a provision, another paragraph . . . which says that any citizen of this republic can bring a case to the Supreme Court to question into the factual basis of martial law.”

Duterte said the problem lies when an impasse occurs between the Supreme Court, which could side with the public that questions the validity of martial law, and Congress, which may contradict the high court's position and agree to extending martial law.

“So here is Congress and here is the Supreme Court drawn into a stalemate just to have the safety nets of an abusive despot, a dictator. Saan ka pupunta ngayon dyan?” Duterte said. (So where will you go now?)
“So if the Supreme Court decides otherwise and here is Congress . . . what will I do now? There's no more control.

“So ako yung presidente will decide. So you give me now the karta blanka to really decide what I intend to do. Sabihin ko, 'Martial law forever. Tapos na.”

Duterte also hit at his critics who claim that he will declare martial law to extend his term as president.

“Those in Manila thinking about martial law, lengthening your stay . . . b***s***,” he said.

However, the president also reiterated that he can declare martial law if he wants to but emphasized that he will only do so to “preserve” the nation.

“I will declare martial law if I wanted to,” he said.

“I will declare martial law to preserve my nation. The right to preserve one's life and my country transcends everything else.”

Duterte has previously said that he wants the Constitution amended to make it easier for the president to declare martial law.


ABS-CBN

Martial law possible to fight illegal drugs, Duterte reiterates Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 15 2017 12:00 AM | Updated as of Jan 15 2017 01:07 AM

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned he would disregard the Supreme Court and place the country under martial rule if the drug problem worsened into something "virulent."

The president's comments before businessmen here came after a Pulse Asia poll revealed 74 percent of Filipinos disagreed that martial law was the answer to the nation's problems.

Duterte said he was not out to extend his term because he does "not need the position at this time in my life." But he raised the possibility of declaring martial law against illegal drugs.

"I tell you now — if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it," he told businessmen here.

"I will declare martial law to preserve my nation. Period. Wala akong pakialam dyan sa Supreme Court because . . . the right to preserve one's life and my nation, my country transcends everything else."

Duterte said he could proclaim martial law despite existing constitutional safeguards.

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"Kung gusto ko at (the drug problem) will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law if I wanted to. Walang makapigil sakin," he said.

Under the constitution, the president could put the country under martial law in case of invasion or rebellion for up to 60 days.

But Congress can revoke the proclamation, which can also be questioned by any citizen before the Supreme Court.

Duterte had spoken repeatedly about martial rule. In his most recent comment last month, he said declaring it would be "useless" when a "state of lawlessness" would suffice.

In August, Duterte asked Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno if she would rather have the president declare martial law after she opposed the president's naming of judges allegedly involved in drugs.

In October, Duterte said he was tempted to declare martial law because of the illegal drug trade.

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Duterte has expressed his desire to build on the stellar accomplishments of the administration of outgoing president Benigno Aquino III, particularly the latter’s good governance initiatives and critical structural reforms that transformed the Philippines from being “the sick man of Asia” into “Asia’s rising tiger.” Of his ten-point socioeconomic agenda revealed on Monday, June 20, for example, his first point was to continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies, including fiscal, monetary and trade policies.

However, he intends to depart from Aquino’s legacy of instituting slow but steady macroeconomic reform by advancing an economic agenda which seeks to upgrade, accelerate as well as expand the government’s basic services that shall render the country’s macroeconomic environment more conducive for the flourishing of businesses, influx of investments and conduct of seamless trade within the country and the greater ASEAN region. Some megaprojects worth anticipating include:

(a) three major railway systems, namely the Mindanao railway, Manila-Bicol railway, and Manila-Batangas railway; (b) Zamboanga Ecozone, Southern Mindanao Growth Corridor (General Santos growth corridor and Davao Gulf Industrial corridor); and
(c) the South Mindanao-North Sulawesi ro-ro link, among others.

Duterte intends to overcome the alleged structural dissonance between macroeconomic reform which has been the hallmark of Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” program and concrete improvement of living conditions and standards of Juan dela Cruz.

In doing so, he has talked about pursuing the following: generation of domestic jobs; increase of employment; abolition of contractualization; promotion of livelihood; agricultural modernization; and entrepreneurial, technological and industrial advancement with just taxation and equitable distribution of wealth while caring for the environment for sustainable development.


TRIBUNE

PALACE BRUSHES OFF LENILEAKS: Fil-Am bigshot cites right to meddle in PH Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00 By Julius Leonen


Filipino-American billionaire lobbyist and Liberal Party (LP) stalwart LoidaNicolas-Lewis

MANILA- Filipino-American billionaire lobbyist and Liberal Party (LP) stalwart LoidaNicolas-Lewis defended her right and those of other Filipino-Americans critical of President Duterte to be involved in the country’s politics following an email leak that implied her participation in an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement issued in her Facebook page yesterday, Nicolas-Lewis said that overseas Filipinos like her have the right to be involved in the country’s political developments.

“We have a right, even a duty, to be involved in our homeland and participate as much as we can in its politics,” she said. She added it is wrong to “disparage or demean comments from overseas Filipinos.”

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“Just because we are Overseas Filipinos (OFs) does not mean that we have lost our right to be involved in or speak out on developments in our home country,” Nicolas-Lewis said.

“Like myself, many of us are dual citizens and therefore retain our full rights as Filipinos. It is therefore wrong to disparage or demean comments from overseas Filipinos,” she said.

GMA News Online also reported yesterday that Nicolas-Lewis claimed that there is no plot to oust President Duterte, explaining that they were only reminding the Chief Executive’s promise to resign if he fails to end the drug epidemic.

“First: No plot to oust Duterte.

Resign Duterte Movement is based on President Duterte’s own words that he would resign if drugs are still rampant six months after his inauguration. Second, Global Filipino Diaspora Council is a Public Site. If there is a conspiracy, would it be discussed in a public page?” Nicolas-Lewis said, according to the report.

A blogger using the alias “Thinking Pinoy” published on his website last January 6 damning emails from a group known as the “Global Filipino Diaspora Council” or GFDC, a coalition of Liberal Party sympathizers dedicated to supporting Vice President Leni Robredo and her party.

It was revealed in the email leak that members of the GFDC’s email group allegedly collaborated to call for the resignation of Mr. Duterte, who was described as a “psycho mass murderer president” in an email, purportedly to protect Robredo from being ousted.

Nicolas-Lewis and her sister Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Chairman Imelda “Mely” Nicolas are among the active recipients of the GFDC’s email group, according to the blogger’s expose.

INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES

Other influential personalities who are part of the group, according to the email leak, include Philippine Daily Inquirer’s US-based columnist Ted Laguatan, ABS-CBN News’ Europe-based correspondent Atty. Gene Alcantara, and CFO Commissioner Jose Molano Jr.

The GFDC’s email group however, which according to Nicolas-Lewis was a public page, became restricted to the prying eyes of the public following the revelations of the group’s existence.

Palace officials, however, shrugged off the supposed ouster plot revealed in the e-mail exchanges.

In a chance interview with reporters on the sidelines of a mass oathtaking ceremony for new government appointees in Malacañang, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he finds the so-called “Lenileaks” issue as “non-sense”.

Propaganda test — Lorenzana


LORENZANA

“It’s nothing. I do not believe it,” Lorenzana said, adding that while “there could be” such attempts, it remains a “propaganda test”.

“It’s like an experiment, more of a propaganda test… testing if it will be convincing or how will the people react to it,” the Defense Secretary noted.

Lorenzana added the electronic mail (e-mail) conversations are not that “scandalous” to bother the government.
The “Lenileaks” consisting of e-mail exchanges on a public Yahoo! Group of Laguatan outlined organizational tactics and online media strategies to boost the Vice President’s popularity.

For his part, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. said that while ouster threats tagging the Vice President is not far-fetched, he finds it unnecessary to give attention to it during their scheduled Cabinet meeting Monday.

The Cabinet Secretary also said that it is not necessary for the Vice President to explain anything to the rest of the Cabinet, saying that any plan to oust Mr. Duterte will “surely fail.”

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said his office still have to verify the e-mail exchanges.

“It is important in the sense that we have to know the veracity of some things, as they affect our stability,” Esperon said.

He said the move to oust the Chief Executive is “unfair”, adding that the best way to counter such opposition is through the Duterte administration delivering on its promises.

“The (ouster movement) should not be the flavor of the month. This is something we already know. The best way to address this is to show that we are effective in anti-drugs, that we can address the problems they are concerned with,” he said.

No DoJ probe



Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said there is no basis as yet to conduct an investigation on the alleged plot.
“As long as they do not violate the law… there is nothing wrong to dream,” he said.

Aguirre believes that both Robredo and Sen. Leila de Lima, the staunchest critic of Duterte stayed at Lewis’ home during their visit in the US last year.

Aguirre, however, said that while calling for the resignation of President Duterte is legal, conspiring to overthrow the head of state is illegal.

“There is nothing illegal if they conspire to call for the resignation of the president,” the Justice chief said. “It is a different thing if they conspire to overthrow the duly constituted authorities,” he added.

Aguirre dismissed the alleged ouster plot against President Duterte as mere “noise” by Robredo’s alleged Filipino-American stalwarts and lobbyists, accusing them of pushing Robredo to become the country’s President.

“They are just making noise,” Aguirre said. “She (Nicolas-Lewis) is calling for the Vice President to become president. She is calling for the resignation of the President. She is a dreamer. There are only few who are making a noise although they have money,”

Accusations ‘ridiculous’ — Leni



Embattled Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday finally broke her silence as she denied involvement in an alleged ouster plot on Mr. Duterte.

Over the weekend, Robredo also blasted her critics for hurling “purely ridiculous” accusations against her, insisting that she has a mandate to follow and she does not need to explain herself in every allegation her critics throw against her.

Speaking to reporters in Marinduque yesterday, Robredo said that she finds it “shocking” that critics would imply that the emails, were secretly exchanged when the group was available for the public to be read.

“For me, I think it’s shocking (for people to would think) that what was being said in the (email group) was secret, then why was the group available for public viewing?” Robredo said.

Robredo also denied that she directly participated in the email group, insisting that while her name was mentioned, she was not a member of the group. Robredo also said that she does not find it surprising if her name was being dragged in the controversy since she is the Vice President and she has lots of supporters.

“My name was mentioned, but I don’t find it surprising, because I am the Vice President. We have many supporters who react to what my critics have been doing to us,” she said.

Robredo said that instead of paying attention to her critics, she would rather concentrate in working amid the “viciousness on the Internet.” Netizens have been scoring the Vice President for keeping silent regarding the email leak.

“We are at the receiving end of incessant fake news articles, many stories (about me) are wrong,” Robredo said.
“But for me, as much as possible, I want to concentrate in my work.

“We have a mandate to perform, and if we let ourselves get carried away with the evil that is happening online, how are we able to fulfill our mandate?” Robredo said.

Leni denies meeting Loida lately

Robredo also claimed she has not met or talked with Nicolas-Lewis who supported her in the 2016 elections even when she went on a vacation in New York during the yuletide season.

“The last time I’ve talked with her was a long time ago. I don’t know if that was before the campaign or during the campaign, I think it was before. She was among those who supported me when I ran for congresswoman, because she is from Bicol,” Robredo said.

“But after the elections, when I finally won, I don’t remember if we had a chance to meet. Some people said that we met in America, but that is not true,” Robredo said.

“Even a personal meeting, or a telephone call, we did not call or meet in America. The news that has been circulating is wrong,” she added.

Robredo also lashed out at Justice Secretary Aguirre II for claiming that she stayed at Nicolas-Lewis’ abode in New York City during her holiday vacation.

“Even (Justice Secretary Aguirre) is among those who are spreading lies (about me).He is the Secretary of the DoJ, I hope he does not spread lies. Because that is a lie. I never talked and I never saw (Nicolas-Lewis) when I traveled to America,” Robredo said.

In a speech before the Ateneo Student Leaders’ Assembly Homecoming on Sunday, Robredo lambasted her critics for throwing “purely ridiculous” allegations against her.

During her speech, she did not however directly address the email leak which has implicated her in the alleged ouster plot.

Last December, the Vice President resigned from her Cabinet post as Housing chief after being ordered by President Duterte to desist from attending Cabinet meetings. Following her resignation, Robredo was hailed as the new leader of the opposition.

Solons views differ

The Palace move to probe the Lenileaks emails did not come as a surprise, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said yesterday.

DRILON

His colleague, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, however, called rubbish the allegation implicating his party mate in the Liberal Party (LP), Vice President Robredo.

“We are not doing anything. This is all crap. You can quote me on that,” Drilon said when asked by reporters for his reaction on the alleged emails containing plots to oust Duterte from office.

“I haven’t talked to her but I can assure you that this alleged plot is farthest from the mind of VP Leni. There is no such thing, I can assure you,” he said.

PIMENTEL

Pimentel who is not only the President’s closest ally in the Senate but is also a party mate in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) said Malacañang cannot be blamed for ordering a probe on the issue this time around on the so-called “LeniLeaks.”

“All rumors about destabilization or threats to the administration should be investigated and seriously treated which was the attitude of the Palace. So I will not blame them for that. I will not criticize them for that,” Pimentel said.

It’s unfortunate, Drilon said, that Malacañang is giving attention on the issue that appeared in social media which could only prove to be misleading as it’s not factual and efforts to investigate it may only be a waste of time.

“Being logical about it, if it’s serious, do you think it should be in social media?” Drilon asked.

He urged Malacañang to exercise extreme caution in giving credence to such reports in social media.

“Because today, anyone can post it, especially with the trolls operating in social media,” he said.

SOLONS

House Minority Leader Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez also downplayed the controversy around the alleged leaked emails.

In a telephone interview, Suarez told the Tribune it is a normal act for a traditional political opposition to resort to discredit an incumbent administration to advance their political agenda which is to lay to claim to power.

“As long as there is nothing illegal in what they are calling for, there is nothing wrong with that,” Suarez said.

“If they would stop criticizing the administration, then they would not be doing their job as an opposition,” the solon said.

CONTRERAS

Law Professor Antonio Contreras agreed with Suarez there is nothing illegal in the so-called Lenileaks.

“Like I said, the conversations may not prove anything illegal in general. I do not even think that the emails are in any way seditious. It is all part of partisan politics,” Contreras stated in his social media account.

However, Contreras said the alleged leaked emails “surely compromises the political integrity of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) as some of the emails supposedly shows the active involvement of the OVP in “directing Robredo’s supporters, to attack not only the President, but his supporters, Bongbong Marcos his son,” which the law professor said is at the very least, scandalous. “More so if public funds are used,” he added.

LAGMAN

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the few Libreal Party (LP) members who had opted to stick with yellow faction of the LP, expectedly defended Robredo and her camp in the so-called Lenileaks.

“A plain reading of the suspected email conversations cited by Malacañang does not manifest a design to destabilize the government or oust President Duterte,” said Lagman as he stressed the emails going viral, are in exercise of the freedom of expression and are protected by the Bill of Rights as an essential component of democratic space.

“While some of the emails may suggest the resignation of Duterte for an erratic decision favoring the burial of the late dictator Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and for failure to solve the drug menace, they express honest opinions and do not recommend any radical action or upheaval to pre-terminate Duterte’s incumbency,” said Lagman.

“If the President’s men believe that Duterte is rendering fealty to his mandate, then their phobia of his impending ouster is grossly misplaced and is conveniently used as a pretext to discourage and censure critical dissent,” he added.
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'LeniLeaks' not part of Cabinet meeting agenda –Esperon Published January 9, 2017 4:20pm Updated January 9, 2017 5:15pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News


ESPERON

National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon on Monday said that the "LeniLeaks" is not part of the agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte's first Cabinet meeting for 2017.

"We have a Cabinet meeting. It happens that it is not one of the matters to be taken up. That just tells you that we have other more important matters [to discuss]," he told reporters in an interview.

But Esperon also indicated that the administration will look into the supposed leaked emails showing an alleged plot to oust Duterte from office.

"It doesn't mean also that if we don't talk about it in the media, hindi namin binigyan ng importance. It is important in the sense that we have to know the veracity of some things, as they affect our stability kung kaya nila," he said.

The "LeniLeaks" refers to the alleged leaked emails posted online showing exchanges between Filipino-American philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis and her sister, former Commission on Filipinos Overseas Chair Imelda "Mely" Nicolas.

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According to the supposed leaked emails, Lewis and the others complained about the extension of Duterte's war on drugs, which is being blamed for the death of over 6,000 people.

Esperon defended the extension, saying it is immaterial in the overall scheme of things.

"Bakit sila mag-aapura ng three months kaagad? I think the voters voted for the President not because they wanted the three months but because they wanted somebody to address the problem forcefully," he said.

He added, "They should not be the flavor of the month. This is something we already know. The best way to address this is to show that we are effective in anti-drugs, that we can address the problems they are concerned with."

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in a text message to reporters, earlier said he would be the one to raise the "LeniLeaks" issue during the Cabinet meeting.

According to the photos sent by Andanar, the points discussed during the Cabinet meeting include the following Typhoon Nina updates, Social Security System (SSS) pension hike, investors for railway projects, establishment of a National Space Development Program and the Philippine Space Agency, and the forthcoming official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Philippines. —KBK, GMA News


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Duterte administration keeps ‘very good’ satisfaction score —SWS Published January 10, 2017 8:26am



Satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte's administration remained "very good" in the last quarter of 2016, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday.

SWS said of the 1,500 adults surveyed nationwide, 73 percent were satisfied with the national government, 12 percent were not satisfied and 15 percent were undecided.

The result gave the Duterte administration a net satisfaction rating of +61, down five from the third quarter SWS survey result of +66 (75 percent satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied).

The survey was conducted from December 3 to 6. It was sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, ±4 for "Balance Luzon" and ±6 points for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.

No administration got the excellent mark in SWS surveys.

Both the administrations of Duterte and former President Benigno Aquino III got "very good" satisfaction ratings in their first two quarters.

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The past administration had +64 satisfaction ratings in the September and November 2010 surveys of the SWS.

Very good

The survey said that the respondents believe the Duterte administration was "very good" at:

helping the poor (+66) promoting human rights (+56) defending the Philippines territorial rights (+54) providing jobs (+51) fighting crimes (+50) developing science and technology (+50) 'Good' at addressing extrajudicial killings

The SWS, meanwhile, said that it had included the topic of extrajudicial killings in its government report card for the first time.

Some officials and sectors have branded some cases of killings of drug suspects as extrajudicial killings, particularly those perpetrated by unidentified gunmen.

The Philippine National Police has classified these cases as deaths under investigation.

The Duterte administration got a "good" rating of +40 for extrajudicial killings.

The other issues that the Duterte administration got "good" ratings were:

ensuring an efficient transportation system (+48) foreign relations (+46) eradicating graft and corruption (+45) fighting terrorism (+41) ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+34) reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+33) reconciliation with communist rebels (+30) The respondents gave the administration moderate ratings in fighting inflation (+25) and recovering the Marcos 'hidden wealth' (+24), another topic that was also included in the survey for the first time.

Dropping support from poor?

The survey firm said the Duterte administration's satisfaction rating from the "masa" or Class D has dropped seven points to +61.

Satisfaction with the administration in Mindanao, meanwhile, stayed excellent at +78 and very good in Visayas at +58.

In Balance Luzon, Duterte also maintained the very good rating at +56 and very good in Metro Manila at +53.

The administration's net satisfaction scores across socioeconomic classes stayed very good -- +62 for Class E and +55 for Class ABC, the SWS said. —ALG, GMA News

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Palace denies Duterte sought cancer treatment in China ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 10 2017 04:03 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a visit at Camp Servillano S. Aquino in San Miguel, Tarlac, Sunday. Czar Dancel, Reuters

MANILA - President Duterte did not visit a cancer hospital in China during a five-day hiatus from the public eye at the start of this year, Malacañang insisted on Tuesday.

Citing information from Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte did not leave the country last week.

"Let me go by the statement of special assistant Bong Go, he said he is 100 percent sure that there was no outside travel during the Christmas holidays," Abella told reporters.

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Former Senator Francisco Tatad, in his broadsheet column, claimed Monday that he received information that Duterte flew to China via a private plane to consult doctors at the world-famous Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou.

Duterte earlier denied that he has cancer but admitted that he has Buerger's disease, spinal problems and occasional migraines.

The President said he used to take fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid analgesic often used to relieve pain during cancer treatments and major surgeries.

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Andanar: Robredo not involved in e-mail 'oust' plot but staff may be By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated January 10, 2017 - 10:39am 49 257 googleplus0 0


Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar does not think Vice President Leni Robredo is involved in the Yahoo! Group, but people from her office might be. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar does not believe Vice President Leni Robredo is involved in an e-mail group allegedly planning to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, he said Tuesday.

"I'm not saying it's the vice president, I don't even think it's the vice president herself, baka yung mga tao niya?" Andanar said in a televised interview on ANC on Tuesday morning.

Over the weekend, archives of supposed e-mails in a Global Filipino Diaspora Council Yahoo! Group between group members and supposed members of the Office of the Vice President circulated on social media. The supposed emails have been dubbed "LeniLeaks".

Robredo has repeatedly denied involvement in any plots to oust the president and has also repeatedly said that ouster attempts will not be good for the country.

She said Monday that she does not know much about the so-called LeniLeaks issue.

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"Hindi ko alam kung ano ang participation ko, na-memention daw ang pangalan ko pero hindi ako kabahagi nung grupong iyon. Mayroon din daw e-mails na nag-cicirculate, wala. Hindi rin ako kabahagi doon," she said in an interview with media in Marinduque.

READ: VP's camp: 'LeniLeaks' posted on public forum

Andanar said the Department of Information and Communications Technology is currently investigating to see if the group is a genuine Yahoo! group and if the members listed are who they say they are.

"Sa Yahoo! Groups kasi, your name can be included even without your permission," Andanar explained.

Andanar said that the investigation should focus on the people who are active in the conversation.

"You cannot put everyone, all the names here, and say they're involved, and they're all in sundry, you cannot do that," Andanar added.

He said that although the vice president is not in the supposed e-mail group, there are names of people in the Office of the Vice President who are. A certain Pete Silva supposedly from the OVP's social media team was mentioned in one of the e-mails.

"Kailangan niyang disipilanhin yung mga tao niya kung sila nga itong mga andito," Andanar said.

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Leni, Koko suffer drop in ratings By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 10, 2017 - 12:00am 1 77 googleplus0 0


Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III suffered declines in their approval and trust ratings in the last quarter of 2016, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. Efigenio Toledo IV/Alex Nuevaespaña, file

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III suffered declines in their approval and trust ratings in the last quarter of 2016, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Robredo received a 62 percent approval rating in the Dec. 6 to 11 survey, down from 66 percent in September.

The Vice President’s trust rating also plunged to 58 percent from 65 percent.

The survey was conducted at the time Robredo quit the Cabinet after President Duterte barred her from attending meetings at Malacañang due to “irreconcilable differences.”

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Meanwhile, Pimentel obtained a 55 percent approval score, which was below his September score of 61 percent.

His trust rating dropped to 50 from 55 percent.

Public satisfaction with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s work stayed at 43 percent. Trust in Alvarez fell to 38 from 41 percent.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno garnered a 47 percent approval rating in December, up by a point from 46 percent in the previous quarter.

She registered a trust rating of 41 percent, down from 44 percent.

Between September and December last year, Pulse Asia noted the only significant movement in these officials’ national performance ratings is the increase in the overall disapproval score of Robredo (+7 percentage points).

Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, the only marked movement in these officials’ ratings is the drop in approval rating of Pimentel in Class ABC (-25 percentage points), it said.

The President’s ratings were released by Pulse Asia last week, wherein he received 83 percent approval and trust scores from 86 percent in September.

Meanwhile, Congress and the Supreme Court received majority approval ratings – 51 percent to 58 percent – and trust scores – 51 percent to 57 percent – in December.

“There are hardly any significant changes in these government institutions’ performance and trust ratings between September and December,” Pulse Asia said.

Most Filipinos expressed approval and trust in the Senate, 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively; the House of Representatives, both at 51 percent, and the Supreme Court 55 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

The nationwide survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.


ABS-CBN

De Lima ordered to answer disbarment raps Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 10 2017 04:09 PM


Senator Leila De Lima

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has directed Senator Leila De Lima to respond to a new disbarment case filed against her by a certain Atty. Fernando P. Perito.

De Lima was given ten days to file her comment to the complaint-affidavit of Perito.

No details are available as to the nature of the disbarment case. The SC observes strict confidentiality in the handling of such administrative case.

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No details on complainant Perito are also available, although a certain Fernando Perito also filed a disbarment case against Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in July 2011 for punching trial court sheriff Abe Andres for refusing to grant her request for a 2-hour extension on the enforcement of a demolition order in her city.

At least two separate disbarment cases are pending with the SC against De Lima:

(1) involving her defiance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the high court on the powers of the justice secretary to issue watch list orders, in connection with the case of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; and,

(2) pertaining to her illicit affair with her married driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

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Shady characters around Rody feeding wrong info’ By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 15, 2017 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


“We have a reckless President who does not even bother to validate, even when he has all the resources available to him. I suppose that is just his character, he just doesn’t care,” the senator added, apparently referring to the President’s “narco list” that contained the names of government officials who are either into the illegal drug trade or act as protectors. Presidential Photographers Division/Simon Celi, file

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Leila de Lima claimed yesterday that “shady characters” around President Duterte continue to feed him with wrong information, particularly about her, so they can get in his good graces.

She said that these “crazy people” feed the President with inaccurate information that sometimes end up in public without going through validation.

“We have a reckless President who does not even bother to validate, even when he has all the resources available to him. I suppose that is just his character, he just doesn’t care,” the senator added, apparently referring to the President’s “narco list” that contained the names of government officials who are either into the illegal drug trade or act as protectors.

“What happens now to human dignity?” De Lima lamented when she recalled how people’s names were publicized but they turned out to be innocent.

And when it comes to her, she added, the President is only too willing to receive these types of information because “he wants me destroyed.”

Duterte reportedly warned her of losing if she continues fighting him.

The lawmaker stressed that she does not intend to back down from her cause.


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