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CNN hails Duterte as ‘Asia’s Big Winner’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017

The Malacañang is delighted with the report of international media agencies on the accomplishment of President Rodrigo Duterte (in photo) last year.

Before the year 2016 ended, American television network CNN chose President Rodrigo Duterte as the ‘Big Winner in Asia’.

According to the article published by CNN, the unusual measures of the leader are indications of changes, weighing diplomatic ties and the improvement in the livelihood of the Filipino people.

Pres. Duterte has also been a newsmaker in Japan.

In a published article by Japan Times, an English language newspaper, some of the challenges facing Duterte are economic growth and balancing diplomatic ties between United States and China.

Malacañang is delighted with the reports of international media agencies on the President’s accomplishments last year.

“It’s heartening to know that certain media agencies are able to notice the good things the President is doing,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Just this week, Pres. Duterte was hailed as the ‘Person of the Year 2016‘ by the  prestigious Hong Kong newsweekly, Yazhou Zhoukan.

Last month, Pres. Duterte was included in the 2016 ranking of the Forbes most powerful people. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ to file petition to court to declare NPA as terrorist group

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

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) will file a petition before a court to declare the communist New Peoples’Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.

According to Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, he will issue a directive to the National Prosecution Service to assign a team of prosecutors who will write and file a petition before a Regional Trial Court.

The government might file the petition on or before Monday.

The DOJ Secretary made the announcement after Malacañang declared the NPA as a terrorist group. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang allays fears over possible declaration of a revolutionary government

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.

“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.

This was in response to the Vice President Leni  Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.

The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.

“Nakakabahala  ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.

(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)

She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.

Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.

Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.

“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.

Thus,  Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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President Duterte designates ex-spokesperson as Foreign Affairs undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated his former presidential spokesperson, Ernesto Abella as undersecretary for strategic communications of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Abella served as the presidential spokesperson for more than a year before being replaced by former Kabayan Partylist representative Atty. Harry Roque.

President Duterte did not explain his reason for Abella’s transfer aside from saying it is his personal decision.

Meanwhile, Secretary Roque has been designated as the presidential adviser on human rights in addition to his role as the presidential spokesperson. – UNTV News & Rescue

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