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Duterte orders PNP to keep Kadamay out of gov’t housing in Rodriguez, Rizal

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make sure that the members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) will not occupy the vacant housing units of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Rodriguez, Rizal.

The President also ordered the NHA to explain why the said housing units are still unoccupied by soldiers and police and when will beneficiaries transfer to the units.

Yesterday, Kadamay members stormed the government housing units in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said if Kadamay members will insist on the illegal occupation of government housing units, they will definitely face charges under the law.

“They will have to deal with the full extent of the law. The rule of the president is to implement the law, he will implement the law,” Roque said, — Rosalie Coz

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Lawmakers set one-week break to wait for Duterte’s EO on tariff

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives will suspend its session next week from August 20 to August 27.

According to House Deputy Speaker Rep. Prospero Pichay, the sudden decision is to give enough time for President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order that would lower tariff rates on basic goods such as rice, fish, vegetables, and meat among others.

Pichay added that House Speaker Gloria Arroyo also had discussions with the economic managers of the Duterte administration regarding measures that the government may take to lower tariff rates.

The Lower House recently approved the measure on rice tariffication that seeks to lower tax rates on imported rice.

The government is expected to save a total of P20-B from the proposal which it intends to use to help local farmers. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country.

Duterte, the chairman of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday.

“As we [undergo] reforms in this administration, our unity is now more important than ever. I, therefore, ask the continued support of PDP-Laban and its partners in creating practical solutions to address the root cause of our nation’s problems,” Duterte said.

The Chief Executive also challenged the members of the ruling political party to remain true to its vision to promote good governance and to address issues that continue to strangle Filipinos.

“Let us remain committed to the party’s vision of liberating our people from the clutches of poverty, conflict, crime, illegal drugs and corruption through the promotion of justice, equality, and good governance,” he said.

He also called on his party-mates to promote the proposed shift to federalism which is a priority measure of his administration.

Present in the event were PDP-Laban President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The party assembly was held just a few days after President Duterte met with the two warring factions and urged them to settle their differences.

But Pimentel insists there is no faction in the PDP-Laban, saying one cannot highjack a party by holding an event and electing himself as its leader if he is a non-member.

Pimentel is referring to Rogelio Garcia, a classmate of Duterte, who claims to lead the other group.

Congressman Alvarez also agreed with Pimentel’s statement.

“Hindi. Isa lang. Isa lang talaga. Wala namang infighting. I think, mali lang iyong impression na iyan,” said Alvarez.

The members of the PDP-Laban are expected to meet again by September to iron out other issues. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte likely to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins protest

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to step down if former senator and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (August 16) said Duterte wants a “better qualified” successor as he has been worried if someone “incompetent” would replace him.

“He had said that he thinks that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him. If there’s development and he will win the protest, then he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true his words. If he (Marcos) becomes vice president, perhaps, the President will make true his word, he will step down,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during Wednesday’s press briefing (August 16).

On Tuesday, the President openly named Marcos or Senator Chiz Escudero as his preferred successors if ever he steps down as president.

“I think deep in my heart if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya. That’s my honest opinion. Kung sino lang sana diyan, in the likes of Escudero or Bongbong Marcos,” Duterte said during his meeting with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Malacanang.

Duterte said he was tired with his seemingly “endless” fight against graft and corruption that “has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”

Roque clarified, however, that Duterte remains the President and would not be resigning anytime soon.

In April, Marcos filed an electoral protest against Robredo claiming the vice presidential race in 2016 was manipulated causing him to lose against Robredo by around 263,000 votes.

Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp remains confident that Marcos will never become the president on this nation.

“Insofar as we are concerned, President Duterte’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” ended Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s Lead Counsel. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

 

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