Palace: Duterte’s ‘plan’ to arm civilians a mere ‘dramatization’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s latest pronouncement that civilians in Bohol can take up arms to combat Abu Sayyaf bandits themselves was merely “dramatics” aimed at beefing up security in the province, Malacañang said on Thursday.

“In a sense, it was a dramatization of making sure that security is raised up in the area,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters, when sought for clarification on the President’s plan to arm civilians in light of the deadly clash in Bohol. (READ MORE)

Duterte offers reward for killing Abu suspects in Bohol attack

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday pledged to reward P1 million for killing each of the remaining Abu Sayyaf suspects who survived the clashed with the government security forces in Bohol last April 11.

Duterte, who attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) briefing in Bohol on Wednesday, declared that he wants the members of Abu Sayyaf captured “dead or alive”. (READ MORE)

Duterte ‘not angling’ for honorary UP degree

MALACAÑANG acknowledged Wednesday the decision of the University of the Philippines, (UP), the country’s premier state university, to confer an honorary degree to President Rodrigo Duterte.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the UP Board of Regents (BOR) is yet to send an official communication to the Office of the President regarding the possible awarding of honorary degree to Duterte. (READ MORE)