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Duterte directs PH embassies worldwide to open on weekends

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Philippine Embassy

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all Philippine embassies across the globe to open on weekends to further assist Filipino workers and residents.

During the President’s meeting with the Filipino Community in Singapore, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the President has ordered DFA to check on the operating hours of Philippine Embassies to know if such system will be applicable.

The directive, according to Cayetano, aims to extend consular services to more Filipino workers overseas who usually take their days off on weekends.

Based on government data, there are 10 million overseas Filipino workers scattered in 170 countries in the world. Over one million of them reside or work in the Middle East. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 Filipino workers killed in Saudi fire

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

Google Map: Saudi Arabia

 

Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a blaze that struck their  construction site in Saudi Arabia early Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement released Monday.

The victims were identified as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators employed by a major Saudi construction company that was working on a road project in Najran.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two victims died in their sleeping quarters at their jobsite located some 60 kilometers from Najran.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said after he was informed of the incident.

He added that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a team in Najran to work out arrangements with the employer for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them.

Although the fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, the Philippine Consulate is seeking confirmation from local authorities on the real cause of the fire. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on May 20, 2018

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted at firing another set of government officials including a “head of an agency” in the coming days due to allegations of corruption.

“I have fired and will fire tomorrow some more people. Mayroon pang isang head of agency,” he said.

The President made the announcement on Sunday, May 20, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Barangay Dos Hermanas in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

“When you are granted itong mga (these) free ports, then you begin to abuse by issuing so many franchises of gambling because it is in the franchise. Correct, it is in the franchise, but everything goes under a regulation. It’s just the right for you to operate within your directorate. But when you begin to issue gambling permits outside of your … mahirap iyong ganun (therein lies the problem),” Duterte added.

The President reiterated his dislike for gambling that’s why he wants to limit its operations in the country.

“Ako ayaw ko niyan kaya (I don’t like it) as much as possible we limit it. I do not want to quarrel with anybody. And I said that when you begin to do that, you insist on something which is wrong,” he said.

Mr. Duterte also warned against approaching his family members to gain favor. If that’s the case, the President stressed “consider it denied.” He cited an instance where he fired one official for consulting his sister about a transaction.

During his speech at the opening of the Philippine National Games 2018 at Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday, he mentioned that  two officials were using his name and the names of his common-law wife and children to solicit funds.

In a separate speech during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the oil and gas production facility of the Alegria oil field in Cebu last Saturday, the President said he might also fire the government corporate counsel but did not give further details.

“I just fired the — maybe I’ll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow,” he said.

Atty. Rudolf Philip Jurado is the current government corporate counsel whom the President appointed in April 2017. – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo

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Ousted Sereno dares Duterte to resign

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; President Rodrigo Duterte

 

PASIG CITY, Philippines – A fiercer former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dared President Rodrigo Duterte to resign a day after the Chief Executive said he would quit the presidency if anyone could prove that he had a role behind her ouster.

“Galing sa kaniyang bibig ang pag-amin na siya ang nagpasimula at nagpupursigi sa pagtanggal sa akin. Puwes ginoong pangulo, mag-resign ka na,” Sereno said during her speech in an event organized by “Manlaban sa EJK” and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Thursday, May 17.

(The admission came from his own mouth that he initiated and pursued my ouster. In that case Mr. President, you better resign.)

She cited Duterte’s marking of himself as her enemy in response to her question on why the solicitor general filed the ouster petition against her. She also criticized the President’s policies and described his alliance with China as worrisome as it implies that it serves as government’s protection to retain Duterte in power.

“Kung gayon naman po ang sinabi ng pangulo na hindi siya matatanggal sa pwesto kasi siniguro ni ginoong  Xi Jin Ping na hindi siya matatanggal pagkat siya ay po-protektahan, sana pala pumunta din ako kay ginoong Xi Jin Ping,” she said.

(If it is as the President said that Mr. Xi Jin Ping assured to protect his presidency, I should’ve gone to Mr. Xi Jin Ping as well.)

She also slammed the President for saying he does not prefer a politician or a woman to become the country’s next chief justice.

“Kailangan niyang i-respeto ang pantay na karapatan, oportunidad at estado sa buhay ng babae at lalaki,” she added.

(He needs to respect the equal rights, opportunities and social status of men and women.)

Sereno also maintained that only the Senate as the impeachment court has the sole power to remove an impeachable officer like her.

Malacañang, meanwhile, refused to comment on Sereno’s remarks saying she has the right to express her opinion as a private individual. — Mai Bermudez |
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