President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte again lambasted the leftist groups especially the New People’s Army (NPA) because of their continued acts of violence, recently.
Including the involvement of a four-month-old infant in an NPA ambush in Bukidnon last November 9.
According to the chief executive, he wants to formalize or announce NPA’s category as a terrorist group and not a rebel group. He also wants to file cases against all group members involved in spreading violence like murder and arson.
“Before, we recognized them as legitimate rebels. But with their continued depredations and killing of innocent people, I’ll be issuing a proclamation. I will remove them from the category of a legal entity or at least a semi-movement which would merit our attention, placing them as, the same with America, — terrorist,” President Duterte said.
Since 2002, the United States has considered CPP-NPA as foreign terrorist organization.
President Duterte also blamed the rebel group for the price hike in common goods.
“Because NPA extorts. Even the farmers pay. It is an added cost to the price. All the businessmen here burned the — but it’s providing work for the countryside and yet they are destroying the very essence of the industry. That is the reason for the increase, they extort,” he added.
With regards to the peace talks, he also questioned the group: why would they talk to him if they consider him a fascist and an anomalous leader.
In the end, the Chief Executive warned that he will strengthen military offensives against the NPA and the groups supporting [these rebels] will also be held accountable.
“Now it’s a great conspiracy between Bayan even the—they are in conspiracy with the rebellion going on. We will study and maybe we will have a crackdown there somewhere. So all of those, pretending to be the — speaking for the people, those quasi-stuff you are talking about, you say it is legitimate and yet you are — I said continuing the depredations, putting industries down and making it hard for the people to make a living,” Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Malacañang shrugs off ‘guilty’ verdict of International People’s Tribunal vs Duterte
The panel of the International People’s Tribunal | Image grabbed from the Facebook page of International Peoples’ Tribunal PH
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang shrugged off the guilty verdict handed to President Rodrigo Duterte by the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) on charges of human rights violations.
According to presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the said tribunal which recently convened in Brussels, Belgium, is propaganda body comprised of left-leaning groups.
“That’s a sham decision. It has no official sanction. The validity of the findings will depend on the credibility of the tribunals. They appear to be a propaganda body of the international left, and therefore we set it aside as a useless piece of propaganda against the government,” said Roque.
IPT 2018 convened this week to hear cases filed against Duterte on his alleged violations against political, civil, economic, social rights, international humanitarian law and others.
The IPT findings will reportedly be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), European Parliament and International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
“We heard the summary of testimonies of witnesses — many of them heart-wrenching, traumatic and horrific- experts and resource persons as well as the digest of wealth of data, information, facts, and other evidence. It is our consensus therefore, the defendants Duterte, trump and all other defendants are guilty of all the charges specified in the indictment and therefore they are accountable for crimes against humanity,” said the jury.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said the International People’s Tribunal is initiated by the people to seek redress when traditional institutions are either limited or skewed.
NUPL President Edre Olalia also said in a statement that the IPT is a unique arena or platform for the urgent process of establishing the truth.
He also stood firm that IPT observes due process and defendants are notified and given the opportunity to participate and defend themselves.
Olalia added that IPT’s panel is composed of eminent jurors from different disciplines and the proceedings are conducted in an open and public trial. — Rosalie Coz
Alleged NPA rebels attack PNP station in Butuan
Forces of the Philippine National Police clashed anew with suspected members of the New People’s Army in San Mateo, Butuan City at past 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 18.
The alleged rebels attacked Station 5 of Butuan PNP prompting a 10-minute exchange of gunfire.
The Butuan City Mobile Force Battalion quickly sent reinforcement but the rebel forces retreated rapidly.
The PNP only suffered one casualty identified as PO1 Ritchel Golandrina, who was shot in the right leg.
Meanwhile, police will be combing through hospitals and clinics in the city in search of wounded NPA rebels who may have sought treatment after the clash.
Police Regional Office 13 Director Chief Superintendent Gilberto DC Cruz has directed all station commanders in Caraga region to strengthen checkpoints together with the Philippine Army. — Raymond Octobre
Chinese president sends condolences to Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut
FILE PHOTO: China’s President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday extended condolences to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over Typhoon Mangkhut that has hit the Philippines, killing some 65 people.
In his message to Duterte, Xi said the typhoon has caused severe casualties and loss of properties in the Philippines. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, Xi mourned the victims and expressed sympathy to those injured, the bereaved families and the people in the affected area.
Xi said that China and the Philippines are friendly neighbors, and the Chinese people shared the sadness of the Philippine people over their sufferings, and are willing to help as much as possible.
Xi added that he believed that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, the Philippine people will quickly overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland. — Reuters