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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

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

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel s capital, sparks firestorm

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday, December 6, 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 7 decades of US ambiguity ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Duterte on NDF, New War on Drugs guidelines, Trump on Jerusalem | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte says he will order the 'mass arrest' of National Democratic Front consultants 'any day now.'  The Philippine National Police will add new guidelines before policemen resume its role in the war on drugs.  United States President Donald Trump recognizes the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Robredo on CPP-NPA, Calida in SC oral arguments, Trump on Jerusalem | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Vice President Leni Robredo says she supports President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as a terrorist organization.  Solicitor General Jose Calida says the archipelagic nature of the Philippines makes it impossible for authorities to catch all smugglers of illegal drugs.  SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Human rights groups praise Trudeau

Human rights advocates praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for publicly expressing concerns about President Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, with Human Rights Watch saying the "quiet diplomacy" adopted by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders wouldn't stop the killings.   Trudeau told reporters in Manila on Tuesday that he raised concerns about rights abuses and extrajudicial killings in Mr. Duterte's anti-drug campaign when he met him ahead of an annual summit with Southeast Asian counterparts. He was the only one among 20 heads of state in Manila who publicly said he spoke to Mr. Duterte about it.   Asked to comment on Trudea...Keep on reading: Human rights groups praise Trudeau.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Fact check: Trump s additional pledge of $14.3M for Marawi; $2M for drug war

Fact check: Trump s additional pledge of $14.3M for Marawi; $2M for drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

ISIS, drugs, trade feature in Trump-Duterte talks in Manila

MANILA, Philippines - In the final days of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 13-day Asia trip, the controversial leader met his Philippine counterpart, who shares a similar controversial image in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

No human rights, EJK in Duterte-Trump talks

But war on drugs discussed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Trump no comment on Duterte’s war on drugs, but assures him he has a friend

United States President Donald Trump made no comment about President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs when the two met for a dialogue on Monday, but he did assure Duterte that he has an ally and a friend. This was according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, during a press conference at the International Media Center in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

AI urges Trump to tell Duterte to end ‘unlawful’ killings

As US President Donald Trump is set to meet top world leaders during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) Summit this week, human rights group Amnesty International (AI) Philippines called on the American chief executive to raise alleged human rights violations and extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs. Source link link: AI urges Trump to tell Duterte to end ‘unlawful’ killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017