Duterte insults former Colombian President.
The former president of Colombia, who presided over his country’s violent war on drugs, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he warned President Duterte not to “repeat my mistakes.” Addressing the Philippine President, Cesar Gaviria called for an end to extrajudicial killings and for “an honest debate” on drug issues. He also warned Duterte not to be “seduced into taking a tough stance on drugs” in order to remain popular with voters. Responding to the op-ed, Duterte called Gaviria an "idiot."
Mandatory ROTC to return for senior high students.
The Reserved Officers Training Corps is likely to return to high school campuses nationwide after President Duterte approval a proposal calling for its reinstatement. Scrapped in 2001 after the death of a ROTC student who uncovered corruption in his unit, lingering student safety concerns are said to be addressed via the strict implementation of the Anti-Hazing Law. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana noted the ROTC's importance, saying that it “instills patriotism, love of country, moral and spiritual values, respect for human rights and adherence to [the] Constitution."
Citizenship issue delays Foreign Secretary Yasay’s confirmation.
Choosing not to appear at a hearing scheduled to answer questions regarding his citizenship, the Commission on Appointments decided to move the confirmation of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. A previous report noted that Yasay, who previously worked in the United States, continues to be a US citizen, a report which he denied. According to sources, Yasay supposedly used a US passport to travel from 2007 to 2009 but subsequently renounced his US citizenship.
205,000 Yolanda victims to receive free housing.
President Duterte announced yesterday that the victims of typhoons Yolanda and Pablo would receive free government housing. The beneficiaries, based in Samar, Leyte, Tacloban, Palawan, Cebu, Iloilo, Panay and Antique, will each be provided with a house and lot worth P290,000. In total, the house grants are worth an estimated P50 billion and funded by national government appropriations.