Duterte reveals readiness of Marcos family to return gold bars to the government

UNTV News   •   August 29, 2017   •   3196


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is prepared to accept the explanation of the Marcos family after they expressed willingness to return to the government the gold bars currently in their possession.

The said gold bars were initially believed to be part of the Marcos’ family’s ill-gotten wealth.

This has been the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte when he led the mass oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed officials of the government on Tuesday afternoon.

“They [Marcoses] said they’ll open everything and probably return whatever is found,” said Duterte.

“It’s not big, ‘But we are ready to open and bring back even a few gold bars’ he said, ” the president quoted an unnamed spokesperson for the Marcoses.

Duterte added he is looking for individuals with good reputation who can handle the negotiation with the Marcoses.

Meanwhile, the chief executive has once again criticized the Office of the Ombudsman for what he claimed as its “selective justice”.

The president cited as example the lawmakers facing cases involving the pork barrel scam.

He noted, these lawmakers are all members of the opposition of the previous administration.

The president said he is hoping that in the remaining time of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in the agency, she would be able to implement the real mandate of the institution.

“The Office of the Ombudsman has mastered the art of selective justice. Harsh on some, soft on others, even when they all suffer from similar and analogous circumstances. Slow to act on complaints against the friendly, but  quick to decide against perceived hostiles. The enemy of the Ombudsman’s friend is the Ombudsman’s enemy too, so it seems,” Duterte said.

The president also took the opportunity to defend his son in law,  Mans Carpio, the husband of his daughter Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte.

This is after Mans’ alleged visit to the Bureau of Customs, and who is now also being linked to corruption in the agency.

Duterte said his son-in-law is a lawyer and has been representing big clients like Mighty King even before it became Mighty Corp.

“Siyempre piliin mo ‘yung kliyenteng may pera (of course, you should choose clients with money). Pero sabi ko, kung hanggang diyan, OK lang ( But I said, if its only limited to that, it’s okay). It’s lawyering. Nobody can question us and even I, when as a matter of fact it is just part of our profession, our vocation as a lawyer.  Alam naman natin ’yang mga abogado (As lawyers, we all know that), ” he added.  – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue


Duterte to announce final decision on reduced physical distancing in public transport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.

“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation (Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.

Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.

“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide), Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte approves filing of cases against Morales, et al

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the filing of charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) CEO Ricardo Morales and other officials allegedly involved in the ‘mass corruption’ inside the agency.

“The issue of PhilHealth corruption was really an important issue to the Filipinos and to everybody. And everybody again is also placed in jeopardy by the actions of the officials,” the President said.

“I’m sorry for them but you have to undergo trial. Although they can always prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The presumption of innocence still attaches but the report of another agency says otherwise. So ganun ang nangyari sa PhilHealth. Halos lahat sa board,” he added.

Based on the investigation of Task Force PhilHealth, several officials have violations of withholding taxes regarding the interim reimbursement mechanism, graft, and malversion. They will also be facing charges for dishonesty, grave misconduct, disloyalty, gross neglect of duty, inefficiency and incompetence, as well as falsification of public documents.

The officials who will be facing the said charges aside from Morales are Senior Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr., Senior Vice President Jovita Aragona, Officer-in-Charge Calixto Gabuya Jr., Senior Vice President Israel Pargas, Executive Vice President and COO Arnel De Jesus, and Division Chief Bobby Crisostomo.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who is also leading the Task Force PhilHealth, said they are still continuing their investigation.

“Our composite teams will continue their ongoing investigations and special audits and file legal actions as they finish one case after another,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, PhilHealth released a statement saying the involved officials are prepared to follow the President’s mandate and will cooperate in the process. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Duterte: PH will purchase cheapest COVID-19 vaccine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 8, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will purchase the cheapest vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

During his public address Monday evening (September 7), the President said he is optimistic that a vaccine will be available this September.

“I think it’s Moderna. It’s a US company. I think they are ready by September,” he said.

Aside from China, Russia also offered their COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.

The President added that the government will choose the company that will offer the cheapest vaccine since the country has limited funds.

“Pare-pareho lang naman iyan. Parehong germs iyan. Kung sino lang ang nauna magbigay sa’tin na mura, doon tayo pupunta, kasi they know that we do not have enough money. Kung mahal masyado, we will go for the less expensive ones,” Duterte said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


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