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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte brings along 200 people including 20 Cabinet members to Japan, Korina Sanchez reacts to big entourage

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte brings along 200 people including 20 Cabinet members to Japan, Korina Sanchez reacts to big entourage

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  • Korina Sanchez-Roxas said bringing everybody along on official trips is a trademark of Duterte’s administration
  • The entourage included officials for land reform when there are no land reform concerns to be tackled
  • The Malacañang denied Duterte’s trip was a reward for the cabinet members due to the winnings on the midterm elections

President Rodrigo Duterte brought along around 200 people including 20 cabinet members on his official visit to Japan. This led TV host Korina Sanchez, wife of the defeated senatorial candidate Mar Roxas, to express her disappointment about the rather large entourage.

Sanchez questioned Duterte’s decision in her Pilipino Star Ngayon column. She asked if he really needed to bring along 200 government officials on his official visit to Japan.

“Kailangan bang bitbitin lahat? Hindi ba nakakahiya na karaniwang Pilipino ang ipinakita na naman kung saan bitbit ang buong barangay? Kahit ba sagot ng Nikkei ang sinumang sumama, dapat bang isama lahat?” she wrote in her column.

She pointed out past administrations also faced criticisms whenever a large number of officials tagged along on official trips.

“Sa mga nakaraang administrasyon, kapag ganito ka­rami ang sumasama sa Presidente sa kanyang mga opisyal na biyahe ay binabatikos kaagad nang husto. Kesyo walang delikadesa, gastos lang ng gobyerno,” she added.

She also said that bringing everybody along on an official trip is a trademark of Duterte’s administration, either taking advantage of the government or the government of another country.

“Pero ngayon, tila walang isyu. Kung 16 na kalihim ang kasama, sino ang mga iba? Mga kalihim nila, at ka­nilang kalihim? At ganito nga ang tatak ng administrasyon ni Duterte kapag may opisyal na biyahe kung saan man. Dala lahat. Pagsamantalahan na siguro ang biyaheng sagot ng gobyerno o ng ibang gobyerno,” Korina Sanchez said.

Philippine ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V had said that the trip was possibly a post-election reward for cabinet members. This was immediately denied by Malacañang.

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“Pabuya sa nakaraang eleksiyon,” Laurel said. He wondered why there were 200 people, including 20 cabinet members, in the entourage. Officials involved in local government and land reform were also in the group which led Laurel to question their presence since there were no land reform concerns to be taken up with the Japanese government.

Duterte’s official trip was paid for and organized by Nikkei but there is no confirmation if they shouldered the cost of the Cabinet’s trip.

“The invitation was extended by Nikkei. They will shoulder the costs. If it’s for free, tell the neighbors. The companions also incurred costs,” Laurel said.

The Malacañang spoke up and denied Duterte’s trip was a reward for his cabinet members.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said in a text message that, “Each Cabinet member who joined the trip has trade missions. They are not decorations in the summit.” He added, “They are just doing their job.”

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also send a text message, saying that the President maximized his presence for several investment opportunities and it was never a pabuya or reward.

“I don’t know about that. But every time we travel with the President, we maximize his presence and have him speak to several investments fora and we conduct deal signing, business matching, and networking, roundtable meetings with (President Duterte) and investors and secretaries do join as an opportunity to dialogue with the foreign business community.

“We have never seen this as pabuya or reward when we are working day and night just to prepare for all these activities,” he added.

The president left the country at 4 p.m. and arrived at Tokyo, Haneda International Airport at 9:52 p.m. During his departure, media was off-limits and only his closed-in team was allowed in the Kalayaan Hall at Villamor Air Base.

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While he is in Japan, President Duterte designated Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra as the officer-in-charge.

“The Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shall act as officer-in-charge to take care of day-to-day operations and general administration of the executive department and he shall, if necessary, act for and on behalf of the President, except on matters that the President is required by the Constitution,” Duterte said in his one-page directive.

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Netizen strikes back at Jimmy Bondoc for rants against ABS-CBN

Netizen strikes back at Jimmy Bondoc for rants against ABS-CBN

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  • A netizen questions Jimmy Bondoc for not reacting to Duterte harassing women openly
  • The netizen wanted to point out that before he was appointed to a government position, Bondoc was one of the ABS-CBN artists who followed orders from the heads of the network

After Jimmy Bondoc posted on his Facebook account about his excitement for “biggest network” closing down, celebrities and the public alike have reacted to his rant.

Bondoc had been referring to ABS-CBN whose franchise license is still up for renewal and will expire in 2020. He claimed that there were instances of fraud, sexual harassment, and politicking during his time there as an artist.

One netizen took Bondoc to task for what he denied was schadenfreude.

Though she admits that there are a lot of times she was irritated with  ABS-CBN network, she questioned Bondoc for not reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte harassing women openly.

Duterte has made inappropriate comments about women on several occasions, including rape jokes. “As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases,” Duterte said in reaction to Davao’s high number of rape cases.

Bondoc had mentioned that the success of the network was based on politics and sexual favors which made her ask why he kept silent when the government was being corrupt.

In 2016, Bondoc was appointed by the president as the Assitant Vice President for Entertainment for PAGCOR, during which time his music career seemed to become stagnant.

The netizen wanted to point out that before he was appointed to a government position, he was one of the ABS-CBN artists who followed orders from the heads of the network.

Bondoc’s rant has fired up the network’s supporters, Kapamilya celebrities and even the rival channel’s personalities who also posted their reactions on social media.

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Palace speaks up about legalization of marijuana in the Philippines

Palace speaks up about legalization of marijuana in the Philippines

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  • Salvador Panelo said that the President will sign any bill that will make the use of medical marijuana legal.
  • It was asked after Miss Universe Catriona Gray was asked about her stand regarding the matter.

In a media briefing held Tuesday, December 18, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign any bill that will result to the legalization of the use of medical marijuana in the country.

He said that the president is in favor of the use of the drug and will support any legislative measure consistent with his stand.

“He’s in favor of limited use of marijuana.

“Logically then he will support and sign any bill that would be consistent with his stand.”

The topic was back in the spotlight after Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray addressed her stand regarding the issue in the Q&A portion of the pageant.

“I’m for it being used in a medical use but not so for recreational use,” she answered.

“Because I think if people were to argue ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well everything is good but in moderation.”

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When asked about the newly-crowned Miss Universe’s answer, Panelo said that she could have been “influenced by the President’s decision on that matter” or could have been her own conclusion because “she listened to the pros and cons of the matter.”

In September 2017, the House Bill No. 6517 or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was approved. It seeks to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

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“Ang gobyerno walang diyos”, Duterte slams church leaders

“Ang gobyerno walang diyos”, Duterte slams church leaders

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  • President Rodrigo Duterte hits back at Catholic church.
  • He said that they should not use religion to criticize the government.

President Rodrigo Duterte hit back at the Catholic church leaders after a religious personality alluded him in a recent homily.

He said that they should not be using the pulpit to criticize government leaders like him and that the he will never come to terms with the church until they stop doing so.

In a speech in Davao City, the President said, “Iyan ang problema kapag ginagamit ang religion para manira.

“Iyan ang problema kapag ginagamit ang relihiyon para plataporma na may aatakihin kang tao. That’s why there’s a separation of church and state. We will never come to terms. Mahirap ang gobyerno. Ang gobyerno walang diyos. Wala naman silang ginagawa.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after witnessing the official handover of the Transfer Certificate of the Balangiga Bells at the Balangiga Auditorium in Eastern Samar on December 15, 2018.

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He also recalled his experience on becoming a victim of sexual abuse in the hands of a priest.

Duterte’s statements came after Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in a Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral that one should not use power to disrespect people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the unveiling of the marker for the Mella Hotel Las Piñas located at the C5 Extension in Barangay Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas City on December 13, 2018.

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While Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that he agrees with Tagle, he also said that the chief executive is not a bully.

“I agree, but who does he refer to? Because those in power would also apply to those in the Church. If you use the pulpit to bully people, then it’s the same. If the message is in generic terms, then I agree.

“You cannot be using power to bully or to coerce people. The President is against that too.”

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Actor/Director Audie Gemora accuses Pres. Rodrigo Duterte of destroying the Philippines

Actor/Director Audie Gemora accuses Pres. Rodrigo Duterte of destroying the Philippines

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  • Audie Gemora called President Rodrigo Duterte a “madman” in a recent video that surfaced online.
  • He mentioned that the current administration is destroying the economy and selling the Philippines to China.

Stage actor and director Audie Gemora gave a bold statement against President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a video uploaded on Twitter, he delivered a messaged and encouraged everyone to vote for the opposition in the 2019 midterm elections. He then continued on accusing the President of destroying the economy and selling the country to China.

“They are also destroying the economy. The peso is down and yet their taxing us to death. Prices have never been this high. They are going to starve us.”

Gemora called the President a “madman” and mentioned the extra judicial killings, too. He said that the Filipino heroes deaths were exchanged for inanimate things.

“What has happened to us? They have put in power a madman who has done nothing but lie, curse, attack the church and morality. The police and the military are supposed to protect the citizens. They have turmed omtp extra judicial killers. The victims are poor, young, many are innocent, and without a benefit of a fair trial have been murdered.

“This is all in the name of an anti-drug war and yet we see that the big time drug lords are free. There has been more drugs coming into the country because of the Bureau of Customs has turned a blind eye. You draw the conclusions. But it smells really rotten all the way up to the top.”

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He also claimed that the Supreme Court and Congress were bought and that the Senate would be next in the list.

The stage actor made sure that he got his point across as he stated it in three dialects: Tagalog, Ilonggo, and English.

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Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV challenges Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to get a drug test

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV challenges Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to get a drug test

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  • Senator Trillanes dared President Duterte to undergo a drug test.
  • It was after the President has made a supposed joke about his Marijuana intake during his busy schedules.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV once again challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo drug test after the latter’s joke about taking Marijuana in order to wake him up in between duties as the Commander-in-Chief of the Philippines.

Trillanes said that the President was just desperate to contain the damage of his admission about his supposed Marijuana use by saying his usual excuse of it being humorous.

“Too late! Bistado na s’ya na isa rin pala siyang durugista. Now, if he really wants to clear himself, I am again calling on him to take a drug test,”  the senator said in a press statement.

The Malacañang responded and rebuffed his dare. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo asked Trillanes to take the drug test instead.

“Hindi niya [Duterte] papatulan ‘yun. Nagtataka nga ako ba’t pinapatulan ninyo siya.

“Look at this President. Malakas. Sinasabi naman niya sa atin kung anong deperensiya niya.”

Trillanes’ most recent drug test was in July. It showed negative results in the use of all five illegal substances.

On Monday, Duterte mentioned that he used Marijuana to keep himself awake in the middle of his busy schedule. He later clarified that he was just joking and that was just his way of lightening up the mood.

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“Diyos na Mahabagin, bakit poooo???” Agot Isidro reacts to Persida Acosta’s video

“Diyos na Mahabagin, bakit poooo???” Agot Isidro reacts to Persida Acosta’s video

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  • Agot Isidro reacted to a video of Persida Acosta singing You.
  • Netizens have also poked fun on the PAO chief’s rendition of the song.

Actress Agot Isidro reacted to a tweet containing a video of Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta singing You by Basil Valdez.

Agot poked fun from the video by saying, “Diyos na Mahabagin, bakit poooo???”

Acosta was seen having fun at a gathering and was singing via a karaoke. She even fought her way through the high parts of the song and earned the applause of the people around her as soon as she was done with her singing.

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A Netizen said that he thought he’s tone-deaf, but Acosta proved him otherwise.

Another said that he needed something to stop himself from eye-rolling every time he gets to see the lawyer, like an “Acosta vaccine”.

Other Twitter users resulted to replying memes just to get their message across.

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Agot is a known critic of the President Rodrigo Duterte administration. She has previously expressed that she is skeptical of President Duterte’s role in the government as she finds Vice President Leni Robredo more effective.

“The Vice-President acts more presidential than the President. President be talaga yan?” she said in a tweet in May 2018.

She has also urged for the jailing of Imelda Marcos, posting phrases like, “I-selda si Imelda!”

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte accuses ‘Bishop David’ of stealing church offerings

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte accuses ‘Bishop David’ of stealing church offerings

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  • President Rodrigo Duterte shaded a certain Bishop David for keeping church donations.
  • Bishop Pablo Virgilio David denied the President’s accusations.

President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that he knew of a certain prelate stealing from the church donations for personal use.

At the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite, he said that he even has videos as evidence against a Bisop David who is taking the donations to his family.

“Ikaw, David, tumahimik ka ha. Sige ka lang hingi ng contribution diyan sa mga… Saan ang pera ng mga tao? Sige lang hingi, may second collection pa.

“Alam mo totoo lang, sabihin ko sa inyo, iyong mga offerings, iyong mga pinya, mga avocado, saging, saan napupunta iyan? Gusto ninyong malaman? Gusto ninyo ng video? Ibigay ko sa inyo. Doon sa pamilya niya.”

The identity of the Bishop David, however, remained undisclosed.

A Caloocan bishop named Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has denied the President’s allegations saying that he has mistaken him for somebody else.

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“My parents never taught me to steal.

“I think he has confused me for someone else. You see, people who are sick sometimes do not know what they are talking about, so we should just bear with them.”

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“Baka karma na rin”, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte addresses dark spots on his face

“Baka karma na rin”, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte addresses dark spots on his face

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  • President Duterte explains the reason behind his dark spots.
  • He said that it may be karma as he also doesn’t know the real cause of it. 

President Rodrigo Duterte shared that the black spots on his face may be a sign of his karma.

In a speech during the Philippine Quality Award Conferment Ceremony on Wednesday, October 24, the President admitted that the black spots on his face do make him wary about his appearance.

“Conscious kasi ako sa itim ko na mukha.”

He then added that the sunburn that is on his face is actually there for quite some time now and he still doesn’t know why it won’t disappear.

“Matagal na itong sunburn ko. Ewan ko kung bakit. Baka karma na rin.”

It can be remembered that the President said that the reason behind the black spots are because of the sunburn he got when he visited Israel and Jordan last month.

And last week, he again told the press that the reason behind it was because he put too much of his wife, Honeylet’s cream on his face.

At his following speech for the conferment of the National Artist award, Duterte admitted that he is a bad person but he doesn’t feel the need to apologize for it.

“Masama ugali ko. Killer ako, mas lalo na.”

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Robin Padilla strongly advocates Anti-Dynasty; Supports Duterte Clan

Robin Padilla strongly advocates Anti-Dynasty; Supports Duterte Clan

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  • Robin Padilla mentioned his advocacy against political dynasty in the country.
  • He then campaigned for Baste Duterte who will be running to vice mayor of Davao City in the 2019 midterm elections.

It’s no secret that political dynasty is evident in the Philippine government.

Whether from small towns or on a nationwide scale, there are always families that will try their hardest to maintain the power that their surname owns.

This is what Robin Padilla mentioned in his latest Instagram post. He named political dynasty as one of the biggest problems in the country. But he added that there is hope when it comes to this problem and proceeded to campaign for Baste Duterte, who is the brother of Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte, and youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ang pinakamalaking Malaking problema dito sa Inangbayan ay ang POLITICAL DYNASTY” but there is HOPE for us in this coming midterm elections though not with the unitary system of government but with the new breed of local leadership. I am for SARAH 👊🏻 and BASTE ✊🏻…Do not be misled by my endorsement of candidates kailangan ko gampanan ang karapatan ko bilang isang Tax-Payer! kailangan ko rin Piliin ang gagastos ng aking TAX na mula sa Hard earned Money ko! I am still for a revolutionary government with the Armed forces of the Philippines 🇵🇭👊🏻#antidynastyfederalgovtNOW #justDUit

Baste Duterte is running to be the Vice Mayor of Davao City.

Robin Padilla has long been a supporter of President Duterte. In 2016, he was granted absolute pardon by the President.

“He has suffered enough, I think. Kung bitawan mo naman iyong tao sa labas, give him the rights –makaboto, maka-travel, whatever.”

Duterte added that he did not see any malicious intent when he was caught with guns back in 1994.

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