President Duterte leads destruction of P27-million worth of smuggled luxury vehicles at Cagayan port

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STA. ANA, Cagayan—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, March 14, witnessed the public destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles worth P27.2 million in Port Irene, the second batch of illegally shipped vehicles to be destroyed under his administration.

The President witnessed last month similar public condemnation of smuggled vehicles at the Port of Manila during the anniversary of the Bureau of Customs. The destruction of the vehicles was simultaneously done in the ports of Cebu and Davao.

“We reaffirm our commitment to build a country free from the shackles of corruption. This condemnation of these smuggled vehicles demonstrates our firm stand to put an end to a longstanding societal disease that has eroded public trust and tainted the government’s sincerity to deliver equitable social services,” the President said during the event at Port Irene.

“The destruction of these contraband luxury vehicles signifies our strong resolve to restore good governance, preserve our nation’s dignity and safeguard our people’s welfare, he said.

The President reiterated that he will never tolerate smuggling and all forms of irregularities in the country’s ports, especially at the freeports as he stressed that illegal practices will be dealt with to ensure that every government agency is free from corruption.

President Duterte then called upon every local government official, civic leader and the general public to stand with his government in forging a drug-, crime-, and corruption-free Philippines.

He said that the confiscation of the luxury cars implies that there is still a lot of work to be done until the people have stronger and more progressive nation they deserve.

“Together, let us fight for a better government and for a better Philippines that will last generations. This will be our most important legacy as public servants and as Filipinos,” he said.

President Duterte also recognized the contributions of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to national development, noting that CEZA’s commitment to spur economic and social development has promoted efficiency and good governance not only inside the eco-zone but in the entire region.

The 14 luxury vehicles, worth P27.2 million, are part of 855 vehicles impounded in Port Irene. CEZA CEO and Administrator Raul Lambino said they will also destroy the remaining more than 800 illegally acquired vehicles at the port, including several luxury motorcycles.

Smuggled vehicles destroyed Wednesday include eight Mercedes Benz, one Porsche, one Maserati, two BMWs, as well as an Opel and Renault sedans.

The public destruction of the illegally imported cars is aimed at discouraging smugglers from shipping in expensive vehicles.

In the same speech, President Duterte reiterated his commitment to put an end to the illegal drug problem as well as criminality.

He also vowed to attain lasting peace in Mindanao through the adoption of a federal form of government.

The President likewise fended off accusations that he leans towards dictatorship.

“If by 2020, we could have perfected the structure and we can move ahead, and if it is already fine-tuned, I still have about until 2022. But if it calls for an election of a President, I will step down immediately,” Duterte said.

“‘Yan ang ipangako ko sa inyo. Hindi ho ako magiging diktador. I’m tired and I want to retire,” he said.

“I never lost an election and I would want it to be that way. So huwag ho kayong matakot,” he assured.  #Duterte #ChangeIsComing #ChangeIsHere

Sara Duterte endorses Bong Go for Senator in 2019

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, the Presidential daughter, displayed brilliant political savvy by endorsing the most trusted aide of her father, Secretary Bong Go, for the 2019 senatorial elections. Of course, the final decision on a Go senatorial run would depend on the President but if there is a genuine public clamor, the President would probably allow Go to run as a litmus test of the Duterte Administration since Go is perceived as a Digong clone. Inday Sara may have also trumped PDP Laban House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, with whom she has a running feud, since the PDP Laban tentative senatorial line-up is already more than the needed 12 candidates for senator. By selecting one candidate at a time Mayor Sara can cherry pick the nominees with the greatest chances of electoral victory. She is also showing that her choices have nothing to do with the official PDP Laban selection process since she is not a member of PDP Laban. PDP Laban can adopt her most popular candidate(s) in their ticket or Sara candidates can run as independents or be adopted by other national political parties.


Bong Go humbled by Sara Duterte’s endorsement for 2019 senatorial polls

 March 13, 2018 GMANews Online
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Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday thanked Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for throwing her support in the event he decides to run for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.

“I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved city Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the Father, the Daughter, are my inspiration and the example of being a true public servant,” Go said in a statement.

“Kahit maaga pa po pag-usapan ang politika, ni di ko pa naisip ang tumakbo ngunit sa mga salitang binitiwan ng atin mahal na Mayora Inday Sara, ngayon palang nakakataba ng puso at nakakawala ng pagod kahit na 24 oras akong mag-trabaho,” he added.

Go also promised the Duterte family that he would continue serving President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sara, in an interview, vouched for Go’s qualifications, owing to his experience as the President’s top aide for two decades now. She said they will be “so proud” if there will be a senator from Davao City.

The President earlier quipped during the 116th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on February 6 that Go’s appearance at the Senate inquiry on the controversial frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy, which was held two weeks later, can be his closest aide’s ticket to the Senate.

Go, in response, said he was not running as he vowed to serve Duterte until his last breath.

But Go’s stance seemed to have changed last week when Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, a former politician, expressed belief Go would make it to the top five of the Senate race.— Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News


Go can’t make heads or tails on Senate run

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go  has received  the endorsement of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for his possible run for the Senate next year.

“I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved City Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the father, the daughter are my inspiration and the example of being a true public servant,” Go said.

However, Duterte’s closest aide maintained it is still too early to talk about politics or his plan to run for an elected position since he’s still undecided.

Nevertheless, he thanked the presidential daughter for the endorsement of his perceived candidacy.

Go said the Dutertes are his inspiration and he is grateful to the President’s daughter for her kind words.

The  Davao mayor  said she knew Go since she was young and praised the man’s loyalty to the President for whom he worked for decades.

#HugpongNgPagbabago #TapangAtMalasakit ##Duterte #MochaUson #IndaySara #BongGo #BatoDeLaRosa



With the IMPEACHMENT of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno almost a CERTAINTY, the beleaguered CJ went on an INDEFINITE LEAVE of ABSENCE. Her camp is saying this action was done in preparation of the upcoming Senate Trial while the Supreme Court premises is abuzz with the news that 13 Supreme Court Associate Justices in the last en banc meeting (Sereno being the 14th Justice present) FORCED her to take her leave EARLIER than she originally planned.



Psychologist says CJ displayed symptoms of mental disturbance

By: Vince F. Nonato- Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer March 01, 2018
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has displayed five of nine symptoms of “mental disturbance,” according to a psychologist who assessed her fitness based on allegations aired throughout a 15-week hearing by the House justice committee on a complaint for her impeachment.

During the 15th and last clarificatory hearing on Tuesday evening, expert witness Geraldine Tria said she would not have recommended Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice of the Philippines based on the committee’s findings.

Tria also cited the evaluation made by two Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) psychiatrists in 2012, in which Sereno got the second-lowest score of 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.

The JBC vets candidates for the Supreme Court and submits a short list of the most qualified candidates to the President.

In 2012, Sereno made it to that list despite her being the most junior justice on the Supreme Court.

Resentment on the court

Then President Benigno Aquino III appointed Sereno Chief Justice, disregarding the seniority tradition on the Supreme Court, which caused resentment among the justices that they openly showed as she began her 18-year term.

Tria said Sereno’s intelligence quotient (IQ) of 109 was “average” and such an applicant should not have been considered because the position required “more responsibility, decision-making.”

“If a person is vying for a high position … and yet the mental ability is just mediocre, why? There are other applicants who have a higher score,” she said.

Tria listed the first four symptoms of mental disturbance displayed by Sereno—grandiosity, preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success and power, sense of entitlement, and tendency to be “interpersonally exploitative,” or taking advantage of others for her own ends.

According to the psychologist, Sereno exhibited these symptoms in her purchase of a bulletproof luxury vehicle—to which the highest-ranked officials were entitled for security reasons—as well as her tendency to “totally ignore” the Supreme Court’s collegial character.

Tria said Sereno seemed to be a “power-tripper” based on the committee’s findings, because of her tendency to “disrespect other members of the court and substitute her own ideas and opinions.”

Lack of empathy

The fifth and “very crucial” symptom, according to the psychologist, was Sereno’s “lack of empathy and sensitiveness to the need of the other members of the community,” as shown by her delayed action on the release of the survivorship benefits of the spouses of deceased judges and justices.

Tria limited her assessment to just the five symptoms, admitting that she had “no way of observing her objectively.”

“I do not know her actually,” Tria said.

But Sereno “fails” when it comes to her emotional well-being, because “it affects the work force,” she said.

“She doesn’t get along with the other justices … If she could not adjust to her coworkers, how much more other people?” Tria said.

The JBC psychiatrists, Genuina Ranoy and Dulce Lizza Sahagun, divulged the results of their evaluation of Sereno in a closed session, citing doctor-patient confidentiality.

But Ranoy and Sahagun said during the public hearing that they agreed with Tria’s assessment.

Before the justice committee held an executive session for most of the evening, JBC member Maria Milagros Fernan-Cayosa clarified that a score of 4 in the psychometric evaluation was not a ground for an applicant’s disqualification.

JBC confidentiality rules

The JBC refused to furnish the committee with Sereno’s psychiatric records because of the council’s confidentiality rules, which lawmakers argued did not apply because it was acting as an impeachment body.

In a press statement, Sereno’s camp said the House had “no business scrutinizing the result of the psychological exam … because it did not constitute grounds for impeachment under the Constitution.”

“Expanding and redefining the grounds for impeachment is itself a violation of the constitutional provision,” said lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, a spokesperson for the Chief Justice.

In a press briefing in Quezon City, Lacanilao brushed aside Tria’s statements to the House justice committee.

“That’s her opinion. But the opinion of the Judicial and Bar Council when [the Chief Justice] was appointed in 2012, she’s qualified,” he said.

“Until that expert is placed on the witness stand in the Senate, [the report] remains irrelevant. I don’t know what the House will do with her testimony, but we will challenge it at the Senate,” he added. —WITH A REPORT FROM JHESSET O. ENANO

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FVR spits at photographers at EDSA 1 anniversary celebration

Fidel V. Ramos spat at cameramen covering the EDSA 1 2018 proceedings. Was he kidding (although in poor taste), angry (since former President Aquino and current President Duterte did not grace the festivity) or showing signs of senile dementia (in other words, losing his mind)? Alzheimer’s disease is now the term used for senility. In a photograph captured by Melvin Anore, liquid is seen spewing from the mouth of FVR and a visual analysis may make one conclude that the amount and viscosity of the fluid is more compatible with water than saliva (which is frothy or bubbly). In other words, FVR may have taken a gulp of water from a bottle before spitting out the contents of his mouth into the unwary photographers. FVR is known for gimmickry such as annually repeating his famous 1986 jump or leap. He also carries an eyeglass frame (you got it right only a frame without the lenses) which he wears in photo opportunities. He says it makes him look intelligent (the frame, that is) at the same time he does not want the glasses because they cause reflections when flashbulbs are used which may obscure or blur his eyes in the photos. Can we just charge this incident as a former President taking a joke too far or are we seeing the beginning of more outrageous behavior brought about by rapidly advancing age and/or loss of control of his faculties? We can only watch and hope for the best for our former President.

#FVR #EDSA1 #PeoplePower #Philippines #Pilipinas

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As the House Committee on Justice winds up hearings on the Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno IMPEACHMENT CASE, there is a simmering disappointment among Associate Justices on how CJ Sereno is keeping her opinions to herself and not coming out clean on the SALN (Statement of Assets and Liabilities) issue. The next step in the impeachment process would be a vote in the House of Representatives in plenary session. Since the Administration Coalition has a super majority in the Lower House, it is almost a certainty that the minimum of at least one third of Congressmen/women voting for IMPEACHMENT would easily be breached. Should this happen, probably next week, then CJ Sereno would be considered IMPEACHED. Her trial would be conducted at the Senate and a guilty verdict would remove her as Chief Justice and from the Supreme Court. Former Chief Justice Renato Corona was previously IMPEACHED and found guilty by the Senate Trial Court thus removing him from office. Corona, who died in 2016, had the support of most of the Associate Justices and Supreme Court employees all throughout the trial which is not the case with the sitting CJ Sereno where current and former Supreme Court Associate Justices have testified AGAINST her in the House investigation. 

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PHOTO: House Justice Committee Chair Umali and Chief Justice Sereno


Why SC justices forced Sereno to go on leave

Chief Justice Sereno’s official letter regarding her leave is anticipated. Will it settle things for now, or will it cause more trouble in the Supreme Court?

The tipping point came last Tuesday, February 20, when the Supreme Court (SC) en banc received official communication from the House of Representatives which raised issues surrounding the alleged missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Suddenly, the en banc was confronted with a situation where a co-equal branch was asking them something they did not know the answer to. There were allegations the appointed Chief Justice did not comply with requirements for her appointment.

That Tuesday, the en banc required Sereno to explain herself, at the very least, to them.

Sereno had not yet responded with an explanation. Between February 20 and the next en banc session, Tuesday, February 27, the animosity grew more intense.

On February 27, justices – except for Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa who was on leave – reportedly reached a consensus and forced Sereno to take a leave. Her camp came out with its own version of events, saying that she had just decided to advance a previously scheduled “wellness leave”. This agitated the justices who felt that she backtracked on her word.

‘Lost respect’

That Sereno has refused to explain the SALN issue, among other things that concern the court, was taken as an affront to the en banc, a court insider said.

“This is no longer an issue of legality but an issue of respect,” said one justice during the heated exchange during the en banc session on Tuesday.

Two justices said they did not actually have a uniform or set agenda coming to the en banc on Tuesday; “Nagpapakiramdaman ang lahat (Everyone was trying to get a sense of what everyone else was up to).”

It was Associate Justice Samuel Martires who spoke first, asking Sereno to explain the SALN issue.

One justice said: “You are speaking with your peers and I think you owe us the courtesy of explaining yourself.”

Another justice asked Sereno: “You freely speak to the media to explain yourself but you cannot come clean with your colleagues?”

Throughout all their questions, the insider said Sereno stuck to one answer: “In two months you will see my defense,” referring to the trial at the Senate.

Martires dared Sereno: “Gusto mo mag-resign tayong dalawa? You want us both to resign?”

Other justices tried to cool the heated emotions, until one justice expressly told Sereno to just take an indefinite leave to allow the SC breathing room.

“Employees have been restive,” a Supreme Court source said.

Why the leave?

Three well-informed sources at the High Court said that the wisdom behind the request for an indefinite leave was to make sure the court preserves evidence and removes undue influence on witnesses and other involved officials.

It would also allow the remaining justices to assess the evidence before them and take the necessary steps to “exact accountability to the institution,” one justice said.

Martires reportedly said: “I love this institution, I have been serving the institution for the past 17 years. I will not allow the two political branches to interfere in the independence of the judiciary, because that will imperil democracy. Let the cleansing start from within.”

“It’s not easy for me, but I always do what I think is right even though it is difficult,” Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was reported to have said during the session.

There was a consensus among all 13 justices to ask Sereno to go on leave starting Tuesday, February 27. But the Chief Justice was intransigent and reportedly volunteered to take her wellness leave instead. Justices remained firm in their request for her to take an indefinite leave.

Sereno asked for a 10-minute recess. When she returned, she announced to the en banc: “Starting Thursday, I am taking my indefinite leave of absence. I wish to attend the division hearing on Wednesday. All items on the agenda today shall be called again next week,” a court source quoted her as saying.

‘She lied’

After two long hours, the session ended and justices went back to their chambers.

When they tuned in to the news, they learned that Sereno’s spokesperson announced that the Chief Justice was taking her wellness leave early, contrary to the indefinite leave that was agreed upon by all, including Sereno herself.

That again riled up the justices.

“She lied again,” one justice said.

“She’s deceptive,” another said.

Another one said: “She’s courting trouble.”

On Wednesday morning, February 28, Sereno is expected to file a letter with the High Court to make her leave official.

What will she say in the letter? Will she say “indefinite leave” as reportedly agreed upon in the en banc, or will she say “wellness leave”, as Sereno’s spokesperson had announced?

Will Sereno’s next move placate the justices or will it stir new trouble in a Court already on edge? –

Sandra Cam exposes Samuel Aguilar as Iloilo/Antique DRUG LORD

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In the Senate investigation on the PCSO and Small Time Lottery, PCSO Director Sandra Cam revealed that PCSO STL franchisee Samuel Aguilar is also the JUETENG kingpin of the area while hiding under STL Identification Cards to avoid arrest for the illegal numbers game which rakes in the bulk of the money while reporting only minuscule amounts for the government-run gambling component.

Cam mentioned that Samuel Aguilar used to work in the New Bilibid Prisons under General Vinarao. Aguilar was able to establish business links with high profile convicted DRUG LORD Peter Co as well as Peter Lim. Cam revealed that Aguilar was the major supplier of Visayas DRUG LORD Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. (killed together with his wife in 2016). Cam stated that Aguilar is the current overall head of operations of the ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE (SHABU) in Antique Province, Iloilo City and North Cotabato. Aguilar is also supposedly close to former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog (a cousin of Senator Franklin Drilon). Mabilog was named by President Rody Duterte as the DRUG LORD protector of Iloilo City. He has since been removed from office and fled to the United States for medical reasons and has not returned to face prosecution.

As an STL franchisee, Aguilar used to frequent the office of PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan (the main opponent of Sandra Cam in the PCSO).

Napoles – PHP 5 Million to Drilon in 2010

‘Probe Drilon for getting money from Napoles’


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Malacañang on Monday said Senate Minority Franklin Drilon should be investigated following the revelation of alleged “pork barrel scam” mastermind Janet Lim Napoles that the lawmaker received millions of pesos in campaign donations during the 2010 elections.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. was reacting to Napoles’s statements, made during an interview with broadcaster Erwin Tulfo, aired live over government-run dzRB radio station on Monday.

In a text message, Roque said Drilon was not exempted from investigation over allegations of corruption.

“Leave it to DoJ (Department of Justice) but there should be an investigation,” Roque said when asked about Napoles’ allegations against Drilon, a stalwart of the erstwhile ruling Liberal Party.

“Yes, si Sen. Frank Drilon (It’s Sen. Frank Drilon),” she added, when asked to confirm if she was referring to the opposition senator.

Drilon has yet to comment on Napoles’ allegations.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd floated the possibility of turning Napoles into a state witness in a new inquiry into the P10-billion priority development assistance fund anomaly.


President Rodrigo Duterte had said Napoles was just a “minimal player” in the pork barrel scam.

Napoles was offered to turn state witness after she was acquitted by the Court of Appeals in the serious illegal detention case filed against her by her second cousin, pork barrel whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

She, however, remains detained as she is still facing plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan, along with her co-accused former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.

“Let the process of accountability begin!” the Palace official added.

During the intervview, Napoles claimed that she gave money to Drilon for the 2010 polls.

“Kilala niya po ako at sa katunayan po nagbigay po ako ng donations nu’ng election, nu’ng tumakbo po siya nu’ng 2010 elections. P5 million po (He knows me and in fact I gave him donations during the elections, when he ran during the 2010 elections. It’s P5 million),” Napoles said.

#Napoles #PorkBarrelFundScam #DAP #PDAF