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Philippines concerned as US intelligence tags Rody a ‘democracy threat’

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte’s war on drugs and his avowed readiness to suspend the Constitution and declare a “revolutionary government” are amon.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 22nd, 2018

Palace ‘concerned’ as as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

MANILA — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is not an autocrat and is taking seriously a report by the U.S. intelligence community that names the firebrand leader among the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The report, produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, places Duterte alongside Cambodia’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Philippines summons US Ambassador over intelligence report

THE Philippines has summoned United States Ambassador Sung Y. Kim on the latest Worldwide Threat Assessment report of the US intelligence community that listed President Rodrigo R. Duterte as “a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia.” In a statement on Friday afternoon, Feb. 23, Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque said: “Executive Secretary Salvador C. […] The post Philippines summons US Ambassador over intelligence report appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Palace summons US envoy to discuss intel report about Duterte

        Malacaangsummonedon ThursdayUnited States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim following the US Intelligence Report branding President Rodrigo Duterte as "one of the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia."   Kim met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in Malacaangwhere "they discussed the latest US Intelligence Community's Worldwide Threat Assessment report."   "Executive Secretary Medialdea likewise instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs, through our Philippine embassy in Washington D.C., to coordinate and engage with the US agencies involved in the writing of the assessment," Presidential Spokesperson Ha...Keep on reading: Palace summons US envoy to discuss intel report about Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

PH and US ‘reaffirm’ ties despite intel report on Duterte

  The Philippines and the United States have "reaffirmed" their bilateral relationship despite the Worldwide ThreatAssessment Report released by the US Intelligence Community which tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as a "threat" to democracy.   In a statementon Friday, the US Embassy in Manila said that Ambassador Sung Kim met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to discuss the intelligence report, which was published by US Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on February 12.   "On February22, Ambassador Sung Kim met with ExecutiveSecretary Salvador Medialdea to discuss therecently released Worldwide ThreatAssessment Report published by the D...Keep on reading: PH and US ‘reaffirm’ ties despite intel report on Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Protest US intel report on Duterte, Speaker urges DFA

DISMAYED Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said the Department of Foreign Affairs should file a diplomatic protest with the United States over its intelligence report declaring President Rodrigo Duterte “a threat to democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia.” At the same time Alvarez called for the Philippines leaving the United….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

U.S. intelligence labels Duterte a threat to democracy

WASHINGTON, U.S. - As per a new report produced by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been labelled a threat to democracy in Southea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

U.S. intelligence reveals damning report on Duterte

WASHINGTON, U.S. - As per a new report produced by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been labelled a threat to democracy in Southea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Palace on US intel report: They’re making it hard to be friends

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang said the United States Intelligence Community report that brands President Rodrigo Duterte as a threat to democracy and huma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a regional threat in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Philippines – US intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is among the "regional threats" to US national security in Southeast Asia as democracy in the region is expected to "remain fragile" this year.  "In the Philippines, President Duterte ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

US Intelligence Community: Duterte is one of threats to democracy in Southeast Asia

President Rodrigo Duterte was listed as one of Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. The US Intelligence Community is a federation of 16 government agencies that work separately and together to conduct intelligence to support the foreign policy and national security of the US. Last Feb. 12, Daniel Coats, director of national intelligence of the US, released the unclassified report, a PDF copy of which available online. "In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested h...Keep on reading: US Intelligence Community: Duterte is one of threats to democracy in Southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

US intelligence lists Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democra.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

US Senator concerned over Terrorist listing

BAGUIO CITY — Speaking before his colleagues, Senator Patrick Leahy, of the Democratic Party and the most senior member of the assembly, expressed his concern on the terrorist tagging of indigenous and human rights defenders in the country. His speech, delivered on June 4 underscored the threat and hardships brought by the Department of Justice’s inclusion of activists in the terrorist proscription petition against the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 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. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Philippines Move Being Called a Threat to Democracy

(Newser) - The Philippine Supreme Court ousted its chief justice, a critic of the country';s authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote Friday by fellow magistrates that she and hundred.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Palace slams U.S. intelligence report on Duterte

PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is not an autocrat and is taking seriously a report by the US intelligence community that names the firebrand leader among the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman says. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Palace summons US envoy over PH’s inclusion among ‘threats’ in Southeast Asia

Malacañang summoned U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim on Thursday over the reference to the Philippines in the U.S. intelligence community’s “Worldwide Threat Assessment.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Alvarez urges DFA to protest US threat assessment on Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs should take action on the report of the US Intelligence Community that tagged President Rodrigo Duter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Alvarez seeks diplomatic protest against US over report on ‘Duterte threat’ 

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against the US over its intelligence community report listing President Rodrigo Duterte as among Southeast Asian leaders who pose a threat to democracy and human rights. This was based on Duterte’s war on drugs, crime [...] The post Alvarez seeks diplomatic protest against US over report on ‘Duterte threat’  appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Democracy ‘adversely affected’ under Duterte — global report

THE QUALITY of democracy in the Philippines has been “adversely affected” on the watch of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with the country ranking 51st in a 2017 global democracy index on 165 states by an affiliate of The Economist. The report released by the The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), the research and analysis division […] The post Democracy ‘adversely affected’ under Duterte — global report appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018