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
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go and top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), witnessed the presentation of ISIS-Maute surrenderees and surrendered firearms from the Lanao provinces on May 11 at Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.
Presented before the President were 25 ISIS-Maute group surrenderees including 34-year old Adliah Miimbantas Maute, wife of Mohammad Kahyam “Otto” Maute, the oldest of the Maute brothers, and 69-year old former Butig, Lanao del Sur Mayor Ibrahim Mitoon Macadato.
Exactly 1,678 firearms were also voluntarily surrendered by Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte constituents. This is in support of the government’s campaign against loose firearms.
“Give us time to rebuild and establish the good will. I’m inviting Maute to come down and we will talk on how we can improve your lives,” the President said, underscoring the importance of sincerity in peace negotiations.
Pres. Duterte added that the government will also provide the Maute-ISIS surrenderees with housing, capital, land and employment. For his part, Sec. Go declared his readiness to assist in facilitating the completion of such directives.
The President also voiced his commitment to implement land reforms.
“I’m ready to proclaim land reform in Maguindanao, because it is vast, and the whole of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur,” he said, ordering the survey of lands in Marawi to segregate portions which will be given to Maranaos — that is except for lands where tribes are in place.
Duterte said the government is also willing to provide tractors so land can be tilled and planted with rubber or palm oil.
The surrenderees will be brought to the Malacanan Palace, then to Malaysia (or Indonesia) to learn the technology of developing palm oil plantation. MGen. Ponio is tasked to facilitate the visit of the surrenderees to Malacanan.
During the presentation, a question was asked by a surrenderee regarding other Maute-ISIS members who want to surrender but have pending cases. The President said that he will send Sec. Abdulla “Dabs” Mamao, Presidential Adviser on OFWs and Muslim Concerns, to negotiate and talk with them and assess if amnesty can be granted.
The President also cautioned the Maute group not to make alliance with New People’s Army (NPA). To show good faith, Duterte also mentioned that he will find and send his relatives to participate in the talks.
SIARGAO, Surigao del Norte – Residents of Siargao Island have long been talking about how House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has gone into a buying spree of properties in the island after becoming the fourth most powerful man in the country.
A property broker in Siargao, who requested anonymity, said many of real estate hunters have expressed their desire to purchase lands adjacent to the Alvarez properties knowing these areas would be developed and their current land values expected to skyrocket as a result.
A piece of land in Siargao normally cost P500 to P800 per square meter a decade ago but since the island’s international exposure as a surfing destination, property prices have soared from P15,000 to P25,000 per square meter (sqm), depending on its proximity to the world-famous Cloud 9, a surfing spot in the town of General Luna.
The broker said some of Alvarez’s Siargao properties were bought back in 2013 before he returned to politics in 2016.
A check with the Municipal Assessor’s Office (MAO) records showed there are seven properties in the name of the Speaker and two more under the name of a certain Anaclito Alvarez and another two under Carlito Alvarez.
Alvarez bought three properties back in 2013, namely: a 4,102 sqm property in Poblacion Cinco; and two properties in Barangay Malinao with an area of 9,433 sqm and a 4,256 sqm respectively.
In 2017, half a year after taking over as Speaker, Alvarez bought four properties in General Luna town alone, specifically a 4,102 sqm in Poblacion Cinco; a 4,856 sqm in Barangay Malinao; a 7,295 sqm in Barangay Malinao; and a 1,796 sqm in Barangay Malinao.
In particular, a piece of land along Tourism Road that leads to Cloud 9 was said to have been bought by Alvarez in 2017 for P120 million from a certain Atty. Diodero Ravelo, reportedly a former regional manager of a government agency in Cebu.
The sale of the property, which is about 4,102 sqm and located in Poblacion Cinco, was said to have been consummated in Cebu City.
Another property of Alvarez is located adjacent to the Bayud property of the Barbers family, near the high-end Dedon Resort, in Barangay Malinao.
According to municipal records, Alvarez owns three properties in the said barangay.
Alvarez also recently purchased a property in Barangay Catangnan, still in General Luna town, which is adjacent to the Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge now being constructed.
With the ongoing bridge construction, properties around the area are expected to increase in value soon.
A 2,000 sqm property in the same location that is up for sale in the internet is priced at P22 million, or P11,000 per square meter.
In Pacifico area, Burgos town, a residential area with several huge houses inside it said to be owned also by the Speaker and is located along the Del Carmen-Sta. Monica-San Isidro Road.
The property stretches from the road towards the beachfront and has two layers of gates at the entrance.
From the highway, several huge structures inside the same property can be seen, including about five structures like cottages and gazebos, and a towering water tank.
A local real estate broker roughly estimated Alvarez’s properties in Siargao to reach half a billion pesos.
In his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), Alvarez declared his total assets at P91.8 million with P5.3 million in liabilities or a total net worth of P86.4 million.
He was the 50th richest member of the House of Representatives. (BOT)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO