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Terrorism-accused UN expert: Duterte wages new war, with ‘new targets’

MANILA, Philippines — As he leads a bloody war on drugs that has left scores dead, President Rodrigo Duterte has started a new battle, with “new targets,” a.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 31st, 2018

Migrant workers the key to Russia’s smooth-running World Cup

MOSCOW --- Behind the veneer of Russia's smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans who revel through city streets. They are among millions of migrants who perform menial jobs across Russia, and face routine police harassment and ethnic profiling. They are accused of depressing wages and plotting terrorism, yet unlike in Europe or the US, no one talks of building a border wall to keep them out. That's because they form a pillar of the economy and aid Vladimir Putin's geopolitical strategy --- and without them, Russia might not have managed to host a World Cup ...Keep on reading: Migrant workers the key to Russia’s smooth-running World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 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

Terrorism-accused United Nations expert ‘at grave risk’ in Philippines

PARIS – Vicky Tauli-Corpuz has spent four decades campaigning for indigenous people in her native Philippines, but never  feared for her life......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Terrorism-accused UN expert at grave risk in Philippines

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz has spent four decades campaigning for indigenous people in her native Philippines, but never feared for her life......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Rebel attack in Davao City sparks ‘word war’

DAVAO CITY – It’s a war of words and insults now between the New People’s Army and presidential daughter and current mayor of Davao City, Sara Duterte-Carpio who branded the communist rebel group as “stupid and bumbling idiots” after calling her a “hypocrite”. The rebels recently attacked a factory of the Lapanday Foods Corporation owned by the wealthy Lorenzo family in Davao City and shot one of its security guards and wounded a civilian; and accused the company of land grabbing and exploitation of its workers. Carpio, who strongly condemned the attack, said it was an act of terrorism and a personal insult. Restituto Baguer, a spokesman for the “Pambangsang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid” allied with the rebel group, accused Carpio of being a hypocrite, saying his husband, lawyer Mans Carpio works as a legal counsel for the Lapanday Foods Corporation. He also tagged the mayor as a spokesperson and defender for Lapanday Foods Corporation. “It is understandable that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (Carpio) views the May 29 NPA’s punitive action in the city as an “act of terrorism” against the Lorenzos, given that her husband, Atty. Mans Carpio, is a legal counsel of the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods Corp. We can only expect that a GRP local chief executive who has vested interest in the companies of a land grabbing comprador-landlord to be the latter’s spokesperson and defender,” Baguer said. He added that Carpio was silent when armed men allegedly working for Lapanday Foods Corporation shot and wounded 9 farmers at a banana plantation last December in nearby Tagum City in Davao del Norte province. And even appointed Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, then the provincial police chief of North Cotabato as Davao City police chief despite his alleged human rights abuses. “Sara Duterte hardly made noise when Lapanday’s armed goons opened fire and wounded nine unarmed civilian peasants three days after the latter’s land occupation of the land grabbed Lapanday banana plantation in Tagum City last December. Duterte also supported the appointment of Superintendent Alexander Tagum as Davao City Police Chief, the same fascist police officer who led the massacre of barricading El Niño victims in Kidapawan City in April last year,” Baguer said. “Thus, for Sara Duterte to claim the NPA’s assault in the Lorenzo-owned businesses in Davao City a “personal insult,” is not only hypocritical but downright self-serving. Nothing can be farther from the truth when she scored the NPA as a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality. For peasants around the region, the NPA’s series of raids in Lapanday’s plants in Mandug and Bunawan, and ranch in Pangyan, Calinan (also in Davao City) is a fitting retributive action by a true people’s army against a greedy feudal lord and capitalist,” he added. Inday Sara retaliates Carpio, known for her feisty character, said she and husband are separate entities and do not discuss their jobs to each other, but are only committed to work for their own family. “My husband and I are separate entities. In fact, we do not discuss the job that we chose to do, we just commit to sincerely work and earn money for the benefit of our children,” she said. She also narrated how she rushed to the hospital to personally look at the situation of the wounded civilian, Larry, who is a fruit and fish vendor who fell victim to an NPA bomb explosion during the April 29 raid at Lapanday Foods Corporation. “So let me make you understand why I condemned what the New People's Army have done. On or about 8 o'clock in the morning of April 29, 2017, I was standing in the middle of the trauma room of the Southern Philippines Medical Center praying that the civilian who was injured in the IED blast &'' courtesy of the terrorist NPA &'' will not die. Larry had no one with him so I was the one who had to read through his text messages to look for a family member. I was the one who called his wife, broke the bad news, and asked her to come and stand by her husband's side.” “One of his text messages spoke of his work as a simple laborer, who sells fruits and fish. The victim was the very person that you say should be defended from injustice. So when I condemned what the NPA did, I spoke for Larry. But you did not know that, did you? You just assumed when I say personal, it is all about my life. Because that is how you are. You are selfish individuals and you think the world is all about you. As Mayor tasked with the responsibility of the safety of civilians, the injury of Larry is my injury,” Carpio said. She further said the incidents in the cities of Kidapawan and Tagum were not her concern being the mayor of Davao City. But she admitted that she personally favored Tagum to be the chief of the local police force because of his tough stance against the NPA. “I personally made it happen that Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum come in as Director of the Davao City Police Office, because he stood his ground against you. The so-called punitive action against the company was nothing but an action against peace, economic stability, and the security in Davao City. We now have 130 employees without work and Larry still in a coma. And yet the Lorenzos will still have money that you and I can [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2017

Diokno on China loans: ‘We don’t mortgage our territories’

    The government will not use any of the country's territory as collateral for loans entered with China, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday. "There's no such thing as onerous conditions. We were smart. We're not like other countries," Diokno said in a press briefing. "We don't mortgage our territories for a loan that is as straightforward as a railway system and as I've said there is a strict and rigorous process (for the projects)," he added. Diokno made the remark in response to IBON Foundation's recent statement, which accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte of allegedly arranging questionable deals with China. The group claim...Keep on reading: Diokno on China loans: ‘We don’t mortgage our territories’.....»»

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Duterte statements on China-held features could disadvantage Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte's recent pronouncements on China's actions in the disputed South China Sea might once again place the Philippines at a disadvantage, a law expert said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Did Grace Poe tap Marcos social media strategist Franco Mabanta as consultant?

Did Grace Poe tap Franco Mabanta, a pro-Duterte and Marcos social media personality accused of spreading propaganda, as her social media consultant and strategist? Photos posted by Mabanta on his accounts appeared to depict such. The former television personality turned self-confessed “social media strategist to the big dogs” posted photos ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea

  SINGAPORE -- President Rodrigo Duterte will reaffirm the Philippines "principled position" in the South China Sea Sea as regional leaders meet here for the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).   In a statement, Malacaang said Duterte would "engage leaders" of Asean-member states and dialogue partners, which include China, Russia and the United States, on Manila's position on various issues such as our maritime dispute and illegal drugs.   "The President will reiterate the Philippines' principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, traffickin...Keep on reading: Duterte to reaffirm PH ‘principled position’ on South China Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Militarization? Go for it, Mr. President

President Rodrigo Duterte is being accused by his detractors of “militarizing” the Bureau of Customs. The President’s order is being blown out of proportion. There is no disagreement on the...READ MORE The post Militarization? Go for it, Mr. President appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser

MANILA, Philippines – Though President Rodrigo Duterte denied  Chinese national Michael Yang was his economic adviser, records from Malacañang show the Palace entered into two contracts with Yang, giving him the title of "Economic Adviser to the President." The two contracts, both titled "Contract for Expert and/or Technical Services," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Duterte and the saints, digital authoritarianism, Harvey Weinstein | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: On All Saints' Day, Duterte calls saints 'gago, drunkards' Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally – study Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old {module 3998}.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Military takeover of Customs illegal, unconstitutional, expert says | ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Duterte's order for the military to take over the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is illegal, unconstitutional, and will not work, a legal and governance expert said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Constitutional expert: Nothing wrong if BOC head is ex-military

  A framer of the 1987 Constitution said Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte would not violate any law if military people appointed to lead the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were already retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).   "There is no violation of the constitution if those 'military' involved are not in active service," lawyer Christian Monsod told INQUIRER.net in a text message.   Monsod cited Article XVI, Section 5, sub-paragraph 4 of the 1987 Constitution, which said that active AFP personnel cannot "at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position in the Government including government-owned or contro...Keep on reading: Constitutional expert: Nothing wrong if BOC head is ex-military.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Paolo Duterte elated after whistleblower clears him of shabu smuggling

DAVAO CITY - Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo "Pulong" Duterte on Friday said he was elated after an official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) cleared him of involvement in over P6.8-billion shabu smuggling. Duterte also said this only proved that theaccusations against him by opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV were "all products of hallucinations, rumors and lies." In a statement, Duterte vowed to continue going after Trillanes and make him pay for maligning him, his family and his supporters. "I have warned before that what Trillanes said about me should not be believedbecause he is an expert in and weaving rumors and unfounded stories," Paolo said. He said the suppos...Keep on reading: Paolo Duterte elated after whistleblower clears him of shabu smuggling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Duterte wages war on online gambling

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte again reiterated his desire to stop gambling, particularly illegal online gambling. In his speech during the conferment ceremony of the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan 2018, Philippine...READ MORE The post Duterte wages war on online gambling appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Joma Sison: Duterte gov’t behind Sagay massacre

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison yesterday accused the Duterte administration and its security forces of engineering last Saturday’s massacre of nine sugar farmers in Sagay, Negros Occidental......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

Palace on Marawi: Filipinos will ‘unceasingly stand’ vs terrorism

  Filipinos will "unceasingly stand" against terrorism, Malacaang said Tuesday, a year after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from the ISIS-inspired Maute Group.   The homegrown terrorists laid siege to Islamic city of Marawi on May 23, 2017, prompting Duterte to declare martial law in the whole of Mindanao.   The attack led to five months of heavy fighting that killed more than a thousand people, wounded about 1,400 and devastated the city.   "As we celebrate the triumphs of our government troops against the Daesh-inspired Maute rebels, we pay tribute to those who have fallen in the fierce battles during the si...Keep on reading: Palace on Marawi: Filipinos will ‘unceasingly stand’ vs terrorism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Massage expert wanted for sexual assault in Tarlac nabbed in Rizal

MAYANTOC, Tarlac-- A massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting three Mayantoc children in 2015 was arrested on Wednesday morning in Rizal town in Cainta where he is employed as a wellness sp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018