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Lawmakers, netizens to PNP chief calling drug war critics ‘ingrates:’ Service is a duty, whether you’re appreciated or not

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa called the critics of the war on drugs “ingrates” but lawmakers and netizens disagree.

Dela Rosa told reporters that those who criticized the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs are ingrates for slamming the campaign instead of thanking them for the peace and order that they are enjoying.

“You can criticize us to the high heavens but I can tell you straight sa inyong mga mata, ‘yung mga critics sabihan ko kayo, ingrato kayo. Alam kong nakikinabang kayo sa peace and order na idinulot sa ating war on drugs,” Dela Rosa said to reporters on October 3.

This was his response when asked to comment on the criticisms against the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“Prangka lang ako: ingrato kayo. Sige lang, you can criticize us, wala akong problema….Ako naman, bebuwelta ako sa inyo: ingrato ka, mga anak mo sarap pumapasok sa eskuwelahan na walang kaba, walang takot dahil bihira na ‘yung krimen sa kalsada dahil sa war on drugs, tapos ngayon tinitira ‘nyo kami,” he added.

The PNP’s bloody campaign has sparked public outrage as it continues to be hounded by issues involving suspicious killings, with some recent incidents involving minors that led to the sacking of the entire Caloocan City police force.

Dela Rosa’s claim on the reduced crimes in the country is supported by data as all crimes, except killings, went down after the first year of Duterte’s administration.

“Alam ko, deep inside your heart nakikinabang ka sa ginagawa naming war on drugs,” dela Rosa continued.

Reacting to dela Rosa’s outburst, Senator Ping Lacson, a former PNP chief, said he understood dela Rosa’s frustrations.

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“I can feel his frustrations in the midst of the Kian, Carl and Kulot controversies confronting the PNP. I may not be supportive of such outbursts coming from the country’s top law enforcer but I’m willing to extend some allowance and understanding of such reaction to the PNP critics,” Lacson said.

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano slammed dela Rosa and reminded him what public service is all about.

“Walang utang na loob ang taumbayan sa kanya. Trabaho niya ‘yan. Bakit mo sisingilin ang lahat sa kanyang serbisyo? Kaya nga kapag nandito ka sa gobyerno, thankless job ito. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Alejano said in a press conference.

“But at the end of the day, you will perform your mandate. You are not doing it para ikaw ay sumikat or sisingilin mo sila sa utang na loob nila pagdating nila balang-araw. Trabaho mo ‘yan,” he added.

Alejano noted that as the PNP chief, he is expected to deliver his duty to keep the peace and order in the country.

“Walang sisingilin diyan sa pagtatrabaho dahil inaasahan kang gawin mo ‘yan kahit na hindi mo singilin sila sa utang na loob na ‘yan. Walang ingratong Pilipino dahil silang lahat ay nagmamay-ari ng gobyerno at kaming lahat sa gobyerno ay nandito para serbisyuhan sila, hindi para singilin sila,” Alejano said.

“Kaya dapat ang lahat ng public officials ay nagsisilbi sa ordinaryong mamamayan, hindi ‘yung sinisingil natin sila sa ating serbisyo,” he added.

Senator Franklin Drilon said dela Rosa was paid to do his job as the top cop.

“I would rather be an ingrate and save lives from being lost because of impunity, the culture of impunity of our PNP,” Drilon said.

“He is paid by the taxpayers to do his job and we always, we support the war on drugs, but not the extrajudicial killings. No question, we support the war on drugs but huwag naman sa ganitong paraan,” he added.

Akbayan party-list Tom Villarin said dela Rosa’s attitude towards critics who are looking for justice for those killed in the war on drugs and branding them as ingrates is “out of this world.”

“Kung ang tingin ni General Dela Rosa ‘yan ang pagiging ingrato, ‘yung paghabol sa katarungan, paghabol doon sa mga patayan na nangyari doon sa war against drugs, then nasa ibang planeta pala yung kanyang pananawa, dahil ito po, para sa atin, ay talagang talamak na itong war against drugs at sinasabi pa ni General Dela Rosa na meron tayong peace and order,” Villarin said.

“Kung ‘yung tinutukoy niya na ingrato’ yung kritiko niya, I think later he will be asked, siguro through the proper courts, na mapanagutan itong mga namatay sa war on drugs,” the lawmaker added.

Muntinlupa Rep. Tom Villarin remarked on Twitter that public servants ought to do their job, regardless of the level of appreciation that they would receive from it.

“Public servants have no right to call critics “inggrato”. Service is a duty, whether you’re appreciated or not,” he said.

Journalist Inday Espina-Varona also reacted to dela Rosa’s remarks.

“INGRATO?! 12,000 dead, many poor, including those who tried to #change. And you want people to fall on their knees in thanks?! #FightTyranny,” she tweeted.

Former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño said, “I think it’s time to give Bato a wig. Parang si Aguirre na rin kasi kung magsalita. #Ingrato.”

Here are some of the reactions from the netizens:

Sources: ( rappler.com , gmanetwork.com )

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’

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President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks

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His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show

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Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.

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Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal

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Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.

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In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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