Radio Briefing by Assistant to the Presidential Spokesperson Ms. China Jocson by Marie Peña-Ruiz – (Kaagapay ng Bayan – Radyo Pilipinas)

Ms. Jocson: The President was very busy this week. Unfortunately, I do not have a wrap-up for you or our listeners. Pero, madali din naman nila ‘tong malalaman. Kasi may Facebook page ang ating Presidential Communications.

So, pwede lang silang mag-log on sa, Presidential Comms, nandoon pa ho ang mga larawan at tsaka videos kung ano ang ginawa ni PRRD ngayong linggong ito.

Para din magka-followers tayo, Marie diba?

Ms. Ruiz: Yes.

Ms. Jocson: Okay. But, Marie, I do have some statements. So if you’ll allow me, I’ll proceed.

Ms. Ruiz: Go ahead, ma’am.

Ms. Jocson: Thank you, Marie.

The first statement from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson is on PNP’s remarks that there is no EJK killing under the Duterte administration.

The PNP’s statement that there is no case of extrajudicial killing under the Duterte Administration is based on the operational guidelines of Administrative Order No. 35, adopted and signed on April 18, 2013; wherein extra-judicial killings or EJK are referred to as killings where “the victim was a member of, or affiliated with an organization, to include political, environmental, agrarian, labor, or similar causes; or an advocate of above-named causes; or a media practitioner or person(s) apparently mistaken or identified to be so.”

AO 35 also referred to EJKs when “the victim was targeted and killed because of the actual or perceived membership, advocacy, or profession; or the person/s responsible for the killing is a state agent or non-state agent; and the method and circumstances of attack reveal a deliberate intent to kill.”

AO 35 has not been repealed or revoked; thus, the definition of EJK remains the same.

Having said that, we wish to emphasize that one death is one too many. Regardless of this definition, these deaths are being addressed to ensure the  accountability  of  perpetrators,  even  as  it  calls  upon witnesses and individuals who can provide valuable evidence  that will lead  to speedy resolution of cases

So, that’s our statement for the EJK. Next statement is on Mighty Corporation’s Tax Settlement. This is good news.

Mighty Corporation, the country’s number two cigarette manufacturer has entered into a P40-billion compromise settlement with the government regarding its tax liability.

Unpaid taxes result in less government revenues and stall the delivery of quality government services.

This landmark tax settlement is the largest in Philippine history; and will go a long way in funding the Duterte administration’s infrastructure program.

The President will be relentless in his campaign against corruption and delinquent taxpayers, haling violators to court, if necessary. As citizens cooperate, we build a comfortable life for all. Strong political will to benefit all, and not just a few, should be the trademark of the entire government.

So, Marie, that’s 40-billion tax collected ‘no?

Ms. Ruiz: Ma’am, yes ma’am. Isa pa, ‘yung sa PAL din diba? So, the money can be used talaga for the…

Ms. Jocson: … As I mentioned, infrastructure.

Ms. Ruiz: Yes, infrastructure.

Ms. Jocson: Yes, okay.

So now, this is our last statement. It’s on Maasim Mayor’s Surrender.

The surrender of Maasim, Sarangani Mayor Aniceto Lopez, Jr. underscores how deeply entrenched narco-politics is in the country.

The raid by PDEA operatives of the rest house of the Maasim mayor, where P5-million worth of suspected shabu and a mini-shabu laboratory were seized, proves the Administration’s claim that illegal drugs and corruption have captured local politics.

Progress against illegal drugs largely depends on the full support and cooperation of everyone, from the citizens to the church and communities.

Those are our three statements for today, Marie.

Ms. Ruiz: Thank you very much, ma’am. Happy weekend!

Ms. Jocson: Happy weekend. Mabuhay ka at ang iyong mga tagapakinig.

Ms. Ruiz: Mabuhay ka rin, ma’am.

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