Duterte: ‘I believe in women’s competence’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 25, 2018   •   2712


President Rodrigo Duterte


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, May 24, defended his recent remarks against women that drew flak from several rights groups.

In a speech in Davao City, the Chief Executive said he believes in the competence and capabilities of women but their excellence does not apply to all aspects of life.

The President mentioned this while he was asking female soldiers to leave Paquibato District in Davao due to the presence of the high presence of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels in the area.

Duterte also went on to explain why he preferred men over women on some government positions.

“Kaya ang mga babae kong sundalo pati pulis ayaw ko iyan sa bukid. You know kagaya ng — unlike men, kami, maliit pa lang suntukan, bakbakan, barilan diyan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence,” the President said.

(I don’t like female soldiers and police in the jungle. You know, unlike men, even as kids, we’re used to rough play, hitting each other. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset that is sometimes prone to violence.)

This month, pro women groups accused Duterte of discrimination after he said in public that the next ombudsman should not be a woman.

“Mag-nominate sila pero (They may nominate, but) I choose — Gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya (I want people to be impressed by that person’s integrity). Of course, it could not be [a politician]. Lalo na hindi babae (especially not a woman),” Duterte said in an interview in Malacañang on May 16.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) explained that based on the Magna Carta for Women, men and women should be given equal rights and opportunities, even in political aspect.

“The Magna Carta for Women says that in the bureaucracy government, there should be 50:50 gender balance incremented, increase in women being appointed to managerial positions,” said Emmerline Verzosa, the Executive Director of PCW.

But for law expert Atty. George Erwin Garcia, the emphasis on the issue should be placed on the qualification of the person appointed to a certain post.

“Sa bandang huli ang mas papasok diyan ay iyong diskresyon ng mag a-appoint whether ang piliin niya ay isang lalake o isang babae o kaya ay iyong tinatawag na 3rd sex. Wala tayong magagawa doon diskresyon yun lalong lalo na ng ating pangulo,” Garcia concluded.

(In the end it depends on the discretion of the one who will appoint: whether he will choose a man, woman or the so-called third sex.  We cannot do anything about it, that is the discretion of the president.) – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte orders stricter road safety checks after South Cotabato mishap

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered stricter implementation of road safety checks after a private truck fell into a ravine in South Cotabato on Tuesday (September 17).

Based on reports, 21 people were killed while 14 others were injured due to the South Cotabato mishap.

According to the Department of Transportation (Dotr), officials from several departments had a meeting with the president on Wednesday (September 18).

The chief executive has ordered to intensify roadworthiness checks, improve driver’s licensing requirements, periodic drug testing, and financial capability checks for operators.

“The chief executive pushed for the urgent nationwide implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) to improve the level of safety and security of passengers,” the Dotr said in a statement on Facebook.

Duterte has also emphasized that private vehicles used beyond their legitimate purpose should be banned.

Vehicles should also have proper road safety equipment and facilities while operators who do not have the financial capability for safety improvements should cease to operate.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department will improve on road safety through various programs including Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).

“Ilang buhay na naman ‘ho ang nawala sa atin. Itigil na ang kawalan ng disiplina. Itigil na ang pagiging pabaya sa kalsada. Sa utos ng ating Pangulo, sisikapin naming masiguro na tanging mga roadworthy vehicles lang ang bibiyahe sa kalsada, at lahat ng driver ay may sapat na kaalaman at disiplina sa pagmamaneho, (Several lives have already been lost. Let us stop the lack of discipline. Stop recklessness on the road. According to our President’s order, let us strive to ensure that only roadworthy vehicles should operate and all drivers should have discipline in driving),” Tugade said.—AAC

‘Tracker team’ all set for deployment as Duterte’s surrender deadline for heinous crime convicts passes

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s surrender deadline for heinous crime convicts freed through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) will be until midnight of Thursday (September 19).

After which, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy its tracker team to chase those who refuse to yield to the President’s call.

According to National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) Chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, out of 1,914 heinous crime convicts released under GCTA, a total of 202 reside in Metro Manila.

From that number, only 26 surrendered.

Therefore, a total 176 convicts remain at large and they are the target of the NCRPO’s tracker team.

“All the tracker teams natin of the 176 targets in Metro Manila, they will start their manhunt at 12 o’ clock. They are distributed in the 26 police station,” Eleazar said.

“Within 6 hours from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock all the 176 addresses, lahat iyon ay pupuntahan ng tracker teams natin, (They will all be chased by our tracker teams,)” he added.

Eleazar said they want to arrest their targets alive as much as possible.

“We want to get them alive, but kung mayroong (but in the event of) aggressive behavior on their part, of course, we have to defend ourselves,” he explained.

The official warned to file appropriate charges against those convicts who would refuse arrest.

Earlier today, four convicts surrendered to the NCRPO though their names were not included in the list of GCTA-freed convicts of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

All they wanted, they said, was to make sure their lives are safe.

They are now under the custody of the BuCor. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte certifies passage of 2020 national budget as urgent

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the proposed P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget as urgent.

According to his letter dated September 17 addressed to the Senate and the House of Representatives, he wants the immediate passage of the proposed national budget to “maintain continuous government operations.”

“Ensure the budgetary preparedness that will enable the government to effectively perform its constitutional mandate,” the letter stated.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the president certified the proposed 2020 national budget as urgent to avoid a repetition of last year’s delay which affected several economic programs of the administration.

“He [Duterte] wants the members of Congress [to know] the importance of passing the budget on time to avoid a repeat of last year’s delay of its passage that wreak havoc in the economic program of the administration, and affected the delivery of basic services to the people,” he said in a statement.—AAC


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