by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving for a historic visit to Israel in September.
The official visit will be the first by a Philippine president since diplomatic ties were established 61 years ago in 1957, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an announcement on Tuesday (August 14).
Roque said President Duterte and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold discussions in the areas of labor, tourism, trade, agriculture, security, law enforcement and counterterrorism as well as other ways to enhance cooperation.
The Chief Executive is also expected to meet Israel President Reuven Rivlin to discuss close historical and people-to-people ties between the two countries.
Several agreements are also expected to be signed during the four-day visit.
Joining the President in the visit is a business delegation representing different sectors of the Philippine economy. They are expected to participate in a business forum with President Duterte as the keynote speaker.
Meanwhile, Malacañang seems unfazed by reports about human rights activists in Israel brewing a protest against President Duterte’s visit.
“If they can persuade the prime minister to call of the visit, of course, we will call it off,” Roque said.
Roque noted that the “historic event will highlight the enduring friendships between Filipinos and Israelis,” which began when President Manuel L. Quezon provided a sanctuary to an estimated 1,300 Jewish refugees who were fleeing the Holocaust when he opened the doors of the Philippines during the Nazi regime.
As expected, the President will meet members of the Filipino community in Israel.
After Israel, the President’s delegation will be heading to visit Jordan next. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. | KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – Based on the latest survey released Tuesday, September 25, by the Pulse Asia, President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings dropped from 88 percent in June 2018 to 75 percent in September.
His trust rating of 87 percent in June also suffered a 12-percent decline, bringing the public’s confidence in the President to 72 percent.
Despite this, Malacañang said the survey result does not concern them.
“The president rules because it is his constitutional duty he doesn’t rule for survey results. Marami na pong beses na niyang sinabi yan, we take note of the survey results but we are not affected by it kasi ang president naman will do his best to discharge his duties as president and commander in chief,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
The survey, conducted from September 1 to 7, came amid a nationwide concern on soaring inflation that hit the 6.4 percent mark in August. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
File photo: New People’s Army
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has uncovered several plots by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, after examining data of computers seized from the rebels.
The military said the CPP was planning to sabotage the commemoration of the declaration of martial law last September 21 with a plot similar to the Plaza Miranda Bombing in 1972.
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade said, the CCP’s plan was to recruit not only ordinary people but also prominent members of the opposition to participate in their staged protests.
In the middle of the program, a bomb was set to go off and at least injure a member of the opposition so that they can blame the incident on the administration.
“Kaya lang di sila nakabuo ng malaking grupo kaya dinisregard nila yung plano na yun,” said Parlade.
After failing to pull it off the communist rebels are back to the “Red October” ouster plot which they started executing way back in September 2017.
If the “Red October” plan fails, the Left has another plot set for November known as the “Lakbay Lumad Europe” and in December at the celebration of the Communist Party’s 50th Anniversary.
Parlade also denied allegations that the revelation of such conspiracies against the Chief Executive is merely psychological warfare.
“We don’t have to concoct anything kasi it’s there in the website. Magbasa lang at mag research lang yung mga tao natin makikita nila, yan ay plano ni Communist Party [founding chairman] na si Joma Sison; yan ang di alam ng coalition,” Parlade said. — Lea Ylagan / UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO | Robinson Niñal Jr.
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated on Monday that it is not possible to oust President Rodrigo Duterte given the strong support of the public.
“How can you oust a president who is very popular and has about 80 percent support of the people?” said Bello.
The statement came after the Secretary was asked about the conspiracy plot to oust the President in October.
Bello vehemently underscored that the so-called ‘Red October’ is just hearsay, and he does not think it will push through.
The government chief negotiator also stressed that localized peace talks with communist rebels will push through and that the government negotiating panel is currently reviewing certain provisions.
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