Duterte: Says No Interviews Until End Of My Term

‘It’s better not to have interviews. There will be no criticism, no wrong statements, no nothing,’ says the Philippines’ incoming president

DAVAO, Philippines – He’s known for being changeable when making “final” declarations, however it appears President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is not kidding when he said he would stop giving press conferences and would “boycott” the media.


“Wala. Apologies, ha? Talagang ano ako, boycott talaga,” Duterte said in a video posted by TV5 reporter France Noguera early Monday morning, June 6. (No. I’m sorry. I’m going to boycott.)

At the point when asked until when the boycott would stand, Duterte said: “Until the end of my term.”

Prior, Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher Go had told media that there would be no more press briefings with the a incoming president so errors would be minimized (“para walang mali”).

Duterte reverberated that notion in the TV5 journalist’s meeting.

“’Pag interview, maraming mali, marami namang criticism, so better [if there’s] no interview, no criticism, no wrong statement, no nothing,” he said, when asked why he made a decision to stop engagements with the press.

(At the point when there’s a meeting, there are a great deal of oversights, a ton of feedback, so it’s better not to have interviews. There will be no feedback, no wrong proclamations, no nothing.)

Earlier Go said that announcements and releases would be made through state-possessed PTV.

Duterte, who has been mayor of Davao City for almost 3 decades, is known for his good rapport with Davao-based writers. Yet, recent press conferences with both medias from the Philippines and abroad, Duterte made announcement that bought controversy.

He was condemned by local and international media groups after he was questioned about the media killings in the Philippines, one of the most unsafe country for journalists.

“Most of those killed, to be frank, have done something. You won’t be killed if you don’t do anything wrong…. That can’t be just freedom of speech. The Constitution can no longer help you if you disrespect a person,” the mayor said.

Duterte later on clarified his statement, classifying media into “3 classifications”: the honest reporters who in some cases get killed in the line of profession, those with personal interest and the corrupt “vultures.”

In the same press conference – the first that was held after he was proclaimed president – Duterte was caught on camera whistling GMA journalist Mariz Umali. Duterte was additionally reprimanded for his demonstration yet he later defended himself, insisting that there was nothing “sexual” behind his whistle.

He later lashed out against media who called boycott of his press conferences. It was Paris-based journalists without boarders who put forth the statement.

Duterte, through Go once more, declared he would “boycott” media if journalists declined to boycott him.

The long-time Davao City chairman is set to take his vow as president on June 30.

Source: Rappler.com

The Start of Ramadan 2016

COTABATO CITY – The Muslims’ sacred month of Ramadan will begin on June 6, Monday, Islamic ministers here have said.

As stated by Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan of the Darul Ifta (House of Opinion) for Maguindanao and Cotabato, the moon was located in Malaysia, and that fasting will begin Monday. There was no glimpse in the Philippines.

Filipino Muslims pray at the Marikina Islamic Mosque, Philippines

Ramadan is the ninth of the 12-month Hijra lunar-based calendar, and is viewed as the holiest month in Islam, as it was considered this month that God’s Revelations in the Qur’an were finished, as stated by history of Islam.

Devotees of Islam will abstain from food, drink and marital sex from sunrise to nightfall in 29 to 30 days.

Fasting was practiced by biblical prophets and followers of early Abrahamic religions, including Christianity (Acts 13:2; 14:23 I Corinthians 7:1-5; Matthew 6:16-18; Daniel 1:8-14; II Kings 24:13-14). In the Qur’an, the Muslims are taught: “Fasting is prescribed unto you, as it was prescribed unto those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint in piety” (2:128)

For a considerable length of time, Muslim scholars have difficulity to solve issues on whether moon-locating ought to be by the exposed eye, or that it could be valid using the present day scientific instruments.

Alim Abdulmuhmin Mujahid, executive director of the Regional Dharul Ifta (House of Opinion) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM) said his office has provided a set of Newtonian reflector telescope to each of their five provincial offices in the region, and in addition to the Dharul Ifta of ulama (scholars) in Zamboanga Peninsula to help in the moon locating.

With accuracy in advanced astronomical instruments, Mujahid said the RDI-ARMM expect to address conflicting views that Filipino Muslims had held in lunar estimating, everytime Ramadan was going to begin or end.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/789253/ramadan-starts-june-6-say-islamic-preachers

Duterte: From Mayor To President of the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte is practically sure to end up as the new president of the Philippines, after a tough election campaign where he was considered as an outcast. He has labeled himself as a humble man with less ties to oligarchs that other candidates have.


His supporters say that with his tough character, he will solve the large portions of the nation’s issues, however his faultfinders say he will bring back the dictatorship of the past.

Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was born in 1945 into a prominent family of politicians.

His father was a former provincial governor, and his family had ties with the powerful Duranos and Almendrases families in Cebu region where his father was a former mayor.

Duterte was a lawyer and rose to become state prosecutor before he was appointed as vice-mayor in Davao.

He became the mayor of Davao in 1988, he was the mayor for utmost 10 years, before obtaining a seat in congress and then returning to the mayoral office in 2001.

He built his reputation by fighting some of massive problems that the Philippines is facing. All problems were dropped during his leadership, making Davao as one of the safest city in the Philippines.

Under his supervision, the city assembled an expansive coordinated crisis reaction center and established a three-digit crisis number – something underestimated in numerous nations however a revolution in the city at the time.

So called as both a communist and a reformist, his economic policies throught campaign election have been unclear.

He assures the people that he would continue on his tough stance on crimes and develop public infrastructure as president,

His foreign policies are also hard to parse and talked a confrontational stance with China that he would ride a jet ski to scarborough shoal that China controls, and stick a Philippine flag on it.

He has always been clearer on the peace process in restless Mindanao, his political back yard.

He is most surely known for making impromptu remarks that would bring inconvenience for more conventional politicians.

He once called the pope ” the son of a whore” in a primarily devoted Roman Catholic nation; joked that, as mayor, he should be the first to rape the Australian missionary killed in a prison riot; intimidate the criminals to kill them without trial – something that is he accused of allowing it in Davao; and vows to suspend law based principles on the off chance that they get in his direction.

He is somebody who will do what is necessary to complete things, that have frightened his rivals.

He was hitched twice, he has four children, one of whom – daughter Sara – assumed to control as mayor for a term before he continued office. He is currently single, yet has state to have a few girlfriends.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36253676