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Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost

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Both sides are expected to make some inroads in this realm despite the limits that remain. Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that Moscow would be donating some defense material to the Philippines later this month. The transfer, if it occurs as scheduled, will mark part of what is expected to be a bigger […]

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European businesspeople reiterate commitment to Philippines

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European businesspeople on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to invest in the Philippines, even after President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed criticism of the European Union. The Philippines hosts 600 companies from the EU and its economic ties with the regional bloc has generated half a million jobs, said European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter […]

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PH exports to EU seen hitting $10B in ’17

 

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez warned of a “strong reaction” from the Duterte administration if the European Union (EU) would interfere in the Philippines’ domestic affairs, reiterating the government’s threat that it would be willing to cut trade ties when pushed to a corner.

In his speech before an audience of the European and Philippine businessmen at the EU-Philippines Business Summit yesterday, Lopez called for mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty.

This comes on the heels of last week’s confusion in Malacaang that led to President Duterte threatening EU country ambassadors to leave the country within 24 hours.

The call was triggered by a group…

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Visiting journalist warns of PH dictatorship in the making

SAN FRANCISCO — A visiting investigative journalist and author of a bestselling book about martial law believes that the Philippines is headed toward another dictatorship, but only if the people will allow incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte to get away with his authoritarian ways.

 

Raissa Robles, author of the best-selling bookMarcos Martial Law: Never Again about torture and atrocities under the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos, recalled that Duterte friend and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol wrote in his Facebook entry as early as 2015 that then would-be candidate Duterte would “only agree to become the president if people will allow him to declare Marti…

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Bandila: Duterte, binalaan ang mga tutol sa jeepney modernization

Nagbigay ng ultimatum si Pangulong Duterte para sa mga kumukontra sa planong modernisasyon ng pampasadang jeepney. Naniniwala naman ang LTFRB, sadyang binibigyan ng maling impormasyon ang mga tsuper at operator ng jeep tungkol sa PUV modernization program.

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Bantang revolutionary gov’t ni Duterte, ikinumpara sa ‘diktadura’

Nagbabala ang isa sa mga bumalangkas ng 1987 Constitution laban sa bantang revolutionary government ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

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EJKs? Trust in Duterte spurs support for war on drugs – Ping

Senator Panfilo Lacson described on Tuesday as “disturbing” the recent Pulse Asia survey, which he said indicated that Filipinos seemed “resigned” that extrajudicial killings (EJKs) are part of the government’s war on drugs.

On Monday, Pulse Asia’s survey results showed that 73 percent of the 1,200 surveyed respondents believed that EJKs exist in the government’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs but 88 percent of them still support it.

READ: 88% of Pinoys support war on drugs; 73% say EJKs happen—survey

 

“That means Filipinos are resigned, and that is disturbing. They are resigned to the fact, at least 73 percent or a great majority of that number believe that EJ…

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Philippines president Duterte says he’s ready to launch ‘revolutionary government’ fuelling dictatorship fears as his troops launch new bombing raid on ISIS

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Hardline Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to create a ‘revolutionary government’ amid fears he is trying to establish a dictatorship. Duterte issued the warning during a bombastic speech on national television in which he attacked all opponentsfrom his communist rivals to the EU. The president said he would arrest all of his opponents and […]

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Central Luzon police disband drug units

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — The Central Luzon police have dissolved all drug enforcement units after President Rodrigo Duterte tasked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to lead the campaign against illegal drugs.

Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, regional police director, said that the work of the police’s drug enforcement group would now be limited to intelligence gathering.

Drug-related cases under investigation would be turned over to PDEA, he said.

According to him, police in the region’s seven provinces would concentrate on decreasing street crimes.

He also instructed commanders to reiterate that crime prevention was 24-hour work and directed them to ban police officer…

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Some Inquirer editors part of destabilization effort?

The jeepney strike which paralyzed Metro Manila and other parts of the country yesterday was one of the many moves to destabilize the Duterte administration and replace it with a new government.

I have it on good authority that the US Central Intellligence Agency (CIA) is one of those behind the destabilization effort.

The CIA, according to highly reliable sources, wants to bring President Digong to his knees for warming up to China and not bowing to the wishes of the United States.

The CIA is funding media outlets that supply stories to newspapers and online news sites to demonize President Digong.

I suspect that some people in this newspaper are deliberately or unwittingly …

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Bato to Leni: ‘Set aside presidential ambition for now, help Duterte first’

 

 

Vice President Leni Robredo was advised by the country’s top cop to set aside her supposed presidential ambition for now so President Rodrigo Duterte could “accomplish his plans for the country.”

 

“Sana tulungan na lang niya ang Presidente. She will have her time pagkatapos nito,” Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said during a forum in Quezon City on Monday.

 

Dela Rosa said this when asked to give a message to Robredo. The two took a picture together before Robredo left the Kamuning Bakery’s “World Pandesal Day” event.

 

“Kung gusto niya maging presidente, subukan natin siya pero pat…

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Duterte unapologetic about anti-EU rant

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President Duterte was unapologetic over his remarks against the European Union a day after he threatened to ask EU ambassadors to leave the country for undermining the sovereignty of thePhilippinesby making public their concerns on his drug war. In a speech inDumagueteCity, Duterte lashed out at the EU for doing nothing about the visit to […]

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73% of Filipinos believe EJKs happened in war on drugs—Pulse Asia

Majority of Filipinos believed that there are extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, a recent Pulse Asia survey released on Monday revealed.

 

The survey, conducted from September 24 to 30, showed that 73 percent of the surveyed respondents believed that EJKs exist in the government’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.

 

The respondents were asked, “Do you believe or not believe that extrajudicial killings or EJK are happening in the implementation of the campaign against illegal drugs? ” /cbb

 

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Philippines Retreats From Threat to Expel EU Envoys

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ThePhilippinesbacked away on Friday from President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat the day before to expel European ambassadors, his spokesman said, after apparently misunderstanding the source of criticism of his deadly drug crackdown. The spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said the group “falsely portrayed itself as an E.U. mission.” After visiting thePhilippinesthis month, the European liberal advocacy group Progressive […]

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pulls out of brutal drugs war

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suspended his controversial war on drugs this week, ending a bloody campaign that claimed thousands of lives and brought international condemnation. “This is better for the bleeding hearts and the media,” Duterte said in a speech Thursday. “I hope I will satisfy you.” Duterte ordered the country’s police to disband anti-drug […]

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Red baiting and the attempt to silence Susan Quimpo

Raissa Robles and Susan Quimpo are two of the most courageous Filipino women today and it’s great that they’ve have had opportunities to speak in the U.S. about the Marcos era and its similarities with the Duterte regime.

That’s not always easy to do. There are groups that don’t want them to be heard.

Robles has been a target of Duterte and Marcos supporters who have relentlessly attacked her online. That hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm for her ongoing tour to promote her best-selling book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.

Quimpo had a rougher time earlier this year when she visited in the U.S. to promote Subversive Lives, a powerful chronicle of her family’s struggles during…

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Duterte rejects UK offer; no such offer says DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has clarified that the United Kingdom has not offered the country any new financial assistance.

 

The DFA issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that he “refused” $18 million to $20 million from the United Kingdom.

 

“The Philippines acknowledges the UK’s support in the development efforts of the Philippine government, particularly in Mindanao,” the DFA said in a statement.

 

“At the moment, there is no new offer of direct monetary assistance to the Philippines,” the DFA said.

 

“The Philippine government is committed to continued engagement with the UK in furthering our…

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Trillanes: I didn’t know Duterte was a ‘murderer’

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Group launches signature drive urging Duterte to sign bank waiver

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Mga kritiko ni Duterte, may sagot sa bantang ‘revolutionary government’

Muling nagbanta si Duterte ng “revolutionary government” at idedeklara pa umanong bakante ang lahat ng posisyon sa gobyerno.

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Group launches signature drive urging Duterte to open bank accounts

A newly-formed cause-oriented group, Tindig Pilipinas, launched on Saturday a nationwide signature campaign to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to sign a waiver that would open his bank accounts for investigation.

At a rally in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said that the petition-signing was aimed at pressuring the President to open his financial records and put an end to the questions on his alleged unexplained wealth.

“This is the start ng pagpapabilis natin para pakita natin na marami nang disgusted sa nangyayari sa ating bansa,” Trillanes said in a chance interview.

“All over the country yung petition-signing para maki…

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Richard Tan’s camp decries ‘unfair’ Gordon’s committee report

 

 

 

 

 

“Richard Tan is just a forwarder. The heat is on him because he’s the convenient excuse.”

 

This was the defense of the camp of Chinese businessman Richard Tan, who was described by the Senate blue ribbon committee as the one “ultimately responsible” for the P6.4-billion “shabu” shipment that entered the country.

 

Atty. Abraham Gutoc, legal counsel of Tan, defended his client after the blue ribbon committee, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, pinned the blame on Tan over the importation of illegal drugs last May, the biggest drug haul under President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership.

 

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Duterte’s plan to ‘purge’ officials in Lanao del Sur upsets crisis team

 

 

 

 

MARAWI CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan “to purge” Lanao del Sur of officials because they allegedly failed to help government fight and stop Islamic State-inspired terrorists here would make things more difficult for the besieged city and its displaced residents, an official said Saturday.

 

Zia Alonto Adiong, the spokesperson of the Lanao del Sur Crisis Management Committee, told reporters here that the President’s plan was saddening because it came at a time when rehabilitation efforts were about to start.

 

“We have already established coordination with the military and we are now in the stage of the early recov…

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Cracks Emerge In Rodrigo Duterte’s Horrific Philippine Drug War

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced a major shift in the country’s infamous drug war, instructing the national police to end their operations and handing control to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. In a vitriol-filled speech, Duterte said the move would be “better for the bleeding hearts and media” that have consistently criticised the […]

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Steven Seagal meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, talks drug war

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US actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in “Above the Law”, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila. Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte. Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location […]

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Duterte Threatens to Expel EU Diplomats From Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines threatened on Thursday to expel the ambassadors representing the European Union, suggesting that he would give them 24 hours to leave his country. “You think that we are a bunch of morons here,” Duterte said in an expletive-laden speech at the presidential palace. “Because we can have the diplomatic […]

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SWS, Pulse Asia differ in Duterte ratings

Latest surveys taken by the country’s two biggest polling firms showed markedly different ratings for President Duterte. He retained his big majority approval and trust rating in the Pulse Asia Survey but saw a dip in his satisfaction rating in a poll by the Social Weather Stations. RG Cruz reports. – The World Tonight, ANC, October 13, 2017

Duterte accepts Bautista resignation

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Duterte said he has accepted the resignation of Andres Bautista as Commission on Elections chair, and believes that it would be better if he leaves his post so that there would be no trouble.

 

The House of Representatives impeached Bautista the same day he announced that he has tendered his resignation, which would be effective on December 31, 2017.

 

“Mukhang pinirmahan ko kasi mas mabuti maalis siya diyan di pa kayo nag announce ng resumption (I think I signed it, because it would be better if he leaves the post before there was an announcement [of the impeachment],” Mr. Duterte said in an …

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Lawyer group: Duterte tirades undermine checks and balances in gov’t

 

 

 

 

 

An alliance of lawyers denounced on Friday President Rodrigo Duterte’s “brazen assaults” against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, saying these attacks “deliberately undermine” the independence of their respective institutions.

 

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) said the President’s tirades and the moves to unseat the two officials are a threat in maintaining the checks and balances in the government.

 

“We, the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), denounce the brazen assaults against democratic institutions of President Rodrigo Duterte, which undermine the independent bodies mand…

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Focus on drug deaths, European socialists urge Duterte  

 

The Party of European Socialists has called on the Philippine government to “focus on the issue at hand: the alarming cases of killings.”

 

The statement, coursed through the office of Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin who hosted their human rights mission, was in response to President Duterte’s Thursday speech attacking the European Union and directing its member-states’ ambassadors to leave in 24 hours.

 

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella played down Mr. Duterte’s tirade and blamed the Progressive Alliance-PES delegation for “falsely portray[ing] itself as an EU mission.”

 

In the aftermath of the tirade, PES said “strong international rela…

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Sara Duterte says she won’t back down against ‘Pinocchio’ Trillanes

Show your balls, Pinocchio.

 

This was Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte’s latest tirades against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV which she posted in her social media accounts on Friday.

 

“Tigas ng mukha mo magsabi pamilya ng mamatay tao at magnanakaw kami pero nagtatago ka sa parliamentary immunity. Pakita mo bayag mo, huwag mo itago ‘yan sa Senado,” she said.

 

Sara was reacting to Trillanes’ statement Thursday that he did not know her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, was a “murderer” when he sought the latter’s help in last year’s elections. Trillanes ran but lost in the vice presidential race in 2016.

 

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Duterte: PDEA now ‘sole agency’ in charge of drug war

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President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the “sole agency” in charge of the war on drugs amid simmering public outrage over alleged police abuse in the continuing crackdown. Duterte issued the order a few days after his latest net satisfaction score suffered from its biggest fall since he became president. […]

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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte orders another halt to police crackdown on drug trade

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt activities in his deadly war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. Duterte’s office on Wednesday made public a memorandum telling police, the military and other state bodies to leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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Russia to donate Kalashnikovs, trucks and munitions to Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants, who he said could regroup and attack “anywhere and everywhere”. Duterte said Russia would provide about 5,000 assault rifles in a deal to be signed this month, and the Philippine military would no […]

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Philippine president sidelines police in war on drugs, again

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt activities in his deadly war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. Duterte’s office on Wednesday made public a memorandum telling police, the military and other state bodies to leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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Duterte fulfills promise of new houses for troops

 

SAN MIGUEL, BULACAN—President Duterte on Wednesday led the groundbreaking ceremony for a military housing project here, saying the new houses would replace the 6,000 low-cost units that were forcibly occupied by members of the urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in March.

“This is the result of that sad event (takeover). I asked you to give up the houses for Kadamay families because they are also Filipinos. This is what you get in return. These houses are far bigger than what Kadamay members have taken,” he said.

Kadamay families occupied five government housing sites mostly in Pandi town after, they said, their applications for affordable hou…

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3 senador, ‘plastik’, dating humingi ng suporta ni Duterte: Davao mayor

Tinawag na ‘plastik’ at ‘oportunista’ ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ang mga senador na sina Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, at Risa Hontiveros. Samantala, sinabi ng isang senador na na-hack ang account ng staff niya. 
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3 senador, ‘plastik’, dating humingi ng suporta ni Duterte: Davao mayor

Tinawag na ‘plastik’ at ‘oportunista’ ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ang mga senador na sina Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, at Risa Hontiveros. Samantala, sinabi ng isang senador na na-hack ang account ng staff niya. 
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Duterte on threat of PH removal from UN: ‘Do it now’

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday remained unfazed on the threat of international parliamentarians to remove the Philippines from the United Nations (UN) if the government fails to stop the extrajudicial killings.

 

“My God! Do it now, stupid. Do it now,” Dutere said in a speech during the inauguration of the newly-renovated press briefing room in Malacaang.

 

The President made the statement after international human rights groups called for the ouster of the Philippines from UN over the continued killings of drug suspects either in vigilante-style street executions or police operations related to Duterte’s war on drugs. /idl

 

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Kiko refutes social media tirades of Sara Duterte

 

 

 

 

“May hangganan din ang tumanaw ng utang na loob.”

 

(The appreciation of gratitude has its limitations.)

 

This was how Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan addressed on Thursday Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s attacks that he was “opportunistic.”

Pangilinan said that while he was saddened by the Presidential daughter’s social media comments, his duty to serve Filipinos is greater than any friendship.

 

“Nalulungkot tayo sa mga paratang sa atin ni Mayor Sara Duterte sa social media. Marunong din naman tayong tumanaw ng utang na loob sa mga tumulong sa atin sa halalan. Kasama na dito ang Davao City, at sa katun…

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DZMM TeleRadyo: ‘Drug war’ orders cops to kill drug suspects – lawyer

WHEN ‘NEUTRALIZE’ MEANS ‘KILL’: The Duterte administration’s war on drugs practically orders cops to kill suspects, the chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group claimed Thursday.

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Trillanes: I didn’t know Duterte was a ‘murderer’

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday hit back at Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for calling him and two other minority senators “opportunists” for seeking President Duterte’s help in the past for their political ambitions.

 

Trillanes, in a statement released a few hours after Sara’s lengthy Facebook post, admitted that he sought Duterte’s endorsement during his vice presidential campaign years ago.

 

The mayor said Trillanes sought her father’s help when the senator ran for vice president.

 

Trillanes ran for vice president in the 2016 elections.

 

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Duterte not yet abandoning peace talks with Reds — Bello

President Rodrigo Duterte has not abandoned his promise to bring lasting peace to the country as government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III said the peace talks have not been officially terminated.

 

Despite Duterte’s repeated remarks that he would no longer pursue talks with the communist rebels, Bello said no formal letter of termination had been sent to the other party.

 

“[I]n order to terminate the talks, the either of the parties have to serve the [other] party with a written notice of termination and the termination takes effect 30 days after receipt of that notice of termination,” Bello said in a Palace briefing.

 

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These volunteers are making kill lists for Duterte’s drug war

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In the Philippines, survey teams are going door-to-door marking the homes of suspected drug users with red “Xs.” Local administrative districts were ordered to collect the data this spring and to provide lists of suspected drug offenders to the Philippine National Police. But the records are spreading new fear throughout poor communities already plagued by […]

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Sara Duterte says lifestyle check on husband ‘unreasonable’

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has dismissed as “unreasonable” the proposed lifestyle check on her husband, Manases, saying the allegations hurled against him were merely based on “chismis” and “lies”. The Senate blue ribbon committee has recommended a lifestyle check on her husband and brother, Davao City vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, over their alleged involvement […]

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Pro-Duterte blogger quits DFA contract

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A pro-Duterte blogger has backed out of his contract as consultant to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), less than a week after being called to a Senate hearing on fake news. Rey Joseph Nieto announced on Monday through his social media account, Thinking Pinoy, that he had asked the DFA to terminate his contract, […]

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Alvarez: I don’t work for Duterte

Believe it or not, there is no pressure from President Rodrigo Duterte to impeach Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Wednesday.

 

Alvarez, a bosom buddy of Mr. Duterte, acknowledged the President’s remark expressing his desire to have Morales, along with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, impeached.

 

But Alvarez invoked the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature, and insisted that “I don’t work for the President.”

 

“For me, I don’t consider it as pressure. In the first place, I do not work for the President. I work for the Republic of the Philippines,” the Speaker told reporters in an interview….

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Belmonte kin angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star

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PNP now toothless in drug war

 

 

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to be the sole agency to conduct the anti-drug operations of the government.

This was contained in a memorandum signed by Duterte on October 10, addressed to various government agencies.

The President’s move has again demoted the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the lead role in his controversial drug war, authorities said Wednesday, as he faced growing opposition to the deadly crackdown.

 

Duterte said law enforcement agencies, including the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), as well as all ad-hoc task forces, will…

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‘How could my son run?’

 

“Takbo!” (Run!)

“My son could not run. He had a club foot,” Luzviminda Siapo, a former OFW in Kuwait, told over a hundred Filipinos and other foreign nationals during the Public Forum on the War on Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines on October 5, 2017 at the Foreign Correspondent Club, Bangkok, Thailand. Raymart Siapo was a victim of extrajudicial killing.

The forum was sponsored by ANAK (Advocacy Network Against Killings). Its members are from different international organizations, NGOs and the academe who are “alarmed by the spiraling human rights crisis and political situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration and deeply worried about the s…

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