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Duterte practicing cronyism — lawmaker

President Duterte was accused yesterday of practicing cronyism by recycling officials he has removed for alleged acts of wrongdoing......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 13th, 2018

Duterte practicing cronyism — lawmaker

President Duterte was accused yesterday of practicing cronyism by recycling officials he has removed for alleged acts of wrongdoing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Lawmaker says President endangering PH security

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano. RYAN LEAGOGO / INQUIRER.net Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Saturday lashed back at high government officials, saying it was President Rodrigo Duterte himself and not he who.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 18th, 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

Alejano tags airing of Chinese shows in PTV as PH ‘surrender’ to China

MANILA, Philippines – Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano condemned on Thursday, June 14, the planned airing of Chinese shows in state-run People's Television Network (PTV).  “PTV airing of Chinese shows is a clear display of the Duterte administration’s surrender to China’s power,” said the opposition lawmaker in a statement. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Sara Duterte to Senator Trillanes: leave me in peace or lose a billion pesos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte again lashed at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the opposition lawmaker accused the mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, of planning to perpetuate themselves in power by having his daughter run as senator next year and as president in 2022. “Leave me alone, Senator […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Bam Aquino: Senate can take lead in defending PH vs China

The Senate can take the lead in defending the country against China if Malacaang will not side with the Filipino people, Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV saidon Monday. "A strong and independent Senate can and should investigate all our dealings with China, especially when the rights and livelihood of our countrymen are at risk," Aquino said in a statement. Aquino's remark came on the heels of reports on the "harassment" of Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea by the members of Chinese coast guard. The opposition lawmaker said the Duterte administration's "defeatist mentality" will lead to even more abuses. The Senate committees on foreign relations and national...Keep on reading: Bam Aquino: Senate can take lead in defending PH vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

AFP ordered to stop patrolling West PHL Sea, says Alejano; not true, says Lorenzana

Opposition lawmaker Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Saturday claimed that the Duterte administration has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to stop patrolling the disputed West Philippine Sea. Source link link: AFP ordered to stop patrolling West PHL Sea, says Alejano; not true, says Lorenzana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

AFP: No order from Palace to stop patrolling WSP

          The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Saturday that there was no order coming from President Rodrigo Duterte to stop patrolling the disputed West Philippine Sea.   The statement of AFP came after opposition lawmaker, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, claimed that Duterte has ordered AFP to stop wasting their time in guarding the disputed area.   According to AFP Spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo, the claims of Alejano might be "another malicious imputation" against the President.   "I do not know where Cong. Alejano got that supposed instruction from the Commander-in-Chief," Arevalo said in a state...Keep on reading: AFP: No order from Palace to stop patrolling WSP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Alejano: Philippine peace ranking to deteriorate under Duterte sans institutions, clear policies

The slide in the country's peace ranking will continue under President Rodrigo Duterte if the government will not strengthen institutions and establish clear policies, an opposition lawmaker said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Alejano chides Duterte for suicide mission comment

President Rodrigo Duterte was just making excuses when he said that ordering troops to go to war with China over the South China Sea dispute would be suicide, an opposition lawmaker said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Duterte economic managers dared: Live on P10,000 a month

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate challenged top economic managers of the Duterte administration to try living on a measly P10,000 monthly budget after theNational Economic Development Authority (NEDA)claimed that a family of five can"live decently"with it.   "Sila kaya ang mabuhay na sampung libo lang ang budget para sa kanilang pamilya. Nasubukan na ba nila ito?" Zarate asked in a statement issued on Wednesday. "You are outrageously and shamelessly out of touch from reality," he added, apparently directing his remark at Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Budget Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.   The lawmaker criticize...Keep on reading: Duterte economic managers dared: Live on P10,000 a month.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Philippines red lines hollow propaganda, Alejano says

The Philippine government’s four red lines for China were nothing more than “hollow PR propaganda” as President Rodrigo Duterte himself admitted that the country did not have the capability to back them up, an opposition lawmaker said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Sotto is Senate President, Morales’ 2017 net worth, PH on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Tito Sotto , the Senate's most senior lawmaker, is elected as its new President.  Malacañang accuses the husband of Lovelie Sangkola Sumera, former wife of presidential son Paolo Duterte, of using the Duterte name to fix judicial cases. O mbudsman Conchita Carpio Morales' net worth for 2017 is P17 million more than when ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Alejano: Duterte callous, deaf to suffering of poor Filipinos

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is callous for failing to heed the suffering of poor Filipinos under the government’s tax reform law, an opposition lawmaker said on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Duterte’s ‘anti-poor policies’ caused slump in net satisfaction among poor — Tinio

      The decline in President Rodrigo Duterte's net satisfaction among the poor was caused by his "anti-poor policies," an opposition lawmaker said on Thursday. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) 2018 first quarter poll, conducted from March 23 to 27, showed a "very good" net satisfaction rating for Duterte's performance. But the survey also showed that the President's satisfaction rating in Balance Luzon fell by one grade from "very good" to "good," at +39 in March. This was down by 11 points from December 2017's +50. Duterte's satisfaction rating among the Class E also fell by one grade from "very good" to "good," at +48. It was down by 17 points from Dec...Keep on reading: Duterte’s ‘anti-poor policies’ caused slump in net satisfaction among poor — Tinio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Ex-president Macapagal-Arroyo may join Boao Forum board in China

Hainan, China---Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may join the board of the Boao Forum for Asia and replace former President Fidel Ramos in the body, according to Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana. Arroyo, now a lawmaker, is attending the Boao Forum upon the invitation of the secretariat. She paid a courtesy call to President Duterte shortly after his arrival in the Southern China province. Arroyo said she would be watching Mr. Duterte's speech at the Boao plenary, an opportunity that a foreign affairs official described as a privilege. Sta. Romana said the 90-year-old Ramos has been cutting back on his travels, which was why Arroyo may take ...Keep on reading: Ex-president Macapagal-Arroyo may join Boao Forum board in China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

‘Build, build, build’ program not solution to OFW woes, solon tells Bello

A lawmaker has criticized Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III's claim that the government's Build, Build, Build (BBB) program would eventually generate jobs for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).   Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) Rep. Emmi de Jesusdismissed on Wednesday such assertion of Bello as a far-fetched solution to the problems affecting OFWs. "Malayo ang hugot nito. Hindi solusyon ang BBB program ng administrasyong Duterte sa problema ng ating mga repatriated OFWs,"De Jesusnoted during the hearing of the House committee on overseas workers' affairs. "We find this response by the Duterte regime unacceptable. This is an attempt to glorify the BBB program's ...Keep on reading: ‘Build, build, build’ program not solution to OFW woes, solon tells Bello.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Zarate calls for Duterte support vs bank secrecy

A LAWMAKER on Thursday urged the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to support the passage of the bill that seeks to examine government officials’ bank accounts to curb graft and corruption. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, author of House Bill (HB) 7146, said in a statement that the Bank Secrecy Law “has […] The post Zarate calls for Duterte support vs bank secrecy appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Speaker-mayor feud just a turf war, says solon

Nothing but a power struggle over "turf and egos" between President Rodrigo Duterte's lieutenants.   This was how opposition lawmaker and Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin described on Saturday the ongoing feud between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.   Villarin said he did not see any substantial change in the political landscape even if realignments were to take place at the House of Representatives as a result of the Speaker's tiff with the President's daughter.   Power   "The feud between Mayor Sara and SPDA (Alvarez) is all about power that's consuming both parties and fanning these intramurals among Du...Keep on reading: Speaker-mayor feud just a turf war, says solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018