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CARDINAL VIDAL SEEKS PRAYERS FOR DUTERTE
[RELATED: Cardinal Vidal on Duterte: 'A good person, madaling kausapin, hindi ka matatakot' ('EASY TO TALK TO, NO CONCERNS TO FEAR')


FEBRUARY 6 -APRIL 2016 PHOTO -CEBU CITY - Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal sought prayers for the chief executive "whether we like him or not." READ: Duterte: Catholic Church full of s**t Vidal said Monday he believes Duterte is a good person and that prayers will be helpful in enlightening the president, especially when he makes crucial decisions. "We are all obliged to pray whether we like him or not," the cardinal said. Vidal, who is celebrating his 86th birthday, also urged the public to pray with him so the Church and the government can find a common ground in solving illegal drugs, sans the slay of suspected drug traders. READ MORE...

ALSO: Volunteers vs Crime & Corruption (VACC) mulls filing suit vs bishops for ‘meddling’
("Instead of attacking the government for its position on death penalty and illegal drugs, members of the CBCP should visit drug-prone communities, reach out to drug addicts and convince them to change their ways.")


FEBRUARY 13 -THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Sunday said it was mulling filing a case against the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for interfering with the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign and blocking moves to restore the death penalty. Dante Jimenez, founding chairperson of the VACC, claimed the CBCP has been using the Church to hinder the administration’s drive to eradicate illegal drugs that have been victimizing millions of the Filipinos. “The CBCP should understand that there is a separation of state and church. Why are they insisting on the moral grounds of fighting illegal drugs? Are they receiving drug money?” Jimenez said. The legal team of the VACC is studying whether there is a way to bring CBCP to court for refusing to respect the separation of church and state which is enshrined in the Constitution, he said. “I will not let them (CBCP) get away with it… they should be more active in helping those who are in need and the victims of illegal drugs,” said Jimenez. He suggested that instead of attacking the government for its position on death penalty and illegal drugs, members of the CBCP should visit drug-prone communities, reach out to drug addicts and convince them to change their ways. READ MORE...

ALSO: Rody received text from Kris Aquino, a plea not to jail PNoy over Mamasapano
[ALSO: FVR chides Digong over ‘one-way’ decisions and for being 'insecure']


FEBRUARY 6 -DUTERTE ON VIDEO: No Kris, I am not out to fight political opposition. I just want to give the Filpinos the truth.(Watch video below)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he had received a text message from TV host-actress and former presidential sister Kris Aquino asking him not to imprison her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III, over the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the death of 44 police commandos. During the Mamasapano carnage’s second anniversary last month, Duterte challenged Aquino to explain his entire role in the operation, which the President insisted was operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency. In response to Duterte, Aquino said his only mistake was to trust former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas. Duterte, however, did not elaborate on the text message he supposedly received from Aquino’s sister, adding that he only told her that he was just after the truth. READ MORE...ALSO, FVR chides Digong over ‘one-way’ decisions and for being 'insecure'...

ALSO: Communist Party rejects termination of peace talks
[RELATED: Duterte calls Reds ‘spoiled brats and arrogant,’ orders arrest of leaders]


FEBRUARY 6 -PHOTO: NPA ANNIVERSARY / DECEMBER 27, 2009 Somewhere in the the Mindanao hinterland area, Communists New People Army rebels perform a parade display during the celebration of their 41st founding anniversary of Communist Party of the Philippines. The communist insurgency in the country is considered as the longest in Asia history. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that it still wanted to continue talking peace with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte after the Chief Executive terminated talks on Saturday. Duterte abruptly scrapped the continuation of the talks after the CPP’s military arm, the New Peoples’ Army, attacked and murdered unarmed soldiers in Bukidnon last week.
DENNIS JAY SANTOS / INQUIRER MINDANAO
DAVAO CITY – The Communist Party of the Philippines rejected the termination of peace negotiations with the government and expressed optimism both parties would meet again this month. In a statement issued on Monday, the CPP said the revolutionary movement was still seeking the continuation of the peace process to address the root causes of the 48-year-old conflict. “The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in rejecting the declaration the other night of GRP President Rodrigo Duterte that he will terminate peace negotiations between the GRP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and that he is dissolving his negotiating panel,” the CPP said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte calls Reds ‘spoiled brats and arrogant,’ orders arrest of leaders...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Reds should show sincerity


FEBRUARY 8 -The communist group can recoup public trust, which it now sorely lacks, if it takes positive action to convince Rody to return to the negotiating table. Officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF) and their allies were all over media the day after Rody said talks were off, saying that the negotiations were not officially terminated. In a speech in Cagayan de Oro City at the wake of three soldiers slain under treacherous circumstances by the New People’s Army, the CPP’s armed wing, Duterte called the NPA terrorists and threatened to jail all those with whom he has been negotiating for peace just a few days ago. He said that peace with the communist rebels may not be attained under his term since he is serving notice that he is cutting off all lines of communications with them. Of course, like in all other previous experiences with Rody, all that was said was mostly the result of an emotional outburst and are usually appealable when the steam dissipates. It was a combination of the way the soldiers were ambushed and the total lack of sincerity shown by the CPP-NPA-NDF during the initial phases of the peace talks that obviously riled Rody. READ MORE...

ALSO: Rody targets online gambling; ordered to intensify govt fight vs illegal gambling


FEBRAURY 11 -President Rodrigo Duterte
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte prohibited the assignment, sharing, lease, transfer or selling of online gambling licenses after he ordered authorities to intensify the government’s fight against illegal gambling. Under an executive order signed Feb. 2, online gambling operators who wish to operate outside the jurisdiction of the government authority must apply for a separate license. “The license to operate online gambling granted to qualified operators shall not be assigned, shared, leased, transferred, sold or encumbered to any other party. Any gambling operator desiring to operate outside the jurisdiction of the government authority which issued its existing license shall apply for a separate license with the appropriate authority,” the EO read. “All gambling activities, and activities and services directly or indirectly related to or in support of such gambling activities, conducted beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the government authority which issued the license therefore, shall be dealt with as illegal gambling.” READ MORE...


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Cardinal Vidal seeks prayers for Duterte


President Rodrigo Duterte pays respect to Cebu Archbishop-Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal during a courtesy call. Photo: RTVM

CEBU CITY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 (ABS-CBN) Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 06 2017 04:38 PM CEBU CITY - Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal sought prayers for the chief executive "whether we like him or not."

READ: Duterte: Catholic Church full of s**t

Vidal said Monday he believes Duterte is a good person and that prayers will be helpful in enlightening the president, especially when he makes crucial decisions.
"We are all obliged to pray whether we like him or not," the cardinal said.

Vidal, who is celebrating his 86th birthday, also urged the public to pray with him so the Church and the government can find a common ground in solving illegal drugs, sans the slay of suspected drug traders.

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"We are pro-life, therefore we have to maintain our love for life that God has given," Vidal said.

He also admitted that he was shocked that cops were involved in the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.

Vidal said it would be wise for the Philippine National Police to cleanse its ranks first and regain public's confidence.

READ: Cardinal Vidal on Duterte: 'Madaling kausapin, hindi ka matatakot'

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Cardinal Vidal on Duterte: 'Madaling kausapin, hindi ka matatakot'


President Rodrigo Duterte pays respect to Cebu Archbishop-Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal during a courtesy call. Photo: RTVM

CEBU CITY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 (ABS-CBN) Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas Posted at Jul 15 2016 02:00 PM "Simpleng tao, madaling kausapin, hindi ka matatakot."

This was how Cebu Archbishop-Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal described President Rodrigo Duterte following their two-hour conversation in Malacañang on Wednesday afternoon.

The 85-year-old prelate said he considers his courtesy call on the President as a door that can open communication between the Catholic church and the government.

He urged bishops and other leaders of the Catholic church to give Duterte the benefit of the doubt and avoid making negative comments at this early stage of the new leadership.

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Cardinal Vidal was mum on other details of his conversation with Duterte, but he assured the President of his unceasing prayers to guide his leadership.

The prelate said the President made a candid remark, admitting that so much work has to be done in solving the problems of the nation.

The former archbishop evaded questions on his views about the "iron-fist" approach of the current administration in running after criminals.

He said it is up to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to make a stand on the issue.

But Cardinal Vidal was clear on his pronouncement that illegal drugs are a menace to society which destroy relationships among family members.


MANILA TIMES

VACC mulls filing suit vs bishops for ‘meddling’ BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017 TOP STORIES

THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Sunday said it was mulling filing a case against the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for interfering with the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign and blocking moves to restore the death penalty.

Dante Jimenez, founding chairperson of the VACC, claimed the CBCP has been using the Church to hinder the administration’s drive to eradicate illegal drugs that have been victimizing millions of the Filipinos.

“The CBCP should understand that there is a separation of state and church. Why are they insisting on the moral grounds of fighting illegal drugs? Are they receiving drug money?” Jimenez said.

The legal team of the VACC is studying whether there is a way to bring CBCP to court for refusing to respect the separation of church and state which is enshrined in the Constitution, he said.

“I will not let them (CBCP) get away with it… they should be more active in helping those who are in need and the victims of illegal drugs,” said Jimenez.

He suggested that instead of attacking the government for its position on death penalty and illegal drugs, members of the CBCP should visit drug-prone communities, reach out to drug addicts and convince them to change their ways.

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The CBCP has objected to the restoration of death penalty in the country, a measure pending in Congress.

“When we condemn violence, we cannot ourselves be its perpetrators, and when we decry murder, we cannot ourselves participate in murder, no matter that it may be accompanied by the trappings of judicial and legal process,” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the CBCP president, earlier said.

Jimenez said: “They (CBCP) don’t own the belief of the people on death penalty. That is why I believed that they are violating the Constitution.”

CBCP executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano, in an earlier statement, said the Church was prepared to help in the rehabilitation of drug users through treatment centers in various provinces, providing scholarship programs and livelihood projects for reformed drug dependents.


INQUIRER

Kris Aquino text to Duterte: Please do not jail PNoy over Mamasapano By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQINQUIRER.net / 06:36 PM February 06, 2017
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DUTERTE ON VIDEO: No Kris, I am not out to fight political opposition. I just want to give the Filpinos the truth.(Watch video below)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he had received a text message from TV host-actress and former presidential sister Kris Aquino asking him not to imprison her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III, over the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the death of 44 police commandos.

During the Mamasapano carnage’s second anniversary last month, Duterte challenged Aquino to explain his entire role in the operation, which the President insisted was operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency. In response to Duterte, Aquino said his only mistake was to trust former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas.

Duterte, however, did not elaborate on the text message he supposedly received from Aquino’s sister, adding that he only told her that he was just after the truth.

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Duterte previously ordered the creation of an independent commission that will look into the Mamasapano debacle, which he said would be composed of men of integrity, including Supreme Court justices.

Since stepping down from office and losing his presidential immunity from suit in June last year, three criminal complaints were filed against Aquino by relatives of the slain SAF commandos.

The former president had dismissed the complaints as “frivolous” and “absurd.”

The Office of the Ombudsman had indicted Napeñas and former PNP Director General Alan Purisima for bypassing the chain of command in carrying out the operation that killed bombmaker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan./ac

 
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Kris Aquino to Duterte: Please don't jail PNoy over Mamasapano INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net
Published on Feb 6, 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he had received a text message from TV host-actress and former presidential sister Kris Aquino asking him not to imprison her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III, over the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the death of 44 police commandos. Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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FVR chides Digong over ‘one-way’ decisions posted February 11, 2017 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito


Former President Fidel V. Ramos

FORMER President Fidel V. Ramos on Friday advised an ‘insecure’ President Rodrigo Duterte to avoid making decisions, particularly on policies and security without first consulting his Cabinet members.

“A lot of these fears being generated by him is because he is... insecure. Pardon me for saying this, Mr. President Duterte, but you must be at peace with yourself, do not talk about dying soon or being killed or not caring about your life,” Ramos said in an interview with online news portal Rappler.

“You must preserve your life, you have a lot of things to do and people will support you. We don’t want the President to be just disposed of like that. You are elected for six years, you fulfill it,” he added.

Ramos expressed concern after observing Duterte making policy pronouncements without the knowledge of people around him, and urged him to make proper use of government mechanisms at hand.

“The way it is, there is a lack of consultation, as I said in the beginning, not just with his active commanders. Maybe not even with the Cabinet members concerned, but also with the rest of the citizenry,” Ramos said.

The former president also decried what he called a “one-way kind of decision-making in law enforcement these days.”

“There is a need for more consultation by the leaders, led by the President, with other stakeholders, meaning the people themselves, including the most ordinary guy,” he added.


PHILSTAR

Communist Party rejects termination of peace talks By: Karlos Manlupig - Correspondent / @kmanlupigINQInquirer Mindanao / 02:12 PM February 06, 2017


NPA ANNIVERSARY / DECEMBER 27, 2009 Somewhere in the the Mindanao hinterland area on Saturday, Communists New People Army rebels perform a parade display during the celebration of their 41st founding anniversary of Communist Party of the Philippines. The commiunist insurgency in the country is considered as the longest in Asia history. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that it still wanted to continue talking peace with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte after the Chief Executive terminated talks on Saturday. Duterte abruptly scrapped the continuation of the talks after the CPP’s military arm, the New Peoples’ Army, attacked and murdered unarmed soldiers in Bukidnon last week.
DENNIS JAY SANTOS / INQUIRER MINDANAO

DAVAO CITY – The Communist Party of the Philippines rejected the termination of peace negotiations with the government and expressed optimism both parties would meet again this month.

In a statement issued on Monday, the CPP said the revolutionary movement was still seeking the continuation of the peace process to address the root causes of the 48-year-old conflict.

“The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in rejecting the declaration the other night of GRP President Rodrigo Duterte that he will terminate peace negotiations between the GRP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and that he is dissolving his negotiating panel,” the CPP said.

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On Saturday night, the President terminated the peace negotiations and ordered the government panel to come home from the Netherlands after a series of attacks by New Peoples’ Army (NPA) rebels on soldiers.

READ: Abducted soldiers found dead; 2 more seized by the NPA

In one incident, alleged NPA rebels brutally murdered three unarmed soldiers doing community development work in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, on Feb. 1. The next day, suspected NPA rebels abducted two soldiers in Sultan Kudarat.

After the killing of the three soldiers, who were reportedly shot an average 24 times each, Duterte terminated the talks and ordered the military to prepare for a “long war.”

The CPP is saying that they have not agreed to ending the talks.

“Having not received any formal notice of termination from the GRP, however, we consider as standing the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. We continue to look forward to scheduled talks on February 22-24 and April 2-6,” the CPP said.

Both parties agreed during the third round of talks in Rome last month that they would meet again in The Netherlands on February 22-24 to discuss the crafting of a bilateral ceasefire agreement, and on April 2-6 for the fourth round of talks.

It is expected in the fourth round that major points will be agreed that will lead to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.

Meanwhile, the CPP expressed concern over the threat of Mr. Duterte to re-arrest and detain NDFP peace consultants without bail.

One consultant, Ariel Arbitrario, was apprehended by soldiers in Davao City on Monday morning.

READ: NDF consultant, NPA liason officer arrested in Davao

“If carried out, these shall be considered as gross acts of treachery and grave violations of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). The JASIG was reaffirmed by the Duterte regime and the NDFP just a few months ago. It guarantees non-reprisal against each other’s peace personnel,” the CPP said.

The CPP said Mr. Duterte’s statement might be a spur of the moment decision without considering the many gains achieved after the resumption of the negotiations.

“His decision was made clearly without judicious consideration of the advise of his peace panel, and coming at the heels of a successful third round of peace talks in Rome, Italy just over a week ago,” the CPP said.

Despite the stumbling blocks, the CPP reaffirmed its commitment to explore peacefully ways to address the social, economic and political problems beleaguering the country.

“The Party and all revolutionary forces are one with the Filipino people in their aspiration for a just peace. The offices of the negotiating panel of the NDFP shall remain open to continue to explore the possibility of reopening peace negotiations with the Duterte government, both on the CASER as well as on the matter of a bilateral ceasefire simultaneous with release of political prisoners,” the CPP said. CBB/rga

 
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Duterte calls communist rebels ‘spoiled brats’ INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net Published on Feb 6, 2017 A day after tagging them as “terrorists,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called communist rebels “spoiled brats” and “arrogant” over their demands to the Philippine government, which he said prompted him to terminate peace negotiations. Video by PTV Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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Duterte calls Reds ‘spoiled brats and arrogant,’ orders arrest of leaders By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales - Reporter / @YGonzalesINQINQUIRER.net / 04:54 PM February 06, 2017



A day after tagging them as “terrorists,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called communist rebels “spoiled brats” and “arrogant” in their demands to the Philippine government, which he said prompted him to terminate peace negotiations.

“Itong mga komunista… they are spoiled brats. Akala mo sila ‘yung nasa gobyerno kung mag-make ng demands,” Duterte said during the launch of “Hardin ng Lunas” livelihood program at the Presidential Security Group compound in Malacañang.

(These communists are spoiled brats. You’d think they’re the ones in government by the way they make demands.)

“Peace is not possible during our generation, I’m sorry,” he added.

A day after lifting the ceasefire with the New People’s Army, Duterte on Saturday announced the cancelation of peace talks with the Reds and ordered government negotiators in Rome to come back to the country.

READ: Duterte: No more peace talks with Reds without ‘compelling reason’

Duterte slammed the communists for demanding the release of about 400 political prisoners even when the peace talks were still ongoing.

“Ni-release ko na lahat ‘yung mga leaders nila for Oslo (talks). They said they wanted 18 released, biglang naging 400. That’s given after a successful talks… Eh ‘di mag-surrender na lang ako. Kayo na lang sa Malacañang,” he said.

(I released all their leaders for the Oslo talks. They said they wanted 18 released, now they want 400. That’s given after a successful talks… Well then I’ll just surrender. You be the ones in Malacañang then.)

The President also reiterated his order to immigration officials to be on the lookout for jailed leftist leaders who were freed to participate in the negotiations. “Once they arrive here, they will be arrested and they will go back to prison,” Duterte said. JE/rga

READ: Duterte orders arrest of NDF men, calls CPP-NPA a terrorist group


TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

Reds should show sincerity Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:00

The communist group can recoup public trust, which it now sorely lacks, if it takes positive action to convince Rody to return to the negotiating table.

Officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF) and their allies were all over media the day after Rody said talks were off, saying that the negotiations were not officially terminated.

In a speech in Cagayan de Oro City at the wake of three soldiers slain under treacherous circumstances by the New People’s Army, the CPP’s armed wing, Duterte called the NPA terrorists and threatened to jail all those with whom he has been negotiating for peace just a few days ago.

He said that peace with the communist rebels may not be attained under his term since he is serving notice that he is cutting off all lines of communications with them.

Of course, like in all other previous experiences with Rody, all that was said was mostly the result of an emotional outburst and are usually appealable when the steam dissipates.

It was a combination of the way the soldiers were ambushed and the total lack of sincerity shown by the CPP-NPA-NDF during the initial phases of the peace talks that obviously riled Rody.

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Prior to his wake visit, Rody was already fuming against the communist group for terminating its unilateral ceasefire while giving the government 10 days to convince it to change its mind.

At the grave of his parents at the Davao Roman Catholic Cemetery, Rody said there is “almost” zero chances for peace negotiations to proceed after he also terminated a unilateral ceasefire with the Reds.

“As I have said, I would like to tell the Filipino people, peace with the communists might not come in this generation,” he said, adding that talks would only resume if there is “a compelling reason.”

The fourth round of peace talks in Oslo, Norway on February 22 to 24 is to finalize the so-called heart and soul of the peace process which is the Comprehensive Agreement for Socio-Economic Reforms.

The negotiations between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF have been ongoing for the past seven months or since Rody assumed the presidency.

A lot of indications point to Rody’ merely using his tough talk to speed up the peace negotiations. But maybe not — not if he cannot have the upper hand, which at present, he holds firmly.

The Palace has been speaking in a different tone from Rody, indicating that nothing was final about his statements.

Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag said on radio that the government remains open for peace negotiations.

The government’s chief negotiator Jesus Dureza said if there is anyone who passionately dreams of and works on bringing about sustainable peace in the land, it is Rody.

“The road to a just and lasting peace is not easy to traverse. There are humps and bumps, and curbs and detours along the way. What is important is that we all stay the course,” Dureza said.

The statement of both the Palace and Dureza did not indicate that the negotiations are scuttled and that war imminent in contrast to what Rody had said in the heat of the moment.

Aside from flooding the airwaves with its belated invocations, the communist group should show that it is also committed to the peace process by reciprocating what Rody has done thus far, which started when he volunteered a unilateral ceasefire in his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

It took a long while for the communist group to issue its own truce declaration.

The main roadblock to the negotiations was the demand of the communist group for the release of all 430 or so political prisoners who are mostly NPA cadres and CPP kingpins.

Rody said that it would be foolhardy for the government to let go of all the detainees that cost the government the lives of soldiers and huge resources to apprehend.

The NDF should start with adjusting its demand and scale it back to more reasonable terms as a show of goodwill.

And goodwill should be shown by the communist with the voluntary return of the freed communist consultants who still face murder cases.


MANILA STANDARD

Duterte targets online gambling;  ordered authorities to intensify govt fight vs illegal gambling posted February 11, 2017 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito

President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte prohibited the assignment, sharing, lease, transfer or selling of online gambling licenses after he ordered authorities to intensify the government’s fight against illegal gambling.

Under an executive order signed Feb. 2, online gambling operators who wish to operate outside the jurisdiction of the government authority must apply for a separate license.

“The license to operate online gambling granted to qualified operators shall not be assigned, shared, leased, transferred, sold or encumbered to any other party. Any gambling operator desiring to operate outside the jurisdiction of the government authority which issued its existing license shall apply for a separate license with the appropriate authority,” the EO read.

“All gambling activities, and activities and services directly or indirectly related to or in support of such gambling activities, conducted beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the government authority which issued the license therefore, shall be dealt with as illegal gambling.”

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The same EO said that no licensed online gambling operator shall provide direct or indirect betting outside of the territorial jurisdiction where it is physically located.

Nevertheless, participation of persons who are betting outside of the Philippine territory can still continue.

The President’s order came as lawmakers investigated allegations that Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, who tried to bribe Philippine officials to allow him to operate an illegal online casino.

Duterte instructed the PNP, the NBI, and law enforcement agencies to “coordinate and promptly act on requests of gambling regulatory authorities to investigate and put a stop to illegal activities in their respective jurisdictions.”

“The state condemns the existence of illegal gambling as a widespread social menace and source of corruption, as it has become an influential factor in an individual’s disregard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift,” the President said.

The order also directs the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and other regulatory entities to submit a consolidated report on the progress of the fight against illegal gambling in their jurisdictions within six months and every six months thereafter from the effective date of the EO.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office on Friday said the 56 players of Small Town Lottery (STL) are expected to give more than half a million people jobs this year.

This is the reason the PCSO is doing its best to implement the government’s campaign against illegal gambling, the agency said in a press release.

PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said that aside from the projected revenue from STL, legal employment of more than half a million people is another benefit of the operation of 56 accredited agent corporations that were given permits to operate STL nationwide.

He said that all illegal gambling operations are called on to go legal. This includes kubradors and kabos who work in the illegal numbers game. If they work under the STL, Balutan said, they would be given a legal source of income.


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