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Pinoy CNN hero as urban poor head?

By: Oscar Omer Almenario

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte is considering CNN hero Efren Peñaflorida Jr. as the next chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday.
“PRRD has expressed his desire to appoint somebody who hails from the poor and marginalized sector to the PCUP”, Roque said in a statement.
Roque said according to the chief executive, “he wants someone who can contribute in solving the problems of the poor and activate pro-poor programs such as the one featured by CNN known for his “pushcart classroom.”<!–more–>
A social worker and teacher, Peñaflorida was hailed CNN Hero of the Year in 2009 for his work in “Kariton Klasrum”, a project that aims to make school accessible to Filipino street children through pushcarts as mobile classrooms.
According to Roque, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has been tasked to look for Peñaflorida to “ask him regarding the chief executive’s offer for him to join the administration.”
Duterte’s decision to appoint Peñaflorida came after he ordered the firing of all commissioners of the urban poor commission over junkets and their supposed failure to hold meetings.
Duterte said dismissed PCUP chairman Terry Ridon traveled seven time since his appointment in September 2016.
Under Executive Order 82, the PCUP serves as the direct link of the urban poor to the government in policy formulation and program implementation addressed to their needs.

PH senator speaks of P6.4B drug import

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
“I got to know Mr. Kenneth Dong when a friend introduced him to me several years ago. I was told that he is a legitimate businessman and an importer of Asuki industrial weighing scales. I consider him a friend but I do not know what his dealings and businesses are except for his ownership of Asuki.”
This was the statement Wednesday of Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on the alleged involvement of Mr. Kenneth Dong on the P6.4 billion drug importation seized in Valenzuela City.
Zubiri said Dong made him “Ninong” (godfather) at his wedding and he was only one of many senators, politicians and celebrities who were asked to be principal sponsor.

PH rebels to help fight terrorists?

By: Omer Oscar Almenario
President Rodrigo Duterte has met with Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari, amid reports that the MNLF was offering its troops to help fight the Maute Group’s scourge of Marawi City.
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Saturday said Misuari was joined by wife Tarhata and their son Abdulkarim at a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City.
Duterte had earlier revealed that he was considering the offer of the MNLF, around the same time the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) also offered its troops.
To date, President Duterte’s administration has not officially accepted the offer of reinforcements from the forces offering additional troops against the Maute Group. However, Duterte said he was considering doing so.

Philippines in crisis

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday “there is crisis in this country and there is “nothing to hide” as he ordered the military and police to conduct searches which aim to prevent perpetrators of blood incidents from pursuing their criminal and terroristic act.
With the environment of lawless violence happening, President Rodrigo Duterte demonstrates a focused leadership and strong stand against criminality and assured that the government is here to protect the public.
The President gave the assurance immediately following the latest bombing in Davao City that killed 14 and injured on Friday night.
President Duterte said: “I have the duty to protect the country and to keep the integrity of the nation intact.”
He added: “It is not Martial Law, its nothing to do with the suspension of the habeas corpus.”

PH official defends war on drugs

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
SECRETARY Perfecto Yasay of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) made clear that there are four points on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, a very urgent and critical domestic matter, is being waged with firm adherence to established human rights principles.
“The President has, time and again, declared his avowed purpose to pursue this war on drugs in accordance with the rule of law and full respect for human rights and has, in fact, urged civil rights organizations to immediately provide evidence of extrajudicial killings,” Yasay said in a press statement Monday.
Yasay issued the clarification following reports about the joint media statement issued by the Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and the Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health, with regard to the Philippine government’s war on illegal drugs.

Executive-Senate spat in PH heats up

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
WHILE Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima are in collision course, Senator Richard Gordon said on Thursday that the Senate should not take a stand on their quarrel.
President Duterte on Wednesday night called De Lima an “adulterer and immoral woman”, alleging that her driver collected money for her during the campaign. He also alleged that the money was sourced from illegal drug trade.
De Lima, however, fought back, saying that it is an “abuse and misuse” of his executive power.
Gordon said it is unnecessary for the Senate to take a stand on the issue.
“I don’t think we should take a stand. Why should we take a stand? That is her problem in the first place, it could be personal,” he said, noting that the Senate would not want to be dragged into the issue should President Duterte come out with pieces of evidence.

Filipinos losing trust in justice system?

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon on Tuesday urged the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to come up with a comprehensive reform package and long-term solutions to solve criminality and bring back the people’s trust in the justice system.
“The challenge to all of us is to come up with complete and significant reforms in our justice system, so that the government does not have to resort to a ‘shame campaign’ strategy in an effort to solve criminality,” Drilon said.
Drilon stressed the need for the Duterte administration to look for a long-term solution to crimes, saying that “shame campaigning” would not put criminals behind bars.
“What we need is an effective justice system that will make punishment a deterrent against crimes. We must work all together – the three branches of government – for a justice system that is capable to punish criminals on time,” Drilon stressed.