Saturday, November 17, 2018

International lawyer Defends Duterte’s Skipping Of Other ASEAN Summit Events

November 17, 2018
International lawyer Defends Duterte’s Skipping Of Other ASEAN Summit Events
President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from Inquirer
Online Influencer and political analyst Atty. Paula Defensor Knack, the sister of the late Miriam Defensor Santiago, came to the president’s defense as she said that it is common for world leaders to skip some of the events in a summit. This is in connection with the criticisms that the opposition hurled against the president, saying he was too ill or too lazy to attend the other events.

It Is Not Uncommon

In a post she shared on her Facebook page, Paula Defensor Knack stated that attending a summit is very exhausting for a world leader, with all the meetings and galas, not to mention the other side events. So it is not uncommon for world leaders to skip some of them, especially if the meeting will not require the leader’s presence.

Donald Trump has done this, allowing the VP Mike Pence to attend the summit. Even the host leader, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was represented by his cabinet officials in two meetings because he couldn’t attend to it.

Criticisms Galore

The president drew a lot of criticisms for missing 6 of the 11 meetings in the ASEAN summit. The palace said that he was resting and was catching up on sleep due to exhaustion. Because of this, the detractors and critics of the president had a field day and hurled their criticisms about the president’s actions.

The Makabayan bloc accused the president of intentionally skipping some of the events so that he will not be questioned about the human rights situation in the country, as well as his South China Sea policy. Senator Trillanes meanwhile said that the president is either too ill to attend the meetings or just simply lazy.

DFA knows Best

According to Knack, on the times that the president were not around, he had Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. attend for him. We all know that Secretary Locsin is one of the most qualified and brgihtest member of his cabinet. Knack also said that what is important is that the president was present on the most important meetings, the ones that really counts, and he more than fulfilled his commitment to the nation.

International lawyer Defends Duterte’s Skipping Of Other ASEAN Summit Events
Actual Facebook post of Atty. Paula Defensor-Knack

Laguna Lake Highway OPENS in time for Holiday, shortens travel time from Bicutan to Taytay

November 17, 2018
Photo from Duterte Kami
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announces on Friday, the completion of the Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City and is now open to motorists.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the P1.28 Billion Highway which spans a total of 6.94 kilometers with a 1.3 – kilometer road at Barangay Lower Bicutan in Taguig City. The 4 – lane highway is expected to ease traffic congestion by cutting travel time between Bicutan and Taytay, Rizal to 30 minutes from the usual 1 – hour drive.


Villar, in a statement, said “We are happy to announce that this toll-free road will be able to cut travel time from Bicutan to Taytay and vice versa from an hour to just 30 minutes or less.”

The official also shared some photos of the Laguna Lake Highway on Facebook with a hashtag #BuildBuildBuild. His caption read as, “Isang maagang pamasko! We officially inaugurated the whole stretch of Laguna Lake Highway which will lessen travel time from Bicutan to Taytay in less than 30 minutes. Together, we continue to #BuildBuildBuild!”
Photo from inquirer.net
According to DPWH, the newly – built highway features a 3 meter – wide protected bike lane and a 1.5 meter – wide sidewalk, a first of its kind in the country, providing faster and safer travel experience to road users and pedestrians. The best of all, its toll – free!       

Formerly known as the C-6 Dike Road, the Laguna Lake Highway will serve as an alternate route for motorists going to and from Rizal and the eastern part of NCR to avoid heavy traffic along EDSA and C-5.

The Laguna Lake Highway project kicked off in 2016 which also covered the rehabilitation of bridges: Napindan, Tapayan, and Barkadahan along the way.

BUILD,BUILD,BUILD INITITAVE

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said that the government is willing to spend up to P9 Trillion on Build, Build, Build projects, of which the Laguna Lake Project is already included.

"We plan to spend eight to nine trillion pesos -- hindi billion -- trillion. Seventy-five major projects, mga train, mga subway, mga highway na katulad nito at magagawa namin 'yun sa loob ng limang taon," Diokno said.
Photo from rappler
When asked about the fear of being buried in debt with China, the official said, "Mga projects natin, hindi lang po sa China meron tayong JICA from Japan ang bulk ay karamihan ng projects natin ay locally funded."

Officials also clarified that Filipino workers will be hired to work on the infra projects, and not foreigners.

"Hindi totoo na mare-replace ang mga Filipino workers kasi sa China mismo kulang din sila sa laborers," Diokno said.

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Source: pna.gov.ph

Duterte's chief legal counsel fires back at Trillanes: "Unremarkable military officer with no combat experience"

November 17, 2018
Salvador S. Panelo | Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo hit out at opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, after he criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for taking a nap claimed can be either seriously ill or too lazy during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore citing the latter was a big problem for the country.

Witless mind

"Accusation that the President is lazy or seriously ill to perform his functions as Head of State and Government just because he had to take power naps in between a few events to catch on some sleep and energise himself and avoid the embarrassment of dozing off during one of the meetings ( as one of a head of state pitifully succumbed to due to the energy sapping daily activities ) is a product of a witless if not a malicious mind," Panelo said in a statement.



Selfless dedication 

He also defended the President saying the country is getting its money’s worth on Duterte’s “selfless dedication to his constitutional duty.”

President Rodrigo Duterte | Presidential photo

"Unlike Senator Trillanes, who used the Senate as his sleeping quarters for a week without paying for his boarding just to escape from his concocted and imagined arrest, the country is getting its money’s worth by the President’s selfless dedication to his constitutional duty of serving and protecting the people." Panelo said

Unremarkable military service

He further lambasted Trillanes and said "after spending eight years of unremarkable military service with no combat experience, he wasted the people’s money that paid for his schooling in the Philippine Military Academy by marching to a Makati hotel and infamously staging a failed coup and a rebellion that not only disrupted the nation’s tranquility but drove away investors as well, to the sufferance of the country’s economy. "

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV | Photo from ABS-CBN

He also emphasized that the ASEAN summit did not require the President's physical presence.

"This was the situation when the President had to skip attending a few events in the ASEAN Summit that required him only to read prepared statements, a similar requirement given to the other heads of states, which task could be performed by the countries’ foreign secretaries or ministers. The event did not require his physical presence."


Panelo full statement reads:

In the latest remarks of Senator Trillanes

In an attempt to call attention to himself, the erstwhile rebel soldier has embarked in his usual publicity getting stunts by maligning the President. After spending eight years of unremarkable military service with no combat experience, he wasted the people’s money that paid for his schooling in the Philippine Military Academy by marching to a Makati hotel and infamously staging a failed coup and a rebellion that not only disrupted the nation’s tranquility but drove away investors as well, to the sufferance of the country’s economy. Not having spent the spartan way of life in the military with the industriousness, diligence, and discipline that a dedicated officer imbues himself with, he necessarily can not comprehend that a man like the President could work like hell as if there is no tomorrow, with the passion and dedication found only in men and women who consecrate themselves to the service of the nation without regard to the limits that their physique can reach.

We have witnessed how this President has chained himself to a punishing work ethic that saw him shuttling back and forth to the provinces to attend to needs of the hapless victims of war and disaster stricken areas, 

to condole with - and assist - the grieving families of soldiers and policemen killed in the aftermath of rebellion and terrorist atrocities, raise the spirits of those engaged in law enforcements, stops the hands of clock as he pores over documents concerning governance till the wee hours of the morning, even as he directs the armed forces and the national police to dismantle the drug apparatus, to maintain peace and order, to stop corruption, and to run relentlessly against all violators of law as well as undertake measures to improve the economy. Likewise the President engages in foreign trips abroad to enter into trade agreements and defence pacts beneficial to the country.

Despite the lingering pain caused by an accident that he constantly endures, he administers to the affairs of the state without regard to time and condition. With this kind of zest for work it becomes unavoidable that the President loses sleep that nourishes the body. In such a situation he will have no recourse but to take power naps between official activities. This was the situation when the President had to skip attending a few events in the ASEAN Summit that required him only to read prepared statements, a similar requirement given to the other heads of states, which task could be performed by the countries’ foreign secretaries or ministers. The event did not require his physical presence. 

President Trump sent U.S. Vice-President Pence to represent him in the ASEAN Summit because the former was unable to make it. Singapore Prime Minister Lee who was the Chairman for this year’s gathering had to be represented in two of the meetings he was presiding because he was indisposed. Their absence in those meetings did not make them lazy or seriously ill to perform their duties as Presidents of the their respective countries.

President Duterte attended important events that involve the discussion of mutual concerns among the ASEAN members as well as meetings with other top leaders of non-ASEAN countries that affect the security, stability and economy of the region where he vigorously articulated and espoused ideas and theories that could bring about solutions to the Asian countries’ collective problems. Unlike Senator Trillanes, who used the Senate as his sleeping quarters for a week without paying for his boarding just to escape from his concocted and imagined arrest, the country is getting its money’s worth by the President’s selfless dedication to his constitutional duty of serving and protecting the people.

Accusation that the President is lazy or seriously ill to perform his functions as Head of State and Government just because he had to take power naps in between a few events to catch on some sleep and energise himself and avoid the embarrassment of dozing off during one of the meetings ( as one of a head of state pitifully succumbed to due to the energy sapping daily activities ) is a product of a witless if not a malicious mind.

We take note, as we pointed out in an earlier statement, that the President was able to attend all scheduled events during Day Four of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. These include the ASEAN-India Informal Breakfast Summit, the 6th ASEAN-US Summit, the 21st ASEAN Plus Three Summit, the 13th East Asia Summit, and the Closing Ceremony for the 33rd ASEAN Summit. He also held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before he departed for Papua New Guinea to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum.

We assure our people that the President is more than able to fulfill his commitment to the nation.

Not having been given the enormous constitutional duty of governing the country, Senator Trillanes, who after having been undeservingly released from jail owing to a flawed amnesty grant, continues to perform acts against the constituted authorities even using the Senate to shield him from his criminal acts, and having ignored the demands of ethical refinements , as well as not having the common sense traits of a street smart individual, he therefore, expectedly and necessarily, will not, and probably can not, fathom the nature and the sacrifices of the Office of the President.

Salvador S. Panelo, Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel


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Friday, November 16, 2018

DDS Open Letter to Jesus Falcis on the alleged paid Dilawans: "Sino ba kasi nagbabayad? Proof ha, yung solid"

November 16, 2018
Krizette Laureta Chu and Jesus Falcis (Photo credit to Ms. Chu's Facebook page and abogado.com)
Social media personality, New York University alumna, and Duterte supporter Krizette Laureta Chu, once again fired a very clever yet brilliant thoughts regarding the very controversial tweet of Jesus Falcis, brother of Nicardo “Nicko” Falcis II, who is currently facing an alleged counts of qualified theft, after former business partner, actress Kris Aquino assertedly filed a criminal complaint against the latter.



Jesus Falcis, a lawyer and a blogger, came out and spoke in his brother's defense and opposed that his sibling had stolen anything, saying that the charges against Nicko “are baseless and totally ridiculous.”

This battle of the Falcis brothers vs Kris Aquino is now taking word war in social media that even other bloggers from both opposition and administration sides, took their turns to actually know the truth, especially now that Jesus Falcis tweeted that there are allegedly 'Yellow' bloggers being paid for doing their job.


Falcis even dared to name the paid bloggers and warned to show the receipts of the payments as proof of his allegations.

Screenshots of Falcis' tweets (Credit to his twitter account)
These tweets of Falcis, made DDS writer Krizette Laureta Chu so thrilled, that she challenged the latter to hand them the proof and name of the supposedly 'Dilawan' bloggers who get paid and by whom.

"That is, if you give us the name and PROOF of Dilawan bloggers who get paid and by which Yellow politicians, as you claim to know. Buwahaha. Sabi mo we will be surprised. We want to be surprised.", Chu exclaimed.

The Falcis brothers, Jesus and Nicko (Photo credit to PEP.ph)
Krizette even teased Falcis that she and other DDS friends can assertedly raised funds to help him with the 1.2 million problem of his brother.

"Mabilis kami dito mag raise ng funds. 1.2 million is nothing. We can make your problems go away and help you settle it.", she joked.



On a serious note, The NY University alumna earnestly said that they need the proof and information to actually help the country to maintain a strategic distance from those corrupt individuals and lawmakers.

"Info that we need to know so we can help the PH avoid these corrupt people and politicians", she added.

Read her full post below: 


"Mabilis kami dito mag raise ng funds. 1.2 million is nothing. We can make your problems go away and help you settle it.

That is, if you give us the name and PROOF of Dilawan bloggers who get paid and by which Yellow politicians, as you claim to know. Buwahaha. Sabi mo we will be surprised. We want to be surprised.

The final nail in the coffin, in exchange for freedom. Info that we need to know so we can help the PH avoid these corrupt people and politicians. Sino ba kasi nagbabayad? Di na ako makatulog. 6 am. Extra pang Starbucks for any info on Trillanes. Extra pang MAC for any info on Risa.

Proof ha, yung solid. Palit ulo tayo dito.

Love lots,

The DDS"

Screenshot of Ms. Chu's post (Credit to his Facebook page)


Duterte slams ICC anew, insists 'few idiots' cannot try him: “Mga p**** i**. I do not recognize the ICC"

November 16, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte | ICC Judges

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday had once again lashed out against the International Criminal Court (ICC) maintained that he does not recognize the authority of this international tribunal to investigate him in connection with his administration's anti-drug drive.

He said in a speech before the Filipino community in the Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting why he would allow himself to be tried by a "few idiots" from the ICC.

Duterte pointed that the human rights groups who are known critical of his administration's campaign have called him a monster and not a human being.


“Sabi man nila, ‘That Duterte is not a human right — ah he is not human. He is a monster.’ O hindi ako kasali sa human rights. Maghanap kayo ng korte para sa mga monster. Kayo na rin nagsabi eh," he said.

International Criminal Court (ICC) | Photo from Aljazeera

“Nakita mo ‘yung problema ko tapos sabihin mo lang p****** i** ka human right, letse ka. You go to hell."

Duterte stressed out that he does not acknowledge the ICC as it was a creation by the European Union (EU).

“Sabi ko I do not recognize the ICC. It is a creation of EU. Hindi ‘yan ‘yung criminal — international court of justice. Ito creation of EU. They want to spread their gospel of international governance,” he said.

The President also questioned the qualifications of ICC judges.

“Mga g***. Sabi ko sino ‘yung mga judges ninyo diyan? Bakit kasama ba kami pagpili nitong mga g*****, p***** i**** puti na ‘yan? Baka ito pedophile. ‘Yan man karamihan sa kanila,” he said.

“So why would I allow myself to be tried by a few idiots human beings in this world?” he added.

Duterte threatened to slap the ICC prosecutor planning to investigate him over alleged crimes against humanity.

President Rodrigo Duterte | Fatou Bensouda is the ICC's chief prosecutor | Photo from ABS-CBN

"For as long as you put in line of fire my countrymen, hindi talaga tayo magkakaintindihan. Magpatayan talaga tayo. Wala akong magawa because I have to protect my country. Never mind me going to jail. If I escape in time, magkikita-kita rin tayo dito. Wala namang extradition treaty,” he added.

The President has withdrawn the Philippines’ ratification of the Rome Statute, a treaty that established the ICC over violation of due process.

The ICC later announced that the preliminary examination would continue despite the country’s pullout from the Rome Statute.

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Source: Manila Bulletin