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CIDG arrests fake presidential brother

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

CIDG Director Roel Obusan presents to the media the suspect named Atty. Jose Roa Matias III who pose as a half-brother of President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines —The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has arrested a man who claimed to be a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s federalism campaign.

The suspect introduced himself as Atty. Jose Roa Matias III, and posing as a half-brother of the President.

CIDG Director Roel Obusan said Matias was asking money from aspiring politicians specifically those who want to be assigned as officer-in-charge of a barangay since the barangay elections will be postponed.

“Kung may humihingi sa inyo ng pera para maging OIC kayo ng barangay kapitan o kagawad o maging mayor, ito yung coordinators nila sa bawat sulok ng Pilipinas. Ang kanilang organisasyon ay hindi ligal, at ang kanilang ginagawa ay walang katotohanan,” said Obusan.

(If someone has been soliciting money in exchange for a position as OIC, barangay captain, councilor or mayor, these are their coordinators in every corner of the Philippines. Their organization is illegal and their operations are all lies.)

Matias was said to be asking P75,000 for the processing of their documents at the Office of the Special Assistant to the President.

But the suspect denied the allegations.

“Hindi po ako nagpapanggap. May pangalan po akong tunay. Yung mga tao nga ang may kagustuhan nun na gawin yun. Hindi ako,” said Matias.

(I am not an impostor. I have a real name. It’s the people who asked me to do it. It wasn’t my idea.)

The 57 year-old suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation in Deva Cruz Resort, Sta. Felomina, San Pablo City, Laguna last Thursday.

Matias is now facing swindling or estafa, usurpation of authority, alarm and scandal cases. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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President Duterte inaugurates resort-themed Mactan Cebu International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Mactan Cebu International Airport

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Together with stakeholders of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local officials, President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of MCIA Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The project aims to give the public a world-class travel experience through its unique designs that feature the local culture to invite more tourists and business travelers.

MCIA’s passenger capacity is expected to reach 12.5 million following its opening.

The 65,000 square meters-wide Terminal 2 is expected not only to address the increasing number of passengers but also open more international flights in Cebu.

Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the present administration. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte unaware of Ayungin Shoal harassment incident

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte at a press briefing after his arrival from South Korea 

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be the only person unaware of the harassment incident against Philippine soldiers in Ayungin Shoal on May 11.

In an interview upon his arrival from South Korea on June 5, President Duterte said he has no knowledge of the incident and that he cannot comment on the issue.

“What kind of harassment in the first place before—before I commit myself to answer the question, what kind of harassment was this?” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque facilitated the inquiry from a reporter asking whether the President has already been briefed on the reported harassment by Chinese forces of Filipino soldiers in a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre stationed in Ayungin Shoal.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of it. It would be dangerous for me to answer questions without really having the slightest idea of what it is all about,” the President added.

Based on reports, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has already filed the Philippines diplomatic note to China over the incident. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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