Duterte signs proposed National Academy of Sports into law – Bong Go

Robie de Guzman   •   June 10, 2020   •   1704

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the measure seeking to establish the National Academy of Sports, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Wednesday.

Go, who chairs the Senate committee on sports, said Duterte signed the Republic Act 11470 in a simple ceremony in Davao City on Tuesday, June 9.

Under the law, the National Academy of Sports will develop and implement a secondary education program, integrated with a special curriculum on sports, targeting young Filipinos with the talent and desire to develop their sporting skills further.

Full scholarship will be offered to secondary school students who are natural-born Filipinos.

The academy’s main campus shall be established at the existing New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac.

It shall be equipped with the necessary sports facilities, housing, and other amenities according to current international standards. school buildings with sufficient number of classrooms and facilities shall also be constructed at the complex.

The academy will be attached to the Department of Education, in close coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

The board of the academy will also be allowed to approve the hiring of licensed foreign coaches, trainers, and consultants, duly certified as necessary by PSC, to ensure the international competitiveness of the students.

Duterte may reveal plans for 2022 polls in December – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may reveal his plans for next year’s elections in December, his spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday.

In a television interview, Roque said the public will likely know whether the president will file his certificate of candidacy when the period for substitution lapses in December.

“He keeps his plans very close to his chest. My advice to everyone is, you can speculate all you want but we’ll find out whether or not he’ll file his certificate of candidacy only in October,” he said.

“We’re not sure if October is the cutoff because there is a period for substitution in sometime December,” he added.

Roque earlier said that the president will “leave to God” the decision on whether to heed calls for him to run for vice president in 2022.

In a separate interview, Duterte said he is resisting calls for vice presidential run as he is “ready for retirement” after his term ends next year.

Duterte on calls for VP run: I’m ready for retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to retire after his term as president and has no plans to run for any position in the 2022 elections.

“I’m ready for retirement,” Duterte said in an interview aired over SMNI channel on Tuesday.

Duterte issued the remark amid the call of his PDP-Laban party for him to seek vice presidency in next year’s elections to ensure continuity of his programs.

“Mahirap yan kasi mag-retire na ako and this time, ako ang mamili ng presidente. Tapos ‘pag manalo sabihin nila, ano lang yan, perpetuate yourself in power. So nagre-resist ako,” he said.

When asked about his plans after his term as president, Duterte said he prefers to return to his home town of Davao City and retire.

He also admitted that he has someone in mind that he thinks may continue his legacy but prefers to stay “neutral” for now.

He promised to reveal his preferences in due time.

The chief executive also reiterated his earlier stance that he does not want his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to run for president next year.

“Si Inday (Sara Duterte) kinausap ko talaga kagabi. ‘Do not run. Do not ever commit the mistake of running for the presidency,’” he said.

“I don’t mean to insult the Filipino people. Presidente? Wala ka talagang makuha. Wala para sa iyo, except for one thing, yung sense of fulfillment mo sa kapwa tao mo, na may nagawa ka,” he added.

When asked if there is one thing he is proud of during his term as president, Duterte said his “greatest achievement” was “exposing” the oligarchy in the country.

“But if you ask me, what is my greatest achievement in a very humble [way], ako Pastor, I exposed the oligarchy in the Philippines,” he said.

Malacañang earlier said Duterte is still pondering on his 2022 plans and that he may likely reveal it to the public in December.

Duterte warns of stricter measures if people continue to violate health protocols

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that the government may implement stricter measures against people disregarding health and quarantine protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his weekly public address on Monday night, Duterte said the government might “calibrate” its response to address violations of quarantine and health protocols especially in Visayas and Midanao areas.

He, however, did not specify which measure will be tweaked to deal with the matter.

“We might calibrate our response to the intransigence that you will show. Depende sa ano ninyo. Kung talagang ayaw ninyong sumunod, then we can go into marami, marami. I could… Ayaw ko lang sabihin but we have the power to control it actually kung ginusto lang namin pahirapan ang tao,” he said.

He said that for as long as Filipinos do not comply with the protocols prescribed by the government, many people will continue to get infected with COVID-19.

The government put Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ in March to mid-May due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The restrictions were eventually downgraded to a general community quarantine (GCQ) after National Capital Region saw a drop in cases.

Despite the decrease in the number of cases, the country continues to record new infections of around 6,000 to 7,000, with health officials attributing the spike to the higher cases logged in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported filing cases against six barangay officials who failed to prevent super spreader events in their jurisdictions.

In his report to the president during the televised briefing, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said those facing charges were village chiefs from Caloocan City, Navotas City, Tondo, Manila, Norzagaray, Bulacan, Malay, Aklan, and Cebu City.

The President has previously ordered the arrest of barangay captains in case mass gatherings happened in their jurisdictions, saying it is a dereliction of duty.

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