Duterte orders DOJ, DPWH ASecs to resign over corruption allegations
by admin | Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the forced resignation of two assistant secretaries— his latest move to clear his government of corruption.
This was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque during a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, May 15.
“The president has advised two assistant secretaries to tender their resignations or face termination for corruption,” Roque confirmed.
The two officials were Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon and Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Tingagun Umpa.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Macarambon was reported to have intervened on behalf of suspected smugglers of gold and other precious jewelry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that Umpa may have been using and abusing his authority to receive commissions from contractors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Roque said they are leaving it to the Office of the Ombudsman to file the appropriate charges against the two officials while the Office of the President vowed to submit their findings to support the charges.
“Mayroon pong imbestigasyon na ginawa ang Department of Justice at ang Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, na pupwedeng gamitin ng Ombudsman sa kanilang mga imbestigasyon,” Roque concluded.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that Macarambon submitted his courtesy resignation on April 25, 2018.
However, the appointment of his replacement is still in process. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured that President Rodrigo Duterte will be the first to obey the newly-signed Republic Act 11313 also known as the Safe Spaces Act or ‘Anti-Bastos Law’.
“Since the president signed that law, it means he recognizes the need for that law and since he is the chief enforcer of all the laws of the Philippines, he will be the first one to obey the law,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Signed on April 17, 2019, the new law imposes stiffer penalties to crimes “committed through any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person regardless of the motive for committing such action or remarks.”
Among these acts include:
online sexual harassment
persistent unwanted comments on one’s appearance
relentless requests for one’s personal details
Likewise, the law prevents gender-based sexual harassment such as use of words, gestures or actions that ridicule sexual orientation, identity and/or expression from occurring in streets, public places, online workplaces, and educational and training institutions.
Penalties range from P1,000 to P500,000 fine, community service, and imprisonment of six days up to six months.
President Duterte has been criticized many times for his controversial remarks against women, but Panelo said those were all jokes, and definitely not sexual harassment against women.
“That particular law is penal in nature, meaning criminal in nature. In other words, the subject offended party must be offended personally by an offender,” the Presidential Legal Counsel explained.
“Pero kung general na nagkukwento, mao-offend ka? Paano mo sasabihing ikaw ang tinutukoy noon? May problema ka doon. (But he is just telling a story, in general, will you be offended? How can you tell that he was referring to you? Do you have problems with that?) How can you even charge him with what? How did they offend you? Did I refer to you? Papaano ka na? Dismiss agad iyon (How about you then? [The case] will be dismissed right away). Crime is personal to the offender,” he added.
Panelo added that persons who think they were offended by the President are always free to file a complaint once the President steps down from office.
“Any person can sue him for that violation. If you argue that, well, he is immune. Well, you can sue him after the presidency. No one is above the law, including this president and he always tells us that,” Panelo concluded. – with reports from Rosalie Coz
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the ‘Bawal Bastos’ act into law which penalizes cat-calling and other forms harassment in public places.
The Republic Act No 11313 or Safe Spaces Act was signed on April 17 and was released to the media on Monday (July 15).
Based on the newly signed law, there will be heftier penalties for acts of cat-calling, unwanted invitation, and sexist slurs.
“The state also recognizes that both men and women must have equality, security, and safety not only in private, but also on the streets, public spaces, online, workplaces, and educational and training institutions,” the law states.
Among the harassment acts include catcalling, wolf-whistling, unwanted invitations, misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist slurs; persistent uninvited comments or gestures on a person’s appearance; relentless requests for personal details, statement of sexual comments and suggestions; public masturbation or flashing of private parts, groping, or any unwanted advances. The law also covers online sexual harassment and cyberstalking.
There will be various penalties depending on the crime committed.
First degree offenses will face P1,000 fine for a first offense, including 12-hour community service and Gender Sensitivity Seminar.
Second degree offenses will face P10,000 fine for a first offense including 12-hour community service with Gender Sensitivity Seminar.
Third degree offenses will face 11-30 days imprisonment, for a first offense with P30,000-fine and attendance to Gender Sensitivity Seminar.—AAC
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