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60,000 personnel to provide security for 31st ASEAN Summit

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have deployed 60,000 security personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and several other government agencies to ensure the safety and security of the delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The security forces will have 400 patrol cars, 200 motorcycles, and 22 armored cars.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the assigned security personnel are ready to face and address any physical and even cyber threats.

It can be noted that Cuy also serves as the chairman of the ASEAN committee on security, peace and order, emergency preparedness and response.

Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has belied circulating reports that four women in Basilan are now in Metro Manila to bomb areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit.

According to the PNP chief, the said news report is a hoax and that the public should not believe it.

“It’s just a hoax. We already expect such a propaganda. During this season, when there is a huge event, there are a lot of influence peddlers, selling information, scaring the public to maintain their relevance. But it’s all hoax. Listen instead to the advisory coming from the government security forces,” said the PNP chief.

Dela Rosa also assured the public that the PNP will remain on alert for any threats to the country’s security.

The PNP chief also advised the public to refrain going to areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit to avoid inconvenience.

He called on the everyone to follow the guidelines coming from the PNP to maintain the orderliness of the conduct of the ASEAN Summit. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Lower House outlines structure of its proposed version of PH federal gov’t

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Lower House of Congress has released its version of a proposed federal form of government.

Based on the said proposal, the country will be called the Federal Republic of the Philippines which will have a parliamentary form of government with the president as head of state.

The president will still have the oversight power over all agencies of the government and will remain as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

However, in the Lower House’s proposal, there will be no vice president.

The Lower House will serve as a federal assembly which will be led by the House speaker himself, while the Senate will remain and will be led by the Senate president.

The Senate and federal assembly will elect a prime minister.

The prime minister will prepare the proposed yearly funds of agencies that will be in charge of contracts and loans of the country.

He or she will also have the power to appoint and remove heads of executives offices, Cabinet members, and police officials.

Under the proposed federal form of government, the Philippines will be divided into five states.

These will be Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and Metro Manila. Each will have three state senators.

Party-list representatives will remain to represent marginalized sectors.

The president, prime minister, senators, members of the federal assembly, local government official and state officials will be in power for five years and may seek re-election.

The proposal also includes having a two-party system. The first election under the proposed new constitution will be held in may of 2022.

Aside from the office of the president, the lawmakers also propose the abolition of the Office of the Ombudsman and Judicial Bar Council (JBC).

The House of Representatives’ version also limits the freedom of the press, speech, and expression.

Meanwhile, when asked if President Duterte could still run for president under the new proposal, the committee on constitutional amendments chairman Rep. Mercado said,“Yes, he still can because he’s still in the first term. It can be as long as it’s in accordance with the Constitution.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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DDB to prioritize expansion of community-based rehabilitation program — Cuy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Community-based rehabilitation program

MANILA, Philippines — One of the primary priorities of the new leadership of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is the expansion of community-based rehabilitation program of the government.

DDB chairman Catalino Cuy believes that, through this, the number of individuals who will use illegal drugs will be reduced since the monitoring will be more intensive as the campaign will start from the barangay level.

“As I was saying, we will give importance to drug clearing. We will be also requiring local barangay executives to monitor barangays since clients, the ‘grassroots’ are here,” Cuy said.

The new DDB chairman also supports Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño’s proposal to require each barangay in the Philippines to submit a list of drug suspects.

And even though some human rights groups are opposed to the idea, Cuy assured that the government will conduct a thorough validation to assure the identity of those involved in illegal drugs.

“Like the time when there was still Masa-Masid. The program had three objectives—anti-illegal drug, anti-corruption, anti-criminality, anti-violent extremism”

The government will also look into the police operational procedures of each law enforcement agency in the country to protect the drug suspects’ human rights.

Cuy is the 23rd chairman of DDB and replaced Dionisio Santiago following the latter’s resignation in November last year. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG to conduct nationwide info drive on federalism

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism.

DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the general public will welcome the Duterte administration’s federal form of government.

“Ang ipapaliwanag mo na lang sa kanila is yung mas malaking pondong pupunta sa kanilang LGU (local government unit), yung serbisyong mas maganda (What needs to be explained to them is the bigger fund that will go to LGUs and the better services) ,” said Malaya.

Aside from its benefits, DILG also has other ways to make the concept easily understandable to the masses.

“Mag-iikot po kami (We will be going around). Gagawa po kami ng komiks, meron kaming mga kung ano-ano (We will be producing comics and other stuff),” said the campaign chief. “We produced this book with all of the leading federalists because we want to clear the issues,” he said.

Also, Malaya said the local government will have a huge role to help in the realization of the campaign.

The Duterte administration targets to implement federalism before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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