That is metal.Philippines: Duterte wants state auditors 'kidnapped, tortured'
The Philippine president also said that if he happens to take the same plane as an unnamed judge, whom he accused of failing to convict anyone, he will puncture the plane, "so we will go to hell together".
Philippines' Duterte launches new tirade against Catholic Church
Controversial president says his country's bishops are 'sons of b*****s' and 'most of them are gay'.
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About 80 percent of the more than 100 million people of the Philippinesare Roman Catholic. [Erik De Castro/Reuters]
President Rodrigo Duterte has denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as "sons of b*****s", renewing his attacks on the church that has criticised him over his bloody war on drugs.
Duterte, who launched his campaign against drugs when he took office in mid-2016, remains hugely popular but doubts about the campaign, in which thousands of people have been killed, have been growing.
"Only I can say bishops are sons of b*****s, damn you. That is true," Duterte said in a speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school north of the capital, Manila.
Duterte did not mention any particular reason for his criticism of the church on Thursday, which included a suggestion that most bishops are homosexual.
"Most of them are gay," he said. "They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends."
Duterte, who is not a regular church-goer, said early in his presidency that he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy.
The Roman Catholic Church is facing clerical sexual abuse scandals in various parts of the world, although there have been no major cases reported in the Philippines.
In previous speeches, Duterte called God "stupid" and described as "silly" the doctrine of Holy Trinity.
Francis Lucas, an official with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, played down the president's criticism, saying all should show restraint.
"We have to be more sensitive to the sensitivities and sensibilities of others out of respect," Lucas told Reuters news agency.
The president's crackdown on drugs retains much support but some sectors of the Church have become increasingly vocal about the killings, with calls for justice and offers of sanctuary to drug users.
Some 5,000 people have been killed in police anti-drugs operations in Duterte's anti-drug drive.
Police reject accusations that the killings were executions, saying drug peddlers and users were killed in shootouts, and police acted in self-defence.
About 80 percent of the more than 100 million people of the Philippines are Roman Catholic.
In Philippines, Duterte’s drug war finds a new target: 9-year-olds
- The president is pushing to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9, arguing that drug syndicates exploit the law by using juveniles to ply their trade
- A new bill stipulates sending juvenile offenders to reformation houses – but campaigners say the conditions in these are little different to adult prisons
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2019, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2019, 3:00pm
22 Jan 2019
A push to lower the age of criminal responsibility in the Philippines to nine has sparked alarm among children’s rights advocates who say the proposed change violates human rights.
Children’s organisations including Unicef and Save the Children say the proposals, which would reduce the age of criminal liability from 15, risk victimising some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable children.
“Children are in a situation where they have to commit crime for survival,” said Eule Rico Bonganay, secretary general of Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns. “Because even government data shows that the profile of children in conflict with the law are mostly … from poor families, they obtained a low level of education and they live in a community where there is a high rate of crime.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has led the push for change, arguing that drug syndicates have been able to exploit the current law by using juveniles to ply their trade. Duterte, who has waged a bloody war on drugs that has left thousands dead, has complained of juveniles getting away “scot-free” with committing crimes.
On Monday, the committee on justice at the House of Representatives voted to advance a bill supported by the president that would impose “mandatory confinement” on children aged 9-14 who commit serious crimes such as murder and drugs offences.
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The Presidential Communications Operations Office did not respond to a request for comment, while a secretary for the House justice committee said its members could not discuss the bill while it was under deliberation.
Although the House bill stipulates sending juvenile offenders to reformation houses known as Bahay Pag-asa, children’s advocates say that the reality of such facilities is often little different from adult prison.
Tricia Oco, the head of the government’s Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, this week told a Senate committee that some Bahay Pag-asa she had inspected had “subhuman conditions” and were “worse than prison”.
Youth advocates also fear that a lack of dedicated facilities for juveniles and overcrowding mean children will inevitably end up being imprisoned alongside hardened adult criminals.
“It’s very alarming that young people will be mixed with adults inside prison,” said Ralph Ivan, president of the Youth Peer Education Network, adding that such juveniles were at risk of physical and sexual abuse and likely to be lured into more serious criminality.
Ivan said children recruited by gangs often had no choice and should not be treated as criminals.
“They do it because they are being exploited and abused in exchange for money … or even the lives of their families in the communities that are being run by narco-politics and big drug lords,” he said.
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Some 4.2 million families in the Philippines were living in poverty in 2012, according to Unicef, up from 3.6 million in 1991.
Although the bill has widespread political support, youth organisations are calling on the government to instead properly implement a juvenile justice law passed in 2006 which focuses heavily on diversion and reformation.
“There is a need to increase the number of social workers, there is a need to increase the number of staff who will implement the law,” said Rico Bonganay.
“This is not a problem of the law,” he added. “There is a failure of the government to implement the law.”
Duterte plans May Japan visit, advancing Tokyo-style subway
Philippine leader will also travel to Beijing in April in diplomatic balancing act
JUN ENDO, Nikkei staff writerMARCH 22, 2019 04:59 JST
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seen at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Manila on Feb. 28. The president will be visiting both Japan and China in the coming months. © Reuters
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Japan in late May for his third trip to the country he views as a crucial partner for economic development.
Duterte will speak at the annual Future of Asia conference that Nikkei will host in Tokyo for two days through May 31. Japan and the Philippines are also trying to schedule a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Duterte has been focusing on strengthening diplomatic ties with Japan, winning 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) in aid from Tokyo in 2017. The Japanese government is supporting a number of infrastructure projects in the Philippines, including the country's first-ever subway line here in metro Manila, which will be modeled on Tokyo's underground transit services.
Duterte plans 'Tokyo-style' railway for Greater Manila
Duterte has also worked to improve the nation's once chilly relations with China. His government has essentially shelved the territorial dispute in the South China Sea to that end.
Duterte's recently confirmed through a spokesman that he will attend April's international Belt and Road conference in Beijing. His visit to Tokyo the following month appears to be a bid to strike a balance between China and Japan.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calls China a ‘friend’ amid South China Sea tensions
- In a speech, Duterte he would not get into a spat with China over the South China Sea because it would result in war
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and China President Xi Jinping. Photo: AP
is maintaining a friendly tone toward China, even after defence officials raised concerns over an increased Chinese presence around a disputed island in the
South China Sea
China is not after Philippine territory and has not asked for anything in exchange for the weapons and aid it’s given the
, Duterte said in a campaign speech in Manila late on Tuesday.
“You know, Red China or Communist China just wants to be friends with us,” Duterte said.
US more likely to end up in ‘shooting war’ in South China Sea, Philippine defence chief says
The president added that he wouldn’t confront China over the two countries’ competing territorial claims in the South China Sea because it would result in war.
200 Chinese ships
have been spotted near the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island in the South China Sea since the start of the year, triggering a diplomatic protest from the Philippines.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier this week
over China’s actions in the sea, describing Beijing’s island-building activity in waters claimed by Manila as “very concerning” after meeting with acting US counterpart Patrick Shanahan at the Pentagon, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Diplomats from the Philippines and China held their regular biannual meeting in Manila, where they raised recent issues on the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday.
Both nations reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting regional peace and stability as well as freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea.
They also committed to address disputes and discuss oil and gas development, the statement read.
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/30/1905870/duterte-puts-retired-colonel-anti-communist-insurgency-task-forcePhilippines: 3 Communist Rebels Killed, 3 Others Captured
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Police and local officials meet outside the municipal police station in the central Philippine town of Victoria after a raid launched by suspected communist insurgents, March 28, 2009.
HO/Philippine National Police
Security forces killed three suspected communist insurgents and captured three others Thursday when guerrillas raided a municipal police station in the central Philippines on the eve of the rebel movements’ 50th anniversary.
Two police officers were wounded when officers manning the police station in Victoria township in Northern Samar province fought back and foiled the raid, Maj. Patrick Martinez said.
Four civilians were wounded when the guerrillas opened fire at a car, which they apparently thought carried police reinforcements, officials said.
“The three rebels who were captured were trying to recover their dead comrades,” Martinez said, adding that the firefight occurred before dawn Thursday and lasted for about two hours.
Four high-powered firearms, including a machine gun, were recovered from the slain guerrillas.
Brig. Gen. Ramil Bitong, commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade, said the successful defense of the police station was a result of “contingency planning” that began last year to thwart major attacks anticipated to occur on or before the New People’s Army (NPA) marks its 50th founding anniversary on Friday.
Troops and members of the Northern Samar Provincial Police Office have launched hot-pursuit operations against the other rebels involved in the raid, Bitong said.
The NPA is the armed wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies since 1969. Peace talks with the CPP-NPA were suspended in 2017, barely a year after it began after President Rodrigo Duterte accused the gunmen of continuing the attacks despite his government’s efforts.
Backdoor negotiations were carried out in an attempt to start the talks, but Duterte last week announced a “permanent termination” of the peace process with the rebels until his term ends in 2022.
Last year, the government accused the CPP-NPA of plotting with opposition politicians to unseat Duterte. The plot was to have been carried out in November, but never occurred because it was uncovered, military officials said. Rebel leaders denied the allegations.
In Manila, Col. Noel Detoyato, the military’s public affairs chief, said the NPA’s half-century rebellion “is an utter failure” that only resulted to thousands of lives lost and many properties destroyed over the years.
“They continuously hinder peace and development in some areas of our country. The leaders, members, and supporters of the communist terrorist group should be ashamed of themselves for bringing years of hardships and misery to our people,” Detoyato said in a statement.
He called on the CPP-NPA guerrillas to abandon their struggle, and rejoin the society.
But in a statement from the Netherlands, self-exiled communist party leader Jose Maria Sison said Duterte’s withdrawal from the peace talks was nothing new and that it was “merely driving more nails into the coffin of the peace negotiations.”
He accused Duterte of wanting “localized peace negotiations” to be allegedly staged and controlled by the military, which he said was unacceptable.
The negotiations “can be resurrected in the future by a new administration,” Sison said.
Nonoy Espina in Bacolod city and Richel V. Umel in Iligan City contributed to this report.
The municipal police station in the central Philippine town of Victoria is pockmarked with bullets fired by suspected communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels, March 28. 2009. [HO/Philippine National Police]
And he accuses the EU of aiding Communist rebels:Duterte puts retired colonel to anti-communist insurgency task force
(philstar.com) - March 30, 2019 - 5:47pm
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appointed a retired colonel who was previously dragged into the alleged corruption at the Bureau of Customs as an official of a task force that seeks to end local armed conflict with communists.
Duterte on March 25 signed the appointment paper of Allen Arat Capuyan, who is now the executive director of the National Secretariat of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
A copy of Capuyan’s appointment paper was released by Malacañang on Saturday.
Capuyan last year reportedly resigned as assistant general manager for security and emergency services of the Manila International Airport Authority, months after alleged Customs fixer Mark Taguba described him as "big brother" and linked him in the alleged corruption at the BOC during the Senate hearing into the smuggling of P6.4-million worth of shabu.
Duterte later appointed Capuyan as his presidential adviser for indigenous peoples’ concerns.
And commies still want him gone:EU to probe allegations of aid diverted to Philippine rebels
In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army is among the deadliest.
(Agence France-Presse) - March 31, 2019 - 10:18am
MANILA, Philippines — The European Union said Saturday it would investigate allegations that its aid funds were being funneled to Philippine communist guerrillas waging a decades-old insurgency that has killed thousands.
The Philippine government demanded the probe, alleging that aid supplied to a local non-profit by the EU was being diverted to the Communist Party of the Philippines and its New People's Army, the bloc's office in Manila said.
"Should the allegations be established, the EU immediately would take full legal action," it said in a statement, adding that a financial audit by an external company would be conducted next month.
READ: EU funding for Philippine NGOs put on hold over alleged communist ties
The statement said Manila had raised the claims with the EU in January, but that an initial audit "has so far not been able to verify the allegations".
Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Edgard Arevalo said Saturday Manila had supplied "voluminous documents" in support of the allegation.
Arevalo said "millions of pesos" (tens of thousands of dollars) in foreign aid had been funneled to the NPA for many years using its "front organizations", but did not elaborate further.
"We are confident that we will succeed in proving our case," he added.
READ: Karapatan, IBON call gov’t claim of EU, Belgian funding as ‘lies’
President Rodrigo Duterte canceled peace talks with the rebels in 2017 after they refused to sign a ceasefire and stop imposing a "revolutionary tax" on businesses in areas where the guerrillas operate.
The NPA launched its rebellion to create a Maoist state in 1969, emerging out the global communist movement and finding fertile soil in the impoverished country.
Its main stronghold is in the south, but the movement also boasts a scattered presence in the central Philippines and a few areas in the north.
According to the military, the insurgency has claimed 40,000 lives.
Duterte 'effectively' invoked arbitration win against China: spokesman
Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Apr 15 2019 05:16 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Bacolod City Government Center Football Field in Negros Occidental on April 11, 2019. Simeon Celi, Presidential photo
MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte "effectively" invoked the arbitral ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claim over the South China Sea when he told Beijing to "lay off" Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island, a Palace official said Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday maintained that the Duterte administration never shelved the Philippines' victory against China in its international arbitration case in the West Philippine Sea.
"Effectively, his (Duterte) previous statement earlier when he said 'do not touch our property, if you do any harm to our soldiers we will respond in kind.' That effectively has already made a strong assertion of sovereignty and statement relatively to the arbitral ruling," Panelo told reporters in Malacanang.
Duterte last week said he would not allow China to occupy Pag-asa Island as hundreds of Chinese vessels were sighted in the area.
spotted near Pag-asa Island since January of this year.
Panelo, however, noted that Manila and Beijing should maintain "peace and equilibrium" in the disputed waters to avoid any conflict.
"Eh nag-uusap tayo eh (We're talking). Tsaka we are supposed to be friends. So, let’s be friendly first - pag-usapan natin (let's talk)," he said.
“We have to forge a mutually satisfactory solution to the conflict in that area based on the directives of each Constitution as well as the aspirations of the peoples of these 2 countries," he said.
Panelo earlier said Duterte might raise the issue of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island when the President visits China later this month for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
Philippines' Duterte in war of words over Canada garbage row
AFP•April 23, 2019
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, pictured in 2018, has urged Canada to take back scores of garbage containers shipped to the country in 2013 and 2014 (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE)
Porac (Philippines) (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday demanded Canada take back tonnes of trash it had illegally shipped to Manila or risk "war", in the latest incident to strain bilateral ties.
The Philippines has urged Canada to take back scores of garbage containers shipped to the country in 2013 and 2014, alleging they contain toxic waste.
But Ottawa has said it had no authority to compel a private shipper to return the shipment to Canada.
Speaking to officials during a visit north of Manila, an area ravaged by an earthquake on Monday, Duterte said he did not care if his stance on the issue turned the two countries into enemies.
"I want a boat prepared. I'll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out, or I will set sail for Canada and dump their garbage back there," he said.
"Let's fight Canada. I will declare war against them," added the president, who frequently uses coarse language and hyperbole in public speeches about opponents.
The garbage is among several festering issues that have soured ties between the two governments.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been among the most vocal critics of the domestic drug war waged by Duterte, who was elected in 2016.
Philippine police say they have killed nearly 5,000 alleged drug users and pushers who fought against arrest in the crackdown, while rights groups say the true toll is at least triple that and may amount to crimes against humanity.
Last year Duterte angrily cancelled the Philippine military's US$235 million contract to buy 16 military helicopters from a Canada-based manufacturer after the Trudeau government put the deal under review because of the president's human rights record.
DESIGNATED DUMPING COUNTRYDuterte threatens to ‘declare war’ on Canada over long-running trash dispute
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to declare war with Canada amid a long-standing diplomatic dispute between the two nations over Canadian waste that was illegally dumped in his country five years ago.
Trashy fight means war
The Philippines don't want our shitty diapers.The Canadian Press - Apr 23, 2019 / 11:01 am | Story: 254533
Photo: The Canadian Press
The president of the Philippines says if Canada doesn't take back tonnes of trash within the next week he will "declare war" and ship the containers back himself.
Filipino media outlets are reporting that Rodrigo Duterte made threats Tuesday about dozens of shipping containers filled with Canadian household and electronic garbage that has been rotting in a port near Manila for nearly six years.
More than 100 of the containers were shipped to Manila by a Canadian company in 2013 and 2014, improperly labelled as plastics for recycling.
Customs inspectors discovered they actually contained garbage, including soiled adult diapers and kitchen trash.
Canada has been trying for nearly six years to convince the Philippines to dispose of the garbage there even though a Filipino court ordered the trash returned to Canada in 2016.
Last week a British Columbia lawyer said in a legal brief that Canada is in violation of the international Basel Convention, which forbids developed nations from sending their toxic or hazardous waste to developing nations without informed consent.