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President Duterte Shakes Hands with MVP after Imee Marcos’ Calls on Water Crisis

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By: Elena Grace Flores


YouTube video by Rappler
Duterte shakes MVP’s hand after months of rants over water deals

Are they just playing nice on the water crisis?

Following months of tirades, President Rodrigo Duterte and businessman Manny Pangilinan play nice in their first public meeting on March 3, 2020. They may look like they’re playing nice on the country’s water crisis but that’s what civil people do.Filipinos can only hope that they would put their acts together.



Senator Imee Marcos calls for ‘fast track construction of water flagship projects’

Senator Imee Marcos initially calls on the government to hasten the construction of water flagship projects. This includes the Kaliwa and Laiban dams. She hopes to make the water agency and two concessionaires accountable for the water shortage. The water rate is very high but the service is not at par, she said. She adds that the public deserves better service than what the two concessionaires render.

Duterte and MVP

President Rodrigo Duterte and businessman Manny V. Pangilinan exchange pleasantries. This is during their first public appearance together on Thursday, March 5. After reading his remarks, President Duterte shakes Pangilinan’s hand as he returns to his seat. The businessman stands up to greet the President. The two had a quick chat during the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Circumferential Road 3. Senator Bong Go then updates reporters that Duterte invited Pangilinan for a meeting “soon.” Duterte previously rants on the Ayala-led Manila Water and Maynilad upon the start of the water crisis in March 2019. That prompts him to order a review of the firms’ agreements with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

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The Japanese People Hail President Duterte’s Quick Thinking to Protect Filipinos from Novel Coronavirus

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By: Elena Grace Flores


YouTube video by ABS-CBN News
Duterte says ‘cannot do’ total South Korea travel ban amid coronavirus spread | ANC

Quick Thinking on Travel Bans but Considering the Economic Effects as Well

President Rodrigo Duterte is not in favor of a total travel ban on South Korea. It has at least 1,595 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to reports. Duterte says he cannot implement such a total ban. It risks isolating the Philippines. The country currently prohibits citizens from traveling to South Korea. Although, it excludes Filipinos who are workers, students, and permanent residents there. He also bars travelers from North Gyeongsang province.



Novel Coronavirus is Killing the Old People in Japan

The novel coronavirus kills older people at a very higher rate. Japan has the highest proportion of elderly people in the world. The number of reported cases in the country has steadily climbed to 230, with 11 deaths. The fatalities are mostly among people in their 80s. Globally, nearly 3,000 people have died, with the majority of deaths in China. South Korea and Italy’s recent surges in infections are also happening right now. They have moved quickly to test large numbers of people to treat and isolate the infected from others. This is not the case in Japan. It was also too late for their government to impose travel bans to the One China countries unlike the Philippine President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Primitive to Combat a Coronavirus Outbreak

The Filipino leader knows quite well that the national medical industry is too primitive when it comes to the devices, technologies, and facilities needed to contain the coronavirus if an outbreak occurs. Therefore, despite the great economic effect, the President needs to do what he has to do to protect his people. So far. Only 3 cases are confirmed in the country and 1 death that involves a man from Wuhan, China. The repatriates from the Diamond Princess cruise ship from Yokohama were properly quarantined in Clark prior to their release. Kudos, Mr. President!

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President Duterte Refuses to Pass the Presidency to Robredo Despite the Uncertainty of His Health

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discloses that he might have cancer and added that he does not know where he stands as the results of recent medical tests have not come yet. Duterte said in a speech in Manila that he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago. His doctor was advised this week to repeat the tests. Both tests aim to diagnose any abnormality in the digestive tract and colon. Despite the uncertainty of his health, he refuses to give hope to Vice President Leni Robredo that she can soon take over his place. He thinks that she is too weak strategy-wise to be a good leader for the Philippines.



YouTube video by TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: President Du30 said that VP Leni Robredo is too weak to be the next Philippine leader.


The President’s Health

Duterte has admitted even before that he has Barrett’s Esophagus, a gastroesophageal reflux disease in the stomach. The President has stated that he does not know how he is physically-speaking now. However, he said that in case he has cancer, he will let the public know about it. He does not care if it is stage 4. For sure, he will not prolong his agony both personally and professionally. The president also said that he will not prolong the agony of the top office of the land but to resign is definitely not an option.

Loyalty to the Late President Marcos

This strike against Robredo is not new anymore.  Duterte earlier said he would rather leave the country in the hands of a Marcos than his constitutional successor. He once said, “If I stop now in my crusade against drugs, and if there is no order in this place, and corruption will continue? You’re dead meat. I said you’re better off choosing an alleged dictator in the likes of Marcos. That’s what I suggested.” The late Ferdinand Marcos was accused as a tyrant but many prove the allegations as wrong and were just a black media propaganda against him. His namesake, Ferdinand Marcos is the Protester for the VP post.


Bongbong Marcos as Presidential Successor

Contrary to the media propaganda of Robredo’s camp, Atty. Glenn Chong assures the public that the recent threshold the PET uses for the recount of the VP electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo is 50%. Chong explained that 21,000 votes of Robredo did not pass the Supreme Court standard. As of now, they are set aside first. Therefore, the presumptive Vice President has 21,000 fewer votes currently. This is why in the revision reports, the total number of Robredo’s votes is a lot lower than the total of the election returns printed from the election machine.



Repeating History with Martial Law and Destabilization

According to Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Carlito Galvez Jr., the CPP has organized in at least 10 universities in the Metro for the plot to oust President Duterte. The traces gathered involving the activities of Reyes with the communist group can support this allegation. Galvez is also claiming that the communists intend to drag Duterte into declaring martial law as a political death trap. He compares it to the Plaza Miranda bombing of the 1970s. The authorities contemplate that a more or less similar scenario can happen again as per the nature of the rebels’ history.


VP Electoral Protest Update

Galvez also clarifies that the Liberal Party is not part of the CPP’s “Red October”. However, he adds that the CPP does desire to form a coalition with opposition groups to be able to oust the President. The party might not be officially associated with the communists but many of them especially the yellow-minded can only support the insurgents because of their intention to get rid of Duterte.



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Red October is the Start of Poor Months for the Government Detractors with Poverty Mentality

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte that he is more worried about the Red October reports than inflation. He alleged that his faction is suffering from the poor Ber months starting this month due to the surging prices of commodities. Activists like him dubbed as the Yellows blame the President for what the perceive as anti-poor policies. They cite the tax reform law as.one of the reasons. They seem to have no clue that the economic situation is a world issue.  Gasoline now costs $100 per barrel. All countries in the world face the same issue due to the dwindling sources of gasoline. Reyes proves that people with poverty mentality can only blame others for their misfortunes.

YouTube video by TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: The Grand Plan of Renato Reyes: Pangulong Duterte, tiwalang ‘di magtatagumpay ang Red October


Corrupting the Youth

The Communist Party of the Philippines is planning a “Red October”. According to Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Carlito Galvez Jr., the CPP has organized in at least 10 universities in the Metro for the plot to oust President Duterte. The traces gathered involving the activities of Reyes with the communist group can support this allegation.

Destabilization Efforts

The CPP has been working on the “Red October” plot since September 21 according to Galvez. They started with an “information drive” comparing Duterte’s administration to the alleged abuses during the Marcos regime. He also adds that this is a part of “Oplan Talsik”. The “Oplan Talsik”, is a series of mass mobilizations  of youth and labor sectors. This will continue until December, in line with the 50th founding anniversary of the CPP.


Triggering Martial Law Declaration

Galvez is also claiming that the communists intend to drag Duterte into declaring martial law as a political death trap. He compares it to the Plaza Miranda bombing of the 1970s. The authorities contemplate that a more or less similar scenario can happen again as per the nature of the rebels’ history.



LP Might be Out but Not the Yellows

Galvez also clarifies that the Liberal Party is not part of the CPP’s “Red October”. However, he adds that the CPP does desire to form a coalition with opposition groups to be able to oust the President. The party might not be officially associated with the communists but many of them especially the yellow-minded can only support the insurgents because of their intention to get rid of Duterte.


Poverty Drivers

Senator Francis Pangilinan, however, as the Liberal Party president points out that there is a difference between a desire to merge with other groups and having an actual coalition with the opposition. The statement of Galvez also contradicts the previous statement made by Brig. Gen Antonio Parlade. Parlade claimed that the opposition groups are in connivance with one another to remove Duterte from his presidency.



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The President’s EJK Sin Remark can Prove that He Follows the Rule of Law to Discipline People

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Discipline is a necessary trait for progress and the Filipinos sorely need it so. foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that Duterte’s actions against drugs ultimately protects the rights of the Filipinos. He believes that we are on the right track and that we are saving the country from becoming a narco-state. This is what he says before the General Assembly of the United Nations. By law, no one can be prosecuted by bluffing that he or she killed someone. The due process of law requires an investigation to gather evidence. Therefore, the critics can investigate Duterte all they want and see if there’s probable cause. Logically speaking, the Filipino leader will not say such a thing if he is guilty of it. Surely, his only sin is EJK. He could have solved the problem quickly if he allows eliminating criminals at once.

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[VIDEO]: Pres. Duterte: Ang kalasanan ko lang ‘yung mga extrajudicial killings


Discipline is Vital to the Rights of Filipinos

To quote Cayetano, “We may sometimes differ in how we express ourselves, yet this should not be interpreted as turning our backs on the universal declaration on human rights. On the contrary, we are instituting all of these reforms to be able to protect the rights of every single Filipino.” This was Cayetano’s defense for Duterte’s drug war. He says that the administration will prioritize to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens first.

PI Adheres to the UN Stance

The Philippines adheres to the stance of the UN with regards to the protection of rights, according to Cayetano. However, if given a choice between the rights of law-abiding citizens and that of drug lords and criminals, the former’s rights are what we choose to protect.


Admittance or a Challenge to Detractors?

The Malacañang have downplayed Duterte’s supposed admission of his sin for extrajudicial killings. He was just being “playful” as they say. Now Cayetano’s remarks came days after this supposed admission. Furthermore, the Philippine delegation employed the same reasoning to the UN assembly at Geneva.



The Media’s Alternative Facts

Cayetano criticized the media and marked their arguments as “alternative facts”. He claims that they have been sourced from the critics of Duterte. Furthermore, he questions them for using a different definition of extrajudicial killings in the oast administration.


Misled International Communities

With the Universal Periodic review of the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, they summarize the 27 recommendations of UN member-states. They urge the Philippines to immediately stop the killings from the context of this drug war. Instead, conduct thorough investigations. Furthermore, Myanmar and Thailand call the Philippines to provide protection from the threat of drugs while upholding human rights as well as to provide appropriate health measures. Most of these countries can only judge Duterte according to what they read. Take the case of the millions of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh. That should be a priority as far as human rights are concerned.