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DUTERTE TELLS PMAers TO UPHOLD DISCIPLINE, CIVILITY


FEBRUARY 19 -President Rodrigo R. Duterte troops the line during his attendance to the PMA Alumni Homecoming 2017 at the PMA Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on February 18, 2017. (photo by Richard V. Viñas)
Published February 18, 2017, 2:46 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos - President Rodrigo Duterte told the members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) community to continue upholding the values of the institution. According to Duterte, he is proud to be an adopted ‘Dimasupil’ PMA Class of 1967 because despite his flaws, PMA continues its mission to train and develop graduates with character and skill. “That is why I appreciate the PMA. You have the template of discipline and civility. I ask that you continue this tradition and thank you for inviting me to be part of you,” he said on Saturday, February 18. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gina made a mess; I will not judge her now [but] I will review [Lopez’s decision]. - Rody


FEBRUARY 19 -BAGUIO CITY—Instead of helping make governance easier, Environment Secretary Regina Lopez have the administration a problem that has turned into a mess, President Rodrigo Duterte told the military establishment at the weekend. “On Gina Lopez, we’re having a problem right now. [The situation] has messed up already,” Duterte told alumni of the Philippine Military Academy’s “Dimasupil” Class of ‘67, of which he is an honorary member, during a reception at the Baguio Country Club late Friday. While there is a need to correct serious environmental problems, Duterte said he also needs to take into consideration the benefits of the mining industry. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erring cops to be flown to Basilan Tuesday —PNP chief


FEBRUARY 18 -Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Saturday said that the deployment of 200 erring members of the National Capital Region Police Office to Basilan will start next Tuesday. “Sa Tuesday. Naka-ready na yung C-130. Tuesday 3 a.m. ihahatid na sila sa Basilan, ‘yung mga ililipat,” Dela Rosa told reporters after the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City. Asked how many of the police officers have gone absent without leave, he said he does not know yet. “Malaman natin ‘yan bukas ang accounting at saka Tuesday, and the real McCoy sa paglipad, kung sinong mag-report. ‘Yung hindi [dadating], automatic na AWOL,” he said. “Ang order ko ay siguruhin na silang lahat ay mag-report sa Basilan as instructed by the President,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: AFP forming battalion-sized task force for war on drugs


FEBRUARY 19 -DUTERTE's AFP: Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año said the military will organize a battalion-sized task force that will join the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the government's war against drugs. Año, attending the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City, told reporters on Saturday night that the 500-strong task force will have a "strike force" that may be used by PDEA in its anti-illegal drugs operations. "It's yet to be created, but we are talking about a battalion-sized [task force]," he said. President Rodrigo Duterte had asked the AFP to support the PDEA, which has been tasked to lead the government's war on drugs. Duterte ordered the PDEA to takeover the lead in the war on drugs from the Philippine National Police, which he had tagged as "corrupt to the core." READ MORE...

ALSO: Russian officials pay courtesy call to Duterte in Davao; praise Rody’s stand on US


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President Duterte has claimed the Russian federation led by National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev admires him for being the only president who stood up against and cursed a sitting president of the United States. Duterte said the Russian officials gave him that impression during their meeting last Thursday in Davao City. Russian officials, including Ambassador Igor Khovaev, were in Davao recently to finalize the cooperation between the Philippines and Russia. “And the Russians said that I’m the only one who said something about the president of America and the American policy itself,” Duterte told his mistahs during their class get-together at the Baguio Country Club last Friday. Duterte has been an adopted member of Philippine Military Academy class of 1967 since he was mayor. READ MORE...

ALSO: CPP coaxes gov’t to return to peace talks, orders POWs’ release


FEBRUARY 20 -The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Sunday said it had ordered its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), to release six "prisoners of war" as a "positive gesture" to returning to the negotiating table with the government. "As a positive gesture, the Party calls on all concerned NPA units to expedite the release of the six prisoners of war (POWs) captured over the past days," the CPP said in a statement. The POWs ordered released by the CPP were: PFC Edwin Salan, captured in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on January 29 Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and Pfc Samuel Garay, captured in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 2 PO2 Jerome Natividad, captured in Talakag, Bukidnon on February 9 Paramilitary Rene Doller and Paramilitary Carl Mark, captured in Lupon, Davao Oriental on February 14 "The NPA commands in charge of the custodial units can work closely with third party facilitators. The AFP can cooperate by withdrawing all troops in and around the area where the POWs will be released to pave the way for their safe and orderly release," the CPP added. READ MORE...


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Duterte tells PMAers to uphold discipline, civility


President Rodrigo R. Duterte troops the line during his attendance to the PMA Alumni Homecoming 2017 at the PMA Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on February 18, 2017. (photo by Richard V. Viñas)

MANILA, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (MANILA BULLETIN) Published February 18, 2017, 2:46 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos - President Rodrigo Duterte told the members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) community to continue upholding the values of the institution.

According to Duterte, he is proud to be an adopted ‘Dimasupil’ PMA Class of 1967 because despite his flaws, PMA continues its mission to train and develop graduates with character and skill.

“That is why I appreciate the PMA. You have the template of discipline and civility. I ask that you continue this tradition and thank you for inviting me to be part of you,” he said on Saturday, February 18.

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Duterte became an adopted member of the Dimasupil Class of 1967 back in 1994. He became an honorary member of the PMA Alumni Association, Inc., (PMAAAI) on December 14, 2016.

He officially became an honorary member of the PMAAAI yesterday, February 18.

“I am an adopted ‘Dimasupil’ Class of 1967. That is already an honor enough but to be formally adopted by the Philippine Military Academy Alumni is a double honor in my case,” he said.

He added that his long and harmonious relationship with PMAAAI is anything but politics.

According to Duterte, he is still uncomfortable about receiving awards and recognition for doing the things he is supposed to do.


MANILA STANDARD

Gina made a mess — Rody posted February 19, 2017 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito



BAGUIO CITY—Instead of helping make governance easier, Environment Secretary Regina Lopez have the administration a problem that has turned into a mess, President Rodrigo Duterte told the military establishment at the weekend.

“On Gina Lopez, we’re having a problem right now. [The situation] has messed up already,” Duterte told alumni of the Philippine Military Academy’s “Dimasupil” Class of ‘67, of which he is an honorary member, during a reception at the Baguio Country Club late Friday.

While there is a need to correct serious environmental problems, Duterte said he also needs to take into consideration the benefits of the mining industry.

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“I will not judge her now [but] I will review [Lopez’s decision]. If it’s wrong, then I can’t do anything, if it’s destructive to the environment,” he said while admitting that Lopez’s decision to shut down 75 mining projects will hurt the economy.


President Rodrigo Duterte in Baguio City

“We get something like P70 billion a year out of the mining operations in the entire Philippines. We have to also to take into consideration,” he added.

Economic managers had earlier warned the possible impact of Lopez’s mining orders on unemployment and people’s incomes plus its negative effect on local government finances and the country’s GDP growth.

Duterte mentioned the matter a second time during the PMA homecoming in Fort del Pilar on Saturday and said that while extractive industries does threaten the environment, they can still exhaust administrative remedies.

“As a child of immigrants from Visayas to Mindanao. We hope for a better life in the so-called land of promise. But now it is threatened by climate change caused by manmade diseases like extractive industries,” he told the alumni of the country’s premiere military academy.

“[But], there’s such thing as exhaustion of administrative remedies,” he said. “If it’s destructive, I can’t do anything. But if... (it can pass,) then we correct it.”

Following an industry-wide crackdown on alleged violators of safety standards, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez made a decision for the suspension and closure of mining operations in the country, citing the alleged presence of these mining fiirms in ‘watersheds.’

Of the 41 mines audited, Lopez claimed only 13 passed while 23 were tagged for closure and five for suspension. She later admitted she did not follow the recommendation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, which only recommended a maximum penalty of suspension of operations and fines.

Lopez then announced she will terminate 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs).

The 23 mining companies who were hit by Lopez’s closure order, meanwhile, slammed the DENR chief for committing grave abuse of discretion by shutting down their operations “without due process.”

But in a Cabinet meeting Feb. 7, Lopez was told that she needs to prove that due process was observed when she canceled the 75 mining contracts in her campaign against illegal mining.

At the same time, the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council agreed on the creation of a multi-stakeholder review to advise the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and take another look at the “performance of existing mining operations in consultation with local government units.”


GMA NEWS

Erring cops to be flown to Basilan Tuesday —PNP chief Published February 18, 2017 5:40pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Saturday said that the deployment of 200 erring members of the National Capital Region Police Office to Basilan will start next Tuesday.

“Sa Tuesday. Naka-ready na yung C-130. Tuesday 3 a.m. ihahatid na sila sa Basilan, ‘yung mga ililipat,” Dela Rosa told reporters after the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City.

Asked how many of the police officers have gone absent without leave, he said he does not know yet.

“Malaman natin ‘yan bukas ang accounting at saka Tuesday, and the real McCoy sa paglipad, kung sinong mag-report. ‘Yung hindi [dadating], automatic na AWOL,” he said.

“Ang order ko ay siguruhin na silang lahat ay mag-report sa Basilan as instructed by the President,” he added.

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Told that his men will face Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon in Basilan, Dela Rosa said: “Tamang tama ‘yun andun sila. Punta sila doon, magkita sila doon.”

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police director, said they are ready to receive the erring police officers.


Some 200 errant policemen received a mouthful from President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday afternoon, as the government seeks to rid the Philippine National Police of bad eggs. An angry Duterte slammed the cops tagged in various crimes such as robbery and extortion. He said some policemen resort to illegal activities just to sustain their extravagant lifestyles and support their many wives. ABS-CBN NEWS FILE FEBRUARY 7, 2017

“The Presidente has spoken and we will follow him to the letter. Dito masusubukan ang galing ng mga PNP na ito sa lugar namin,” Sindac told reporters in a separate interview.

He said the ARMM Police Regional Office has already laid out a deployment plan for the erring cops.

“Nakalatag na yung plano namin. Hintayin namin ang pagdating nila dito. Ang general guidelines to airlift them to Zamboanga and ship them to Basilan where we will conduct initial processing,” he said.

The police officers, who are facing different complaints and cases, were initially set to undergo a re-training but Duterte decided to send them to Basilan.

Dela Rosa reiterated that he is ready to lose his men especially those doing illegal activities.

“Kahit noon naman kulang na talaga ang manpower namin, ngayon mababawasan pa. But as I've said I’m willing to sacrifice quantity for quality. Bahala na kung kakaunti ang maiwan kong pulis basta matitino lang. Kung marami nga eh marami namang ginagawang kasamaan, so OK na sa akin itong kakaunti lang,” he said.

He added that dedicated and police officers can take on the jobs of those who have gone astray.

“Multi-tasking, kaya 'yan, 24/7 pulis sila, hindi ‘yan aatras sa trabaho,” he said. —ALG, GMA News


GMA NEWS NETWORK

AFP forming battalion-sized task force for war on drugs Published February 19, 2017 10:59am

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año said the military will organize a battalion-sized task force that will join the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the government's war against drugs.

Año, attending the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City, told reporters on Saturday night that the 500-strong task force will have a "strike force" that may be used by PDEA in its anti-illegal drugs operations.

"It's yet to be created, but we are talking about a battalion-sized [task force]," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had asked the AFP to support the PDEA, which has been tasked to lead the government's war on drugs.

Duterte ordered the PDEA to takeover the lead in the war on drugs from the Philippine National Police, which he had tagged as "corrupt to the core."

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Año said that even before Duterte told the AFP to help PDEA, he had met with the agency's chief, Isidro Lapeña, to create a plan on how the military can support the war on drugs.

He said that the AFP is just waiting for an executive order formally tasking the military to join the PDEA's campaign against illegal drugs.

"Even without the EO, we are ready to operate with PDEA, with PDEA as the [lead agency] and we are just support. We already talked and we can start actually doing operations if there is a target package," said Año.

Even as he clarified that the entire AFP cannot be tapped to support the PDEA's operations, Año said the military can assign as much as 5,000 personnel "depending on the situation."

At least 7,000 drug personalities have been killed in vigilante-style killings and police anti-drugs operations since Duterte was sworn into office in June last year.

The PNP has stopped the implementation of Project Tokhang, where millions of drug personalities have surrendered.

Año clarified that the troops that will be assigned to aid the PDEA will not be involved in Project Tokhang or going door-to-door, convincing drug personalities to surrender.

He also said that soldiers will not be used in buy-bust operations.

He said the AFP will only be involved in the PDEA's operations against "high-level drug syndicates." —ALG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Russian officials praise Rody’s stand on US By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 19, 2017 - 12:00am 1 182 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has claimed the Russian federation led by National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev admires him for being the only president who stood up against and cursed a sitting president of the United States.

Duterte said the Russian officials gave him that impression during their meeting last Thursday in Davao City. Russian officials, including Ambassador Igor Khovaev, were in Davao recently to finalize the cooperation between the Philippines and Russia.

“And the Russians said that I’m the only one who said something about the president of America and the American policy itself,” Duterte told his mistahs during their class get-together at the Baguio Country Club last Friday.


Russian officials praise Rody’s stand on US -President Duterte said the Russian officials gave him that impression during their meeting last Thursday in Davao City. Russian officials, including Ambassador Igor Khovaev, were in Davao recently to finalize the cooperation between the Philippines and Russia. AP/Aaron Favila

Duterte has been an adopted member of Philippine Military Academy class of 1967 since he was mayor.

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“Every time they (US) say something about their assistance, it seems that they are trying to make it appear that we will go hungry without it. So I really exploded. So that you will know what is in my heart,” he added.

Duterte insulted and cursed former US president Barack Obama after Obama criticized Duterte’s drug war, which is marked by summary killings and human right violations. He explained that he was offended when US officials dangled assistance after he opposed their statements on his drug war.

Duterte also threw profanities at the United Nations, European Union and human rights groups who criticized his bloody drug war.

Training exchange

Duterte also said that the result of his talk with Russian officials is an impending training exchange between Filipino and Russian soldiers and policemen.

“We discussed so many matters and they want to train our soldiers also and initially last night, I committed to send 10 Philippine National Police members and 10 members of the Armed Forces,” the President said.

“We have to connect not only (for) weapons but (for) the critical mass of information that we can share with them. We cannot afford to just wait for something out of this generosity,” he added.

Duterte moved to craft an independent foreign policy that allowed him to have bilateral relations with the country’s non-traditional allies such as Russia and China, despite China’s excessive claims in the South China Sea and a UN tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines territorial claims.

Duterte is happy about the turn of events with China despite the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

“And so in Davao City, it’s really a busy day for me ‘cause the Chinese are coming, business and all, and even the military,” he said.

 
https://youtu.be/PAifRt-AnVA?t=69
People's Television ✔ @PTVph NEWS: Russian officials pay Courtesy Call on President Duterte in Davao City https://youtu.be/PAifRt-AnVA 3:00 AM - 18 Feb 2017


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CPP coaxes gov’t to return to peace talks, orders POWs’ release Published February 19, 2017 4:00pm

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Sunday said it had ordered its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), to release six "prisoners of war" as a "positive gesture" to returning to the negotiating table with the government.

"As a positive gesture, the Party calls on all concerned NPA units to expedite the release of the six prisoners of war (POWs) captured over the past days," the CPP said in a statement.

The POWs ordered released by the CPP were:

PFC Edwin Salan, captured in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on January 29 Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and Pfc Samuel Garay, captured in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 2 PO2 Jerome Natividad, captured in Talakag, Bukidnon on February 9 Paramilitary Rene Doller and Paramilitary Carl Mark, captured in Lupon, Davao Oriental on February 14 "The NPA commands in charge of the custodial units can work closely with third party facilitators. The AFP can cooperate by withdrawing all troops in and around the area where the POWs will be released to pave the way for their safe and orderly release," the CPP added.

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The communist leadership said that if the military cooperates, the POWs will be able to "return to their families before or during the scheduled negotiations in The Netherlands."

The negotiating panels of both the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government were scheduled to meet in Utrecht, The Netherlands from February 22 to 27 to discuss the bilateral ceasefire agreement.

The meeting was scheduled ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he is terminating the government's peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDFP earlier this month.

Duterte made the announcement after lifting the government's unilateral ceasefire, which followed the CPP's lifting of its own unilateral truce declaration.

The President had also said that he was already considering the CPP-NPA-NDF as a "terrorist" group.

The government has declared an "all-out" war against the NPA.

'Difficult' talks

In its statement, the CPP said that it is open to forging a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government despite the recent developments.

"The Party and the New People's Army (NPA) reiterate their support for efforts to forge a bilateral ceasefire agreement," it said in an emailed statement.

The CPP expressed hope in the statement that Duterte will still send the government's negotiating panel to The Netherlands.

"If GRP President Duterte decides to send his negotiating panel and emissaries to the upcoming scheduled talks between the ceasefire committees, negotiations for a bilateral ceasefire agreement can proceed as scheduled on February 22 to 27 in the Netherlands," the CPP said.

It said it is expecting "difficult" negotiations on the bilateral ceasefire, but "revolutionary forces are willing to work with the GRP negotiators to hammer out a bilateral ceasefire agreement that will be mutually acceptable and enforceable." —Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/ALG, GMA News


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