Archive for May, 2017

Duterte bestows ISIS status on Maute group

By Charmaine Deogracias VERA Files Before May 23, 2017, the band of bandits operating in the Lanao area called Maute Group was nothing but an armed network of clans with familial ties to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But the Maute Group is now an international terrorist organization, thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte and his […]

May 31, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military, Terrorism  One Comment

Why Trillanes did not vote for Senate resolution approving declaration of Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is one of the five senators who did not vote for Senate Resolution 388 “Expressing the sense of the Senate supporting Proclamation No. 2016 dated May 23, 2017 entitled “Declaring a State of Martial Law and suspending the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus in the whole of Mindanao and […]

May 31, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military  4 Comments

Magdalo: No affiliation with Maute

Update May 31, 2017: Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV “During the security briefing, I asked Sec. Lorenzana based on their intel reports, if I or the Magdalo group is linked in any way with the Maute? He answered, ‘No, Mr. Senator. Na receive din namin ang information na galing daw kay Abe Purugganan. Hindi totoo yun. […]

May 28, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Magdalo, Military  2 Comments

Duterte: Maute Group committed act of rebellion in Marawi City

This story first came out in VERA Files. Please click here to see complete Martial Law declaration Report. For more VERA Files report about Martial Law in Mindanao please click to links below: Martial Law in Mindanao: A timeline VERA Files Fact Sheet: Explaining Martial Law Duterte allies in Congress support Martial Law; opposition calls […]

May 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Military  No Comments

“I will be harsh”- Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

Click here: Know your rights under Martial Law What makes me happy.. I’m sad, but what makes me happy that I was able to have a last minute.. Hindi last minute but it was almost an hour, a last minute meeting with President Putin and I was able to communicate all the things that I […]

May 24, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance  2 Comments

Foreign secretary, envoy belie Duterte account of alleged Xi Jinping’s threat of war

Newly-installed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he has been in all the bilateral meetings between President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping and he has not witnessed any threat of war uttered by the Chinese President. Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before […]

May 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

VISA-FREE entry to Taiwan for Filipinos rescheduled to start Sept 2017

The implementation of VISA-FREE entry to the ROC (Taiwan) for Filipinos has been rescheduled to September 2017, and the exact date of the commencement of the implementation of the visa-free treatment will be further announced in September or at other appropriate date this year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China […]

May 23, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Justice Carpio tells Duterte to bring to UN Xi’s threat to go to war

Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said today the Philippines can to bring to the United Nations the matter of China’s President Xi Jinping threatening President Duterte that China would wage war if the Philippines starts drilling oil in disputed areas in the South China Sea. In a statement, Carpio said: “The threat of China […]

May 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  No Comments

Veteran diplomat tells Duterte to stop joke about Mongolia and Turkey joining Asean

This story first came out in VERA Files. On the sidelines of the first One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing last week, President Duterte met with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, prime minister of Mongolia. In his press conference upon arrival in Davao City May 16, Duterte said h is sponsoring […]

May 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Duterte forgoes EU aid, sticks to his ‘kill, kill’ policy

President Duterte’s solution to the country’s problems is “kill, kill.” The 28-member state European Union has made it clear that they will not allow their money to be used to kill people. Anticipating a removal of the Philippine’s favored status under EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences wherein tariff on Philippine goods for export to the […]

May 19, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  4 Comments