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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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Duterte has accomplished more than Arroyo and Aquino combined — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lowers the time capsule as he leads the grounbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Christine Villas at Brgy. Maria Cristina in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte on February 28, 2018. Assisting the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte presidency has achieved more in two years than the combined terms of the Arroyo and Aquino presidencies in terms of major policy reforms and flagship infrastructure projects, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

This was in response to former president now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo’s statement that the government should “produce tangible results” that will improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, there are three things that can attest to the accomplishments of the government under the Duterte administration: economic growth, inflation and infrastructure projects.

Compared with other administrations that came after the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, Diokno said it is apparent that the Duterte administration stands out based on its two years alone.

He explained that infrastructure spending in previous administrations only comprised two percent of the country’s gross domestic product unlike in the current government where it has reached more than six percent.

“We hit the ground running because every administration, we have one or two years to adjust,” said Diokno.

However, according to the research group IBON Foundation, the country’s inflation rate in 2018 was at its highest in 10 years.

“Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which continue to burden the poorest Filipino families,” the IBON Foundation said in a statement. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte signs PH’s HIV/AIDS policy into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018.

This law will strengthen the government’s policy against the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the president signed the policy on December 20 and thanked stakeholders and lawmakers for pushing the said law.

“We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS,” Panelo said.

Its passage is timely as the Philippines has the highest number of HIV cases in the Asia Pacific Region from  2010 to 2016.

Apart from extending the knowledge of the public on HIV and AIDS, the law aims to give proper solution, care and support to Filipinos diagnosed with HIV. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Cops prohibited from drinking in public — DILG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release an order that prohibits cops from drinking in public places.

Año said this in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive prohibiting police officers from drinking in bars, nightclubs and other
public areas.

The secretary said that senior police officials should serve as role models to their colleagues.

He added that the president is correct in saying the public loses respect for the police when they are seen drinking in public.

“Nakakahiya at masagwang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinuman sa publiko. The job of the police requires the respect of the people, therefore they must do what it takes to gain and maintain public trust,” Año said.

Violators of the new ordinance may face administrative charges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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