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PH president concludes Marwan’s tale

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday described as “baseless” and “irrelevant” the alternative narrative that Malaysian terrorist Marwan was killed by a companion, who also cut off his finger and gave it to commandos of the Special Action Force (SAF).
“But it is clear in the presentation today: SAF was there; it is impossible to doubt that SAF took Marwan’s finger. I also mean: All other statements concerning the alleged alternative narrative have no basis, and were futile,” the President said during a press conference at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace.

Will PH graft court run after Aquino?

THE Philippine government on Wednesday said President Benigno Aquino III is not sorry for appointing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President appointed Carpio-Morales because “he wanted an independent individual to head that office”.
“When the President appointed Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, he stated very categorically that he wanted an independent individual to head that office. And does the President regret? The President has mentioned Ombudsman Carpio-Morales, I think, thrice in the six times that he delivered the SONA (State of the Nation Address)—2011, 2012, and I believe (in) the last SONA, he also mentioned Ombudsman Carpio-Morales. He wants someone who will look after integrity.

Phl President: We’ll capture Usman!

PHILIPPINE president Benigno Aquino III on Friday evening reiterated the government’s determination to capture terrorist suspect Abdul Basit Usman.
Addressing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), President Aquino said: “If he’s inside your territory or being coddled by anyone of you, I hope you will surrender him to authorities. If not, help in capturing him.”
He further warned that the authorities will apprehend the bomb expert, no matter what.
“We’ll capture Usman, whatever your decision is, whoever coddles him,” he said in his televised address to the nation.

Widodo to meet Philippine President

INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo will pay a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang, Monday afternoon, for his first state visit to the Philippines upon the latter’s invitation.
In an interview over the state-run Radio-Manila Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Widodo’s meeting with President Aquino would revolve around areas of mutual interest and concern between the Philippines and Indonesia.
“We are in discussions to further work out cooperation in various areas of mutual interest and concerns, such as migrant workers, technical-vocational skills upgrading, the combating of trafficking of narcotics, and educational visits,” Lacierda said.
Widodo is scheduled to arrive in the country at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Lacierda said he would be given arrival honors upon entrance in Malacañang on Monday.

Aquino didn’t meddle, says Philippine official

A Philippine official on Wednesday reiterated that President Benigno Aquino III never influenced or bribed Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. into voting for the impeachment of former chief justice Renato Corona in 2012.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. clarified this in a media briefing following Revilla’s privilege speech in the Senate on Monday which implied that the President did so.
“It is totally out of character for the President to speak in that language,” Coloma said, referring to the President’s alleged meddling with the case when Revilla met with him in his official residence in Malacanang compound.
“The President did not meddle, but all he requested was for Revilla to decide on the merits of the case with his conscience and the senator (Revilla) said, ‘I will do what is right,’” Coloma stressed.
He stressed the President was merely concerned about interest groups that could influence the senators’ outcome of the impeachment trial. It was his duty as head of the executive department, he added.
Citing the statement of interior and local government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Coloma said the President is a political leader and he regularly discusses issues with senators, congressmen and local officials.
“Senator Revilla went to the meeting on his own accord, without indication that he did it against his will,” he said, stressing that that there was no “impropriety” about the issue.
Coloma called again on Revilla to respond to the people’s clamor for a full explanation on what happened to his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) allocation that he received from 2007 to 2009.