De Lima urges Duterte to disclose cost of ‘operation’ against her

admin   •   January 5, 2017   •   11012

Senator Leila de Lima challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to reveal the source of funding and the total cost of the alleged demolition job being used against her.


“Aguirre and his gang better get their stories straight because we will have a full blown Senate inquiry to get the truth out,” said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

As the new year starts, Senator Leila de Lima faces yet another allegation by Justice Secretray Vitaliano Aguirre that she and Sen. Trillanes are the ones behind the stabbing of high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian during a riot inside the New Bilibid Prison on September 28.

“I am afraid our Secretary of Justice is such a lying bastard, a despicable lying bastard. Ano na naman iyan, katawa-tawa na naman iyan. Ginagawa nila ako masyadong powerful na may kontrol diyan sa buong— Even what, order inmates to stab fellow inmate? That’s supposed to be the most guarded facility,” Sen. De Lima said.

The lady senator added. Sec. Aguirre’s actions are based on the order of the president, whom she claims as the one behind the riot in the NBP.

“I have an information na sila mismo ang nag-order niyan para takutin ang problema na sobrahan iyong pag-stab doon sa namatay, si Tony Co. They are supposed to be injured by stabbing para takutin lang kasi nga ayaw nila noong una. So, kelan sila nag-testify sila Jaybee Sebastian, Peter Co and Vicente Sy? Di ba after that incident?” said De Lima.

De Lima also denied having known Tomas Donino, Sebastian’s attacker, who said in his affidavit that a certain navy officer having links with her and Trillanes was the one who gave orders to him.

Trillanes also denied being behind the stabbing incident and said the Senate will conduct and investigation to find out the truth.

Meanwhile, De Lima challenged the president to disclose the source of funds and total expenses incurred by agencies used by Duterte in their operation against her.

She also questioned the reward money given by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption to the person who gave tip on the whereabouts of Ronnie Dayan.

“Magkano na ho ba ang ginagastos ninyo sa mga operations na iyan against me? Hindi naman pupwede na libre lahat ng iyan – sina Sandra Cam, sina Esmeralda. Siyempre may mga bayad iyan, may mga budget iyan. Sino ang pomopondo sa kanila? Yung VACC, sino ang pumupondo sa kanila?”

De Lima is currently facing 16 cases, including disbarment and ethics complaints filed by House leaders in the Senate.

The lady senator hopes this year she can focus more on her work as a legislator rather than answering issues meant to discredit her. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte won’t compromise on quarantine protocols for returning OFWs

Marje Pelayo   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is not comfortable with relaxing quarantine and testing protocols for arriving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

During Wednesday’s (April 21) public address, the President noted that less stringent measures could compromise the entire country as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

“I’m not quite comfortable with the relaxation that’s being brought now,” he said.

“I am not ready for a compromise lalo na ngayon. ‘Yung ibang sakit siguro, pwede pa – iyong mga rabies. Pero ito, talagang … as I have said, dapo rito, dapo roon,” he added.

The meeting which included health experts was in response to the appeal of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for an immediate swab test on OFWs upon arrival and a shortening of the quarantine period or their stay in hotels or isolation facilities.

“Kaya nga po kami nakikiusap sana, na kung maaari, ay we go back to the original protocol noon na pagdating ng ating OFWs, swab kaagad sila,” Bello said.

The medical experts recommended a review of the testing protocol but insisted that the implementation of strict quarantine measures is still best to be strictly enforced at this time.

“The [Technical Advisory Group] had some preliminary discussions po regarding the current issue, and we were thinking that based on the data that we have right now, it’s a better option to review the testing protocol,” said DOH-TAG member Dr. Anna Ong-Lim.

“We recommend that it be done at a later time, but the critical intervention should really be that quarantine should be strictly enforced,” she concluded.

Duterte OKs grant of one-time P20K aid to employees’ compensation pensioners

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the grant of one-time financial aid of P20,000 to qualified pensioners under the employees’ compensation (EC) program.

Under Administrative Order (AO) No. 39, which was signed on Monday, Duterte authorized the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) to grant the cash aid to EC pensioners for permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, and survivorship, in the private and public sectors, “subject to the availability of funds and pertinent laws, rules and regulations.”

Duterte directed the ECC, Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to set aside and release appropriate funding to cover the financial assistance from the Social Insurance Fund under the EC Program.

The ECC, in coordination with the SSS and GSIS, will issue the implementing rules and regulations necessary for the effective implementation of the order.

In signing the AO, Duterte recognized that the “adverse effects of the pandemic on the economy, supplementary health necessities for the battle against the virus, and restrictions imposed on our mobility and social interaction, have increased the financial and health burdens experienced by the EC pensioners.

The one-time cash aid will be granted to around 31,000 pensioners of the SSS and GSIS.

Duterte said AO 39 will take effect following its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

Statements of ‘alter-egos’ also reflect Duterte’s stand on West PH Sea issue — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday said there is no need for President Rodrigo Duterte to speak on China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea, saying the strong statements of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of National Defense (DND) also reflects the president’s stance on the issue.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement to dispel notions that Duterte has been silent on the reported number of Chinese vessels still lingering in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Doctrine of qualified political doctrine, kapag po hindi dini-dis-own ng president ang mga sinasabi ng kaniyang mga alter-egos, parang siya na po ang nagsasalita, hindi na kailangang siya ang magsalita,” Roque said in an online briefing.

The Palace official was referring to a Constitutional Doctrine which states that “utterances of alter egos are utterances of the President unless the president renounces them.”

Roque also reiterated that Duterte already stressed the importance of the 2016 Hague Ruling on the West Philippine Sea and that the Philippines will not set aside the landmark decision.

The National Task Force-West Philippine Sea earlier reported that at least 240 Chinese vessels were found lingering in various parts of the West Philippine Sea during its latest sovereignty patrols in the area.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier demanded the immediate withdrawal of the remaining Chinese vessels in the Julian Felipe Reef, telling the ships to sail away and for the Chinese to “leave our sovereign territories and abide by the international law.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. also repeatedly fired off diplomatic protests and called for the immediate withdrawal of Chinese vessels in the disputed waters.


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