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Duterte, De Lima among the 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima belong to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

President Duterte is under the leaders’ list while Senator De Lima is under the icons’ list.

Presidential Spokesperson Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said the fact remains that President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption is still supported by most Filipinos.

On the other hand, Malacañang also reacts to the inclusion of Senator De Lima in the list.

Abella said Time magazine has failed to clarify that Senator De Lima was arrested and detained.

Abella added that a court determined probable cause to hear her case on her alleged involvement in illegal drugs operation and not because of her criticisms against the administration.

Meanwhile, the lady senator appreciates the recognition of Time magazine that gives weight to her fight for justice. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PH drug war meant to protect human rights of innocent citizens — Malacañang

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

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In line with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Duterte administration reiterated anew that the government continues to honor human rights in the country.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in a statement said the government remains relentless in its war against criminality, corruption, terrorism, rebellion and illegal drugs, in an effort to protect the human rights of law-abiding citizens.

He added that the Duterte administration is determined to improve the quality of life of Filipinos through the effective implementation of programs related to education, health management, food supply, housing, employment and other basic services. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte mulls over formation of own hit squad vs NPA rebels

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

 

President Duterte gestures during his speech at Camp Raja Sikatuna in Bohol

 

BOHOL, Philippines — In his speech last night at Camp Raja Sikatuna in Bohol,President Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering forming his own hit squad to combat the Special Partisan Unit (SPARU or sparrow) of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Ngayon ang kulang talaga is ang ‘sparrow’ ko rin. Diyan lang man sila makalamang, sa bukid fight man yan. So mag-create ako ng sparrow — Duterte Death Squad against the SPARU,” he said.

The sparrow unit is known as the communist rebels’ hit squad during the regime of the late president Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980’s.

Last March, Duterte noted that there seems to be a resurgence of the NPA’s sparrow units.

“I will match their talent also for assassinating people. May armas yan sigurado…iyon ang balak ko,” Duterte said.

According to the President he will recruit former NPA members who have returned to the government fold to form his proposed hit squad.

The President’s statement comes amid continuing friction between the government and communist rebels, whose peace negotiations fell through in 2017 over continued attack on state troops.

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman, Joma Sison slammed the President’s plan, calling it a “dangerous proposal” that will bestow power upon the military to liquidate civilians suspected of being NPA members.

Sison also clarified that the communist rebels’ sparrow units had long been defunct.

Meanwhile, the President is also planning to deploy a bigger military force in Jolo, Sulu to counter the forces of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.

“Talagang isang division ilagay ko, not only a company, not only a battalion, not a regiment — but I’m going to place an entire division for the islands towards Sabah,” Duterte said.

The deployment of additional military forces in Jolo comes after the death of five soldiers and wounding of several others in a deadly encounter with the terrorist group. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte sacks HUDCC Sec. Gen. Millar due to corruption allegations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Atty. Falconi V. Millar. | Image from Task Force Bangon Marawi via Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi Millar due to corruption allegations.

This was announced ahead by Malacañang and later on confirmed by President Duterte in his speech during the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal on Thursday (November 22).

“Just before I left my office, I signed a dismissal order noong Sec-Gen ng Housing, a certain Millar. Binabasa kong resume kanina at tinitingnan ko ang termination, and what deep shit the guy has created for him. Valedictorian sa law class and everything, but I don’t know… Somehow along the way I’ve been with government, public prosecutor, a fiscal. Then as mayor for 23 years, marami akong nakita. Along the way, corruption creeps in. And mahirap talaga, you know, when you are there, sec-gen, you have the power, you have the authority. You can do corruption, and it can corrupt you, give you a little… it corrupts you absolutely. So power of corruption, and sometimes it is really… You want your money to go to your pocket. Almost every day. That’s the sad story about this government. Worker for government,” the President said.

However, there are no details provided regarding the corruption allegations against Millar.

Millar was a member of Task Force Bangon Marawi tasked by the President to lead the rehabilitation of Marawi City. – UNTV News and Rescue

 

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