Duterte hints at firing another gov’t official over corruption

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2018   •   3050

(FILE PHOTO) President Rodrigo Duterte

 

MANILA, Philippines – After Wanda Teo, President Rodrigo Duterte hinted that another government official would be removed from office due to reports of corruption.

Speaking before an audience in Malacañang on Wednesday at the presentation of new generation currency banknotes and coins by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the President said that after Teo’s resignation, “there’s another one coming up.”

 

Since the President took office, a number of public officials have been sacked from their positions. Some of those he fired due mostly to junketeering and diversion of public funds were, named publicly.

“You know if you go to other places to attend important meetings that would — may affect the country, I would appreciate it…Pero kung climate change dito sa Brussels, then climate change sa Tokyo, climate change dito sa Indonesia…You have spent millions for that and I do not see any improvement,” Duterte said.

Nevertheless, the President said it saddens him that the people who urged him to run for presidency are the first ones to be dismissed.

“But you know if you’d notice, karamihan noong nawala sa akin (most of those who were fired) are really the very first person who — I’m very sad that they are the very first to go,” he said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Palace on Duterte’s motorcycle accident: ‘Nothing to worry about’

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Bong Go confirmed on Thursday (October 17) that President Rodrigo Duterte figured in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday night while doing rounds inside Malacañang complex.

But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained that the President has already parked his motorcycle when he fell off the vehicle.

“The President was reaching for his shoe when he fell off his motorcycle that resulted in a minor injury, particularly light bruises and slight scratches, to his elbow and knee,” Panelo said.

According to Panelo, the President is now resting in his official residence.

“We assure our people that the President is fine, and his recovery entails no major medical procedure,” the Palace spokesperson concluded.

NCRPO records low crime rate in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.

“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.

Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.

“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during 2nd state visit in Russia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will speak in Valdai business forum in Sochi, Russia as part of his second state visit in Russia from October 1 to 5.

This will be the first time a Philippine leader will speak in the said forum where other world leaders and top Russian officials are also invited. The theme of the business forum is about “The World Order Seen from the East.”

Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant of Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the President will talk about his perspective of the world order and its relation to Philippine foreign policy.

“He is expected to give his perspective or vision of the world order as it is emerging right now and how this relates to Philippine foreign policy. Of course, we can surmise that the President will include in his statement an explanation of his independent foreign policy,” he said.

President Duterte will visit Russia for the second time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss several bilateral agreements between the two countries.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) European Affairs Asec. Maria Amelit Aquino the visit aims to bolster the 40-year tie between the Philippines and Russia.

“The relations are really being intensified and we have formal platforms, relations have really improved compared to the last 40 years,” she said.

The president will also speak at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a leading institution for diplomats in Russia as well as meet the Filipino community in the country.

Around 7,000 Filipinos are currently working in Russia and most of them are in the household service and energy industry.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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