Duterte, Widodo to launch Davao-GenSan-Indo sea route

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo are set to launch the Davao City-General Santos City-Bitung, Indonesia sea trade route on Sunday, April 30.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) chairperson secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, who was a guest during the Habi at Kape, Abreeza Ayala Mall on Wednesday, April 26, said Widodo will be bringing along 16 Indonesian business men, whom local businessmen can network with. (READ MORE)

Watchdog urges Asean to take stand vs Duterte’s drug war

INTERNATIONAL human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday called on Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) leaders to raise their concerns over the war on illegal drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.

Champa Patel, director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Amnesty International, said head of Asean member-states should make a stand on Duterte’s “brutal” anti-drug crackdown that claimed the lives of thousands of individuals mostly belonging to marginalized sector. (READ MORE)

Palace defends Duterte from NY Times’ recent editorial piece

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it respects the American-based news publication The New York Times’ (NYT) right to opinion but expressed strong opposition to its April 25 opinion piece titled “Let the World Condemn Duterte.”

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella came to the defense of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been the subject of the international newspaper over his deadly campaign on illegal drugs. (READ MORE)

Palace: Case vs Duterte in int’l court won’t prosper

MALACAÑANG remained confident Tuesday that case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not flourish, stressing that accusing him of mass murder has no basis.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Palace would be “deeply disappointed,” if the ICC hears the complaint filed by legal counsel of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, who claimed that Duterte had ordered the numerous killing in Davao City when he was still the mayor. (READ MORE)

Solgen wants lawyer who sued Duterte before int’l court disbarred

SOLICITOR General Jose Calida said Tuesday that he will ask the Supreme Court to disbar the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 government officials before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Calida said the complaint of Jude Sabio, legal counsel of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, against Duterte were “malicious” and “baseless”. (READ MORE)

Duterte now prepping for 30th Asean summit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is now preparing for the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Meetings, which will be held in Manila this week, Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. said Monday.

Paynor, director general for operations of Asean 2017 National Organizing Council, said the President is expected to have his final briefing on Tuesday, April 25, or barely a day before the Asean summit. (READ MORE)