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Duterte to limit bodyguards of politicians

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to reinstate the Alunan Doctrine.  He made the statement when he led the recognition of 10 outstanding young men and women of 2016 in Malacañang yesterday.

“But I would like to announce, tutal nandito na rin kayo (since you’re already here), I will take this opportunity that I’m going back to the Alunan doctrine. Two or more armed guards is…more than two, rather, is a private army,” said President Duterte.

Alunan Doctrine was introduced by former interior and local government secretary, Rafael Alunan III who served during the administration of former President Fidel Ramos.

The doctrine aims to limit the number of bodyguards for each politician to only two, to prevent the establishment of private armies and avoid proliferation of loose firearms.

The chief executive explained why he wanted to reimpose the said doctrine.

“Remember that in the early days of my presidency, I fired almost nine police generals and so many mayors. Tinanggalan ko ng mga bodyguard (I removed their bodyguards) because sila ‘yung maging warlords na eh (they were on their way becoming warlords),” he said.

He added that these officials strut around pompously that even the military wouldn’t mess with them saying, “Si mayor yan eh” (Well, he’s the mayor).

The president maintained that two security aides are enough to defend a politician.

“If the two bodyguards cannot save you, then that is your destiny in this world. You will have to die some time. Do it earlier. It will spare the country of headache and maybe we can produce better citizens,” said Duterte.  — Aga Caacbay | UNTV News and Rescue

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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and China Pres. Xi Jinping (PCOO)

 

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to the Philippines by year-end is the latest sign of improving relations between the two countries.

Malacañang said that President Xi’s visit will take place after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November.

But prior to his visit, a deal on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea may possibly be forged.

This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the creation of a group that will study the proposal.

The Palace also expects Xi to visit Davao City, the home town of President Duterte.

“He was looking forward to visiting the Philippines and I remember in China, the President even invited him not just to come to the Philippines but to come to his house and have dinner in his house in Davao,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.

His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.

Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.

Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media

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Duterte submits proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget to Congress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)

 

President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday, July 23, the proposed national budget for 2019.

The budget which totals P3.757 trillion is the first cash-based budget proposal of the Duterte administration to Congress.

Government spending on infrastructure and human resource investments is also set to increase next year.

Malacañang is confident that Congress will pass the 2019 General Appropriations Acts on time.

“This is a test for the new House Speaker. Nonetheless we are confident that because this budget is intended to implement Build, Build, Build, which means more projects for congressmen and legislators as well, that it would be passed on time,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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