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Putin Warns Against Further Actions Violating U.N. Charter

Further actions violating the U.N. charter such as the recent U.S.-led strikes on Syria will result in chaos in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani over phone on Sunday. The two leaders condemned Saturday’s airstrikes by the United States and its allies on Syria and agreed that it would […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuApr 16th, 2018

Obama warns of strange and uncertain times in Mandela tribute

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa  – Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 17, used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn of "strange and uncertain times," a day after Donald Trump refused to challenge Vladimir Putin over interference in US elections . Delivering a speech in Johannesburg marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, Obama ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News9 hr. 21 min. ago

Drilon warns House: Don’t rush to amend Constitution

Sen. Franklin Drilon warned on Sunday members of the House of Representatives against rushing to amend the Constitution, a more complex process than passing other laws, just to fulfill the Duterte administration's plan to put a federal system of government in place. "Amending our charter is not like passing an ordinary legislation. It is much harder than that. It requires comprehensive studies and deliberations," Drilon said in a statement. "There are a lot of imponderables and implications that can affect our people of today and of the generations to come." "Congress should not be rushed into amending the Constitution to pave the way for federalism," he added. "Let the committ...Keep on reading: Drilon warns House: Don’t rush to amend Constitution.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Sereno warns against charter change

Sereno warns against charter change.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Solon warns on half-baked Charter change

A STAUNCH advocate of Charter change (Cha-cha) warned yesterday that the proposed amendments to the Constitution will be half-baked should Congress rush the holding of the plebiscite by early next year. Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil “Fred” Castro, one of the main Cha-cha proponents, said the plebiscite for the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Palace says Fox must leave PH for violating missionary visa rules

        Australian nun Patricia Fox must leave the Philippines for violating the terms in her missionary visa, Malacaang said on Wednesday.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave the country after it forfeited her missionary visa for "her involvement in partisan politics."   Roque said Fox should face the consequences of her actions.   "Dumaan naman po ito sa proseso. Nagkakaroon po ng preliminary investigation kung dapat nga ba siyang i-subject to deportation proceedings. Nagkaroon ng ebidensiya na talagang sumali...Keep on reading: Palace says Fox must leave PH for violating missionary visa rules.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Duterte not targeted by Cardinal Tagle’s ‘arrogant kings’ homily – Panelo

  The Duterte administration does not feel alluded to by the warning of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle about arrogant "kings" who employed violence to assert their authority, Malacaang saidon Monday. READ: Tagle warns 'arrogant kings' "I'm sure he is referring to world leaders not from this country. I don't think this administration feels alluded to or the leaders in this administration," Chief Presidential Legal Salvador Panelo told reporters at the Palace.   "I think the actions of this administration speak for themselves," he added.   In his Palm Sunday homily, Tagle slammed what he described as "kings" who are boastful and vi...Keep on reading: Duterte not targeted by Cardinal Tagle’s ‘arrogant kings’ homily – Panelo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Political scientist warns: Changing constitutions is a classic strategy of dictators

As the 20-member Consultative Committee (Concom) appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal form of government, an expert warns that Charter change has been used by leaders in the past to cling to power......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Protesters march vs charter change on Edsa

Protests against a planned charter change (cha-cha) and a looming authoritarian regime marked this year's commemoration of the Edsa People Power Revolution that toppled the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.   More than 2,000 supporters of the "No to Cha-cha Coalition" led by the Movement Against Tyranny, rallied on Saturday at the People Power Monument on Edsa in Quezon City on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the day when Marcos and his family were finally driven out of Malacaang and fled to Hawaii.   "It is imperative for us to mark the Edsa anniversary with actions that reject efforts to amend or revise the Constitution, to give the President dictator...Keep on reading: Protesters march vs charter change on Edsa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Davide warns against charter change; Puno pushes for federalism

TWO former chief justices on Wednesday, January 17, expressed contradicting opinions on moves to amend the 1987 Constitution. Hilario Davide Jr., who was also a member of the 1971 Constitutional Convention, warned against charter change, describing this as a “lethal experiment” and “a leap to hell.” He said there is no need to amend the… link: Davide warns against charter change; Puno pushes for federalism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Putin warns terror suspects can be killed on the spot

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday, December 28, that armed criminals could be "liquidated on the spot," calling the blast that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 14 people an " act of terror. " On Wednesday evening, a homemade bomb placed in a locker at the supermarket ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

China warns Australia to stay out of South China Sea dispute

BEIJING, China - After the Australian government expressed “concern” over China’s provocative actions in the South China Sea dispute, Beijing delivered a terse response.Ask.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in North Korea impasse

Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in North Korea impasse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017

Russia’s Putin warns of ‘global catastrophe’

Russia’s Putin warns of ‘global catastrophe’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 5th, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group 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 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 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

Putin warns against 'losing cool' on North Korea

Putin warns against 'losing cool' on North Korea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against ‘provocative’ actions

US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against ‘provocative’ actions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2017

US hits Pyongyang missile plan, warns vs. provocative actions

US hits Pyongyang missile plan, warns vs. provocative actions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2017

Obama vows to send 'clear message' to Putin, warns Trump

Obama vows to send 'clear message' to Putin, warns Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2016