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Government deports European Socialist party official - Philippine Star

Government deports European Socialist party official - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource: googlenews googlenewsApr 16th, 2018

Government deports European Socialist party official

Malacañang yesterday stood by the decision of the Bureau of Immigration to deny entry and deport a Socialist Party official from the European Union who had criticized President Duterte’s brutal war on drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Cricket star wins polls

ISLAMABAD — It’s official: Pakistan’s Election Commission on Friday declared former cricket star Imran Khan’s party the winner of Pakistan’s historic third consecutive election of a civilian government, but he didn’t win an outright majority and must form a coalition. After two days of tediously slow vote counting, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won 114 of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Carpio to DFA: Ask US, Asean to make Scarborough Shoal an official ‘red line’

Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday said the Philippine government should ask the United States and Asean countries to make Scarborough Shoal an 'official red line' in the South China Sea dispute. In international affairs, a red line is a condition set by a certain party. When that condition is violated, the offending party may suffer "severe consequences" that can range from economic sanctions to military actions. Carpio said theUS, a longtime ally of the Philippines, should recognize Scarborough Shoal as part of the Philippine territory for it would be covered by the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty. "The DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] should ...Keep on reading: Carpio to DFA: Ask US, Asean to make Scarborough Shoal an official ‘red line’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Palace defends deportation of EU party exec

Deciding whom to allow into the country is an exercise of sovereignty, Malacaang said on Monday, defending immigration officials' move to deny entry and deport a Socialist Party official from the European Union who had criticized President Duterte's brutal war on drugs. Italian Giacomo Filibeck, deputy secretary general of the Party of European Socialists (PES), was held by immigration officers when he arrived at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City around 3 p.m. on Sunday and was immediately deported. Filibeck, a native of Rome, was due to attend a two-day congress of the opposition Akbayan Party with about 20 other foreign delegates but was stopped at the immig...Keep on reading: Palace defends deportation of EU party exec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Philippines bars EU Socialist Party official for criticizing Duterte

Immigration authorities on Sunday denied entry and deported a Socialist Party official from the European Union, who had criticised President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal anti-drugs crackdown......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Palace on deportation of EU official: It’s a ‘sovereign decision’

MALACANANG on Monday justified the government’s decision to block the entry into the country and deportation of a European politician, saying he was “a person we don’t want to be in our territory.” Palace spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Akbayan Party condemned the deportation of Giacomo Filibeck, deputy secretary-general of the Party of European [...] The post Palace on deportation of EU official: It’s a ‘sovereign decision’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Satur Ocampo asks court to junk DOJ petition including him on list of 600 ‘terrorists’ of CPP-NPA

Journalist and former lawmaker Satur Ocampo has asked a court in Manila to dismiss a petition by the Philippine government seeking the official tagging of 600 persons, including Ocampo, as "terrorists" for alleged membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Venezuela faces more isolation, sanctions after contested vote

CARACAS, Venezuela – The United States condemned closely watched regional elections in Venezuela as neither free nor fair Monday, October 16, as European countries weighed imposing sanctions, leaving Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated after declaring a landslide win. Maduro's opponents cried foul after official results said his socialist party ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Anger as Swedish neo-Nazis prepare for Yom Kippur march – Al Jazeera

Swedish anti-racist politicians, watchdog groups and Jewish organisations have expressed anger as self-professed National Socialists prepare for a rally slated to take place on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the country's second-largest city. The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which anti-racist organisations describe as neo-Nazis, is holding a demonstration on September 30 in Gothenburg, which is located on Sweden's western coast. They have dubbed the event &'8220;Revolt against the traitors&'8221;. The event will be a rally against &'8220;the politicians in the Swedish parliament as well as the European Parliament&'8221; who &'8220;have flung our nation's borders wide open to an unprecedented invasion&'8221;, the NRM said in a statement, referring to the country's acceptance of refugees and migrants fleeing war and economic devastation in recent years. The statement added, &'8220;Today's politicians and journalists are nothing short of robbers and traitors!&'8221; At the time of publication, the NRM had not replied to Al Jazeera's repeated requests for additional comment. Linda Snecker, a spokesperson for Sweden's Left Party, described the NRM as &'8220;a threat against our democracy and open society&'8221;. Speaking to Al Jazeera by telephone, she said, &'8220;It's a threat against all of us who are anti-racists, who are feminists, [and those] who celebrate LGBTQ society. The neo-Nazis are a threat against all of those values that we believe and fight for.&'8221; Police have changed the NRM's planned route, prompting the group to hold a flash demonstration in Gothenburg on September 17, with some 60 demonstrators marching through the city centre. In a video posted on the NRM's YouTube channel, the demonstrators waved flags and chanted against immigration. When angry passers-by confronted them, an NRM protester threw a woman to the pavement. Although the NRM has been active for two decades, Snecker said the group is attempting to capitalise on the rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats Party, which has 49 seats in the national legislature, and the wave of far-right populism that has hit parts of Europe and the US in recent years. &'8220;Their agenda is violence, to scare people, to show you can't protest against them and that they have a violent capacity,&'8221; she said. &'8220;That's really scary.&'8221; The demonstration was set to pass near a synagogue in the city centre, which has prompted faith leaders to express concern for the city's Jewish community. However, a court ruled on Monday that the route would have to be changed. Aron Verstandig, chairman of The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, and Allan Stutzinky, chairman of the Jewish Community in Gothenburg, decried the police's decision to grant the NRM a permit in an opinion article published by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper earlier this month. &'8220;Aside from out of fear for our own security, it evokes uncomfortable associations for us Jews. During the Holocaust, it wasn't unusual for the German Nazis to conduct their horrendous atrocities on the most important days of the Jewish calendar,&'8221; they wrote. Henrik Dahlberg, a media spokesperson for the City of Gothenburg, said it does not have the legal authority to prevent the march from taking place. &'8220;Demonstrations such as this one have a very strong protection in the Swedish constitution,&'8221; he told Al Jazeera by email. &'8220;Therefore, the march in and of itself cannot be stopped.&'8221; In 2016, the anti-racist magazine Expo documented 3,064 instances of neo-Nazi activities in Sweden. The bulk of the activities involved spreading propaganda, such as distributing flyers and posting stickers. In a December 2016 study that examined the profiles of 159 NRM members, Expo found that more than a quarter of them had previously been charged with violent crimes, while 56 percent had been convicted of a crime. Explaining that the group had grown in recent years, Expo added that a third of active NRM members in 2015 had not previously had any documented connections to neo-Nazi organisations. Last week, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called for action to combat the rise in far-right activity in the country. &'8220;When we now see an escalation of these extremist forces, and we are moving towards a normalization of racist parties too, then we must do something,&'8221; he said. Daniel Wiklander, Expo's acting managing editor, described the NRM's upcoming demonstration as &'8220;an outrage&'8221;. Wiklander explains that the NRM draws on the ideological traditions of the German National Socialists, American white supremacist groups that were prevalent in the 1980s and other European fascist organisations that were active in the lead-up to and during World War II. &'8220;At this point, it's the only national socialist organisation, but they exist within a larger white nationalist and far-right alignment,&'8221; he said. &'8220;For a long time, they were a fringe movement because they were very hostile to [far-right] competition and mostly stuck to their own. In the last 10 years, they've [benefited from] different [white supremacist] groups coming together.&'8221; The NRM was founded as the Swedish Resistance Movement in 1997 by Klas Lund, who has previously spent time in prison for bank robbery and manslaughter for the 1986 killing of an anti-racist organiser who intervened to stop the harassment of migrants. More recently, the NRM has established a branch in neighbouring Finland, where its members have attacked anti-racist demonstrations and LGBTQ pride events. The group advocates Sweden's exit from the European Union, the mass deportation of all refugees and migrants and what it describes as &'8220;Nordic self-sufficiency&'8221; based on National Socialist ideology, among other far-right policies. In July 2017, a court in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Duterte visits Balangiga battle memorial

BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday offered a short prayer at the memorial of the American and Filipino soldiers who figured in the Balangiga massacre that took place on Sept. 28, 1901, during the Philippine-American War. After leading the handover ceremony of the Balangiga bells, Duterte proceeded to the memorial and prayed. The President then spent a moment to take pictures with the Balangiga residents. During the turnover rites, Duterte thanked the American and Filipino officials involved in the sucessful return of the church bells after 117 years. He reiterated that no government official could take sole credit for the return of the bell...Keep on reading: Duterte visits Balangiga battle memorial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

‘Table tennis needs gov’t support’

BACOLOD City – A top official of a sports organization in the country said that table tennis needs government support as they continue to scout athletes who could represent the country in international tournaments as well as the Olympics. Ting Ledesma, Philippine Table Tennis Federation Inc (PTTFI) president said that there are lots of potential […] The post ‘Table tennis needs gov’t support’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

It’s final: Panned logo of 2019 SEA Games spawns mascot

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee finally revealed the official mascot and the logo of the upcoming meet next year, and it appears it has finalized a widely criticized design. The government used the same logo of 11 conjoined circles presented to the Olympic Council of Asia last August and was met with ire […] The post It’s final: Panned logo of 2019 SEA Games spawns mascot appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Baguio PNP apologize to activists over red-tagging

The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) chief apologized to members of youth organizations for a post on its official social media site labeling these groups as as recruiters for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP) the government claims was behind the so-called failed “Red October Plot” to oust President Rodrigo Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Gov’t winning war against Reds in Caraga – Army official

The government is strategically winning the war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NPA) in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region. Gov’t winning war against Reds in Caraga – Army official Source link: Gov’t winning war against Reds in Caraga – Army official.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Duterte ‘death squad’ to cover up EJK – Joma

LUCENA CITY -- Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison said President Duterte's formation of a civilian hit squad as the counterpart of the dreaded New People's Army (NPA) rebels' Sparrow Unit was a ploy to cover up the widespread summary execution by alleged government forces and other forms of state violence against innocent civilians. "I think that Duterte is citing them (Sparrow) as a pretext for organizing more death squads of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) for the mass murder of mere suspects who are not even the target of any court warrant of arrest," he said in a Facebook interview from his base...Keep on reading: Duterte ‘death squad’ to cover up EJK – Joma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Lorenzana: Seas ours but PH military weak

  The country's highest ranking defense official stood his ground on the Philippine claim to the West Philippine Sea in the face of opposing claims from China, but admitted the Philippine military was too weak to muscle past the dispute.   In a chance interview in Quezon City on Saturday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stood firm that the West Philippine Sea is "still ours," as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague favoring the Philippines in the dispute.   "We're not giving up," Lorenzana said, when asked about the government's position on the dispute at the sideline...Keep on reading: Lorenzana: Seas ours but PH military weak.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Who came to see Xi Jinping at Shangri-La?

MANILA, Philippines – A number of Philippine government officials met with President Xi Jinping and his delegation at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bonifacio Global City during the Chinese leader’s two-day state visit . As politicians and businessmen made their way in for meetings, the 5-star hotel’s lobby had the odd sight of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Stock index seen to recover to 7,500 by end of 2018

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index is expected to recover to 7,500 level by the end of the year on expectations of the continued recovery of the peso and government efforts to tame inflation, an official of BPI Asset Management and Trust Corp. said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 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