LOOK: TP reveals how Putin stopped everything for Duterte

Founder of social media blog Thinking Pinoy, RJ Nieto shared how Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped everything just to meet President Rodrigo Duterte after he learned that he need to cut his trip short because of the Marawi city incident.

Nieto who was also in Moscow to cover the state visit of the President narrated how the meeting happened.

"Five hours before leaving for the Philippines, President Duterte's team informed Russian President Vladimir Putin of the unique and unfortunate situation. Our government asked its Russian counterpart if it's possible to have the Putin-Duterte meeting, originally scheduled a couple of days later, immediately," said Nieto.

He added that the Russian President was in a far city of Sochi. He flew back immediately to met Duterte.

"Putin, who was in the faraway Russian city of Sochi, obliged. He immediately flew back to Moscow, got on a helicopter from the airport to Kremlin, and met with Duterte. Putin, despite his extremely exhausting and jam-packed schedule, went out of his way to accommodate our humble request," he added.

According to Nieto, this gesture of Putin showed respect to the Filipino race."that's how much respect Pres. Putin and Russia have for us Filipinos. Yes, the Russians treated our delegation with the utmost dignity and respect."

Below is Rj Nieto's Facebook post:

Source: Thinking Pinoy

Netizen burns Jim Paredes for comparing Duterte to Aquino

Musician and well-known supporter of the Liberal Party (LP), Jim Paredes received a lot of criticism after he slam President Rodrigo Duterte for his decision to declare martial law in Mindanao after the Maute group's attack in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

Paredes on his tweet boasted the Former President Benigno Aquino III didn't declare Martial Law during the three-week seige in Zamboanga  on 2013.

He also said that PNoy personally led the operation in Zamboanga.

"Remember Zamboanga Siege? PNoy did not declare Martial Law anywhere. And he was there to head ops," said Paredes in his tweet.

His tweet drawn different reactions from netizens especially the Duterte's social media army.

A blogger named Mark Lopez defended Duterte from Paredes' comment.

"And the award for the MOST IDIOTIC TWEET OF THE UNIVERSE FOR MAY 2017 (drum roll) None other than (drum roll ulep para dramatic build up) JIM PAREDES!," said Lopez.

He added that Paredes is too much in his comment.

He pointed out how the Zamboanga seige caused casualties.

"Kaya pala inabot ng 3 weeks at mahigit 200 ang patay. 100,000 ang na displace, 6,000 ang bahay na sinunog at ang overall epekto sa ekonomiya ay pumalo ng P3.2B," Lopez added.

He joked that Paredes is an idiot. "Eh di tanga."

Lopez used the hashtag #DalhinNaSaMentalsiJim

Below is Mark Lopez' Facebook post:

 Source: Mark Lopez

Sara Duterte Backslashed To a Tweet of a Journalist: I am a Mayor of Davao City

"Nasunog ka tuloy!" "Burn!" "Barbecued!" are just some of the comical captions of Netizens when they sharing an attention-grabbing reply of Inday Sarah Duterte to a tweet posted by Raissa Robles.

Robles shared a GMA News article link containing a Headline "LIST:Davao City Government Released Martial Law Guidelines" which she tweet-captioned "But Sarah Duterte is not the President of the Philippines. She can't issue guidelines without that pc of paper called Martial Law declaration."

Inday didn't let the tweet pass, she replied with a point.

"I am the Mayor of Davao City. Hindi mo kasi binasa ang sinulat na guidelines for DABAWENYOS. Palibhasa, hanggang twitter ka lang" said Inday.

Source: Facebook

Forbes contributor describes Duterte as Ph's greatest threat, gives advice to Congress to abort Martial Law

The President's decision in declaring Martial Law in Mindanao garnered both praise and criticisms all over the world.

Anders Corr a contributor of Forbes News said this move by the Philippine President is the country's greatest threat.

Corr claimed that the President used the terrorism in Mindanao as an excuse to come up with the decision but he already longed decided on it. He said the riot in Mindanao could be dealt with in many ways other than Martial Law. Regular police or army work can already put peace to it  he assumed.

He stated the four-point program that Dr. Priscilla Tacujan has argued in Small Wars Journal to unrest Mindanao. First in the program is disarmament, followed by strong local governments or federalism, then a diversified market  economy and lastly is civic education and community relations. It is noticed that martial law is not part of the prescription.

Corr said Duterte is following the Ferdinand Marcos path in authoritarianism. The Former President Marcos is know to have ruled in the Philippines for 21 years and used martial law to torture and brutalism.

"The greatest threat in the Philippines today is not traffic, drugs or terrorists, but the President. The Victim will be the Constitution. Use it or lose it". Corr warned the Philippine voters and political representatives.

LAstly he urged the Filipino people to go against martial law and impeach Duterte.

Source: Forbes

Presidential Sister on Declaration of Martial Law: No Reason to Worry

The Presidential Sister Jocellyn Duterte Villarica showed her support for Duterte’s decision in declaring Martial Law in Mindanao.

“There is no reason to worry that the President declared Martial Law in Mindanao. There is a valid reason to do so, and that is for the protection of the people”, said Jocellyn Duterte Villarica on her Facebook post

She advised the people to have no fear and to remember that the ultimate power rest on them.

Villarica also warns that people should stop creating fake news reports and confusion for the purpose of undermining the present administration.

Lastly, she wished everyone to be vigilant and to pray.

“The problem of peace and order in Mindanao is nothing new, lets us all instead pray that our President be guided and protected in this very difficult task by God and love of country...GODB”.

Below is Jocellyn's Facebook post:

Source: Jocellyn Duterte

Ex-military rebel suggests how to handle ASG and Maute in Marawi City

Perhaps the best teacher is indeed the experience. This has been the point of a former military rebel named Abe Purugganan who offered an advice to President Rodrigo Duterte on how to handle the situation in Marawi.

Using his social media account on Facebook, Purugganan gave five concrete solutions to the problem.

“The Abu Sayaf and Maute group have been pestering us for a long time. They have to be stopped. And to do this, it requires an extraordinary solution or extreme measures, and I am recommending to the President as a citizen of this country to organized a covert Special Operations Group that will be dedicated in neutralizing these two groups,” said Abe.

The special operations group should entail a strategist, tacticians, intelligence officers, selected warriors from scout rangers, or SAF, legal officers, and logistic officers.

According to Abe, the group should be well funded, supported, and equipped,

“The group should be well funded, supported and equipped. They should be authorized to command government resources both from military and civilian agencies and units to accomplish their mission.
Their operations would be covert. It would be independent of AFP operations but they will be under the direction of DND,” he added.

Purugganan urged people to let the President read his post.

“If you agree with this recommendation, owned it. And by all means necessary, send it to the President and pray that he reads it personally and approves of it.”

Purugganan is an alumna of the National Defense College of the Philippines and currently taking up Master of National security Administration.

Below is Abe Purugganan's Facebook post:

Source: Abe Purugganan

Duterte Says Martial Law in Mindanao Will Be Like the Marcos' Time: I'd Be Harsh

Expect President Rodrigo Duterte to rule over Mindanao with an iron fist now that he has declared martial law.

President Rodrigo Duterte will not take on easily the fighting he has to make on terrorism.

“Ang martial law is martial law ah. So kayong mga kababayan ko, you have experienced martial law. It could not be any different from what the President Marcos did. I’d be harsh,” he said in an interview with Communications Secretary Mocha Uson on board his return flight to the Philippines on May 24

Duterte have already repeatedly warned the public before with regards to his declaration of martial law.

“Sinabi ko nga sa lahat eh, do not force my hand into it. I have to do it to preserve the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino people,” he said to justify his actions.

“Mga kababayan natin.. Do not be too scared. I’m going home, I’m cutting my visit here to be with my countrymen and I will deal with the problem once I arrive”, the President urged the public not to be fearful.

The President urgency to address the security crisis in Mindanao, he had to cut his official visit to Russia short so he can return to the Philippines immediately.

Asked how long martial law will be in place in Mindanao, Duterte said: “If it would take a year to go then … I will do it. If it is over within a month then I’ll be happy.”

Under the 1987 Constitution, a declaration of martial law must not go beyond 60 days. Congress, however, may extend the proclamation of martial law for a period it will determine if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it.

Source: Politics

READ: A Muslims prayer to all affected in Marawi ISIS Domination

FEU’s Student Leader Haron Ar-Rashid S. Dima, a Muslim whose home is in Marawi posted an emotional message in his Facebook account relating the tragic and terrifying happening in his hometown.

He said that in Marawi, black flags are raised to claim dominion of the city.

And everyone was asked of Religion, where the non-muslim are being taken cared of. He was told that his High School Principal was taken as hostage along with non-muslim who are patiently giving young minds education. And students are running for their lives, away from the threat of fire and bullets.

He was told that his school and their city is on fire. And their hospital was taken over by men in black hoods. Roads were blocked, churces are torched and fire trucks were seized.

Dima also said Hope is frail as of the moment.

"This ignorance of religious respect is on an all time high. This is taking away the culture and the history of Marawi, or my memory of it at least", said Dima

He also mentioned that he grew up with non-Muslim friends and educators. "I am where I am right now because of them. All the people who grew up from where I did are successful because of the community we were raised in".

The student leader insisted tha "Ignorant and false extremist beliefs" should be the ones to be burn not their city.

He ended his post with a plea for prayers and signal for help from religious leaders, Ulamas, and people of high regard and influence to step in and negotiate.

Below is Haron Ar-Rashid S. Dima full Facebook post:

Source: Haron Ar-Rashid S. Dima

Trump Phones Duterte: “I just wanted to congratulate you of the unbelievable job on the drug problem”

A President friendly call to his fellow president blasted a huge controversy.

President Donald Trump of the United States of America voiced out his praise to the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on a phone call.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs produced an official transcript of the call on April 29 which was obtained by The Intercept.

(Trump told Duterte that he is a good man and that the Philippine President is doing an amazing job. )

The exclusive call began by Trump telling Duterte that he doesn’t sleep much just like him, then the talk slowly progressed to the strongman’s drug war.

 “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Duterte.

“Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that”, Trump added.

“Thank you Mr. President,” replied Duterte. “This is the scourge of my nation now and I have to do something to preserve the Filipino nation.”

On the same call, Trump mention about his predecessor in the White House of not understanding what the Philippine President’s real intention about his movement regarding drugs. “I understand that, and fully understand that, and I think we had a previous president who did not understand that but I understand that and we have spoken about this before”.

Obama once criticized Duterte’s killings which made the Duterte call the then U.S President “son of a whore” and an “idiot” who “can go to hell.”

Duterte even said in his speech in Beijing on October, “America has lost now. I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow. And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way”.

But the wrangle has been tamed off when Trump was elected. “I don’t want to quarrel anymore, because Trump has won.” Said Duterte. He thanked Trump for his sentiments on Obama.

The said friendly call however culminated an invitation for an Oval Office meeting. “To endorse Duterte is to endorse a man who advocates mass murder and who has admitted to killing people himself,” said John Sifton, the Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, reacting to the transcript. “Endorsing his methods is a celebration of the death of the poor and vulnerable.

Duterte’s police killings are widely recognized by the international community as an ongoing atrocity. The “war on drugs” has drawn disapproval from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, and last month a Philippine lawyer filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte of mass murder and crimes against humanity. The State Department’s annual human rights report acknowledges thousands of “extrajudicial killings” with impunity and calls them the country’s “chief human rights concern.”

The U.S. government does not provide lethal weapons directly to the Philippine National Police, which has a decades long history of extrajudicial killings. Despite human rights concerns, the U.S. has long considered the Philippines a military ally, and under Obama the U.S. gave the country’s military tens of millions of dollars in weapons and resources per year. But it does allow U.S. weapons manufacturers to sell to them directly. In 2015 the State Department authorized more than $250 million in arms sales from U.S. defense contractors to security forces in the Philippines.

Source: The Intercept, NY Times