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Duterte to NPA: ‘Come down, spend the holidays with your loved ones’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A band of rebels going down the mountain (Photo screengrab from YouTube video).

A band of rebels are going down the mountain (Photo screengrab from YouTube video).

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a holiday ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA) as he invites the leftist group to leave their arms and come down to the city to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

As declared by the President, the holiday ceasefire will take effect from December 23 to 27 and on December 31st to January 2 and 3.

The President vowed that there will be no arrests on the course of the ceasefire.

“I guarantee you na walang aresto, walang oppression, wala sa lahat. At kung magsalubong kayo ng sundalo ng Pilipinas, sundalo ko, magkamay lang kayo. At pag-ayaw mo, huwag mo na lang tingnan,” he said.

(I guarantee you there will be no arrests, no oppression, no everything. And when you meet a soldier of the Philippines, my soldier, just shake hands. Or if you don’t want to, just don’t look at him.)

However, the President clarified that the ceasefire does not cover criminals, kidnappers and terrorist groups who usually operate and take advantage of the holiday season to commit lawless acts.

He also urged the Moro people to join the truce.

“It’s not your festivity…it’s ours Christians, and we would like you to share the moment with us,” invited Duterte.

The President made the declaration at the celebration of the 81st Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday. — Bryan de Paz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte has accomplished more than Arroyo and Aquino combined — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lowers the time capsule as he leads the grounbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Christine Villas at Brgy. Maria Cristina in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte on February 28, 2018. Assisting the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte presidency has achieved more in two years than the combined terms of the Arroyo and Aquino presidencies in terms of major policy reforms and flagship infrastructure projects, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

This was in response to former president now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo’s statement that the government should “produce tangible results” that will improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, there are three things that can attest to the accomplishments of the government under the Duterte administration: economic growth, inflation and infrastructure projects.

Compared with other administrations that came after the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, Diokno said it is apparent that the Duterte administration stands out based on its two years alone.

He explained that infrastructure spending in previous administrations only comprised two percent of the country’s gross domestic product unlike in the current government where it has reached more than six percent.

“We hit the ground running because every administration, we have one or two years to adjust,” said Diokno.

However, according to the research group IBON Foundation, the country’s inflation rate in 2018 was at its highest in 10 years.

“Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which continue to burden the poorest Filipino families,” the IBON Foundation said in a statement. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte signs PH’s HIV/AIDS policy into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018.

This law will strengthen the government’s policy against the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the president signed the policy on December 20 and thanked stakeholders and lawmakers for pushing the said law.

“We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS,” Panelo said.

Its passage is timely as the Philippines has the highest number of HIV cases in the Asia Pacific Region from  2010 to 2016.

Apart from extending the knowledge of the public on HIV and AIDS, the law aims to give proper solution, care and support to Filipinos diagnosed with HIV. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Cops prohibited from drinking in public — DILG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release an order that prohibits cops from drinking in public places.

Año said this in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive prohibiting police officers from drinking in bars, nightclubs and other
public areas.

The secretary said that senior police officials should serve as role models to their colleagues.

He added that the president is correct in saying the public loses respect for the police when they are seen drinking in public.

“Nakakahiya at masagwang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinuman sa publiko. The job of the police requires the respect of the people, therefore they must do what it takes to gain and maintain public trust,” Año said.

Violators of the new ordinance may face administrative charges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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