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800 informal settler families relocated in an 11-hectare site

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The 11-hectare Disiplina Village, the biggest in-city relocation site in the Philippines, located in Valenzuela City. (Photo captured by UNTV drone.)


VALENZUELA CITY,  Philippines — Informal settler families living by the riverside are grateful because they no longer have to live in constant danger.

Over 800 informal settler families have been relocated to the biggest in-city relocation site in the country — the 11-hectare Disiplina Village located in Valenzuela City.

Inside the village are schools, clinics and mini grocery stores. And because it is located in the city, access to jobs is easier.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian explained, “kung dati ang relocation sa labas ng Metro Manila. Pero nahihrapan sila dahil malayo sa pamilya, trabaho, mahal sa buhay, nagdesisyon kami na dapat dito lang kayo sa Valenzuela City.”

(Relocations in the past used to be outside Metro Manila. But people find it difficult because it is too far from work and family. So we decided that relocation should be within Valenzuela City.)

A total of 3,834 informal settler families are the main target recipients of this entire housing program.

This in-city relocation has been the project of Vice President Leni Robredo after she was appointed as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

WATCH: HUDCC implements onsite relocation for informal settlers in Sitio San Roque, QC 

The Vice President is hoping that the project will continue despite her resignation.

“Nakailang meetings na po kami ng National Housing Authority (NHA) at ibang shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors, congressmen. Ito po yung binubuo natin na yung local government units (LGUs) na may ganitong proyekto mai-share sa ibang LGU,” said Vice President Leni Robredo.

( We’ve had several meetings with the NHA, shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors and congressmen. This is what we have been advocating, that LGUs with this kind of projects would be able to share with other LGUs. ) — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue


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Marcos urge PET to maintain 50% vote threshold

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.


Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to maintain the 50% threshold in validating shaded ballots in the ongoing recount of the 2016 vice presidential polls.

He personally filed before the tribunal, a 13-page comment/opposition to the motion filed by Vice President Leni Robredo seeking the consideration of the 25% threshold.

In the comment he submitted, Marcos refuted the existence of any Comelec resolution that allows the 25% threshold.

He also noted that there is “no categorical declaration in the Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 that the 25% shading threshold was adopted by the Comelec En Banc in determining the valid votes during the judicial recount and revision of ballots in an election protest.”

“Si Aquino nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Jojo Binay nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Si Duterte 50% shading ang ginamit sa kaniyang pagpanalo. Lahat ng congressman, lahat ng governor, lahat ng vice governor, lahat ng vice mayor, lahat ng konsehal, lahat ng (inaudible) mula nang magsimula ang AES ay nanalo ginamit ang 50% shading,” Marcos said.

(Aquino, Binay and Duterte won using the 50% shading threshold. Since the implementation of the Automated Election System (AES), all congressmen, governors, vice-governors, vice mayors and councilors won using 50% shading.)

He said that Robredo “wants to change the rules and have a special situation only for her.”

It can be recalled that in the vice president’s appeal, she asked the tribunal to “immediately direct the Head Revisors to use the 25-percent threshold percentage used by the Commission on Elections for the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections in lieu of the 50 percent used in the 10 May 2010 National and Local Elections.”

Meanwhile, Robredo’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, refuted claims that Comelec set a 50% threshold for the 2016 national and local elections.

He cited the September 6, 2016 Comelec En Banc Resolution that adopted the recommendation of Commissioner Luie Guia to set the threshold to 25%.

Macalintal also said that Marcos’ attempt at “changing the rules of the game” disregards the “voice of the innocent voters whose constitutional right of suffrage would be affected.” — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Robredo backs Sereno: ‘I will do everything in my power to right this wrong’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018


(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo backs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she joined calls against the quo warranto petition filed against the Chief Justice.

“As your duly-elected Vice President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution. You can count on me to do everything in my power to right this wrong, should it ever come to pass,” Robredo said.

In a show of strong support to the Chief Justice, Robredo also encouraged the public to defend the judiciary.

We can’t just keep quiet in the dark brought about by events the last few months. We have to set aside our fear and fight for our judiciary,” the Vice President said.

Earlier, the Coalition for Justice (CFJ) launched an online petition to support Sereno.

More than 16,000 signed the petition calling for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition.

Meanwhile in the supplemental memo submitted by CJ Sereno Friday, May 4, she appealed to her colleagues to remain faithful to their oath of upholding and defending the Constitution because their judgement will decide not only her fate but the fate of incumbent members of the Supreme Court.

The en banc has yet to vote on the quo warranto petition against Sereno. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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Cayetano slams Robredo on ‘double standard’ remarks over PH-Kuwait diplomatic row

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday, May 5, lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo for her alleged “double standard” remarks over the recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and Kuwait.

“I’d like to assure Vice President Robredo that we are accountable: We’re accountable to the President, we’re accountable to the people, we’re accountable to God,” Secretary Cayetano said.

“Hindi puwedeng may double-standard (You can’t have double-standards),” Cayetano said citing Robredo’s criticism against the administration saying that the Philippines violated the sovereignty of Kuwait during the controversial “emergency” rescue mission of overseas Filipino workers. The video of the rescue was made public which angered Kuwait leading to expulsion of Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa and recall of Kuwait envoy from Manila.

“Hindi ba iyong mga foreigner na nagra-rally dito, naba-violate iyong sovereignty natin kasi bawal iyon. Bakit sabi nila puwede? Tapos tayo ‘pag magre-rescue, pipintasan nila sarili nilang gobyerno na breaking sovereignty?” he argued.

(Don’t the foreigners who join rallies also violate our sovereignty because their actions are against the law? How come they say it’s okay if they do it but when we carry out a rescue operation they criticize their own government of breaking sovereignty?)

Cayetano also recalled Robredo’s recorded message criticizing the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs which the vice president sent to the United Nations.

“Kapag tayo ang nag-video, (hindi tama)…Pero bakit siya, si Vice President Leni, nagpadala ng video sa UN na fake news na paninira sa sariling bansa?

(If we take the video, (it’s not right)…But what about Vice President Leni?  She sent UN a video of fake news that undermined her own country.)

In her statement released May 3, Robredo said the opposition is “gravely concerned” over “the deliberate release in both media and social media of videos of “rescue missions” undertaken by DFA personnel in the Kuwait” which she said “could further jeopardize our workers in that country.”

“Decisive steps must be taken at the soonest time to rectify this situation, and prevent further harm from being inflicted on our OFWs. These must start with an honest and candid acknowledgement of the crisis, a willingness to accept accountability and a conviction to do what is right,” she added in the statement.

Cayetano admitted that what happened “caused misunderstanding, but what we did is our obligation and duty to our OFWs.” He asked critics of the administration to allow negotiations in order to repair the damaged relations between the two countries. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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