“If you can do it, I can do it ten times better” – Duterte


President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday vowed to go tit for tat with terrorists and made an assurance he would never allow the Philippines to be destroyed by terrorism.

“Terrorists, like ISIS, have no political ideology, no concept at all. You maim people, you kill them, women who refuse to have sex with them, they simply burn them. We have seen a barbaric practice and even cutting throats of people in front of the world,” he said.

“Hindi ko malaman how to meet this kind, but if you do that, you bring out the worst in me. Bale tabla tayo diyan. If you can do it, I can do it ten times better than you,” the President said.

“I am not insinuating things. I am just warning people, huwag ninyong sobrahan, because I would never, never allow my country to be destroyed by terrorism … and ng droga. Di talaga ako papayag. As I said, I have put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself,” he added.

The President made the warning during the oath-taking ceremony for 42 new government political appointees held at Malacañang. (PNA report by Cielito M. Reganit)

Meanwhile, below are the new appointees sworn into office which President Duterte himself administered:

Appointed to the Office of the President (OP) were: Michael Ong, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for General Administration; Nathaniel Dalumpines, Assistant Secretary; Annalyn Tolentino, Assistant Executive Secretary, Social Secretary’s Office; Commissioner Melissa Avanceña Aradanas, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor; Astravel Pimentel-Naik, Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer III; Jose Marie Concepcion III, Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship; Undersecretary Jimmy Lalo Manabat, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force.

Also appointed were: Angelito Banayo, member and Chairperson Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO); along with Leticia Ramos Shahani, Gilberto Lauengco and Rommel Sytin as members of the Board of Directors, MECO.Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete, executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI); Cariza Yamson Seguerra, chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC);

Jay Daniel Rodriquez Santiago, Acting general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA); Gregorio Garcia and Vivencio Dizon, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) board of directors; Antonio Generoso Buendia Jr., acting general manager, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philipines (CAAP); and Mary Liza Bautista Diño, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

Abraham Khalil Mitra, chair of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB); Amable Aguiluz V, Special Envoy of the President to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); Arturo Evangelista, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation (DOTr); Abraham Sales, Executive Director II, Toll Regulatory Board, DoTr;

Jose Maria Zubiri Jr., chair of the Regional Development Council, Region X, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); and Gamaliel Asis Cordoba, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Alvin Feliciano, Deputy Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (NEDA); Nestor Sumod-Ong Valeroso and Jesus Clint Aranas, Deputy Commissioners of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Aimee Torrefranca Neri, Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ); Michael Robles and Al Argocino, both Deputy Commissioner III of the Bureau of Immigration (BI);

Leopoldo Leuterio Jr., Director III, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); Rolando Espiritu Asuncion, Deputy Director, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor); Rafael Cunanan Yabut, Senior Undersecretary, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); and Roberto Bernardo, Assistant Secretary, DPWH.

Also sworn in were Benito Ligsanan Ranque, Undersecretary, Department of Energy (DoE); Charade Puno, Director-General, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);

DSWD Assistant Secretaries Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, Aleli Bawagan and Hope Vargas Hervilla; Nonita Caguioa, Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); and Katherine Chloe Sinsuat de Castro, Undersecretary, Department of Tourism.


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