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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 appoints Antonio Kho as Comelec Commissioner

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho as a new commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday (July 13)

Kho, who is a bar topnotcher from San Beda College of Law and President Duterte’s fraternity brother, now completes the seven-man commission. – UNTV News and Rescue

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186 local officials stripped of police powers under Duterte admin – DILG

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported on Friday (July 13) that 186 local officials have been stripped of supervisory powers over the police in their areas of jurisdiction since President Rodrigo Duterte came into office.

According to DILG Officer-In-Charge Eduardo Año, the said local officials have been deprived of police authority because of their involvement in illegal drug trade and failure to curb terrorist activities in their areas. From the said number, eight were governors while 178 were city and municipal mayors.

Meanwhile, ten local executives have been killed so far under the Duterte administration. Three of whom have established links in the illegal drug trade.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said that based on their investigation, the common reasons for crimes against local officials are politics, business, and a love triangle. Densing  suspects that some criminals are taking advantage of the government’s war on drugs to divert public’s sentiments and attention.

“Parang may sumasakay na “Pagkakataon na natin itong patayin ang ating kalaban kasi may namatay doon para i-link doon.” Para kunwari base sa drugs. But for the information of everybody prior to the killing of Mayor Halili, of the 10 killings of the LCE that were killed in the past  two years, tatlo lang po ang may koneksyon sa ilegal na droga,” Densing said.

To date, a total of 156 local officials have been suspended or dismissed for charges of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, neglect of duty, abuse of authority and other irregularities.

The DILG said this proves the effectiveness of the agency’s measures in line with President Duterte’s campaign against errant and corrupt public officials.

“By offering the public mechanisms to report complaints, such as the Hotline 8888 and the Office of the President itself, we were able to investigate and file cases against local officials alleged to be abusive or not performing their job in accordance with their mandate,” Año explained in a statement. – Bernard Dadis / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte signs stronger Anti-Hazing Act

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

 

AEGIS JURIS. Ten fratmen in Atio hazing case voluntarily surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (file photo)

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday (July 11) the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 which strictly prohibits all forms of hazing among fraternities, sororities and any school organization, offices, and uniformed learning institution.

The amended law expanded the definition of the term “hazing” to include “physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury inflicted on a recruit, neophyte, applicant or member as part of an initiation rite or a requirement for continuing membership in a fraternity or sorority or organization.”

The amended law also provides harsher penalties as those who planned or participated in the hazing will face a penalty of reclusion perpetua and a P3M fine if the hazing resulted to death, rape, mutilation or sodomy, thus amending the previous measure which merely regulates it. Also, the new law penalizes attempts to cover up the hazing activities.

The Anti-Hazing Acts of 2018 strengthens the existing Anti-Hazing Act of 1995 which was criticized for being toothless, with only one conviction since it was enacted into law 23 years ago.

It has been 10 months since the death of UST Law Student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III after a hazing initiation by members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity.

Though the suspects in the case are now behind bars, his parents still grieve for the loss of their only son.

 “I know he’s not coming back for us. Parang tumigil ang time. I was wishing na sana noong time na iyon sana classes were called up siguro or sana na flat tire ako or sana that day umulan para hindi sana natuloy because hindi ko alam mapapahamak ang anak ko. I had no idea the next day na ang susunod kong malalaman ay patay na sya,” said Atio’s father, Horacio Castillo Jr.

“In the morning paggising namin kulang pa rin. Iyong. “Ma, gisingin mo ako ng six may klase ako.” Wala nang nagsasabi ng ganon, Iyon ang mahirap for us. Masakit sa amin. Apat lang kami. It’s always 4 of us lang. Ngayon nabawasan pa kami ng isa. Talagang miss na miss namin sya,” said Carmina, Atio’s mother.

Despite what happened to their son, Carmina still looks at the positive side of school organizations such as fraternity. However, she said, hazing should not be used as a measure of someone’s loyalty to the group.

 “Iyong nature of brotherhood para iyang barkada mo. Pero ang ganitong organization sasali ka just to prove your loyalty, I think it’s wrong. Your loyalty belongs to your parents with your family with God and with the country, not with people like these,” she concluded. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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