17 April 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the Abu Sayyaf beheading of Noel Besconde

We express our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of FB Ramon 2 captain, Noel Besconde, who met untimely death in the hands of the kidnap-for-ransom group (KFRG) Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

We strongly condemn this senseless and coldblooded murder committed during the Holy Week. Local authorities and our security forces are exhausting all means to locate the captain’s remains, as our troops continue to pursue this bandit group and hold them accountable for their crimes.

We call on all citizens throughout the archipelago to remain vigilant, alert and watchful, and to cooperate with our security forces. Let us work against common criminals to make our communities safer and ensure a nation worthy of all Filipinos.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Winning TIME 100 Reader Poll
What makes President Rodrigo R. Duterte so admired by Filipinos and international leaders alike is his national agenda – he has prioritized public interest first and foremost, especially the needs and aspirations of the poor and common people.

With or without the distinction, the President continues to be a hardworking government worker and faithful servant of the Filipino people.

In positive terms, he has a simple 3 point agenda: Prosperity for all; restore trust in government; build a fair and equitable society.

Indeed Filipinos find in the President a kindred spirit – a leader who acts for the common good.