Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Robredo: Duterte had good reason for skipping Independence Day rites

TAYSAN, Batangas — Vice President Leni Robredo made light of her appearance as President Duterte’s last-minute stand-in during Monday’s Independence Day rites, saying she was sure the latter had a good reason for not showing up.
“I was told the President would not be able to make it when I was around five to 10 minutes away from Luneta. So I was told the President could not make it and they asked if I could take his place,” she told reporters during a visit with a rural community here.
“To me it was not a problem. I’m sure he had an important reason to be absent,” Robredo said of the President.
Robredo ended up taking the commanding role, leading the flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies before performing a salute in front of the statue of Jose Rizal. By her side was Foreign Affairs Secretary
Alan Peter Cayetano.
Staff members from Robredo’s office told the Philippine Daily Inquirer they were taken by surprise when they were suddenly told to “take over from there” by Malacañang personnel, who, until the announcement of the President’s absence, had been calling the shots.
“Suddenly, the Vice President had the lead role,” one staff member said.

Philippines' Duterte says didn't seek U.S. support in city siege

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government.
Duterte told a news conference in Cagayan de Oro City, about 100 km (62 miles) from the besieged town of Marawi, that he had "never approached America" for help.
When asked about U.S. support to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, Duterte said he was "not aware of that until they arrived."
The cooperation between the longtime allies in the battle is significant because Duterte, who came to power a year ago, has taken a hostile stance towards Washington and has vowed to eject U.S. military trainers and advisers from his country.
It is unclear whether the pro-American military went over Duterte's head in seeking U.S. help.
The Philippines military said on Saturday U.S. forces were providing technical assistance but had no "boots on the ground", confirming a statement from the U.S. embassy in Manila which said the support had been requested by the government. [nL3N1J7054]
The seizure of Marawi on May 23 by hundreds of local and foreign fighters has alarmed Southeast Asian nations, which fear the ultra-radical group Islamic State is trying to establish a stronghold on Mindanao that could threaten their region.
The Pentagon, which has no permanent presence in the Philippines but for years has kept 50 to 100 special forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises, confirmed it was helping the Philippine military in Marawi.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Philippine Leader, Focused on War on Drug Users, Ignored Rise of ISIS

MANILA — It was classic bravado from the Philippines’ tough-guy president, Rodrigo Duterte.
The Maute Group, a militant Islamist band fighting government troops near the southern Philippines city of Marawi last year, had asked for a cease-fire.
The president rejected the overture.
“They said that they will go down upon Marawi to burn the place,” Mr. Duterte recounted in December. “And I said, ‘Go ahead, do it.’”
He got his wish.
Hundreds of militants belonging to the Maute Group and its allies fighting under the black flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized Marawi three weeks ago, leading to a battle with the Philippine armed forces and the biggest test yet of Mr. Duterte’s leadership during his tumultuous first year in office.
A president who has focused on a deadly antidrug campaign that has claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos seems to have been caught unprepared for a militant threat that has been festering in the south for years.

“The government has largely been in denial about the growth of ISIS and affiliated groups,” said Zachary M. Abuza, a professor at the National War College in Washington who specializes in Southeast Asian security issues. “Duterte has been preoccupied with his campaign of gutting the rule of law by using police and other security forces for the extrajudicial killing of drug pushers.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Enrile wants Sandigan chief justice out

Former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile has sought the inhibition of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang from his pork barrel cases, hinting that her appointment by former President Benigno Aquino III might influence her decisions.
In a motion dated May 26, Enrile, through top defense lawyer Estelito Mendoza, described how Aquino bypassed Tang’s seniors when he selected the junior justice to head the antigraft court on Oct. 7, 2013.
Although the motion stated there can “hardly be any doubt” as to her qualifications, it cited the “‘subconscious forces,’ which affects the verdicts in the momentous cases she decides.”

It quoted a portion of United States Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo’s classic 1921 book, “The Nature of the Judicial Process,” which described the “subconscious forces” that shape a judge’s thought processes.

Part of the quote read: “Deep below consciousness are other forces, the likes and the dislikes, the predilections and the prejudices, the complex of instincts and emotions and habits and convictions, which make the man, whether he be litigant or judge.”
The motion also hinted at Aquino’s intent to prosecute him and fellow minority senators for the pork barrel scam, as shown by his last State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2015, where he cited the arrest of the three senators implicated in the pork barrel scam as proof that “justice is blind.”
Enrile also cited the “extraordinary speed” it took the Tang-chaired Third Division to deny his motion for bill of particulars seeking clarification of the purportedly vague charges.
His motion noted that the court denied the request during a July 11, 2014 hearing after deliberating the matter in a 10-minute recess. Mendoza sought reconsideration, but the appeal was also denied after a five-minute recess.
Enrile said he had already considered seeking Tang’s recusal at the time, although he opted instead to pursue his successful bail petition at the Supreme Court.
During a Thursday hearing, Tang gave prosecutors a nonextendible period of 10 days to comment on Enrile’s motion. He will in turn be given another seven days to reply to the comment.
Enrile is accused of pocketing P172.8-million in kickbacks in exchange for diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund proceeds to dubious foundations linked to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

This was not the first time Tang’s inhibition was sought in a high-profile corruption case. Former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay in November sought her recusal after she questioned the intention behind her bid to reraffle off her Ospital ng Makati cases to separate divisions.

Protracted battle in Marawi feared

MARAWI CITY—With bombproof tunnels, antitank weapons hidden in mosques, human shields and a “mastery” of the terrain, Islamist gunmen holed up here are proving a far tougher opponent than military chiefs expected.
Two weeks after gunmen waving black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group rampaged through Marawi, a Muslim-majority city, initial assertions from authorities that the conflict would be over in days have given way to warnings of a protracted battle.
“The advantage of the [enemy] is their mastery of the terrain. They know where even the smallest alleys lead to and they are free to go around,” Maj. Rowan Rimas, an operations officer for the Philippine Marines, told reporters in Marawi this week.

“They know where the government forces are coming from and where they are taking cover. They have snipers and their positions are well defended,” Rimas said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admitted at the start of the conflict that security forces were taken by surprise when dozens of gunmen appeared on the streets of Marawi following a failed raid to capture one of their leaders.
They emerged from homes in Marawi, the biggest Islamic city in the mainly Catholic Philippines with 200,000 residents, and went on a rampage that included taking a Catholic priest hostage, opening up two jails and destroying many buildings.
Lorenzana and military officials have since said they unexpectedly interrupted plans by the militants to take over Marawi in a spectacular event to show that IS had arrived in the Philippines and was intent on carving out a local territory.
They initially estimated there were about 100 gunmen but later said there were as many as 500, supplemented by foreign fighters, including from Chechnya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
The fighters have also had a surprisingly large arsenal of military hardware, including rocket-propelled grenades and a so-far inexhaustible amount of ammunition for high-powered assault rifles.

Woman finds P12.4B in BPI check account

Jocelyn Reyes was shocked and surprised early on Wednesday when her Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) checking account in Makati City showed she had become a multibillionaire.
Her money ballooned to over P12.4 billion overnight. Reyes (not her real name) said she and her husband, despite losing P20,000 from his personal account, just laughed at their instant “fortune.”
But as a bank employee herself, she and her husband won’t touch the money, she said.

Many others were not so “fortunate,” like 49-year-old chef Vic Sanchez, who lost P17,000.
Sanchez had planned to withdraw money for his mother’s hospitalization, when one of his BPI accounts—a payroll account—showed two unauthorized withdrawals.
By the time Sanchez checked another BPI account, the online banking service had been suspended.
Reyes and Sanchez were among a “small portion” of BPI’s more than 8 million clients whose account balances showed sudden increases or reductions due to unauthorized transactions, said BPI senior vice president Cathy Santamaria.
Santamaria blamed a “technical glitch,” or “internal data processing error.”
“For those who have received extra money, please don’t touch the account. It will be removed,” Santamaria said. “It’s not bonus money.”
Santamaria rebutted speculations that the 166-year-old bank was a victim of “hacking” or a “scam.”
“Let me emphasize that it has nothing to do with that. We at BPI have the highest security standards and we make sure that all our processes are of the highest level,” she said.

The Ayala-led bank apologized for the inconvenience caused by the error, vowed full resolution within the day and assured that no client would lose money as a result of the glitch.
All of BPI’s electronic banking channels—including automated teller machines, mobile and web-based platforms—were taken offline while the bank tried to fix the problem.
Santamaria said most of those affected were clients who had peso or foreign currency deposit unit (FCDU) account transactions between April 27 to May 2 this year. There were cases of transactions being double-posted as of June 6, resulting in erroneous balances.

Indonesia arrests man linked to attack in Marawi City

This photograph taken on June 6, 2017 shows Indonesian police conducting a house raid in Cileunyi, Bandung, West Java province, where they arrested two suspects and seized evidence.
Indonesian police on June 7 arrested two suspected militants accused of giving instructions to two suicide bombers who attacked a Jakarta bus terminal last month, killing three police officers, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARI
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested a man on suspicion of helping Indonesians to join Islamic militants who overran a city in the southern Philippines and two others who allegedly helped inspire a double suicide bombing in Jakarta.
National police spokesman Martinus Sitompul said a man arrested Tuesday in the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java is suspected of facilitating Indonesians to travel to Mindanao where they joined Islamic State group-affiliated militants who still occupy parts of Marawi more than two weeks after their initial attack.
Police only gave the man’s initials and said four of those he helped are currently sought by Philippine authorities.

West Java police spokesman Yusri Yunus said two other men were captured Wednesday in the city of Bandung on suspicion of involvement in suicide bombings on May 24 that killed three policemen and the two suicide bombers.
The audacious attack on Marawi, and the participation of foreign fighters, have been a wakeup call for Southeast Asian governments about the potential of the southern Philippine region to become a magnet for Islamic State group sympathizers as it loses territory it controlled in Syria and Iraq.
The militants in Marawi are believed by Philippine authorities to still be holding a Catholic priest and many other hostages.
The Philippine military says those killed since the fighting broke out on May 23 include 20 civilians, 134 militants and 39 government troops. More than 1,500 civilians have been rescued./rga

Lascañas ordered arrested for murder of Duterte critic

DAVAO CITY—A regional trial court here has ordered the arrest of retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas for the series of attacks on slain broadcaster Juan “Jun” Pala.
Judge Retrina Fuentes of the 11th Regional Trial Court Branch 10 on Monday issued arrest warrants against Lascañas for murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the series of gun attacks on the broadcaster between 2002 and 2003.
Pala’s wife, Louise, filed complaints before the city prosecutor’s office late last month, accusing the retired policeman of carrying out attacks against her husband that eventually led to his death.

In his testimony before the Senate, Lascañas had tagged former Davao City Mayor and now President Duterte as the mastermind behind the attacks on Pala.
He also implicated fellow policeman Sonny Buenaventura and Mr. Duterte’s driver-bodyguard Jim Tan in the Pala case, and other alleged summary executions in the city during Mr. Duterte’s tenure as mayor.
Buenaventura, Tan and other individuals Lascañas had implicated were not charged, however.
The court set P120,000 as bail for each of the attempted murder charges. No bail was recommended for the murder charge.
Extrajudicial confession
Aside from the complaint lodged by Pala’s widow, the city prosecution office approved the filing of cases against Lascañas based on his Feb. 19 Senate testimony which detailed his alleged involvement in the killing of the broadcaster and other murders in Davao.
In recommending for the filing of charges against Lascañas, the city prosecution said his affidavit before the Senate constituted an extrajudicial confession.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Maute Clash Update


Sunod-sunod na niratrat ng pwersa ng gobyerno ang Maute.

Source: Jiggy Manicad sa 24 Oras Weekend.

Americans Love Duterte by Filipino News From America

Americans Love Duterte by Filipino News From America

Inspite of Prresident  Duterte's unpopularity in the US mainstream some Americans are undeniably favoring the leader's stand on cleaning the country from corruption and drug problems.

Galit at pighati sa Resorts World Manila


Israeli Missile Launch System Presented to President Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 31 toured the newly commissioned Tarlac-class Amphibious Landing Dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602). The commissioning was among the highlights of Navy’s 119th Anniversary Celebration at Sasa Wharf in Davao City.
The Philippine Navy now operates 2 Tarlac-class Amphibious Landing Dock. The said class of vessels can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units, and three helicopters. They can also house and launch Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), truck-based mobile hospital, and different types of military vehicles.

Photo credits: The Government

Chito Samontina TV on MArtial Law in Mindanao


          Isang matapang at may malasakit na taga Mindanao ang nagsalita laban sa mga tumutuligsa sa ginawa ng ating mahal na Pangulo ukol sa pagdedeklara ng Martial Law sa buong Mindanao. Pagmamahal, suporta at pagmamalasakit lamang ang kanilang kailangan hindi ang protesta at pagtutuol dahil sa pangsariling interest ng iilang hindi naman apektado ng Martial Law. Ang Mensahe na pinaparating ng lalaking nasa video ay gusto niyang iparating hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa ibang bansa dahil na din sa paninira ng iilan gamit ang media. Saludo kami sa iyo Sir Chito Samontina! Salamat sa paglinaw ng tototoong sitwasyong ng Mindanao!


90% na mga residente ng Marawi City - Safe Na!

Ayon sa balita, 90% na mga residente ng Marawi City ang naililikas sa mas ligtas na lugar ngunit may 1,300 pang mga residente ang naiipit sa bakbakan sa kadahilanang hindi sila makalabas ng bahay. Ang mga naiwan pang mga residente ay sobrang takot lumabas ng bahay para lumikas dahil namamataan umano ng mga ito ang mga Maute group na pagala gala sa kanilang lugar. Ayon sa DSWD, may mahigit nang 13 evacuation centers na ang naihanda at ginagamit ng mga residenteng lumikas sa nasabing bakbakan.


Panoorin ang balita sa link na nasa itaas.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017







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     Panoorin! 65 na ang patay sa Maute at nkakalungkot namang 20 na ang patay sa hanay ng gobyerno. 


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          Naiyak habang nagbibigay ng talumpati ang ating PNP Chief dahil sobrang gustong gusto nitong damayan sa bakbakan ang kaniyang kapulisan. Panoorin!

Monday, May 29, 2017




          Dahil na din sa PANGILINAN LAW hindi mapanagot ang mga grupo ng mga binatilyo na laging nanggugulo. Nagagawa pa nilang managa para lang kunin ang cellphone ng isang binatilyo.


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          Panoorin ang totoong nangyari noong Martial Law. Isang dating myembro ng NPA na graduate at eskolar ng UP ang nagkwento. 


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          Panoorin ang epektibong batas militar! Mga hinihinalang tumatakas na Maute, nasakote!


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          Panoorin ang pahayag ni Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre ukol sa pagsiwalat ni Napoles sa iba pang mga Senador na sangkot dito.



          10 ang nakatakas sa mga bihag ng mga Maute group. 1 sa mga ito ay nagpainterview at kinwento ang kalunos lunos na inabot ng mga ito sa mga bandido. Tinorture at araw araw tinatakot ang mga ito na pupugutan sila ng ulo. May isang Maranaw ang pinugutan sa harap nila mismo. Awang awa sila dahil walang kalaban laban ang pinugutan. Binabalak ng mga teroristang makipagnegosasyon ang mga ito upang makawala ang mga kasamahan nilang nasa kulungan kapalit ang mga bihag. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017



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          8 patay na mga sibilyan ang nakita sa tabi ng daan malapit sa border ng iligan at marawi na nakatali at puno ng tama ng bala ang katawan ng mga ito. Hinihinalang pinatay ng mga terorista ang mga nasabing mga patay dahil may nakapagsabi na kinuha sila sa check point ng mga Maute Group. 4 na lalaki, 3 babae at nkakalungkot na may isang bata ang pinatay ng walang awa.

          Dahil sa tuloy tuloy na pagatake ng ating mga sundalo, 61 na ang patay sa panig ng mga terorista, 15 (11 sundalo at 4 na pulis) naman sa panig ng mga sundalo at 19 na ang kumprimadong patay sa mga sibilyan.

          Meron pang 2,000 mga nastranded sa kanilang mga kabahayan na hindi pa makaalis dahil na din sa takot. Ang ating mga kasundaluhan ay hindi naman tumitigil para mailigtas ang mga natitirang sibilyan na naipit sa bakbakan.


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          Nakakagulat isipin na ilang mga residente ng Marawi ang tumutulong at bumabati pa sa mga teroristang pumapatay at nanggugulo sa kanilang bayan. May nakapagsabi na ang ilan ay itinuturo pa kung saan dadaan ang mga bandido para hindi sila mahuli.
          Ang sabi ng iba, nagpapanggap lang ang iilan na tutulong para hindi na sila gambalain pa ng mga ito dahil na din sa takot. Ang iba naman ay kumpyansa dahil na din sa kanilang relihiyon na katulad ng mga bandido.
          Ang nakakalungkot sa balitang ito, marami ng mga sibilyan lalo na mga kristyano ang pinatay ng mga terorista sa pamamagitan ng pagpugot ng ulo o pagtadtad ng baril. Ayon sa ulat, wala pang huling datos kung ilan na ang nasawi sa mga sibilyan na naipit sa bakbakan.



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          Nagmistulang parang ghost town ang barangay Basak na unang sinalakay ng mga teroristang Maute sa bayan ng Marawi. Sobrang nagulat ang lahat ng matunton ang lugar dahil halos ginawang target shooting practice ang ginawa ng mga terorista sa mga kabahayan na andoon dahil sa tadtad ng bala na makikita mo sa paligid. 

          Walang katao tao sa lugar dahil lahat ay nagalisan o nagtatago pa din sa kanilang mga bahay dahil sa takot na baka balikan pa sila ng mga bandido. Tanging mga media at sundalo na lamang ang makikita mo sa lugar. Makikitang may sasakyang truck na pinaliguan ng bala at sinabing namatay lahat ang nasa loob noon. May mga tama din ng mga bala ang clinic na nakuhanan ng video at hindi pa alam kung may mga namatay doon dahil tadtad din ito ng mga bala. 

          Ang lugar na ito ay sinabing ligtas na dahil hawak na ito ng mga sundalo ng AFP. May mga ilang residenteng naiwan na humihingi ng tulong at walang makain dahil walang tindahan bukas at ubos na din ang kanilang mga pagkain sa kanilang mga bahay. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017


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         Mexico- Dalawang malalaking Drug Cartel Groups ang dating nagsanib at ngayon ay nagbabakbakan dahil na din sa awayan sa droga. Nkakalungkot lang isipin kung paano naiisip ng EU na gawing legal ang droga sa ating bansa. MSa kabilang banda ang LP(Liberal Party) ay gustong alisin ang pagiging kiminal ng mga mahuhuling gumagamit ng droga. Nagpadala din ang UN ng representante nila para ipaliwanag na hindi daw nagdudulot ng pagkasira ng utak oh bayolenteng aksyon kapag gumamit ka ng droga.

          Kung kayo ang tatanungin, papayag ba kayong maging legal o idecriminalize ang paggamit ng droga sa Pilipinas? Hahayaan pa ba nating maging parang Mexico ang Pilipinas??? Kayo na po ang humusga!


Suportado ng mga Experto at nakakarami ang Martial Law sa buong Mindanao!


          Supportado ng maraming experto sa politika at ekonomiya sa pagdedeklara ng martial law sa buong Mindanao ayon sa ulat na hatid ng PTV 4. Ayon sa mga ito, nararapat ng matapos ang problema ng terorismo dahil na din sa panganib na dulot ng mga ito. Napagalaman ding may koneksyon ang mga ito sa droga at maaaring maging malala pa ito kung hindi ito agarang susugpuin sa ganitong paraan. Mas nakakarami din daw ang nagsusuporta sa pagdedeklara ng Martial Law dahil na din sa suportang natatanggap nito sa social media at pinapakita din nito na iba na ang tingin ng karamihan ukol dito.





Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
          Hindi alintana ang totoong panganib ng bumisita ang ating Pangulo malapit sa bakbakan ng mga teroristang grupo at ng ating mga kapulisan at kasundaluhan. Dinalaw niya ang mga nasugatan gayon din ang mga namatay nating magigiting na tagapagtanggol ng kapayapaan. Nais ng ating Pangulo na lumakas at tumibay pa ang loob ng ating magigiting na mga bayani kaya walang dalawang isip na pinuntahan niya ang mga ito malapit sa lugar ng bakbakan.

          Naging emosyonal naman ang ating mahal na Pangulo sa harap ng labi ng ilan nating mga Pulis at Sundalo na nagbuwis ng buhay para sa kapayapaan. 

           Ayon sa balita, may 31 ng namatay sa panig ng mga terorista at sa kasamaang palad naman ay may 11 patay na sa hanay ng gobyerno. Saludo kaming lahat para sa matatapang at magigiting nating mga Sundalo at Pulis! 



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P6.4B kilo ng shabu nasabat ng BOC!
          Valenzuela City- 604 kilo ng shabu ang nasabat ng BOC kahapon sa isang warehouse sa Valenzuela na nakalagay sa limang malalaking lalagyan dahil na din sa pagtutulungan ng gobyerno ng China at ng Pilipinas. Ang kargamento ay tinanggap ng isang indibidwal na nagngangalang Fidel Anoche Dee na agad namang nasakote sa nasabing operasyon. 



          Kumpirmado na sangkot ang Maute group sa pagpapalaganap ng droga sa bansa ayon na din sa nakalap na ebidensya habang ginagalugad ang mga lugar na pinaglagian ng Maute group. May mga materyales na pangdroga ang nakita sa lugar na pinaglagian ng mga terorista. Nasabing suportado sila ng mga Narcopoliticians na patuloy na sumisira sa ating mahal na Pangulo. Hindi pa malinaw kung sino sino ang mga sangkot sa mga ito. Sa ngayon ay patuloy ang ating AFP sa pagsuyod sa mga kabahayan at establisyimento upang maubos na ang mga terroristang Maute group.