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Duterte threatens to abolish ERC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016

File photo.

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President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) should its officials refuse to resign.

“If they do not resign, I will conduct my own audit and file lawsuits against them in court. I will see to it that they will be…if it is plunder, be sure…I will make it sure that you go to jail with no bail,” warned the president.

President Rodrigo Duterte insisted on his previous decision to order the resignation of the officials of the ERC.

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This, after receiving reports of alleged rampant corruption in the said agency.

The president warned that, if ERC officials do not resign, he will not have second thoughts of abolishing the said office and creating a new agency instead.

“I demand that they all resign. If you do not lie, it’s easy. We will abolish the office. I will not grant any single centavo. You can stay there forever; put up another,” he said.

Corruption in the ERC have come to the fore following the death of ERC Bids and Awards Committee director, Francisco Jose Villa Jr. due to issues of corruption.

Aside from the ERC, the president also aims to look into other government agencies.

One of the things the president would like to abolish is the existence of consultants such as in the case of the ERC.

“Consultant here, consultant there. Where’s your brain? You were placed there because you know how to think. You spend the money of…I will review all, all government corporations,” said Duterte.

He also said that if abolishment does happen, the government can save much, which can be used as fund for other important matters, such as additional equipment for the police and the military. — Victor Cosare │UNTV News and Rescue

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76 new PNPA cadets to join police force

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.

Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.

“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.

Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.

The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.

For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.

Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.

“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.

(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.

“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.

The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pres. Duterte opposes divorce legalization in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the divorce bill being pushed in Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce. Ang sabi niya kawawa ang mga anak. At kung magkakaroon ng divorce, mawawalan ng karapatang magsampa ng kaso yung mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mga asawa nila matapos silang mag divorce.”

(The President is against divorce. He said children wouls suffer the most. Also, if there is divorce, it will deprive abandoned spouses the right to file charges after they’ve been divorced.)

Roque explained that the President still sees the possible effects of the bill on children with separated parents, despite being separated himself from his first wife.

Last week, the Lower House approved on second reading the proposed divorce law. The Lower House plans to pass it on third reading on Tuesday.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez joined the bill’s proponent Albay Representative Edcel Lagman in pushing the bill.

Meanwhile, no one among the senators has filed a counterpart bill as of Monday.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto previously said that such bill is likely to fail in the Senate.

Under the proposed bill, the process of divorce is made faster and cheaper.

The Philippines allows annulment of marriage but the process is expensive and usually takes years.

Currently, the Philippines and Vatican City are the two states left in the world that oppose legalization of divorce. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue














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Duterte distances self from Napoles witness protection issue

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: President Rodrigo Duterte and Janet Lim Napoles

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to comment on the decision of the justice department to place pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under the witness protection program.

The chief executive said the government follows a certain process and that he is leaving the decision on the case of Napoles to the prosecution panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the protection offered to Napoles is just a provisional admission and can still be changed depending on the result of the investigation of the justice department on pork barrel cases.

Amid the dismissal of the drug cases against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and  alleged drug dealer Peter Lim, as well as the placing of Napoles under the witness protection program, Roque noted that the President’s trust in  DOJ Secretary Vitallano Aguirre II remains. — UNTV News & Rescue

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