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Duterte stuns by naming 46 politicians on new ‘narco-list’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 11:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads the names of alleged narco-politicians during a speech in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte yet again surprised the public by revealing the names of politicians on his narco-list.

On national TV, the firebrand president read several names of politicians including 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, one provincial board member, and three congressmen.

Some of them are elected officials and election candidates for the upcoming May midterm polls.

Joint National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) – Regional Peace Order Council (RPOC) Clusters Meeting and AFP-PNP Command Conference 03/14/2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces the names of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drug operations or the narco list during the Joint National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) – Regional Peace Order Council (RPOC) Clusters Meeting and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019.#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange

Posted by Radio Television Malacañang – RTVM on Thursday, 14 March 2019

President Duterte denied undermining the politicians’ bid ahead of the elections, but insisted that the list has been validated by government agents.

He added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already filed administrative cases against government officials on the list before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The President said the government’s Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) are both investigating the officials to build criminal cases against them.

“The results of which will aid us in filing airtight cases against them,” the President said.

“Remember that ‘public office is a public trust’; an official’s right to privacy is not absolute and there is a compelling reason to prioritize the interest of the state and the people,” he stressed. – Marje Pelayo

(UNTV will publish the list upon verification.)

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Duterte denies Bacolod mayor’s involvement in illegal drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia | Photo from Mayor Leonardia’s Facebook page

President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.

A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.

He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.

“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Laguna and Batangas ‘narcolist’ mayors deny drug links

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:25 AM

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte presenting the so-called ‘narcolist’

MANILA, Philippines — Several mayors in Laguna and Batangas are denying involvement in illegal drugs after President Rodrigo Duterte released a narcolist tagging their names.

Los Baños, Laguna mayor, Caesar Perez calls on the president not to believe reports against him.

“Sa mahal nating pangulo, ang masasabi ko lang, hindi po totoo ito. Gawa gawa lamang, (To our beloved president, all I can say is, the reports are not true)” he said.

Bay, Laguna Mayor Bruno Ramos was among the officials who lost their police power after his name was included on the 2017 narcolist.

His name was again included on the recent narcolist and he wishes his name to be removed even if he is no longer running this election.

“Unang-una, ako 76 years old na at ako po ay naatake pa sa puso. Ako’y nawalan na ng sigla na manungkulan sa bayan dahil nga po sa paratang sa akin na ako’y protektor ng droga, (First of all, I am already 76 years old and I already had a heart attack. I lost the drive to serve in office because of the accusations that I am a drug protector)” he said.

San Pablo city mayor Loreto Amante is waiting for his case to be filed in order for him to answer the accusations in the proper forum.

“Ako po taas noong humaharap sa inyo mata sa mata na kailanman hindi po natin ginawa iyan (I am facing all of you to say that I did not do such things),” Amante said.

His father, former San Pablo mayor Vicente Amante and current city administrator, was also included on the narcolist of the president in 2017.

Lemery, Batangas mayor Eulalio Alilio also denies his involvement in illegal drugs.

“Awardee ako nitong National Anti-drug Abuse Council sa performance award 95 percent tapos ang aming barangay anti-drug abuse council almost finish na kami sa drug clearing kami at may certification ang PDEA, [I am an awardee of National Anti-drug Abuse Council in performance award. Our barangay is 95% finished in drug clearing and there is a certification from PDEA]” according to Alilio.

He also said his city has reported zero crimes for more than four months.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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