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Duterte assures safety of Korean businessmen in PH

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte during his first official visit to South Korea (photo courtesy of RTVM)


SEOUL, South Korea — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, June 5, assured that South Korean businessmen will be safe while they are in the Philippines.

He gave the assurance as the South Korean government extended a $6.6 million grant to enhance the capabilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which include vehicles and personnel training.

Duterte also admitted that the Philippines is facing numerous law and order problems and asked that he be given until the end of the year to reorganize the PNP.

The president added that he will appoint a representative who will process the documents of South Korean investors so they can avoid corruption.

Duterte also told them that he has fired several government officials linked to corruption. He urged South Korean businessmen to shun corruption by reporting Filipino government officials who ask for money.  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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Tugade allays flooding concerns amid construction of Sangley Airport

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

File photo: DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday allayed fears of flooding amid the ongoing construction of the Sangley Airport in Cavite.

During an inspection led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade at the construction site, he said there was no trace of flooding in the area despite rains that occurred overnight.

“Umulan ng malakas kagabi hanggang kaninang madaling araw, pero kita niyo naman, walang baha dito sa airport,” Tugade said in a statement posted on Facebook.

IN PHOTOS: DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection on the construction progress of Sangley Airport in Cavite…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, 13 June 2019

He also assured that the airport development will continue despite inconveniences to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: DOTr orders 24/7 construction of Sangley airport

Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to reduce congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Let us not see shadows when there is no sun. If we are all to answer the ‘perhaps’ and the ‘maybes,’ nothing will happen in this country,” he said.

“We should not stop development simply because we are afraid of future inconveniences. Bear in mind that the price of development is an inconvenience,” he added.

During Friday’s inspection, Tugade checked the completed asphalt overlay of the runway, as well as the ongoing construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the drainage system, and the hangars.

He also inspected an area for the landing berth of the ferry operations.

The DOTr reported that the construction of additional facilities at the Sangley Airport, which started last year and is now at 48.68% completion rate.

The inspection was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy.

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Lacson tells Duterte ‘a lifetime thank you’ for MUP pension increase

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson extended a ‘lifetime’ gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for approving the pension increase of some 220,000 retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government.

“On behalf of the 220,000 MUP retirees, let me say a lifetime ‘THANK YOU’ to PRRD for Joint Resolution No 1,” Lacson said on his tweet on Thursday (June 13).

“No other President has shown such concern for those who served and offered their lives for country and people. All we have to do is continue breathing for as long as we can,” the senator added.

Congress Joint Resolution No. 1 signed by the President authorizes an increase in the base pay of MUPs.

On Tuesday (June 11), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already released the pension requirements of retired MUPs under the Armed Forces of the Philippines-General Headquarters (AFP-GHQ), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Specifically, the DBM released P29.9 billion to the AFP-GHQ; P21.7 billion to the PNP; P1.9 billion to the BFP; and around P731 million to the BJMP.

“Accordingly, the recently released amounts already include the adjustment of the pension of the retired MUPs as indexed to the base pay scale of MUP in the active service covering the period June to December 2019 based on the available funds as certified by the Bureau of the Treasury,” the DBM said.

Senator Lacson and Senator Gringo Honasan co-authored the Senate Joint Resolution which authorizes the increase in the base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the government.

It was approved and signed as Congress Joint Resolution No. 01.  

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Duterte won’t interfere with House Speakership race —Palace

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday (June 13) said President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the House Speakership race prior to the start of the 18th Congress.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has “never endorsed” anyone for the House Speakership post and that he is leaving it to the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) Laban, to pick a choice.

“What they should do I think, the PDP Laban, what they should do is to have secret balloting and get the sentiments of the members,” Panelo concluded.

Among the contenders for House Speaker are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez; Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales; Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco; Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez; and Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano. – with reports from Rosalie Coz

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