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Duterte tells rebels: Joma making you fight futile cause - Manila Bulletin

Duterte tells rebels: Joma making you fight futile cause - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource: googlenews googlenewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Manila Bulletin Headline for Today (07/12/2018) Duterte on fight vs terror: …

Manila Bulletin Headline for Today (07/12/2018) Duterte on fight vs terror: ….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Duterte signs law making January 23 holiday - Manila Bulletin

Duterte signs law making January 23 holiday - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Duterte creates task force for reintegrating communist rebels

MANILA, Philippines – As a way to entice communist rebels to give up their fight against the government, President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to harmonize and boost reintegration programs for rebels who surrender. Duterte, on Tuesday, April 3, signed Administrative Order (AO) No. 10 creating Task Force Balik-Loob, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Reds ready to talk peace, but Duterte isn’t

Peace talks can resume as soon as President Rodrigo Duterte agrees, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison said on Monday. But Mr. Duterte is still unwilling to make peace with the communist rebels. Speaking in Patikul, Sulu province, Mr. Duterte said on Monday his administration was determined to fight to the end the New People's Army (NPA), the CPP armed wing. "[We will] deal with this NPA. I'll finish them," Mr. Duterte said. In an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sison said he welcomed the move of 61 members of the House of Representatives to bring government and rebel representatives back to the negotiating tab...Keep on reading: Reds ready to talk peace, but Duterte isn’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Duterte tags Sison as & apos;cowardly& apos;; rejects coalition gov& apos;t with rebels - Manila Bulletin

Duterte tags Sison as 'cowardly'; rejects coalition gov't with rebels - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

So sue Duterte, Palace tells Joma Sison

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has dared Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison to ask the court to declare President Duterte as.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

DU30 in no hurry to revive peace talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte Monday night said he would consult the military before making a decision on returning to the peace negotiations with the communist rebels. Speaking before Filipino-Chinese businessmen at the Manila Hotel, Duterte said that Norway, the facilitator for the talks, reached out to him on February 15 for….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

PH committed to peace, Duterte tells Norway envoy

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte stressed to Norway's special envoy to the peace process, Idun Tvedt, that the Philippines is "committed to peace" even after he formally ended peace talks with communist rebels. "The President stressed that the Philippines is committed to peace," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Palace compels gov’t agencies to submit procurement funds report – Philippine News Agency

MANILA – Malacanang has compelled all government agencies to submit, “for monitoring and evaluation purposes”, their reports on funds transferred to the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made this directive through Memorandum Circular No. 38 to all heads of procuring entity (HOPE) of the national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCCs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and local government units (LGUs). “It is observed that various government agencies are tapping the services of the DBM-PS to serve as the procurement agent for the procurement of supplies, equipment and infrastructure projects,” Medialdea stated in his memorandum. “Now, therefore, all Heads of Procuring Entity (HOPE) of NGAs, GOCCs, SUCs, and LGUs are hereby required to comply with the provisions of RA No. 9184 (GPRA) and its 2016 RIRR, and to submit to Office of the President, for monitoring and evaluation purposes, a report on funds transferred to DBM-PS for the purpose of procuring supplies, equipment and infrastructure projects as of 31 December 2017,” he added. The HOPE have been given until March 31 this year to comply with Malacanang’s directive which is in line with the policy of the state “to promote good governance and to adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency and economic in its procurement process.” Section 10, Article V of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184, otherwise known as Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA), provides that all procurement shall be done through competitive bidding, except as otherwise provide by GPRA. Medialdea explained that the 1987 Constitution provides that the state shall adopt and implement policy of public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been hailed for making good on his campaign promise to fight corruption by promoting transparency and accountability in government. President Duterte has in fact signed Executive Order No. 2 creating Freedom of Information (FOI) right on the first month of his presidency. (PNA)  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Duterte tells media: & apos;I am not your enemy& apos; - Manila Bulletin

Duterte tells media: 'I am not your enemy' - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Duterte sabotaged peace talks, claims Joma Sison

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte sabotaged the peace talks with communist rebels, Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the National.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Duterte sabotaged peace talks, claims Joma Sison

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte sabotaged the peace talks with communist rebels, Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the National Source link link: Duterte 'sabotaged' peace talks, claims Joma Sison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Time for unity – Duterte; higher penalties for rebels, etc. - Manila Bulletin

Time for unity – Duterte; higher penalties for rebels, etc. - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 4th, 2017

Shadowy group calls for Duterte’s ouster

MANILA – A shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM, composed of disgruntled military and police officers and members, has called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte and cited 10 reasons for its action. It accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust. It also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio &'' believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.  Television network GMA reported that the military has reiterated its support for the administration of Duterte and strongly denied PADEM’s allegations. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with all the men and women of the uniformed services and all their civilian personnel, stand by the government and support Duterte, their commander-in-chief. Padilla said the accusations and issues cited by the group are unfounded and uncalled for. “Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to,” GMA quoted him as saying, adding, they are the constitutionally mandated protectors of the people and will stand by law-abiding citizens whenever and wherever they are needed. “Having affirmed this, the AFP, however, will not hesitate in acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilize our nation thru unconstitutional means,” he said. Communist rebels had previously said that the Central Intelligence Agency is plotting to oust Duterte alongside the plan to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Sison, in a statement he issued in May, said those who continue to support him assert that performance in a year is not enough basis for a final judgment and that there is more than enough time ahead for him to accomplish promises that have most impressed them, such as the eradication of the drug problem, criminality, and corruption. He said Duterte has, in fact, pleaded that he needs three or four more years to bring about the significant changes that he previously thought would be done in six months’ time. His promised campaign against the pork barrel and other forms of corruption of the Aquino regime has not yet materialized. “Where he has been most successful at, projecting himself as a strong leader by calling on the police and the public to kill drug addict-pushers, he has attracted the most severe and sustained condemnation by institutions, the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

PH will not pick a fight with China over Sandy Cay — Duterte - Manila Bulletin

PH will not pick a fight with China over Sandy Cay — Duterte - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

Duterte dares Joma: Come home and fight here

MANILA, Philippines — Fight your war here.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2017

Duterte urges MILF, MNLF, NPA to help fight extremists in Marawi - Manila Bulletin

Duterte urges MILF, MNLF, NPA to help fight extremists in Marawi - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 29th, 2017

Military willing to work with rebels to fight terrorists in Mindanao - Manila Bulletin

Military willing to work with rebels to fight terrorists in Mindanao - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 29th, 2017

I will still help Duterte fight corruption – Sueno - Manila Bulletin

I will still help Duterte fight corruption – Sueno - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 6th, 2017