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  • #16
    Yep. It's big conglomerates behind international and bilateral trade agreements. Doesn't even matter if those conglomerates are in private hands or state's. That's why money and globalization made large world wars less likely. Though at the same time they've escalated other forms of war.


    • #17
      How much will the US take with the host of its naval base going off the deep end?
      All those who are merciful with the cruel will come to be cruel to the merciful.
      -Talmud Kohelet Rabbah, 7:16.


      • #18
        Originally posted by Triple C View Post
        How much will the US take with the host of its naval base going off the deep end?
        Could you rephrase the question? I am not sure I understand what you're asking.


        • #19
          How much will the US take with the host of its naval base going off the deep end?
          Race is for the cause of getting rid of the rotational basing between the next assault or rape by a serviceman, the fact we will have to start complaining about the security forces engaging in a flagrant policy of human rights abuse, and Chinese pressure/bribes. He has strong support, at present, on the far left and far right; neither of which are fond of the US.

          Duterte: I refused to discuss human rights with Kerry
          Published August 1, 2016 7:18pm

          President Rodrigo Duterte said he refused to discuss the issue of human rights with United States Secretary of State John Kerry during the latter’s courtesy visit in Malacañang last week.

          Speaking to members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Sunday night, Duterte said: “Iyong si Kerry nag-usap kami, human rights, [sabi ko] 'I have a job to do let us go to another topic'.”

          The President said in jest that he immediately asked for financial aid from the US government through Kerry.

          “‘The money?' Oo, 32, 'Ah, I give you, 32 million dollars'. So sabi kay (Defense Secretary) Delfin Lorenzana. 'Ano ang priority mo?' Kasi maganda ang performance natin doon sa Sulu at impressed ako sa nagawa natin. So buy more, bili ka pa ng marami,” Duterte said.

          Last week, Malacañang announced that the US committed $32 million or about P1.5 billion for law enforcement training and services.

          In his joint press briefing with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. last week, Kerry said Philippine efforts toward law enforcement and security must be carried out with consideration for civil and human rights.
          - See more at:
          Duterte: Marcos deserves to be buried at heroes’ cemetery
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          By: Totel V. de Jesus

          02:43 AM August 7th, 2016

          Dictator Ferdinand Marcos deserved to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, President Rodrigo Duterte said early Sunday.

          “As a former soldier and former president of the Philippines, I see nothing wrong in having [former President Ferdinand] Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Duterte said during a press conference held past Saturday midnight in Davao city.

          Duterte added his father was a member of Marcos cabinet.

          The burial of the late dictator was reportedly scheduled on September 18 this year, as disclosed by his son and namesake, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos before the weekend.

          During the presidential campaign season, Duterte has been vocal in allowing the burial of the elder Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery, saying it’s time for the country “to move on.”

          Revealed: the secret meaning behind the tiny tattoo on Philippine president Duterte’s hand

          Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte sports a tattoo of a soldiers’ group that once staged coups to reinstate dictator Ferdinand Marcos
          PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 6:55pm
          UPDATED : Saturday, 06 August, 2016, 8:07am

          Verbally, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is a “Leftist” and a “Socialist”.

          Etched, however, on his right hand is a small tattoo marking him out as a ranking member of Guardians Brotherhood, a soldiers’ group that once tried to topple then-president Corazon Aquino because she had leftists in her cabinet and to reinstate the ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

          Duterte’s presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza confirmed to South China Morning Post that the tattoo on Duterte’s right hand just below the fold of the thumb and index finger stands for the “Magic Group” of the Guardians Brotherhood. He is the first ever Philippine head of state to sport a tattoo.

          “It’s a secret cult,” Dureza jokingly said.

          Turning serious, Dureza - a former schoolmate of Duterte - said he too was a member of the same Magic Group and he showed the Post the same tattoo.

          “We are members of Guardians Brotherhood. It’s a fraternal group of people. It started as a military fraternal group. Then they got also civilians as members,” Dureza explained.

          [The Guardians Brotherhood logo. Photo: Guardians Brotherhood]

          According to its website, the Guardians Brotherhood started out in 1976 during Marcos’ Martial Law as an informal soldiers’ group known as the “Diablo (Devil) Squad”.

          This was ordered disbanded by Marcos’ spy chief General Fabian Ver and former members formally registered it with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a self-help group to improve soldiers’ welfare. A civilian component of mainly lawyers was added.
          It started as a military fraternal group. Then they got also civilians as members
          Presidential adviser Jesus Dureza

          At one point, seven out of every 10 active soldiers and officers were Guardian members, according to the “Davide Commission”, a fact-finding body led by the former chief justice Hilario Davide that investigated the series of failed military coups against the late president Corazon Aquino from 1986 to 1988.

          No more secrets: Philippine leader orders government to open records to the public

          The commission concluded that the “Guardians have been in nearly each coup attempt since July 1986.”

          The commission also noted that based on several of the soldiers’ testimonies, when Guardian members secretly met, they verified their identification to each other by showing the Guardian tattoo. Its placement showed which area the member belonged.

          [Corazon Aquino, a presidential candidate, is pictured with running mate Salvador Laurel giving the thumbs down in front of a Marcos concrete bust, in 1986. File photo: AFP]

          For instance, on November 30, 1989, the Commission said: “At about 7:00 am, Elmer Sagsago, 4th Assistant City Prosecutor of Baguio City, was informed by his niece, Nena Duba, that an unidentified soldier, who showed his Guardian tattoo, came earlier to his residence at Naval Base, Baguio City with a message about an emergency meeting.”

          Duterte calls off truce after Philippine rebels fail to meet ceasefire deadline

          Dureza said he did not know when Duterte became a Guardian member but he assumed it was after he himself had joined in 1987. The first civilian recruits to the Guardians were lawyers like Duterte and Dureza, who was also once a city prosecutor.

          The probe found that the Guardians were heavily anti-communist and pro-Marcos.

          [Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of her husband, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. File photo: AP]

          During the campaign, Duterte said he was previously anti-communist but has since changed his mind, although he still did not believe in armed revolution. He has also openly called Marcos as “the best President ever” and vowed to have Marcos’ remains buried by next month (September) in the Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila.

          How will the new Philippine president tackle the South China Sea issue?

          The Guardians actively campaigned for Duterte. One fellow member, Ruben Castor, told news site Rappler that “we love Duterte, especially me. He holds a high position in the Guardians, we love him.”

          It is unclear whether the Guardians have changed their minds about the communist rebels. One thing sure, they will stand behind Duterte come hell or high water

          Last edited by troung; 07 Aug 16,, 04:02.
          To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


          • #20
            Originally posted by Triple C View Post
            How much will the US take with the host of its naval base going off the deep end?
            personally I'd let duterte sort out his own problems, he's a fairweather friend and only wants the US to take and deliver the hits that he can't - otherwise he'd have nothing to do with them

            let him be tough on his own time and the US find other partners who want to become more cosy

            he's a lunatic and will cause nothing but further grief to his countrymen and the region in general. he's the filipino version of trump but with even less political and diplomatic nouse


            • #21
              personally I'd let duterte sort out his own problems, he's a fairweather friend and only wants the US to take and deliver the hits that he can't - otherwise he'd have nothing to do with them
              let him be tough on his own time and the US find other partners who want to become more cosy
              he's a lunatic and will cause nothing but further grief to his countrymen and the region in general. he's the filipino version of trump but with even less political and diplomatic nouse
              Need that like button back.

              Duterte takes swipe at US envoy
              By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 7, 2016 - 12:00am
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              MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has yet to get over a reproach during the campaign period from outgoing US ambassador Philip Goldberg, whom he called “bakla (gay)” and who he obviously dislikes.

              In a speech before soldiers in Cebu the other day, Duterte related how he quarreled with Goldberg during the campaign, apparently over the latter’s criticizing the then presidential candidate’s joking about the rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill during a 1989 Davao City prison riot.

              “I am okay with him,” he said, referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the country recently. “Nag-away kami ng ambassador niyang bakla...Buwisit ako diyan (I quarreled with his gay ambassador. I am pissed with him),” the President said.

              “He meddled during the election, giving statements here and there. He was not supposed to do that,” he added.

              Duterte’s rape remarks drew widespread condemnation but did little to pull down his popularity ratings

              Duterte tells 150 Philippine lawmakers, judges, security personnel linked to drugs trade to surrender

              MANILA - More than 150 local officials, congressmen, judges, policemen and soldiers are linked to the narcotics trade, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (Aug 7), as he warned them to turn themselves in or face the consequences.

              He said in a speech at a military camp in his southern home city of Davao that security forces assigned to those on the list would be withdrawn. He also cancelled the firearms licences of those he named.

              Mr Duterte said the errant government officials should report to the interior ministry, the judges to the justice ministry, and the policemen and soldiers to their units.

              “Or else, I will order the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines to hunt you,” he warned.

              Mr Duterte named at least seven judges, 52 current and former mayors and vice-mayors, three congressmen, and 95 policemen and soldiers.

              “This is not personal to me. I am not your enemy. I don’t have ill feelings towards you. But I am angry now,” he said, addressing those in his list.

              He said he is taking full responsibility for what will happen following his disclosure.

              “Any mistake of the military and police here, I will take responsibility. I ordered the listing, revalidation. I am the one reading it, and I am the sole person responsible for the same,” he said.

              On Friday (Aug 5), Mr Duterte stood pat on his “shoot-to-kill” order against drug dealers, and said he “does not care about human rights”.

              Some 800 people have lost their lives in extrajudicial killings since Mr Duterte won the election by a landslide on May 9.

              “This campaign (of) shoot-to-kill will remain until the last day of my term if I’m still alive by then,” the 71-year-old said at a news conference.“I don’t care about human rights, believe me,” he said.

              Mr Duterte dismissed critics’ suggestions that some of the 402 suspects whose killings have been acknowledged by the police were “salvaged”, the local police term for summary execution.

              Hundreds of others have been killed by unnamed vigilantes.

              Mr Duterte dismissed a call from the UN anti-drugs office to stop the rash of killings. “These NGOs (non-governmental organisations) that are complaining to the United Nations, this is none of their business,” he said.

              He added: “I’m waging a war. I am now invoking the articles of war.”

              Duterte said he had no fear the anti-crime campaign would cause his impeachment and removal from office.

              “The Filipino is crying for justice” from crimes committed by drug dependents, he said. Police say more than 500,000 people have surrendered to the local authorities and pledged to stop using illegal drugs.
              Solon: Duterte’s anti-drug drive spawns new ‘class war’
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              By: Aries Joseph Hegina
              12:15 PM August 7th, 2016
              Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Photo from

              Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat. PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

              A lawmaker on Sunday lamented how the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs has given way to a “class war” as poor suspected drug users are being deprived of due process.

              Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat hit the supposed double-standard in the administration’s anti-drug initiative.

              READ: Rody names politicians, judges, cops allegedly into illegal drugs

              “The rich and powerful are given deadlines to negotiate their surrender, are accommodated in the PNP White House, gets invited to coffee and are subject to an investigation.”

              “But the poor, the lowly drug pusher or the addict simply gets the bullet. It seems like the rules are different with the rich and the poor,” Baguilat said in an apparent swipe at Albuera, Leyte, Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr., who surrendered hours after Duterte alleged that his family was a big-time drug dealer.

              The lawmaker said that suspected drug users and dealers had become a class of their own.

              “Our government has now created a new class of people, those who are linked to drugs. Thesepeople, unlike the rest of the population, do not have basic human rights. They are deprived of due process and the right to life.”

              “Justice has now been transferred from the judiciary to barangay captains and police intelligence, who identify and prosecute drug addicts and pushers,” he said.

              Baguilat earlier filed House Resolution 61 to investigate the recent spate of drug-related killings.

              “I as a member of Congress therefore reiterate that we, in Congress, should take the lead and start with our inquiry so we may contribute to solving and preventing extrajudicial killings,” Baguilat said./rga
              Last edited by troung; 07 Aug 16,, 07:10.
              To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


              • #22
                And the Committee for Public safety with a swing and a miss.
                FACT CHECK: One judge in Duterte list already dead for 8 years

                Rappler is crowdsourcing information on the 158 government officials listed as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. How accurate is this list?
                Jodesz Gavilan
                Published 5:31 PM, August 07, 2016
                Updated 5:37 PM, August 07, 2016

                DEAD? One of the judges named by Duterte may have been dead already for 8 years.

                MANILA, Philippines – Seven members of the judiciary were named by President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, August 7, as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

                The list, read by Duterte himself during a press conference in Davao City, included more than 150 officials from the judiciary, police, and local governments. (READ: The Duterte list: Judges, mayors, police officials linked to drugs)

                The judges named were:

                Judge Mupas, Dasmariñas, Cavite
                Judge Reyes, Baguio City
                Judge Savilo, RTC Branch 13, Iloilo City
                Judge Casiple, Kalibo, Aklan
                Judge Rene Gonzales, MTC (no location mentioned)
                Judge Navidad, RTC Calbayog City
                Judge Ezekiel (based on Palace transcript) (or Exequiel based on Palace press release) Dagala, MTC Dapa, Siargao

                However, one judge on the list, "Judge Navidad" of Calbayog City, has been dead since 2008. No first name was provided by Duterte or the Palace in its release.

                A Judge Navidad who presided over an RTC Branch in Calbayog City was found to be Judge Roberto Navidad of RTC Branch 32. He was killed in January 2008, according to news reports from that year. According to a Newsbreak report in 2008, Navidad was the 15th magistrate killed since 1999.

                The slain Calbayog RTC judge was also one of two lawyers surnamed Navidad in the lawyers list found on the Supreme Court website. The other Navidad resides in La Union.

                Witnesses from the 2008 incident said that the 69-year-old judge was inside his car and was about to leave a pharmacy when an unidentified man shot him at close range. He died on the spot.

                A Task Force Navidad was even created by Philippine National Police Region 8 for the manhunt of the suspect who fled on foot after the shooting.

                According to the Judiciary Book of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC), no RTC Branch in Calbayog City is currently being presided over by a certain "Judge Navidad."

                Other judges

                The Judiciary Book also showed that no Judge Mupas currently presides over a court in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

                The only one with the same surname is Judge Jesus Mupas of Pasay City RTC Branch 112. His wife Lorinda once served as Municipal Trial Court (MTC) judge in Dasmariñas, Cavite. (READ: Jesus Mupas, the infamous judge).

                Lorinda Mupas was dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2005 for “gross ignorance of the law and incompetence.”

                The "Judge Savilo" on Duterte's list is associated with Iloilo City's RTC Branch 13, but a judge named "Adriano Savillo" presides over Iloilo City RTC Branch 30, which is a family court.

                There are 3 other judges either without first names or with incomplete information – Reyes, Casiple, Gonzales, and Dagala. There is a certain "Judge Antonio Reyes" assigned to a Baguio drug court. A certain "Judge Domingo Casiple Jr" is based in Kalibo, Aklan.

                A search for an MTC judge named Rene "Gonzales" with no location provided yielded a certain "Judge Rene Gonzalez" (with a z) from Iloilo City. The list with the information: "Ezekiel Dagala, MTC Dapa, Siargao" contrasts with what was found in the Judiciary Book: "Exequil Dagala" assigned to Dapa, Surigao del Norte, among others.

                Help us

                The information on Duterte's list appears to be incomplete and not 100% accurate. There are over 150 names on that list that need verification and checking.

                We've done an initial check. Help us check the other names on the list and share information you may have about them, especially if it is first-hand.

                During the Davao press conference, Duterte said he was taking sole responsibility for any mistake in the list.

                ”Any mistake of the military and the police dito (here), ako yung tagasalo (I will take responsibility). I ordered the listing, revalidation, I am the one reading it and I am the sole person responsible for the same," he declared. – with research by Ziel Cabreros/

                Can This Photo End Vigilante Killings in the Philippines?
                The photo, dubbed “La Pieta,” has prompted a debate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to kill all criminals.
                Czar Dancel / Reueters


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                J. Weston Phippen Aug 6, 2016 News

                The murder of Michael Siaron last month would ordinarily not have raised much comment. The sidecar driver’s body was found July 23 on the streets of Manila; next to it a cardboard sign with the words “I am a drug pusher, don’t emulate” written in all-black capital letters.

                Raffy Lerma, a photographer with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, had already photographed one death that night during his 9 p.m. to-5 a.m. shift. When he received word of the second body, he raced to the scene. The image he shot there has captured the debate in the Philippines over the rise in extrajudicial killings following President Rodrigo Duterte’s election in May and the human cost of those killings.


                As Rodrigo Duterte campaigned for president he advocated a simple approach to fighting criminals: “Kill them all,” he said to both gasps and loud applause.

                Shooting deaths before Duterte won the May 9 election averaged about two a week in the Philippines. Immediately after his victory, one person was killed by police or vigilantes every day. Around the time Duterte took the presidential oath of office on June 30, it had risen to three a day. By July 21, not even a full month into Duterte’s term, it increased to 10 a day. In all, since Duterte assumed office, police or vigilantes have killed between 400 and 770 alleged criminals.

                Duterte had previously served as mayor of Davao, a prosperous and quiet city on the southern island of Mindanao, for two decades. There he became best known for reducing crime. Bars stopped selling alcohol at 1 a.m. A strict curfew for teenagers was enforced. Duterte’s policies, though, weren’t without controversy. Human-rights groups said he encouraged vigilante squads to kill criminals. He gloated about personally shooting three men accused of kidnapping a girl. But that seemed to have little effect on his popularity. People liked what he did with the city so much, they believed he could make the same happen across the Philippines. When a New York Times reporter asked a woman in Davao if she feared he’d encourage rogue murders throughout the country if elected president, she said: “He’s only going to go after the killers and the drug dealers. Don’t be afraid.” Filipinos appreciated Duterte’s candor. He cussed during speeches. He joked about castrating overly amorous men in order to reduce the country’s birth rate. People saw him as someone who could clean up the Philippines from the state decades of elitist politicians had left it in.

                Against his two elitist rivals in the election campaign, Duterte marketed himself as a man of the poor. The public loved it when he challenged one rival to a gun duel; the media dubbed him “Duterte Harry.” In May he beat his closest opponent by 15 percentage points. On June 30, Duterte took the oath of office in a room full of the country’s elites who applauded most fervently when he said, “My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.”

                Then, as a counterpoint, he said, “I know there are those who do not agree with my methods of fighting criminality. In response let me say this: I have seen how corruption bleed the government of funds. I have seen how illegal drugs destroy individuals and ruin families’ relationships.”


                Those killed by the vigilantes are usually poor, some drug addicts, and some labeled drug dealers. The killers shoot from motorcycles, drop a cardboard sign with something like “addict” or “drug pusher” scribbled on it, then speed away. Killings like these went from being rare, to becoming daily occurrences, to reaching double digits every day.

                The killings weren’t normal. All were tied to Duterte’s call for the extermination of the country’s undesirables—the addicts and criminals. He had promised to “fill Manila Bay with their bodies.” Within a week of Duterte officially taking office, the Inquirer was already writing about the killings in a fatigued tone: “The killings—and the explanations given by the police to justify them—continue to pile up.” Officers killed two suspected drug dealers while they were handcuffed. Vigilantes killed a man who had mocked the new national police chief. They shot up a cemetery and killed five people, including a mother and her son celebrating a birthday, leaving behind one sign for all of them. They killed a teenager feeding his dog, who seemingly had no ties to drugs; and police shot and killed a suspected drug dealer because he “tried to grab” an officer’s gun. Journalists like Lerma, the photographer with the Inquirer, chronicled many of these killings. But until July 23, when Siaron, the sidecar driver, was killed, the deaths attracted little attention.

                Siaron, a 29-year-old drug addict, lived with his girlfriend, Jennilyn Olayres, in a shack in Manila with a leaky roof and no running water, beside a garbage-strewn river. When Lerma reached the scene a crowd stood around a circle of yellow police tape. Lights from the TV crews and their cameras shone on Olayres as she sobbed on the ground and held Siaron’s body to her chest.

                This is the photo Filipinos have dubbed “La Pieta,” and the only part of it that needs explaining is that it captured something previously not captured by political rhetoric, other photos, or written words.

                The Inquirer published the photo that next morning. It has since made its way around the world, and unleashed op-ed pieces and articles in Filipino papers about the killings, and about Siaron. “They sought to reduce him to a word hastily scribbled on a scrap of cardboard,” the Inquirer wrote. “But, in doing so, they also gave him a face. They made him visible.”

                With the noise the photo raised around the killings, lawmakers joined in, and one senator, Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, called for an inquiry into the vigilante murders, which he said sources in the department told him were three times as high as the government will acknowledge. Lacson even demanded an investigation into the officers who offer little reason for shooting people. On Tuesday, another senator, Leila de Lima, addressed Duterte directly: “Mr. President, truth now, in this country are lines of acrylic marker on a cardboard.”

                Duterete has mocked the photo. Speaking to Olayres, he said: “You are portrayed in a broadsheet as Mother Mary cradling the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ.” He then blamed the media for hyping drama.

                Duterte had promised to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office. He is not on pace to do this. But since Lerma took his photo, the killings have increased from 10 each day to 13. This week, Olayres buried Siaron, a man few would care about if not for a photo.

                Go after Marcos cronies and yet Durerte is buddy buddy with the Marcos clan and wants to give the guys former boss a heroes funeral...
                Duterte tags Roberto Ongpin as 'oligarch' he wants to destroy

                President Rodrigo Duterte implies tycoon Roberto Ongpin used his influence as a Marcos crony for his businesses
                Pia Ranada
                Published 9:50 PM, August 03, 2016
                Updated 11:39 PM, August 03, 2016

                MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte singled out Filipino tycoon Roberto Ongpin as an example of the oligarchs his administration wants to do away with.

                "Ang plano talaga is, destroy the oligarchs that are embedded in government. 'Yan sila, I'll give you an example, publicly – Ongpin, Roberto," said Duterte on Wednesday, August 3, in front of election volunteers in Malacañang Palace.

                (The plan is to destroy the oligarchs that are embedded in government. I'll give you an example, publicly – Ongpin, Roberto.)

                Ongpin was one of the 50 richest Filipinos in 2015 according to Forbes Magazine. That year, he supposedly boasted a net worth of $900 million.

                Last Monday, August 1, the Court of Appeals stopped the Securities and Exchange Commission from enforcing its en banc decision on Ongpin's insider trading case involving Philex Mining Corporation shares in 2009.

                The SEC had barred the businessman from joining the board of any publicly listed company, and fined him P174 million for insider trading. Ongpin sits as chairman of two listed firms – PhilWeb Corporation and Atok Big Wedge Incorporated.

                Duterte described Ongpin as a businessman close to people in power and implied he used his political influence to strengthen his businesses. Ongpin had been Marcos' trade secretary.

                "Malakas kay Marcos, malakas siya and successful. [During the time of] Ramos, he was a hanger-on," said Duterte.

                (He had a strong influence on Marcos, he was successful. During Ramos' time, he was a hanger-on.)

                Duterte claimed Ongpin also owns an online gambling business.

                The President, a self-confessed Socialist by heart, derided oligarchs as people who don't work hard yet earn a lot of money because of their political influence.

                "These are the guys na umuupo lang sa eroplano nila, umuupo sila sa mansion nila. 'Yung pera nila nagpapatak, parang pera ng taxi," said Duterte.

                (These are the guys who just sit in their airplanes or their mansions. Their money adds up like the fare adding up in a taxi's meter.)

                The President repeated his promise that he will run "a clean government" and that he will continue to battle corruption. –
                Attached Files
                Last edited by troung; 07 Aug 16,, 23:44.
                To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


                • #23
                  All this in just 1 month+ and still has 71 months to go in office. Only God knows what the Philippines will be like at the end of his term in office. I have no issue with him going after the oligarchs as they pretty much own everything in the Philippines and have for centuries. The extra judicial killings of drug pushers, should they continue, will turn into a very bad situation as the law expands their list of what is illegal.


                  • #24
                    I have no issue with him going after the oligarchs as they pretty much own everything in the Philippines and have for centuries
                    No tears here either, but with him kissing up to others it appears this is an attempt to change the guard.

                    The extra judicial killings of drug pushers, should they continue, will turn into a very bad situation as the law expands their list of what is illegal.
                    I agree one month in and there are "Lists of suspects" already, shades of the French revolution. One month in and to be blunt we should be already to the point of handing out sanctions on the security forces and against individuals in the government.

                    Time cop?
                    Cop on Duterte drug list died in 2013 – Davao Sur police
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                    By: Orlando B. Dinoy
                    Inquirer Mindanao
                    09:32 AM August 8th, 2016
                    President Rodrigo Duterte bares the names from his list of alleged drug protectors. (SCREENSHOT OF RTVM MALACAÑANG VIDEO)

                    President Rodrigo Duterte bares the names from his list of alleged drug protectors. (SCREENSHOT OF RTVM MALACAÑANG VIDEO)

                    DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur — The provincial police command in Davao del Sur on Monday said that one of the police officers named by President Duterte as among those involved in the illegal drugs trade died in 2013.

                    Senior Supt. Samuel Gadingan, provincial police chief, told the Inquirer that Police Officer 3 Filomeno Toronio died of cardiac arrest while he was assigned with another police unit in Mati City in Davao Oriental. It was not clear what triggered the cardiac arrest.

                    He said Toronio was relieved, in 2006, from the Digos City Police Office during the leadership of then Senior Supt. Anselmo Pinili for unknown reason. SFM

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                    Senator Leila de Lima (left) is challenging President Rodrigo Duterte to produce evidence and file cases against those he named as supposedly involved in the illegal drugs trade. JOAN BONDOC / INQUIRER FILE

                    Senator Leila de Lima (left) is challenging President Rodrigo Duterte to produce evidence and file cases against those he named as supposedly involved in the illegal drugs trade. JOAN BONDOC / INQUIRER FILE

                    MANILA, Philippines — While admiring President Duterte’s political will in the campaign against drugs, Sen. Leila de Lima on Sunday emphasized the need for evidence and due process in bringing drug suspects to justice, or else the public revelation of their names may be regarded as no less than a “witch hunt.”

                    Sought for comment, De Lima, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, said the latest names aired by Duterte in a speech early Sunday should be pursued in court if there was evidence, as the law dictated.

                    “To be honest, it’s difficult to pass judgment on the style of the President, especially that a great majority of our people seem to approve of this naming and shaming strategy,” De Lima told the Inquirer when reached yesterday.

                    She added, “If the President thinks it’s an effective strategy, then who are we to dictate on him. His strong will and great determination to end the drug problem deserve high praise and credit.”

                    “Having said that, as a student of constitutional law, let me express these thoughts: If there is evidence against these people he has named and shamed, cases should just be filed against them so that warrants for their arrest can be issued. If there is no evidence, then this is a plain and simple witch hunt,” she said.

                    The lawmaker, who recently appealed for an end to the string of deaths of suspected criminals, warned that being publicly named as a drug suspect was “already a death sentence,” given the President’s standing “shoot-to-kill” order on narco-politicians who would resist arrest.

                    “We are already in the slippery slope towards tyranny, without martial law, when we allow one man to be judge, jury and executioner. This is just the start,” De Lima said.

                    “The end game is just too terrible to imagine, when anyone can be accused and shot on sight based on a list that has the same legal value as a grocery list,” she said.

                    De Lima is set to conduct a legislative inquiry on the spate of killings of drug suspects in police operations and vigilante-style executions amid Duterte’s drug war./rga
                    CJ Sereno expresses concern over Duterte's narco list

                    By Patricia Lourdes Viray ( | Updated August 8, 2016 - 4:29pm

                    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over some judges included in his narco list. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Jay Morales, File

                    MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday questioned President Rodrigo Duterte's naming of judges allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, saying it was premature to do so.

                    Sereno admitted that the judiciary, a separate and co-equal branch of government, was caught off guard by the president's announcement last Sunday.

                    "With all due respect, Mr. President, we were caught unprepared by the announcement. It would matter greatly to our sense of constitutional order, if we were given the chance to administer the appropriate preventive measures without the complications of a premature public announcement," Sereno said in a letter addressed to Duterte.

                    Duterte named eight judges whom he said were involved in the illegal drug trade.

                    LIST: Public officials Duterte said are involved in illegal drugs

                    Sereno, however, gave some observations on seven of the judges that the president mentioned.

                    The chief justice clarified that Lorenda Mupas was dismissed in 2007 as Metropolitan Trial Court Judge of Dasmarinas, Cavite for gross ignorance of the law and misconduct. Former Calbayog City, Samar Regional Trial Court Judge Roberto Navidad, on the other hand, was killed in 2008 and former Judge Rene Gonzales of Iloilo City retired on June 20.

                    Judges Exequil Dagala of Dapa-Socorro, Surigao, Adriano Savillo of Iloilo City and Domingo Casiple of Kalibo, Aklan do not handle drug cases.

                    Judge Antonio Reyes of Baguio City, meanwhile, presides over a designated drugs court in a multi-sala court, Sereno said.

                    The chief justice added that the Supreme Court is investigating a report on a judge who may also be involved in illegal drug trade but who was not included in Duterte's list.

                    Supreme Court asks for basis of list

                    "The Court would consider it important to know the source and basis of any allegation that specific judges are involved in the illegal drugs trade in line with its duty to exercise administrative supervision over all lower courts," Sereno said.

                    The high court has asked the Philippine National Police to allow the judges included in Duterte's drugs watch list to carry firearms as they may become vulnerable targets for persons who may consider them collateral damage in the war against drugs.

                    Sereno requested that the judges named be allowed to carry licensed self-defense weapons until a proper investigation and formal criminal charges have been filed against them.

                    "To safeguard the role of the judges as the protector of constitutional rights, I would caution them very strongly against 'surrendering' or making themselves physically accountable to any police officer in the absence of any duly-issued warrant of arrest that is pending," Sereno said.

                    The chief justice assured the president that the judiciary shares with him the common desire to rid the country of drugs.

                    Sereno to Duterte: No warrant, no surrender
                    By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 12:00am
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                    In a four-page letter to the President, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno described as premature President Duterte’s public announcement of the names of officials and judges supposedly linked to illegal drugs.

                    MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno does not want judges linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade to surrender, unless arrest warrants are issued against them.

                    In a four-page letter to the President, Sereno described as premature Duterte’s public announcement of the names of officials and judges supposedly linked to illegal drugs.

                    Duterte has urged the seven to surrender and report to the Supreme Court (SC).

                    “I would caution them against surrendering or making themselves physically accountable to any police officer in the absence of any duly issued warrant of arrest,” Sereno said, as she invoked jurisdiction of the SC over cases filed against judges.

                    “As the sole entity charged with the discipline of judges, the Supreme Court decides when judges are excused from bench duty and report to it,” she added.

                    Meanwhile, Malacañang contradicted Sereno’s claim that Duterte’s expose’ was premature.

                    Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the announcement could be advantageous to the judges concerned, as it would give them an opportunity to clear their names through the media, than when cases are formally filed against them in court.

                    Sereno warned the President of the repercussions of the “premature” announcement, especially on the safety and performance of duties of the judges.

                    “It would matter greatly to our sense of constitutional order, if we were given the chance to administer the appropriate preventive measures without the complications of a premature public announcement,” she said.

                    The Chief Justice said it is important for the high court to know the source and basis of any allegation linking judges to the illegal drug trade, noting the SC has administrative supervision over all lower courts.

                    She pointed out that while the high tribunal supports Duterte’s anti-illegal drug campaign, it has been careful in handling investigation of administrative cases filed against judges, so as not to tarnish their reputation.

                    “A judge’s reputation is his or her primary badge of credibility and legacy.”

                    The SC chief also expressed concern for the safety of the judges named by Duterte.

                    “Too many of our judges have been assassinated – 26 since 1999, a large proportion of them reportedly at the behest of crime lords, specifically drug lords. Our judges may have been rendered vulnerable and veritable targets for any of those persons and groups who may consider them as acceptable collateral damage in the war on drugs,” she said.

                    Sereno appealed to Duterte to reconsider his order to disarm the seven judges, until investigation shows that criminal charges should be filed against them.

                    She assured the President that the judiciary is mindful of the need to cleanse its ranks of members involved in illegal drugs.

                    “We are currently investigating a judge who may be involved. He is not on the list,” she said.

                    The Chief Justice is the highest official so far to speak out against Duterte’s public announcement of personalities supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

                    She confirmed that three of seven judges in Duterte’s list are no longer with the judiciary.

                    She said Judge Roberto Navidad of Calbayog City Regional Trial Court in Samar was killed on Jan. 14, 2008 and Judge Lorenda Mupas of Dasmariñas Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in Cavite was dismissed in 2007 for gross ignorance of the law.

                    Judge Rene Gonzales of Iloilo City MTCt retired last June and had not handled any drug case.

                    Three other judges in the list – Exequil Dagala of Dapa-Socorro MTC in Surigao, Adriano Savillo of Iloilo City RTC and Domingo Casiple of Kalibo RTC in Aklan – are not handling drug cases.

                    Judge Antonio Reyes of Benguet RTC handles drug cases in Baguio City.

                    Reyes refused to comment on the issue, although he vowed to speak at the proper time as he was still “trying to process the situation.”
                    CHR warns admin

                    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has warned the Duterte administration against violating people’s rights to be presumed innocent in the wake of its name-and-shame campaign in fighting the drug problem.

                    “Naming and shaming cannot be substitute to probable cause under our due process system,” CHR chief Chito Gascon told journalists yesterday.

                    The CHR chief dared the government to file charges in court, if they have sufficient evidence against the suspects.

                    “Otherwise the name-and-shame campaign may undermine the presumption of innocence guaranteed by our Constitution,” he said.

                    Gascon expressed alarm over reports that listing of drug suspects is also being done in barangays.

                    “Unlike the list provided to the President, which we assumed underwent investigation, the people in the barangay lists have no opportunity to question their inclusion,” he said.

                    CHR lawyers are planning to file a writ of amparo to stop the listing of drug suspects in barangays.
                    Review justice system

                    Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat urged the government to review the country’s criminal justice system and the implementation of its laws in the wake of the administration’s intensified war on drugs.

                    “While we criticize the drug campaign, it’s difficult to find solutions,” Baguilat said, as he blamed the country’s weak criminal justice system and implementation of the laws for the proliferation of drugs.

                    Baguilat has filed House Bill 61 seeking to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

                    While Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that a congressional probe is not needed since there is no law covering extrajudicial killings, Baguilat said he would continue to speak against the killings of drug suspects.

                    “Otherwise people may think that extrajudicial killing is justice in itself,” he said. – With Alexis Romero, Helen Flores, Artemio Dumlao, Ghio Ong
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                    • #25
                      If lives were not on the line this utter stupidity from this lunatic might be funny.
                      Duterte drug list: Ex-mayor in Lanao Sur now a Greenhills jeweller, seeks due process
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                      By: Vicky Arnaiz
                      Inquirer Visayas
                      07:43 AM August 9th, 2016
                      A sample of a pearl ring being traded at Greenhills: Former Saguiran mayor Rasmin Macabago of Lanao del Sur says she's a jewelry trader, not a drug coddler. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JILSON SECKLER TIU)

                      A sample of a pearl ring being traded at Greenhills: Former Saguiran mayor Rasmin Macabago of Lanao del Sur says she’s a jewelry trader, not a drug coddler. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JILSON SECKLER TIU)

                      TACLOBAN CITY — Former mayor Rasmin Macabago of Saguiran, Lanao del Sur went to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), on Monday, to clear her name after she was identified by President Duterte as among the protectors of illegal drugs.

                      Macabago was accompanied by her lawyer Felomino Arteche III when she met with CIDG Supt. Francisco Ebreo, CIDG investigator in Camp Crame on Sunday, hours after the list was released by Mr. Duterte.

                      “We went to the CIDG not to surrender but to clear my client’s name,” said Arteche who was based here.

                      Arteche said inclusion in the list was not enough but due process must be properly observed.

                      “There must be clear and convincing evidence to prove it (the allegation of protecting drug lords),” he said.

                      Macabago, who was mayor for one term, has been residing in Manila since her term ended in 2010. She is managing a family jewelry business, involving mostly pearls at the Greenhills Shopping Arcade, in San Juan City, Metro Manila.

                      Arteche said she went to the CIDG immediately to debunk allegations pinning her down as a drug protector. SFM

                      . op in Duterte’s list died of kidney ailment in 2014
                      Published August 9, 2016 8:03am
                      One of the policemen tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte in the illegal drugs trade died two years ago.

                      Superintendent Ranie Hachuela, chief of the Tacurong City Police Station, said Police Officer 1 Philip Pantorilla (Pantarolla as read by Duterte) died in January 2014.

                      Hachuela said Pantorilla died of a kidney ailment.

                      He also said that the Tacurong City Police Station had no record of Pantorilla being involved in drugs.

                      The city police chief said that based on how they know the late cop, his only vice was drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes.


                      Hachuela said that they are sending a death certificate of the policeman to the Office of the President.

                      Pantorilla was among the 159 individuals, including policemen, local officials and members of the judiciary, who were publicly tagged by Duterte in the illegal drug trade.

                      The Philippine National Police said that 29 of the 98 policemen included Duterte's list are in active service.

                      Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno informed Duterte through a letter on Monday that one of the seven local court judges included in the list died eight years ago.

                      Sereno also said that only two judges in the list are hearing drugs and one judge had been dishonorably discharged from the judiciary. —report from Garry Fuerzas/ALG, GMA News

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                      • #26
                        Last time I was over there I politely suggested a supporter of his to figure out they had to bribe to stay off the murder list.

                        Aug 8, 2016 @ 03:07 AM 11,677 views
                        Facebook Fired Up After Philippines' Duterte Releases 'Narco' List

                        Erin Hale ,


                        I cover the internet in Southeast Asia.

                        Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

                        The Philippines’ Facebook community appears to support the controversial publication of 159 names of police, judges and politicians allegedly linked to the country’s massive drug trade.

                        Over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte read the list aloud at a press conference and gave those named 24 hours to turn themselves in to local authorities. The list has since been published on national and regional news outlets, receiving 40,800 shares alone on news outlet

                        People who turned themselves in take an oath before local authorities during a mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

                        The Philippines has one of the most active Facebook communities in Asia with 47 million users, or over half the population of 98 million. While news outlets quickly found problems with the list, such as the fact that one judge named has been dead for 8 years or that in some cases only partial names were given, many Facebook users seem ready to see justice handed out to institutional backers of the drug trade.

                        Reynaldo P Casayas, for example, received 44 likes on a Philippine Star Facebook news post for saying the prosecutions were justified despite some mistakes:

                        People are crying of the 2 mistakes in the list but is it not alarming that Judges, Lawmakers, Police Officers, Mayors etc are in the list? The drug problem is beyond control and if Duterte will not push for it, then nobody will. I don’t condone on the 2 personalities mistakenly included and I am so sorry for them. But it is certain that illegal drugs is beyond control and all of us are asked to rally behind Duterte to protect the future generation.
                        His comments were echoed by many others on news websites, Facebook posts, and in pro-Duterte groups like “Duterte Warriors.” Other users mentioned the vast network of corruption in the Philippines, the “coddling of drug dealers,” and a desire to see their country cleaned up.
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                        Not all users supported the decision, like Facebook user Gloria B Wilhelm who wrote on the same Philippine Star post:

                        The public who takes his [Duterte's] words as God’s, already condemned and hanged them, without due process of law. It is hasty like his mouth, cruel and thoughtless… It is a very disturbing development.
                        The release of the “narco” list is the latest development in the Philippines violent war on drugs, which began when the country’s new president Duterte was sworn in on June 30. He began his tenure calling for vigilante justice for drug dealers.

                        Since June 30, hundreds of alleged drug dealers have been killed in extra-judicial murders (see the latest “Kill List”), but the president’s hard line on drugs has been embraced by many Filipinos as the drug trade directly impacts even those who are not sellers or users, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2016 International Narcotics Strategy Report on the Philippines:

                        International organized crime groups have established operational elements throughout the urban areas of the Philippines. In 2015, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead counternarcotics enforcement agency in the country, reported that 8,629 villages or barangays (approximately 20 percent of the country’s villages) reported drug-related crimes.

                        Many Filipinos also seem exacerbated by the inaction of local leaders, and a slow and ineffective legal system. When Cebu City ex-mayor Michael Rama, who was named on Duterte’s list, protested his innocence on Facebook, he was met with a mixed response. One user thought Rama’s prosecution was justified because he let his city’s drug problem continue without trying to stop it, writing:

                        I asked for help from you a lot of times during your term for Lahug’s drug problem… and you didn’t do anything about it!
                        Other users made similar comments, frustrated as much by local leaders who didn’t take on the drug trade as much as those who participated in it.
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                        • #27
                          I am hesitant to ask the question, but what the heck made people vote the Filipino Punisher for El Presidente? Do people think fighting the illegal drug trade is a way to stand up to oligarchs/the powers that be?
                          All those who are merciful with the cruel will come to be cruel to the merciful.
                          -Talmud Kohelet Rabbah, 7:16.


                          • #28
                            I am hesitant to ask the question, but what the heck made people vote the Filipino Punisher for El Presidente? Do people think fighting the illegal drug trade is a way to stand up to oligarchs/the powers that be?
                            "Hope and change." Combine an actual drug problem, corrupt elites, corrupt civil society, a weak state structure, and poorly educated public and you may get a murderous idiot like him.

                            The country has a drug problem similar to, though maybe not quite as bad as, the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Combine a weak system of criminal justice, which struggles to charge and convict people with crimes when they actually want to, with corruption and lots of criminals get a walk. They voted in this guy, whose father was a governor under Marcos, hoping that he would do what he did in Davao City and murder alleged criminals (Davao's murder rate is still as very high by local standards despite his myth making comparing it to Singapore), coupled with the average voter there being far less worldly than your average inner city/trailer park dweller here.

                            The public (anywhere) will cheer to see some elites laid low and it clears the way for him to put up his own guys. He ran as an outsider and such; but he opposed corruption charges against GMA, praised the Marcos regime, dug up old goons from previous administrations, and has a man-love thing going with Marcos.

                            I spoke in person to revolutionary leftists who supported him because the economic growth hasn't come down to the masses (Du30 has no economic plan to fix that of course) and the whip needs to be cracked on the elite, right wingers who want discipline forced on the masses, and random people who think he will bring order and prosperity to the place.

                            tbm3fan might have a different take.

                            When you are batting 90% on the people on your kill list having been alive as of 2015 you should probably go home...

                            Bato admits errors on President’s list

                            By: Jaymee T. Gamil


                            Philippine Daily Inquirer

                            12:30 AM August 9th, 2016

                            IT WASN’T just gossip whispered to his ear.

                            President Duterte’s list of more than 150 politicians, police and military officers and judges was collated in a workshop conducted by the intelligence community, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on Monday.

                            Dela Rosa told reporters some of those named by Mr. Duterte in a televised speech shortly after midnight Sunday had started to submit themselves to PNP investigation.

                            He acknowledged errors in the list prepared following a meeting of representatives of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency: One judge was found to be long dead.

                            One classified as a “congressman” was never a legislator. Of the four military personnel, retired Brig. Gen. Leoncio Daniega had already been dead since 2010, while the rest had already been long discharged from the service.

                            But Dela Rosa stressed: “It wasn’t just gossip whispered to the President … or [a list of] those who didn’t support [him] in the elections. The President is not that shallow.”

                            Why are we so concerned about the mistakes? We should be concerned on the good effects of this massive campaign. If we allow ourselves to be controlled by the fear of making mistakes, by a small percentage, this campaign will go nowhere,” he said.

                            “To tell you frankly, we won’t be able to pin them down, because drug lords are very hard to pin down unless you have a comprehensive case buildup. But even if we don’t pin them down, and they keep on denying, at least the people know who they are, and they have promised to change,” Dela Rosa said.
                            Those who trooped to Camp Crame on Monday said they weren’t surrendering but simply wanted to clear their names.
                            Of the 58 who came, 31 were police officers and 27 were local government officials.

                            An emotional Mayor Martin de Guzman III of Bauang, La Union province, told Dela Rosa in the middle of a media scrum at Camp Crame’s multipurpose center: “The years we sent taking care of our name swiftly went away. The future of our children vanished. It is so sad. Who’s going to believe us now?”

                            These sentiments were echoed by Datu Saudi, Maguindanao, Mayor Samsudin Diaukom; Salibo, Maguindanao Mayor Noridin Salasal; and even Dela Rosa’s “shooting buddy” Ohto Montawal, vice mayor of Montawal, Maguindanao province.

                            “Sir, you know me. We were best friends,” Montawal told Dela Rosa, who replied being friends didn’t matter in light of Duterte’s revelations, which “may be true or not true.”

                            “It’s the obligation of the President to let people know the campaign against narcotics is this sincere,” Dela Rosa explained.
                            One person who showed up wasn’t on the list. But by turning up, Franz Sabalones explained why his brother, Fralz, vice mayor of San Fernando, Cebu, may have been included in it.

                            When presented to the media, Sabalones said: “I just want to change.”

                            Dela Rosa, arm around him, cheerfully quipped: “Because if he doesn’t, he’ll really get killed.”

                            He described Sabalones as the No. 2 drug lord in Central Visayas, after Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, who was killed earlier this year in an antinarcotics operation in Las Piñas City.

                            Vice Mayor Sabalones himself showed up. “I didn’t even know what he [Franz] does,” he said.

                            Dela Rosa met separately with his men who had been implicated, yelled at them and told them he would kill them.
                            The local government officials were referred to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for custodial investigation, while the officers will be investigated by the Internal Affairs Service

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                            At least 564 people killed in anti-drug war since new Philippine president took office on June 30 [EPA]At least 564 people killed in anti-drug war since new Philippine president took office on June 30 [EPA]

                            Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to declare martial law, if the country's judiciary interferes with his ongoing war on drugs, which has already killed over 500 people since he took office.

                            "If this will continue and if you will try to stop me, then fine. Would you rather I declare martial law?" a visibly angry Duterte said in a speech on Tuesday, before military troops in the southern island of Mindanao.

                            "Filipinos are getting killed. I grieve for so many women raped, men killed, infants raped," because of drug addiction, Duterte said.

                            "Please do not create a confrontation, a constitutional war, we will all lose."

                            Rodrigo Duterte: Shoot a drug dealer, get a medal

                            The president was reacting to a letter Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno sent to him on Monday, questioning his decision to release the names of judges accused of being involved with the illegal drug trade.

                            The head of the Supreme Court said only the court has the authority to oversee judges.

                            In her letter, Sereno wrote that while the judiciary shares the president's sentiment that "dangerous drugs have been destroying Filipino lives and families", a legal process should be followed before judges are named in public.

                            The chief justice also pointed out that judges have also been targeted by criminals, including drug lords, with 26 reported assassinations since 1999.

                            Duterte has repeatedly said that he has a "sworn duty" to protect the Philippines from the threats of illegal drugs and creeping narco-politics.

                            Aside from judges, Duterte also named other government officials including mayors and members of Congress on Sunday.

                            He was also quoted as saying, "I don't care about human rights, believe me."
                            'Bluster and bravado'

                            Richard Javad Heydarian, an Al Jazeera columnist and professor at De La Salle University in Manila, said Duterte's latest outburst "is clearly consistent with his campaign-period bluster and bravado".

                            "No surprise there," Heydarian told Al Jazeera. "But obviously it has raised more concern now since some quarters are beginning to question whether he respects the constitutional principle of separation of powers."

                            He also said that Duterte's actions during his first 40 days as president showed that "when it comes to his core policy objectives, he seems uninterested, if not averse, to any perceived interference."
                            Death toll rises as Philippines intensifies war on drugs

                            The Philippines has a history of being governed under martial rule. In 1972, the then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, paving the way to a dictatorship that lasted until he was ousted in a popular revolt in 1986.

                            But Fe Zamora, an expert on the Philippine military and senior editor at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, said that unlike Marcos, Duterte faces more hurdles before he could declare martial law.

                            "Times have changed. The power to declare martial law is not absolute under the 1987 constitution," Zamora told Al Jazeera.

                            "It needs the concurrence of majority of Congress within 48 hours, and the Supreme Court may review it.

                            Zamora, who helped produce a groundbreaking documentary on the Philippine martial law, said that with just over a month as president, it is unclear how much hold Duterte has on the military, in enforcing his order.

                            "Marcos was in power for seven years when he declared martial law. He already controlled the military. All the generals were loyal to him. But Duterte has been in power for 40 days only. Does he really have a hold on the military?"

                            What she is seeing now is "more of a police state, rather than a military siege", Zamora said, adding that she has witnessed people in the capital Manila "being stopped on the street, body-searched especially at night".

                            As of August 8, a tally done by the Philippine Daily Inquirer showed that 564 people with suspected links to the drug trade have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30.

                            Police also said that the anti-drug campaign has been a success with tens of thousands of people turning themselves in to authorities.
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                              Duterte says he deliberately read old list of 'narco officials'

                              By Alexis Romero ( | Updated August 10, 2016 - 6:52pm

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                              President Rodrigo Duterte at "OYA Mindanaw! State of Mindanao Environment Day" held at Ateneo de Davao University on August 4. Presidential Photographers Division/Simon Celi, file

                              MANILA, Philippines -- Criticized for releasing a supposedly error-filled list of officials with alleged links to illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday that he deliberately read an old list to expose people involved in narcotics trade, whether dead or alive.

                              Critics claimed that the list of officials read by Duterte last Sunday was filled with wrong or old information.

                              For instance, Judge Roberto Navidad, one of the seven judges tagged in narcotics, was killed in Jan. 14, 2008. The list also contained a “congressman party list Jeffrey Celis” but the name is not part of the official roster of the House of Representatives.

                              Duterte, however, was unfazed by the criticisms, saying he revealed the names as part of his duty.

                              “It really was my intention to read everyone involved in the drug problem, even the deceased,” the president told soldiers in Zamboanga del Sur.

                              Palace defends list

                              The Palace was quick to defend Duterte from the criticisms, saying that president’s primary concern is “to deliver effective action to the people.”

                              “By calling out the names of the judges on the list, he is giving them every chance and opportunity to be prepared to defend themselves, clear their names if they are innocent, and alert the community of their involvement in drugs if they are guilty,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

                              Andanar admitted, though, that not everyone would be pleased by Duterte’s action.

                              “But the president is putting his life, his honor, and the presidency at stake. His love for the people is greater than his fear for his own life, or the fear of embarrassment, failure or mistakes,” he said.

                              A total of 158 former and incumbent local executives, members of the judiciary and uniformed personnel were included in the list of the so-called narco officials.

                              Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo insisted that there were no errors in the list that Duterte read.

                              “According to them (critics), there must be something wrong with the announcement because how can they be involved? I'm sorry, the intelligence reports say they are involved. The fact of death or retirement or resignation or dismissal of a particular judge cannot erase the fact that those people are involved by the time they were in office,” Panelo told reporters in Malacanang.

                              “The president never said that they are alive. He just announced the names that according to intelligence reports were involved one time or another. So there is no error,” he added.

                              Panelo said while the list is based on raw intelligence reports, such information become “evidence of probative value” when presented in court.

                              “We heard the president and according to him it has been validated and revalidated and in fact other names have not been announced because he has been asking for a revalidation,” the president’s lawyer said.
                              To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway


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                                Ok, now we get down to the real meat. Drugs is just an excuse as drugs in the Philippines is not any worse than it was in 1990. I've seen plenty of people on shabu over the years. Martial law is now implied if the Judiciary interferes with his war on drugs.