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Duterte orders NFA to buy more rice from local farmers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

 

Pres. Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy more rice locally.

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino rice farmers are now assured of opportunity to market their yield as President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy more rice locally.

On his Facebook page, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol confirmed that the President on Monday directed the NFA to buy more rice from local farmers.

He ordered Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to provide funds for the agency’s rice procurement program to increase its inventory of buffer stock to 60 days from the current 15 days. This is to ensure the country sufficient rice supply.

The Chief Executive also directed the NFA to increase its buying price of local palay from the current P17 per kilogram in order to stock up the agency’s rice inventory. This is to prevent a spike in the prices of commercial rice in markets due to lowering of rice buffer stock in NFA warehouses.

The President gave his directive last night as he presided over the NFA Council meeting for the first time. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to attend 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine National Police (PNP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp BGen. Rafael Crame in Quezon City on April 19, 2018, reassures the entire police force that his administration will continue to enhance their capabilities, modernize their equipment, promote their welfare and take care of their families. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to attend the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore next week.

Singapore is this year’s ASEAN chair led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The event, which will be held from April 25 -28, will bring together leaders of the ASEAN member states to discuss various regional and international issues. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Guerrero as Marina administrator

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Former AFP chief of staff Rey Guerrero.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former AFP chief of staff Rey Guerrero as administrator of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

During the change-of-command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday, the President said the position has long been vacated since the dismissal of Marcial Amaro III due to junkets.

“I had to extend your services because of the ongoing war in Mindanao, specifically ‘yung (the) Marawi. Kaya ‘yung MARINA, ‘yung director, ang silya doon multo na ang nakaupo (Over at MARINA, the long vacated director’s seat has been occupied already by a ghost ). It’s about time na (that) you report to that office by next week perhaps,” Mr Duterte said.

Mr. Duterte praised Guerrero for his accomplishment in the AFP specifically the increase in number of rebel surrenderers during his tour of duty.

Meanwhile, the President expressed confidence “that the AFP will continue to move forward in the right direction” under the leadership of Guerrero’s successor, Lt. Gen Carlito Galvez. —Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte admits ordering probe on Australian missionary Patricia Fox

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Australian nun Patricia Fox (Left) and President Rodrigo Duterte (Right)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte admitted Wednesday that he personally ordered to investigate Australian nun, Patricia Fox for “disorderly conduct.”

He added that he “takes full responsibility” for the missionary’s temporary detention.

“It was upon my orders implemented by the Bureau of Immigration…I take full responsibility legal or otherwise for this incident. I ordered her to be investigated, not deported at once, not arrested but to invite her to an investigation for a disorderly conduct,” Mr. Duterte said.

In his speech during the change-of-command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Wednesday, the firebrand president accused Fox of attacking his government, particularly the Duterte administration’s human rights record.

The controversial President suggested that instead of “badmouthing” his government, Fox should focus on Australia’s problems on refugees and how her government treats them.

“Ikaw madre (You, nun), why don’t you criticize your own government? The way you handled the refugees hungry and dying and you turned them back to the open sea. And now you’re getting rid of the natives there and refugees in an island. Bakit hindi ka magyak-yak doon (Why don’t you do your yacking over there)?” Duterte said.

He added that Fox’s attacks on his administration constituted a “violation of sovereignty.” He added that those who think and act the same should be barred from entering the Philippines.

“Beginning today, I will decide who gets in, who gets out. You want to question that, you go to court and I will follow. But until then, you do not mess up with the sovereignty of this country,’ Duterte concluded. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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