Duterte plan to arm village chiefs comes under attack

President Rodrigo Duterte early this week said he 'might consider' arming village officials ('barangay') to help in the fight against illegal drugs and criminals. (Reuters)........»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 15th, 2018

Senators shield Diokno from House attack

  Several senators have taken the cudgels for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the House of Representatives urged President Duterte to fire him for inserting huge infrastructure funding in the proposed 2019 budget, allegedly without the President's knowledge.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III lauded Diokno's performance as the official in charge of crafting the administration's spending plan.   "Ben Diokno has been doing a good job and has never been known to indulge in any illegal actions as far as the government budget is concerned," Sotto said in a text message on Thursday.   Whether he should be dismissed would depend on his explanati...Keep on reading: Senators shield Diokno from House attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Duterte promotes co-author of PNP’s ‘Oplan Tokhang’

      President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted a police official who is touted by many as one of the brains behind the government's controversial anti-illegal drug campaign "Oplan Tokhang." According to his appointment paper released by Malacaang, Police Director Camilo Cascolan, who was among the officers who drafted the Philippine National Police's (PNP) anti-illegal drugs campaign plan, was promoted to deputy director general last October 31. Cascolan is currently the chief of the PNP Civil Security Group. He belongs to the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986, which also counts former and current PNP chiefs Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa and...Keep on reading: Duterte promotes co-author of PNP’s ‘Oplan Tokhang’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Pres. Duterte Enjoins New Village Execs: Support Campaign to Suppress Street Crimes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, June 25, urged the country’s village chiefs to join the administration in its campaign to eliminate street crimes and maintain peace and order. The Chief Executive made the appeal during the mass oath-taking of newly-elected barangay officials of Region 10 held at The Atrium inside Limketkai Center here. Addressing […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Pursue peace, Davao local chiefs told

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on barangay officials to be a “team of champions” and pave the way for the attainment of the city’s vision of a peaceful and progressive city. During the mass oath-taking of over 1,400 village chiefs and councilmen from the city’s 182 villages yesterday, Duterte-Carpio urged local leaders to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Army quells NPA plan to attack Cotabato town

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) – The Army in North Cotabato has quelled an alleged plan of the New People’s Army (NPA) to attack one of its detachments located at a remote village in Tulunan, North Cotabato. Lt. Col. Rhojun Rosales, commander of the 39th Infantry Battalion, said his men, while scouring Sitio Alimodian, Barangay […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Duterte seeks help of village officials in government s war on drugs

LAPU-LAPU CITY- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday asked village chiefs here to help him in the fight against illegal drugs. The President said the support of barangay captains in the campaign i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Duterte seeks help of village officials in government’s war on drugs

LAPU-LAPU CITY-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday asked village chiefs here to help him in the fight against illegal drugs. The President said the support of barangay captains in the campaign is crucial to solving the drug problem that has hounded the country for decades. "Kamo gyud ang makaputol ani. Layo ra kaayo mi sa taas. (You are ones who can end this problem on illegal drugs)," President Duterte said after he led the oath-taking of 3,013 barangay captains in Central Visayas at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City on Thursday night. He reiterated his warning to village officials to stay away from the illegal drugs trade, saying that they will suffer the consequences of th...Keep on reading: Duterte seeks help of village officials in government’s war on drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Narco-bgy chiefs worry Duterte

“MAG-ELEKSYON. Okay,” President Rodrigo Duterte said, indicating that he would not recommend another postponement of village and youth council elections set on May 14, but warned that there would be more killings if candidates involved in illegal drugs were elected. “I say let’s have an election,” Duterte said in a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

Drilon slams ‘plot’ to postpone village polls

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday denounced an alleged plot by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives to railroad the amendment of the 1987 Constitution for a shift to federalism so they could cancel next year's midterm elections and extend their terms. In a radio interview, Drilon said he learned about the plot from sources in the House and at least two had spoken to him about a plan to move the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, set for May this year, to October or November, during which a plebiscite on a new Constitution would also be held. "My information is clear. Two sources have told me that the barangay [and SK]...Keep on reading: Drilon slams ‘plot’ to postpone village polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

29 of 30 barangays back Dumaguete City sanitary landfill plan

THE PROPOSED construction of a sanitary landfill in the outskirts of Barangay Candau-ay in Dumaguete City has gained the support of 29 of 30 barangays in the city. A landfill is required under Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management of 2000. The village chiefs said the landfill is long overdue, […] The post 29 of 30 barangays back Dumaguete City sanitary landfill plan appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

6 dead in Cotabato, ComVal clashes

KIDAPAWAN CITY---At least six were killed as clashes erupted anew between soldiers and communist rebels in North Cotabato and Compostela Valley provinces on Monday and Saturday, police and military reports said. The clashes broke out as the military launched renewed combat operations against rebels in the wake of President Duterte's proclamation that tagged the New People's Army (NPA) as a terror organization. Chief Insp. John Felongco Medel, police chief of Makilala town, North Cotabato, said a militiaman and three NPA rebels were killed in the clash that erupted early Monday in a remote village there. Attack In a radio interview, Medel said the firefight started when an...Keep on reading: 6 dead in Cotabato, ComVal clashes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

4 cops wounded in NPA attack on police station in Misamis Oriental

Four police officers were wounded after members of the New People's Army attacked the police station in Binuangan town, Misamis Oriental about 3:15 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 3, 2018), the latest in a series of clashes between communist rebels and state forces following an announced plan by President Duterte to declare the NPA a "terrorist group.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Suspected NPA rebels kill Ecija construction site caretaker

CARRANGLAN, NUEVA ECIJA -- Armed men believed to be New People's Army rebels killed the caretaker of a construction firm in Sitio (subvillage) Masagana, Barangay (village) Putlan here on Wednesday morning.   President Duterte is scheduled to visit Nueva Ecija on Wednesday afternoon.   Reports said the armed men also shot at a police vehicle carrying 8 policemen who were responding to the shooting of SixtoTabon, 44. A policeman jumped off the vehicle and fractured a leg following the 5 a.m. attack, said Senior Supt. Eliseo Tanding, Nueva Ecija police director.   Tabon, a Putlan resident and a caretaker of Halrey Construction, was shot multiple times at abo...Keep on reading: Suspected NPA rebels kill Ecija construction site caretaker.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Marawi war victims unite, threaten to launch ‘holy war’

&'160; MARAWI CITY – A shadowy group calling itself the “Meranaw Victims Movement” has threatened to launch its own jihad or holy war if a set of demands, among them government compensation for the destruction of Marawi and the victims of war between security forces and local IS militants in the besieged city in southern Philippines. Speaking in Arabic, the group &'' comprising about 3 dozen masked gunmen &'' released a 14-minute video and statement on social media and stated the following demands: First, we would like to ask our kinsfolk from among the so-called ISIS/Maute Group to leave Marawi City at once and free their hostages, Muslims and Christians alike; Second, we would like to ask the Philippine Government, especially President Rodrigo Duterte, the following – to allow the civilians to return to their homes in areas in Marawi City that were already cleared by the military; stop the aerial bombings of Marawi City if only to salvage houses or buildings that may not have been destroyed yet; stop the abuses of some military and police personnel at checkpoints and accord respect to civilians, especially the women. And ease the access to and from Marawi City, especially the roads through the village of Maliwanag so that people in the 1st District of Lanao del Sur would have better and convenient road access; secure the remains of civilians so they may not be mixed with the garbage in the process of military clearing operations and so that they may be given proper burial even if only skeletons are left of them; to provide immediate appropriate material and financial support to all wounded civilian victims similar to the support being provided by the government to wounded military and police personnel; compensate for the damaged houses and buildings, wasted goods and merchandise of civilians and provide for their livelihood as well. And to rebuild or rehabilitate the mosques and madrasahs and other destroyed structures that represented the Meranao culture and heritage; importantly, the government should not make any hint that it would occupy the land of the Meranaws on the basis of military reservation, instead it should help legitimate owners to have their respective land titles; and for the military and police personnel to avoid occupying mosques and madrasahs. It also demanded from local politicians to account for all the relevant government funds such as the Calamity Fund and all other assistance and donations, and ensure transparent and equitable implementation or spending of the same. And has urged the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front to support its demands by ensuring that these reach all those concerned. The Meranaw Victims Movement strongly denied that locals &'' whom the government and authorities blamed for allowing militants to build up forces and occupy the city &'' condone the violence and said it is willing to face off with IS fighters in an effort to drive out the gunmen. It also blamed local leaders as responsible for failing to prevent the IS attacks. “First, we did not conform with the using of Marawi City as sanctuary neither did we approve of what some of our kinsfolk who claimed to be ISIS/Maute Group did which ignited the war in Marawi City that has brought about grave sufferings to the Meranaw people. Second, we deem unacceptable the actions of the Government that caused the displacement of tens of thousands and deaths of several civilians due to the aerial bombings and use of heavy armaments in Marawi City which are among those prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.” “Third, we hold our local leaders, past and present alike, responsible for failing to prevent the ISIS/Maute Group from carrying out their plan since they were fully aware of the group’s presence in the city prior to the siege, and for literally forsaking the civilians like orphans in the midst of great danger during the onset of the siege on May 23, 2017. Fourth, we are dismayed with the MILF since, until now, nothing was heard of them, let alone have they made a categorical position on the current Marawi crisis,” it said. If all the demands are not met, the group said it will take actions not only against IS militants, but the Duterte government as well. “To our ISIS/Maute Group kinsfolk, if you would not heed our call, we would be compelled to face you because by then you no longer care for the welfare of the people and you did not only fail to realize but have violated the essence of Jihad in Islam. To the Government, this will be the last time that we will ask in relation to previous demands of various sectors of the Meranaw society, and that if the foregoing demands will fall to deaf ears, likewise, we will be compelled to fight for our rights that have been trampled upon and that Jihad becomes our legitimate recourse.” “To our leaders, should we find out that you defraud or corrupt the assistance and support intended for the evacuees, we will unrelentingly pursue until we take them for the people in whatever means possible. To the MILF, take note that the demand for the approval of the BBL becomes irrelevant if the key area where it should be implemented would no longer be in the hands of the Meranaw, and that by then the support of the people of Lanao becomes weak in time that [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Lawmaker: Appointing ‘barangay’ officials illegal

The Duterte administration’s plan to replace barangay (village) officials with appointed officers-in-charge (OIC) is illegal, an opposition lawmaker said on Tuesday. Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay cited Section 8, Article 10 of the Constitution that states, “The term of office of elective local officials, except barangay officials, which shall be determined by law, shall be [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Appointing barangay officials is illegal — Lagman

THE Duterte administration’s plan to replace barangay (village) officials with appointed officers-in-charge is illegal, an opposition lawmaker warned Tuesday. Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay cited Section 8, Article 10 of the Constitution which states that: “the term of office of elective local officials, except barangay officials, which shall be determined by law, shall be three [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

TURNING POINT: The War that Should Not Have Been

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 18 June) &'8212; The current public disclosure that Malacanang was aware of a Maute plan to attack Marawi City days before President Duterte and his key security executives’ trip to Russia raises disturbing questions: Why did the Presidential entourage still leave the country despite the damning intelligence information? With such [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 18th, 2017

Duterte plan to call off village polls draw mixed reactions -

Duterte plan to call off village polls draw mixed reactions -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

De Lima joins opposition to Duterte plan to scrap village polls -

De Lima joins opposition to Duterte plan to scrap village polls -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Solons alarmed by Duterte plan to appoint village execs -

Solons alarmed by Duterte plan to appoint village execs -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 24th, 2017