Duterte signs Anti-Terrorism bill into law

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2020   •   1556

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the proposed Anti-Terrorism bill, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the president signed the measure on Friday, July 3.

The Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 repeals the Human Security Act of 2007 and penalizes those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation and facilitation of a terrorist act; as well as those who will provide material support to terrorists, and recruit members in a terrorist organization.

Under the measure, anyone who threatens to commit terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall mete out a penalty of 12 years of imprisonment.

It also seeks to provide law enforcers the much-needed tools to protect the people from terrorism threat and, at the same time, safeguard the rights of those accused of the crime.

The measure was signed into law despite intense opposition from several sectors questioning its provisions, particularly the period of detention for suspected terrorists without judicial warrant, saying this may be abused by the authorities.

Roque said the piece of legislation underwent thorough study before it was enacted by the president.

“As we have said, the President, together with his legal team, took time to study this piece of legislation weighing the concerns of different stakeholders,” he said.

“The signing of the aforesaid law demonstrates our serious commitment to stamp out terrorism, which has long plagued the country and has caused unimaginable grief and horror to many of our people,” he added.

VP bid ni Duterte sa 2022 polls, hindi iligal pero pananaw ng publiko ikukunsidera – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Iginiit ng Malakanyang na walang lalabagin sa Saligang Batas ang posibilidad ng pagtakbo bilang bise presidente ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa 2022 national elections.

Ginawa ng Palasyo ang pahayag matapos lumabas sa pinakahuling survey ng Social Weather Stations (SWS) na 6 sa 10 Pilipino ang naniniwalang labag sa Konstitusyon ang vice presidential bid ng pangulo.

Sa survey na ginawa mula Hunyo 23 hanggang 26 sa 1,200 respondents, lumabas na 60 porsiyento o 6 sa 10 Pilipino ang naniniwalang labag sa Konstitusyon ang kandidatura ng pangulo.

Lahat ng respondents sa major regions sa bansa ay ganito ang sentimyento. Hindi rin nagkakalayo ang opinion ng mga mahihirap, nasa katamtamang kalagayan at hindi mahirap ang pamumuhay.

Lumabas din sa SWS survey results na pinakamataas sa mga nagsabi na labag sa Konstitusyon ang kandidatura ng pangulo ay ang mga pinaka-hindi nasiyahan sa kanyang performance.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, hindi ipinagbabawal sa batas ang planong kandidatura ng pangulo bilang bise-presidente ngunit nakikinig naman aniya ito sa boses ng masa.

Kaya ang panawagan nito sa publiko, hintayin na lamang ang pinal na hakbang ng presidente sa Oktubre 1 hanggang 8 kung kailan nakatakda ang panahon para sa pagsusumite ng certificates of candidacy ng mga nagnanais kumandidato sa 2022 elections.

“Pero masasabi ko lang po, sensitibo po ang presidente sa pulso ng taumbayan, hintayin na lang po natin ang kaniyang pinal na desisyon,” ani Roque.

Noong Setyembre 23, pormal na nilagdaan ng pangulo ang certificate of nomination and acceptance para sa kanyang pagtakbo bilang bise presidente sa ilalim ng PDP-Laban faction na pinangungunahan ni Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Ngunit bago pa man ito, marami nang personalidad at grupo ang nagsabing labag sa batas ang VP bid ng pangulo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte OKs COVID-19 vaccination of general population, children by October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposal to start in October the vaccination of general adult population and minors against COVID-19, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president green lighted the proposal as more vaccine supplies are expected to arrive in the country.

“Magsisimula na po ang pagbabakuna sa general population itong buwan ng Oktubre. Ito po ay inaprubahan na ng pangulo sang-ayon po sa advice ni vaccine czar Carlito Galvez,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Galvez earlier recommended the opening of the inoculation to more Filipinos with the expected delivery of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in September and October.

The vaccine czar also proposed the vaccination of the pediatric population, particularly those aged 12 to 17 and those with co-morbidities, which, according to Roque, has also been approved by the president.

The current immunization program covers five priority groups – healthcare workers, senior citizens, people with co-morbidities, essential workers and indigents.

Roque assured that these groups will remain as vaccination priorities and will have express lanes at jab sites when the inoculation for the general population and minors begin.

The government will release the guidelines for this system, he said.

Meanwhile, Roque urged parents and guardians to have their children registered for COVID-19 vaccination.

“Meron po tayong sapat na supply. Ang pinaghahandaan natin yung master listing pa lang naman. Pag meron na po tayong masterlist, hintayin po natin kung sinong mauuna,” he said.

Aside from vaccinating the general population, Duterte also hinted on Monday night the possibility of requiring vaccination for government personnel.

“Sa gobyerno, ayaw mo magpabakuna, umalis ka. Go out of government. Why? Because when you are with the government, you face people. People transact business officials, well, audiences or visits,” he said.

The president threatened to use the police power of the state to compel people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Under the police power of the state, everybody can be compelled to be vaccinated not because we don’t believe in your theory or belief or religion but because you are a carrier and a danger to society,” Duterte said.

The president also said that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the nation, it may take two or three years for Filipino lives to return to normalcy.

But this could be shortened if the country achieves herd immunity by vaccinating majority of its population.

“We would not be able to return to the old norm, mga ano pa siguro 2 to 3 years pero mga tao nandiyan ang bakuna, magpabakuna na kaagad. Ma-minimize yan, and we can achieve herd immunity which is a long shot but we can attain it with the help of people and god help us, we can have steady supply of vaccines,” he said.  RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Pangulong Duterte nagbantang gagamitin ang police power para sa gov’t vaccination program

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na gagamitin ang police power para mahimok ang iba pang Pilipino na magpabakuna na kontra COVID-19.

Sa kanyang public address noong Lunes ng gabi, sinabi ng pangulo na hindi na katanggap-tanggap ngayon ang hindi pagpapabakuna ng iba dahil sapat naman ang supply ng bakuna sa bansa.

Giit ng pangulo, kailangang mabakunahan na ang iba pang Pilipino upang maabot ng bansa ang population protection laban sa COVID-19.

“But under the police power of the state, everybody can be compelled to be vaccinated not because we don’t believe in your theory or belief or religion but because you are a carrier and a danger to society,” ani Pangulong Duterte.

As of Sept. 27, umabot na sa 20.3 milyong Pilipino ang nakatanggap ng bakuna o katumbas ng 26.33 porsiyento pa lamang ng populasyon sa bansa mula nang simulan ang vaccination program.

Nagbabala rin si Pangulong Duterte sa ibang personalidad na nagpapahayag ng pagkontra sa COVID-19 vaccines na maaari aniyang makakumbinsi ng tao.

“If you are convincing in your arguments, people might listen to you and that could be a problem. Sana kung ganito na ayaw mo, manahimik ka na lang,” ang wika ng pangulo.

Bagama’t tuluy-tuloy ang pagbabakuna sa publiko, naniniwala ang punong ehekutibo na sa 2023 pa makakaranas ng normal na pamumuhay ang mga Pilipino.

“We would not be able to return on norm, mga ano pa siguro 2 to 3 years. Pero mga tao, nandiyan ang bakuna, magpapabuka kaagad. Magminimize, and we can achieve herd immunity which is a long shot but we can attain it with the help of people and God help us, we can have steady supply of vaccines,” ani Duterte.

Sinabi rin ng pangulo na posibleng masimulan na ng pamahalaan ang pagbabakuna sa general population at mga bata pagsapit ng buwan ng Oktubre.

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