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Palace shows new diagram on Magdalo, Liberal party ‘conspiracy’ to oust Duterte

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presented the new matrix of alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party, the Magdalo group and other organizations seeking to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Wednesday presented a new diagram showing the alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party, the Magdalo group and other organizations to oust President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of the May 13 elections.

At a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President received intelligence information that shows the Liberal party, the “yellows,” Magdalo group and some media outfits are in cahoots to discredit the Duterte administration.

The conspiracy, Panelo said, is also aimed at boosting the candidacy of opposition senatorial slate ‘Otso Diretso’.

“The Office of the President, the President himself has received information, intelligence information that has been validated and appears to show that there is a deliberate attempt to discredit this administration, as well as to boost the candidacies of the opposition’s senatorial candidates,” he said.

“It appears that there are certain groups who are working together to achieve this goal. This group appears to be the Liberal Party – some personalities identified as advocates or very active in social media dishing out anti-Duterte statements and sentiments, and validated to be allied with the Liberal Party; also working together with groups indicated in the matrix presented to you the other week. That’s it,” he added.

Panelo tagged in the supposed conspiracy several known members of the Liberal Party and their supporters; some journalists critical of the Duterte government and Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.

“Now, there has been an analysis made and it appears now that there [are] multi-noble relationships of these different vectors from Ellen Tordesillas particularly on her online activities,” he said.

“The activities revealed a very active collaboration between the groups of Edwin Lacierda, who is identified with the Liberal Party; Kokoy Dayao, Joma Sison, Antonio Trillanes, Rodel Jayme, Bong Banal, Hamad Fontejos and other Liberal Party groups and supporters,” he added.

The Palace official also said that a certain Bong Banal, and not Peter Joemel Advincula, was the narrator in the ‘Bikoy’ video series which linked President Duterte’s family members and associated to the narcotics trade.

Panelo said Banal is an artist and photojournalist who provided visual presentations and images for various “black propaganda” against the government.

“It appears now in that video that it was Bong Banal who was the narrator. And Bong Banal is supposed to be kind of expert in – basta tungkol sa mga IT, and a known advocate of the Liberal Party,” he said.

Advincula earlier claimed he was hooded figure called ‘Bikoy’ in the video series when he surfaced at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Monday.

The presidential spokesman did not say where the intelligence information came from but only assured reporters that it has been validated.

Panelo said it is now up to the Department of Justice, the Philippine National Police and other concerned government agencies to gather enough evidence and take legal action against the mentioned personalities.

“Tingnan natin, kung ‘yung ginagawa nila ay black propaganda. Ibig sabihin, libelous. The moment the PNP and other law enforcement agencies have sufficient evidence, strong enough, ipa-file na ang kaso laban sa kanilang lahat,” he said. (with reports from Rosalie Coz) 

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President Duterte attends Hugpong’s thanksgiving party

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. Courtesy : (Presidential Photo) Twitter

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)

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Duterte picks Cebu City Police chief as next PCSO general manager

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma | Courtesy : RTVM

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)

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Source: Minor revamp looms in Duterte Cabinet

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. Courtesy PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – A minor reshuffle is expected to take place soon in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, a highly placed source said on Monday.

The source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to divulge this information to media, said Duterte is mulling over moving some officials amid ongoing evaluation of all departments’ performances.

The source said the revamp may include Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who may be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority.

The President may announce the possible Cabinet revamp next month, the source said. (with details from Grace Casin)

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