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The European Union (EU) on Wednesday kept mum on the fresh tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte, who lashed out the international body after it called for a stop to alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the country.

In a brief statement, the EU said: “We don’t comment on comments.”

Duterte on Tuesday used the “F” word against the EU and called members of the union hypocrites, saying they had become strict on human rights owing to the “guilt feelings” over atrocities they had previously committed.

READ: Fuck you, EU – Duterte

But despite Duterte’s remarks, the EU said it enjoys “good relations” with the Philippines.

“The European Union and the Philippines enjoy good relations, and we will continue to discuss this issue, among many others, in our bilateral contacts with the authorities,” the statement read.

In a five-page resolution passed last week, EU lawmakers expressed concern over the increasing body count of drug suspects killed by police and vigilantes since Duterte started his crackdown on illegal drugs.

The parliament directed its delegation in the Philippines and embassies here to monitor rights abuses following Duterte’s declaration of state of national emergency on account of lawless violence. TVJ

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Sep 192016
Bato to attend Colombia meeting on anti-drugs, counterterrorism

ALBAYANOS give Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa a warm welcome as the chief of the Philippine National Police joined the Police Regional Office V in their celebration of its 115th Police Service Anniversary and launching of “Kasurog Kontra Droga” Regional Alliance as a guest of honor and speaker at Camp General Simeon Ola, Legazpi City.PHOTO BY GEORGE GIO BRONDIAL/ INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa will attend a conference in Colombia to discuss counterterrorism and anti-drug efforts of the Philippine police to its counterparts in the South American country. The Philippines and Colombia share common issues on insurgency and the proliferation of drugs. “The purpose of his visit is to attend a counter-terrorism, counternarcotics conference so I believe the PNP chief will be presenting our programs here and probably learn how we can improve our ongoing fight against illegal drugs based on the experience of Colombia and other countries conducting illegal drug campaign,” PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said in a press briefing on Monday. President Duterte, whose campaign promise is anchored on solving the drug menace and criminality in the country, has waged a war on drugs and gave the PNP a deadline of six months to do the job. But over the weekend, Duterte admitted that his self-imposed deadline would not be enough to eliminate drugs in the country. He then sought another six months, which will end June 2017, to solve the drug problem. READ: Duterte wants war on Read More …

Sep 122016
Fish seized from Vietnamese poachers given out to hospitals, charities

In this March 27, 2016, photo, Vietnamese fishermen fix nets on their boat as while docked at Tho Quang port, Danang, Vietnam, after a fishing trip in the South China Sea. AP SUAL, Pangasinan – As much as 5,000 kilos of fish poached by three Vietnamese fishing vessels last week are being distributed to hospitals and charitable institutions in the Ilocos region, according to Nestor Domenden, Ilocos director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The Vietnamese boats were caught off Ilocos Sur waters on Sept. 7 and have been docked at the Philippine Ports Authority port here pending charges to be filed on Tuesday (Sept. 13) in Vigan City, he said. The vessels were hauling yellow fin tuna harvested from Philippine waters. Domenden said 17 Vietnamese fishermen were restricted to their vessels, which are guarded by members of the Philippine Navy. They would be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration. The vessels have no registration papers nor local licenses to fish. Latest Journo in Indonesia backs Veloso report: ‘We have Widodo audio’ Senators weigh in on ‘go-signal’ to Veloso execution Gilas drops to 0-3 after losing to China Yasay: No ‘green light’ by Duterte on Veloso execution Recommended Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of We reserve the right to exclude comments which are inconsistent with our editorial standards. FULL DISCLAIMER View Comments For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Sep 122016
EAS leaders intensify fight against human trafficking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other heads of states during the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD LEADERS of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) reached out to dialogue partners in East Asia to intensify fight against human trafficking mostly people displaced by natural disasters including the Philippines. At the East Asian Summit (EAS) held in Laos, the leaders said natural disasters and conflict push people to become vulnerable to trafficking, abuse and other forms of exploitation. In particular,  EAS leaders  “noted the increase in the irregular movement of persons” and their concern for victims of trafficking facing  unique barriers such as accessing help during a crisis, such as language barriers, isolation from social support, restrictions on mobility as well as lack of access to documentation and consular services. The US Department of State has identified the Philippines as a source, transit and destination of victims of human trafficking. Last July, the US upgraded the Philippines to Tier 1 as it has become fully compliant to the global standards on measures to prevent trafficking in persons. The US issues annual reports on country situation  with tier placements signifying level of compliance with the US Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.  Tier 1 (full compliance), Tier 2 (no full compliance but making significant efforts to comply with standards), Tier 2 Watchlist (no full compliance and absolute number of victims increasing), and Tier 3 (no full compliance, Read More …

Sep 122016
Yasay: No ‘green light’ by Duterte on Veloso execution

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. AP FILE PHOTO FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay on Monday denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go-signal for the execution of Filipina drug convict Mary Jane Veloso, who remains on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling. In a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs that echoed Malacañang’s, Yasay said Duterte only told Indonesian President Joko Widodo that “he respects their judicial processes and will accept whatever the final decision they will arrive at regarding her case.” Duterte travelled to Indonesia last week to meet with Indonesian president Joko Widodo on bilateral issues, among them to appeal for pardon for Veloso. READ MORE: Duterte to appeal for Veloso’s life “President Duterte has not given green light for Mary Jane’s execution,” said Yasay in a statement on Monday. During the bilateral meeting, Yasay said the President told his Indonesian counterpart that “he respects their judicial processes and will accept whatever the final decision they will arrive at regarding the case.” Jakarta Post report This was after The Jakarta Post reported that Duterte had given the “go-ahead” to proceed with Veloso’s execution. “President Duterte has given the go-ahead to proceed with the execution,” Jokowi was quoted as saying by Antara news agency in Serang, Banten as reported by The Jakarta Post. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also echoed Yasay’s clarification at a press conference at Malacañang. After Duterte’s working visit to Indonesia and meeting with Widodo last week, Yasay said Veloso’s execution was deferred Read More …

Sep 082016
Obama: US wants to partner with PH in drug crusade, but…

US President Barack Obama on Thursday said the American government wants to partner with the Philippines in going after drug traffickers, but noted that a possible partnership should be in consonance with human rights and international law. “As I said in China, we want to partner with the Philippines in the particular issue of narco-traffickers, which is a serious problem in the Philippines, in the United States and around the world. We want to make sure that the partnership we have is consistent with international norms and rule of law,” Obama said in a televised press conference in Laos, the site of this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit. “So we’re not going to back off our position that when we are working with a country, whether it’s about terrorism or going after drug traffickers, it is important from our perspective that we do it the right way,” he added. Obama was responding to a question on Duterte’s expletive-laced remarks against him, which the US President said he did not take personally. Confirming a brief meeting before a gala dinner at the regional summit on Wednesday, Obama said he told Duterte that their teams should to discuss how they can work on a spectrum of issues. “I don’t take these comments personally because it seems this is a phrase he has used repeatedly, including directed to the Pope and others. I think it seems to be just a habit, a way of speaking for him,” Obama said. “I Read More …

Sep 082016
Obama shrugs off Duterte’s tirades against him

United States President Barack Obama on Thursday (Manila time) shrugged off the tirades launched against him by President Rodrigo Duterte. READ: Duterte, Obama shared handshake, ‘good conversation’—Cayetano “I don’t take these comments personally because it seems the phrase is used repeatedly including [the one] directed at the Pope. It seems to be just a habit,” Obama said in a televised press conference at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiene, Laos. READ: Duterte to Obama:  Don’t lecture me on rights, PH not a US colony Obama said he met briefly with Duterte on Wednesday night. “I did shake hands with President Duterte last night,” Obama said. “It was not a long interaction,” he added. Obama said he is willing to partner with the Philippines on addressing the drug problem in the country. “We wanna partner with the Philippines on [the war against] narco-traffickers,” he said. TVJ/rga Latest Villar seeks 4Ps review Duterte sums up debut at Asean summit: ‘Perfect’ ASEAN, China agree to ease military tensions at sea, set up hotline Global stocks higher after stronger China trade, Nasdaq gain Recommended Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of We reserve the right to exclude comments which are inconsistent with our editorial standards. FULL DISCLAIMER View Comments For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Sep 072016
Southeast Asia’s leaders in global spotlight

China’s Premier Li Keqiang, fifth from left, links hands with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during 19th ASEAN-China summit, a parallel summit in the ongoing 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. ASEAN leaders from left; Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, Brunei’s Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been hosting a gathering of world leaders this week as the region faces a raft of democratic, human rights and good governance challenges. Here are the leaders of ASEAN nations and issues surrounding their rule: Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 70, is one of the world’s richest men thanks to his 49-year absolute rule over tiny oil-rich Brunei. His luxurious lifestyle is legendary yet in 2014 he introduced a strict sharia criminal code that includes severing of limbs and death by stoning for various crimes. No such punishments are known to have been invoked yet. Cambodia A former Khmer Rouge soldier who defected from the brutal regime, Hun Sen became prime minister of Cambodia in 1985 and has held onto the post ever since, forging close links with China. The wily politician, 64, maintains he Read More …

Sep 072016
US to give PH military planes—Coast Guard

Female members of the Philippine Coast Guard’s Special Operations Group conduct a rappel training emarking from flying Huey Chopper at the Coast Guard Headquarters at South Harbor Manila.INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES The United States is giving the Philippines two used military aircraft, the coast guard said Wednesday, to help Manila expand sea patrols in the face of territorial disputes with China. The two Sherpa 30-seater aircraft will be delivered in December, Philippine coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo told AFP. “It will help us in the movements of the Philippine Coast Guard like patrol missions,” Balilo added. The announcement came days after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday sparked a major diplomatic row with Manila’s longtime treaty ally the United States by branding President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” Duterte said Tuesday he regretted the tirade, sparked by the US leader’s plan to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s war on crime. READ: Duterte voices regrets for insult on Obama Manila, which has one of Asia’s weakest militaries, has been trying to improve defence ties with its former colonial ruler Washington and other allies. Balilo said the Sherpas would help the coast guard augment its meagre air patrol capability, now comprised of two old Britten-Norman Islanders. The Philippines has expressed concern about Beijing’s massive island-building over reefs, some of them claimed by Manila, in the South China Sea. Duterte last week said China had sent barges to the contested Scarborough Shoal and had appeared to begin construction there for the Read More …

Aug 182016
PH receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

Multi-role response vehicle Tubbataha. SCREENGRAB FROM COASTGUARD.GOV.PH The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan Thursday, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China. The 44 metre (144 foot) BRP Tubbataha has arrived in Manila, the Philippines coast guard said in a statement, adding that it will be used for search and rescue, law-enforcement and transport purposes. They did not specify where it would be deployed. This is the first of 10 Philippine coast guard ships being built in Japan, supported by Japanese aid money, as the former World War II foes seek to boost defense ties in the face of growing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. Japan — the Philippines’ top source of development aid — said this month it would give Manila two additional patrol vessels, and that it was discussing the possible lease of surveillance aircraft. Japan and China are locked in a long-running dispute over uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. Manila and Beijing have overlapping claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines has been seeking closer defence ties with Japan as well as traditional allies like the United States and Australia in a bid to boost its capabilities against regional giant China. The Philippine military and coast guard are among the region’s weakest. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Philippine counterpart Perfecto Yasay last week called on China to observe the rule of law in Read More …