Nationwide Round-Up (03/13/18)

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In this photo taken on February 16, 2017, Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Senate session hall in Manila. — AFP

De Lima, Roque exchange rants

“MY POINT was, people who have a democratic mandate deserve respect especially from those without a mandate.” This was the response of Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr.’s to Senator Leila M. De Lima, who described the former as a fake human rights lawyer following his remarks against United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“Enjoy the rest of your life in jail!” Mr. Roque said. Ms. De Lima has been incarcerated for more than a year now on drug-related charges filed under the Duterte administration. — Arjay L. Balinbin

Faeldon released from Senate custody

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Former Customs chief Nicanor E. Faeldon — PHILSTAR

SENATOR RICHARD B. Gordon has ordered the release of former Customs chief Nicanor E. Faeldon today, March 12, after being detained for six months on contempt charges in connection with the Senate Blue Ribbon committee’s investigation into the illegal drug shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in May 2017.

“The committee chair hereby orders your release from incarceration,” he told Mr. Faeldon during Monday’s Senate hearing after securing a commitment from the former Marine captain to stop “talking back.” Mr. Faeldon was detained at the Senate last September and was transferred to Pasay City Jail last January. Within this period, he was appointed deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), five months after he resigned as BoC commissioner. — Camille A. Aguinaldo 

Roque confirms Bong Go might run for Senate

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Special Assistant to the President
(SAP) Christopher “Bong” T. Go
(in shades) was President Rodrigo ​R.
Duterte’s​ executive assistant while mayor​
of Davao City. — ​PHILSTAR

SPECIAL ASSISTANT to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” T. Go will heed President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s advice on whether he should run or not for a seat in the Senate in the 2019 midterm elections, Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said. “The President has broached it to SAP Go, and it’s something that they are discussing between the two of them,” Mr. Roque told reporters in a press briefing at the Palace on Monday, March 12, when asked about the possibility of Mr. Go’s senatorial candidacy.

The spokesman added: “The position of SAP Go is he will heed whatever the President wishes him to do. He has said that personally he would not run, but if the President asks him to, he will.” — Arjay L. Balinbin