Duterte to attend Japan Emperor enthronement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   247

President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Japan on Monday (October 21) to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday (October 22).

Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1 this year after his father, former Emperor Akihito abdicated a day before due to health reasons. Akihito is the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

This will be Duterte’s fourth visit to Japan. The Chief Executive also said Japan is among the countries that continue to provide aid to the Philippines.

The Palace has provided no further details on the said trip.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

MMDA supports ban on vape

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 22, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced their support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on vaping in public places.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim encourages the public to adhere to the President’s order. He also said that the said order aims to protect the public’s health.

“I agree with the statement of the President that vaping poses harmful effects to human health. Hence, I support the regulation of vaping for the sake of the general public,” he said.

Meanwhile, Director of the MMDA Health and Environmental Protection Office (HEPO) Dr. Loida Alzona said the MMDA’s environmental enforcers will strictly monitor the selling, advertising and promotion of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100-meter perimeter of schools in Metro Manila.

“We will help make sure that no vape shops are established within 100-perimeter of public and private schools in the metropolis,” she said.—AAC

Duterte says he ordered dismissal of 3 cops in body camera extortion case

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (November 20) said that he ordered the dismissal of three police officers involved in the body camera extortion case.

The three police officers were allegedly involved in extorting around P5 million from a bidder of body cameras.

“In the police, I—the three majors were working on a body camera and they were arguing because maybe of—because of money. What else? Because of corruption. And so I said, ‘Fire them, dismiss them,'” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa identified the police officers as Police Major Emerson Sales, Police Major Rholly Caraggayan and Police Major Angel Beros. 

Gamboa also said that he will sign the dismissal papers by Monday (November 25).—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte issues ultimatum to state offices to finish paperwork by December 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an ultimatum to state agencies to finish their paperwork by December 15.

The chief executive also expressed disappointment over the continuous red tape in the government despite his several warnings.

“It seems that things are moving very slow and that is why it is still a source of corruption. The longer you sit on the paper or nothing at all—either you are not working,” he said.

“Even the Cabinet members, they have one month to decide. I must have your decision on the papers before you. And I said last night, it has to be December 15. It’s been so many months now. Papers that are on your table must be out with a decision. If it’s for approval, good; if it is for denial, fine. But let it out,” he added.

Duterte also said military and government officials who are too slow in performing their duties should be removed from office.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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