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AFP submits recommendation to Pres. Duterte in line with the implementation of martial law in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The existing martial law in Mindanao is set to end on the 31st of December.

With this, various groups opposing the military rule call on the government to no longer extend the proclamation.

They said martial law violates human rights particularly in the communities of Moros and Lumads.

The groups claim this is the reason why they want the military rule to end.

President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he will base his decision on the matter on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, they based their recommendation on the current security situation of the country.

“Our recommendation is based on assessment not only covering the NPA’s, the assessment covers all threats. But of course you yourself, members of the media, have extensively reported about these atrocities by the NPA. So your coverage will speak for itself. We really have seen that there is an intensified action on the part of the NPA,” said Guerrero.

The AFP Chief of Staff, however, refused to reveal the contents of their recommendation, saying it will be the President himself who will decide on whether to extend the military rule or not.

However, when Guerrero was asked about the possibility of a nationwide martial law declaration, he has this to say…

“It’s always a possibility, everything is possible,” Guerrero added. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte Cabinet gets 32% net satisfaction rating amid inflation woes – SWS

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – From 25% in June, the net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet has improved to 32% in September this year.

This means more Filipinos are getting satisfied with their performance, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The increase in support was marked in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao though ratings dropped in Metro Manila.

The survey, which was conducted from September 15 to 23 among 1,500 respondents across the country, was welcomed by Malacañang.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the results of the survey conducted while the country’s inflation rate is at 6.7% “tell us that our people, indeed, recognize and appreciate the efforts of the administration in stabilizing the prices of basic commodities and bringing a comfortable and dignified life for all.”

However, the members of the Cabinet cannot be complacent as there are still other issues facing the government that need to be immediately addressed.

“Notwithstanding the favorable survey numbers, the members of the official family of the president will not grow complacent in addressing national issues but will continue to work tirelessly as we lay down the foundation of a stronger and more robust society,” Panelo said.

Meanwhile in the same survey, the Senate of the Philippines, the House of Representative and the Supreme Court received “good” ratings at 48%, 36%, and 31% respectively. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

 

 

 

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Duterte to NPA: You may join politics if you surrender your arms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte urged members of the New People’s Army anew to surrender their arms and work with government in solving insurgency problems in the country. He added that the rebels may even join politics if they will follow his advice.

Duterte made the statement at the launching of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall in Davao City last Friday, October 19.

“Buhii lang nang imong armas, wala tay problema. Magpolitika mo okay lang. Drop the firearms, drop the gun, wala na tay problema. Amigo tang tanan ug igsuon tang Pilipino,” Duterte said.

(Lay down your arms and we will not have a problem. If you wish to join politics, okay lang. Drop the firearms, drop the gun, and we will not have a problem. We will not only be friends, but Filipino brothers and sisters as well.)

He underscored the futility of the NPA’s decades-long rebellion and vowed to help rebel returnees start a new life.

Kanang inyong kalihukan, wala na gyud na. Pero andam ko mudawat ninyo, musurrender (surrender) lang mo, dad-a inyong armas, ihatag kanako, tagaan ta mo og lugar ug balay ug trabaho. Sigurado mo ana. Matagaan ta mo. Mag-training mo sa TESDA, paeskwelahon ta mo, pero bayran ta mo sa inyong pagtuon og skills.

(TRANSLATION: Your underground movement will not amount to anything. But I am ready to accept you if you surrender. Bring your firearms, give it to me, and I will give you a house and a job. You can be sure of that. I will be able to give you that. You will undergo training in TESDA, I’ll send you to school, but I will pay you to study and learn new skills.)

Duterte admitted that the rebel forces were among those who helped him win the presidency. He thanked the people of Davao and members of the Communist party for their support during his campaign.

“Dili nako maabot ang akong naabtan ron kung wala ko tabangi sa taong-Dabaw apil na ang NPA. Nagpasalamat ko ana. Tutal gitabangan man ko ninyo, tabangi ko nga makatugkad nako og unsaong paagi nga kitang tanan unta mabuhi nga di pud muingo’g dato pero nay,” he said.

(TRANSLATION: I will not be where I am today without the help of the people of Davao and the NPA. I’m thankful for that. And because you helped me, I am asking you to also help me find a way for all of us to live. Not necessarily rich but…) — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte says camp visits, whitening cream caused skin discoloration

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte graces the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) held at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte explained the reason behind the skin discoloration on his face which critics like communist leader Joma Sison has been linking to a serious medical condition.

The President noted that the darkening of his skin was a result of sunburn from prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun during a visit in Jordan and from a series of visits to military camps across the country.

“Pumunta ako ng Jordan, sunog na ito. Pumunta ako ng kampo every week, pumunta ka ng kampo sa bukid, pinakamalayong kampo lumilipad ako dun,” he said during a speech at the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 18).

(When I went to Jordan my skin was already burnt. I go to military camps every week. I go to the farthest camps in the fields.)

The condition of his skin worsened, according to the President, when he tried the whitening cream used by his long-time partner, Honeylet Avanceña.

“Kasi ang ginamit ko kasi, sa asawa ko. Sabi niya, cream lang yan, may 1, 2, 3, 4… ngayon lang ako nakakita ng medisina na parang rocket, parang booster…Iyong sa asawa ko, okay na. Pag tingin ko, bakit nangitim ako lalo?” the President recalled when he noticed the changing in his skin color.

(I use the cream my wife uses. She said there are 1,2,3,4 steps…it’s my first time to see a medicine that’s like a rocket; it has a booster. It worked well on my wife, but when I tried it, my skin got darker.)

The President admitted consulting a dermatologist about his skin condition who advised him to use only specific skin care products.

“Sabi niya: ‘Ito lang ang gamitin mo. Pati ito lang. Iyan lang. Iyong iba huwag mo nang gamitin (dahil) mas lalo kang iitim’,” he said referring to an advice from his dermatologists.

The President aimed at critics who are questioning his health condition due to his skin discoloration.

“Third stage cancer of the brain? So what else? I have kidney problem, part of it is already gone. And my heart beats 120 miles per hour. Who won’t I die? Just wait,” he said.

“Para sa akin ang lalaki (For me, the true measure of a man) is not really the color of the face but it’s the character,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

 

 

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