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Descendants seek state funeral national hero Andres Bonifacio

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

MANILA, Philippines — Thursday marked the 154th birthday of Filipino hero, Gat Andres Bonifacio.

Every year, the celebration of the birthday of the supreme leader of the Katipunan is held at Monumento Circle, on which, according to historical accounts, the cry of Pugad Lawin or the Cry of Balintawak took place that triggered the Filipino revolution against the Spanish colonizers.

Present in the celebration were the relatives and descendants of Bonifacio.

In this year’s commemoration, the remaining relatives of Gat Andres Bonifacio seek to have a state funeral for him.

“Kulang kasi sa political lobbying eh. Walang lumalaban para… well meron, may nakabinbin na mga resolusyon pero hindi ganoon kasikat ang yung isyu o hindi rin ganoon kalakas ang suporta,” said Bonifacio’s great-great-grandson, Paolo Bonifacio.

(There’s not enough political lobbying. No one is fighting for…well, there is…there are pending resolutions but the issue is not as popular or the support is not as strong.)

President Rodrigo Duterte was not present at the celebration but other government officials like Vice President Leni Robredo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana graced the event.

The Vice President did not give a speech during the event, of which the keynote speaker was Secretary Lorenzana.

The Defense Chief said the spirit of what Bonifacio fought for remains very alive until Thursday. He also calls on Filipinos to try their best to maintain it.

Lorenzana also notes that this day will serve as a reminder to all Filipinos to fight for what is right, like what Bonifacio did when he was still alive.

“In out battle against today’s challenges we may draw inspiration from Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan and the revolution that spark hope for the Filipinos, may we also live our everyday lives with the ideas of valor, patriotism and the love of country,” Lorenzana said. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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Malacañang expects BBL passage before end of May

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a draft of the newly proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Joining the President are (from left) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang expects that Congress will approve and pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next week.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque confirmed Thursday, May 24, that a copy of the bill has already been forwarded to the Office of the President.

“Before end of the month, dahil iyon din ang ipinangako ng liderato ng Kongreso. Hindi po sila magre-recess nang hindi naa-aprubahan ang BBL,” said Sec. Roque.

(Before end of the month, because that is what the leadership of Congress promised. They will not go on recess until the BBL is approved.)

When asked if its ready for the President’s signature, he replied, “Certainly. Before they adjourn sine die (on May 30).“

President Rodrigo Duterte previously said that he wants to make sure that both versions of the two chambers of Congress are similar before he certifies the bill as urgent.

The government also expressed confidence that the proposed legislation has the support of concerned stakeholders such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF,) the Lumads and even the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF.)

Still, the Duterte administration is leaving the passage of BBL to Congress in hopes that it will resolve the decade-long conflict in Mindanao.

“We’re holding them to their promise. Kasi wala namang dahilan para hindi sila ma-meet ang (there is no reason for them not to meet the) deadline. I understand, nagkaroon sila ng (they had an) all-members caucus in the House and it was agreed that it will be passed before they go on break,” Roques added.

However, the Senate is likely to remove what they call “unconstitutional provisions” of the proposed BBL. Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the senators are still having a careful study on the bill’s budget, special powers and opt-in provisions. The Senate also considers the name of the proposed Bangsamoro Region as a complicated issue that needs to be discussed.

“Kasi ang nakalagay sa Constitution, ARMM. Ito ang sinasabi ng ibang kasama namin na Moro nation, Bangsa-moro,” Sotto explained.

(It says in the Constitution: ARMM. This what some of our members refer to as Moro nation, Bangsa-moro.)

The Senate targets to finish deliberation and eventually approve its own version of the BBL by next week.

“In the Senate, I think we will able to come up with a conservative but well-crafted proposal for a Bangsamoro law. The House is much closer to what the BTC submitted,” the Senate president said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte thanks Kuwait, says ‘We’re okay now’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018


President Rodrigo Duterte


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was pleased to announce that the Philippines’ is “okay now with Kuwait.”

This, after a controversial rescue mission of distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the Gulf State induced an unwanted episode in the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

The President thanked the Kuwaiti government for signing the labor agreement on the protection of OFWs in their country.

“I’d like to thank officially the Kuwait government for giving us these conditions, which would better place in a more —  maski konting kaligayahan lang naman sa mga OFWs (at least provide a little happiness to OFWs),” the President said during the Philippine Navy’s 120th anniversary on Tuesday, May 22.

Mr. Duterte expressed appreciation to Kuwait for granting several conditions he set for the protection of OFWs which include a day off once a week.

The signing of the agreement prompted the President to order the total lifting of deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang urges Ombudsman to probe sacked officials over corruption

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018


Malacañang Palace


MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman is urged to probe government officials whom President Rodrigo Duterte recently fired due to allegations of corruption.

“The Ombudsman should look into it because as I said the Ombudsman has the constitutional mandate to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if they should be charged in court for violating the anti-graft law,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, May 22.

On Monday, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano resigned from his post following the controversial “Buhay Carinderia” project.  Roque couldn’t confirm if the President asked Montano to resign.

Prior to Montano’s resignation, the President sacked former Transportation Assistant Secretary for Railways Mark Tolentino for consulting a presidential sister on certain transactions involving the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP).

Other officials whom President Duterte dismissed from office were Wanda Teo of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Moslemen Macarambon of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tingagun Umpa of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Meanwhile, Malacañang is giving Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat the free hand to implement “internal cleansing” within the DOT following the controversies involving its former head, Wanda Teo.

Roque said Romulo-Puyat has the authority to create her own management team who will work on the agency’s projects. He added that the President is “very pleased” with the actions on Romulo-Puyat especially in curbing corruption in DOT.

“She was appointed with the expressed mandate to do good and to fight corruption and she is doing just that. The President is very pleased,” Roque said.

Roque said the President also supports Puyat’s call for additional state auditors to investigate all projects and contracts entered into by the DOT.  — Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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