Duterte offers P1-million reward for info on hunted Abus in Bohol

admin   •   April 20, 2017   •   2963

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to give P1-million reward to anyone who can report the whereabouts of wanted Abu Sayyaf members in Bohol.

“My order is to the police and the…all…and even civilians who are interested to fight and kill, my order is dead or alive,” he said.

This is the order of President Duterte for the immediate capture of the hunted bandits who are believed to have escaped from the security operations of the military and police troops on April 11 in Inabanga, Bohol.

READ: AFP begins pursuit ops vs alleged ASG members after Bohol encounter

The President made the statement in a security briefing for the Asean Summit in Tagbilaran, Bohol on Wednesday.

“Kaya ‘yung anim na maybe scouring the safety nets kung saan sila maka-landing, I have a one million offer per person ako. Tip lang ibigay mo sa pulis pati military, no questions asked, do not even give your name, sabi mo lang kung saan sila at gobyerno na ang bahala,” President Duterte said.

(So the six who are maybe scouring the safety nets, where they are landing. I have a P1 million offer per person. Just a tip, give it to the police or the military, no questions asked. Do not even give your name. Just tell their whereabouts and the government will take over.)

President Duterte also wants every civilian to have firearms.

The Chief Executive believes that through this, the bandit group will be seized and prevent their influence to further.

“Intend also to arm the civilians and I will include the civilians. ‘Pag nakapatay ka, you don’t have to worry. You just go to the police and make the report and state your truth. Wala kang problema, I’ll take care of you. I’ll pardon you or whatever,” President Duterte added.

(I intend also to arm the civilians and I will include the civilians. If you killed a person, you don’t have to worry. You just go to the police and make the report and state your truth. You won’t have a problem. I’ll take care of you. I’ll pardon you or whatever.)

READ: 9 dead in joint military ops vs suspected Abu Sayyaf in Bohol

President Duterte assured the safety of the citizens in Bohol despite the encounter in the town of Inabanga.

The President said if the problem on terrorism worsens, he does not have any other option but to raid Jolo where the ASG is believed to have taken a stronghold.

“Because pagka ganon I will maybe invade Jolo. Invasion na lang talaga. But maraming ma-disgrasya diyan civilians, bata… But ‘pag naipit na ang bayan, I will order the invasion of Jolo. Lahat ng Army, lahat ng Navy magpunta doon. Iyan bakbakan na talaga iyan. Kung iyan ang gusto nila, ibibigay ko,” President Duterte stated.

(If that is the case, I will, maybe, invade Jolo. Invasion. But many will get affected. Civilians, children. I will oder invasion of Jolo. The entire army. The entire Navy. There will be battles. If that’s what they wanted, I will give them that.)

On April 11, an encounter erupted between the armed group and the joint forces of police and military in the town of Inabanga, Bohol.

The military had said before that there were ASG members who were able to escape the security operations. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte to wait for FDA approval before using Sinopharm vax – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will wait for China-state-owned Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to secure an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before receiving a dose, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement after the FDA confirmed that it has received Sinopharm’s application for an EUA that was filed on Monday afternoon.

“Mag-aantay po si president ng EUA dahil nabalita ko nga kahapon, mayroon na pong nag-apply ng EUA for the Sinopharm,” Roque said in a press briefing.

Securing an EUA from the FDA is part of the process for a vaccine to be legally used in the country.

The FDA earlier approved a compassionate use license for 10,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines for the members of the Presidential Security Group.

The agency, however, clarified that the issuance of such a permit is not tantamount to a stamp of approval.

Duterte earlier expressed a preference for Sinopharm developed COVID-19 vaccines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte plans to visit China to personally thank President Xi for COVID vaccine donations

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to visit China to personally thank President Xi Jinping for donating 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines.

“I’d like to just say that towards the — maybe at the end of the year, when everything has settled down — I intend to make a short visit to China to just shake hands with President Xi Jinping and to personally thank him for this donation,” he said.

President Duterte noted China’s gesture of delivering the vaccine through its government military aircraft unlike other countries who needed to pick up the supply from China.

“I would like to just add that China has donated several vaccines to several countries. But it is only the donation made to the Philippines that was carried by a Chinese government plane. Iyong iba kinukuha doon sa China. Dito, hinatid sa atin,” he said.

The Chief Executive said he may push a trip to China by the end of the year.

Before heading to Beijing, the President said he wanted to visit Xiamen to see the school building that was built in honor of his late mother, Soledad.

“Maybe I’ll go to Xiamen. There’s a school built to honor my mother. You know, my mother was one of the first educators of the Chinese school in Davao,” he said.

Duterte insisted during Sunday’s arrival of China’s Sinovac vaccine that China has not requested anything in return for the donated vaccine adding that the donation is a “gesture of friendship and solidarity” between the two countries. 

Duterte still awaiting doctor’s advice on COVID vaccination

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (February 28) said, if he were to be asked, he wants to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

But due to advanced age, he said he needs his doctor’s clearance particularly on which brand of vaccine to get inoculated with.

The President is taking into consideration the experts’ advice to be more careful in choosing a vaccine for individuals like him who are past the age of 70.

“As to what brand, iyan ang problema because it is left to the sound discretion of my doctor,” he said.

“May caveat pa ‘yan. Seventy above  people are, you know, sinasabi nila huwag na. In some areas, some countries, hindi na binabakunahan ‘yang 70. It’s either because they are nearing death or about to die or it could be useless to give them the vaccine because anyway they won’t live long,” he added.

Still, the President believes and is willing to get inoculated against COVID-19.

President Duterte is turning 76 years old on March 28.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier announced that the Office of the President is studying the possibility of giving the Chief Executive COVID-19 vaccine from Sinopharm, the brand of vaccine administered to the members of his Presidential Security Group.

READ: Office of the President eyeing Sinopharm vaccine for PRRD under compassionate use

Roque said it was also President Duterte’s brand of choice. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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