07 January 2017
President Duterte leads Joint AFP Command Conference
President Duterte leads Joint AFP Command ConferencePresident Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the Joint AFP Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan on Friday, January 06.It was attended by the top brass of the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as some members of the President’s Cabinet.

The command conference was attended by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

In his invocation, PNP Chaplain Service director Police Sr. Supt. Eligio Mativo said the joint PNP and AFP Command Conference will “discuss, evaluate, and make important decisions and actions which are relevant to the present issues and concerns of our country in general” and specifically for the welfare and security of the people “especially those who dream to live in a healthy, peaceful and harmonious community.”

On the same day, the President visited the wake of a policeman at the victim’s residence in Tanza, Cavite before 7:00 p.m.

PO1 Enrico B. Domingo, 38 years old, was killed in action on January 4, Wednesday during an anti-drug operation in Pasay City when one of the drug users resisted arrest and opened fire at the arresting authorities.

The slain policeman’s family received financial assistance, educational plans for the children, and job assistance for the victim’s widow.

The President was accompanied by Philippine National Police Director-General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa and Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go.

President Duterte also visited the wake of the deceased son of his Chief Presidential Legal Counsel to express his condolences.

The President arrived at the Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels and Crematory at Araneta Avenue in Quezon City a few minutes before midnight.

Salvador Carlo Panelo lll, son of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, succumbed to a heart ailment. He was only 27 years old.

After a moment of silence before the deceased at the altar, the President exchanged pleasantries with the guests at the wake.###PND

President Duterte vows to end Abu Sayyaf
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has reiterated his commitment to end terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President reiterated his commitment to crush the Abu Sayyaf in the New Year Command Conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Malacañan last Friday.

“Idiniin din ng Presidente na ‘yung kanyang commitment to end the ASG, ‘yung Abu Sayyaf Group,” Abella said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, January 7.

Abella said the security forces gave the President their security update during the joint command conference as well as the current law enforcement activities.

For the President’s part, Abella said President Duterte reiterated his firm stance against corruption as well as his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism.

“Ni-reiterate niya ang kanyang guidance regarding corruption lalo na, sinasabi niya ‘yan kasi hindi naman nawawala ‘yan just like that and then ‘yung campaign against drugs and terrorism,” Abella said.

The Palace official said the joint command conference lasted for two hours and described it as a “substantial and a very fruitful meeting which puts the President in touch once more with this branch of government.”

In the same radio briefing, Abella called on the Filipino faithful to be careful and remain calm and sober, especially those who will be joining the Translacion on Monday, January 9.

“Let us again po look out for one another,” Abella said.

The Palace official also said the Philippines’ friendship with Russia shows that the country is broadening its borders of support.

“In a sense, na break po ‘yung ating mentality ng ating source of security comes only from one particular country,” he said.

“We are beginning to recognize that our borders are not necessarily limited or confined to simply one country or one geopolitical force,” he added.###PND