Plundering LP miner, Mar Roxas financier and owner of private jets used in 2016 campaign UNPUNISHED

Plundering LP miner remains unpunished
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star)
November 20, 2017

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An influential mine that over-extracted 1.8 million tons of ore worth P2.8 billion continues to operate, escape taxes, and ruin nature. Reports from Tubay, Agusan del Norte, are that SR Metals Inc. (SRMI) goes on leveling mountains for nickel. No government agency has brought up charges for the plunder of natural resources, or collected taxes on the excess profits. It allegedly enjoys new political protectors, the same way it did in the past two administrations.

Behind SRMI is Francis Enrico “Eric” Gutierrez, ex-Liberal Party head for Caraga Region, Northern Mindanao. He is said to have funded the LP presidential runs of Noynoy Aquino in 2010 and Mar Roxas in 2016. SRMI’s founding chairman is LP spokesman-vice chairman Rep. Edgar Erice (Caloocan City). Scientists and churchmen in Agusan quote SRMI insiders as claiming to be protected by provincial officials. Gutierrez reportedly is expanding his turf to Bicol region in Luzon.

The three branches of government had found SRMI abusing its franchise. Purportedly in cahoots were two affiliates, San R Construction Corp. and Galeo Equipment Corp. First SRMI, then San R and Galeo, wangled “small-scale” mining permits over 20 hectares, from 2006 to 2008. Presumed to use only shovels, picks, and wheelbarrows, they were each given quotas of up to 50,000 tons of ore per year for two years. Yet the three “small miners” brought dozens of bulldozers, excavators, and dump trucks to hundreds of hectares up the mountains, and barges to the nearest seaport. From Aug. 2006 to Sept. 2007 alone, SRMI had extracted 1.78 million tons. On complaint of environment NGO Caraga Watch, the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) cancelled their permits. Subsequently the DENR secretary was replaced with an LP stalwart.

The trio ran to the Court of Appeals for a temporary restraining order. They reinterpreted their permits to mean they were allowed to extract up to 50,000 tons of pure nickel and cobalt. Since “it took 151,612 tons of ore to extract only 1,699.66 tons of nickel-cobalt,” they supposedly were far from being in excess. The CA found the reasoning absurd and upheld the cancellation of the mine. SRMI et al elevated their case to the Supreme Court.

Meantime, in 2008, a rival claimant charged the mining trio with plunder before the Ombudsman. They got the malleable justice secretary to uphold their quota reinterpretation, against that of the DENR and CA. So the Ombudsman sat on the case.

In 2014 a five-member division of the SC unanimously upheld the CA and DENR cancellations. Citing the Mining Act of 1995, the justices defined “ore “ as “naturally-occurring substance or material from which a mineral or element can be mined and/or processed for profit.” To say otherwise would allow small-scale mines to continuously collect large volumes of ore until the 50,000-ton limit is met. The SC concluded: “To allow such would further cause damage to the environment such as erosion and sedimentation, landslides, deforestation, and rock drainage.” Which were exactly what SRMI, San R and Galeo did to Agusan.

The SC ruling should have paved the way for the reopening of the plunder case. By then the ruling LP administration of Pres. Noynoy Aquino had appointed a new Ombudsman.

In Sept. 2015 the Senate investigated the trio. SRMI officers claimed to have extracted only 1.7 million tons, each ton worth $30-$40. DENR officials stated that SRMI et al heavily had damaged the mountains, rivers, and seas. Detailed were six violations: hazardous mining, inadequate rehabilitation, improper drainage, failure to relocate displaced families, misuse of public road for private purposes, and lack of water treatment. For all that SRMI, San R and Galeo were fined a measly P7.2 million.

Investigating chairman Sen. Francis Escudero sarcastically used SRMI’s deflated figures to point up the inconsistency. Granting that the three were entitled to 300,000 tons in two years, so multiplying only 1.4 million tons by $30, at an exchange rate of only P40:$1, SRMI profited P1.68 billion yet was penalized only P7.2 million. With such business model, Escudero concluded, SRMI would continue to break the law.

Shortly afterwards, SRMI got the DENR to upgrade its license as large-scale miner. Pres. Aquino then awarded it as exemplary miner for all to emulate. Never was SRMI made to return the excess mining profit. Nor was it made to pay taxes on the windfall.

In 2016 Gutierrez provided LP presidential candidate Roxas with eight luxury jets and helicopters: a Citation Mustang worth $2.5 million; a Citation CJ4, $9m; a Cessna Sovereign, $19m; four Cessna Caravans, $2.5m each; and one Bell 429 chopper, $6.5m. The first three jets and the helicopter were brand-new. For that $47-million (P2.3-billion) import, paltry duties were paid.

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ROQUE: DDB Santiago fired because of junkets, HOUSE from drug lord Parojinog

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte fired former Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Dionisio Santiago not only for “blabbering” about the “mega” drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija being a “big mistake,” but also for using government money for trips abroad with a “mistress” and accepting a house from the Parojinog drug syndicate, the Palace said on Monday.

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Palace spokesman Harry Roque said President Duterte got hold of the DDB employees’ complaint against Santiago, where the ex-DDB chief was accused of having a junket trip in Vienna, Austria and the United States with family members and a certain “girl Friday,” as well as receiving a house from suspected drug lord and the late Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog who was brutally killed in a police raid last July.

“I would like to confirm that General Santiago was let go by the President not only because of his statements on the mega rehab center. He was also let go because of complaints that he was using taxpayers’ money for junket trips. I’m only quoting from the complaint filed against General Santiago, and it is our position that although the stated reason for the fact that he has ceased to be director of the agency is because of his complaints about the mega rehab, there was also a complaint against him filed by the union of DDB, which of course had to be looked into,” Roque said in a news conference.

“There were also complaints that General Santiago may have accepted consideration from major drug players…that General Santiago may have benefited from a house which may have been given to him by the late Parojinog. That’s a complaint on file with the Office of the President. It was [filed]by the union of DDB,” Roque added.

Based on the complaint lodged by the DDB Employees’ Union dated October 25, Santiago, his family, and six other DDB employees traveled to Vienna, Austria to attend a narcotic drugs intersession meeting.

The DDB employees also claimed that Santiago went to the United States for a “business trip” with his supposed favorite DDB employees for a briefing before the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The DDB employees claimed Santiago brought a “mistress,” Edith Julie Mendoza, his “girl Friday” and coffee server, to his trips.

“For your information, for both meetings, attendance only requires the presence of the DDB chairman [as stated]in the official invitation sent by the UN Secretariat. Nothing more. This is an extravagant use of government resources and abuse of authority,” the employees’ complaint read.

“We believe that our Chairman, General Santiago, is a liability to your administration. As aired on TV5 [in a]news [report]by Mr. Gary de Leon in August, he (Santiago) reportedly was a recipient of a big Ozamiz mansion given by the Parojinog family during his stint as director of PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency),” the employees added.

Lastly, the complainants also alleged that Santiago designated his DDB predecessor, Benjamin Reyes, as acting DDB chairman while he was abroad, even if Reyes was already fired by President Duterte last May.

Reyes was fired because he stood by the DDB data that there were 1.8 million drug users in the country—a figure which was contrary to President Duterte’s figure of 3 to 4 million drug users.

“Mr. Reyes’ continued stay [in DDB]is being tolerated by no less than General Santiago in defiance of a Presidential order,” the employees added.

Almost two weeks ago, Santiago was fired by the President after the DDB chief said the 10,000-bed capacity drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija was a mistake and impractical in combating the drug menace.

Santiago argued that the money used to build the facility should have gone to small-scale rehabilitation centers at the barangay (village) level where family support would be available for drug dependents.
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Roque, however, wasn’t sure if the government would file criminal charges against Santiago, who was fired by the President last November 7.

“This (firing of Santiago) is without prejudice to further criminal investigation. But as you see, the Office of the President only has jurisdiction over the administrative aspect of the case. The criminal aspect will have to be taken up by the Ombudsman given that all these officials are within the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan,” Roque, a lawyer, said.

By LLANESCA T. PANTI, The Manila Times, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

 

SANTIAGO FIRED OVER JUNKETS ABROAD, FAVORS FROM DRUG LORDS – PALACE

By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net November 20, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago not just for contradicting his statements but due to complaints of alleged junkets abroad and acceptance of favors from drug lords, Malacañang said on Monday.

“Santiago was let go not only because of his statements on the mega rehab center, he was let go because of complaints,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Citing the complaint, Roque said Santiago allegedly went on a trip to Vienna in Austria, and the United States together with his “mistress,” friends and favorite DDB employees.

“He was also being let go because of complaints that General Santiago was using taxpayers’ money for junkets abroad. In addition to bringing family members, Santiago brought six of his closest personnel, including a ‘girl Friday’,” Roque noted.

The Palace official said Santiago was also accused of receiving a house from suspected and slain drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

INQUIRER.net has sought Santiago’s comment but has yet to respond as of posting time.        /kga

 

Palace: Santiago was let go because of complaint of junkets, receiving a house from Parojinog

 November 20, 2017

Former Dangerous Drugs Board chairperson Dionisio Santiago was removed from his post because of a complaint about junkets and receiving favors from major drug players, Malacañang said on Monday.

“I would like to confirm that General Santiago was let go by the President not only because of his statements on the mega rehab centers being a mistake,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said during a briefing in Malacañang.

“He was also let go because of complaints, that General Santiago was using taxpayers’ money for junkets abroad. There were also complaints that General Santiago may have accepted consideration from major drug players,” he added.

Based on a letter dated October 25 received by the Office of the President, the DDB Employees Union complained about Santiago’s trips to Vienna, Austria with his family and “unqualified” favorite DDB employees. His delegation included his “girl Friday and coffee server” identified as Edith Julie B. Mendoza.

The union also said that Santiago went to the United States this time with an alleged mistress and selected DDB employees.

“This is an extravagant use of government resources and abuse of authority,” the letter said.

DDB-EU added that Santiago received favors from major drug players such as a “big mansion” given to him by the Parojinog family in Ozamiz City.

“Can he be an effective Chairman of the DDB as he is being reportedly a protector of a drug syndicate? We doubt it Mr. President,” the letter read.

The announcement came after President Rodrigo Duterte said there were officials lined up to be fired because of unauthorized trips abroad.

“It is a very strong message to the bureaucracy: The President will not tolerate junkets, unnecessary travels abroad,” Roque said.

“That shows his [Duterte’s] resolve against graft and corruption. As far as he is concerned, you don’t even have to be proven. If you’re tainted in any way by corruption, he will not hesitate to fire individuals. He has done so many times in the past and General Santiago is only the latest of them,” he added.

Santiago announced that he was removed from his position on November 7. Duterte later said he was offended by Santiago’s statements against the construction of the mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

Santiago was appointed as DDB chair in July, after former head Benjamin Reyes was removed for contradicting the government’s numbers on the drug war.

Santiago ran for senator and received Duterte’s endorsement in the 2016 elections. But he did not win. He was the former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director general from 2006 to 2010.

As of posting time, GMA News Online is getting the reaction of Santiago on the matter. — RSJ, GMA News

 

Ex-DDB chief Santiago fired over junkets abroad, ties to drug players

 

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang revealed that former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago was fired from his position due to his alleged junkets abroad and connection to major illegal drug players in the country.

This, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, is aside from the earlier stated reason that Santiago spoke against the mega-drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija earlier this month.

Roque, who made the revelation during today’s Palace press briefing, said President Duterte gave him the green light to reveal to the public the other reason for sacking Santiago.

Roque, citing a letter from the union of the DDB to Duterte, said Santiago reportedly went to trips to Vienna, Austria and the United States with his family, close DDB employees, and even his mistress in September 2017.

“One of the complaints that reached the President was a trip to Austria, where in addition to bringing family members, General Santiago brought six of his closest [DDB] personnel including a girl Friday,” Roque revealed.

Santiago’s girl Friday, a certain Edith Julie Mendoza, was Santiago’s coffee server, according to the Palace official.

“There was no mention of the date [of his travels]. And there was also a mention of a trip to [the] United States, indicating last month, meaning one month before October, where he, quote, ‘allegedly bringing with him his mistress and selected favorite DDB employees,’” Roque cited the letter.

According to Roque, this only shows that Duterte will not tolerate junkets and unnecessary or unauthorized travels abroad.

“That shows his resolve against graft and corruption. As far as he’s concerned, you don’t even have to be proven. If you’re tainted in any way by corruption, he will not hesitate to fire individuals,” he said.

“He has done so many times in the past and General Santiago is only the latest of them,” he added.

Santiago was said to have attended an ordinary Narcotic Drug Intersessional meeting in Vienna, Australia, while he went on an official business to the United States where their expenses have been charged against DDB funds.

“For your information, for both meetings, attendance only requires the presence of the DDB Chairman in the official invitation sent by [the] UN (United Nations) Secretariat and nothing more. This is an extravagant use of government resources and abuse of authority,” the letter stated.

Santiago and Parojinog 

Aside from his trips abroad, the letter also accused Santiago of accepting favors from major players in the illegal drug trade, particularly slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

According to the letter addressed to Duterte, Santiago allegedly received a house from the slain mayor during the retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief’s stint as the director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“We believe our chairman, Retired General Santiago, is a liability to your administration. Previously, as aired on TV5 Aksyon sa Tanghali News by Mr. Gary de Leon last August 2017, reportedly said he was a recipient of [a] big Ozamiz mansion given by the Parojinog Family during his stint as Director of PDEA,” the letter said.

The letter furthered that Santiago had unexplained wealth, fleet of cars and expensive property. It, however, did not say whether these were obtained through Santiago’s alleged ties to drug lords.

“Can he be an effective chairman of the DDB as he is being reportedly, a protector of a drug syndicate? We doubt it Mr. President,” the letter stated.

Parojinog, along with 15 others, were killed in a police raid inside their house in July 2017.

Santiago and Reyes

The DDB Employees Union also accused Santiago of designating his predecessor Benjamin Reyes as acting chairman of the DDB while Santiago was in his overseas trips.

“Mr. President, what is more intriguing and appalling, which the DDB Union oppose, is his designation of Mr. Benjamin P. Reyes as acting chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board while he is on a junket spree,” the letter read.

The letter also stated that Reyes was apparently still receiving his salaries, allowance from the DDB.

“Mr. Reyes, despite your order of dismissal, has been continuously performing his job and receiving his salaries and allowances at the DDB without a valid appointment to the present,” the letter read.

Santiago was appointed by Duterte when the President sacked Reyes in July when Reyes contradicted Duterte’s data on the number of Filipinos addicted to drugs. Duterte said there were 4 million drug addicts while Reyes said there were only 1.8 million.

Santiago, the second DDB chief to leave the post under the Duterte administration, resigned on November 6 by orders of Duterte after Santiago told the media that the construction of the mega-drug rehabilitation facility was a mistake.

Duterte said Santiago could have just asked for a meeting with him instead of telling his sentiments about the said facility to the media.

 

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Duterte regains the propaganda initiative with his Revolutionary Government – Yes, No or Just Maybe

President Duterte has floated the idea of a REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT at the same time that he says that there could be a lack of support from the side of the military. In the case that he is plotting to impose a REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT (he does not like Martial Law due to the many so-called restrictions inherent in its implementation) then why is he stating a possible negative side or backlash to what he is planning to do. The most logical reason for this is that Digong is testing the waters, releasing a trial balloon and allowing people to weigh in the pros and cons of the idea. Truth to tell, the Duterte Administration is definitely UNDER THREAT from the political forces of the previous Aquino government, the big business interests affected by his anti corruption drive and the mainstream media that is mainly owned or sponsored by giant corporations. Recent developments in the tax payments of the Mighty Corporation (PHP 25B), back dues of the Philippine Airlines (PHP 6B) and the seizure of the Mile Long property (owned by the Prieto family of the Philippine Daily Inquirer) are but the biggest collections in BIR history. In other words, President Duterte is making significant gains in getting long overdue amounts as well as projecting himself as a legitimate regional leader in this part of the world. All these positive developments are however DROWNED in the consistent and persistent howl of the political opposition, mainstream media and the international press mostly focusing on the War on Drugs. In the battle for the hearts and minds of the Filipino people, a Duterte call for a REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT seizes the public imagination and speculation is rife as to its need and possible dire consequences. By feeding the frenzy accompanying his pronouncements the initiative is retained by the President as he controls the topic of conversation rather that his political enemies hugging the limelight. Just like in the 2016 Presidential elections, a controversial Mayor Digong (insulting the Pope, bashing the US President and giving a bad-taste rape joke) MONOPOLIZED the headlines with the other Presidential candidates largely ignored. Defining the topic of the debate is a SHREWD move to be on the ATTACK mode which could or would  leave his detractors playing catch up. After LOSING the propaganda momentum in the War on Drugs tussle, President Duterte is once again in the driver’s seat with regards to the topics of the day and newspaper headlines, DEFINING his agenda and poking fun at his haters.

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ROQUE: DDB CHIEF SANTIAGO FIRED FOR 1. RECEIVING A “BIG MANSION” FROM R.I.P. OZAMIZ CITY MAYOR PAROJINOG 2. JUNKETS

SANTIAGO FIRED OVER JUNKETS ABROAD, FAVORS FROM DRUG LORDS – PALACE

By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net November 20, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago not just for contradicting his statements but due to complaints of alleged junkets abroad and acceptance of favors from drug lords, Malacañang said on Monday.

“Santiago was let go not only because of his statements on the mega rehab center, he was let go because of complaints,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Citing the complaint, Roque said Santiago allegedly went on a trip to Vienna in Austria, and the United States together with his “mistress,” friends and favorite DDB employees.

“He was also being let go because of complaints that General Santiago was using taxpayers’ money for junkets abroad. In addition to bringing family members, Santiago brought six of his closest personnel, including a ‘girl Friday’,” Roque noted.

The Palace official said Santiago was also accused of receiving a house from suspected and slain drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

INQUIRER.net has sought Santiago’s comment but has yet to respond as of posting time.        /kga

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Palace: Santiago was let go because of complaint of junkets, receiving a house from Parojinog

 November 20, 2017

Former Dangerous Drugs Board chairperson Dionisio Santiago was removed from his post because of a complaint about junkets and receiving favors from major drug players, Malacañang said on Monday.

“I would like to confirm that General Santiago was let go by the President not only because of his statements on the mega rehab centers being a mistake,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said during a briefing in Malacañang.

“He was also let go because of complaints, that General Santiago was using taxpayers’ money for junkets abroad. There were also complaints that General Santiago may have accepted consideration from major drug players,” he added.

Based on a letter dated October 25 received by the Office of the President, the DDB Employees Union complained about Santiago’s trips to Vienna, Austria with his family and “unqualified” favorite DDB employees. His delegation included his “girl Friday and coffee server” identified as Edith Julie B. Mendoza.

The union also said that Santiago went to the United States this time with an alleged mistress and selected DDB employees.

“This is an extravagant use of government resources and abuse of authority,” the letter said.

DDB-EU added that Santiago received favors from major drug players such as a “big mansion” given to him by the Parojinog family in Ozamiz City.

“Can he be an effective Chairman of the DDB as he is being reportedly a protector of a drug syndicate? We doubt it Mr. President,” the letter read.

The announcement came after President Rodrigo Duterte said there were officials lined up to be fired because of unauthorized trips abroad.

“It is a very strong message to the bureaucracy: The President will not tolerate junkets, unnecessary travels abroad,” Roque said.

“That shows his [Duterte’s] resolve against graft and corruption. As far as he is concerned, you don’t even have to be proven. If you’re tainted in any way by corruption, he will not hesitate to fire individuals. He has done so many times in the past and General Santiago is only the latest of them,” he added.

Santiago announced that he was removed from his position on November 7. Duterte later said he was offended by Santiago’s statements against the construction of the mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

Santiago was appointed as DDB chair in July, after former head Benjamin Reyes was removed for contradicting the government’s numbers on the drug war.

Santiago ran for senator and received Duterte’s endorsement in the 2016 elections. But he did not win. He was the former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director general from 2006 to 2010.

As of posting time, GMA News Online is getting the reaction of Santiago on the matter. — RSJ, GMA News

 

Ex-DDB chief Santiago fired over junkets abroad, ties to drug players

 

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang revealed that former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago was fired from his position due to his alleged junkets abroad and connection to major illegal drug players in the country.

This, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, is aside from the earlier stated reason that Santiago spoke against the mega-drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija earlier this month.

Roque, who made the revelation during today’s Palace press briefing, said President Duterte gave him the green light to reveal to the public the other reason for sacking Santiago.

Roque, citing a letter from the union of the DDB to Duterte, said Santiago reportedly went to trips to Vienna, Austria and the United States with his family, close DDB employees, and even his mistress in September 2017.

“One of the complaints that reached the President was a trip to Austria, where in addition to bringing family members, General Santiago brought six of his closest [DDB] personnel including a girl Friday,” Roque revealed.

Santiago’s girl Friday, a certain Edith Julie Mendoza, was Santiago’s coffee server, according to the Palace official.

“There was no mention of the date [of his travels]. And there was also a mention of a trip to [the] United States, indicating last month, meaning one month before October, where he, quote, ‘allegedly bringing with him his mistress and selected favorite DDB employees,’” Roque cited the letter.

According to Roque, this only shows that Duterte will not tolerate junkets and unnecessary or unauthorized travels abroad.

“That shows his resolve against graft and corruption. As far as he’s concerned, you don’t even have to be proven. If you’re tainted in any way by corruption, he will not hesitate to fire individuals,” he said.

“He has done so many times in the past and General Santiago is only the latest of them,” he added.

Santiago was said to have attended an ordinary Narcotic Drug Intersessional meeting in Vienna, Australia, while he went on an official business to the United States where their expenses have been charged against DDB funds.

“For your information, for both meetings, attendance only requires the presence of the DDB Chairman in the official invitation sent by [the] UN (United Nations) Secretariat and nothing more. This is an extravagant use of government resources and abuse of authority,” the letter stated.

Santiago and Parojinog 

Aside from his trips abroad, the letter also accused Santiago of accepting favors from major players in the illegal drug trade, particularly slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

According to the letter addressed to Duterte, Santiago allegedly received a house from the slain mayor during the retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief’s stint as the director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“We believe our chairman, Retired General Santiago, is a liability to your administration. Previously, as aired on TV5 Aksyon sa Tanghali News by Mr. Gary de Leon last August 2017, reportedly said he was a recipient of [a] big Ozamiz mansion given by the Parojinog Family during his stint as Director of PDEA,” the letter said.

The letter furthered that Santiago had unexplained wealth, fleet of cars and expensive property. It, however, did not say whether these were obtained through Santiago’s alleged ties to drug lords.

“Can he be an effective chairman of the DDB as he is being reportedly, a protector of a drug syndicate? We doubt it Mr. President,” the letter stated.

Parojinog, along with 15 others, were killed in a police raid inside their house in July 2017.

Santiago and Reyes

The DDB Employees Union also accused Santiago of designating his predecessor Benjamin Reyes as acting chairman of the DDB while Santiago was in his overseas trips.

“Mr. President, what is more intriguing and appalling, which the DDB Union oppose, is his designation of Mr. Benjamin P. Reyes as acting chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board while he is on a junket spree,” the letter read.

The letter also stated that Reyes was apparently still receiving his salaries, allowance from the DDB.

“Mr. Reyes, despite your order of dismissal, has been continuously performing his job and receiving his salaries and allowances at the DDB without a valid appointment to the present,” the letter read.

Santiago was appointed by Duterte when the President sacked Reyes in July when Reyes contradicted Duterte’s data on the number of Filipinos addicted to drugs. Duterte said there were 4 million drug addicts while Reyes said there were only 1.8 million.

Santiago, the second DDB chief to leave the post under the Duterte administration, resigned on November 6 by orders of Duterte after Santiago told the media that the construction of the mega-drug rehabilitation facility was a mistake.

Duterte said Santiago could have just asked for a meeting with him instead of telling his sentiments about the said facility to the media.

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The Left will support a Duterte PRO PEOPLE revolutionary government

 

 

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Noynoy Aquino, Joma weigh in on revolutionary gov’t

By: Karlos Manlupig, Nikko Dizon – @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer  November 12, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to form a revolutionary government sounded familiar to two prominent individuals who had been up close to what a revolution meant — former President Benigno Aquino III whose mother was the country’s first revolutionary government leader and Jose Ma. Sison who founded a communist movement that continues to wage a countryside revolution.

Aquino, whose mother the late democracy icon Cory initially ruled under a revolutionary government setup, said he was adopting a wait-and-see attitude toward Mr. Duterte’s threat.

“Shall we say that we keep our ears open and our eyes also. We are very closely watching a lot of things,” the former president said at a press conference at his Times Street home after posting a P40,000 bail for a case stemming from the 2015 Mamasapano debacle.

Sison, in a Facebook interview, said Mr. Duterte’s threat was actually a good idea but only if it meant the people taking power. 

Real revolution

A revolutionary government, said Sison, “was OK if its decree-making powers will not be used to push for a fascist dictatorship.”

Aquino said he could not comment further on an issue he has no personal knowledge of. Aquino had earned the ire of Mr. Duterte after commenting that the numbers showed there had been no stark improvement in the antidrug campaign despite the number of killings in Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs.

Sison said he would support Mr. Duterte’s revolutionary government if it meant rebel forces determining government agenda.

“In this framework, the three veterans of the Kabataang Makabayan — Duterte, Nur Misuari and me — could come together,” Sison said, referring to the underground youth organization formed by the Left.

Under a pro people revolutionary government, Sison said Mr. Duterte would not have to worry anymore about loyalties because he would be supported by warm bodies, the people.

Mass arrest

In a taped interview aired on government television channel PTV 4 on Oct. 13, Mr. Duterte ranted about the possibility of declaring a revolutionary government to defeat forces trying to destabilize his administration.

 

“If your destabilization is becoming worse and chaotic, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government,” Mr. Duterte said in that interview.

“I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full-scale war against the Reds,” the President said, adding his revolutionary government would be similar to that declared by Cory shortly after the downfall of the late dictator Marcos in 1986.

Mr. Duterte, however, appeared to backtrack on his threat. Commenting on a statement made by Vice President Leni Robredo about being assured by top defense officials that the military does not support a revolutionary government, Mr. Duterte said: “OK, then we will not have a revolutionary government.”

Rallies set

But supporters of Mr. Duterte were not giving up. Rallies were set on Nov. 30 in Davao City, Cebu City, North Cotabato and Manila to press for a revolutionary government that would be federal in character.

Opposition legislator Rep. Tom Villarin, of the partylist group Akbayan, said a revolutionary government would be like Mr. Duterte overthrowing himself and reinstalling himself in power.

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Ombudsman files raps vs Aquino over Mamasapano incident

 

 

The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and usurpation of authority charges against former President Benigno Aquino III before the Sandiganbayan on Wednesday in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano incident.

The Ombudsman charged Aquino with violation of Section 3(a) of Republic Act 3109 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), the provision on the usurpation of official functions.

The anti-graft body set the bail to P40,000: P30,000 for the graft charge and P10,000 for the usurpation of authority charge.

According to the information sheet of the usurpation of authority charge, Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Reza M. Casila-Derayunan accused Aquino of conspiring with former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, who was then under preventive suspension, and PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas in implementing Oplan Exodus, the January 2015 operation that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos, dubbed as the SAF 44.

Derayunan said Aquino “did there and then willfully, unlawfully cause Purisima to perform and/or exercise the function of the chief of the PNP over Oplan Exodus prior to and during its implementation […] despite having knowledge that Purisima was under preventive suspension” by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman suspended Purisima and 11 other police officials for six months in December 2014 over the alleged misuse of gun license couriers’ fees.

The prosecutor said Aquino allowed Purisima to take part in Oplan Exodus by letting him go to the Jan. 9, 2015 meeting in Bahay Pangarap, where the top secret operation was planned and discussed.

Aquino also instructed Purisima to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and communicated exclusively with the former police chief at the height of the operations on Jan. 25, 2015, the prosecutor said.

In the separate information sheet for the graft charge, Derayunan said Aquino “allowed himself to be persuaded, induced, or influence” to violate the PNP chain of command, the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension order against Purisima, and officer-in-charge PNP chief Leonardo Espina’s order against Purisima and other suspended police officials to cease and desist from performing duties and functions of their offices.

The prosecutor said Aquino knew “fully well [of] the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension order, Espina’s special order, and that it was Espina who had the authority to oversee the preparation and conduct of Oplan Exodus, to the damage and prejudice of the State.”

The case was filed after the Ombudsman denied Aquino’s motion for reconsideration and upheld its June 2017 resolution finding probable cause for the indictment of the former president. /cbb

By: Jhoanna Ballaran – Reporter / @JhoannaBINQ
INQUIRER.net November 08, 2017
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