PRRD departs for SoKor today

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte departs Manila today to participate in the 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan, Republic of Korea from 25 to 26 November 2019. 

The President will join his ASEAN counterparts and the leader of the Republic of Korea in this three-day summit to celebrate thirty years of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue relations. 

The Leaders will review ASEAN-ROK strategic partnership and chart the future direction of cooperation in pursuit of a people-centered community of peace and shared prosperity. 

With the theme, “Partnership for Peace, Prosperity for People,” the Leaders will specifically explore ways toenhance relations in the areas of trade and investment, innovation and smart city development, sustainable development, countering transboundary challenges, biodiversity, and people-to-people exchanges through cultural and academic exchanges and human resource development. 

The Leaders are also expected to discuss regional security issues and reaffirm their commitment to further strengthencooperation in maritime security and domain awareness, marine conservation, environmental protection, food and energy security, disaster management, and cybersecurity.

President Duterte will meet President Moon for the third time to take stock of PH-ROK bilateral relations as the two countries mark this year the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

This visit is the President’s second visit to the Republic of Korea upon the invitation of ROK President Moon Jae-in. END




Dabawenya “whistleblower” accuses Trillanes of scripted video

Guillermina Arcillas, the so-called whistleblower who linked President Rodrigo Duterte in the illegal drugs trade, said the video shown by Trillanes during his privilege speech in the Senate Monday, May 27, was a scripted video which they shot three times at a coffee shop near the Mall of Asia sometime in 2016.

Arcillas said that contrary to Trillanes’ allegation that she did not pass through the senator’s vetting process, she was the one who backed out when she was already pressured by the group of Trillanes, through Atty. Jude Sabio, to sign her so-called affidavit.

Arcillas said the affidavit that Trillanes’group wanted her to sign would state that she personally saw President Duterte kill a person, and that she also saw the then Davao City mayor “tasting a pack of cocaine” that just arrived at a wharf in Panabo City, among others.

Arcillas said all of the contents of the said affidavit from Trillanes’ group are lies and concocted by the senator’s group.

Arcillas said she had a change of heart when she chanced upon Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle inside the convent of Cannussian Sisters where she was brought by Fr. Bert Alejo and Atty. Jude Sabio.

There, Arcillas said she was able to meet another so-called whistleblower Edgar Matobato.

After having escaped from the clutches of Trillanes, Arcillas said she decided to come out and reveal the truth through a sworn statement she signed and submitted to the Department of Justice on April 2017.

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Arcillas’ video where she talked about Duterte’s involvement in illegal drugs was shown by Senator Trillanes during Monday’s privilege speech saying that Arcillas, like the man behind the Bikoy videos Peter Joemel Advincula, did not pass through the senator’s scrutiny.

Arcillas also showed her exchanges with a certain Atty. Jude where she was allegedly told to implicate as well Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. in the illegal drug trade along with President Duterte since the former is known to be the biggest campaign donor of the President.

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Asked of her message to Senator Trillanes, Arcillas lambasted the senator for all the lies he had peddled and for enticing her to lie as well so they could pin down the President and his loyal friends.


120 smuggled luxury vehicles destroyed

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the destruction of over 120 smuggled luxury motor vehicles and motorcycles at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port Area in Manila on May 30, 2018. Joining the President are Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, Department of Interior and Local Government Office-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PRDD graces event in Davao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates that he has a sworn duty to protect the Filipinos as he delivers his speech during the 37th Principals Training and Development Program and National Board Conference at SMX Convention Center in Davao City on May 4, 2018. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO