21 April 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On TIME’S 100 Most Influential List
The fact remains that President Duterte is supported by majority of the Filipinos in his campaign against illegal hard drugs, crime and corruption.

In the case of Sen. De Lima, TIME conveniently failed to clarify that she was jailed not for her criticisms against the administration but because an independent court found probable cause in support of the criminal charges against her for alleged violation of the law on illegal drugs.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On Travel Advisories and Cancellation of Trips to the PH
We understand the concern of foreign governments over their nationals.

However, we assure everyone that the Philippines remains a safe place to work, to conduct business, or simply to have fun. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo is corresponding with her counterparts in the region to give assurances on the matter.

The ASEAN meetings proceeded as scheduled in Bohol this week with the Philippine National Police (PNP) refocusing its efforts on the security preparations for the ASEAN. Task Group Bohol has been activated at the security system in the venue and other areas where the delegates will be visiting.

Security around the province of Palawan has been strengthened and while we urge continued mindfulness of one’s surroundings, it is still more fun in the Philippines.

Memorandum Circular No. 18

Memorandum Circular No. 18

President Duterte visits Russian guided missile cruiser
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited on Friday, April 21 the Russian guided missile cruiser “Varyag” anchored in the Port of Manila.

Upon arrival at Pier 15, the Chief Executive was accorded arrival honors by the Russian Navy Contingent.

The President then boarded the ship for a tour. He was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Department of Foreign Affairs acting Secretary Enrique Manalo.

He first went to the upper deck where the short-range anti-missile rocket system is located.

He proceeded to the mid-ship where the long-range anti-aircraft missile rocket system is placed.

Duterte also went to the bough where the ship’s main weapon or the long distance anti-ship missile and anti-aircraft carrier are located.

“The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid,” the President said as he stood for a photo with the Russians.

The President also went to the ship museum as well as the Admiral’s room for the guest book signing.

President Duterte earlier said he welcomed the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit their country.

According to the President, he is going to Russia to forge stronger relations.

It will be recalled that President Duterte met Russian President Putin last November at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru.

In January, the President visited the Russian large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, which also anchored in the country for a goodwill visit. ### (PND)