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IDPs start rebuilding their houses inside Marawi's most affected area

December 21, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- Twenty- displaced residents in Marawi City were given the chance on Friday, December 20, to go back to their barangay in Tolali to start reconstructing their houses which were destroyed during the five-month siege in 2017. Tolali, one of the 24 barangays in the most affected area (MAA), is at sector 1. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said they are first batch of the more than 400 families who were given the permit to start renovating their homes in Tolali alone. The local government unit (LGU) of Marawi dubbed the activity as Kathagombalay or rebuilding. Of that number, 18 families are renovating since their houses were only partially destroyed during the siege while the other two families are totally reconstructing after their houses were burned down. "Currently, there are more than 400 residents applied for building permits and the first 20 were approved. Marami pa'ng mga applications dito for approval," Gandamra said. Monitoring and checking Moamer Usman Pantao-o, chairman of Barangay Tolali, said barangay officials are monitoring the families working for their houses while Army personnel are checking on the constructiom materials to be brought inside. "Kahit ang mga sasakyan na lalabas, i-tsi-check pa rin ng Army," Pantao-o said. The families are also required to submit list of names of their workers who went inside. Housing Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Field Office Manager of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the purpose of monitoring them is to avoid somebody to build in the area not owned by them. "Ang purpose naman doon, to ensure na yung babalik, yung magpapatayo ng kanilang bahay sa kanilang lupa talaga sila magpapatayo. Kasi kung pagsasabay-sabayin natin doon, babalik tayo sa dati," Castro said referring to squatting of someone's property. For Pantao-o, it was hard for them to be working in that way, being monitored when they are working in their own property but they will submit to what have been agreed and will follow the process. "Gusto sana namin ay Kambalingan (means to go home) para bumalik na kami sa aming mga lugar, unti-unti naming aayusin ang mga bahay namin kasi hindi naman lahat may pera kaagad," Pantao-o said. Gandamra said the Kathagombalay is a good development in as far as Marawi rehabilitation is concerned. "Atleast malapit na tayo sa pagbabalik. Kailangan lang natin sundin ang mga itinakdang proseso," Gandamra said.

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PHILIPPINES, TUNISIA AGREE ON CLOSER COOPERATION TO ADDRESS PLIGHT OF DISTRESSED AND DISPLACED MIGRANTS WORKERS

December 21, 2019

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Philippines and Tunisia agreed to strengthen cooperation to address the plight of migrants, particularly as the Philippine government repatriates its citizen affected by uncertainty in Northern Africa.   Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Relations Robert Borje paid a courtesy call on Tunisian Acting Foreign Minister Sabri Bachtobji on Friday. Undersecretary Borje conveyed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s message, lauding the Tunisian government’s vital role in the region.   Through his representative, President Duterte expressed his gratitude to Tunisia for assisting Filipinos exiting Libya. The President also wants to work with Tunisia not only on the issues of migrant workers but also on security aiming to achieve deeper relations despite the distance.   In response, Acting Foreign Minister Bachtobji said it is very important for the Philippines and Tunisia to work together, stressing it was Tunisia’s duty to assist distressed citizens, including Filipinos, fleeing conflict.   Both recognised the long-standing cooperation between the Philippines and Tunisia to assist distressed Filipinos displaced by instability and strife in nearby countries. Both also agreed on the need for the Philippines and Tunisia to continue working closely to further enhance mechanisms of assistance.   Bachtobji said Tunisia, which will assume as a non-permament member of the United Nations Security Council, could play a significant role in achieving global security and stability on top of its initiatives towards addressing the condition of distressed migrants.   Borje said the Philippines will continue to support Tunisia as it becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years beginning in January 2020.   Because of its strategic location, Tunisia, along with Malta and Egypt, has been a major exit point for Filipinos going out of Libya.   Some 2,300 overseas Filipino workers are still in the north African country despite the Philippine government’s call for a mandatory evacuation. This year, 142 Filipinos from Tripoli were repatriated by the government.  PND

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PRESIDENT DUTERTE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ROTC IN NATIONAL SECURITY

December 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led Friday the closing ceremony of the National ROTC Summit and the First Presidential Silent Drill Competition underscoring the importance of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to the nation’s peace and security.   Speaking before the participants of the event, President Duterte said that during times of conflict the country’s reservists could augment troops deployed in the frontline.   “In a total outbreak, itong mga ‘to, nandoon sa frontline at hindi mo malaman kung maubos ito sa isang bomba lang o isang machine gun. We have to have a reserve force which can be mobilized anytime,” the President said during the event held at the Qurino Grandstand.   “Kailangan tayo na kumuha ng ROTC, undergo the training kasi alam mo, pagdating ng panahon, alam mo magkasa ng Armalite, alam mo mag-dismantle kung masira, at alam mong bumaril," he further said.   ROTC training also instills discipline on the youth, he said, adding those who underwent ROTC respect authorities.   Inspired by the drills he saw in China, President Duterte has instructed the military to conduct more silent drills during sundown to honor Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero.   “Do it and I order it every day. It will be spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and those who’d like to participate,” the President said.   Different Chinese units, he noted, perform such drills before their flag is lowered every afternoon attracting large audience.   Spearheaded by the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and their partners, the event was held as the Armed Forces of the Philippines concluded the National ROTC Summit that showcased the gallantry, bravery and spirit of volunteerism of young men and women all over the country.   President Duterte then commended the winners and participants of the competition as well as all those who joined the summit. The participants received cash prizes from event organizers.  PND

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Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the closing ceremony of the national ROTC summit and 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition (third/last part)

December 20, 2019

I assure you that this administration will remain unrelenting in its mission to realize a comfortable life for all Filipinos, and I firmly believe that the values learned from the ROTC Program are vital towards achieving this goal. I assure you that this administration will remain unrelenting in its mission to realize a comfortable life for all Filipinos, and I firmly believe that the values learned from the ROTC Program are vital towards achieving this goal including those who go to the PMA to be soldiers. ‘Yun lahat. Itong ROTC part-time lang ito because they have other worries --- to be a doctor, to be a lawyer. But then again when trouble comes, everybody of us can be heroes. Alam mo ‘yang… It’s just the opportunity. Ayaw ko lang magyabang. Itong mga human rights, I have been, you know, in my lifetime as mayor I see myself, my life in front of me. Alam mo kayong mga taga-Davao, kayong mga taga-media, dalawang beses ako nagpa-hostage para lang sa kapwa tao ko. Kaya talagang papatay ako para sa kapwa tao, para sa Pilipino. Huwag ka talagang magkompyansa sa akin. Ayaw kong mapahiya kaya ganon ako. As we look forward to the next Silent Drill Competition… Siguro ang next…  Mag --- ilan ba ang binigay natin? Three hundred thousand?  Siguro mga next, ang first mga 10 million okay na? [applause] Ayaw tumawa ang mga buang oh. Akala nila siguro nag --- nagbibiro ako. No, it will be higher. We’ll go higher, higher. And those who would want to parade there every afternoon, you'll have coffee money with me. And we can have dinner in… Kaya kung sinong gustong pumunta ng Malacañan, it’s open to everybody, to every Filipino. You just inform Bong Go or any of the --- itong police.  Lapitan lang ninyo, sabihin niyo, "Kausapin ko si Mayor. Gusto kong makita ang Malacañan at magkain doon. At 'yung kwarto niya, gaano ba kalapad ‘yung kama niya." Kung lalaki ka, ah wala. Walang overnight. Pero kung... Ah ayaw kong sabihin. [laughter] Magalit ang anak... Alam mo pagka ganito, sanay lang ako sa biro kasi politiko ako. I never graduated from being a mayor. Dala-dala ko 'yung pagka-mayor ko sa presidency kaya ako nagmumura, nagbibiro. But all --- just take it in stride. It's just pabiro lang. Pero kung totoo, kung magpunta ka doon sabi, "Can we spend the night here, mayor?" "Yes." Pero pagka lalaki, “T*** i** doon ka sa barracks nung sundalo. Huwag kang mag...” My house is very small. But you are all invited to go to Malacañan. It’s your palace. All you have to do is to let us know and group na lang kayo. About mga 20 each time. Then you let us know and you can have a view of the palace. Inyo ‘yan. Wala akong ano diyan. Gusto ko...  At sa --- I do not call it palace. I'm just saying it because that's the usage. I call that thing in Pasig as my office. In public and official declaration, I said I am a worker of government and I serve the people and I live simply kasi pera ng tao ‘yan. [applause] Kung magkain ka doon… 'Yung nakapunta na, lahat --- marami naman kayong nakapunta. Isang sabaw, isang ulam, isang kanin. Huwag na maghingi ng another cup of rice kay limitado ang pagkain diyan sa… Walang steak-steak diyan kasi hindi atin pera 'yan. A simple dinner. I will all accommodate you. Over the next two years, I will end my term. At sa lahat ng may sama ng loob sa akin, anytime, maski natulog ako katukin lang ako ninyo. "Duterte, gumising ka mag-usap tayo." "Okay, no problem."  Together, let us work for a safer and more peaceful… Alam ninyo, 'yung kayong mga bata na school of youth, do not allow the criminals to bamboozle you. Huwag kang pumayag kayong mga p*... Huwag kayo sa daan because 'yung mga streets are for the use of the citizens.  'Pag tindig-tindig ka nang tanto, magpasa-pasa ka ng ano --- tapos human rights, ano ka na? Huwag mong… ‘yan kayo not --- not in the streets, not… Kasi maghuhuli kayo ng nasa [bus?] ganon. Well, it could be the last ride of your life. Hindi ako nagbibiro kasi galit ako sa kriminal, galit ako sa corruption.  Bakit? Because I love you. Kaya nasa speech ko noon sa kampanya, I am here because I love the Filipino people. 'Di ba sinabi ko ‘yan? [applause] 'Yung bago ako sa kampanya sinabi ko --- sinabi ko itong droga, mga ano --- itong mga kriminal. Do not... Huwag ninyong i-oppress. Ayaw ko 'yang i-oppress. Ayaw ko ‘yang mag-istambay diyan sa mga bayan-bayan. P*... 'Pag --- 'pag may magsumbong sa akin, tatapusin talaga kita.  You know, the only way to end the problem is to end you, para tapos na. Kung kayong mga kriminal, masasamang loob, do not do it. It is dangerous at these times, sa panahon ko. Ibang presidente bahala na. Huwag dito.  Ayaw kong mapahiya eh. Hambogero ako. Kaya ‘pag sinabi ko huwag, huwag. So naka-lecture naman ako, lahat na. Maraming salamat sa participants. I really appreciate your sweat. [applause]  Next time, we'll have a --- more prizes to come your way. Ten million, hindi na ninyo maubos 'yan sa isang gabi kung manalo kayo. Look forward to it because...   Alam mo sa totoo lang, hindi ako nag-hingi ng pera maski kanino. Tanungin --- magtanong kayo ng negosyante dito. Naghingi ako ng pera para sa akin? Pero maghingi ako ng pera para sa iba, para sa kapwa ko tao, kaya ko.  I will raise that money not from the government coffers. I will raise that money kasi marami akong kaibigan na tinanggihan noon nagbigay. Eh sabihin ko, "Sige ngayon na. Kasi gusto ng mga drill, malaki ang prize nila. Gusto talaga nila 50 million." So it's gonna be 50 million.  Maraming salamat po. [applause]

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[Transcript] Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the closing ceremony of the national ROTC summit and 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition (second part)

December 20, 2019

Alam mo, sa buhay natin, the imponderables of life. Hindi natin talaga alam ano. ‘Pag nawala man ako, well, the next president, he might have some other ideas for you but ako, I suggest that we pass the ROTC. Sumali kayo. Requirement ‘yan bago ka maka-graduate. Tiisin mo ‘yan kasi ‘yan talaga ang buhay dapat ng estudyante ng Pilipinas. I hope that in the future, when you look back at the memorable experiences during these events, you will never forget to live up [to] – and never depart from – these values as you pursue endeavors and you would benefit not only for yourselves but your families, and ultimately, the entire nation as well. You would develop honesty kung nandiyan kayo. Me, in my government, whether the military, the police or promotion o ‘yung magpasok ka sa gobyerno, mag-Cabinet member ka. I have fired about five whose friendship dates back to 1988 when I first become the mayor of Davao. Tuloy-tuloy kasi ako hanggang presidency na. Wala akong talo. But these guys were with me and who helped me all throughout. Pero ang sinabi ko, pagka magsama tayo sa gobyerno and I have the power to appoint you, huwag mo akong hiyain because ayaw ko talaga ng corruption. ‘Yung sa corruption ngayon sa gobyerno... [applause] And I’m warning again the bureaucracy. Dito man ang mga secretary, madali man nila. I do not want papers to be acted by days. I want it by hours. If you are a director, do not hang on it. Huwag mong upuan ‘yan kasi pabalik-balikin mo ang tao hanggang bumigay ng pera. Ganon sa gobyerno. Matagal akong mayor. Matagal akong… Marami talaga akong sinipa maski dito sa Malacañan. Tanungin mo ‘yung mga guwardiya. Nagbubugbog talaga ko ng tao, lalo na ‘yung mga graft and corruption. Sinisipa ko ‘yan. Kaya huwag kayong ma-ano kasi kung gusto ninyo, pagkatapos ko Presidente magkita tayo maski saang lugar. Kayong mga p** --- mga durugista. [applause]  Kung agrabyado kayo, l**** kayo, abangan ninyo ako o sabihin ninyo saan kayo, pupuntahan ko kayo. Magsama tayo sa impiyerno, kayong mga… T*** i** niyo. [applause] Alam mo, baka sabihin mo hindi ako taga-Maynila. Eh probinsyano ako, pitsugin. Nagkamali talaga kayo diyan. Ako, naglilinis rin ako ng baril gabi-gabi. Para sa inyo ‘yan. Pag-alis ko ng Malacañan, maglinya ka na diyan, mag-draw na tayo at magsama na tayo sa impiyerno for all time. At doon ko kayo bugbugin nang bugbugin araw-araw sa harap ni satanas. Mga p*… kayo. [laughter and applause] Eh galit ako eh. I said do not destroy my country. Look, kayong mga human rights. I told everybody, huwag mo --- ninyo akong sisihin.  I told you do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Nothing can be more clear than that. ‘Pag sinira mo ang mga anak namin at sabi ‘yung ganon, widespread na. Kita mo araw-araw sa TV ninyo meron talagang droga. Look at the crawler. ‘Yung tumatakbo diyan sa baba. That’s called crawler. Nagko-crawl. Meron talaga araw-araw. Hindi nagtaka na itong mga… Kayong mga human --- bantay kayo.  ‘Di na lang ninyo tiningnan na my country is being flooded with drugs and I have to protect the next genere --- trabaho ninyo ‘yan. Kayong mga sun --- magiging sundalo.  You have to protect the next generation. Kasi ‘yung next generation, marami ang tama ng droga gaya ng America. Kawawa tayo. Hindi tayo mayaman. Ang atin… Ngayon maganda na. Surplus natin, may pera na tayo. Putulin mo lang ‘yang graft and corruption, putulin mo ‘yang droga, putulin mo lahat na sumisira ng Pilipino. Eh ‘di ka makulong niyan. Maniwala kayo. At makulong kayo, eh ‘di sama tayo. Pareho lang naman ‘yan. Eh ako matanda na, sila. You do not scare me na pakulong mo ako diyan sa International Court --- Criminal Court. T***… I will never allow myself to answer itong mga puti. Hoy, loko-loko kayong mga… I will never, never, never answer any question coming from you. It’s b*** s*** to me. I am responsible only to the Filipino. Ang maghusga, Filipino. [applause] And if you hang me for all what I did, go ahead. It will be my pleasure. But never. Itong mga puti nakikialam ang mga… Mumurahin na lang ninyo ako, eh ‘di pumuputok nang --- kakapigil.  Hindi lang nila alam ang… You know, what’s to them a dead carcass there, criminal. Ilan ang nag… Hindi nila binilang ang namatay dahil sa droga. Kaya kayong mga human rights, you better behave. Do not look at life on a single lens. Tingnan ninyo parang binocular. Not a telescope na isa lang. Mga g*** kayo, mga bobo kayo. Tsaka kung kayo… Hay nako. Gusto ko nga magharap tayo ng korte. I want to debate with you about what ails this country and I’d be happy to answer you and to condemn you. Hindi niyo ako matalo. ‘Adre… You know, before I became a mayor, I was a prosecutor. Kaya huwag mo --- do not ‘yang ano… Mag --- sabihin mas bright ka sa akin. Mas bright ako sa inyong lahat sa, totoo lang. [applause] Oo. Kaya kayong mga Bisaya pumapakpak na kayo nang husto.    -more-

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Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the closing ceremony of the national ROTC summit and 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition (first part)

December 20, 2019

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and the other members of the Cabinet; Senator Bong Go; Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko”; AFP Chief of Staff General Noel Clement and the major service commanders; the officers and enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; invited guests; mga mahal kong kababayan. I am pleased with the efforts of the Presidential Management Staff and the Presidential Security Group, their partners for spearheading the First Presidential Silent Drill Competition. It is just fitting that we hold this maiden event as the Armed Forces of the Philippines concludes the National ROTC Summit that showcases the gallantry, bravery and spirit of volunteerism of young men and women all over the country. Let me break from the prepared speech. Kayo bang mga bata at mga magulang, do not ever --- you know, this is our only country. At hanggang ngayon there are people who are terrorists trying to destroy our way of life. Kayong mga bata, huwag kayong magpadala diyan sa mga ideolohiya na barat. Dumaan na kami diyan. I was one of those. Pero later on, I realized that nothing else would be good except to have law and order and one government. Alam mo, they promised anything and everything including --- sumasali sa gobyerno and then sa bidding, papers towards a coalition government. Hindi mangyari ‘yan sa buhay ng ating bayan. Hindi talaga ako papayag kailanman. [applause] Let me especially commend the winners and participants of the Competition as well as those who joined the Summit. Well, of course PMA won, my congratulations. But I’d like the others we have --- well and more of this in the days to come. Alam mo ganito ‘yan eh. I was inspired when I went to China. Kasi every sundown, meron silang drill. A drill before the flag is lowered. And people congregate every afternoon to see the drill performed by the different units assigned for that day. I want it done every day. May magtingin man o wala, do it for the country. I want you to go into a sort of an activity to honor Rizal at ang ating bayan. Do it and I order it every day. It will be spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and those who’d like to participate. And I pay well. It is not because binabayaran ko kayo. But to give you an incentive to perform well before the public. Sabi ko kung may manuod maganda, kung wala just do it because I might just be there in the corner to watch it. And I feel proud of my soldiers and my policemen. And that is why… [applause] I will never compromise the way of life of the Filipinos. It might not really be the perfect one. Alam mo, mali dito, mali doon. Me, I have my faults, plenty. But never, never about money. Ibang bagay siguro. These undertakings highlight the importance of the ROTC Program in [inculcating] in the hearts of young Filipinos critical values for nation-building such as perseverance, discipline, excellence, leadership, and loyalty and patriotism. Alam mo, isa akong tamad na tao. I hate to wake up each Saturday to go into a training sa ROTC. But now I realized na importante ito. Meron tayong pumasok na sundalo talaga. At walang ginawa nag-aral 24 oras kung paano pumatay, paano --- you know, kill the enemy and all sorts of things. Pero kulang ito sila. In a total outbreak, itong mga ‘to, nandoon sa frontline at hindi mo malaman kung maubos ito sa isang bomba lang o isang machine gun. We have to have a reserved force which can be mobilized anytime. Kaya ‘yung mag-lead ng mga ROTC pati civilians, kayo. Or if you want that --- to go into real being soldiers. But alam mo sila nag-aral ito pagka-sundalo, professional. Tayo naman, nag-aral tayo ng pagka --- AB, abogado. Kailangan tayo na kumuha ng ROTC, undergo the training kasi alam mo, pagdating ng panahon, alam mo magkasa ng Armalite, alam mo mag-dismantle kung masira, at alam mong bumaril. Even the discipline, alam ko na napipika ka, sigaw-sigawan ka. But take it that’s part of life, the training. What I like is ‘pag dumaan kayo ng ROTC, meron kayong respect of authority, echelon as it goes higher and discipline. ‘Yun ‘yung mga bata na ayaw, hayaan ninyo ‘yan. So there will always be a time for an accounting in this country.   ‘Pag nagkagulo ito, kung hindi nila malaman saan sila pumunta, problema nila ‘yan. Problema nila ‘yan. Kayong kumuha ng ROTC religiously, pero maging doctor ka, engineer, abogado. Because hindi naman pwede na pumunta ka ng PMA tapos ang gusto ng tatay mo, para maganda ang buhay ma-doctor ka rin kagaya ng tatay mo. Kagaya ng tatay ko, naging abogado at ang anak ko si Inday naging abogada. Ganun ‘yan. So you cannot go to the PMA and become a full-fledged soldiers only because then your parents might have other plans for you. Maging doctor ka kagaya ng tatay mo. In the meantime, since you cannot go to the PMA for that, merong ROTC. I urge you to learn. Maski maghawak lang man ng baril o to call a --- an assembly of men to fight for the country. -more- 

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