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Bongbong Marcos’ Response to President Du30’s Plea for Transitory Election

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The opposition earlier expressed its fear that the Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 asks for a transitory election to extend his term. Presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque disputes this by explaining that the leader even wants to cut 3 years of his term to allow the people to vote for their next head of state. Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide floats his fear that Du30 will run again with Bongbong Marcos as the Vice President. The tandem could easily win, he said. However, Marcos hints that the President is indeed true to his word that he is not into term extension. In fact, the former Senator already confirms with the media. He intends to run as President in the next election – may it be in 2019 or 2022.






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[VIDEO]: WOW! BONGBONG MARCOS SUSUNOD SA YAPAK Ni PANGULONG DUTERTE NA MAGING PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS!




Eyeing for the Presidency

The namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos eyes to become the next president of the Philippines. The former senator said this in a media interview.  He aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics. However, the presidency is not something that he wakes up in the morning and plans on it,’ he added. His return to Malacañang is the hope for the majority of Du30-Marcos supporters. So, if Du30 is not running, they can also do the reverse: Marcos-Du30 with Inday Sara as the running mate for VP.




Mayor Sara Du30 Jokes to Run as VP in 2019

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[VIDEO]: Will Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte run for Vice President? The President’s daughter was at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on for a hearing on the petition filed by her new party,

Capitalizing on Du30’s High Approval Rate

Davide’s fear is real. The Du30-Marcos tandem or vice versa can surely win the national election. This is because of the high approval rating of the President despite the massive destabilization efforts of his detractors. When both Marcos and Du30 loyalists merge, they certainly generate majority votes.









The Opposition’s Near Demise

The opposition’s near demise is now felt by their conspirators. Aside from having an unpopular head of their party elected in the executive office in the person of Leni Robredo, their forces in the other branches also dwindled. The removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is a demonstration of Sol. Gen. Jose Calida’s great influence. The pro and anti-Marcos senators and congressmen are still battling many issues. One thing is certain though, that the Marcos-Du30 alliance has the number to make this strategy a reality hopefully soon.







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US Ambassador to UN Haley: US Media Quits Liberalism Propaganda against Du30’s Drug War

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

In her United Nations speech recently, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley turns to the Philippines with regards to the big human rights task. Haley is on the side of President Du30 and the Philippines. She tells the UN General Assembly and international human rights organizations: “The Philippines is suffocating. We must give the Philippine the space to run his nation. We must respect their independence. It is not in our purview to decide administrative issues for the country. “That is the job of the president.”






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Human Rights to Work with the President on Drug War

Haley elaborated: “Destructive forces have never given the Duterte administration enough space to jump-start his programs of government; they did not even afford him the proverbial honeymoon period. Now, they have calibrated their plot to ouster movements and this is just the second year of his presidency.” She called on human rights groups (the UN’s included) to be impartial and not take political sides while dispensing their duties in any particular nation. She asked HR groups in the Philippines to engage in consultations with the Du30 government and shun political stances which may lead to a loss of relevance and credibility for the country.



Goodbye International Liberalism

The biggest boost for the Philippines in the unveiling of Trump’s new foreign policy doctrine will likely lie in its unblushing endorsement and defense of the sovereignty of nations. He espouses not only America’s return to greatness; he recognizes the sovereignty of rival powers like Russia, China, and virtually all nations. And that, of course, includes the Philippines. America under Trump is turning away from the architecture of liberal internationalism that has been dominant in international relations for so many decades, since the collapse of the Soviet Union.



Du30’s Strategy is Right

President Du30 was right in steering Philippine foreign policy towards closer relations with China, Russia, the ASEAN, while taking care to forge strong relations with the US. These developments invest added significance to the coming ASEAN leaders’ summit in November, which the country will host and where the US, China, and Russia, and other major nations will be in attendance. The Philippines is destined to become a bigger player in international affairs, commensurate with its size and impressive growth.








US Media Ceases Enthusiasm for Drug War Propaganda

The hope of the opposition that human rights violations or extra-judicial killings (EJKs) will be the way to bring down the Du30 presidency may have received a mortal blow. The enthusiasm of US media for grisly stories about the drug war will fade out. There is now zero chance that the US will interrupt with the regime change in the Philippines. Tindig coalition’s effort is just a waste.




Superstar speaks: Give Duterte space to run the Philippines




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Gordon on Duterte’s US Separation: Mind his actions not his hurtful words

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welcome By: Elena Grace FloresOn Duterte’s US separation, Senator Richard Gordon said; “I don’t agree with that. I think the President is wrong on that matter.” Mind his actions, not his hurtful words; he added. He’s different. He is probably just expressing disappointments but not necessarily the policy of the country. The senate has to decide on it as the constitution dictates. Maybe just balancing. On the other hand, the Americans are confused why Duterte has to cut ties when he can be friends with both countries?

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[VIDEO]: The Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, announces his ‘separation’ from the US as he aligns himself with China and Russia. . Report by Lydia Batham.



US Congress Delegation

The US Congress visited Gordon’s office to seek clarification of the Duterte administration’s policies. “They are concerned with the policy. I told them not to worry and look at acts not the words,” he said.“This one is different. He is venting hurt feelings, but that doesn’t mean that’s policy,” Gordon assured the delegation.

Gordon is against US Separation

When asked about Duterte’s US separation, Gordon said; “I don’t agree with that. I think the President is wrong on that matter,”
“You don’t have to leave your old friends that have been reliable—and not be totally reliable just because you want to get a few things. That’s shortsightedness,” he explained.



Not afraid to Disagree

Gordon is one of the very few politicians who criticizes the Philippine President when his moves and display of character are wrong. He listens to explanations. Just don’t provoke him. As a friend, not an ally, and tell him, ‘boss, don’t get upset, but if you do we can’t do anything, but what you’re doing is wrong;’ the senator revealed.



America failed the Philippines

Duterte made a significant remark by saying; “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to President Vladimir Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way. With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte announced this during his state visit in China.



China and the Philippines are Brothers

Xi told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they could “appropriately handle disputes”. He hinted on the South China Sea problem. “I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things,” Xi added.



South China Sea Issue

“The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea issue,” Liu said.

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http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/10/20/duterte-cuts-us-ties-aligns-with-china.html

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Reputation Management: Martin Andanar announces Duterte’s plea to supporters

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
There’s always a bad potato among the good ones. But the Duterte myth is contrary to the belief that his supporters are unruly bastard and bitches. Capable only of below the belt personal attacks. The experiment overnight showed that when properly explained, the negative subject is neutralized. They give reasons without the “F” word. Most argue from the start but could be very supportive in the end for unity’s sake. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plea to respect the media and Senator Leila De Lima will have great chance of success.








The President’s Plea

 

Reputation Management

The President through Martin Andanar urges his supporters to respect the media. This goes to Senator Leila de Lima as well. It is not good he said that Filipinos are hurting each other via social media. It is also unfair to our very own senator to be treated badly.



Senate as Co-equal Branch

The Palace recognizes that the senate is a co-equal branch of the executive office. They have the rights to conduct their own investigations on the alleged extra judicial killings.




Common Class Visayan Character

The president may be guilty of tough-talking. Saying one thing but meant another. But this is his strategy to confuse people. When confused, true colors can come out. Then he would know the sincere ones from the rest. People in Davao are very used to this kind of character. As Visayans tend to say bad words when showing closeness or fondness to others.



Social Media Reputation Management

It might not be appropriate to have a bad mouth as President, but Filipinos are forgiving. We just have to “educate” foreigners and international entities with Duterte’s culture. For Example, Duterte said; De Lima is only not screwing her driver but the country as well! This may sound humorous to most Filipinos – but mind you, it’s perversion in many cultures overseas. So. it’s up to us to help censor as an online reputation management effort.

President’s Awareness

The President is aware that he has crossed the line in terms of civilized public speaking. He is trying to change but it will not happen overnight. This is why he needs the help of his supporters not to escalate anymore his wrong language. It is evident that after bashing like Obama, the UN and the EU – social media supporters immediately promote them. Media on the other hand, cannot be blamed because it’s their job to document what really happened.

Supporters’ Responses

Reputation Management

It is already common knowledge that most Filipinos are not fond of reading the whole story. They immediately react at a sight of an intimidating title. This is experienced in a Political Group at Facebook named Freedom Society – which is composed mainly of Duterte supporters. Here, they even asked the media to stop destabilizing the country.  Personal attacks do happen but when the purpose is disclosed, most of them understand. So, reputation management for the president by his own supporters is very possible.

There were at least two who wanted a friendly discussion through the Messenger. I was privileged to have the chance to pick each others’ brains. In a very diplomatic way, of course. As for this one bad potato, he was too proud not to follow the president’s request. No wonder, he did not have a face on his profile!

Reference: Freedom Society at Facebook

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Philippine President says No to Martial Law this time

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
PhilippinePresident Rodrigo Duterte is already struggling is solving illegal drugs crime in the country. However, martial law is not yet an option at this time.

How could I solve this?; he asked. I cannot just imprison them nor kill them. But I also don’t like Martial aw; he added.

Martial Law Anniversary Speech

Speaking on the 44th anniversary of the declaration of martial law during his visit at Camp Elias Angeles San Jose in Pili, Camarines Sur, Duterte said the drug problem had corrupted government officials and personnel. Also including members of the National Bureau of Investigation, the police and judges.

“This will destroy your children, your grandchildren. and the next generation,” he said, referring to the drug menace.

Blamed for Extra Judicial Killings

Duterte is being assailed for rampant extrajudicial killings happening in the course of his war against illegal drugs even as he maintains that the government has nothing to do with such incidents.

He has tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines to join the police in the drug war, along with the fight against terrorism as he placed the country under a state of national emergency due to lawless violence after the Sept. 2 Davao City bombing.

Duterte

He is not like Marcos

Duterte had earlier said he was ready to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a former president and war veteran. But he stressed he is no Marcos.

Malacañang stressed no civil liberties were being curtailed and that the government was committed to due process and human rights that were sacrificed during martial law years, where atrocities were committed by uniformed authorities.

In his speech, Duterte noted how the drug problem caused infighting among those involved. He directed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to look into his latest list of 1,000 narco-politicians in a bid to prevent them from continuing their illicit trade.




Narco-politicians’ List

As a former prosecutor, Duterte said he assessed the names in the latest narco-politicians’ list one by one to determine if evidence would warrant the filing of cases against them.

At the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division in Camp Manuel Yan, Mawab, Compostela Valley on Tuesday, Duterte said it was important for him to have a strong military and police force that would not be corrupt so he could effectively lead the country.

“I cannot run a country with a weak Armed Forces, and I cannot run a country with a corrupt police,” the President said.

He said this was the reason he named the police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.




No intention to declare Martial Law

Earlier yesterday, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the President has no intention to declare martial law even if the option was presented to him during past discussions with close allies.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo admitted toying with the idea of “constitutional dictatorship” so Duterte could have powers over both the executive and legislative branches to speed up reforms.

“Believe me, from what I have seen, he will not go for martial law. There are other (ways)… that would support his (campaign)… including the declaration of a simple state of lawless violence in Mindanao right now,” Esperon said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay at Café Adriatico in Manila.




Martial Law is not Duterte’s Solution

“In fact, many have recommended the declaration of more stringent setups, including the declaration perhaps (of) martial law… but he did not go for it,” the former AFP chief said.

Duterte, 71, can be cited for using an iron-hand strategy in addressing crimes and illegal drugs, but he is not a dictator, Esperon insisted.

“So should we call him a constitutional dictator or do we call him a forceful law enforcer? Enforcer of the laws of the land, enforcer against criminality, enforcer for good governance,” Esperon added.

The Punisher Image

On Duterte’s moniker as “The Punisher,” Esperon explained that the President was keen on seeking retribution for the criminals.

“Yes, because he will have to punish. That’s exactly part of it, maybe an iron fist in enforcing the laws. He said, ‘What right do you have to manufacture or cook shabu and feed it to my children, to the next generation?’ I hope by now, we have realized the magnitude of the situation,” Esperon added.

Reacting to the recommendation of Panelo for the President to declare a constitutional dictatorship, Esperon doubted Duterte would consider this since the Chief Executive had been advocating federalism.

Constitutional Authoritarianism Association

“I don’t know why constitutional authoritarianism would be associated with the President. All I know is that he is very strict, and he is bent on enforcing the laws of the land,” Esperon said.

“He is a lawyer, and therefore he knows his rules but this is my take on it. I joined the campaign of (then Davao City) mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the common platform and that is federalism (which)… for me, is the key of the peace process in Mindanao,” Esperon added.

“Let me tell you this, if a candidate for president is going for martial law or for authoritarian rule or for consolidation of powers in unilateral central government… why would he go for federalism which will break up the country into several states?” Esperon asked.



Business as usual

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Sept. 21 was a regular working day so it was “governance as usual” but this “does not mean the significance of the day is lost to the collective memory of the nation.”

He said the government was open to anti-Marcos protests but they must be done peacefully.

Meanwhile, the Official Gazette noted the declaration of martial law should be commemorated on Sept. 23 and not Sept. 21.

In its article, the OG said the announcement made by Marcos on live television occurred on Sept. 23, although the official date on Proclamation No. 1081 was Sept. 21.

“Yet accounts differ… Two things emerge: first, whether they conflict or not, all accounts indicate that Marcos’ obsession with numerology (particularly the number seven) necessitated that Proclamation No. 1081 be officially signed on a date that was divisible by seven. Thus, Sept. 21, 1972 became the official date that martial law was established and the day that the Marcos dictatorship began. This also allowed Marcos to control history on his own terms,” it added.

Marcos Loyalists

Marcos loyalists based in Australia and those in Pangasinan vowed to continue their call for a hero’s burial for Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Pearly Gardiner, public relations officer of Ilocano Associations of Australia, was quoted by the Ilocos Norte provincial government media office as saying they would organize vigil rallies and spearhead a signature campaign urging the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

Some Pangasinenses, for their part, are insisting that thousands continue to benefit from the programs of the Marcos administration and the Bayanihan Bayan Movers Pangasinan Organization of Genuine Inhabitants is also calling for the late strongman’s hero’s burial.



References: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/22/1626235/duterte-i-dont-want-martial-law

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/08/09/Duterte-warns-Sereno-crisis-martial-law.html

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Philippine President asks for Deadline Extension but Killing is not the solution

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores




Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he did not have all the data pertaining to the illegal drugs problem in the country. That he needs an extension on his self-imposed 3 to 6 motnhs deadline.

Philippine President

During the campaign period and when he assumed office last June 30, Duterte vowed to solve the drug menace within six months in his administration. That hardline campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality catapulted him to power. More than 16 million Filipino people voted for him because of his anti-illegal drug and anti-criminality campaign promise.
Now, barely three months in office, Duterte acknowledged the widespread proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the country. He said that he was shocked to know its extent that even people in government are involved in it.

Self-imposed deadline

The President said his self-imposed deadline of six months is too short. Officials said there about 4 millions drug users in the country. Well, you have six years to clean this Republic of illegal drugs, Mr. President. That is, if you can survive. So remove that “self-imposed deadline.”




Another list of government officials composed of some 1,000 personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade is now in the hands of the chief executive. He said that even if he decides to kill these people he cannot kill them all.

Public Officials are Involved

Most of those involved are barangay officials and policemen who are conniving or extending assistance to drug lords for personal gain. There are even politicians who are really into the illegal drug business.

Easy Money Attracts People

Well, we know already that the illegal drug trade is a multi-billion-peso industry and a very lucrative business. Though very “delicate,” it is a very tempting business because it gives easy money.

Look at those known drug lords like the late Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, Kerwin Espinosa and Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro. They started only as street pushers but became millionaires after a few years of operation. Those who are already millionaires are still into it and are raking more money.

Following the aggressive anti-drug campaign and the launching of “Oplan Tokhang,” close to one million surrenderees have surfaced all over the country and only 3,000 drug personalities got killed in either legitimate police operations or vigilante-style killings.

Achievement or a Menace?

But this is already phenomenal and an achievement of the Duterte administration. We would not have seen this in a Jejomar Binay, Mar Roxas or Grace Poe presidency. He boasted that if he did not become the president, the problem will continue in the same magitude.

Imagine even drugs convicts who are serving their prison terms at the National Penitentiary and whose movements are being restricted are still able to do their illegal drug trade inside. This situation is very prevalent in all jails all over the country. And why this is happening? Because of corruption that even jail officials are involved.




National Bilibid Prison

The testimony of convicted drug lord Herbert Colangco in yesterday’s hearing at the House committee investigating the alleged involvement of then justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima in the illegal drug trade is quite revealing. Granting that it was true, imagine a Cabinet official who had a political ambition will do that kind of shenanigan.

Accusing the Rival

Colangco, who is serving a jail term at the National Bilibid Prison, told committee members how he and other prison leaders were tapped by de Lima to raise funds for her senatorial bid. And the funds they raised were proceeds of the illegal drugs they peddled inside and outside of the national prison.

The intelligence reports gathered that drugs supplies came from Munti were indeed true. So, how can we control the proliferation of illegal drugs when some of our “big shots” in the government like a Cabinet member, police officials, government employees and politicians are into it?

Killings cannot sove the Problem

Fighting illegal drugs is everybody’s concern. It cannot be solved through killings. Even if all drug lords are killed tomorrow, new ones will take their place. Well, Duterte’s approach to deal with the problem is just part of the “cleansing” process but is not the ultimate solution to it.

Reference: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/opinion/2016/09/20/nalzaro-killing-not-ultimate-solution-498908

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/18/asia/philippines-presidents-drug-war/index.html

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How’s it like to have Bongbong Marcos as Philippine President in 2022

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Starting last May 2016 election, Bongbong Marcos is widely expected to run as, Philippine President in 2022.  It is not hidden from the prying eyes of the general public that current President Rodrigo Duterte and Marcos are in unison to the belief that the previous administration  did not lead the country to its potential growth. There were  chronic corruption and most especially,   law and order instability. Massive infrastructural bottlenecks were a;so criticized and perhaps, the reason for its downfall.  The former President Aquino’s absence of decisive leadership in the country was just too obvious.

A multi-million dollar jewelry collection that once belonged to Imelda Marcos is up for auction.

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The nation might be divided in Duterte’s view for more engagement with China – putting the sovereignty of the country over its side of the  South China Sea on the negotiating table. Similarly, they have expressed doubt in the present democratic system.
Since many are frustrated with the past administration’s handling of similar cases, the 16 million Filipinos who voted for Duterte has tried to convince the whole nation into supporting and understanding the ways of the tough-talking president.

However, despite the good intentions of President Duterte, the majority who did not vote for him would always find ways to go against him. The least criticize him for his indecent moves. On the other hand, the Pro-Dutertes are also ready at all times to defend him even if he has displayed a distasteful manner.




The country’s “to each his own” strategy designed to avoid clashes especially among family members, clearly divided the nation. Not much progress can be expected from warring members of the senate and congress. This is contrary to the media propaganda created by Duterte’s supporters that he has done numerous things in his first quarter in the public office.

Fateh al Sham is a leading member of the Army of Conquest alliance, which groups its fighters with those of Islamist factions such as Ahrar al Sham.

The Observatory said unidentified aircraft hit an Army of Conquest meeting on Thursday night, killing Saraqeb and another rebel commander named as Abu Muslim al Shami.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the US military was not involved in the attack.

“It was not a US strike,” he said.

A US defence official later told the AFP news agency that Russia was the “leading suspect” in the strike.

The ongoing fighting in Aleppo came as US and Russian officials brokered a deal calling for a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin on 12 September.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hopes the agreement, forged with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, could be a “turning point” which ends the civil war and leads to political transition in Syria.

Since the country’s current division won’t bring chaos if people will just let government officials do whatever it takes to do their jobs, it is perhaps time to do a reality check on future presidentiables.

Bongbong Marcos of course ,will come to mind first if you ask the  pro-Marcos. But how about the anti-Marcos during the era of his father? That would perhaps still probably divide the nation. The only big difference is, Bongbong Marcos’s personality is by far a lot better than Duterte.  The masses, the elite society group, and the middle class won’t be ashamed to be represented by him. This article aims to feel the impulse of our readers. Let us hear you out!

Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/26/opinions/philippines-election-analysis/

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Abu Sayyaf vowed to terrorize Philippine President Duterte’s administration

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte halts negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf group after beheading a teenager, the terrorists are challenged. They vowed to mastermind more attacks all over the country. They seem to want to show their resistance to the leader. Here’s the full story:

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has claimed responsibility for the blast in Davao City which left 14 dead and more than 60 wounded on Friday evening.
ASG spokesperson Abu Rami said the Davao attack is a “call for unity to all mujahideen in the country” amid the all-out offensive of the military against the group.

Rami said that the attack in Davao City is not part of a tactic to divert the attention of government forces who have been pursuing the bandits in Sulu and Basilan.

He warned that similar attacks should be expected in the coming days.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this week ordered intensified operations to finish off the 400-strong terror group, following the death of 15 soldiers in a clash in Patikul, Sulu.

After the explosion in Davao, Duterte also declared a “state of lawlessness,” where he will “invite uniformed personnel to run the country.”

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/03/16/abu-sayyaf-owns-up-to-davao-blast-warns-of-more-attacks

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Daughter of the Philippine President Mayor Sara urges people not to be terrorized by night market blast

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Mayor Sara, daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is braver more than ever. She urges the people in Davao not to be terrorized by the market blast that happened in Davao. Read the full story here:

DAVAO – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte stood firm that the city must “not be terrorized” by the blast that ripped through the city’s popular night market Friday evening.

“We will not be terrorized by this heinous crime and I call on all Dabawenyos to unite and let us help each other rise from this senseless incident,” Sara Duterte said as she extended her condolences to the victims’ families.

Duterte assured Davao residents that the city government will provide assistance for the “hospitalization, burial, funeral, and day-to-day expenses” of those killed or injured in the explosion that took the lives of at least 14 people, and left over 60 people injured.

The Davao mayor also issued a two-pronged reminder for local officials to “stay within the bounds of their official duties”, and for the public to “remain vigilant and to report any and all suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/03/16/sara-duterte-we-will-not-be-terrorized-by-night-market-blast

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Philippine President expects the Davao night market blast and others too

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Philippine President expects acts of revenge by the insurgents group like the Davao market blast recently. The sad part is, there’s more to come in other places as the war with the rebels is ongoing in Jolo. Read the full story here:

DAVAO – President Rodrigo Duterte insisted there was no “failure of intelligence” in the Davao night market explosion that claimed the lives of at least 14 people and injured at least 67 others Friday evening.

“I remember warning everybody that there’s going to be a reprisal because of the ongoing war in Sulu,” Duterte said.

“We were forewarned. We were ready for this. There was a warning, not only in Jolo but (in) other places also,” Duterte said earlier in a press conference, admitting the blast may be connected to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Duterte declined to give more details about information that the military and police have, saying authorities are still “trying to link the pieces together.”

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar earlier told ABS-CBN News that although the ASG and drug lords are primary suspects, authorities have yet to rule out other angles.

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/03/16/duterte-davao-night-market-blast-not-a-failure-of-intelligence

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