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Duterte approves Filipino sign language law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Republic Act Number 11106 or the Filipino Sign Language Act.

The law declares Filipino sign language as the national language of the Filipino deaf and shall be used by the government in all transactions involving the deaf.

The law seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination against the Filipino deaf by using the Filipino sign language in schools, broadcast media and workplaces.

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Duterte warns election candidates: ‘Do not terrorize the voters.”

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018



BULACAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warns all election candidates not to terrorize or harass the voters in the upcoming 2019 midterm election.

‘Ke kasama kita sa gobyerno, o kasama kita sa partido o kalaban kita sa pulitika, do not terrorize, do not intimidate, do not create fear to the voters…kapag ginawa ninyo iyan ako mismo ang pupunta doon. At ako mismo ang mag-aresto sa iyo,” the President warned.

He also warned soliders and police not to favor any political candidate as expected from members of the government forces.

“Do not take sides, either for or against my party, huwag kayong makialam. Huwag kayong magkampanya at do not favor any candidate…that is the mandate of the Constitution and we will stick by it,” he said at an event in Bulacan on Monday (December 10).

Likewise, the President has ordered the military and the police to strictly implement the Alunan Doctrine which limits the number of armed guards for each election candidate.

‘Stick to the rule of two security in uniform. Two security lang dahil three would be, according to the Alunan Doctrine, three is already a private army. Kapag three, more than three, kunin mo yung baril, arestuhin mo. Dalhin mo sa station,” he stressed.

The Joint National Peace and Order Council has identified 15 areas that are considered election hotspots prior to the midterm polls – 9 municipalities in the Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); two in Region 5; and one each in Regions 2, 4a, 9 and 10.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson PCSupt. Benigno Durana Jr. said they are expecting the list to change as the day of the election is getting closer.

“The level of security threat may change overtime until the day of election mismo,” Durana concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestro Torres / Lea Ylagan)

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Duterte orders more troops to Jolo, Sulu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Armed Forces of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – There is no stopping President Rodrigo Duterte from sending more troops to Jolo, Sulu to put an end to terrorism and rebellion that have claimed the lives of thousands of Philippine soldiers.

Just recently, several soldiers have been killed and others injured after an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits.

“Now in a few days, I’m transferring one division sa Jolo na nagsawa na ako noong — a fortnight ago. Usap kami ni Del and I communicated to them my dis — parang my disappointment kung bakit ganun na sige na lang tayo namatayan ng apat, nakapatay tayo ng isa, makapatay ng apat. It’s an attrition thing and tatapusin na natin ‘yan. President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course in Davao City.

One division in the Philippine Army is composed of about four to six thousand soldiers, which according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, can still be augmented.

Lorenzana said they intend to regularly strengthen the presence of military troops in Jolo to eliminate all threats to peace and order in the area.

The government aims to yield positive outcome in two years’ time.

‘To have a permanent presence there. Ang complaint ng mga LGUs doon tsaka mga tao, they are reluctant to support us 100 percent dahil we come and go,” Lorenzana explained.

“Three infantry brigades and one marine brigade, that should be enough to pacify this. We will do this one year or two years,” the Defense Secretary assured. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to witness Balangiga bells’ arrival – Lorenzana

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: One of the historic Balangiga Bells | Photo courtesy: Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to witness the arrival and the formal turnover of the historic Balangiga bells at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Tuesday (December 11), according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Lorenzana said part of the program will be the signing of a document that will attest to the Philippines’ acceptance of the bells from the United States.

“I will go around with Ambassador Sung Kim [para] tingnan namin ang  bells (to take a look at the bells) . Then I will sign a document that I accepted the bells from them. Ibibigay ko sa kaniya (I will give it to him). There will be three speeches: one from Secretary Mattis, to be read by one of his representatives, then Ambassador Sung Kim, then me, tapos si Presidente (and finally the President). Initially sabi nila, hind magsasalita si Presidente (Initially they said the President will not be speaking). He will be there, sabi niya (he said),” Lorenzana said.

Photographs provided by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines last Saturday show the bells being pulled out from display and readied for transport from the U.S Air Force Bases in Cheyenne, Wyoming to the Philippines.

A Balangiga bell being prepared for transport . | Photo courtesy: US Embassy in Manila

After their arrival at Villamor Air Base, the bells will be transported back to their hometown in Balangiga, Samar on December 15.

The return of the bells marks a significant moment in the history of the Philippines and US relations.

Photo courtesy: US Embassy in Manila

“That will be a closure, yes. that will be a closure. Kasi (because) the first request or first longing for us to bring back the bell was made by the leader of those who attacked the Americans, by the name of Eugenio Daza in 1935, when he was still alive,” Lorenzana explained.

Meanwhile, negotiation is underway as to whether or not President Duterte will proceed to visiting the United States next year, now that the Balangiga bells have returned.

“Si President naman sinabi niya (the President has said), ‘I do not hate America. I just hate some of the people there.’ Pinag-uusapan na (its in the works), Ambassador Romualdez is here. He’s trying to talk to the President to go there next year,” the hopeful Defense Secretary said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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