FILE-PHOTO – President Rodrigo Duterte meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on May 15, 2017.
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has confirmed Tuesday’s meeting of high-ranking Chinese and Philippine officials for the second Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) in Manila.
BCM is the platform where both countries will discuss issues on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
The delegation will be led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo.
“The second meeting of this Philippine – China Bilateral Consultative Mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow Feb. 13, 2018,” said the presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque.
The official said that the bilateral meeting is the proof that the Duterte administration is doing something about the issue.
However, Malacañang clarified that the government will not file a new protest to China on its alleged almost finished militarization in the South China Sea.
Roque said that the Philippines has existing protests filed before China and these are expected to be discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.
“The Philippine government has consistently filed protests and even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protests,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is unshaken by the threat of Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair, Jose Maria Sison that New People’s Army (NPA) rebels can kill one soldier every day.
In his meeting over snacks with 215 former NPA rebels in Malacañang on Wednesday night, the President said he would have five NPA rebels killed for every soldier slain.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Sison should not belittle what the government can do against the communist rebels.
“I think the message is: you don’t threaten us, Joma Sison. We are the state, if we haven’t eradicated you, it’s because we opted not to eradicate you as Filipinos. But if you want war, we are ready to go to war,” said Roque.
Meanwhile, President Duterte wants the 48 former female rebels to tour Hong Kong and China and be exposed to capitalism.
He will bring them with him on his next visit in China where he will discuss with the Chinese government the Philippines’ concerns about the Philippine Rise.
Meanwhile, 683 former NPA rebels from various parts of Eastern Mindanao have returned to the fold of the law and the first batch of them has toured Rizal Park, Intramuros and Malacañang.
President Duterte promised them security, shelter, jobs and education for their children. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
MANILA, Philippines – Amending the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for the change in the form of government from unitary to federal remains to be the priority of the Duterte Administration.
But at present, the Senate and the Lower House do not agree on which method to use in revising the Constitution.
For its part, Malacañang remains firm that it will not intervene and will let the legislative branch to resolve the matter.
“In this issue, even some justices of the Supreme Court say that the judiciary cannot intervene in this issue. It is just the Congress that can resolve this and that is the stand of Malacañang,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Meanwhile, Malacañang is confident that Congress understands President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand not to extend his term.
This was after Senate President Koko Pimentel said that the term of the president should be extended during the transition period of the country to federalism.
“I am telling you now, if I extend my term event just for one day, I am now asking the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP not to allow me or anybody else to mess up with the Constitution. If I extend, if I want to be a dictator, shoot me, I am not flattering you,” Duterte said.
“I don’t think the majority would want constitutional succession, so they better provide for a transition that would mean that the president will step down in 2022,” Roque said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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