‘Destroyer of reputation’: Trillanes’ return to jail, possible – Malacañang
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement wished outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV the best of luck as he may need it once he exits the Senate.
“While many will wish Mr. Trillanes good riddance as he is about to leave the hallowed halls of the Senate at the end of June of this year, we will instead wish him luck as he faces another prospect of being placed behind bars again as the self-confessed black propagandist turns against his master, even as his victims look forward to seeing the Senate, or better yet the Government, without the cantankerously obnoxious coup plotter,” Panelo said.
This was Panelo’s response to Trillanes following the senator’s latest rant on Twitter.
“Ayan ka na naman. Hindi ka pa nga nakakabawi sa kapalpakan mo dun sa inimbento mong offshore bank accounts na bintang mo sakin pati na rin dun sa mga sinabi mo laban sa Nanay ko, tapos may bago ka na namang bintang. This time si Bikoy naman ang source mo. Henyo ka talaga, Duts,” Trillanes said on his post referring President Rodrigo Duterte as “Duts”.
Just recently, President Duterte tagged Trillanes as “shameless” for ruining the Senate and for using his power as senator to run after people.
“You are shameless. You are not even a man,” Duterte said during a thanksgiving party for Senator-elect Bong Go.
Panelo said, Trillanes should answer the accusations of Peter Joemel Advincula (alias Bikoy) against him.
“The outgoing Senator should first address the serious allegation pointing to him as the mastermind and in conspiracy with certain political leaders identified with the opposition of the unlawful plot to topple the Duterte Administration,” the Presidential Spokesperson said.
Panelo said throughout Trillanes’ service in the Senate, he just proved himself as a “destroyer of reputations of people”.
With that reputation, Panelo believes Trillanes’ exit from the Senate will be his “great service to the nation.”
Trillanes’ term as senator ends in June this year.
The outgoing senator, meanwhile, posted a taunting reply to the Presidential Spokesperson.
“Panelo’s long press release betrays his and Duterte’s obsession about me. While, I’m supposed to feel good knowing that I have successfully gotten under their skin, but coming from somebody like Panelo, it somehow feels creepy,” he said in a tweet. — Marje Pelayo (with details from Rosalie Coz)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday graced the thanksgiving party of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
The party was held at a hotel in Makati City on Monday night to celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 Midterm elections.
The HNP supported 13 administration-backed senatorial candidates, nine of whom emerged victorious in the recent elections.
The HNP-backed senators-elect were present at the party as well as losing senatorial bets.
“Kayong lahat po ang reason kung bakit nanalo ang majority sa mga senators na tinulungan po ng HNP,” Sara Duterte said in a speech as she welcomed the party’s guests.
The president and his daughter led the singing during the event, with the chief executive dedicating some songs to Sara, and his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
Some of the notable attendees at the party were congressmen-elect Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) and Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque).
Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco are three of the aspirants for the House of Representatives’ speakership post. Other contenders are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.
The three were also seen talking with Duterte during Monday evening’s gathering.
A source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to talk to media, told UNTV News and Rescue that Duterte may only choose among Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco for his speakership bet.
The president may also announce his candidate before Friday, the source said.
Masbate Representative-elect Wilcon Kho earlier said Duterte may reveal his preferred speakership bet on June 28 as announced during a dinner meeting with several lawmakers at Malacañang on June 18. (with details from Grace Casin)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would name Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma as the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Duterte announced this during the premiere night of the feature film “Kontradiksyon” at a mall in Mandaluyong City.
The president said Garma, who has been in the police service for more than 20 years, will be replacing Alexander Balutan.
Balutan, a retired military general, resigned last March citing personal reasons for leaving the post.
Duterte appointed Balutan in 2016 but his stint in the PCSO was marred by allegations of improper spending when the agency held a luxurious party at a five-star hotel for its employees and guests in December. (with details from Grace Casin)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Recto 22 after he reiterated that the abandonment of the 22 fishermen was just a “maritime incident”.
During the premiere of the movie “Kontradiksyon,” Duterte told reporters that the incident did not result in any confrontation.
“Well, I’m sorry, but that’s how it is,” he said. “They know that that area is claimed by both. For China, it happened within their jurisdiction. For us [it happened] within our jurisdiction. We have two conflicting claims of ownership.”
The Filipino boat captain previously expressed disappointment over Duterte’s remarks when he said the allision was only a “maritime incident”.
A Filipino vessel was allegedly hit by a Chinese vessel on June 9. The Filipino fishermen were abandoned at sea and were saved by Vietnamese fishermen after a few hours.
Duterte clarified that he is not belittling the situation. However, he said that it would not justify sending military troops to the area.
“It’s a maritime incident. ‘Little’ in the sense that it did not result in any confrontation. This not to belittle anything. There was damage but luckily nobody died,” he said. “That is not a reason to go to any military exercise there. If you do that, that’s war.”—AAC
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