Category Archives: UN

Murad meets int’l donor community; presents state of the future BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) — It was a “very historic conference,” the representative of the Canadian Embassy said as the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) briefed international development partners, among them six Ambassadors, on the future Bangsamoro government, and presented a10-point priority program to meet the “huge challenges” in their […]

Cayetano: Duterte admin on track in saving country from becoming narco-state

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /30 Sept) —  The Duterte administration is on track in saving the country from illegal drugs despite the criticisms the government’s controversial war against drugs has drawn from opposition and international community, Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said. In his speech at the High-Level General Debate of the 73rd Session of the […]

MILF ends association of children within their ranks

Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, 18 February 2017 –The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today released children associated with the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Women’s Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB), ending the recruitment and use of children within their ranks. It is part of a series of ceremonies that will eventually disengage around 1,858 […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Nanay Volunteers. 22 Dec 2016

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS ATTENDANCE TO THE CONVERGENCE OF NANAY VOLUNTEERS AS COMMUNITY DRUGWATCH [Delivered at the Parade Grounds, […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Pacquiao’s birthday celebration. 17 Dec 2016

Note from MindaNews: this is the official transcript released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk MESSAGE OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 38TH BIRTHDAY PARTY OF SEN. MANNY PACQUIAO [Delivered at the KCC Convention and Events Center, General Santos City | 17 December 2016] […]

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: The problem with words

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 December) – What we say could bring us trouble. And, if we’re in charge of governing, get ready for whatever implications it may cause. President Rodrigo Duterte has done exactly that not once or twice but several times already. In many instances, his pronouncements related to the prosecution of the war on drugs have painted the country — rightly or wrongly — as one being run by someone who lusts for the blood of suspected criminals that restoring the death penalty would be superfluous. His supporters applaud his antics. But the UN and other targets of his belligerence would have none of his verbal stunts. How do Western governments in general view his unconventional way of behaving on the international stage? Are they seeing a different animal with his frequent bashing of the US, the European Union and the UN? No Philippine leader has had shown such recalcitrance toward the US and institutions that have poured in significant amounts either as aid or development package. Duterte has made it clear he couldn’t care less even if foreign governments and institutions stopped the flow of assistance over concerns on human rights abuses and shortcuts committed bylaw enforcers in the campaign against illegal drugs and other crimes. Of late, he again created an uproar when he declared that as mayor of Davao City he would go around on a motorbike to huntcriminals and shoot them himself. As expected, [Duterte’s] audience took this narrative from his motorcycle diary with a chuckle, although some or many of them may have wished that what he said was true. However, never expect the international community to interpret the President’s word the way his officials would have us decipher it. Media in particular cannot just be told to be “imaginative” in reporting the President and treat any controversial statement from him as mere hyperbole. Anything he says amounts to policy, and this is what the Palace has chosen to gloss over since Day One. The White House, for its part, found Duterte’s latest comments “deeply troubling,” and noted that his war on drugs has claimed the lives of almost 6,000 people. For the Millennium Challenge Corp., a US poverty reduction agency, Duterte’s statement was nolaughing matter. In fact, it emphasized its concern by declaring it was putting on hold funding foranother round of antipoverty program for the Philippines under the Trump administration. The MCC announced on its website that it was reconsidering the reselection of the Philippines “subject to further review of concerns around rule of law and civil liberties.” Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia sounded unfazed by the MCC decision, saying the aid coming from it was insignificant and can be offset by the amount of incoming foreign investments.. For its first five-year compact with the Philippines which ended in May, the MCC gave a grant of $434 million. However, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. appealed to the MCC to reconsider its decision. The latter added that the US should give the aid without conditions not on the basis of “alleged human rights violations.” Yasay’s appeal stemmed from the fact that the MCC decision would impact too on the prospects of other foreign aid programs intended for the Philippines. Now that the MCC has accepted Duterte’s dare to the international community to stop giving aid if it finds fault with his government’s human rights performance, other institutions might do the same thing in the days to come. Yet the secretary forgot that this administration has eaten up more than it could chew so to speak.Despite mounting criticisms here and abroad over the bloody prosecution of the war on drugs. Duterte has chosen to play hardball with statements that bolster the “alleged human rights violations” – and with more blood in the streets. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. The author welcomes comments and feedback from readers with verifiable identities, and reserves the right to have them published in all their unedited glory. He can be reached at

MARGINALIA: Navigating human rights in IR methodological landscape (1)

1st of two parts MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /10 December) – Encyclopedia Britannica simply defines human rights as “rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being human.” For John Vincent, this right consists of the following five elements: “a right-holder (the subject of a right) has a claim to some substance (the object of a […]

Duterte warns PH, like Russia, may leave International Criminal Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 November) – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to follow Russia’s move to leave the International Criminal Court if the international community continued to criticize him for the alleged state-sanctioned killings that are being linked to the war on drugs. Duterte issued the statement in his departure message in his departure message at […]

PSA 11 to conduct census on PWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 11 will conduct a first-ever survey on persons with disabilities in Davao Region to serve as basis for policies related to their needs. Rosendo M. Aya-ay, PSA 11 acting regional director said in an interview on Wednesday that the data will be used to devise […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 37th Masskara Festival, Bacolod City

[Note from MindaNews: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s speech at the 37th Masskara Festival in Bacolod City on 02 October 2016. Source of transcript: Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office]. Presidential Communications Office  Presidential News Desk  SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 37th MASSKARA FESTIVAL [Delivered at Bacolod City Public Plaza, Bacolod City, Negros […]

Duterte to UN, EU: respect and fair treatment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for respect and fair treatment from the United Nations (UN), other states and international bodies as he reiterated the government’s resolve to rid the country of illegal drugs. Speaking before officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 here, the President urged […]