Countries offered help to quell terrorism in Mindanao – Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   February 1, 2019   •   2025

The scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu after twin explosions ripped through it on January 27, 2019. | Courtesy of
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MANILA, Philippines — Days after the deadly blasts that occurred at a church in Jolo, Sulu and a mosque in Zamboanga City, other nations have offered to help the Philippine government quell the growing terrorism network in the Mindanao region.

Among those that offered assistance are the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, China, and Russia.

The offer came after President Rodrigo Duterte declared an all-out war against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other enemies of the state.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the government welcomes the assistance offered by the international community.

“There’s no need for any asking for help, because they are already offering them, those support…weapons for instance, intelligence. So kung yun ang ibibigay sa atin, we will welcome it,” said Panelo.

Malacañang is also confident that the recent bombings in parts of Mindanao will not scare residents from casting their votes in the second plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The second BOL plebiscite had been scheduled for February 6 in some parts of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato.

The first voting was held last January 21 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, Basilan and Cotabato City.

“They’re saying na dahil nagkaroon ng pambobomba. Takot na takot ang mga tao. Hindi ba sabi nila, they’re going with their normal activity. They’re just alert now, vigilant and cautious. But they will vote,” Panelo concluded. – Rosalie Coz

Yulo, Petecio other athletes to meet with Duterte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Pole vaulter John Ernest Obiena, boxer Eumir Marcial, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio

Filipino athletes including gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio will meet President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (October 16), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“They will be meeting with the President. They will have a courtesy call,” Panelo said during the press briefing on Tuesday (October 15).

Yulo has won the gold medal in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship while Petecio clinched the gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championship featherweight division.

John Ernest Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Olympics, will also meet the president. Boxer Eumir Marcial will also join the three athletes in the courtesy call on Wednesday.—AAC

Malacañang said it will respect SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will abide by whatever the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Whatever the decision of the court, we should abide by it,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In 2016, Marcos accused Robredo of “massive cheating” in the 2016 elections.

He lost to Robredo by some 260,000 votes, but Robredo’s camp said her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the initial recount.

On Tuesday (October 14), the PET ordered the release of a report on the initial recount of votes.

“Hayaan ninyo na sila (Let them be). We’ll just wait and let the parties argue their case in court and PET will have to render its decision,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Panelo: We’re always proud every time a Filipino wins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

The Malacañang has lauded Filipino athletes including Carlos Yulo, Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio for their recent accomplishments in the world stage.

During a press briefing on Monday (October 14), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is always proud of all the achievements of Filipino athletes.

“We congratulate the gold medalists. We’re always proud every time a Filipino wins, even a bronze or silver medal,” he said.

Carlos Yulo took home the gold medal in the men’s floor exercise category of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday (October 12).

Yulo is the first Filipino who clinched gold in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

READ: Nesthy Petecio wins the gold, second Filipino World Champion in boxing

In boxing, Nesthy Petecio won the gold medal in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Sunday (October 13).

Meanwhile, Eumir Marcial won silver in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships last September.

“Isa lang ibig sabihin noon, magaling tayo kahit na every now and then (It only means one thing, that we are great—even if it’s just every now and then),” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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