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This is not the first time we hear of a public school teacher involved in drugs, as one more was arrested, together with two others in a Police Station 3 drug buy-bust operation in Sangali.

Sangali Police Chief C/Insp. Chester Natividad identified the suspect as Robin Quibilan y Bernardo, 40, single, a public high school teacher.

Quibilan’s pals Alvin Taring y Legarta, 38  and Magdalena Arcilas y Brilliones, 52, Taring’s live-in partner.

Quibilan was caught inside the couple’s house where the buy-bust operation was conducted.

As stated here yesterday, all police stations in the city are in the tick of implementing Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded. On Wednesday, apart from the three in Sangali, three others, including a minor, were arrested in a series of buy-bust operations conducted by the different police stations here.

Police Station 5 anti-drug team arrested Jomar Maravilla y Santos, alias Nonoy, 17, a resident of Delos Santos Drive, Barangay Purik, this city.

On the other hand, a certain Jomarie Alejandro y Enriquez, 23, single and Remar Caluang y Enriquez, both of Isla Verde, Barangay Sta. Catalina, were arrested by Police Station 11 operatives led by SPO2 Herbert Abilla.

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Pres. Duterte has maintained his lead in Time Magazine’s ongoing survey on the world’s most influential persons. But it appears there was no clear major tabulation added to the figures as Dutrete’s 4 percent rating remained so. The only significant changes are seen in 2nd place. Reported yesterday as sole number 2, and still there is Pope Francis. Strangely missing on the list of topnotchers then was Russian leader Vladimir Putin. But he is now tied with the Pontiff, in the company of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and British actress Emma Watson, star of “Beauty and the Beast,” who were all ranked 3rd yesterday. Each of them got three percent.

Other changes are - Singers Lady Gaga and Beyonce, author J.K. Rowling, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, swimmer Michael Phelps, actress Viola Davis, and US President Donald Trump each got 2 percent at 3rd place now.

And here is another big honor for the Filipino leader. A separate question on whether Duterte should be on the 2017 Time 100 drew the following response: 79 percent, yes, 21 percent no.

Such gargantuan honor - a Filipino leading the pack of giants.

Last year’s Time’s most influential people were then US President Barack Obama, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, China President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, Apple CEO Ted Cruz, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Philippine economic and financial think-tanks are on a seeming highest bidder game.  Russia, they initiated, should offer competitive rates compared with those carried by China’s sovereign funding assistance to the Philippines as Manila and Moscow also explore areas of closer cooperation.

“If Russia lowers its interest rates to be competitive with China’s financing arrangement, which is between 2 percent and 3 percent, then (we can have a sovereign agreement with them,” NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said over the weekend.

So far, only private Russian firms have made moves to invest in the Philippines.

And Pernia said Russia offers only commercial terms, adding “They do not have ODA (official development assistance. No sovereign arrangements.”

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The presidential appointment of barangay officials will be limited to punong barangay posts or chairmen. There will be no more kagawads.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has directed his staff to draft the legislative proposal that will postpone the October, 2017, barangay elections. In lieu of the elections, the bill will also clothe the President with the power to appoint new barangay chairmen who will fill up the vacancies within a month of congressional sessions.

Alvarez believes that the super-majority coalition in the House will support President Duterte’s proposal, saying that so far he has not received any word expressing opposition against the idea from any member of the majority.

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Now, why would the Union of European Nations and the New York-based Human Rights Watch, insist in poking their dirty fingers into Philippine strategies to combat the drug menace, when even an official of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) pointedly says, extrajudicial killings in President Duterte’s war on drugs are not state-sponsored.

Speaking on the sidelines of a CHR-sponsored forum on women and children victims of the campaign against narcotics on Monday, CHR Commissioner Gwen Pimentel-Gana said, “We never said that it was state-sponsored at all,” Gana said.

“There is no such finding that we can conclude that way.” Gana added.. But what we can say is that the killings are still continuing and in an apparent vigilante manner (by) unknown assailants...”

And for info, all the current CHR officials are appointees of then President Benigno Aquino III: Chair Jose Luis Gascon and Commissioners Karen Gomez-Dumpit, Leah Tanodra-Armamento, Roberto Cadiz and Gana.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday denied reports that the military is monitoring political personalities, including Vice President Leni Robredo.

“We appeal to everyone to respect the apolitical stance of the AFP and ensure that we are free from political intrigues and distractions,” AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.

“We serve and work for the interest of the people and our nation, not individuals. We also ensured free and honest elections that paved the way for a credible electoral process last year and fully respect the mandate of duly elected officials,” he added.

Padilla made the clarification in light of a report that the AFP is monitoring the movements of Robredo and opposition Senators  Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.

The military is not meddling in politics, Padilla said.

He added that President Duterte has told the military that its loyalty should be to the flag and not to politicians.

“No less than the commander-in-chief has mentioned the need to respect and uphold the mandate of elected officials to allow them to do their work,” the AFP official said. (A TMT Lift)

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday has expressed openness to the dinner invitation of Duterte.

According to local kibitzer, Ramon “Monggueh” Gan, alias Genghis Khan, the Conqueror, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV must be grinding his teeth by now, having grimly described the invite as a trap. His words, “It is a trap to disarm and politically neutralize her at this time that Duterte is facing the biggest political storm yet of his term as president,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes noted that Duterte unceremoniously kicked Robredo out of his Cabinet when it was "politically convenient."

Earlier, Duterte had accused Robredo of being involved in a plot to oust him. But the president had told his congressional allies to drop impeachment efforts against the vice president.

The call, however fell into deaf ears, with Speaker Alvarez insisting on separation of power between the executive and the legislative bodies.

In addition, setting aside the Duterte call, even his Justice Secretary, Aguirre and Solicitor General, Calida had run to side of Duterte’s congressional allies moving for the impeachment, prompting the President to say, he will not hold his allies accountable should they insist.

In view thereof, Trillanes claimed Duterte’s call to his allies was just a pretense, saying he was playing the role of “the good cop,” while his allies pursued his goal to oust Robredo as “the bad cop.”

“Be careful believing President Duterte. He is two-faced. This is all staged. You shouldn’t be fooled because we can see through him,” Trillanes said. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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