President Duterte dares online news sites to prove allegations against government

UNTV News   •   January 18, 2018   •   3998

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


President Rodrigo Duterte has defended himself against accusations that his administration is restricting the freedom of the press after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to revoke the registration of the online news site, Rappler.

“Wala akong pakialam diyan. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but pinabayaan ko. Pag nasilip kayo na meron pala kayong…but of the matter is, sabihin naman ninyong harassment. Kalokohan. Kung kami ang magmura, masama. Kung kayo ang gumawa ng kalokohan ninyo, okay kayo,” he said.

(I don’t care about that. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but I let it go. When you are investigated and they find something…but of the matter is, you then start calling it harassment. That’s foolishness. When we cuss, we’re the bad guys. But when it’s you who’s misbehaving, it’s fine.)

The Chief Executive insisted that he had no hand in the decision of the SEC, noting that many of those who participated in the voting of the ruling are not his appointees.

The President also slammed media organizations that oligarchs and elites allegedly use to destroy the image of the government.

President Duterte also named Rappler and the broadsheet Inquirer in his speech.

He also warned of filing charges against owners of media outlets whom he accused of violating the Constitution.

“So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that kayong mga mayaman, p***** i** huminto kayo kaka-abuso ninyo. Ginagamit ninyo ang media. Tingnan ninyo, one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. ‘Pag finile ko plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. Yung inyong mga reporter, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes,” Duterte said.

(So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that the rich elites, **** stop your abuse. You are using the media…one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. When I file the plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. . . your reporters, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes.)

He also challenged Rappler to prove the allegations in one of its reports about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

In the said news item, Rappler reported that Go meddled in the acquisition of two warships of the Philippine Navy worth P15.5 billion.

The Chief Executive defended his assistant secretary and called Rappler a fake news outlet.

“Alam mo, hindi ako mag-yabang pero bilyonaryo ‘to [Go], sa totoo lang. Punta kayong Davao, tanungin niyo kung sino ‘yan. Itong mga ganito…it seems to appear na intervening because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened,” said Duterte addressing Rappler.

(I will not boast, but this one [Go] is a billionaire. Go to Davao City and ask who he is. It seems to appear that he was intervening. Because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened.)

The President promised to fire Go if Rappler can prove his purported meddling.

“Let me know tomorrow and I will fire him if he did intervene, even for one word,” Duterte said.

In a statement, Go also denied the allegations reported by the online news site. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte to give incentives to SEA Games athletes on Dec. 18

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be awarded and will get additional incentives from President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ceremony will be held at the Malacañang on December 18, Senator Bong Go told reporters.

The former Special Assistant to the President said the President is also giving the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award to all the athletes.

“Lahat ng gold medalist, silver medalist at ang bronze medalists ay makakatanggap ng Lapu-Lapu Award mula sa Pangulo (All gold, silver and bronze medalists will receive the Lapu-Lapu Award from the President),” Go said.

Among the recipients will be the ‘hero’ surfer Roger Casugay for exemplifying the Filipino value of bayanihan and showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when he chose to save his Indonesian competitor over his quest for a gold medal.

Go said the incentives and the awards are on top of what the athletes deserve to receive as mandated by law. – MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)

Duterte meets with Filipino SEA Games ‘hero’ surfer, surfing team in Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

President Rodrigo (left); hero surfer Roger Casugay (center) with the rest of the Philippine surfing team at Malacañan Palace

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday met with the members of the Philippine surfing team, including Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist Roger Casugay, who recently went viral for his heroic act of saving his Indonesian rival during their event.

Casugay and the rest of the team paid a courtesy call to Duterte in Malacañang, based on photos released to media on Wednesday morning.

Casugay earned praises after he rescued Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat who was swept by rolling waves after he broke his leash in the middle of men’s longboard open surfing competition in La Union. 

The 25-year old surfer eventually won the gold medal after the event between the two was rescheduled on Sunday.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday expressed his appreciation for Casugay for personifying sportsmanship in the ongoing biennial meet.

The Senate also adopted a resolution commending the athlete for displaying an act of heroism and courage.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Casugay will be conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu by the President in a Palace ceremony next week.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is bestowed upon individuals who are recognized for their invaluable service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

Casugay was earlier chosen to be the country’s flag bearer in the SEA Games closing ceremonies to be held on Wednesday at the New Clark City in Tarlac.

Duterte fetes Philippine Army shooters

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces to the Philippine Army Team that they will receive P500,000 incentive for their sterling performance in the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet 2019 held recently in Indonesia. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte gave recognition to Philippine Army shooters who hauled medals from the recently-concluded ASEAN Armies Rifles Meet (AARM) held in Indonesia.

The recognition was conducted in Malacañang on Monday during a courtesy call to the President, the Philippine Army said in a statement Tuesday.

According to Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, members of the shooting team called “Manunudla” were introduced to the president while they presented their medals and trophies from the AARM 2019.

“Manunudla” is a Filipino word that means shooter. It was chosen to symbolize the team as a way of embracing its Filipino identity while representing the country in various international events.

The shooting team were able to bring home a total of 22 medals – 7 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze – putting them at the second place. The 6 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze were from the team events, and 1 gold, 1 silver from the individual events.

The competitions during the AARM include the pistol (men & women), rifle/carbine and machine gun matches.

“I give my full support to the training of the Philippine Army soldiers so they can perform their duties at the best of their abilities. For the shooters, aim to be on the top of AARM next year,” Duterte said as he lauded the shooters for their efforts during the event.

“With the support of the President, our soldiers will train hard to excel not only in the field of competition but in everything they do as we transform into a world-class Army,” Gapay said.


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