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DFA clarifies President Duterte’s absence in the ASEAN-UN Summit

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

 

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Malaysia Prime Minister Rajib Nazak Brunei Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen prior to the start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit Plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was not able to preside the ASEAN-United Nations Summit because of bilateral meetings.

The summit was scheduled at 8:15 Monday night but because schedule of events was hours late, the ASEAN-UN Summit started past 11 in the evening coinciding with the bilateral meetings of the chief executive.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said President Duterte had a series of bilateral meetings with other chief executives of Japan, Republic of Korea, India and Russia.

Bolivar said it was decided that Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano would represent the President in the ASEAN-UN Summit.

This was also the explanation of Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

Meanwhile, a US-Philippines joint statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs after the bilateral meeting of President Duterte and US President Donald Trump mentioned that both leaders condemn the unlawful nuclear weapons and missile development of North Korea.

Both sides also underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential and to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Meanwhile, President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the exchange of notes between the Philippine and Japanese agencies on the Metro Manila Subway Project, Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase 3 and other agreements on economic and social development program

President Duterte also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The two leaders want to enhance the bilateral cooperation on trade, business, and culture.

President Duterte also invited Prime Minister Modi to encourage Indian investors to invest in cheap but effective medicines in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, President Duterte thanked South Korea President Moon Jae-in because of South Korea’s support to Philippines products such as personal care products, seafoods, clothing, chemical and electronic products

He also convinced South Korea to invest in the Philippines in the sector of manufacturing, automotive, food production, processing, agribusiness, electronics and energy. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and China Pres. Xi Jinping (PCOO)

 

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to the Philippines by year-end is the latest sign of improving relations between the two countries.

Malacañang said that President Xi’s visit will take place after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November.

But prior to his visit, a deal on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea may possibly be forged.

This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the creation of a group that will study the proposal.

The Palace also expects Xi to visit Davao City, the home town of President Duterte.

“He was looking forward to visiting the Philippines and I remember in China, the President even invited him not just to come to the Philippines but to come to his house and have dinner in his house in Davao,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.

His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.

Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.

Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media

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Duterte submits proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget to Congress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)

 

President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday, July 23, the proposed national budget for 2019.

The budget which totals P3.757 trillion is the first cash-based budget proposal of the Duterte administration to Congress.

Government spending on infrastructure and human resource investments is also set to increase next year.

Malacañang is confident that Congress will pass the 2019 General Appropriations Acts on time.

“This is a test for the new House Speaker. Nonetheless we are confident that because this budget is intended to implement Build, Build, Build, which means more projects for congressmen and legislators as well, that it would be passed on time,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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