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Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs

Lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc on Thursday lambasted US President Donald Trump's $2-million pledge for "drug demand reduction programs" in the Philippines, saying this would only lead to more human rights violations under the Duterte administration's antidrug campaign.   ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said the pledge would violate the United States' own federal law prohibiting the grant of foreign aid to countries with records of human rights violations.   "The human rights violations of the police and the military under President Duterte are very clear. It is very clear that US federal law will be violated if (the US government) gives aid," Tinio said in a press ...Keep on reading: Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 17th, 2017

PH solons affirm support for anti-drug war in Moscow forum

    Philippine lawmakers led by House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farias have affirmed the government's pledge to brutally destroy the rampant narcoticstrade during an international conference held in Moscow. In the "Parliamentarians Against Drugs" forum held in Russia on Dec. 4, Farias asserted the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign before 40parliamentary delegations from Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Farias, in his plenary speech, said that the House of Representatives allotted budget for the construction of rehabilitation centers and passedlegislation in support of anti-drug policies. "In the 2017 National Budget, the amount allocated ...Keep on reading: PH solons affirm support for anti-drug war in Moscow forum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Palace welcomes US$2-M aid for drug war

MALACAÑANG on Thursday, November 16, welcomed the commitment of the United States (US) to grant $2 million in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the US pledge signified American President Donald Trump’s staunch support for the Philippines’ way of handling the drug menace. “I’m sure, although it… link: Palace welcomes US$2-M aid for drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Trump lashes out at ex-FBI chief over book revelations

UNITED STATES -- Donald Trump launched into another furious Twitter tirade against James Comey on Sunday, hours before the broadcast of an extended interview with the fired former FBI director and with a memoir detailing his interactions with the president soon to hit US bookstores. Excerpts of the interview with ABC News already have been aired, as have reviews of Comey's memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership." The book, which is due out Tuesday, likens Trump to a dishonest, ego-driven mob boss and says he demanded Comey's personal pledge of loyalty -- a damning account that has infuriated the president at a moment of intensifying legal pressure on other fronts...Keep on reading: Trump lashes out at ex-FBI chief over book revelations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

WASHINGTON, D.C.: When President Donald Trump vowed US forces would shortly quit Syria, observers were left wondering if he was signalling an epic policy shift — or whether it was more a case of wishful thinking. Trump, who campaigned on a pledge of “America First,” is said to be frustrated by the open-ended US commitment [...] The post Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers

MANCHESTER, United States: US President Donald Trump tells a crowd gathered at a community college in Manchester, New Hampshire, that the US must have tougher measures against drugs dealers, including the death penalty. AFP The post Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Clearing of drug lords upsets solons

Senators slammed on Tuesday the move by state prosecutors to clear suspected drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim from drug charges, warning that the administration's war on drugs would be adversely affected. They expressed hope that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II would reverse the dismissal of the drug trafficking charges. But Vice President Leni Robredo wondered whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) still deserved to be trusted by the public. Robredo said the decision of a DOJ panel of prosecutors to dismiss the charges against Espinosa and Lim was frightening. "First of all, because one of them is a confessed drug pusher. In fact, one of them is a witness...Keep on reading: Clearing of drug lords upsets solons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Palace sees better EU-PH ties after drug rehabilitation support

MALACANANG on Tuesday said it expected the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the Philippines to improve following the bloc’s decision to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In an interview with CNN Philippines, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the EU’s grant would help Duterte fulfill his pledge to curb the drug menace under his [...] The post Palace sees better EU-PH ties after drug rehabilitation support appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Trump talks new gun measures, gun owners talk ‘betrayal’

DENVER --- As President Donald Trump talked this week about banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to guns, the gun owners and advocates who helped propel his political rise talked about desertion and betrayal. Trump's flirtation with a set of modest gun control measures drew swift condemnation from gun groups, hunters and sportsmen who banked on the president to be a stalwart opponent to any new gun restrictions. In his pledge to make schools safer and curb gun violence after the massacre at a Florida high school, gun advocates see a weakening resolve from the man they voted for in droves and spent millions to elect. "Out in the firearms community there is a g...Keep on reading: Trump talks new gun measures, gun owners talk ‘betrayal’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

FBI has ‘grave concerns’ over Republican memo alleging anti-Trump bias at Justice Dept

The FBI said on Wednesday it had “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a top-secret House Intelligence Committee memo alleging anti-Trump bias within the Justice Department, challenging President Donald Trump’s pledge to release it......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Trump calls for optimism in spite of warnings of danger

WASHINGTON --- Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a "new American moment" of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America's way of life. Trump's address Tuesday night blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. He cast the debate over immigration -- an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters -- as a battle betw...Keep on reading: Trump calls for optimism in spite of warnings of danger.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Palace welcomes US statement on drug war

MALACAÑANG WELCOMED on Wednesday, Jan. 31, a US official’s expression of support by the Trump administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s revived anti-illegal drug campaign. “Our colleagues in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), and China and Japan, have fully supported our efforts to contain the manufacture and proliferation of illegal drugs. These efforts […] The post Palace welcomes US statement on drug war appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Calida on SC order, Duque demands Sanofi refund,Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to comply with the order of the Supreme Court to provide full documentation of the over 3,000 deaths that occurred during police operations in the war on drugs.  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III  officially demands a P1.4-billion refund from Sanofi Pasteur for Dengvaxia dengue vaccine vials ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

SAN DIEGO --- The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge. The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or nearly half the border, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter. It also calls for 407 miles (651 kilometers) of replacement or secondary fencing, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of an...Keep on reading: Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen. Palace defends Faeldon's appointment to new gov't post. PDEA tallies over 1,000 arrests, zero deaths under new chief. Israel to name new Jerusalem railway station after Trump. Durant leads Warriors over Utah, Cavs fall to Kings Executive Producer / Writer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

De Lima welcomes 2 US senators’ appeal to uphold human rights

Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday welcomed the appeal of US Senators John McCain and Benjamin Cardin for President Donald Trump to reaffirm their country's commitment to human rights at home and abroad.   De Lima thanked the senators for addressing the deteriorating human rights situation across the world, including the wave of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.   "I thank the two good senators for boldly raising the importance of upholding human rights and the rule of law while other public officials choose to be mum on the matter," De Lima, who has been given international recognition as a human right...Keep on reading: De Lima welcomes 2 US senators’ appeal to uphold human rights.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Martial law in PJs, Trump and Honeylet: Behind the scenes in Malacañang 2017

The year 2017 was a tumultuous one for Malacañang – with the declaration of martial law , new controversies arising from the administration’s war against drugs, and President Rodrigo Duterte hosting his biggest ever international event. But behind the screaming headlines are little side-stories that can ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Trump ‘America First’ national security strategy sees China, Russia as US rivals

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump called Russia and China “rival powers” to the US but said he’ll continue to try to partner with them as he outlined a muscular foreign policy that attempts to turn his “America First” campaign pledge into statecraft. Mr. Trump’s first official national security strategy is in some ways little […] The post Trump ‘America First’ national security strategy sees China, Russia as US rivals appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, draws fire

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, prompting an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East. Trump’s defiant move, making good on a core campaign pledge, ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparks firestorm

President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, prompting an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East. Trump’s defiant move, making good on a core campaign pledge, ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of the Holy City, which is vociferously claimed [...] The post Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparks firestorm appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017