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DE LIMA ON DUTERTE’S SONA 2020

People are itching to shake Duterte off their skin like a parasite

This is Duterte’s SONA where I expect the least from him. The bankruptcy in ideas of his administration in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis has made him a lameduck President this early into the 2022 presidential elections. He himself said it, that he is already an “inutil”, a useless, witless old man at the end of his days barely two years before he even steps down from office.

 

Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses, text that says '" As for us, after Monday, we only have suffer one more SONA before this nightmare finally we begin dealing with consequences: ruined economy, runaway rampaging virus, divided nation, rudderless ship state, and hopeless devastated people. But Butw have choice but deal with these consequences. responsibility assumed citizens very Filipinos voted an incompetent, corrupt, and murderous sociopath the presidency. SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA JULY24 2020 MDM DE LIMA'S EXPECTATIONS ON DUTERTE'S 5TH SONA www.mindanaodailymiror.ph @mindanaodailymirror @mindanaomirror'
For all intents and purposes, this is already the end of the Duterte regime.
People are itching to shake Duterte off their skin like a parasite and move forward to a new government.
We are just going through the motions of living through the next two years without any expectation whatsoever that things will still change for the better.
Because of this, this year’s SONA will probably be the most expensive “tagayan” session where his allied senators and members of the House will indulge him in his most drunken ramblings in his penultimate SONA.
As for us, after Monday, we only have to suffer one more SONA before this nightmare is finally over, and then we begin dealing with its consequences: a ruined economy, a runaway and rampaging virus, a divided nation, a rudderless ship of state, and a hopelessly devastated people.
But we have no choice but to deal with these consequences. It is the responsibility we assumed as citizens the very day 16 million Filipinos voted an incompetent, corrupt, and murderous sociopath to the presidency.

Locsin: US-PH relations is “perfect” despite Leila de Lima

Ties good amid ban on Senator’s accusers

PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN RELATION is unruffled by the brouhaha over Senator Leila de Lima, the most vocal of critics of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, whose incarceration over drugs charges has been condemned by the US Senate.

‘PERFECT.’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. speaks to reporters at the NAIA Terminal 1 after welcoming a group of repatriates from Lebanon on Wednesday (Dec. 25, 2019). He called the relationship between the US and the Philippines “perfect” amid US President Donald Trump’s signing of the US 2020 budget which includes an amendment authorizing the US secretary of state to stop the US entry of those behind Sen. Leila de Lima’s detention. (Photo by Joey Razon)

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday categorized as “perfect” the relationship between the United States and the Philippines amid the possible travel ban on Filipino officials and a US Senate resolution condemning the government over the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.

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“(It’s) perfect… that’s the legislative branch. The same in Europe, sometimes the legislative branch in the European Parliament says something against us,” the Filipino top diplomat told reporters in an interview when asked to comment about the recent moves on de Lima’s release at the US Senate, particularly a provision on the US national budget.
The said US appropriations law includes a provision allowing the State Department to ban the entry of Philippine government officials involved in jailing de Lima to the US.
Locsin recognized that any country has the right to ban foreign nationals from its borders, but he defended the legality of De Lima’s detention, saying the Supreme Court itself has said so.
“Read the (US) resolution, the resolution says we are giving authority to the executive branch to look into these people who may have been responsible for the illegal detention of de Lima. My answer is, illegal? Who said it’s illegal? The Supreme Court said no, it’s legal, so who would you believe?” he said.

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De Lima, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics, has been in detention since February 2017 for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Aside from the US national budget provision, de Lima’s case was also brought up at the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which recently approved Senate Resolution 142 that condemns the Philippine government for the continued detention of de Lima.
When asked how these latest developments in Washington DC would affect President Duterte’s supposed US trip, Locsin said the decision would still depend on the chief executive.
Ang problema hindi possibility (The problem is not whether it’s possible) if he will go, it’s whether he wants to go. He has had so many invitations already from President Trump, he really likes Duterte,” he said. 

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Roque hits back at De Lima over ICC comment

Polluted source accused of drug trafficking

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday hit back at detained Senator Leila de Lima after she criticized him in his speech before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“We should no longer give credence to anything that comes from Senator Leila de Lima as this is from a polluted source, who was accused of drug trafficking by at least 13 witnesses”, Roque said in a statement.

De Lima accused Roque of “spinning” statements after the latter asked ICC not to meddle on alleged human rights violations related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Roque downplayed the detained senator’s comments and instead urged her to “concentrate all her efforts in clearing her name in the non-bailable and heinous criminal cases pending against her” instead of engaging in “political grandstanding.”

Roque has asked the ICC to respect national proceedings on illegal drugs and terrorism and warned it against being misled by critics who wanted Duterte charged before the tribunal.

Roque also raised the possibility of Manila leaving the ICC if it violates the Rome statute anchored on the principle of complementarity — if it supersedes the jurisdiction of local courts.

De Lima said Roque can’t “get away with murder so easily” by withdrawing from the ICC.

Roque said the lady senator’s opinion reflects her utter lack of understanding of the principle of complementarity in international law.

“This is no longer surprising since her professional practice was limited to election laws. To reiterate, it must first be shown that the State is unwilling or unable to prosecute crimes in order for the International Criminal Court to intervene,” Roque said.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center inside Camp Crame after she was arrested last February over her supposed involvement in the rampant drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison when she was Justice secretary. (PNA)

 

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Arraignment of De Lima deferred

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ILLEGAL DRUGS DEALING

Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 206 on Friday deferred the arraignment of drug cases filed against Senator Leila De Lima in connection with her alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

The deferment of the arraignment is due to the motions filed by both parties.

The Department of Justice filed a motion amending the Information regarding the illegal drug trading charge filed against the senator.

The motion seeks to revise the charge against de Lima and her co-accused from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo assured: “the evidence that the prosecution will suppose to offer under the original information will also be the same set of evidence that will be offered in the amended information.”

“Neither it will alter the theory of the prosecution which stands in the original information,” he pointed out.

He explained there is a need to amend the information of the charges against her “all to be more precise and to conform with the evidence in the allegation in the complaint.”

He assured the legal rights of the detained senator was not trampled as it sought amendments in the rap sheets of the drug charges against her.

“It will not in any way prejudice the rights of the accused,” said Ocampo.

De Lima’s counsel Atty. Bonnie Tacardon said the prosecution’s changing of the Information is confusing and just goes to show that the case against the senator is weak.

Tacardon said they will study the information filed by the prosecution which says inmates of the New Bilibid Prison were used to sell illegal drugs.

De Lima’s camp asked the court to recall the arrest warrant against her.

Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206 Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon gave both the prosecution and defense 15 days to comment on the fresh pleadings.

No new date for the arraignment has been set yet for De Lima, who appeared at the hearing on Friday, and her co-accused former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Bucayu, former aides Joenel Sanchez and Ronnie Dayan, Wilfredo Elli, high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian, and Jose Adrian Dera.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (PNA)

Roque says nothing more unchristian than De Lima’s previous conduct

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday responded to the remarks made by Senator Leila de Lima calling him and his “principal” as “grossly unchristian” by pointing out that there is nothing more unchristian than the detained senator’s actions during her stint as Justice Secretary.

Earlier, De Lima said the Palace official should stop demonizing her since Roque and his so-called principal do not know her “true character.”

“I hope that you and your principal refrain from further demonizing me. Stop your pettiness too. Both of you. Grossly unchristian!” the lady senator said in a statement from her detention at the Philippine National Police’s Custodial Center in Quezon City.

De Lima’s statement was issued in response to Roque’s Wednesday remark that Pope Francis “doesn’t know the true nature of her character” after the Holy See gifted her with a rosary.

However, Roque pointed out that no one needs to know the true nature or character of the person to ascertain and establish what she is capable of doing.

“We just have to look at Senator Leila De Lima’s drug cases which were based on the testimonies of credible witnesses and documentary evidence. The gravity of the accusations hurled against her runs contrary to the incorruptible character she falsely portrayed when she was DOJ Secretary,” he said.

He also said that the Palace statements about the lady senator are information in relation to her position and conduct as a government official and public officer.

“We find nothing more unchristian than performing an action which counters the demeanor of a public official which Senator De Lima did when she arrogantly applied selective justice to the political opposition while enjoying her so-called frailties of a woman,” Roque said.

De Lima has been detained in Camp Crame since February 24 on three drug charges, including allegedly having a hand in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary, among others.

She also admitted to once having a romantic relationship with her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, calling it as part of her “frailties as a woman.”

A sex video of De Lima and her lover has also been long-rumored to exist.

During her stint as Justice Secretary during the Aquino administration, De Lima blocked the departure of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court (SC).

She was also instrumental in the imprisonment of former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla in connection with the “pork barrel scam.”

Arroyo, Enrile, and Estrada have already been freed while Revilla is still fighting for his temporary freedom.

Arroyo, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, is an incumbent Pampanga congresswoman. (PNA

HOW WILL GOD HANDLE THE DAVAO DEATH SQUAD UNDER A ‘PRESIDENT DUTERTE’?

Will God see mass murder of criminals and corrupt government officials by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) if Mayor Rodrigo Duterte become the President?

GOD WOULD BE FIRST TO SUFFER UNDER ‘PRESIDENT DUTERTE’

After threatening to shoot those pushing him to run for President, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has turned to God in a scare tactic aiming to puncture pressures for him to take a crack at the presidency run in 2016.

       If God makes me President, the first to suffer (under my presidency) would be God himself, said Duterte in a news conference after the launch in Davao City on December 1 of the First Mindanao Leaders’ Summit on Federalism.

       Said in jest, the statement triggered laughter from journalists who tried to corner  him into getting out of his oft-repeated stand that running for the presidency is not in his radar.

Duterte’s woes  about God suffering under a ‘Duterte presidency’ relates to his earlier statement about what he would do to criminals if he is the president.

The fish in the ocean would get fatter, he said earlier.

shark 3Known for his iron-fist anti-crime policy, urban legend has it that criminals caught in his city are dumped alive in the Davao Gulf for sharks to feast on.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) investigated Duterte for his alleged role in the Davao Death Squad (DDS), alleged to be behind the death of hundreds of criminals and suspects. The CHR however has not released results of the 2009 probe. Duterte, who appeared in the investigation called by then CHR chair Leila de Lima, now the Justice Secretary, denied any link to the killings.