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Duterte on opposition: They want power back

It’s the opposition, particularly the Liberal Party, that’s creating chaos to destabilize the government, President Duterte said......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

Duterte on opposition: They want power back

It’s the opposition, particularly the Liberal Party, that’s creating chaos to destabilize the government, President Duterte said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Philippines’ Duterte alleges coup plot based on tip from a foreign power

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revealed what he said was a plot to unseat him hatched by the opposition, Maoist rebels and a group of former soldiers who had mounted failed coups in the past. In a conversation with his lawyer, shown on national television, Duterte said he had asked the military to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Duterte suspects assassination, sabotage on September 21

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that there were threats to "assassinate" him and seize government power on September 21, the 46th anniversary of the declaration martial law by deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In an interview dominated by his rants against his critics – particularly opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Trillanes: Duterte wooing AFP to use as tool for oppression

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that President Rodrigo Duterte is wooing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) because he wants to use the military as a “tool for oppression.” Trillanes made the statement on Saturday, September 8, as he hit back at Duterte for again ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Irked by criticisms, Sotto turns to social media

"Maraming masyadong epal sa history." Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III made the remark on social media late Thursday night to respond to people, criticizing the Senate's decision not to allow the arrest of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. On Tuesday, Sotto directed the Senate's Sergeant at Arms not to allow the arrest of opposition Trillanes, whose amnesty had been revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte. Sotto's decision was later affirmed by by his colleagues in an all senators caucus held at the Senate. READ: Senators back Sotto's stand on Trillanes' arrest "For the "KNOW IT ALLS" JPE and other senators who had warrants of arrest were never allowed to be a...Keep on reading: Irked by criticisms, Sotto turns to social media.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Malaysia s Anwar on PH: You can t abuse power vs opposition

MANILA, Philippines – Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim, who is poised to become the next Malaysian prime minister, said governments cannot abuse power against dissidents, when asked about attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. "My consistent view is that you cannot abuse power to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Opposition senators to fight illegal, abusive Duterte order vs Trillanes

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Opposition senators on Tuesday, September 4,  vowed to fight the Palace-ordered arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV , which they called an “illegal and abusive exercise of presidential power.” The senators said in separate statements that Proclamation 572, which revoked the amnesty granted to Trillanes in 2010, was only ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Is your city safe? Understanding PNP crime statistics

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been voluntarily rummaging through data on crime statistics of cities across the country and releasing them just to back President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that Naga City – the hometown of opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo – is a shabu hotbed. In ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Sorry, We Are Just Not Buying It Mister President

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should stop all this talk about quitting or stepping down before his term is up. It just makes him appear disingenuous. Does he really expect the Filipino people to believe that he is willing to give up everything: the pomp, the pageantry, the authority, and the power he now has, and go back to Davao to live the rest of his life in solitude? Unlikely!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Sen. Trillanes on ‘ulterior’ motives behind federalism

NEW YORK--- In Manila last month for some work, I managed to interview Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, arguably the fiercest opposition solon---aside from Senator Leila de Lima, now in detention on what most believe are trumped-up drug charges. Senator Trillanes is a rather large thorn in President Duterte's side. In June, the president, railing against the young senator in his native Cebuano, stated that "he believes that he's the only tough one around because nobody fought him back. But there will come a day that someone will shoot him because he's arrogant." Since this interview, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been deposed and in his place is former president and now Congresswoman...Keep on reading: Sen. Trillanes on ‘ulterior’ motives behind federalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Return of plunderers to power Duterte s top achievement – De Lima

July 30, 2018. Mr. Duterte’s “biggest achievement” highlighted in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23 was the return of corrupt and plunderers in power under his administration, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has said. De Lima, the first prominent political prisoner under the Duterte… Source link link: Return of plunderers to power Duterte's top achievement – De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

More than 40,000 joined anti-Sona rallies — Bayan

          Under the scorching heat, about 40,000 disgruntled Filipinos marched along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to call for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as a power grab escalated at the House of Representatives.   This was the figure that the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) released to the media on Tuesday, a day after the President's third State of the Nation Address (Sona), following the conduct of the opposition-led "United People's Sona" on Monday.   As the protesters were marching from the University of the Philippines Diliman to the St. Peter's Parish church along Commonwealth Avenue, Pampan...Keep on reading: More than 40,000 joined anti-Sona rallies — Bayan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Davao City has become 2nd seat of power in PH under Duterte

DAVAO CITY --- Barely two years into the presidency, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only brought Davao to the attention of the world, he has also transformed his home city into the country's second seat of power. It was here where the President had sought refuge in one of the most stressful days of his presidency and it was also here where he entertained his favorite guests and dignitaries; among them, Russia's top security official Nikolai Patrushev, and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. If the President's foreign policy has been pivoting to China, his pivot to Davao has not only changed the city's landscape but also the way people perceive this once laid back city of the so...Keep on reading: Davao City has become 2nd seat of power in PH under Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

HOAX: Villacorta: ‘PH lost national dignity under Duterte’

Claim: Former ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Wilfrido Villacorta said the Philippines “lost” national dignity when President Rodrigo Duterte came into power.The claim was posted by a Marfe Tagarda Prado, a pro-opposition netizen, on July 19. As of the next day, the post garnered 264 reactions, 49 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad are set to hold their first bilateral meeting on Monday afternoon, July 16. Mahathir returned to power only in May after leading the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan to victory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao beats Lucas Matthysse and Father Time in latest win

The fire is back in the eyes and belly of 39 year old Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao who scored an emphatic knockout victory over Lucas Martin Matthysse to win his 11th world title at 2:43 of the seventh round Sunday afternoon at the Axiata Arena here. Proving his critics wrong, Pacquiao put on a clinic of sorts as he showed facets of his ring brilliance that were missing in his previous fights since 2009 where he last won by knockout. Before a screaming horde of fans led by the heads of state of Malaysia and the Philippines, Pacquiao was brilliant, fast and accurate with his timing and combinations, completely frustrating and flustering the former WBA king. "You have to love what you do in order to do what I still do as a 39-year-old fighter," said Pacquiao, who trained hardest despite his age, pushing himself to the limit. But this time around, his new team of mostly Filipinos led by chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, acknowledged his conditions and custom-fit a new training regimen that brought back the power and the speed, however diminished a bit. "Do I look old,?" asked Pacquiao laughing in front of the members of media at the post-fight press conference. Every masterful stroke dealt by Pacquiao befuddled Matthysse who secretly plotted to retire Pacquiao. "Not today," said Pacquiao, who was cheered on by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte who watched in the presidential suite with new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. "Of course, it was an extra motivational tool for me to fight well and careful." Fernandez warned his ward not to be too confident when he knocked down Matthysse for the second round, the Argentine taking a knee at the end of the fifth round. "It might have been a trick. But we were ready for Matthysse," said a beaming Fernandez, who for the first time, acted as chief trainer aided by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant Raides "Nonoy" Neri. Cutman Edgardo de la Vega was not much needed as Pacquiao was never in trouble. "We will take a rest for now before we decide what to do next," said Pacquiao, who goes back to work this week as the Philippine Senate opens its sessions. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Liberal Party to Duterte: We do not desire power

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte's accusation of destabilization, a Liberal Party executive called on the administration to stop blaming the opposition......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

  The anti-dictatorship movement in the Filipino American community helped oust Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. That spirit of opposition to repression and injustice didn't go away after 1986. When President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs in 2016, leaving thousands of mostly poor victims dead, the killings and the administration's impulse to heavy-handed rule rekindled the spirit of opposition in the Fil-Am community. With their US taxes used as aid in procuring weapons, intelligence, and the war on drugs, as well as Duterte's closeness to Trump and China, many community leaders and activists have decided to begin educating the pu...Keep on reading: Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Alejano wary of plan to air Chinese shows on PTV-4

The plan to air dubbed Chinese shows on government television is an indication that President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has surrendered to China's power, an opposition lawmaker said on Thursday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018