Category Archives: President Rodrigo Duterte

TO THE POINT: Did He Admit or Not?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Oct) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, speaking to newly-appointed career officials in Malacañang last September 27, made a statement in Tagalog which his critics gleefully interpreted as an admission of his responsibility for the extra judicial killings in his two-year anti-drug war. Frantic denials and clarifications from his top […]

Mayor Sara says Sison making irrational claims on president’s health

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) – Founding Communist Party of the Philippines chair Jose Maria Sison was making irrational insinuations about President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of health, City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Tuesday. “My guess is, at the rate that he or his caretaker is unraveling, he will soon say PRD is not human but an […]

Duterte is waging war against his own people

Families of drug-related killings know all-to-well the terror of Duterte’s drug war. Having lost loved ones to Operation Double Barrel/Tokhang, their feelings are still raw and painful.  Still many are rising up to  become advocates themselves to denounce Duterte’s bloody “war on drugs.” Even if many Filipinos have turned a blind eye and cold-heartedly ignored […]

Ex-lawmaker optimistic on GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 August) – Hopes for peace remain alive because President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “not the type of a person who immediately closes his mind and heart to everything” when it comes to the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front, former Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan said Monday. “When he was our mayor, we knew that […]

COMMENTARY: Effecting change cannot be a just an election promise

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/11 August) — The population of the Philippines by 2020 will be 110 million. More critically, the school age population (0-19 years old) of the country will be around 44 million. By 2045, the same demographic will be around 41 million. This means that Filipinos who are currently in elementary and high school […]

Dabawenyos give Duterte low grade on Manila traffic, failing grade on internet access

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – Davao folk gave President Rodrigo R. Duterte a high approval rating for his federalism agenda, but rated him low on Manila’s traffic woes and internet connectivity, a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) said. Administered on 1,200 respondents from May 17-26, the survey assessed Duterte’s first year in […]

OUR MARAWI: I am sorry, too

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Sir, you had repeatedly expressed apologies to Marawi City residents. Allow me to take my democracy and express my apologies, too. I am very sorry, Mayor, that you have to be the one to apologize for the extremists’ attack, the military response and the resulting deaths, destruction and displacement in the […]

Mindanawons wary of martial law

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 May) — The declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night evoked memories among Mindanawons of abuses committed by the military during the Marcos regime, with some questioning the real motive behind the move. Duterte issued the declaration while in Moscow, Russia for an official visit, citing […]

PH to enhance diplomatic ties with Russia — Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – Russia will no longer be at the “margins of the Philippine diplomacy,” President Rodrigo R. Duterte said as he pointed out that “overdependence” on traditional partners has limited the country’s “room to maneuver in a very dynamic international arena.” “This is a strategic oversight that has led to many missed opportunities for our country. […]

Farmers to press claim on 145-ha land in Tagum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Banking on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of support, farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) will again attempt to reclaim possession of a disputed 145-hectare property in Tagum City from Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) on Thursday. In a phone interview Wednesday, MARBAI member Linda Dayahan said that Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, along […]

Tagum farmers seek Duterte’s help in land row vs Lapanday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – Members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) in Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City are planning to travel to Manila this week and camp outside Malacañan Palace to urge President Rodrigo R. Duterte to intervene in their land dispute with fruit giant Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC). MARBAI chairperson Mely Yu said in a phone […]

COMMENTARY: Panahom kalabot sa gidusong subli nga pag-oktaba sa eleksyon sa barangay

DIGOS CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — NIADTONG Oktubre 21 sa niaging tuig (2016) mao unta ang eleksyon sa mga opisyales sa barangay (ug dungan sab ang sa Sangguniang Kabataan o SK).  Pero, segun sa atong nahibaloan, wala kini mahitabo. Tungod kini kay naghimo man og balaod ang atong Kongreso nga ioktaba (postpone sa Iningles) kini ngadto sa […]

Duterte, de Lima in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his arch critic detained Senator Leila de Lima landed on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017. Time wrote that the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People “explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown. As in years past, this year’s list includes Presidents and Prime […]

Bon voyage, Father

For the first time since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio attended the send-off ceremony at the Davao International Airport Monday, 10 April 2017. The President left for state visits to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar and will be back on April 16. MINDANEWS PHOTO 

TURNING POINT: Impeachment Fallout: Clear and Imminent Danger

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 April) — The thrill-seeker in me wants the House to make good of its threat to impeach VP Lenie Robredo if the members are really convinced that she has betrayed public interest in submitting to the International Commission on Human Rights the so-called “Palit Ulo” video report on the Phillippine War […]

Lascañas pens tell-all journal: Duterte rule ‘a Divine Trap’

HE HAD repeatedly denied the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS at a Senate hearing just four months ago. Yet last week, retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Bariquit Lascañas suddenly made a turnaround, saying not only that he had been one of the “pasimuno” or major players in the DDS, but […]

Panelo: Palace has nothing to do with de Lima’s arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Malacanang did not pressure the court into issuing an arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima, presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Friday. De Lima, who is accused of protecting illegal drug trade at the National Bilibid Prisons, was arrested Friday on the basis of a warrant issued by Muntinlupa […]

TURNING POINT: The Scent of Downfall

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 February) — It is now evident the Duterte Davao model in fighting criminality, the drug menace and corruption could not work when applied at national scale. Why? In Davao, Duterte was able to cow his constituents to submission with his strongman tactics using the police and other armed allies. Oppositions and […]

Dureza: “Let us all wait” for the President’s order to return to nego table

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /20 Feb)– After calling off the peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) and ordering the arrest of its consultants President Rodrigo Duterte “had clearly committed to reconsider his decisions if there are compelling reasons to do so,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said, as he urged the […]

Soldier’s Wake

President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with the family of Corporal Micheal Yadao of the Philippine Army at the Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters in Davao City on February 17, 2017. Yadao died in an ambush by the New People’s Army on February 16, 2017 in Brgy. Lamanan, Calinan District, Davao City. MindaNews photo by Manman Dejeto

Duterte mum on plans for peace talks with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – President Rodrigo Duterte has given no hints the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front would resume anytime soon after Thursday’s clashes in Calinan and Paquibato districts here that left two soldiers and three New People’s Army rebels dead and 17 other government troopers wounded. During his […]

PH, Russia eye defense, security cooperation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – The Philippines and Russia will sign a memorandum of understanding that aims to enhance defense and security cooperation between the two countries, an official said. In a press conference Friday at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the draft MOU will cover cooperation in […]

Gov’t ends JASIG with NDF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — The Government of the Republic of the Philippines served on Tuesday to the National Democratic Front its notice of termination of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). In a statement, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said President Duterte instructed them to serve the […]

Duterte ends unilateral ceasefire with NPA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte announced Friday the government was lifting its unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army and that he had informed Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año of his decision. Duterte, who made the announcement at the launching of the Solar Powered Irrigation System Pilot Area in […]