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While all other police stations here are truly known to be actively implementing Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded, we have to go give a little more prominence these days to the Tetuan Station under Sup. Nonito Asdai, whose men have been hauling in druggists practically everyday.

On Thursday, its Drug Enforcement Team have arrested three more during a drug buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay Kasanyangan

Not to be outdone, the supposedly supervising Zamboanga city Police Office of Sr. Sup. Lisito Magnaye, also joined the campaign on its own, as its Intel operatives arrested one Ferdinand Imperial Vargas, aka Ferdie, 37 years old, in a drug buy-bust operation at Champaca Drive, barangay Sta Catalina also on Thursday.

The usual items during regular operations were recovered from the suspects.

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President Duterte dismissed the European health-based proposal for a government-sponsored program calling it an “idiotic exercise.”

SS agrees for the proposal calls the establishment of facilities where drug addicts will be administered narcotics under supposed medical supervision.

In his usual cussing mode, he blurted out, “Alam mo ang mga (You know thoese ) p****** i** niya (Son of a whore), they want us to build clinics then that we should, instead of arresting or putting them in prison pareho sa ibang (like in) other countries…”, the addict goes there for a shot in the arm of shabu, and later be released.

Duterte, ever determined to combat the country’s drug problem, has also threatened to throw drug traffickers out of a helicopter if they don’t pinpoint the source of their narcotics.

He claimed that his threat to kill drug criminals is not a joke. “… I will really kill drug lords. Me and not the police. I’ve done the same for other drug lords. I, myself, will roast you. But so far, I haven’t been caught yet,” he said.

Meanwhile, Japan is extending its assistance to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs by helping in the rehabilitation of drug abusers.

Aside from this particular program, Japan also entered into agreements for other joint projects with the Philippine government such as the Economic and Social Development Programme and

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The plan to file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo is the call of Congress and not of President Duterte, bared Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday.

Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, even after the President warned that the impeachment process would not benefit the country, said “There will be no change of heart.”

Alvarez said there is no stopping him to pursue the impeachment of the Vice President, citing the independence of the Legislative from the Executive.

The justice secretary said he is supporting the impeachment complaint against Robredo on the basis of her video message against the President and his administration on the campaign against illegal drugs.

“She could be impeached if they could prove that her claim (against the war on drugs) has no factual bases and it greatly damaged the country’s image and economy,” he stressed.

Earlier, Solicitor General Jose Calida had said that Speaker Alvarez has basis to file an impeachment complaint against for a “treasonous act” in baselessly criticizing government efforts to curb the illicit drug trade.

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The Duterte plan to postpone the barangay elections has sparked debates from everywhere. The chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, said, Pres.  Duterte cannot scrap the barangay elections scheduled for October and just appoint the roughly 42,000 village chiefs because he is barred by law from doing so.

So says, too, Rep. Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption. But on the same breath he does know how it can be done, telegraphing a possibly unguarded punch in a statement, “I believe that a certain law has to be amended first. Which one? The Local Government Code.”

Sabe man gale (He knows after all,) which is why House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez quipped, “… we have to amend the Local Government Code.”

And though Congress is in recess, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III called for a caucus last night to discuss President Duterte’s proposal.

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Amid international criticisms, President Rodrigo Duterte is leading early in the online poll for Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017.

Duterte ranked first with four percent of the online votes, beating Pope Francis whom he cursed in the campaign trail for creating a traffic mess during his 2015 visit to the Philippines. The Potiff is not far away with three percent.

Duterte is also beating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who each got two percent of the votes.

Also high on the vote tally are Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, American gymnast Simone Biles, Women’s March organizers Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland;

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, tennis star Serena Williams, celebrity Oprah Winfrey, Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling, actresses Emma Watson and Viola Davis, Olympic athlete Usain Bolt, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and business magnate Elon Musk.

Whew..! Such big-named personalities, yet Duterte is on the lead.




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