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DavNor journalists confirm no road closures by Tadeco


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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was lying when he alleged that banana company Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) closed off from the public farm roads in its plantation in Davao del Norte.

Journalists belonging to the Davao del Norte Media Organization confirmed as “fake news” the claim of Alvarez, during a recent media-organized ocular inspection of the Tadeco farm.
The false claim is among issues leveled by Alvarez (DavNor, 1st  District) against Tadeco, owned by the family of 2nd District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo.
Alvarez is a former friend and political ally of Floirendo, who is credited with having funded the congressman’s past election campaigns before he became Speaker under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
After a break-up last year triggered by a public quarrel between their girlfriends, Alvarez filed a graft complaint before the Ombudsman against Floirendo.
The Speaker also initiated a House  inquiry into the  Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Tadeco and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) over about 5,300 hectares of Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) that Tadeco, the country’s largest banana producing and exporting company, developed into a banana plantation. The JVA provided share in revenues for BuCor and, as part of a penal rehabilitation program for inmates, employed as farm workers hundreds of prisoners serving time in the penal colony.
Alvarez’s graft case against Floirendo and his initiative in the House to question the legality of the decades-old Tadeco-BuCor land deal are widely criticized in Davao del Norte. Tadeco is one of the province’s biggest taxpayer and employer.
The alleged farm road closure is a propaganda line peddled against Floirendo, Tadeco and Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario, a cousin of Floirendo, by a horde of fake broadcasters apparently linked to the Speaker, who is seeking reelection in the 2019 election.   
About 30 members of the media group who joined the inspection found out that Tadeco did not prevent public use of the farm roads.
However, Tadeco required vehicles and people to undergo tire and foot baths before entering the plantation.
The foot bath and tire dips are mandated on Tadeco by a 2012 order of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to protect plantations against deadly banana diseases.
BPI issued the order as banana plantations in Davao del Norte were devastated by the deadly Panama Disease (Fusarium Wilt).
The root disease Panama Disease, like the banana leaf disease Black Sigatoka that earlier also attacked Davao Region farms, remain a major threat to bananas in the region.
The twin threats to the exportable Cavendish banana industry, the country’s second biggest dollar export earner, crippled the banana industry in Latin America and South Asian countries in fatal attacks in the 70s and 80s.
Panama Dosease first surfaced in the country in 2012 prompting BPI to issue an order imposing bio-security measures in all banana plantations throughout the country.


PANELO: Trillanes seditious remark vs. Duterte not covered by immunity

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“Parliamentary immunity is not absolute”

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the “remarks” of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Rodrigo Duterte are not covered by the lawmaker’s parliamentary immunity.

In his statement posted on Facebook, Panelo said the inciting to sedition charges filed against Trillanes was not based on his criticisms against Duterte, but was based on his call on the military “to violate the person of the President”.


“The claim of Senator Trillanes of parliamentary immunity was found unavailing because his malicious remark could not, by any stretch of imagination, be related to the discharge of his official functions as a legislator,” Panelo said.

While freedom of speech is the hallmark of democracy, Panelo said a “market place of ideas” has inherent limitations.

“(That) even the mantle of parliamentary immunity is not absolute,” he added.

Last week, a Pasay City prosecutor has found probable cause to charge Trillanes with inciting to sedition in connection with his privilege speech on Oct. 3, 2017 at the Senate.

“So here’s the answer now. If the soldiers could see this, they will use the M60 machine gun on you. These are many. The magazines will be emptied if you’re looking for PHP40 million, Mr. Duterte,” Trillanes said as quoted in the complaint.

The complaint also stemmed from Trillanes’ claim that Duterte has PHP2 billion in his bank account, which is “tending to create in the minds of the public a feeling of hatred and disgust towards the President.”

Under the Revised Penal Code, Panelo said a person could commit the crime of inciting to sedition if he provokes others by means of speeches or presentations to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition.

“Senator Trillanes incited the soldiers to use a machine gun on the President and roused the people to force the President to do certain acts in order to inflict an act of hate upon the President and disturb peace and order, thereby preventing the government from maintaining the same. Under the law, those acts constitute the crime of inciting to sedition,” he explained.

Panelo added that it is clear that “inciting people to commit sedition against the President or the Government cannot be considered as part of Senator Trillanes’ official functions.”

Panelo also said Trillanes was wrong when he compared his criminal case to the President’s move to withdraw from the Rome Statue, which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He said Trillanes is being heard by executive and judicial authorities having jurisdiction over his person while Duterte is being subjected to violations of his constitutional rights to due process and the presumption of innocence by a law (Rome Statute) “which is not even enforceable in this country.” (PNA)


President Rodrigo R. Duterte will fully support Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go “to the hilt” if he decides to join the senatorial race in the 2019 midterm elections, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Wednesday.

Andanar made the statement during the launch of a movement dubbed as “Ready, Set, Go,” to persuade Go to run for senator held at Illustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila.
Ito po ang sinabi ni presidente (This was what the President said) and I quote verbatim: ‘I will support Bong Go to the hilt’,” Andanar said.
Through a phone patch presented before the audience during the event, Go said it is too early to discuss if he is running for a senatorial post in 2019, noting that he would just continue focusing on his work as the President’s aide and serving the people.

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“I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved City Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the Father, the Daughter, are my inspiration and example of being a true public servant. Kahit maaga pa po pag-usapan ang politika, ni ‘di ko pa naisip ang tumakbo; ngunit sa mga salitang binitawan ng ating mahal na Mayora Inday Sara, ngayon pa lang nakakataba na ng puso at nakakawala ng pagod kahit na 24 oras akong magtrabaho. Si Mayor Rody po ang nagbigay ng lakas ng loob po sa akin na ipagpatuloy ang paninilbihan sa bansang Pilipinas. Pangako ko po sa Pamilyang Duterte na pagsisilbihan ko po ang kanilang ama habambuhay kahit saan man po kami pulutin balang araw, dahil malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa Pamilyang Duterte. Kahit saan man ako dalhin ng aking kapalaran, sasamahan ko si Pangulong Duterte hanggang kamatayan. Si Mayor Sara naman po, nakikita ko rin sa kanya ang isang Pangulong Rody Duterte sa kanyang pagseserbisyo ng buong puso. “

“Masyadong maaga pa po para mapag-usapan ang pulitika at sana po ay naiintindihan niyo ako. Marami pa po akong tungkulin at trabahong dapat gawin para kay Pangulo at sa mga kapatid nating mga Pilipino (It is too early to talk politics and I hope you understand. I have a lot of work to do and the job I do for the President and for our Filipino brethren),” Go said.
Hindi naman po ako politiko at kung sakali po ay unang beses ko po itong sasabak. Pero ang pwede ko lang pong ipagmalaki ay ang 20 taon kong karanasan sa pagserbisyo sa aking kapwa at katungkulan sa aking pangulo, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (I’m not a politician and, if ever, this will be the first time I’ll enter politics. But what I can always be proud of is my 20 year-experience in serving our fellow Filipinos and my duty to our president, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte),” he added.
Go pledged to serve Duterte all his life wherever he may be.
Hindi ko po iiwan ang pangulo natin sasamahan ko po siya habang buhay. Wala siyang ibang hangarin kundi para sa tunay na pagbabago (I will never leave our President; I will be with him for the rest of my life. He has no other dream but to effect genuine change),” Go said.
Go appealed to his supporters to give him more time to decide on the matter.
Trabaho muna tayo. ‘Wag muna nating pag-usapan yung pulitika. Bigyan niyo lang po ako ng konting panahon (Let’s first work. Let’s not talk about politics. Please just give me more time),” he said.
Go, in jest, said that if he wins in the next elections, the acronym SAP would have another meaning like “Senator of the Philippines” and the “Senator and Assistant of the President.”
Go said if he, however, fails to win the senatorial bid he could still be called the “Super Assistant of the People.”
The movement was attended by Cabinet members including National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Cayetano, and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Also present were congressmen Jericho Nograles, Ancieto Bertiz, Luis Raymund Villafuerte; PDP Laban members, and non-government organizations. (PNA)



A movement dubbed as “Ready, Set, Go” was launched Wednesday to persuade Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘”Bong” Go to run for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.

The event, which was organized by friends of Go and Cabinet members, was held at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila.
Go’s name as a possible senatorial candidate floated when President Rodrigo R. Duterte, during his speech after leading the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles last Feb. 6, told his trusted aide to use the Senate probe on the Philippine Navy’s frigate deal as a “golden opportunity” to become a senator.
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, in a manifestation of support from members of the House of Representatives, highlighted Go’s remarkable traits beyond his widely-known trademark as the “selfie king” and the President’s long-time aide.
Kilala natin siya, ng mga tao, na palaging naka-alalay sa Pangulo. Kilala siya ng tao bilang ‘selfie king’ na si Bong Go. Mas nakilala siya ng maraming Pilipino nang humarap siya sa kontrobersiya sa Senado. Lumabas siya na malinis ang pangalan at buong-buo ang pagkatao (We know him. He is known by the people as the loyal aide of the President. He is known as Bong Go, the ‘selfie king’. He was recognized by many Filipinos when he faced the [frigate] controversy at the Senate. He came out with a clean name and unscathed dignity),” Velasco said.
Pero mas kilala namin siya bilang kaibigan namin na si Bong Go na matapat. Kilala namin siya sa pagiging mapagkumbaba. Dahil sa mga katangiang ito na alam namin na higit pa sa pagkakilala ng mga tao na alalay lang siya ng Pangulo, na higit pa sa kinaaaliwan ng mga tao na ‘selfie king’ lang si SAP Bong Go (But we know him as Bong Go, our loyal friend. We know him for his humility. These traits show that SAP Bong Go is more than just an aide of the President and a ‘selfie king’),” he added.
Velasco said Go, if he becomes senator, would push for Duterte’s federalism advocacy.
Alam namin na pangungunahin niya sa Senado ang pag-alalay sa ultimong hangarin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang maipasa na ang Pederalismo na mag-aahon sa kahirapan ng Pilipino at mag-aayos sa landas na tinatahak ng Pilipinas (We know that his priority once he is in the Senate is to help push President Duterte’s ultimate goal of federalism, which would raise people out of poverty and straighten the path the Philippines is taking),” Velasco said.
Ito ang mga dahilan kung bakit hinihikayat namin si SAP Bong Go na maging kinatawan ng sambayanang Pilipino sa Senado (These are the reasons why we encourage SAP Bong Go to be a representative of the people in the Senate),” he added.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said it is time to put in someone in the Senate who is “positive, productive, and optimistic” rather than someone who sows discord and stirs unrest.
Panahon na (It is time) to build a nation and not just keep destroying the reputation of our country and our people,” Cayetano said.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also expressed full support for Go in his possible senatorial bid, describing him as “smart, action-oriented, and patriotic”.
The movement was attended by Cabinet members, among them Cayetano, Lopez, National Security Adviser
Hermogenes Esperon, Communication Secretary Martin Andanar, and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
Also present were congressmen Jericho Nograles, Ancieto Bertiz, Luis Raymund Villafuerte; PDP-Laban members, and members of non-governmental organizations.
House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has reportedly said he would persuade Go to join the 12-man senatorial line-up of the PDP-Laban in the 2019 midterm elections.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also threw her full support for Go if he decides to join the senatorial race in the 2019 midterm elections.
She said she would be “more than willing” to support Go, especially because he contributed a lot of things to the President. (PNA)