MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte still believes in former Bureau of Correction (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon despite his dismissal order.
For one, President Duterte noted Faeldon’s action of informing the President about a warehouse that stored billions of pesos worth of cigarette with fake tax stamps when he was still head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
That incident prompted the manufacturer to pay the government P37-B in tax.
This is one reason why despite the controversy that hounded the BuCor including the irregularities in conducting the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), President Duterte’s trust in Faeldon remains.
“Faeldon is a decent man. I still believe in him. There was a time when a businessman owned three warehouses filled with cigarettes with fake stamps,” the President said last Friday (September 6) at the groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying for the Naga permanent housing project.
“It was Faeldon who told me about it,” he added.
Malacañang clarified that it was not due to corruption that Faeldon was fired from office but because of disobeying the President’s order.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo noted, however, that Faeldon is not yet cleared as the Office of the Ombudsman is set to begin its investigations.
The Palace Spokesman added that it is the President who will decide whether or not to reappoint Faeldon to a different government position. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to seek justice for football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven who were killed by a landmine blast in Masbate City on Sunday (June 6).
In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President has heard the plea of the victims’ families.
“Nangako ang Pangulo na masusi itong iimbestigahan at pagbabayaran ang may mga sala,” he said.
(The President vowed to thoroughly investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators accountable)
“Pwede pong hulihin, litisin at parusahan ang mga taong gumamit ng pasabog na ito kahit saang parte ng daigdig because what they did po was a crime against the international community. Mariin namin itong kinukundena,” Roque added.
(Those who use landmines can be can be arrested, put on trial, and punished in any part of the world because what they did was a crime against the international community. We deeply condemn the act.)
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Tuesday took responsibility for the incident and expressed their remorse “over the untimely and unnecessary deaths.”
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that Keith and Nolven also sustained gunshot wounds.
Based on the necropsy report of the City Health Office in Masbate City, Keith also sustained a gunshot wound on the right eye while Nolven sustained a gunshot wound on the right shoulder blade and on the left lateral distal thigh. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.
The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.
“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”
“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) assures it will provide enough assistance to teachers as well as students amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
DepEd Usec. Annalyn Sevilla, during a public briefing on Thursday (May 20), said the department, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), will procure laptops for 68,500 personnel. The allocated budget for the laptop procurement is P2.4 billion, covered under the Bayanihan to Recover as One or Bayanihan 2 Law.
The department will also allot P1.2 billion for mobile or internet load. Sevilla hopes this assistance will be distributed by June.
Sevilla said the department is also waiting for the passage of the Bayanihan to Arise as One or Bayanihan 3 Law to provide more help to educators and students amid the pandemic.
“Tayo po ay naghihintay ng susunod pa sa Bayanihan 3 Law para sa iba pang financial assistance,” she said.
(We are waiting for the Bayanihan 3 Law for other financial assistance.)
The DepEd official reported that under the Bayanihan 2 Law, the department has received P4.3 billion budget for financial assistance.
DepEd also allotted P200 million for DepEd TV, P50 million for DepEd radio, and P150 million for self-learning modules.
Around P300 million budget will be used for students’ subsidies and allowances. -AAC
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