Duterte orders all-out-war on Abu Sayyaf terrorists
Marje Pelayo • January 29, 2019 • 3132
MANILA, Philippines – Angered by the twin blasts that killed government men and civilians in Jolo, Sulu, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to rage an all-out-war against the Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
The President said the military may utilize all its assets and equipment to neutralize the enemies of the state and make sure to protect the civilians.
“Ibig sabihin ni presidente, we will pursue them to the ends of the earth. Tutugisin niya ang lahat ng mga kriminal hanggang sa dulo ng daigdig,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said speaking of the President’s statement during a visit to the blast site on Monday (January 28).
Meanwhile, Malacañang defended the government from critics who blames the administration for the bloodshed despite the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao and the military’s prior knowledge of the terror threat.
“Kapag determined ang killer tsaka bomber, kahit anong bantay mo malulusutan ka. Pero kung plano nila ay sampu, hindi pwedeng makalusot ang sampu. Sa madaling sabi, lahat ng preventive steps, gagawin ng AFP para hindi maulit ang nangyari doon,” Panelo explained.
Currently, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has heightened its alert status in different parts of the country particularly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and in Metro Manila.
“You have to secure the entire Philippines, kasi kung may nangyari dun, baka may mangyari din (dito). Alangan namang mag-antay ka pa, so gagawa ka na ng preventive measures,” Panelo assured. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 27) fulfilled one of his most important tasks as head of the country despite the risks of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
He opted to deliver his SONA personally at the Batasang Pambansa despite heavy rain and several reports of COVID-19 positive test results among some of the event’s supposed attendees.
The ceremony was obviously a deviation from the Congress’ decade-long tradition: no prior meet-up with the Senate and House leaders, no fancy welcoming rites, no live performers and no handshakes.
The President went straight to the plenary upon his arrival and after the opening numbers, he went on to deliver his report to the nation.
His speech lasted for about an hour and 40 minutes.
During his SONA, President Duterte asked the Congress to pass significant legislation that he believes are necessary in helping his administration propel the country even amidst the ongoing challenges.
One of which is the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes.
“I reiterate the swift passage of reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Acts of 2002,” he said in his speech stressing the dangers illegal drugs cause to an individual and families.
Likewise, he asked Congress to immediately enact the Bayanihan Two so that assistance to sectors most affected by the pandemic will be delivered right away and funds will be made available for the procurement of additional medical equipment that will augment the country’s healthcare system.
“I hope that we can get some or the same treatment of clarity, purpose and the fastness to support the passage of the Bayanihan [to Recover as One Act], which will supplement funds for recovery and response against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Aside from these two priority bills, the President enumerated several legislation which he wants Congress to deliberate and pass soon.
These include the passage of the:
Corporate Recovery And Tax Incentives For Enterprises (Create) Act
Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer Or Fist Act
Establishment of the Department Of Overseas Filipinos
National Land Use Act
Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund
Advanced Nursing Education Act
After his SONA, the President immediately left the Batasang Complex and went back to Malacañang. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reiterated that mass gathering is still prohibited even during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The reminder was issued following numerous requests made to the department from groups who want to conduct protest rallies during the President’s SONA on Monday (July 27).
In an advisory released by the DILG, the department reminded local government units (LGU) to prohibit mass gatherings, following the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said they will strictly monitor and will apprehend anyone who will violate the IATF policies during SONA.
“Base sa instruction and guidelines na kapag may mag-rally doon na bawal at lalo na kapag walang permit at goes beyond the authorized number, aarestuhin talaga sila, (Based on the instruction and guidelines, if a group stages a rally without a permit and goes beyond the authorized number, they will be apprehended),” according to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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