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“Doomed to fail,” Marcos says of Duterte’s call for independent Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 February) – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday night said the call of former President Rodrigo Duterte for a separate Mindanao is “doomed to fail” because it is “anchored on a false premise, not to mention a sheer constitutional travesty.” “I strongly appeal to all concerned to stop this call […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsFeb 12th, 2024

Marcos rejects calls for independent Mindanao after Duterte’s remarks

'The new call for a separate Mindanao is doomed to fail, for it is anchored on a false premise, not to mention a sheer constitutional travesty,' says President Ferdinand Marcos Jr......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2024

NEWS BRIEFS | 3 February 2024

Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ebrahim says no to independent Mindanao CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 03 February) — Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim has rejected the call of former President Rodrigo Duterte for an independent Mindanao. Murad instead urged Bangsamoro officials and residents to support the current administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

Sara rejects peace negotiations with Reds

Vice President Sara Duterte warned the Marcos administration against the call of a progressive lawmaker to consider resuming peace negotiations with communist groups, saying it was doomed to fail......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 30th, 2023

Marcos unperturbed by calls for Mindanao secession – Abalos

President Marcos is unperturbed by the recent call of his predecessor former president Rodrigo Duterte to separate Mindanao from the Philippines, according to Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2024

Duterte wants “Independent Mindanao”, but Mindanao solons oppose

While opposing the people’s initiative for charter change which he believes is orchestrated by the Marcos administration, former President Rodrigo Duterte says he is pushing the idea to secede Mindanao. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2024

Ex-DavOr solon urges Congress to delay rebel amnesty resolutions

Summary: Former Davao Oriental legislator, Mayo Almario, has called for a delay in the adoption of resolutions granting amnesty to rebels following the bombing at Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City. He emphasized the need to await the results of investigations into the attack before proceeding with the approval of House resolutions supporting President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.'s amnesty proclamations. The proclamations, issued on November 22, grant amnesty to members of various rebel groups, including RPMP-RPA-ABB, CPP-NPA-NDF, MILF, and MNLF. Despite acknowledging Marcos' intentions for peace and reconciliation, Almario urged Congress to consider the MSU bombing victims and their families before moving forward. He argued that rushing the resolutions would disregard the sacrifices of soldiers risking their lives on the battlefront. Vice President Sara Duterte also expressed opposition to granting amnesty to rebels, describing it as an agreement with the devil. The call for delay comes amidst concerns and ongoing investigations into the MSU Marawi bombing, which resulted in casualties and injuries......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2023

Michael Ted Macapagal: Making tracks in public service

If life were a train, then Michael Ted Macapagal’s has been quite a ride. Raised by a labor leader and human rights lawyer father who served the people of Olongapo, including the workers of the US American Base in Subic, Michael Ted Macapagal had always wanted to become a public servant. It took Ted, though, a long journey to reach his goal, first achieving success in the insurance field in the United States where he lived for 20 years starting in 1991. Today, he is the chairman of the Philippine National Railways, a position “that allows me to make a difference in the lives of my countrymen,” he shared during his recent visit to the Daily Tribune office in Makati. Ted, good-looking and affable, proudly spoke of a father, his namesake, Atty. Teddy C. Macapagal who, early on, exposed his son to a firsthand view of a gentleman who looked beyond himself and his personal interests, and instead dedicated his career to protecting the common man and bettering their lot. The elder Ted served as a city councilor for 10 years. In 1984, he ran for the Batasang Pambansa, and in the late 1980s, for city mayor. “In all these electoral processes, I was involved and saw for myself how my father related to the people. He was a sincere man who helped them in the best way he could. He provided free legal services to those in need,” Ted recounted. Ted grew up in Olongapo, his place of birth. It was in the neighboring province of Pampanga, though, at the Don Bosco Institute in Bacolor town, where he first studied, but he eventually returned home to Olongapo, where he finished high school at the St. Columban. Aiming to become a lawyer, he enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where he majored in History, which he intended as his pre-law course.  Not unexpectedly, he joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi, his father’s fraternity. He also joined rallies where he stood with those who wanted the retention of US bases in the Philippines, in keeping with the sentiments of his townsmen. “It was the one concern where the whole of Olongapo was united,” he recalled, “because the people’s livelihood was connected to the base and the American presence in the community.” As a lawyer who specialized in labor, his father himself handled cases for the base employees. In 1988, his father lost his mayoralty bid in Olongapo. He fought against his fraternity brother, Richard Gordon. Actually, the two had been fighting it out for decades. “Olongapo became too small for them,” shared Ted. “A vivid memory to me to this day was the night I cried after my father lost. I was heartbroken because, for the most part of my life, I saw him give his all to the people. Throughout all those years, I just loved assisting my father. I followed him whenever he visited his constituents. I was a witness to everything that happened to him, his conflict with his political adversary and the loyalty of the people who believed in him and saw in him the man who would change the face of politics in our city.” The elder Macapagal became OIC-Mayor in 1986, but only two months after he received his appointment from the new president because the incumbent mayor did not easily give up his post which he was required to vacate under the new revolutionary government. “The next local election was the most expensive political exercise that our family ever waged,” Ted recounted. “It was then that my father decided that I pursue a new life in the United States, away from politics back home. “All the while, my heart never left the Philippines. Even before I left, I promised myself I would return to continue what my father started.”   First non-white president Ted stayed in San Francisco for 20 long years.  He had a tough time at the beginning of his new life.  “I started off doing odd jobs. I worked as a security guard, janitor and waiter in a pizza parlor. “I also guarded the heavy equipment in a construction site in San Francisco. Thievery was a problem in that kind of situation. We would sleep in a trailer. “I transferred to a construction firm because I found out it offered a bigger salary. But I didn’t know the technical aspects of construction. Once, I made a portable ladder, but it fell apart, for which I was scolded by the owner of the company. I was fired on my third day on the job. Too bad because it paid high.” Ted then decided to pursue another degree, one that would be more useful in the United States. He took up Human Resource Management, a four-year course at the University of California in Berkeley. When he finally entered the corporate world, his first job was as a clerk. It wasn’t long before he became Division President of Stewart Title Company, one of the largest underwriters in the world, with offices across the United States, and in some 80 countries around the globe. He was based in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I may have been the first non-white president,” he said. “And I was a division president for the whole of North America. I was the first Filipino to reach that level.” Of his trailblazing accomplishments, he shared, “I was able to bring cultural diversity to the company, which enhanced its value. I got the top post because I asked for a meeting with the president. I told him we were not diverse enough to appeal to the non-white clients, and there were many of them who were first-time home buyers. Then, I told him to make the rounds. He would see that none of the home buyers was white. They were of different ethnic groups. I told him that if he appointed me as vice president, I would give him multi-cultural buyers because I would appeal to them and they would be our first-time buyers. So, he appointed me, and one month later, he made me president.” As an adjunct, he lectured on the topic of title insurance and escrow procedures in several community colleges in and around the San Franciso Bay Area.  Through it all, he chose to keep his Filipino citizenship.   The ‘Railway President’ For all the successes he was enjoying, the Philippines beckoned. He felt he still had a mission to accomplish. “My father was surprised. He asked me why I would still want to go home when I was doing well in the States. I insisted, so I came back and I plunged into political life. I worked on difficult campaigns, like the one for Rodrigo Duterte.” Back to his first love and passion, the political arena, he was in his element and served as president of PDP LABAN in Olongapo City from 2016 to 2021. In 2022, he joined LAKAS-CMD as its local chairman. This engagement led to his original target, as his father had achieved in his lifetime — serving the people. This time, he would be appointed to key posts in the government. He became director of the Clark Board and Gulf Oil Philippines. He took his oath of office as chairman of the Philippine National Railways on 28 April 2023. It is a job in a government agency where he is confident “I could make a difference because I can see that President Bongbong Marcos is really intent on improving the railway system of the country. “On my part, I want to make a difference.  I want to be able to contribute whatever I can to help the president to achieve that objective. I call him now the ‘Railway President’ because I consider him the father of the railway system in our country.” Of course, he noted that many plans have been formulated during the time of President Rodrigo Duterte. Moreover, he recognized that President Gloria Arroyo “navigated our country through the global crisis. I was in the United States when the global economic crisis happened, and the Philippines was one of the countries spared, and I give credit to her. The economic fundamentals were very strong during her time.  Being an economist, she was there at the right time when the country needed her the most.” With President BBM at the helm, he is confident “we will be able to push through with our development plan and finish the projects we have started, like the North-South Commuter Railway, which is a 147-kilometer stretch from Clark to Laguna. We hope to have the dry run in 2026 and it will be fully operational in 2027.” He also looks forward to the completion of the Bicol South Long Haul project. He is equally hopeful for the North Long Haul, the Subic-Clark and the Mindanao railways. He clarified that “we are now talking with the proponents, while some negotiations are being undertaken.”   Working boots and a hard hat It would seem that this successful insurance executive was out of place in the railway sector. He pointed out, though, that “coming from the outside, I have the technical advantage of being able to look outside the box. So, I’m looking at it from outside the box, looking in. I am able to see the problems that need to be fixed. Stoppage is one of the problems so we have a bus augmentation program. We will also deploy UV Express units. We are closely coordinating with the LTFRB to provide emergency alternative transportation.” On the other hand, his exposure to people of all backgrounds from his youth, being his father’s son, has given him the advantage of “knowing how it is to be one of the boys. Something that I also experienced in the United States. “When people ask me what my management style is, I tell them straight I like to go down to the ground. I like hands-on supervision. I want my hands to be dirty. If you open the trunk of my car, you will find my working boots and my hard hat. I enjoy going to the construction sites and seeing for myself the progress, the problems, whatever it is that needs to be attended to. “Finally I want those working in the field doing the most difficult tasks to be satisfied and never to be hungry. Gusto ko, busog sila lagi. I am not happy when I get invited by the constructors and I am honored with a feast-like lunch or dinner, and not knowing what the workers are eating. I am on a diet anyway, so I make sure that my hosts bring the food to where the workers are eating. I can only eat so much and I would rather that the workers and the staff are full and happy. I am vocal about my displeasure when the construction workers are not eating the same food that is served to me. I may not be able to invite them to where I am eating but I can have the food brought to them.”   Smiling from heaven Without a doubt, the old man Atty. Teddy C. Macapagal is smiling happily from his heavenly perch. He had served his fellowmen well, but he had done right as well by raising a son who took after his heart, to whom service to the people and compassion for the less fortunate matter more than any personal gain. His father, according to Ted, “died a broken man at the young age of 63. But whatever he lacked in longevity and riches, he made up for it with his compassion for others, for the free legal services that he gave to the people of Olongapo. “If you didn’t have money, you went to him because he was generous with his time and expertise. He would even give you some cash to use for your transportation fare to go home. That was my father. “The people whom he helped in turn would come to our home and bring him gifts like eggs, fruits, fish, vegetables and native chickens that they raised in their backyards. My father accepted them all. When I came home and saw all this, I teased him and said that he should probably open a sari-sari store so he could resell them. “Of course, we had a good laugh. But beyond the laughter, we both knew in our hearts that doing good to one’s fellowmen is its own reward and nothing in this world can take the place of personal fulfillment for having put a smile on people’s faces because you somehow made their lives better. “I am grateful that I have been raised by such a great father.” The post Michael Ted Macapagal: Making tracks in public service appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 14th, 2023

Philippine director puts women at the ‘heart’ of drug war film

Widows and mothers are at the "heart" of a gritty documentary by Philippine filmmaker Sheryl Rose Andes, who turns the camera on women left behind by former president Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war. More than 6,000 people were killed in police anti-drug raids during Duterte's six-year term, which ended in June 2022, government data shows. Rights groups estimate the real figure was in the tens of thousands, mostly poor men living in slums who died at the hands of law enforcers, hitmen and vigilantes. Many of the victims had wives or partners and mothers, who have had to deal with the heartbreak and hardship of losing a loved one and often the family's main breadwinner. In her new documentary "Maria", Andes follows two of these women, Mary Ann Domingo and Maria Deparine, as they struggle to survive and find justice. "We have to register that this thing really happened. And now people need to see what has happened to their families," Andes told AFP in an interview. Andes said she was inspired to make the film out of fear that Filipinos could forget, or never learn, about the brutal period in their nation's history. She got a "huge wake-up call" when one of her students in a filmmaking course she teaches at Mapua University in Manila expressed surprise that the drug war was "really happening". That moment in 2020 -- four years into Duterte's drug war, which made headlines around the world and sparked an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses -- left her aghast. Three years later, "Maria" is the first full-length documentary to compete in the country's independent film festival Cinemalaya, which opened August 4. "Maria" -- a common name for women in the Catholic-majority Philippines -- focuses on the harrowing experiences of Domingo and Deparine, which Andes says gives the film "heart and emotion". The documentary shows the women doing menial jobs to support their families and making tearful visits to the tombs of their loved ones. "I zoomed in on the details because it should not just be about numbers," said Andes. "This is a story about women. I don't want this to be remembered as a drug war story." 'It is very difficult'  Deparine lost two of her sons within days of each other in September 2016. One was with a local drug dealer when they were abducted by unidentified men. They were both shot in the head and their bodies dumped under a bridge. Six days later, a second son was arrested by police at the home of a drug-dealing couple. He was later found dead under another bridge. Since their deaths, Deparine, who works in a fish cannery and voted for Duterte in 2016, has moved multiple times with her husband and surviving son as they struggle to make enough money to pay the rent. In the same month Deparine lost her sons, Domingo's partner and teenage son were killed in a nighttime police raid while the family slept in their shanty home. Later, she and three of her surviving children had to flee for fear of their safety. Lawyer Kristina Conti, who is helping Domingo seek justice for their deaths, said the four officers who allegedly shot dead her partner and son had been freed on bail and were back in uniform after serving short suspensions. That's despite the men facing a homicide trial. "As a mother who lost her partner, it is very difficult. At times I just wanted to give up, and at times I actually did," Domingo, 49, told AFP in an interview. "This (film) is our chance to show to the world what happened to us."  'Political stand'  Catholic priest Flaviano Villanueva, who appears in "Maria", said widows, mothers and grandmothers endured "unimaginable" hardships to keep their remaining family members alive. Villanueva, who runs a support group for the families of the drug war's dead, said there was a "social stigma" that led to discrimination against those left behind. Orphans were "bullied" at school and widows excluded from government assistance because "her husband got killed for being a drug addict", he told AFP. Another woman who features prominently in the film is former Philippines vice president Leni Robredo, a vocal critic of the drug war who is seen consoling Domingo and Deparine. Robredo ran in the 2022 presidential election but lost by a huge margin to the son and namesake of the country's late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who has continued the drug war. Andes, who spent a decade working for a non-government organisation before turning her hand to filmmaking, refuses to shy away from difficult subjects. She said documentaries were a "powerful tool" in retelling history, but she feared that Filipinos preferred "escapism" and were not prepared to face grim reality. Despite Duterte stepping down more than a year ago and Marcos Jr vowing to take the drug war in a new direction, Andes said the killings "never stopped". "A documentary takes a political stand," she said. "We are not fiction and we are not here to titillate." The post Philippine director puts women at the ‘heart’ of drug war film appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2023

Rody top choice for Senate race

Former President Rodrigo Duterte remains the top-of-mind choice among voters for the 2025 Senate race. Duterte ranked first among potential Senate candidates in the Pahayag 2023 Second Quarter Survey results released by Publicus Asia on Monday. Publicus Asia said Duterte’s popularity demonstrates his strong appeal among the voting population despite a slight drop in popularity from 55 percent in the previous quarter to 51 percent. The survey findings also highlight the impressive performances of Doc Willie Ong and Erwin Tulfo, who shared the second and third spots with significant support of 44 percent each. The fourth and fifth positions went to incumbent senators seeking re-election. Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and Senator Imee Marcos garnered 39 percent support, establishing themselves as formidable contenders in the upcoming race. Former Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and former Senate President Vicente C. Sotto were tied at sixth and seventh at 36 percent. Similarly, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and former Senator Panfilo Lacson were tied at 35 percent, while Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro followed at 31 percent. Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque came up at 25 percent. The results “(emphasized) the diverse range of candidates vying for Senate seats,” Publicis Asia said. The survey also revealed the rise of former Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Francis Pangilinan into the sought-after Magic 12, getting 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively. According to Publicus Asia, the Pahayag 2023 survey is an independent and non-commissioned survey that offers valuable insights into the current political landscape and reflects the electorate’s preferences at this stage. The survey organization explained that it randomly selected 1,500 respondents from a market research panel of over 200,000 Filipinos maintained by a panel marketplace with a global presence of participants based in the United States. To ensure a representative sample, the respondents were spread across five geographical areas: National Capital Region, North Central Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The sample included only registered Filipino voters to capture the sentiments of the voting population accurately. The post Rody top choice for Senate race appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 10th, 2023

Former President Duterte tops 2025 senate survey

  Former President Rodrigo Duterte remains the top-of-mind choice among voters for the upcoming 2025 Senate Race. This is after the former President ranked first among potential Senate candidates in the "Pahayag 2023 Second Quarter Survey" results, which Publicus Asia released on Monday. Publicus Asia said that Duterte's popularity demonstrates his strong appeal among the voting population despite a slight drop in popularity from 55 percent in the previous quarter to 51 percent. The survey findings also highlight the impressive performances of Doc Willie Ong and Erwin Tulfo, who share the second and third positions with a significant support base of 44 percent each. The fourth and fifth positions prominently feature incumbent senators seeking re-election. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go and Senator Maria Imelda "Imee" Marcos garnered 39 percent support, establishing themselves as formidable contenders in the upcoming race. Former Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and former Senate President Vicente "Tito Sotto" C. Sotto are tied at 36 percent, showcasing their competitive position in the race. Similarly, Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa and former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, along with Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro, are tied at 35 percent and 31 percent, respectively. Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque follows at 25 percent. The results "(emphasized) the diverse range of candidates vying for Senate seats." Furthermore, the survey reveals the rise of former Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and former Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan in the sought-after 'Magic 12,' getting 28 percent and 25 percent of the respondents' support, respectively. According to Publicus Asia, the Pahayag 2023 survey is an independent and non-commissioned survey that offers valuable insights into the current political landscape and reflects the electorate's preferences at this stage. The survey organization explained that it randomly selected 1,500 respondents from a market research panel of over 200,000 Filipinos maintained by a panel marketplace with a global presence of participants based in the United States. To ensure a representative sample, the respondents were spread across five geographical areas: National Capital Region, North Central Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The sample only included registered Filipino voters to capture the sentiments of the voting population accurately. The post Former President Duterte tops 2025 senate survey appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2023

Bishop: Duterte’s Mindanao secession push insane

The proposal of former president Rodrigo Duterte of having an independent Mindanao is “insane,” according to retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2024

Duterte urged to stop secession talks

A lawmaker from Mindanao yesterday called for a stop to talks about separating the region from the rest of the Philippines, saying that even President Marcos has already made clear his position on the matter......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Secessionist aspirations

After initially ignoring the call for Mindanao secession aired by his predecessor, President Marcos said it was “anchored on a false premise” and is a “sheer constitutional travesty.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2024

Marcos tells independent Mindanao advocates to drop agenda | The wRap

The wRap highlights: Marcos & Mindanao independence, Davao de Oro landslide, Taylor Swift.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2024

Political strife, Mindanao split bolster China’s treachery

Gloves are off in the feud between presidents Rody Duterte and Bongbong Marcos. But for whose benefit?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2024

Should we just break up?

Not content with the breakup of the Duterte-Marcos alliance, Rodrigo Duterte also wants Mindanao to break up from the republic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

After a failed bid for a Federal Philippines, Duterte now wants an independent Mindanao 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) – After a failed bid to change the 1987 Constitution and shift to a Federal Philippines during his six-year Presidency, former President Rodrigo Duterte now wants an independent Mindanao. It will not be a bloody separation from the Philippines and they would go all the way to the United […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

One Philippines : NSC, Mindanao governments reject secession calls

In a statement Sunday, National Security Adviser Eduardo Año said that any attempt to sow division in the country must be rejected unequivocally after former President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a “separate and independent Mindanao.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

BARMM leaders buck Duterte’s secession call

Leaders of different sectors in the Bangsamoro region yesterday rejected former president Rodrigo Duterte’s call for Mindanao independence, asserting that they will never ruin the gains of their peace process with the national government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2024

Bangsamoro folks reject Duterte’s Mindanao independence call

People from different sectors in the Bangsamoro region on Friday blatantly rejected former President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for Mindanao independence, asserting that they will never ever ruin the gains of their peace process with the national government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2024