Duterte to continue firing spree vs corrupt execs, junketeers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s firing spree is not yet over. As part of his “purging regime,” the President said he would continue to sack government officials who waste people’s money by going on frequent junkets. During Friday night’s birthday bash of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte reiterated his vow to fulfill his campaign promises within the single term [...] The post Duterte to continue firing spree vs corrupt execs, junketeers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 13th, 2018

Palace to pursue fresh cases vs ex-DOTC execs over MRT-3 mess

        New cases may be filed against former officials of the erstwhile Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) over the sorry state of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3), Malacaang said Tuesday.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Solicitor General to go after former DOTC officials over the recurring problems that the MRT-3 continue to experience.   "There was a decision that cases will be pursued for those behind the miserable performance of MRT-3," Roque said in a press briefing.   "There are pending complaints for...Keep on reading: Palace to pursue fresh cases vs ex-DOTC execs over MRT-3 mess.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Duterte to fire 3 generals, 49 cops

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he “will fire 49 policemen and 3 generals this week.” “I am on a purging spree. I’ll be firing more people in government,” Mr. Duterte said at the inauguration of the new communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) systems held at the Philippine Air Traffic Management (ATM) Center in CAAP […] The post Duterte to fire 3 generals, 49 cops appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Execs of Du30 anti-corruption body that will probe Ombudsman’s office include those who want Morales ousted

Nearly four months after President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he would create an anti-corruption commission under his office, whose task would include investigating the "biased and corrupt" Office of the Ombudsman, the chief executive finally appointed the officials of the body last Friday......»»

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Duterte to fire 70 police officials, 3 generals

  President Rodrigo Duterte said he would continue his "purging regime" as he revealed on Thursdaythat he would fire at least 70 police officials and three generals in the coming days.   "I am in the thick of firing people. I intend to fire another maybe 70 or 49 policemen and three generals for corruption," Duterte said in a speech during an event of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation at the Manila Hotel.   "In the next few days, this is really a purging regime," he added.   Mr. Duterte said he has been "spending a lot of time just to clean up government."   "I would consume four years [cleaning the government]for the ...Keep on reading: Duterte to fire 70 police officials, 3 generals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Malacañang says Duterte’s next targets are corrupt local officials

MANILA, Philippines – Corrupt local officials will be next on President Rodrigo Duterte's chopping block, Malacañang said on Tuesday, January 9. "The President stated that he will continue with the process of cleansing the bureaucracy and that he will now turn more of his attention to local government units including ........»»

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Duterte to shift focus of anti-corruption drive to local execs

MANILA, Philippines — After firing presidential appointees, President Rodrigo Duterte will now focus on cracking down local government units officials, inclu.....»»

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Duterte seriously against corrupt officials, junketeers — Roque

The looming relief of another ranking government executive proves that President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to fight corruption in government, a Palace official said Tuesday. "Pinapakita lang ng Presidente na seryoso siya, hindi lang sa gera laban sa droga, kundi maging sa gera laban sa katiwalian sa gobyerno," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer. (It just shows that the President is serious in his fight, not just against illegal drugs but against corruption in government.) Roque hinted on Monday that another official would be fired by Duterte. The executive's identity would be disclosed on Jan. 3 during the regular press briefin...Keep on reading: Duterte seriously against corrupt officials, junketeers — Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Duterte to announce mass firing of corrupt cops

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, Dec. 17, said he is set to fire 60 to 90 police officers including three superintendents on Wednesday over alleged corruption. “On Wednesday, mga tatlong superintendent, about 90, siguro mga minimum of 60 police, umalis kayo sa PNP,” Mr. Duterte said in his remarks at Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao’s […] The post Duterte to announce mass firing of corrupt cops appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

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

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

When President Duterte goes on a firing spree - Rappler

When President Duterte goes on a firing spree - Rappler.....»»

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Opinion: M. A. P. Insights -- Raymond A. Abrea: "Lifting the bank secrecy law"

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) remains one of the most corrupt government agencies despite the efforts of the new administration to promote a simpler, fairer and more efficient tax system. In fact, some revenue officials continue to extort money from taxpayers they audit regularly, as usual, even using the name of Commissioner Dulay and President Duterte to persuade them. Like the war on drugs, the ultimate victims in this "moro-moro" are the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as large companies have tax consultants and lawyers to defend and protect them from harassment. Given this corrupt and inefficient audit program, I honestly think lifting the bank secrecy law at this time would only further encourage the "corrupt" BIR examiners to harass SMEs while getting more bribe money from the real tax evaders (and smugglers); often large taxpayers who can afford to bribe and save millions from not paying the right taxes......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

More corrupt execs to be fired

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY , Philippines  - More heads will roll in President Duterte’s Cabinet as he vowed to get rid of corrupt officials following the firing of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 4th, 2017

Corrupt execs next on Rody list

MANILA, Philippines - After publicly naming officials believed involved in the illegal drug trade, President Duterte is eyeing corrupt government executives.....»»

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Puno: Con-com an independent body working for the interest of people

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno maintained on Tuesday that the Consultative Body to Review the 1987 Constitution (Con-com) remains to be independent even as President Rodrigo Duterte believes that an anti-political dynasty measure is undemocratic.   A week after the body voted to include the anti-political dynasty provision, Puno, chairman of the Con-com, said that the body would continue to work independently for the interest of the people.   "The Executive order as well as the instructions given to the committee has the effect that the committee is an independent body, and the President simply told the members that they do what they think is or are the best ...Keep on reading: Puno: Con-com an independent body working for the interest of people.....»»

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De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte s corrupt gov t

MANILA, Philippines – For detained Senator Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II should "never resign" as he is "perfect" for a government led by someone like President Rodrigo Duterte. “Aguirre should never resign. He is perfect for this kind of criminal and corrupt ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail

    MANILA, Philippines --- A ban on sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait will continue indefinitely after the nations failed to conclude a migrant labor protection pact, the Philippine labor secretary said Friday after talks sparked by the discovery of a maid's body last month in an apartment freezer.   Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the ban won't be lifted unless Filipinos get better protection in the oil-rich Arab nation and justice is served for the Filipina woman, Joana Demafelis, whose death in Kuwait has sparked outrage in the Philippines.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters that although the negotiators fail...Keep on reading: Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Harry Roque’s former NGO rebuts Malacañang arguments on ICC

The Center for International Law (Centerlaw) on Thursday said President Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court gives the false impression that agents of the state can continue perpetuating a culture of impunity and even evade international accountability for crimes against humanity. These state actors include government agents, especially the police force – […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Easing traffic woes

ALL eyes are on corrupt public servants, drug pushers and other criminals, but traffic jams also worry government authorities and the riding public in the Metropolitan Manila area. And the people, notably motorists, believe that it is strongly possible that traffic congestion will continue to worsen because of the still….....»»

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ILOILO City Mayor Jose Espinosa III denied that he fired some of his executive assistants (EA) loyal to his brother-in-law, Congressman Jerry Treñas. “Wala ako sang may gin-fire…I haven’t fired anyone,” Espinosa said, clarifying that he neither asked anyone to resign nor did he receive resignations as of yesterday morning. Espinosa’s clarification was sought following […] The post MAYOR DENIES LOYALTY CHECK, FIRING 8 EXECS appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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