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

Robie de Guzman   •   May 8, 2019   •   2916

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) 

Palace assures no economic impact on loan, deal suspension

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Malacañang assured that the loan and deal suspension ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte will have no impact on the country’s economy.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said out of the 18 countries involved in the said suspension, only the United Kingdom has an offer of 21 million euro loan for the president’s Build, Build, Build program.

Panelo also assured there will be other countries and trade institutions that can replace the involved countries.

“It will not dramatically, even slightly I think, impact our economy,” he said. “There are other bilateral partners and institutions, and other countries outside of the 18 offering the same, and no better rates than these countries.”

The chief executive has signed a confidential memorandum suspending loan and negotiations with the 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution.

Iceland called for an investigation into the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Panelo also said this policy will last until the end of Duterte’s term.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace confirms suspension of loans and deals with countries backing UN rights probe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a memorandum suspending loans and deals with countries backing the Iceland resolution.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo recently denied that there was such order but he corrected himself earlier on Monday (September 23).

“When I asked him [Duterte], he said ‘No, I did not.’ He might have forgotten momentarily. When I asked him again, he said, ‘Yes, I remember calling the Secretary about it,” he said.

Panelo added that the mix-up was due to “lapse of memory”.

Duterte signed a confidential memorandum on August 27 suspending loans and negotiations with 18 member-countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council after they backed the resolution to probe the anti-drug war campaign in the country.

Panelo also said Duterte mentioned that the Philippines was insulted by the Iceland resolution.

“We cannot allow this country who is insulting us, a country who condemns allegedly our slaying of certain victims yet it allows abortion of unborn children up to less than 6 months old,” according to Duterte.

According to the presidential spokesperson, there are other bilateral partners and institutions offering similar grants with the 18 states involved.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte wants to speed up release of sickly, aging prisoners

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to speed up the release of sickly and aging prisoners at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

Duterte specifically wants to fast-track the release of inmates who are 70 years old and above.

“I’ll ask the administration, whoever will take over or the Secretary of Justice to fast-track ‘yung mga may sakit na at talagang matatanda na. Ako mag-set ako, 70 years old or 75, 70,” he told reporters in an interview in Malacañang.

The chief executive pointed out that elderly and sick prisoners within the said age bracket can no longer run nor commit criminal acts. Most of them also do not want to be released anymore.

“Hindi na marunong mag-holdup ‘yan. Hindi na makatakbo ‘yan,” he said.

Duterte made the statement in the wake of the controversy on the early release of heinous crime convicts from the NBP through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

The president earlier set a 15-day deadline for some 1,914 heinous criminals freed due to the GCTA rule to surrender or face re-arrest.

READ: Duterte orders freed heinous crime convicts to surrender

READ: Duterte offers P1M bounty for capture of GCTA-freed heinous crime convicts

Two days before the ultimatum lapses on Sept. 19, Duterte offered a P1 million bounty for each heinous crime convict who failed to comply with the order. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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