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Duterte calls for peace, reveals he stopped daughter Sara from going to Panatag

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President Rodrigo Duterte visited Fort Magsaysay on Tuesday, July 26, to speak to soldiers and explain his reasons behind his declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP/NPA/NDF.

He announced this decision during his first State of the Nation Address on July 25.

One of the significant points of Duterte’s speech in front of the soldiers in Nueva Ecija is his call for peace.

“I plead peace with everybody,” Duterte said.

“I do not want any single loss [of life] … doon sa kanila o dito sa gobyerno natin,” he added.

“Let me explain to you: The unilateral ceasefire it is not my decision alone. It is the decision of the Cabinet,” he said.

In his SONA, Duterte ordered for the ceasefire to be effective immediately. He also asked the rebels to act accordingly and stop the decades of fighting that led to the loss of lives on both sides.

Along with his decision, the President also said that he will issue safe conduct passes to the rebel leaders, such as CPP-NPA founder Jose Ma. Sison and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) head Nur Misuari.

Duterte also mentioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim, who has earlier committed to preserving past peace deals with the government when he met with president peace adviser Sec. Jesus Dureza on July 21.

But the President warned that the MNLF and MILF to cut ties with Abu Sayaff.

“Ang gusto ko lang marinig sa [MILF] pati [MNLF] na yang Abu Sayaff na yan, wala na ang connection nila. Kasi yung armas ng Abu Sayaff, yun yung armas nila noon,” Duterte said.

He added that he wants to prepare and train more soldiers in case peace talks fail.

But he also emphasized his desire to maintain peace.

“I am a President that seeks peace with everyone. Ang trabaho ko pagka Presidente, hindi maghanap ng away. Ang trabaho ko pagka Presidente is tingnan ko, if at all, na walang gulo ang Pilipinas,” Duterte said.

With this, he called on the military to be always prepared “to guard the integrity of the republic, to protect the people.”

As a part of that preparation, Duterte promised that he would arm the soldiers with everything they need to improve their capabilities.

“You’ll have everything you need para di dehado sa bakbakan,” he said.

He earlier mentioned the possibility of adding 20,000 more soldiers to keep the peace and fight terrorism, especially in Mindanao.

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Stopping an angry Sara from going to Panatag

Just like his previous speeches, Duterte never failed to give an anecdote during his Fort Magsaysay visit. He talked about how his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, got so angry over China claiming the West Philippine Sea that she wanted to go to Panatag Shoal, or Scarborough Shoal.

“Alam mo, high tech yan sila. They’re listening to us. Kasi yung anak kong babae, yung Mayor, galit na galit rin. Gusto n’yang pumunta ng Panatag. Tumawag iyong – ‘Mayor, kausapin mo yung anak mo. Huwag niyang gawin yan kasi… Itong si Bong [Special Assistant to the President] Bong [Go], kinausap din. Sabi kung maari pigilan lang iyong anak ko. Sabi ko, ‘Ambassador, galit na galit iyong anak ko. Bakit nag-agaw daw kayo ng teritoryo ng Pilipinas?” Duterte said.

You can watch the start of his anecdote about Inday Sara at the 14:56 mark in the video below.

Although he did not name who that ambassador was, it’s likely Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua.

“Mabuti nalang I was able to… Eh maldita yang si Inday eh. Nanununtok ng Sheriff. Ganun yan eh. Kung totohanan talaga problema eh yung kapatid nyang dalawang mga lalaki mga uto-uto yun sa kanya.  Pag sinabi ng babae go go, go yan silang tatlo. I had to persuade her,” Duterte added.

The President noted that the Philippines is in a delicate situation right now and repeated his call for restraint.

“Hindi tayo maghanap ng away. At least hindi galing sa atin. But we should be prepared for any eventuality just like any country in the world. We have to have a strong Armed Forces. We need to have a military who can protect people and the integrity of this republic. Kayo iyan. Trabaho n’yo iyan,” he said.

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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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