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U.S. WON'T UNDERMINE RODY GOVT, BACKS DRUG CAMPAIGN
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JANUARY 25 -US Ambassador Sung Kim cited strong cooperation between the two countries in fighting drug trafficking, which he said would continue despite some “flaws” in the way it is being carried out. State Dept./William Ng/Released
The US government is supporting the Philippines’ fight against the drug menace and reports that Washington was plotting to oust President Duterte over drug-related killings are “total nonsense,” America’s top diplomat in Manila said yesterday. US Ambassador Sung Kim cited strong cooperation between the two countries in fighting drug trafficking, which he said would continue despite some “flaws” in the way it is being carried out. Related Stories Welcome dinner for US Ambassador Sung Kim Two Ambassador Kims in the Philippines “We have absolutely no interest in doing anything to try to undermine President Duterte’s government. Period. I hope you can put that story to rest,” Kim told a small group of journalists at his official residence in Makati. “Categorically, confidently, I can tell you that is total nonsense. There is absolutely no basis for that report.” Asked what the US would do in case Duterte declared martial law, Kim said he did not want to comment on hypothetical situations. He said while preparing for his posting in the Philippines, he went over all the cables and reports sent from the US embassy in Manila and “there’s nothing that even resembles what’s claimed in that media report.” READ MORE...RELATED,
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ALSO: ANALYSIS - Personality and performance: Filipinos trust Duterte will do a good job
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JANUARY 25 -In this Jan. 14, 2017 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte explains his hatred for illegal drugs in his speech during the the 49th Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. PPD/Simeon Celi Jr.
A COMMENTARY: Duterte enjoys a high level of public support nationwide. Although far from being controversy-free, over the last six months he has begun to put flesh to the bones of his three priorities: improving law and order, making socio-economic growth more inclusive, and restructuring the form of government. It appears that his result-oriented and hands-on approach to governance are striking a powerful chord among Filipinos. The public believes that the man who transformed Davao can replicate his results around the country. The numbers speak The figures from the December surveys of Pulse Asia and SWS are consistent in showing that the public trusts the president. SWS reports that 81 percent of its respondents said that they had 'much trust' in the president, as opposed to only 9 percent who say that have 'little trust.' Pulse Asia reports that 83 percent of its respondents expressed trust in the president, whereas 4 percent said they distrust the president. The president's December ratings are about par with those he received in September. READ MORE...RELATED, Half of P714.57-M grant from China to go to drug rehab facilities —DOF....

ALSO: Duterte hopes Catholic church would realize 'truth'
[RELATED: Palace on tirades vs Catholic Church - Duterte only human]


JANUARY 25 -In this Aug. 27, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte greets Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles while attending a 50th wedding anniversary rite at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Davao City. PPD/Karl Norman Alonzo
A day after hurling vulgar tirades at bishops, a sober President Duterte asked the public to ignore his outbursts as he expressed hopes that the Catholic Church would "come to terms with the truth." Duterte, who has accused the Catholic clergy of hypocrisy and immorality, said there are things that the Church has to realize, including the plight of the poor.  "I'm not really…Huwag kayo mag ano diyan sa outburst ko. Ganun talaga ang pagkatao ko (Do not take my outbursts seriously. That's the way I am)," the president said during his visit to housing units for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on Wednesday. "I sincerely hope (they) come to terms with the truth," he added. Duterte narrated how some priests refused to give final blessings to the dead who belong to poor families. According to him, some priests refuse to bless the dead if they reek as poor families cannot afford embalming services. READ MORE...RELATED,
Palace on tirades vs Catholic Church: Duterte only human...

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JANUARY 25 -Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said he doesn't think the president will make any statement that is not backed up by records or documents. File
 President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the Roman Catholic Church are not baseless and are well within his freedom of expression, his chief legal counsel said Wednesday. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the president has access to intelligence reports and records and would not issue statements that do not have any basis. “You must remember, he has access to intelligence reports, records. I don’t think the president will make any statement that is not backed up by records or documents or testimonies,” he told reporters in Malacañan. Panelo was asked to react to the statement of former Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., whom the president accused of having two wives. Bacani said Duterte was “parang sira” or acting like crazy and that he would have filed libel charges against the president if he were not immune from suit. Asked if he thinks Duterte’s vulgar remarks against priests were necessary, Panelo said: “That’s within the umbrella of freedom of expression.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Bishop Bacani denies Duterte’s claim on affair: I don’t even have a wife; calls the President 'sira ulo" (crazy)
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JANUARY 25 -Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. on Wednesday (Jan. 25) denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation he had two wives, saying he doesn’t even have one to begin with. “I do not have even one wife. I hope anyone who says I have two will produce even one. Poor guys who can only use lies versus truth,” Bacani said in a text message. The bishop said he would “pray” for Duterte if it were true that he accused him of having a romantic affair. “If he [said] that, I pity him. Parang sira. I pray for him,” Bacani said. In his latest tirade against the Catholic Church Tuesday (Jan. 24), Duterte claimed Bacani had two wives. “Ang opening remarks si Bacani. P— inang Bacani na iyan, dalawa pala ang asawa. Pareho ko. Parang mayor din ang buang. Tapos kung magsalita itong mga unggoy na ito, ‘t— ina,” the President said. Bacani’s alleged affairs were mentioned in the book “Altar of Secrets” by the late journalists Aries Rufo, which also detailed other instances of wrongdoing within the Catholic Church’s hierarchy. READ MORE...RELATED, Bolando Bishop Bacani to Duterte - We serve at the pope's pleasure, not yours...

ALSO: Duterte to Filipinos, Chinese: Fortify goodwill


JANUARY 28 -President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Filipinos and the Chinese here in the Philippines to fortify the enduring goodwill that the two nations have shared over the years in his message a day before the Chinese New Year. Lion and Dragon dancers perform before a crowd while pedestrians watch in Binondo, Manila on the eve of Chinese New Year on Friday.(photo by ali vicoy) Lion and Dragon dancers perform before a crowd while pedestrians watch in Binondo, Manila on the eve of Chinese New Year on Friday.(photo by ali vicoy) Duterte wished for the Filipinos and Chinese to develop a more “profound appreciation of our heritage as two distinct yet intertwined peoples” while strengthening the goodwill shared over the years. READ MORE...


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US won’t undermine Rody gov’t, backs drug campaign


US Ambassador Sung Kim cited strong cooperation between the two countries in fighting drug trafficking, which he said would continue despite some “flaws” in the way it is being carried out. State Dept./William Ng/Released

MANILA, JANUARY 30, 2017 (PHILSTAR) January 25, 2017 – The US government is supporting the Philippines’ fight against the drug menace and reports that Washington was plotting to oust President Duterte over drug-related killings are “total nonsense,” America’s top diplomat in Manila said yesterday.

US Ambassador Sung Kim cited strong cooperation between the two countries in fighting drug trafficking, which he said would continue despite some “flaws” in the way it is being carried out.

Related Stories Welcome dinner for US Ambassador Sung Kim Two Ambassador Kims in the Philippines “We have absolutely no interest in doing anything to try to undermine President Duterte’s government. Period. I hope you can put that story to rest,” Kim told a small group of journalists at his official residence in Makati. “Categorically, confidently, I can tell you that is total nonsense. There is absolutely no basis for that report.”

Asked what the US would do in case Duterte declared martial law, Kim said he did not want to comment on hypothetical situations.

He said while preparing for his posting in the Philippines, he went over all the cables and reports sent from the US embassy in Manila and “there’s nothing that even resembles what’s claimed in that media report.”

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Since taking up his Manila posting in early December, Kim has had what he describes as two “very long” meetings with President Duterte and key Philippine officials. Kim would only say that they had “wide ranging discussions” on numerous issues including “law enforcement in general.”

Having worked as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, Kim said he understood Duterte’s concern and focus on the drug menace. This is why the US government wants to continue its cooperation with the Philippines, which Kim described as one of the bright spots in bilateral relations.

Asked about the Trump administration’s position on human rights and extrajudicial killings, Kim cited the statement of the nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who said he wanted more information before passing judgment on the Philippine campaign against drugs.

“Obviously we have some concerns about some aspects of the drug campaign,” Kim said. “While everybody acknowledges that there is a very serious drug problem, there is also concern that some aspects of the anti-drug campaign has flaws.”


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He stressed that the concerns are shared by others including Filipinos, and that his government is not telling the Philippine government what to do.

“I hope people will not view this as somehow an American concern being imposed on the Philippines,” Kim said. “My sense is this is a concern for many people. So I think it’s a mistake to portray this as a US versus Philippines issue.”

Duterte had hurled invectives at former US president Barack Obama and Kim’s predecessor Philip Goldberg for criticizing the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs, which has claimed over 6,000 lives in less than seven months.

Trump, on the other hand, reportedly told Duterte in a phone conversation that the latter was doing the right thing in the anti-drug campaign. Duterte has since described Trump as a “friend” and has invited the US president to Manila for the annual leaders’ summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations later this year.

Kim noted that even as the two countries were going through a “rough patch” in bilateral ties last year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration continued to provide information and assistance to the Philippines that helped in several major drug busts.

“We recognize that President Duterte was elected in a vibrant and free democratic election. We have great respect for the Philippines’ democratic process. He won a very impressive victory,” Kim said yesterday. “What we want is to work with them to strengthen bilateral relationship and work together on some common challenges beyond our national interests.”

OUSTER PLOT

Malacañang has accused a group of Filipino-Americans of plotting to oust Duterte with help from certain elements in the US government and support from “yellows” in the Philippines – a reference to groups associated with the Aquinos and the Liberal Party (LP).

The plotters allegedly want to install Vice President Leni Robredo, who ran under the LP banner, as president.

Robredo, the LP and Filipino-American businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis have denied the existence of any such plot.

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The following are his selections – Cabinet nominees are subject to Senate confirmation.

Cabinet-level positions
Individuals Trump has nominated

Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State
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Rick Perry
Secretary of Energy
Former Texas governor; former Texas agriculture commissioner, two-time presidential candidate
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Ryan Zinke
Secretary of Interior
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James Mattis (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Defense
Retired Marine general; former commander of U.S. Central Command
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Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of Treasury
Trump campaign finance chairman; former Goldman Sachs partner; Hollywood producer
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Jeff Sessions
Attorney General
U.S. senator, Alabama
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Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
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Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
Investor; former banker

Tom Price
Secretary of Health and Human Services
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Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
Charter school advocate; philanthropist; Republican donor
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Elaine Chao
Secretary of Transportation
Former Labor secretary
Trump nominates Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary

Nikki Haley
U.S. Ambassador to United Nations
Governor of South Carolina
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Andrew Puzder
Secretary of Labor
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John Kelly (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Homeland Security
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Scott Pruitt
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
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Mick Mulvaney
Director of Office of Management and Budget
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Linda McMahon
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
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Robert Lighthizer
U.S. Trade Representative
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David Shulkin
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
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Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Agriculture
Former Georgia governor

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Reince Priebus
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Chairman of Republican National Committee
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Michael Flynn
National Security Adviser
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Stephen K. Bannon
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Donald McGahn
White House Counsel
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Kellyanne Conway (Recent alternative facts controversy)
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Sean Spicer
Press Secretary
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PHILSTAR (COMMENTARY)

Personality and performance: Filipinos trust Duterte will do a good job 0 SHARES 0 0 0 Dindo Manhit (philstar.com) - January 20, 2017 - 2:20pm


In this Jan. 14, 2017 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte explains his hatred for illegal drugs in his speech during the the 49th Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. PPD/Simeon Celi Jr.

A COMMENTARY: Duterte enjoys a high level of public support nationwide. Although far from being controversy-free, over the last six months he has begun to put flesh to the bones of his three priorities: improving law and order, making socio-economic growth more inclusive, and restructuring the form of government. It appears that his result-oriented and hands-on approach to governance are striking a powerful chord among Filipinos. The public believes that the man who transformed Davao can replicate his results around the country.

The numbers speak

The figures from the December surveys of Pulse Asia and SWS are consistent in showing that the public trusts the president. SWS reports that 81 percent of its respondents said that they had 'much trust' in the president, as opposed to only 9 percent who say that have 'little trust.' Pulse Asia reports that 83 percent of its respondents expressed trust in the president, whereas 4 percent said they distrust the president. The president's December ratings are about par with those he received in September.

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In terms of the president's performance, Pulse Asia reports that 83 percent approve of the president's performance thus far, while only 5 percent disapprove. SWS reports that 77 percent of its respondents said they are satisfied with Duterte's performance and 13 percent are dissatisfied. Under SWS' ratings system, Duterte gets a 'very good.'

The president maintains his level of support across different classes, locations, sexes, age groups, and levels of education. Among all Filipinos, Mindanaoans trust him the most, with around 90 percent (SWS) or 92 percent (Pulse Asia) saying they trust him. The one negative mark that stands out is from classes A, B, and C nationwide, where he is down to 72 percent trust in December from 85 percent trust in September (Pulse Asia).

General assessment

It seems that the general public welcomes Duterte's ongoing directives to improve the law and order situation, particularly through his nationwide anti-drug campaign. Of course, there are limits. 74 percent of Filipinos said they do not believe that martial law is currently necessary to resolve the country's problems (Pulse Asia). 94 percent said that it was important to keep drug suspects alive, with 71 percent saying that it was very important (SWS).

We do not have fine-grained public feedback on all of the government's initiatives, but safe to say there are many possible contributors to the people's positive response. In addition to the drug war, Duterte has also shown a firm hand on resolving internal armed threats, cracking down on the Abu Sayyaf Group while resuming the peace processes with the Communist and Moro fronts. The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is expected to complete its new draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by July of this year.

Moreover, there is much to be said about the administration's efforts vis-à-vis Freedom of Information, the enactment of an anti-corruption hotline, and the initiation of a tax reform program that would reduce the income tax burden of millions of Filipinos.

The economy continues to hum along. Duterte has been openly "hands off" on economic management, and the administration has promised to continue the sound macroeconomic policies it inherited from the Aquino administration. Beyond that, the administration appears serious in its efforts to jumpstart a "Golden Age of Infrastructure." Economists project that the country will grow by at least 6.2 percent in the next two years (World Bank and ADB).

More directly for the poor, the president has been consistent in his support of Reproductive Health programs and in maintaining the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Such support could be important in boosting his credibility among the most marginalized sectors of society.

At the same time, Duterte's pursuit of a so-called "independent foreign policy" has drawn more mixed reactions from society. 51 percent of Filipinos agreed with that Duterte's habit of publicly cursing foreign or international officials is harmful to the Philippines' foreign relations (SWS).

Moreover, while the full normalization of bilateral relations, a greater inflow of Chinese investment and aid, and the opening of the Chinese market for more Filipino goods are positives for the Philippine economy, many Filipinos are still wary of China. In September, only 22 percent of Filipinos had much trust in China, with 55 percent saying they had little trust (SWS). In December, 61 percent told Pulse Asia they distrusted China. Russia did only slightly better, with 58 percent registering distrust (Pulse Asia).

More for the way forward

Despite the president's good overall rating from Filipinos, he should avoid any temptation to rest on his laurels. For the administration to maintain or even boost its support from the people, it needs to continually deliver on its many promises. Having raised the bar for themselves, the administration may find the public's expectations for their performance to grow more burdensome with time.

The administration would do well to shine more of a spotlight on some of the public's most urgent concerns. Filipinos are most concerned with having jobs and sufficient income, which ranked as the top-2 urgent national concerns (Pulse Asia). Although official government unemployment figures are at a low, the administration should listen to and address the people's fears.

Second, the administration should not read the public's support as an all-encompassing mandate for its law and order operations. People want drug suspects captured, not killed. Given his political skill, Duterte should be able to express his support for the police while simultaneously reassuring citizens that he does not tolerate deadly excesses. He can stave off doubts by focusing on justice system reform and increasing the public's confidence in the due process of law.

Finally, the president has benefited from subsided media interest in his foreign policy outbursts, but they continue. He can maintain his message of independence without incendiary turns. Filipinos have given him the benefit of the doubt, but there is no such expectation from members of the international community. Many of the concerns he highlights, such as the rise of ISIS, are global in nature. This means keeping our friends.

Dindo Manhit is the president of Stratbase ADR Institute.

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Half of P714.57-M grant from China to go to drug rehab facilities —DOF Published January 29, 2017 1:16pm

Half of the RMB100-million grant that the Philippines secured from China last year will go to building drug rehabilitation facilities, the Department of Finance said Sunday.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III led a two-day Philippine mission to China last week, where they informed Chinese Commerce Ministry officials, led by Minister Gao Hucheng, of the "progress of our bilateral dialogue mechanisms and cooperation arrangements."

Dominguez added that they "confirmed our intention" to use half of the said grant "for the provision of drug rehab facilities," as requested by the Department of Health.

"The Chinese side has already began a preliminary feasibility study on the drug rehabilitation center and plans to send an expert team to the Philippines," he said.

The other half will be used to procure "additional law enforcement equipment ... to strengthen" the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in their work for the administration's anti-drug campaign.

The grant, equivalent to almost $15 million or P714.57 million, was formally given by China in an agreement signed during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing in October 2016.

The grant was intended for "projects for anti-illegal drugs and law enforcement security cooperation."

Other projects

During last week's mission, Philippine officials also pitched grant financing for the construction of health centers in rural areas, notably in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The delegation submitted a total of 40 "large and small" infrastructure project proposals to China—15 proposed for loan financing, and the other 25 for feasibility study support.

Among these are three large-scale projects worth $3.4 billion in total, which includes:

Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Cagayan and Kalinga ($53.6 million) New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project in Quezon province ($374.03 million) the South Line of the North-South Railway, running from Manila to Legazpi City, Albay ($3.01 billion) The other projects in the pitch include construction of bridges along the Pasig River to help ease heavy traffic. —Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/ALG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Duterte hopes church would realize 'truth' 26 SHARES 3 0 0 Alexis Romero (philstar.com) - January 25, 2017 - 7:16pm


In this Aug. 27, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte greets Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles while attending a 50th wedding anniversary rite at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Davao City. PPD/Karl Norman Alonzo

MANILA, Philippines — A day after hurling vulgar tirades at bishops, a sober President Duterte asked the public to ignore his outbursts as he expressed hopes that the Catholic Church would "come to terms with the truth."

Duterte, who has accused the Catholic clergy of hypocrisy and immorality, said there are things that the Church has to realize, including the plight of the poor.

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"I'm not really…Huwag kayo mag ano diyan sa outburst ko. Ganun talaga ang pagkatao ko (Do not take my outbursts seriously. That's the way I am)," the president said during his visit to housing units for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on Wednesday.

"I sincerely hope (they) come to terms with the truth," he added.

Duterte narrated how some priests refused to give final blessings to the dead who belong to poor families. According to him, some priests refuse to bless the dead if they reek as poor families cannot afford embalming services.

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Duterte's tone was a complete departure from hi fiery rhetoric last Tuesday, when he described the Roman Catholic Church, which has been critical of his war on drugs, as "full of s**t."

During his meeting with families of the 44 policemen who died during the 2015 Mamasapano clash, Duterte enumerated old issues involving Catholic clergymen including corruption, sexual abuse, homosexuality, illicit affairs and insensitivity to the plight of the poor.

Duterte dared members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to resign if he is proven right about the scandals that rocked the Church. He also expressed readiness to step down if he is proven wrong about the allegations.

Duterte also launched personal attacks against bishops, including former Novaliches bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., whom he accused of having two wives. The president also claimed that priests do not brush their teeth when hearing confessions and have dirty hands when giving communion.

The president claimed that bishops have been lording over the country for so long even if they are teaching about Christ who lived a simple life.

The Catholic Church, the religious group of more than 80 percent of Filipinos, has voiced out concerns over the spate of killings linked to Duterte's drug crackdown and maintained that drug users should be reformed, not killed.

More than 6,000 people believed to be involved in narcotics have been killed since Duterte assumed the presidency last June 30.

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Palace on tirades vs Catholic Church: Duterte only human 29 SHARES 3 0 0 Alexis Romero (philstar.com) - January 29, 2017 - 5:24pm


In this May 10, 2016, file photo provided by the Davao City Mayor's Office, President Rodrigo Duterte wipes his tears as he visits the tomb of his late father Gov. Vicente Duterte at San Pedro Memorial Park in Davao City. Kiwi Bulaclac, Davao City Mayor's Office via AP

MANILA, Philippines — He is only human, after all.

President Rodrigo Duterte should be given an “allowance for mistakes” as he is only a human being who gets annoyed when criticized despite his hard work, Malacañang said Sunday.

In bishops' presence, Duterte vows to pay for cussing Duterte has hurled insults and vulgar attacks on the Catholic Church after bishops scored the supposed extrajudicial killings linked to his brutal war on illegal drugs.

The president claimed that the Catholic clergy has no moral ascendancy to criticize him because some of them are involved in corruption, sexual misdemeanors and homosexual acts. He also described the Catholic Church as “full of s*** and even went as far as accusing priests of not washing their hands when giving communion and having bad breath.”

Duterte also challenged bishops to resign if his allegations against the Church are proven right.

Asked why Duterte is insulting the Catholic clergy, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag said the president also gets irritated by criticisms just like other people.


BANAAG

“Tao din lang naman ang ating presidente ‘di ba (Our president is also human right)? He is a working president. He works hard, he gets tired. Sometimes he gets annoyed,” Banaag told government radio station dzRB Sunday.

“But at the end of the day, sana (I hope) we can give our president also allowance for mistakes. Kung may pagkukulang man siya sa pananalita at least nagta-trabaho naman siya (If he has inadequacies in terms of his language, at least he works),” she added.

Banaag is hopeful that the president would be able to compensate the criticisms thrown at him.

“Because, you know, if they criticize him… like any other person, like anyone else, if they criticize you publicly, sometimes you get irritated also,” she said.

“As a person, that happens sometimes.”

Duterte’s tirades against the Catholic Church came a few days before the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) started its plenary assembly. The assembly, the highest decision-making body of the CBCP, was expected to discuss issues like extrajudicial killings, as well as federalism and death penalty, two of the priority legislation of the Duterte administration.

Banaag said Malacañang is leaving it to Congress to decide whether to enact bills on death penalty and federalism. She reiterated that the Duterte administration does not endorse extrajudicial killings (EJKs).

“EJK’s are not state-sponsored…. Perhaps they (CBCP) might suggest solutions on how to go about the problem and help the government before they make judgments about all these EJKs and attribute it to the president or the administration,” Banaag said.

“Perhaps it would be better if we help each other or perhaps give suggestion on what to do with the problem then maybe it’s best to talk… rather than (to argue on) who’s right or who’s wrong.”


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Panelo says Duterte free to express opinion vs Catholic Church 39 SHARES 3 1 0 Alexis Romero (philstar.com) - January 25, 2017 - 4:58pm


Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said he doesn't think the president will make any statement that is not backed up by records or documents. File
 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the Roman Catholic Church are not baseless and are well within his freedom of expression, his chief legal counsel said Wednesday.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the president has access to intelligence reports and records and would not issue statements that do not have any basis.

“You must remember, he has access to intelligence reports, records. I don’t think the president will make any statement that is not backed up by records or documents or testimonies,” he told reporters in Malacañan.

Panelo was asked to react to the statement of former Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., whom the president accused of having two wives.

Bacani said Duterte was “parang sira” or acting like crazy and that he would have filed libel charges against the president if he were not immune from suit.

Asked if he thinks Duterte’s vulgar remarks against priests were necessary, Panelo said: “That’s within the umbrella of freedom of expression.”

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“Not because he is president, you will deny him of such right. If an ordinary citizen can express such opinion or observation I think we should also give the president the same right,” he added.

Duterte previously accused priests of not brushing their teeth when hearing confessions and not washing their hands when giving communion. He also accused priests of having illicit affairs and allowing homosexual acts inside seminaries.

Bacani and other members of the Catholic clergy have criticized Duterte’s bloody war on drugs and condemned the culture of impunity that it supposedly encouraged.

Last Tuesday, Duterte described the Catholic Church as “full of shit” and even challenged bishops to resign if reports about the corruption and sex scandals involving clergymen are proven true.

The president said he is ready to step down if anyone proves that he is lying about the Catholic Church, the religious group of more than 80 percent of Filipinos.

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DUTERTE HITS MILLIONAIRE CATHOLIC BISHOPS

 
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Bishop Bacani denies Duterte’s claim on affair: I don’t even have a wife; calls the President 'sira ulo" (crazy)
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Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. on Wednesday (Jan. 25) denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation he had two wives, saying he doesn’t even have one to begin with.

“I do not have even one wife. I hope anyone who says I have two will produce even one. Poor guys who can only use lies versus truth,” Bacani said in a text message.

The bishop said he would “pray” for Duterte if it were true that he accused him of having a romantic affair.

“If he [said] that, I pity him. Parang sira. I pray for him,” Bacani said.

In his latest tirade against the Catholic Church Tuesday (Jan. 24), Duterte claimed Bacani had two wives.

“Ang opening remarks si Bacani. P— inang Bacani na iyan, dalawa pala ang asawa. Pareho ko. Parang mayor din ang buang. Tapos kung magsalita itong mga unggoy na ito, ‘t— ina,” the President said.

Bacani’s alleged affairs were mentioned in the book “Altar of Secrets” by the late journalists Aries Rufo, which also detailed other instances of wrongdoing within the Catholic Church’s hierarchy.

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The prelate said he would’ve sued Duterte for defamation and libel if the President were not immune from suit.

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May bubog: Bishop Bacani wishes he could sue Duterte 57 politiko Daily feed 1



Bishop dares Duterte: Produce my 2 wives, I'll pay you P10M ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 26 08:33 PM Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani on Thursday challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to prove his accusations that he has 2 wives and offered a P10 million reward if Duterte can prove it. Read more » ABS-CBN

Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. said he would slap President Rodrigo Duterte with charges of “defamation and libel” if he could.

“If Duterte were not immune from suit, I would sue him for defamation and libel,” Bacani was quoted as saying Wednesday (January 25) by a GMA news online report.

The Bishop gave the statement a day after the tough-talking Duterte accused the Bishop of having two wives.

Bacani further described the 71-year-old Chief Executive as “crazy” and deserving of “pity”.

” I pity him. Parang sira. I pray for him,” the prelate said in the same report.

Duterte has consistently criticized the Catholic Church since assuming the presidency last year. To him, the Church is corrupt, irrelevant and full of hypocrites.

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MANILA, Philippines — Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. gave a stinging retort to President Rodrigo Duterte's accusation that he has two wives.

"Parang sira. I pray for him (Crazy. I pray for him)," the bishop said Wednesday.

Related Stories Show delicadeza in criticizing Catholic church, Rody urged Rody ‘di makikipag-usap sa CBCP Duterte, in his latest rant on Tuesday against the Catholic prelates, highlighted the alleged corruption in the Church.

He also questioned the moral ascendancy of the Catholic Church after criticisms on his drug war, adding that it is "full of shit."

"What is your moral ascendancy in the Philippines? Religion? What is the meaning of it? Hindi kayo nakakatulong, daldal kayo nang daldal," Duterte said Tuesday as he addressed the families of 44 Special Action Force commandos killed in a covert mission in Maguindanao in 2015.


Bacani not backing down, urges Church execs to unite vs EJKs Erik Tenedero, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 25 06:39 PM Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani insisted that he is not aiming to destabilize the government of President Rodrigo Duterte by criticizing certain policies of the firebrand leader particularly the alleged cases of extrajudicial killings. Read more »

Bacani denied having two wives and said that he would have sued the president if not for his immunity. Although not expressly granted in the 1987 Constitution, it was the intent of the framers that the president may not be sued in any civil or criminal case during his tenure of office.

Catholic priests are sworn to celibacy and chastity. However, the Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations of sexual abuse through the years.

Pope Francis, in 2016, condemned abuse, especially of minors. "We must not tolerate the abuse of minors. We must defend minors. And we must severely punish the abusers," the pope said in an address in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

The president also challenged bishops to resign. The prelates, however, replied that they serve at the pleasure of the pope and not Duterte's. — with reports from Edu Punay

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Duterte to Filipinos, Chinese: Fortify goodwill 60 SHARES Share it! Published January 27, 2017, 5:30 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Filipinos and the Chinese here in the Philippines to fortify the enduring goodwill that the two nations have shared over the years in his message a day before the Chinese New Year.

Lion and Dragon dancers perform before a crowd while pedestrians watch in Binondo, Manila on the eve of Chinese New Year on Friday.(photo by ali vicoy) Lion and Dragon dancers perform before a crowd while pedestrians watch in Binondo, Manila on the eve of Chinese New Year on Friday.(photo by ali vicoy)

Duterte wished for the Filipinos and Chinese to develop a more “profound appreciation of our heritage as two distinct yet intertwined peoples” while strengthening the goodwill shared over the years.

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He added that the government shares the joys and hopes of the Chinese and Filipino-Chinese who find reason to stay here in the country.

Duterte lauded the Chinese for their contributions to the Filipino culture, history, cuisine, philosophy and attitude in life, referring to these influences as “wellspring of practical lessons” that everybody, regardless of nationality, can learn from.

He also recognized how the Chinese contributed to the country’s economy by trade and investment.

“To everyone who believes in the miracle of beginnings and who makes a choice for hope against fear, my best wishes on this auspicious season of the Chinese New Year,” he added.


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