Duterte sets conditions for revival of peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF

UNTV News   •   April 5, 2018   •   5812

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has laid down seven conditions before the government revives peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that among the conditions are the enforcement of a bilateral ceasefire, the non-creation of a coalition government, no attacks on government forces and civilians, no extortion, no destruction of properties, no recruitment of members and no carrying of firearms.

However, Malacañang is still waiting for the response of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to the conditions set by the president.

Presidential Spokesman  Harry Roque said the government could withdraw its petition to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group if the peace talks push through.

This is also the concern of Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate.

“We hope that the resumption of the negotiation will be not dependent on pre-condition set by either party but we urge the parties to observe and respect fast binding agreements that we already mutually agreed by both parties and panels,” Zarate said.

On the other hand, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, considered the president’s move a welcome development, noting the military alone cannot not resolve the country’s pursuit of long-term peace.

Alejano said that the root cause of the problem should be addressed.

The lawmaker added that there is no other way to achieve peace but through peace talks. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Panelo: One-on-one interview with Duterte to push through on Tuesday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

After its postponement on January 22, the one-on-one interview with President Rodrigo Duterte will push through on Tuesday (January 28), said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday.

The January 22 schedule for the one-on-one interview was postponed due to “pressing family matters”.

“Due to pressing matters, the tête-à-tête Part 2 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo has been moved to January 28, 2020 at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace at 5:00 p.m.,” a previous media advisory read.

This will be the President’s second têtê-a-têtê. The first televised interview was held last September 2018.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte signs into law higher taxes on alcohol, e-cigarette

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 23, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law imposing higher taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes, and other vapor products.

The Republic Act no. 11467 was signed to raise additional funds for the government’s Universal Healthcare Law.

Under the newly signed law, taxes on distilled spirits shall increase to P42 per proof liter this year and will increase by 6% every year starting 2025. There will also be an ad valorem tax imposed on the products which is 22% of the alcohol prices.

Meanwhile, taxes of wine and beer products will increase by P50 and P35 per liter respectively. These products will also be subjected to a 6% tax increase every year starting in 2025.

For vapor products, a pack of heated tobacco will have an excise tax of P25 this year. Salt nicotine products will have excise taxes set at P37 per milliliter while cigarette taxes are set at P45 per pack this year.

Taxes of all vapor products will increase by 5% every year in the succeeding years.

The law, meanwhile, exempts medicine for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol in value-added tax.

By 2023, the law will also exempt value-added tax on prescription drugs for cancer, mental illness, tuberculosis, and kidney disease.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has vetoed section 5 of the Republic Act.

“The sin tax law that has been approved, there’s one provision that was vetoed, section 5, regarding the authority of the court to first grant seizure of properties as well as searching,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

SWS: Duterte’s satisfaction rating hits new record-high

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction rating has reached a new record high, according to the recent survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the 4th Quarter 2019 SWS Survey, Duterte got a 72% excellent net satisfaction rating, which is seven points higher compared to his September rating of 65%.

Malacañang welcomed the survey result saying President Duterte still has the support of the people.

“This means that the President has the support of the people, for which he is very thankful. But more than that, the people support him because they feel his legacy of real change,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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