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    Please withdraw the money, 200 million dollars we could simply not spend.

    Philippines: Duterte dares US, EU to withdraw aid
    Tough-talking leader says the country won't beg for foreign assistance after criticism over his deadly drug campaign.

    In 2015, the Philippines received $236m in US aid and $65m from Europe [RTVM state television screenshot]In 2015, the Philippines received $236m in US aid and $65m from Europe [RTVM state television screenshot]

    President Rodrigo Duterte has told the United States and the European Union to "go ahead" and withdraw financial aid to the Philippines if they're unhappy with his bloody anti-drug war.

    "Go away, bring your money to somewhere else. We will survive as a nation," Duterte said in a speech to police officers on Thursday in the southern city of Butuan.

    "How do you look at us, mendicants? We will survive. Even if we'll go through hardships, we will survive. But we will never, never compromise our dignity.

    "If you think it is high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead, we will not beg for it," Duterte said, adding he doesn't expect the US, EU, and human rights group to understand his policy.

    IN PICTURES: Philippines - Drug raids and prisons

    More than 3,680 people have been killed by police and unidentified attackers in the Philippines since June 30, when Duterte took office.

    Last week, two US senators raised alarms about the mounting death toll linked to the anti-drug war, and called for a review of American foreign aid to the Philippines.

    Senator Ben Cardin said what Duterte is advocating and endorsing "amounts to mass murder".

    Senator Patrick Leahy said: "No amount of killing will result in reforms that improve the judiciary, end corruption and impunity in law enforcement, or rehabilitate those caught in the vicious cycle of addiction."

    According to US data, the Philippines is expected to receive a total of $188m in 2017. In 2015, the country received $236m in US aid.

    Meanwhile, the annual EU assistance to the Philippines is estimated at $65m.
    Philippine police stand on guard during a raid in a slum area in Metro Manila [Reuters]

    In an interview with Al Jazeera, Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch warned that foreign aid to the Philippines could go into funding "mass unlawful violence" by authorities.

    But in defending his police on Thursday, Duterte said foreign governments "will never understand the pain that we are suffering.

    "We have a problem here trying to preserve our society," the president, nicknamed "The Punisher", said.
    'America has failed us'

    Duterte's statements follow a Facebook post by his foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, who wrote that the president wants to liberate the Philippines from a "shackling dependency" on the US.

    In the post titled AMERICA HAS FAILED US, Yasay said Duterte was "compelled to realign" Philippine foreign policy and not submit to US demands and interests.

    "Breaking away from the shackling dependency of the Philippines to effectively address both internal and external security threats has become imperative in putting an end to our nation's subservience to United States interests," Yasay wrote.
    Rodrigo Duterte: Guns, goons and the presidency - 101 East

    He said in the South China Sea, the US could not guarantee it would help the Philippines to protect its sovereignty, as it is bound to by a 1951 bilateral treaty.

    "Worse is that our only ally could not give us the assurance that in taking a hard line towards the enforcement of our sovereignty rights under international law, it will promptly come to our defence under our existing military treaty and agreements."

    On Monday, Duterte said US President Barack Obama should "go to hell" and hinted he might "break up" with the United States.

    Molly Koscina, a spokeswoman for the US embassy, said Yasay's comments ran counter to close relations between the two countries.

    "We have seen the post. We've already spoken to this sort of rhetoric," Koscina told reporters. "Frankly, it seems at odds with the w
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    Free weapons, counter terrorism aid, trade, a protective umbrella. So next flood can we not send the USN/taxpayer money?

    ‘America has failed us’: Foreign Secretary Yasay explains why the Philippines wants to break away from US
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    PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 5:33pm

    UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 10:15pm



    The Philippines’s top diplomat said President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking an independent foreign policy for the country because “America has failed us” in the decades since it gained independence from its former colonial master.

    “The United States held on to invisible chains that reined us in towards dependency and submission as little brown brothers not capable of true independence and freedom,” Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in a statement distributed on Thursday by the Department of Foreign Affairs. “Breaking away from the shackling dependency of the Philippines to effectively address both internal and external security threats has become imperative in putting an end to our nation’s subservience to United States’ interests.”

    SSWe will never allow China or any other nation to bully us or deal with Philippine interests under another carrot and stick policy

    Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay

    The US has remained the Philippines closest ally since it gained independence in 1946 and the two countries have several defence treaties. However in his three months since taking office, Duterte has frequently called into question the future of the alliance, including a recent comment that joint maritime drills that kicked off this week will be the last. He has indicated he is open to closer relations with China and willing to hold direct talks with Beijing about territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

    US displeased, irritated at Duterte’s rant against Obama(

    Yasay said the Philippines would learn from its past mistakes in dealing with the US as it fosters broader relationships with countries like China.

    “We will never allow China or any other nation to bully us or deal with Philippine interests under another carrot and stick policy,“ he said.

    Duterte said on Tuesday that the Philippines doesn’t benefit from the joint drills with the U.S. and reiterated threats to sever ties. In the same speech, the Philippine leader said: “Obama you can go to hell.”

    Duterte has frequently bristled at American criticism of his war on drugs in which more than 3,000 people have been killed. In a speech last month, Duterte said the Philippines would pursue an independent foreign policy and insist “on the time-honoured principles of sovereignty, sovereign equality, non-interference and the commitment to a peaceful settlement of disputes”.

    Is Philippine President Duterte playing the United States and China?(

    Duterte’s comments often seem to catch members of his own administration off guard. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday that Duterte may not have sufficient information on the nation’s military agreements with the US, a situation that the Department of Defence will try to remedy.

    “I said our beloved President is misinformed because it would seem that the information that he receives are incomplete,” Lorenzana said in a mobile-phone message forwarded by his department’s public affairs group. The Philippines, which is conducting drills with US troops until October 12, benefits from the training, tactical exercises and civic projects, Lorenzana said.

    Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Wednesday that people should use their “creative imagination and not be too literal” in interpreting the president’s statements
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    http://www.rappler.com/nation/148693...s-losing-badly
    Ramos: PH 'losing badly' in Duterte's first 100 days

    Former president Fidel V. Ramos says President Rodrigo Duterte became 'stuck in unending controversies about extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and in his ability at using cuss-words and insults'
    Rappler.com
    Published 11:36 PM, October 09, 2016
    Updated 1:16 AM, October 10, 2016

    TWO LEADERS. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with former president Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association on July 14, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

    TWO LEADERS. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with former president Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association on July 14, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

    MANILA, Philippines – For former president Fidel V. Ramos, the country was "losing badly" in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration.

    In the first installment of a two-part opinion piece for the Manila Bulletin on Saturday, October 8, Ramos said: "In the overall assessment by this writer, we find our Team Philippines losing in the first 100 days of Du30's administration – and losing badly. This is a huge disappointment and let-down to many of us."

    Ramos, who was among those who convinced President Rodrigo Duterte to run in the May 2016 elections, criticized the bloody war on drugs and the President's tirades against the international community.

    Ramos enumerated goals such as poverty alleviation and enhancement of national security, which he said Duterte could have addressed better if he weren't "stuck in unending controversies about extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and in his ability at using cuss-words and insults instead of civilized language."

    In particular, Ramos called out Duterte for his controversial remarks on the United States and US President Barack Obama. Duterte most recently told Obama to go to hell and said he wanted to stop Manila and Washington's military exercises – a statement that Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr later denied.

    Duterte also said the Philippines would survive even without aid from the US, European Union, and United Nations. (READ: What Typhoon Yolanda foreign aid looks like without US, EU, and UN)

    "Equally discombobulating are the mix of 'off-and-on' statements by P. Digong on Philippines-US relations, particularly on security and economic matters," Ramos said in his opinion column.

    "So, what gives?? Are we throwing away decades of military partnership, tactical proficiency, compatible weaponry, predictable logistics, and soldier-to-soldier camaraderie just like that?? On P. Du30's say-so???" he added.

    Ramos also criticized Duterte for his remarks about Adolf Hitler. Duterte had likened Hitler's annihilation of the Jews to his war on drugs, then later apologized, saying it was not his intention to offend the Jewish community.

    "In the case of his recent 'Hitler quip' no amount of apology could mollify the long-suffering Jews who have done well for the Philippines," Ramos said, adding that the country welcomed 30,000 Jewish families who resettled here during the time of President Manuel L. Quezon.

    Ramos did note that Duterte still has "enough time to correct the most serious flaws in our national leadership."

    He added: "Ours is not to heap more brickbats on P. Du30 – because he has had more than enough already – but to help enable him to transform (thru his own efforts) from a mere provincial official to a capable international player at the head of 101,000,000 multicultured Filipinos."

    Ramos was the first person that Duterte acknowledged in his inaugural speech last June 30, saying, "President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo (thank you for your help in) making me President."

    In July, Duterte tapped Ramos to be his administration's special envoy for talks with China on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.

    ln September, Duterte also said Ramos was one of his sources for his list of personalities allegedly linked to drugs. Ramos, however, denied giving Duterte "a thick list of drug lords." – Rappler.com


    Australian man one of Duterte's innocent victims in drugs war
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    Damian Berg and his girlfriend Marvie Torreon. Photo: AAP).

    An Adelaide man has described his ordeal as an innocent victim of the Philippine’s merciless war on drugs.

    Damien Berg, 35, has spent his first weekend back in Australia following his arrest in June and subsequent imprisonment, trial and acquittal for a crime he did not commit.

    "In a split second, my life was gone. I was taken away from my pregnant girlfriend, I lost my job," Mr Berg told AAP.

    Just weeks before Mr Berg was arrested on June 20, Rodrigo Duterte – known as “the Punisher” - was elected President.

    The country’s violent crackdown on drug dealers began.

    More than 3000 people are estimated to have been killed in police operations and by vigilantes since.

    These numbers have new weight for Mr Berg after he watched police officers give sworn evidence in court later shown to be false.

    Police alleged Mr Berg - who worked as the commercial manager for an engineering company in the Philippines - was caught in a street buy-bust operation selling 50 ecstasy tablets to Canadian man Jeremy Eaton on the night of June 20 in Makati City.

    President Rodrigo Duterte, known as the 'Punisher', has started a ruthless crackdown on drug dealers in the Philippines. (Photo: AAP).

    What CCTV showed was that Mr Berg was not arrested in a sting on the street but at the nearby Red Planet Hotel, where police stormed into his room, guns drawn, while he was working.

    Initially, Mr Berg said he didn't know they were police or why Eaton was there.

    "I thought it was some kind of robbery."

    Bewildered and in a state of shock, Mr Berg was hauled in front of the press and then locked in a police holding cell where he slept curled-up on the floor with 15 others for a month.

    He was later transferred to the "horrible" Makati City Jail where prisoners mete out punishment in public beatings of inmates.

    Mr Berg was acquitted on September 15, the court finding the CCTV "belied the claim of the prosecution ... and destroyed the integrity of their testimonies".

    But he still doesn't know why police burst into his life.

    "I have thought about this every night, especially when I was incarcerated. I still don't know what happened," he said.

    "How are you meant to believe that all these people who are being killed in buy-busts are guilty of drug dealing when they completely fabricated this whole thing against me?"

    Since his acquittal Mr Berg said he has received threatening text messages from unknown phone numbers.

    Mr Berg once saw the Philippines as home, but on Friday he and his partner Marvie Torreon moved to Australia where their son is expected to be born next month.
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    Daring and brave when dealing with unarmed squatters, kind of a pansy regarding his promises to act tough with China.

    Duterte says PH can’t win in Scarborough Shoal

    By: Gil Cabacungan / @gilcabacungan

    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:31 AM October 11, 2016

    SCARBOROUGH-SHOAL-1011President Duterte has a “good feeling” that the Philippines will be “OK” with China as long as the Filipinos do not make the Chinese froth at the mouth by claiming Scarborough Shoal.

    “We cannot win that,” he said in a speech to residents of Lamitan, Basilan province, on Monday, referring to the traditional fishing ground known to Filipinos as Panatag Shoal that China seized from the Philippines after a two-month maritime standoff in 2012.

    Without military muscle to fight for Panatag, the Philippines sued China in the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, asking the court to invalidate Beijing’s claim to nearly all of the South China Sea and demanding Manila’s right to fish and explore for resources in waters within its 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) be respected.


    Jet ski to Spratlys

    On April 8, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte told a news conference in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province, that, if elected, he would protect Philippine territory and he was willing to be blasted into pieces for it.

    “I will ask the Navy to deliver me to the nearest area tolerable to them and I will ride a jet ski and carry a pole and a flag. When I reach the Spratlys I will erect the Philippine flag,” he said.

    “You want to shoot me with your missile, fine,” he added, referring to the Chinese.

    He repeated his pledge during a presidential debate organized by ABS-CBN on April 24.

    On July 12, the Hague court ruled in favor of the Philippines, saying China’s claims in the South China Sea had no legal basis and that Beijing had violated Manila’s sovereignty by preventing it from fishing and exploring for resources in waters within its EEZ.

    Panatag is for all

    The court, however, ruled that Panatag Shoal, which does not generate an EEZ, is a common fishing ground—meaning all the claimants can fish there.

    But China rejected the ruling. It has cordoned off Panatag and drives Filipino fishermen away from the shoal.

    On Monday, President Duterte, who is visiting China from Oct. 19 to 21 to begin mending ties between the two countries that have been frayed by the dispute, said a key strategy of his China initiative was not to make an issue of the tribunal’s ruling.

    “I have a good feeling that we will be OK with them. But first let’s not touch the Scarborough Shoal issue because we cannot win that,” he said.

    “Even if we get angry, we’ll just be putting on airs. We can’t beat [China]. We’ll ask them to allow our fishermen to [return] to their traditional fishing ground in Scarborough,” he said.

    Mr. Duterte said he had already agreed to “this concession” in return for China’s relaxing its quarantine restrictions on banana and pineapple exports from the Philippines.

    Help for Basilan

    He promised the people of Basilan his administration would make up for the government’s neglect of the war-torn island if he got a windfall from his China visit.

    “I have a good feeling they (China) really want to help us in a big way. If I get something big, I promise you I will build hospitals and schools from the soft-term loans we will get (from China). If there is anything left, I will use it to help you build a power plant,” he told the residents of Lamitan.

    He said the power plant, which would be powered by sea waves, would be a catalyst for change in the lives of the people of Basilan.

    Mr. Duterte gave P10 million in seed money for livelihood projects of coconut farmers in Lamitan and Isabel towns whose farms had been ravaged by cocolisap.

    He also handed out 70 motorized, fiber glass fishing boats; seven farm tractors; rice and corn seedlings and fertilizer.
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    Asia's Idi Amin
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ph...-idUSKCN12D25N
    Thu Oct 13, 2016 | 3:11pm EDT
    'I'll humiliate you': Duterte challenges West to probe Philippines drugs war
    Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called U.S. President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations "fools" on Thursday, and warned they would end up humiliated and outsmarted if they accepted an invitation to investigate his war on drugs.

    Duterte said he was open to an outside probe by Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights into alleged extrajudicial killings, but on the condition that after he was questioned, he had the right to be heard.

    "I'll play with you. I'm very sure they cannot be brighter than me. I will ask five questions that will humiliate you," Duterte said. "Watch out for that, it will be a spectacle."

    Duterte's remarks came during a televised speech to hundreds of the country's business elite, during which he said it was necessary to cleanse the streets of drug pushers and rescue the next generation of Filipinos from the scourge of narcotics.

    Duterte, 71, won the hearts of millions of Filipinos with his outrageous, at times comical speeches and man-of-the-people style in the run-up to a May election. He won by a huge margin after campaigning almost entirely on promises to wipe out drugs and crime.

    Nearly 2,300 people have died in the war on drugs since the campaign started on June 30, according to police, of which 1,566 were drug suspects killed in police operations.

    Police had previously said there had been more then 3,600 deaths, but have since concluded that many of that number were homicides and murders unrelated to illegal narcotics.

    Opinion polls for Duterte's first 90 days in office suggest he remains popular, with a Pulse Asia survey on Wednesday showing he had the trust of 86 percent of 1,200 Filipinos surveyed.

    Duterte said on Wednesday he had officially invited a United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions to investigate the drug killings.

    Thursday speech was the latest among Duterte's frequent and furious rebukes of international critics of his drugs war, after they expressed concern about the unusually high death toll and circumstances of the drugs killings.

    "These fools think (they can do anything) because the Philippines is a small nation," he said. "Maybe God gave you the money but we have the brains."

    (Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Alex Richardson)
    From abducting people who are later found dead, to being seen speeding from murder scenes....
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    PNP officials face murder raps for slay of crime watch leader
    By: Julliane Love De Jesus / @JLDejesusINQ
    INQUIRER.net / 10:03 AM October 13, 2016

    A case of murder has been filed against the riding-in-tandem perpetrators, who turned out to be junior police officials, behind the killing of a 51-year-old crime watch group leader in Gloria municipality, Oriental Mindoro over the weekend.

    The Oriental Mindoro police filed the criminal complaint against Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez, both graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), for the death of Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) regional chairperson, Zenaida Luz last Sunday.

    Senior Supt. Chris Birung, provincial director of the Oriental Mindoro Police, said the suspects have been presented to the Pinamalayan Prosecutor’s Office to undergo inquest proceedings on Wednesday afternoon.
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    In civilian clothes, Pimentel and Almeranez shot and killed Luz in front of her house while riding in tandem on a motorcycle in Barangay (village) Maligaya past 11 p.m. on Sunday.

    Responding to a distress call from a local village chief in Brgy. Banutan, a police mobile team chased Pimentel and Almeranez after seeing Luz lying on the pavement. During the pursuit, one of them opened fire on the police team. Both suspects were wounded.

    A Manila Bulletin report said Almeranez even wore a mask and a wig as a disguise while Pimentel wore a bonnet and jacket.

    Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, Mimaropa police regional director, said the regional internal affairs service will conduct an investigation on the administrative liability of the two officials.

    Mayor said Pimentel and Almeranez are still confined in the hospital while under custody of the Gloria police and the provincial public safety company.

    Almeranez is the chief of Socorro police in the same province and was among the top 10 graduates of the PNPA “Tagapamagitan” class of 2013.

    Last September, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa awaded Almeranez as outstanding police commissioned officer in a ceremony in Calapan City.

    Pimentel, meanwhile, is a member of the PNPA “Kaisang-Bisig” class of 2009 and currently assigned at the First Maneuver Platoon of Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company (PPSC).

    Not tolerating rogue cops

    PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the swift move of the Mindoro police to file criminal charges against its men manifests the stand of the PNP not to tolerate illegal acts from its personnel.

    “The swift actions of the Mindoro Oriental (provincial police office) to respond to the distress call, arrest the suspects, and file criminal charges before the court clearly manifest the stand of the PNP not to tolerate any wrongdoings even from among our ranks,” he said.

    “This is in line with the directive of Chief, PNP Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa to cleanse out ranks of misfits and rogue cops. The two suspects will have their day in court for the acts they committed,” Carlos added. CDG
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    I Am Chinese’: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Awkward Charm Offensive in China
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    President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte arrives at a hotel in Beijing
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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, arrives at a hotel in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2016
    Having sanctioned thousands of extrajudicial killings, Duterte says his visit to China is “the defining moment of my presidency”

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t normally do hats. That said, he has cap firmly in hand during his first official visit to China, where the 71-year-old is engaging in a none-to-subtle attempt to cadge economic concessions from the Asian superpower.


    “The only hope of the Philippines economically, I’ll be frank with you, is China,” Duterte told the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV in an interview released Wednesday, while describing his visit as “the defining moment of my presidency” and claiming that “a fourth of our population are Chinese descendants.”

    Duterte was elected by a landslide in May polls upon promises to purge the Philippines of crime and corruption within six months. Three months in and more than 3,600 suspected addicts and dealers have been killed, victims of an extrajudicial bloodbath meant to rid the country of drugs.
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    The wave of violence has chilled relations with historic ally Washington, with Duterte unleashing a torrent of expletives at U.S. President Barack Obama as well as senior figures in the U.N. and E.U. in response to criticism of his human-rights record. “This is the start of the souring of our relations with America,” Duterte told CCTV.

    China, by contrast, has expressed support for Duterte’s war on drugs, seeing an opportunity to mend relations with the nation that had, under former President Benigno S. Aquino III, stood up to China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea, where both nations squabble over ownership of rocks and reefs.


    Duterte, however, clearly sees economic benefits in softening his nation’s stance on the disputed islets, flying to Beijing with a phalanx of 250 Philippine business figures. Though his erratic behavior has previously caused the Philippine market to slump, the bourse rallied slightly on Wednesday as news of the Beijing charm offense reached investors.

    “I would say that China deserves the kind of respect that China now enjoys,” Duterte told Chinese state news wire Xinhua in an earlier interview.

    Whether China will be so easily swayed remains to be seen. “He is insightful, down to earth, he could really serve his people,” posted one user of China’s Twitter-like microblog Weibo.

    Others weren’t so convinced: “We can’t rely on him, because he will follow anyone who gives him money, he is good at making use of the relationship between China and America, he bargains everywhere.”

    Duterte, for his part, is pulling out all the stops, telling CCTV, “Maybe because I’m Chinese, and I believe in sincerity.” (His grandfather reportedly hailed from China.)

    He is certainly sincere about wanting Chinese cash, even beseeching Chinese President Xi Jinping — via CCTV — to help build a Philippine railroad, saying: “If you can find it in your heart to give it to us.”

    — With reporting by Yang Siqi / Beijing
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    Hehehe. He is only there with 250 Filipino businessmen is to look for investments where they can skim money off the top into their personal pockets. You can't change the stripes of a tiger anymore than you can change a Filipino businessman from trying to scam you.

    Troung, you have obviously assured yourself a method of full employment and Duterte will be a man who continually gives so you can continually post. Do you have a full six years in you? Do you have stamina?

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    Hehehe. He is only there with 250 Filipino businessmen is to look for investments where they can skim money off the top into their personal pockets. You can't change the stripes of a tiger anymore than you can change a Filipino businessman from trying to scam you.
    Brought people already under investigation for graft, the real heavy hitters of the skim.

    Troung, you have obviously assured yourself a method of full employment and Duterte will be a man who continually gives so you can continually post. Do you have a full six years in you? Do you have stamina?
    I get this feeling next time I go there I will be shot as a drug lord due to donating to human rights organizations, so he might outlast me. You might have to take over, and when your wife offs you, then someone else will take up the mantle.

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    I just really hope the US (state department) takes the hint and lets the "alliance" (our obligation to defend them) die.

    Duterte: If China gives us loans, no more 'American exercises'
    http://www.rappler.com/nation/149732...ican-exercises
    The Philippine President says if China offers soft loans for infrastructure projects, he will end 'American interference' in the Philippines
    Pia Ranada
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    Published 10:10 AM, October 20, 2016
    Updated 10:14 AM, October 20, 2016

    BEIJING, China – If China agrees to give the Philippines loans for key projects, President Rodrigo Duterte will stop "American exercises" and "interference."

    "China said, ‘Okay, I will do it for you.’ If they are going to give it to us or help us, lend us the money, and we can do it in our country...No more American interference. No more American exercises," said Duterte on Wednesday, October 19, during a gathering of China-based Filipinos in Beijing.

    It is not clear if Duterte meant military exercises. But in the weeks leading to his state visit to China, he had expressed his desire to change aspects of the Philippine-US military alliance, proposing to end war games and review a military agreement, for example.

    In comparison, he has mentioned projects China or Chinese nationals have offered to fund, including a mega drug rehabilitation center and railway.

    He said the Philippines' foreign policy now "gears" toward assistance from China for key projects such as in infrastructure.

    "I will not ask but if they offer and they would ask me, ‘You need this aid?’ Of course, we are, we are very poor. You need this railway? Yes, sir. And if you can give us a soft loan, give us something like 20 years to pay, 15 years to pay," said the Philippine President.

    He prefers assistance from China to assistance from the US.

    "Even with the price, just give us a little bit of an elbow room. I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there," he said.

    Duterte repeated an earlier statement that he is not keen on pursuing military alliances with any country, saying they would be useless in a 3rd world war involving nuclear weapons.

    "I will now realign – I will not ask for armies. America did not worry that I will place their missiles sa…Why? Useless. Why? Because if Russia, China, America, British, Pakistan, India, Iran would start a nuclear war and it will be a world war, there is nothing to talk about except to see you in heaven," he said to applause.

    Duterte is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, October 20, where they are expected to discuss trade, economy, and if Xi brings it up, the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute. – Rappler.com
    Duterte doesn’t ask us–Lorenzana
    By: Tarra Quismundo / @TarraINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:10 AM October 20, 2016
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    President Duterte has been issuing statements without consulting his Cabinet, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed yesterday.

    Lorenzana made the inadvertent admission after Sen. Franklin Drilon asked him if the Philippines was really terminating joint military training exercises with the United States, during Lorenzana’s confirmation hearing at the bicameral Commission on Appointments yesterday.

    Lorenzana gave a candid response: “Mr. Chair, I really don’t know because the President has been issuing statements without consulting the Cabinet.”
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    ‘Honest and candid’

    Drilon praised Lorenzana’s candor, saying “at least you’re honest and candid.”

    As to whether the President would abrogate the treaties with the United States, including the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca), Lorenzana said the agreements remained in the status quo.

    “Mr. Chair, I specifically asked the President for guidance on that. I asked him to give guidance on the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement), the (deployment) of US troops to Mindanao, the exercises next year and Edca,” Lorenzana said at the hearing held at the Senate.

    “He told me to present them during a Cabinet meeting next month, I think Nov. 4 or 7. I am actually preparing for this presentation because he said I would need the inputs from the Cabinet to make the decision. As of now, there is no decision to suspend training next year, the VFA is still on, everything here is going, sir,” he said.

    The President has been adamant about pursuing an independent foreign policy, one veering away from close ally United States and turning toward neighbor China and Russia. He has also suggested buying military equipment from the latter two countries.

    Translated from Mandarin

    Lorenzana conceded yesterday that using equipment from China might prove challenging, especially if “manuals will have to be translated into English” from Mandarin.

    “What he (President Duterte) said was we should look at what we need. Check it out. He did not say ‘go ahead and buy,’” Lorenzana said.

    Under Drilon’s questioning, the defense secretary admitted that interoperability or compatibility with the military equipment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) “would be an issue,” as most of the AFP’s equipment had come from the United States.

    Small arms won’t be much of a problem, he said, but when it comes to “drones or ships, it will take a long time for us to adjust to this equipment.”

    Asked about Lorenzana’s responses, Drilon said the President may find it useful to have more frequent talks with his Cabinet.

    “Well, maybe, he feels that he does not need to consult the Cabinet and that is his prerogative. I would maybe suggest that more consultations be done,” Drilon told reporters in an interview.

    As to his own stand on cutting ties with the United States, Drilon said the Philippines could pursue an independent foreign policy without letting go of its longtime partner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by troung View Post
    Brought people already under investigation for graft, the real heavy hitters of the skim.



    I get this feeling next time I go there I will be shot as a drug lord due to donating to human rights organizations, so he might outlast me. You might have to take over, and when your wife offs you, then someone else will take up the mantle.

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    Well as long as I keep my wife happy in the bedroom then I should be Ok. The only issue there is that she is waaayyy younger than me. As she always reminds me "all Filipinas love sex"

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    Well as long as I keep my wife happy in the bedroom then I should be Ok. The only issue there is that she is waaayyy younger than me. As she always reminds me "all Filipinas love sex"
    Beware the Joseph Goebbels of this government is a glorified stripper (got a lap dance from them)


    Though with his new statements about a Russo-Sino-Pinoy Axis...
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    Would be outside of the box and daring to kill the tourism industry.
    Duterte: Why not make it even with US?
    By: Doris Dumlao-Abadilla / @philbizwatcher
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 11:33 PM October 20, 2016

    BEIJING — President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-US rhetoric boomed louder here as he repaired ties with China, whose support he believed could help him fend off US “interference.”

    Duterte, who was warmly welcomed by the Filipino community here like a rock star on Wednesday night, criticized the US’ stance on extra-judicial killings linked to his all-out war against drugs, the US interference in several countries in the Middle East and even lambasted the restrictive US policy on visa issuance for Filipinos.

    He said he himself had not been able to secure a visa to the US when he first tried to come in as a tourist to visit his girlfriend when he was in college.
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    When he applied for a US visa at that time, Duterte recalled that the consul asked him: what if you decide to marry and stay there? “(I said) Mr. Consul, even if you offer me free missiles for a lifetime and even if you offer me $10,000 dollars, I’d still return to my country and be a Filipino,” he said. The anecdote was widely applauded by the audience.

    “Pero sila anytime when they enter the Philippines visa free. Why?…Bakit hindi natin tablahin? (But they can come in anytime and enter the Philippines visa free. Why? Why don’t we make it even?” Duterte said, eliciting a mix of laughter and applause.

    On the contrary, “China is very kind” for as long as one does not commit a crime, according to the President, who said 300,000 Filipinos have been staying in the mainland to work.

    Duterte said he would not interfere if China were to impose the death penalty on those involved in drug trafficking. “Kasi doon sa akin, death penalty doon sa kalsada pa (In our place, death penalty is executed on the road),” he said.

    The visiting president also lamented that right after the “Cold War,” Filipinos were fed with “lies” about China and how evil it was, thus inculcating the “red scare” among the people.

    “Now I said, this has to stop because you have been abusing the courtesy of my country,” Duterte said of the US. So I’ll try to figure out a new foreign policy.”

    On criticisms about extra-judicial killings, Duterte explained that Philippine policemen knew — without any reminder from him — that they could only kill if their own lives were in danger. His order to them has been to take criminals into custody of the law. “If they refuse and offer a violent resistance, thereby, putting yourself or your life in danger of being killed, kill them,” he said, describing his directive.

    Duterte suggested that China could fill the void when it came to building and funding much-needed infrastructure. “No more American interference. No more American exercises,” he said.

    “So it’s about time to say: good-bye my friend. Your stay in my country was for your own benefit. Do not tell us that you have provided us with education. We would have survived if there was no education in my country at that time. We would have invented one better than what they have given us,” he said.

    Duterte also issued harsh words on the US’ killings in the Middle East.

    “Even assuming it (extra-judicial killing in the Philippines) to be true, what is that compared to the shattered nations of the Middle East? Those which they bombed. At least here, it’s the criminals, drug addicts, drug lords who are being killed. Over there, they would bomb a hospital, a nursery. We pale in comparison with the atrocities.”

    All in all, he said the Philippines has been suffering from corruption, criminality and drug trafficking.

    He pledged to the overseas Filipinos to address these woes and also urged them to assert their rights, to curse and slap officials who would try to extort money from them. SFM

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    A tricycle driver’s family feels Duterte’s drug war closing in




    04:11 AM October 21, 2016



    Police investigators inspect the body of alleged drug user Marcelo Salvador, who was shot by unidentified men near his home in Las Piñas City on Sept. 5. AP PHOTOS
    Police investigators inspect the body of alleged drug user Marcelo Salvador, who was shot by unidentified men near his home in Las Piñas City on Sept. 5. AP PHOTOS

    The bodies terrified Betchie Salvador, because she had always known her husband could be next.

    They had begun turning up all over the country ever since President Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year—so many that one newspaper, the Inquirer, had to create a “Kill List” just to keep track. Dealers and addicts were being shot by police or unidentified gunmen, who were dumping them on darkened streets beside cardboard signs that warned, “I’m a pusher. Don’t be like me.”


    With each new death, Betchie imagined losing the man she had loved for a decade—a proud father of three who was also a drug addict. “We talked about it a lot,” she said. “I told him, ‘Please don’t go out at night’.”



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    “Don’t worry,” Marcelo told her. “It’s gonna be OK.”

    Marcelo, who worked as a driver, had been introduced to a potent methamphetamine known as shabu two years earlier by a colleague who said it helped him stay awake

    at night.

    And the nation believed



    In his campaign for the presidency, Duterte described the drug as a life-or-death threat to a nation. And the nation, exasperated by decades of crime and corruption, believed him.

    It didn’t matter that government statistics showed the rate of methamphetamine use had dropped from 6.7 million in 2004 to 1.7 million today. It didn’t matter that this rate—an estimated 2 percent of Filipinos—was no higher than that of other countries like the United States or Australia in recent years. It didn’t matter that drug wars mounted in countries like Thailand or Colombia or America had failed.



    What mattered was that this was a cause the nation could rally around.

    After Duterte was sworn into office June 30, the antidrug operation—called “Double Barrel”—began. Police drew up “watch lists” of suspected addicts and dealers, and security forces began carrying out raids. Vigilantes also went to work.

    Near Marcelo’s home, a couple was found murdered in their rickshaw. Later, another man was found with his neck slashed beside a placard labeling him an addict and a thief.

    The children view his remains during the wake at the family residence.
    The children view his remains during the wake at the family residence.

    Family’s fears

    By then, Marcelo’s family was starting to fear for his life. He made a living driving a tricycle, earning just enough to support their two boys, ages 6 and 7, and a newborn baby girl. His mother, Betty Soriano, decided to accompany him to keep him safe and discourage him from doing drugs.

    Marcelo also promised to quit shabu, saying it had become too dangerous. He told Betchie she didn’t have to worry “because I’m not using drugs anymore.”

    At one point, a government official told Marcelo to turn himself in, a process called “surrendering” that has drawn about 700,000 drug users so far. Most are released after acknowledging their crimes and pledging never to use again.

    Marcelo waved the man off, saying he had quit.

    In the meantime, the number of deaths piled up: At least 1,578 drug suspects were killed by state security forces since Duterte took office, police statistics show. Vigilantes killed even more, with 2,151 murders either linked to the drug trade or classified as “unexplained.”

    As a result, crime fell in some areas by nearly half, police say. But in a country that banned the death penalty a decade ago, the huge death toll has left many aghast.

    “What I don’t understand is, how can—it boggles my mind—how can you actually propose that to address the problem of injustice, you perpetuate more injustice?” said Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, director of the independent Commission on Human Rights.

    Men in black

    On the night of Sept. 5, Marcelo parked his tricycle at a small roadside kiosk, where he had stopped to buy essentials for the morning—coffee for his family, chocolate drinking powder for his kids.

    When Malvin Balingatan, who worked at the shop, leaned forward to hand him change, shots rang out, according to the police report.

    It was 10:05 p.m.

    As Balingatan ducked, he caught a glimpse of two men in black on a motorcycle, helmets covering their faces.

    Marcelo managed to run 10 or 15 meters to the corner, where more shots were fired. He collapsed.

    His mother screamed out, “My son! My son!”

    At their family home, a five-minute walk away, Soriano broke the news to Betchie. Marcelo’s children appeared, woken by the chaos and the crying.

    “Where’s Daddy?” one of them asked. “Where’s Daddy?”

    “He’s gone,” Betchie replied, tears streaming down her cheeks.

    ‘What’s the point?’

    By the time Betchie got to the scene, Marcelo—her Marcelo—was sprawled face-down in a pool of blood, his body lit by a halo of light from television cameras. A small translucent packet of white methamphetamines was visible beside his fingertips.

    Her mother-in-law insists the drugs weren’t there when he died. She doesn’t know who put them there, or why. But she won’t press the issue with police, who say they have no leads.

    “We don’t want any trouble,” she says. “What’s the point? What for?”

    Betchie says she hopes they find who did this. But there is resignation in her voice. She is looking down toward her lap, eyes half closed.

    Three days have passed since the shooting, and she is trying not to cry.

    “I keep wondering what will happen to me, to my children,” she says, explaining that Marcelo, 39, was their family’s sole breadwinner. “All we can do now is pray.”

    Outside, Marcelo’s tricycle is parked on the curb, empty and quiet. A pair of red and blue wristbands are wrapped around its headlight and speedometer, propaganda from the election campaign.

    Each is inscribed with seven white letters: D U T E R T E. —AP


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    Ok, he has his local boogieman in drug pushers and addicts. Now he has his international boogieman in the United States. We have the makings of a new tinpot dictator in SE Asia. I am under no illusion that he will walk after his six year term.

    So what has he gotten so far? Good question as the specifics haven't been released. China has gotten bilateral talks on the islands which they have always wanted. Easier to bring their weight to bear. I don't see Hu as giving him much if he is to leave office in six years and the next guy makes an abrupt shift like Duterte has just did. Ergo one reason for him to overstay his welcome.

    As for aligning himself with Hu and Putin in us against the world is a real laugh. Here is a little man trying to play a big man on the world stage with two world class big men who will eat him alive. Putin certainly not going to bother with him if his money and time invested isn't guaranteed. The Russian mafia aren't a bunch of easy going guys.

    Maybe the US should have given that visa back when he applied. He would then have overstayed his visa and either gone to work in a secure job at the USPS or as an attendant at SFO pushing wheelchairs around. If he got his citizenship he could dream big and try to become mayor of Daly City.

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    Ok, he has his local boogieman in drug pushers and addicts. Now he has his international boogieman in the United States. We have the makings of a new tinpot dictator in SE Asia.
    His anti-American slogans would have done better under Bush.

    I don't see Hu as giving him much if he is to leave office in six years and the next guy makes an abrupt shift like Duterte has just did. Ergo one reason for him to overstay his welcome.
    He is going to have to show he won't be leaving after six years

    As for aligning himself with Hu and Putin in us against the world is a real laugh. Here is a little man trying to play a big man on the world stage with two world class big men who will eat him alive. Putin certainly not going to bother with him if his money and time invested isn't guaranteed. The Russian mafia aren't a bunch of easy going guys.
    I eagerly await the North Korean style militarism. I can see Russia making a pretense of courting him, but they are broke as hell, and his military is too broke to start putting Russian planes in service and enabling them to work with his current toys.

    I am under no illusion that he will walk after his six year term.
    So long as he avoids staying more than a few hours in Manila at a time he can have time to try to square the circle of an alliance of feudal elites, fascists, and Marxists. With this stream of Chinese graft (reports of like 13 billion in "loans") he will try and keep the elites happy, and being away from Manila a putsch is complicated. Even if he doesn't hopefully it's an eye opener and our treaty ties with them are looked at.

    Maybe the US should have given that visa back when he applied. He would then have overstayed his visa and either gone to work in a secure job at the USPS or as an attendant at SFO pushing wheelchairs around. If he got his citizenship he could dream big and try to become mayor of Daly City.
    With his possible new Visa policy he can right that wrong and kill the tourism industry and eventually the BPOs will become enriched once he starts to detain random Americans who are connected to "plots" and "drugs".

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    Bring those jobs home...
    Those jobs outsourced to the Philippines could be in jeopardy if Rodrigo Duterte breaks ties with the US
    Isabella Steger
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    Call center agents work overnight daily to cater to United States clients in Manila's Makati financial district February 6, 2012. The number of Filipinos who work graveyard shifts to answer calls on behalf of big multinational companies like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase is now greater than India's 350,000, earning the Philippine's the title - Call Centre Capital of the World. By 2016, the Philippines wants to double the size of the local BPO market to $25 billion, employing 1.3 million workers from 640,000 at the end of 2011. But to be able to that the Southeast Asian nation must convince investors it has more to offer than a huge pool of english-speaking talent. Picture taken February 6, 2012. Call center agents work overnight daily to cater to United States clients in Manila's Makati financial district February 6, 2012.

    The number of Filipinos who work graveyard shifts to answer calls on behalf of big multinational companies like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase is now greater than India's 350,000, earning the Philippine's the title - Call Centre Capital of the World. By 2016, the Philippines wants to double the size of the local BPO market to $25 billion, employing 1.3 million workers from 640,000 at the end of 2011. But to be able to that the Southeast Asian nation must convince investors it has more to offer than a huge pool of english-speaking talent. Picture taken February 6, 2012.
    "I cannot comment on our president's policy shift." (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

    If you’ve ever called customer support at Amazon, American Express, or Citibank, chances are you were speaking to someone in the Philippines.

    But the country’s massive call-center industry, which now outstrips India’s (paywall) by revenue, could suffer as a result of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s bravado. He announced yesterday (Oct. 20) during a trip to China that he wants to break away from the US, a close economic and military ally, and align with Beijing instead.

    Duterte's threatening to severe economic links with Murica? Ayyy, ano to, goodbye those BPO jobs?

    — Abraham Darius Llave (@abrahamdsl) October 20, 2016

    The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is the second-largest source of income for the Philippines, generating 1.2 million jobs and $22 billion in revenue in 2015. By one estimate, 77% of BPO services are for American companies.

    “I’m a bit worried about the implications of [Duterte’s] statement. However, given his nature, the government needs to clarify the statements he made,” said Gary Calpito, 32, who works in the call center industry in Taguig City. “As of the moment, it’s unclear if there’ll be an impact on the BPO industry.”

    Since coming to power in the summer, Duterte has trash talked the US, which he describes as a colonizer of the Philippines (the US military has bases in the country). Despite a long-running dispute with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea, Duterte has pushed to move closer to Beijing. China, Duterte has said, does not criticize his war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people extrajudicially.

    Gary C. Alejano, an opposition congressman, warned of serious economic effects in a statement responding to Duterte’s latest pronouncements. “It could impact our economy in terms of the investments and opportunities that we are enjoying right now like the growing BPO industry with US companies as its main client,” he wrote. He added that overseas foreign workers in the US comprise some 35% of remittances to the Philippines. “I don’t think China could match that.”

    Congressman Alejano on separation from the US pic.twitter.com/xf6fzxv1Xc

    — RG Cruz (@1rgcruz) October 21, 2016

    “There are some jitters among clients,” Genny Inocencio-Marcial, a representative of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, told television station ABS-CBN on Oct. 14. “But I’ve told them that this rhetoric that we’ve been hearing, the political noise, doesn’t necessarily translate to policy changes… Nobody’s pulling out.”
    Palace: Don't 'interpret' Duterte split from US

    'We still have to wait for guidelines. There is no rush to interpret the speech of the President,' says Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag on the President's announcement of separation from US
    Camille Elemia
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    Published 11:45 AM, October 21, 2016
    Updated 12:36 PM, October 21, 2016

    INTERPRETATION. Malacañang on Friday, October 21, advised the public not to 'interpret' just yet the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte cutting ties with the United States. Photo by Malacañang

    INTERPRETATION. Malacañang on Friday, October 21, advised the public not to 'interpret' just yet the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte cutting ties with the United States. Photo by Malacañang

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – It’s not enough to take his word for it. Don't interpret, wait for him to return to Manila.

    This is what Malacañang advised the public on Friday, October 21, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced “his separation” from the United States.

    Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag said the public should not make any interpretation just yet, even if it’s the President himself, the highest official of the country, who uttered those words.

    "We should not make any interpretations yet and it can wait. Let's not make any haka-haka (guess) muna about it because once the paper is in, I don’t think there is a need for us to make haka-haka on that. Because once the paper is out already on that matter, then it would be clear anong direction ang tatahakin natin (what direction we will be taking)," Banaag said in a press briefing.

    Even the government is still unsure of the next course of action, as Banaag said they, too, are still awaiting guidelines from the President on the next steps to take.

    “We still have to wait for guidelines. There is no rush for us to interpret the speech of the President. As to the speech of the President, we have to wait for the guidelines coming from him, coming from DFA as soon as they come back,” she said.

    It is not the first time Duterte lashed out at the United States, the country’s biggest ally. It started during the campaign when he called US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg as gay. It escalated when he denounced US President Barack Obama for calling him out on the alleged human rights abuses in the country amid his intensified war on drugs.

    Duterte also said the Philippine would survive without the United States and other Western allies.

    Despite all these strong pronouncements, it is still unclear if there were signed documents to back it up. The US is also seeking clarification, as it has not yet received official documents or request to alter ties.

    Asked about it, Banaag refused to answer: “We cannot pre-empt. I cannot comment.”

    No need to worry

    Amid all the lashing out, Malacañang assured the public, both here and abroad, that there is nothing to worry about.

    Banaag said the President is only likely referring to transactions between government. This, however, would also have an impact on Filipinos both living here and in the US.

    “In fact, on the light of this matter, since walang pagbabasehan na papel, 'di kailangan mag-worry or mag-react tayo kung ano man nasabi ng Pangulo. Since wala pa sa papel po, especially for private businessmen dito o sa Amerika, wala dapat ikabahala. Kung meron tinutukoy ang Pangulo, it would be government transactions," she said.

    (In fact, in light of this matter, since there is no document for basis yet, there is no need to worry or react to what the President said. Since there is no paper yet, especially for private businessmen here and in the US, there is no need to worry. If the President is pointing at something, it would be government transactions.)

    Duterte on Thursday, October 20, announced his separation from the US – both in military and economy – in front of Chinese and Filipino businessmen.

    “I announce my separation from the United States, both in military but economics also,” said Duterte on Thursday, October 20, during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum.

    “So, please, you have another problem of economics in my country. I am separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time,” Duterte said, before chuckling.

    He also criticized the Americans for being a “discourteous people” who are too loud for Asian sensibilities. – Rappler.com
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    We are too loud for Asian sensibilities. If I recall correctly he is no fan of Koreans when he was Mayor in Davao and a Korean had the nerve to smoke on "his" golf course. I understand he whacked the guy over the head with a club when he wouldn't put out his smoke. I have seen Koreans in the Philippines and once had a run in with one back in 1992 before the girls whisked me away. The ones who visit are not exactly the nice friendly type but more the arrogant type.

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    I have seen Koreans in action as recently as a few months ago, America has a long way to go to catch up.
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    How he squares the circle of the revolutionary left, the revolutionary right, and the traditional elite will be interesting.



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    CPP warns Duterte of China replacing US in ‘plunder’ of PHL
    Published October 21, 2016 9:08pm
    By RIE TAKUMI, GMA News
    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has warned President Rodrigo Duterte of China merely replacing the United States as the foreign power that will exploit the Philippines and Filipinos.

    The CPP claimed on Friday that the new alliance with China could only break the US' "control and domination" over the Philippines "if the Filipino people’s national democratic struggle [would] continue to advance".

    "If Duterte will not uphold the democratic interests of the people, Philippine ties with China will only lead to replacing the giant that dominates and plunders the country and the perpetuation of foreign monopoly capitalist plunder of the country," the CPP said in a statement.

    While CPP agreed with China's purported interest to turn the Philippines "into a bastion of anti-US imperialism", it warned that China must first "recognize and respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines".

    "As a friendly overture, China must stop its exclusive claims of the fishing area around Bajo de Masinloc. It can support the clamor for demilitarization of the South China Sea and avoid taking steps that contravene other country’s claims," CPP said.

    In order to build a long-lasting friendship, China must also allot "a substantial amount of investments" to "genuine land reform and the establishment of various basic industries".

    Giving land and training to minority people in rural areas would bolster the country's agricultural production and correct "a historic injustice."

    Establishing basic industries and protecting the environment would similarly allow the Philippines to "get the local economy to stand on its own feet".

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    "If the people’s interests are not prioritized, the promised new roads, bridges, rails and ports will be for naught. The economy will be glittery outside but underdeveloped inside," the CPP wrote.

    "There will be factories but no industrialization; there will be plantations but the people will lack food and be condemned to hunger," it continued.

    Duterte on Thursday announced in China that he was "separating" from the US both in the military and in economics.

    He indicated that he would push for stronger ties with both China and Russia.

    Reactions to Duterte's proclamation had been split.

    Some senators warned that it may negatively impact the Philippines while the National Economic and Development Authority believes the president's interest for closer integration in Asia will open the country to more trade.

    The President wants to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next. —NB, GMA News
    ....


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    Duterte wants to have coffee with cop who ran over protesters

    ‘Maybe he was under stress,’ says President
    By: Allan Nawal, Germelina Lacorte / @inquirerdotnet
    Inquirer Mindanao / 04:39 PM October 22, 2016
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    President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Beijing, China, on Oct. 19. AP

    DAVAO CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would invite for coffee the police officer who rammed into Wednesday’s protest line outside the US Embassy in Manila to ask him why he did it.

    “I will try to talk to him peacefully, invite him for coffee,” Duterte said. “I will also talk to the activists.”

    He said he was not justifying the act of PO3 Franklin Kho but he might have been under stress at that time.

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    “They were surrounded by a group of militants,” Duterte said, “Nobody would do that, maybe he was under stress, they might have ganged up on him,” Duterte said.

    “I’m trying to look at it from different dimensions,” he said, adding that he also wanted to know what really happened.

    WATCH: Police van runs over protesters at anti-US rally

    Sandugo, the group that led the Lakbayan-rally from Mindanao to Manila, said it was ready to dialogue with Duterte over the issue of the violent dispersal of the rally.

    Sandugo co-convenor Piya Macliing Malayao, one of those severely injured when Kho rammed the police van he was driving into the protest line, said the dialogue would help them “clarify the events that transpired during the violent dispersal.”

    Malayao said while Duterte claimed he was “not justifying” the actions of the police, it was clear that the President had only heard the side of the police.

    “With all due respect, Mr. President, the initial briefing you might have been given on the incident might be lacking,” Malayao said on Duterte’s statement that Kho might have acted on instinct of self-preservation.

    “For one, various video footage of the incident show that the police vehicle in itself was positioned in an area with much space to maneuver. Yet, PO3 Kho still recklessly driven in reverse and then forwards several times, toppling many unsuspecting protesters who by that time were still reeling from the effects of the tear gas that was just released moments before,” Malayao said.

    She said Duterte “really needs to be given a full view of what transpired, as it is apparent that he has been given limited information on the incident.”

    “At least, he admitted that he still needed to know what actually transpired. Initially, we are relieved by his pronouncement that he will be meeting with both the police and the demonstrators and personally do the questioning,” Malayao said.

    Duterte said he will talk to both sides because there’s no more room for fighting now that his administration is pursuing talks with the Communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). “There’s no more Left here, we are talking,” Duterte said.

    “I don’t want a quarrel between the police and the militants,” Duterte said, “It’s about time that we treat this with civility, di lang basta hulihin ang pulis, o ang pulis naman, coming in with a swagger, beating people, I don’t want that to happen in my administration,” he said. “I’m praying to God we will succeed in the peace talks,” Duterte said.

    Duterte also stressed that policemen should not be allowed to carry firearms during demonstrations. “The most that the demonstrators can do is to cause damage,” he said, “I don’t want to see firearms during demonstrations, no M16s, we are not fighting here.”

    “Those are anathema in the modern sense of the word,” he said. “There’s always the right to dissent, that’s part of the territory of democracy,” Duterte added.

    Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro militant leader and co-convenor of Sandugo, said he welcomed Duterte’s renewed commitment to pursuit a just and lasting peace.”

    “We look forward to sitting down with the President and talk to him about our call for the abrogation of lopsided treaties with the United States, along with the pull-out of US troops and installations in the country, and the call for accountability against the historical injustices perpetrated by US imperialism against the Moros and indigenous peoples—calls that are necessarily connected with his announcement of separation from the US both militarily and economically,” Aba said.

    The National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao said US imperialism and “rabid anti-Duterte clique of the ruling class” were to be blamed for the violent dispersal of the rally.

    “Wednesday’s violent dispersal showed only too clearly the extent to which the reactionary state armed forces will employ in order to protect US imperialist interests in the country,” Rubi del Mundo, the NDF Southern Mindanao spokesperson, said in a media statement.

    “This recent attack on our national minorities in defense of US imperialism should therefore only strengthen the President’s resolve to abrogate all onerous economic and military agreements with the United States and continue to push for an active and independent foreign policy,” Del Mundo added.

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    Cop in van who rammed protesters did it before
    By: Aie Balagtas See / @ABalagtasSeeINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:15 AM October 21, 2016
    US embassy rally dispersal violence

    A police patrol car rammed the protesters and ran over some at an anti-US rally outside the US embassy. SCREENGRAB FROM AP VIDEO

    The policeman at the center of an investigation of the violent dispersal of an anti-US rally who plowed into protesters with a van has been involved in a similar ramming incident six years ago, the Inquirer has learned.

    Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Thursday he ordered an investigation after watching a video of the violent dispersal in China where he was accompanying President Duterte on a state visit.

    The van driver, PO3 Franklin Kho, and eight officials of the Manila Police District (MPD), including operations chief Senior Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo, were ordered relieved of their duties and placed under the administrative custody of the National Capital Region Police Office pending investigation of Wednesday’s violence.
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    The MPD chief, Senior Supt. Joel Coronel, said 40 Civil Disturbance Management Unit (CDMU) members were also under “restrictive custody.”

    Threatened

    In a three-page affidavit, Kho, 49, who had received 23 decorations over his 15-year career, said he was trying to save himself and a colleague from the protesters who allegedly threatened to burn the van and was unaware he had hit protesters.

    “What I knew at that moment was that my life was threatened by the protesters who were running amuck,” he said in Filipino.

    Kho took a similar action using a police truck in December 2010 to dismantle a barricade put up by “kuliglig” (motorized rickshaw), drivers on Padre Burgos Street near City Hall, according to a source who had worked with him, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The drivers protested an order by then Mayor Alfredo Lim banning three-wheeled vehicles on the city’s main roads.

    Kho ended the protest by ramming through the barricade. Television footage at the time showed the truck clearing the barricade “like a bulldozer,” but its driver then wasn’t identified.

    MPD spokesperson Supt. Marissa Bruno has not responded to requests for comments on Kho’s action six years ago.

    His action at Wednesday’s rally “shocked” his superiors, Coronel said.

    “He panicked and lost his sense of judgment or discernment that’s why he acted that way and moved back and forth out of fear and for self-preservation,” Coronel told the Inquirer.

    Kho was assigned as the driver of the van. He was not part of MPD’s civil disturbance management team.

    “That’s why his officers were shocked because there was no order at all to do that. He said that in his mind, he thought the protesters would pull him out of the vehicle and hit him on the street,” Coronel said.

    Maximum tolerance rule

    Kho also was worried the PNP would charge any damage to the van to his pay, Coronel said.

    Several dozen demonstrators and police were wounded in Wednesday’s clash, according to the PNP and the rally organizers.

    Pedrozo told reporters the MPD enforced the maximum tolerance rule, saying his men were provoked by the paint-throwing protesters.—WITH REPORTS FROM JEROME ANING AND DEXTER CABALZA
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    Japan in quandary over Duterte’s remarks
    The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network / 11:19 AM October 22, 2016
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his address to a Filipino business sector in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Duterte has been under criticism by international human rights groups, the United Nations, European Union and the United States for the more than 3,000 deaths of mostly suspected drug-users and drug-pushers in his so-called "War on Drugs" campaign since assuming the presidency on June 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    President Rodrigo Duterte. AP FILE PHOTO

    The Japanese government has been left confused by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announced intention to “separate” from the United States, and also by the actual steps taken to strengthen relations with China through his latest talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

    READ: Duterte announces military, economic split with US | Duterte: Separation with US doesn’t mean cutting diplomatic ties

    Japan’s confusion is fueled by concerns it may have to review its joint strategy with the United States of backing the Philippines in a South China Sea territorial dispute. Duterte is planning to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan from Tuesday to Thursday.
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    READ: Duterte tutulak naman pa-Japan

    Following a Cabinet meeting on Friday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said: “Duterte’s comments have been met with various reactions. It’s important to directly hear from him to facilitate better communication on the issue.”
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    Interesting conflict. First, they want an independent foreign policy which Duterte seems to be showing. On the other hand they want police illegal actions and over reactions to be dealt with which is at odds with Duterte saying he would pardon his officers if need be. Name:  popcorn.gif
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