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Duterte on urgent call for Code of Conduct: ‘My country will be the first to suffer’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 15 November 2018 01:43 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his position that a code of conduct (COC) for South China Sea is urgent as China seemed to be unstoppable in its island and facility-building on the disputed territory.

The President said that being the newly assigned country coordinator for ASEAN-China Summit, he will try his best so that “everybody will know” that such reclamation activities require “radical changes in the laws governing international waters particularly the right of free passage or the right of innocent passage.”

The Chief Executive implied that China’s three-year bargain of negotiating for a COC might bring the friction among nations into something uncontrollable, that’s why a set of rules must be hammered as soon as possible.

“China is there. That’s a reality. America and everybody should realize that they are there. So if you just keep on creating friction, little friction, one day, a bad miscalculation could turn things, more fierce law. If anything could go wrong, it will go wrong,” the President noted during an interview before proceeding to the first Summit for the day on Thursday (November 15).

By friction, President Duterte means holding military activities that would only trigger a much larger problem.

He said it is pointless to use arms because “China is already in possession” of the disputed territory.

“It’s now in their hands, so why do you have to create frictions, strong military activity that will prompt a response from China?” he said.

President Duterte added that it is not his concern anymore if nations want to rage war against one another. However, he wants to make clear his interest in pushing for an urgent code of conduct.

“I do not mind everybody going to war, except that the Philippines is just beside those islands and if there’s a shooting there, my country will be the first to suffer. That is my only national interest there, nothing else,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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Duterte endorses 11 senatorial bets; drops Jinggoy Estrada

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 01:46 PM

Proclamation and Kick-off rally of PDP-Laban on February 14, 2019 in San Juan Del Monte, Bulacan

BULACAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte formally endorsed his senatorial line up for the 2019 midterm elections.

Five senatorial aspirants from the ruling party PDP-Laban made it to Duterte’s list.

They are named by the acronym – ‘MaBaGoKoTo”.

‘Ma’ stands for Mangudadatu referring to the Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu.

‘Ba’ stands for Bato referring to former PNP and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa.

‘Go’ stands for Go referring to former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go.

‘Ko’ is for Koko, the first name of reelectionist Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel;

‘To’ is for Tolentino, referring to former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino.

In addition to his five party mates, the President also named seven guest candidates on his lineup of senatorial bets.

They are Senators Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara and JV Ejercito; Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos; and music icon Freddie Aguilar.

Maraming bisaya dito. Kapag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,” the President said in jest during the initial campaign rally in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

“Salamat ha. Ako si Rodrgo Duterte. I am a government worker. Kaming lahat nasa gobyerno nagtratrabaho para sa inyo,” he said to the audience.

The senatorial hopefuls in return promised the President that his trust will not be in vain as they vowed to support the advocacies and programs of the government particularly in eliminating corruption and illegal drugs.

“Twenty-one (21) years po akong nagserbisyo kay Pangulong Duterte,at sa Pilipino. Asahan ninyo po serbisyo din po ang katapat niyan,” vowed Go.

Ang numero ko kasi sa balota 24 (so) bente kwatro oras na serbisyo, bente kwatro oras na proteksyon, na pagmamahal,” promised Dela Rosa.

Meanwhile, former senator Jinggoy Estrada’s name was notably missing from the President’s lineup of senatorial bets.

President Duterte did not even mention Estrada’s name during his speech, some observers said.

In an ambush interview following the campaign sortie, President Duterte said it was too late when he was informed about Estrada’s senatorial bid.

“Too late. They gave me the signal too late. Actually, about almost a year ago I was already forming the ticket,” he said.

Overall, Duterte has 11 senatorial candidates on his list for the 2019 midterm polls. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Nestor Torres)

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Duterte not seeking support from religious groups for admin bets – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:32 AM

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang defended President Rodrigo Duterte from critics who are claiming the President owes part of his presidential win from religious groups.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, even during President Duterte’s time as mayor of Davao City, he did not seek support from church leaders for himself and will definitely never do it for the admin candidates in the 2019 midterm polls.

“The President never asks help from any specific religion. What he does is he expresses himself and he tells us why he is doing this and that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang is appealing to all candidates to strictly abide by election policies to ensure an orderly, peaceful and honest elections in May.

“Every government, every administration, always appeals to the candidates to strictly observe the election laws. We have to have clean, honest, fair, credible elections,” Panelo noted.

He also assured that the President is not using any government fund to push the campaign of admin candidates.

What he is doing, Panelo stressed, are all verbal endorsements.

If ever an opposition candidate wins the election, Panelo said it does not infer that the President’s endorsement power is dwindling .

“It only means when an opposition candidate wins, it means an expression of the electorate telling them that we are putting you there to cooperate with this administration because we believe in this presidency, and not you to destabilize it,” the Presidential Spokesperson concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to fire two DAR officials over corruption

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. | ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted that he will fire two officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) due to corruption and negligence over a land reform application that was stalled for two years.

“Ah may tanggalin ako sa—dalawa — sa DAR. An application that was long delayed, two years sa opisina nila. That is corruption to me” the President said during the groundbreaking of a hospital in Malabon on Tuesday (January 29).

The Chief Executive warned the two to resign or face charges.

He added that he will not allow delays in the processing of documents unless the officials can justify them.

“I will ask them to resign or else I will file charges against them and I will see to it they will get their comeuppance,” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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