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DU30 vows to act on problems and finish term; SC rules on Trillan

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By FRED M. LOBO

Fred M. Lobo

Fred M. Lobo

President Duterte has vowed to seriously confront the political, economic, and other problems bugging him and the country and to finish his term, accordingly.
“I will finish my term.No regrets!” he assured the nation.
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Speaking in Malacanang, Duterte dismissed speculations he might retire early from his tiring job, saying twice in Filipino, “Tatapusin ko yan.”
Tired but not retired, as the saying goes.
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The President reiterated that despite hardships, he will pursue his five campaign promises, primarily the war on drugs and graft and corruption.
“As I said before, I am willing to put at stake my life and my honor,” Duterte said.
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Duterte added that he will address the various problems and challenges confronting the country, such as rising prices and inflation, unemployment and destabilization.
“But three years left is too short,” to address the numerous problems, Duterte said.
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The President also reassured that he will govern without committing graft and corruption himself.
“Hindi ako tumatanggap… Yung promises ko, tinutupad ko talaga, “he said.
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Duterte warned some military men and communist rebels allegedly plotting to oust him from power instead
of thinking about the country’s welfare.
On the Trillanes case, Duterte insisted that the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes by the Aquino administration was not valid. But let the courts decide on the case, he said.
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The Supreme Court (SC) denied the plea of Trillanes for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would stop the enforcement of President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572which revoked the senator’s 2010 amnesty and ordered his arrest and detention.
Let the Executive Department, led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, comment on or answer within 10 days the Trillanes’ petition that challenged the constitutionality of the proclamation, the SC said.
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Denying Trillanes’ plea for a TRO, the SC took note “of the categorical pronouncement of President Duterte that Senator Trillanes will not be apprehended, detained or taken into custody unless a warrant of arrest is issued by a trial court.
“Thus, there is no extreme and urgent necessity for the Court to issue an injunctive relief considering that the respondents have acknowledged Senator Trillanes’s right to due process,” the SC added.
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The SC pointed out that “the issues of whether or not Senator Trillanes filed an application for amnesty and whether or not he admitted his guilt for the crimes subject thereof appear to be factual in nature.”
“Only a trial court, and in certain cases, the Court of Appeals, are the trier of facts. Hence, it is appropriate that the Makati RTCs should be given leeway in exercising their concurrent jurisdiction to hear and resolve the pleadings/motions filed by the parties as regards the legality of Proclamation No. 572, Series of 2018,” SC stressed.
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Meanwhile, the government mobilized its forces and resources as Typhoon Mangkhut/Ompong entered the Philippine area of Responsibility and intensified the southwest monsoon.
Yes to preparedness and resiliency in times of political and real storms.

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