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PCOO SHAKEUP: ABELLA TO SPEAK FOR DUTERTE, ANDANAR TO FOCUS ON RUNNING AGENCY [RELATED: Andanar secretly invited to Senate dinner, ignored by media]


MARCH 2 -Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar clarifies during a press briefing in Malacañang on Feb. 21, 2017 that he did not allude to any reporter nor did he say the $1,000 was accepted by any reporter when he disclosed an intelligence report that money is being offered for those who will cover press conferences that are against the president. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will be reverted to the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) in a reorganization that will come amid issues involving PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar's relationship with the media. Andanar said an executive order that would revive the OPS is now awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. “On the desk of the president right now is the executive order reverting back to the Office of the Press Secretary," Andanar said during the blessing of the newly renovated International Press Center in Manila last Wednesday. READ MORE...RELATED, Andanar secretly invited to Senate dinner, ignored by media...

ALSO: Rody to ax more execs over graft; "I'm telling you corruption must be stopped", he added[RELATED: ‘Scalawag’ cop paid P.5 M to avoid Basilan reassignment]


MARCH 5 -A few days after firing his former campaign spokesman, President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he would ax more government appointees involved in corruption. Speaking to reporters in Cagayan de Oro on Friday night, Duterte said he will not tolerate public officials committing unlawful acts or abusing their power. “In the coming days I’m going to fire additional people whom I have appointed in government,” the President said. “This is my warning, even to directors or CESO (career executive service officer) or civil service eligible, you should stop even just for six years while I am in this office,” he added. Last week, Duterte fired his ex-campaign spokesman, Peter Laviña, from his post as National Irrigation Administration chief after being told of alleged anomalies in biddings for contracts in the agency. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Scalawag’ cop paid P.5 M to avoid Basilan reassignment...

ALSO: New ‘Tokhang’ nationwide- the 'Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded' will be bloodless -'Bato'[RELATED: PNP chief launches newly created Drug Enforcement Group today OPLAN TOKHANG: THE RETURN]


MARCH 6 -Drug den raid in Quezon City (lNQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ RAFFY LERMA) Call it “Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded,” and maybe this time, rid of police scalawags, it would be bloodless. After a monthlong hiatus, Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced that the Philippine National Police would resume its antidrug campaign nationwide starting today. Dela Rosa said the campaign—now dubbed Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded—had been overhauled to eliminate the participation of rogue policemen. “Yes, we will relaunch it nationwide. We have reformed it to make sure that the mistakes made in Part 1 will not be repeated in Part 2,” Dela Rosa said in a telephone interview. “We will make sure scalawags will not be able to get in to use it for extortion,” he said. “If possible, we want this to be a bloodless campaign.” READ MORE...RELATED, PNP chief launches newly created Drug Enforcement Group today OPLAN TOKHANG: THE RETURN...

ALSO: LOOK - Duterte and grandson Stonefish
[RELATED: Grandpa Rody welcomes Stonefish]


MARCH 3 -President Rodrigo Duterte visited his grandson Stonefish at the Davao Doctors Hospital late Thursday evening. Photos courtesy of Bong Go Presidential Assistant Bong Go took to Facebook to share photos of President Rodrigo Duterte visiting his youngest grandchild at the Davao Doctors Hospital late Thursday evening. According to Davao City Information Officer Jef Tupas, the baby's full name is Marko Digong D. Carpio. He will be nicknamed Stonefish. Stonefish, Sara Duterte and husband lawyer Mans Carpio's third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage. READ RELATED, Grandpa Rody welcomes Stonefish...

ALSO WATCH Video: What Duterte said on new grandson Stonefish


MARCH 3 -President Rodrigo Duterte visited his grandson Stonefish (Marko Digong D. Carpio)
Duterte was speaking before members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the induction of its trustees and officers at the Waterfront Mactan Airport Hotel and Casino Thursday evening. Davao City Information Officer Jef Tupas announced Thursday that the baby's full name is Marko Digong D. Carpio. He will be nicknamed Stonefish. Stonefish, Sara and husband lawyer Mans Carpio's third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage. - video from Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News


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PCOO shakeup: Abella to speak for Duterte, Andanar to focus on running agency


MARCH 2 -Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar clarifies during a press briefing in Malacañang on Feb. 21, 2017 that he did not allude to any reporter nor did he say the $1,000 was accepted by any reporter when he disclosed an intelligence report that money is being offered for those who will cover press conferences that are against the president. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

MANILA, MARCH 6, 2017 (PHILSTAR)  By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated March 2, 2017 - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will be reverted to the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) in a reorganization that will come amid issues involving PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar's relationship with the media.

Andanar said an executive order that would revive the OPS is now awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“On the desk of the president right now is the executive order reverting back to the Office of the Press Secretary," Andanar said during the blessing of the newly renovated International Press Center in Manila last Wednesday.

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"Let's wait for it to be signed and then we can officially release that," he added.

While the president has yet to issue the order reviving the OPS, some changes have already been implemented at the PCOO.

In a department order dated February 27, Andanar placed presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella in charge of transferring, content and distribution of Malacañang messages. Andanar used to have overall supervision of content and messaging.

"In the exigency of service and in accordance with the authority of the Secretary... the content and messaging of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, including the authority for the final release and distribution, shall hereinafter be under the supervision and control of the Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella," the still unnumbered order signed by Andanar read.


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Andanar clarified that the reorganization had nothing to do with issues involving his relationship with the media.

“It is not an offshoot (of the issues). I will concentrate in running PCOO Proper and its attached agencies to ensure lasting reforms,” Andanar said.

“I will speak from time to time if spokesperson Ernie Abella is not around,” he added.

The entities attached to the PCOO are Philippine Information Agency, the News and Information Bureau, Philippine News Agency, Bureau of Communications Services, National Printing Office, APO Production Unit, People’s Television, Radyo ng Bayan and the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corp.

Abella said Andanar would handle “departmental affairs” of the PCOO.

Andanar has had some clashes with the media, whom he previously called out for supposedly misreporting the statements of the president.

Last month, Andanar claimed that money was offered during the press conference of retired policeman Arthur Lascañas at the Senate. Lascañas accused Duterte of ordering the killing of criminals while he was mayor of Davao City.

“I received reports that as much as $1,000 were distributed during this presscon. I won’t name my source but such huge amount was given so that it will be covered,” Andanar told CNN Philippines in Filipino last February 20.

“Pinagbibigyan daw yung mga reporter doon sa kung saan nangyari, may mga nag-offer daw, hindi ko lang alam kung tinanggap, pero mayroong nagsumbong sa akin na ganoon (Reporters were given at the venue. There were offers but I do not know if they were accepted. I was informed about it),” he added.

Senate reporters chided Andanar for supposedly spreading “fake news” and making an “irresponsible and unsubstantiated claim.”

Andanar refused to apologize for his statement and clarified that no journalist was alluded to as a recipient of the money distributed.

The OPS was reorganized during the time of President Benigno Aquino III.

In 2010, Aquino renamed the OPS into the PCOO and formed the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSP).

PCDSP is tasked to handle messaging while PCOO oversees the dissemination and state-run media entities.

Before assuming the presidency, Duterte said he preferred to have just one press office.

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Andanar secretly invited to Senate dinner, ignored by media Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 11:13 PM, March 01, 2017 Updated 12:36 PM, March 02, 2017


DINNER. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar attends a gathering of Senate reporters with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, after giving false, baseless accusations against the group. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate President Koko Pimentel arranges the dinner, but the Cabinet secretary is practically ignored by most media present – the same group of people he accused, without basis, of corruption

It was supposed to be a dinner hosted by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III for members of the Senate media at a restaurant in the Mall of Asia.

Unknown to the journalists, however, Pimentel also invited Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in the Senate President's attempt to "patch things up" between the two camps.

Andanar had wrongfully accused Senate reporters of corruption, without any hint of apology. They gave him the cold shoulder Wednesday night, March 1.

Andanar was practically ignored by most members of the media; only a few tried to be cordial and civil to him. Others just stayed for an interview with Pimentel and immediately left after it was done.

Most of the time Andanar was just talking to Pimentel, the senator's staff, and his own people.

"I'm glad Secretary Andanar is here upon my invitation para mag-share man lang tayo ng (to share) at least one meal with the Secretary and the Senate media in the hope that I can patch things up," Pimentel said in an interview.

"This is my effort to establish good relations with the Secretary and the Senate media," he added.

The 15-20 reporters who were present then went on to ask the Senate leader about key issues in the chamber, such as the death penalty bill, Senate reorganization, and the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.

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Andanar earlier alleged that members of the Senate media were given $1,000 to cover the press conference called by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte.

During that briefing former SPO3 Arturo Lascañas retracted his earlier statements and accused the President of ordering killings when he was mayor of Davao City.

In response, the Senate media issued a statement criticizing the secretary for his baseless allegations and demanding his apology. (READ: Senate media to Andanar: Prove claim or apologize for fake news)

Andanar got piqued when a Malacañang reporter pressed him to explain where he got the information on the alleged bribery of Senate media and what verification process it went through before he made it public. (READ: Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya! or Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!)

It was not the first time Andanar, a former TV news reader, had angered members of the media.

Last January, he claimed journalists "misreported" the President's remarks about martial law and called their actions "the height of journalistic irresponsibility."

The Malacañang Press Corps fired back at Andanar, pointing out that their stories were supported by transcripts and videos of Duterte's remarks.

They also urged Andanar and his staff "to read the entire news stories, not just the heads or titles, to get a better picture of the media's coverage of the President." – Rappler.com

Inside Track is Rappler's intelligencer on people, events, places and everything of public interest. It's a take-off from Newsbreak's Inside Track section. Contributions are most welcome. Just send bits of information to investigative@rappler.com.


MANILA TIMES

Duterte to ax more execs over graft ; I'm telling you corruption must be stopped, he added BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT ON MARCH 5, 2017 HEADLINES

A few days after firing his former campaign spokesman, President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he would ax more government appointees involved in corruption.

Speaking to reporters in Cagayan de Oro on Friday night, Duterte said he will not tolerate public officials committing unlawful acts or abusing their power.

“In the coming days I’m going to fire additional people whom I have appointed in government,” the President said.

“This is my warning, even to directors or CESO (career executive service officer) or civil service eligible, you should stop even just for six years while I am in this office,” he added.

Last week, Duterte fired his ex-campaign spokesman, Peter Laviña, from his post as National Irrigation Administration chief after being told of alleged anomalies in biddings for contracts in the agency.

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He made it clear that although he was hurt by the accusations because Laviña is a longtime friend, he could not condone activities that went against his campaign promise to stamp out corruption in government.

The President earlier sacked two of his fraternity brothers from their posts in the Bureau of Immigration. Deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles were implicated in the bribery scandal following the arrest of more than 1,000 illegal Chinese workers in an online gambling operation owned by Macau tycoon Jack Lam at Clark economic zone in Pampanga.

Argosino and Robles were among 92 Duterte appointees fired due to irregularities. Most of the officials fired were from the Energy Regulatory Commission, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office and the Bureau of Immigration.

On Friday, Duterte reiterated he would not think twice in dismissing all erring officials involved in corruption.
“Marami ‘yan [There are a lot]. I’m still trying to figure out how it will be done,” the President said.

“Corruption will stop and it will stop, I am telling you I will put a stop to it,” he added.

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‘Scalawag’ cop paid P.5 M to avoid Basilan By Non Alquitran (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 6, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said he directed Senior Supt. Eleazar Matta, NCRPO intelligence chief, to validate the report and come up with a recommendation as soon as possible. The STAR/Geremy Pintolo, File photo

MANILA, Philippines - A Manila policeman who allegedly paid his superiors P500,000 to avoid reassignment to Basilan is being investigated by the National Capital Region Police Office.

NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said he directed Senior Supt. Eleazar Matta, NCRPO intelligence chief, to validate the report and come up with a recommendation as soon as possible.

Albayalde did not name the police officer and the superiors he supposedly bribed pending the outcome of Matta’s probe.

He said no stone would be left unturned in the probe against the policeman, who also reportedly moonlights as an operator of racehorse bookies in Manila, a form of illegal gambling.

“Even if there is no complainant against the policeman, we have many ways to adjudicate the report against him,” Albayalde said.

“It is unfair for the policemen who heeded the order for them to (go) to Basilan (while) this policeman paid his way out of the reassignment,” he added.

At least 317 rogue policemen facing extortion, robbery and other charges were reassigned to Basilan due to the cleansing process ordered by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa following the kidnapping and murder of Korean national Jee Ick-joo.

Only 53 of the policemen showed up and complied with Dela Rosa’s directive.

All of the 66 Manila policemen who were included in the list prepared by the NCRPO snubbed the reassignment order.

But a handful of them appeared before President Duterte in Malacañang, including the policeman now under investigation for supposedly trying to avoid reassignment.


INQUIRER

New ‘Oplan Tokhang’ back nationwide, dubbed 'Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded', mistakes will not be repated -'Bato' By: Delfin Mallari Jr., Philip C. Tubeza - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 12:46 AM March 06, 2017


Drug den raid in Quezon City (lNQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ RAFFY LERMA)

Call it “Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded,” and maybe this time, rid of police scalawags, it would be bloodless.

After a monthlong hiatus, Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced that the Philippine National Police would resume its antidrug campaign nationwide starting today.

Dela Rosa said the campaign—now dubbed Oplan Double Barrel, Reloaded—had been overhauled to eliminate the participation of rogue policemen.

“Yes, we will relaunch it nationwide. We have reformed it to make sure that the mistakes made in Part 1 will not be repeated in Part 2,” Dela Rosa said in a telephone interview.

“We will make sure scalawags will not be able to get in to use it for extortion,” he said. “If possible, we want this to be a bloodless campaign.”

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President Rodrigo Duterte in late January ordered the PNP to stop its anti-illegal drug operations after policemen allegedly involved in an extortion racket kidnapped South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, killed him right inside Camp Crame, and had his body cremated in a funeral parlor and his ashes flushed down the toilet.

While opinion surveys showed the Duterte administration’s drug war had widespread public support, it had also come under fire from local and international human rights groups, prompted by the killings of more than 7,000 mainly poor users and pushers.

Asked about concerns of renewed “vigilante” killings as well, Dela Rosa said: “We will guard against that.”

“There were groups who took advantage of our campaign and so we had these so-called EJKs (extrajudicial killings),” he said.

The new campaign, according to Dela Rosa, has two parts—a revitalized Project HVT, the campaign to go after “high-value targets” or “big-time drug personalities and groups,” and a reformed “Oplan Tokhang,” the controversial drive in which policemen knocked on doors of houses of suspected drug users and pushers.

Command responsibility

This time, Dela Rosa said, only the local police commander, accompanied by barangay officials, would conduct Oplan Tokhang.

“I want to emphasize here command responsibility. It is the local police commander, accompanied by the barangay captain or other barangay officials, who will knock on the door to convince drug users to go to rehab,” he said. “If anything goes wrong, the local commander will be held responsible.”

He reiterated his call on the Catholic Church to join the campaign.

“It would be preferable if the local parish priest could also accompany them so that they could also help persuade the drug user to go to rehab,” said the PNP chief.

“Before, we had a problem because there were so many who surrendered and not enough drug rehabilitation centers,” he said.

From July 31 to Dec. 31, 2016, the PNP recorded 1,007,153 who had turned themselves under the campaign.

“Now, most local government units have their own drug rehabilitation program. For more serious cases, they can go to the Department of Health’s rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija,” Dela Rosa said.

Body cameras

Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, Quezon police provincial director, said that in a phone interview in Lucena City he had received orders from the PNP headquarters for the resumption of the campaign.

But he clarified that this time, operations would be dramatically different.

“The new operational plan was the result of thorough studies. The community has nothing to fear. We call on the public to just continue their support and cooperation in our common aspiration to have a peaceful community,” Armamento said.

Only policemen with “clean records and unblemished reputation on their on and off duties” will be involved, he said.

Each police station will have at least an eight-man antidrug team, he said.

Operatives will be equipped with a body video camera. “The video records will be our best defense against malicious criticism and accusation of human rights violations,” he said.

“No anti-illegal drug operations will be implemented without the supervision of the chief of police or unit commanders,” Armamento stressed.

He said the new list of target drug personalities had been subjected to strict evaluation of drug abuse councils in local government units and barangays.

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PNP chief launches newly created Drug Enforcement Group today OPLAN TOKHANG: THE RETURN 0 SHARES Share it! Published March 6, 2017, 12:09 AM by Aaron B. Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will launch today its newly-created Drug Enforcement Group (DEG), which replaces the abolished Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) and prepares to receive orders to restart “Oplan Tokhang” in line with President Duterte’s all-war on illegal drugs.

Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, PNP Chief, will lead the launching of the PNP-DEG at this morning’s flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Dela Rosa is also expected to announce if the President has already given his official order for the PNP to get back into action and lead the anti-drugs war.

It can be recalled that Duterte ordered the PNP’s anti-drugs war halted in the aftermath of the murder of South Korean business executive Jee Ick-joo inside Camp Crame, after the victim was abducted by police at his residence in Angeles City, Pampanga in the guise of a drug raid.

The President also had the AIDG dissolved due to complaints that some of its members were, themselves, involved in the sale of illegal drugs, the protection of drug lords, and the extortion of innocent civilians under the threat of being framed for drug activities.

The PNP-DEG, sources said, will be headed by Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares who is expected to vacate his post as deputy director for Administration of the Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon).

Mijares, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1988.

The launching of the PNP-DEG will come with the announcement of the official hotline number of the anti-drugs unit where people could directly report illegal drugs activities in their respective communities.

But sources said the PNP-DEG’s composition is only up to the level of top-ranking officers as it will still choose policemen who are qualified to be part of the unit.

Mijares, sources said, is expected to create a screening committee that will select policemen who are morally, physically and mentally fit to be part of the PNP-DEG.

It is not immediately clear when the PNP-DEG would start its operation but Dela Rosa is expected to clarify the guidelines in today’s flag-raising ceremony.

CONCERN OVER EJK

Extrajudicial killings, particularly those connected with a government-directed campaign against illegal drugs, continue to be the chief human rights concern in the Philippines, according to a new report issued by the US State Department over the weekend. Based on the 2016 Human Rights Practices report, since July the previous year police and unknown vigilantes have killed more than 6,000 suspected drug dealers and users as the government pursued a policy aimed at eliminating illegal drug activity in the country by the end of the year.

Likewise, the report noted that concerns about police impunity increased significantly as few administrative or criminal charges were filed against PNP officers following the sharp increase in police killings of suspected drug peddlers.

“The PNP came under criticism from domestic and international human rights groups for its role in Operation Double Barrel,” it pointed out.

The report cited that the PNP reported 2,155 suspects killed during police anti-drug operations between July 1 and December 26 and approximately 4,000 more allegedly drug-related killings by unknown persons during that period.

Although, President Rodrigo Duterte publicly rejected criticism of the killings and claimed authorities would look into any actions taken outside the rule of law, the report pointed out that the government actually investigated a limited number of reported human rights abuses committed by police authorities.

GOV’T ASSURANCE

As a response to the US State Department report, Malacañang assured yesterday that the police who are taking advantage of the country’s war against illegal drugs will be arrested, investigated, and prosecuted.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reiterated the Palace’s earlier stand that the government does not condone such acts and assured appropriate actions will be taken.

“The PHL Government is firmly committed to upholding human rights. Vigilante or extrajudicial killings are unlawful and are therefore not sanctioned. The government condemns such practice,” Abella said in a text message.

“We will arrest, investigate, prosecute and punish the scalawags in uniform, while also pursuing reform in these institutions so that they can more effectively conduct this noble crusade,” he added.

According to Abella, Duterte has already ordered the appropriate law enforcement institutions to take decisive legal steps to ensure accountability.

“The PHL Government will not shirk from its duty to protect the Filipino people, and ensure that they have a secure, peaceful and bountiful future,” he said.

However, Abella appealed that the vigilante killings should not be confused with the government’s war on illegal drugs, which is an urgent and critical domestic matter.

“An emerging narco state impinges on every Filipino citizen’s right to live in peace and should be dealt with firmly, in conformity to the country’s established human rights principles and in accordance with the rule of law,” he said.

“We hope the international community will support us in this effort,” he added.

‘TOKHANG 2’

While the police operations which include raid and buy-bust on illegal drugs personalities will be tasked to PNP-DEG, the PNP will be tapping the local police in the resumption of Oplan Tokhang.

Dela Rosa said this is part of the security measures to prevent the repeat of the Jee case wherein cops and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in civilian attire carried out what turned out to be a kidnap-slay operation.

“It will be the local police who would do that job in coordination with the barangay officials means. This means that it will always be the policemen in uniform and barangay officials who would do the ‘Tokhang’,” said dela Rosa.

The Tokhang 2, according to dela Rosa, will focus on encouraging suspected drug addicted persons to avail of free rehabilitation program in government facilities such as that in Nueva Ecija.

“But we will not force them, we will just encourage them that if they really want to change, then they have to go to rehabilitation program,” said Dela Rosa.

DRUG LORDS BEHIND DESTAB PLOT – PANELO

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said it is possible that drug lords are really financing a destabilization plot against President Duterte.

This came after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday claimed that drug lords are also doing their part to “get rid of” the President and his war on drugs.

“Hindi naman kataka-taka ‘yun. Tandaan mo, ang mga drug lords, kalaban nila si Presidente dahil si Presidente eh binubuwag ang illegal drug industry sa ating bansa (That’s not surprising. Remember, drug lords are the President’s enemy and he’s after the drug industry),” he said over Radyo ng Bayan.

However, Panelo said that whatever the drug lords do, their plan to oust the President will ultimately fail in the end.

“They will use everything in their power to stop the President from this war against drugs. That is expected but I don’t think they will succeed,” he said.

“The President is focused on demolishing, destroying, dismantling the entire drug illegal in this country,” he added. (With reports from Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos and Roy C. Mabasa)


ABS -CBN

LOOK: Duterte and grandson Stonefish ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 03 2017 01:15 AM


President Rodrigo Duterte visited his grandson Stonefish at the Davao Doctors Hospital late Thursday evening. Photos courtesy of Bong Go

MANILA - Presidential Assistant Bong Go took to Facebook to share photos of President Rodrigo Duterte visiting his youngest grandchild at the Davao Doctors Hospital late Thursday evening.

According to Davao City Information Officer Jef Tupas, the baby's full name is Marko Digong D. Carpio. He will be nicknamed Stonefish.

Stonefish, Sara Duterte and husband lawyer Mans Carpio's third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage.

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Grandpa Rody welcomes Stonefish By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


BABY STONEFISH: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her husband Manases pose with their son Marco Digong or Stonefish at the Davao Doctors Hospital yesterday. PHOTO FROM MANASES CARPIO

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte rushed to Davao City from an engagement in Cebu last night to see his 10th grandchild named Marco Digong, with the nickname Stonefish.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio gave birth to the baby boy at the Davao Doctors Hospital at around noon yesterday.

Her husband, lawyer Mans Carpio, welcomed the birth of Stonefish, their third child, announcing on his Facebook account that at 12:56 p.m. yesterday, she delivered a healthy baby boy.

“Stonefish weighs 2.42 kilos or 5.3 pounds. He was delivered through a cesarean section. Thank you Lord for the gift of life. Mayor Inday Sara is ‘stable’ and ‘generally fine’,” Carpio wrote.

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Asked to react to his grandson’s name, Duterte said: “Ewan ko ba bakit ganun si Inday (I don’t know why Inday is like that),” Duterte said.


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The couple’s eldest, eight-year-old Mikhaila Maria, is nicknamed “Sharky,” while their second child, four-year-old Matteo Lucas, is also known as “Stingray.”

Duterte said his family follows a practice wherein a newborn child is “sold” to his grandparents. The one who wins the “bidding” will give the name of the child.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President is delighted with the arrival of his newest apo (grandchild) and glad that both Sara and Stonefish are healthy and stable.

The President has five grandchildren with his eldest son Davao City vice mayor Paolo and two from son Sebastian.

“The arrival of the Chief Executive’s newest apo Stonefish strengthens PRRD’s (Duterte’s acronym) resolve to leave a legacy of a Philippines (that is) safe and secure from drugs and heinous crimes to future generation of Filipinos,” Abella added.

The mayor was initially carrying triplets but earlier lost the two other babies and only baby Stonefish survived until she gave birth yesterday.


ABS-CBN

WATCH: What Duterte said on new grandson Stonefish ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 03 2017 12:41 AM

 
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/02/17/watch-what-duterte-said-on-new-grandson-stonefish

CEBU CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte shared the news of the birth of his new grandson through his daughter, incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.


President Rodrigo Duterte visited his grandson Stonefish (Marko Digong D. Carpio)

Duterte was speaking before members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the induction of its trustees and officers at the Waterfront Mactan Airport Hotel and Casino Thursday evening.

Davao City Information Officer Jef Tupas announced Thursday that the baby's full name is Marko Digong D. Carpio. He will be nicknamed Stonefish.

Stonefish, Sara and husband lawyer Mans Carpio's third child, was born at 12:56 p.m. Duterte was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage. - video from Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News


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