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Duterte to hold bilateral talks with Papua New Guinea prime minister

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

President Duterte during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in 2017 (photo by pcoo.gov.ph)

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will hold bilateral talks with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on Wednesday afternoon, May 16.

Prime Minister O’Neill is on a three-day official visit in the Philippines. He arrived in the country on Tuesday, May 15.

President Duterte is expected to host a state banquet for the Prime Minister after their scheduled talks.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said the visit is an important opportunity for the Philippines “to reaffirm and further strengthen the friendly and cooperative ties with Papua New Guinea.”

“With other similar histories and shared aspirations for greater peace, progress and prosperity for our peoples and region, the Philippine stands ready to work with Papua New Guinea for the mutual benefit and sustainable and inclusive growth of our nations,” he said.

Papua New Guinea is this year’s host and chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC.) – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte signs admin’s first oil exploration service contract with Israeli firm

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

President Duterte signs the Petroleum Service Contract for East Palawan Area during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. | PCOO/Rolando Mailo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday (October 17) an oil and petroleum exploration deal with an Israel firm in line with the government’s “effort to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest time possible.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the ceremonial signing of the Petroleum Service Contract (PSC) covering Area 4 or the East Palawan Basin under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR) of the DOE.

“The PECR was established as a transparent and competitive system of awarding service or operating contracts for prospective petroleum or coal areas within the country,” the DOE explained on its website.

President Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi signed the PSC on behalf of the Philippine government while Mr. Itay Rapahel Tabibzada, president and CEO, signed for the Israeli firm Ratio Petroleum Ltd.

The PSC is the first petroleum service contract signed under the Duterte administration.

“The President has been very clear – our country needs to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest possible time. We are currently experiencing how our dependence on importation has left us at the mercy of price movements in the global oil markets. We need to boost the exploration and development of our own energy resources and the awarding of the petroleum service contract to Ratio Petroleum is a step in the right direction,” Secretary Cusi was quoted as saying.

Under the contract, Ratio Petroleum Ltd would be able to conduct exploration activities in about 416,000 hectares of the East Palawan Basin for potential energy resources for a period of seven years. – Marje Pelayo

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Duterte to military, police: Do not engage in partisan politics

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the military and police to remain neutral and not to indulge in partisan politics as he vowed for an honest 2019 midterm elections.

During the change of command ceremony of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday, Duterte appealed to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to support any political candidates.

“And let us make a deal here, a promise to make a commitment to the Filipino people. This election, strictly neutral tayong lahat. The armed forces, the police, and the uniformed personnel of government, I am asking you not to indulge in partisan politics. Wala tayong susuportahan. Iyong mga kandidato ko, ako lang because this is a political position. But I expect everybody to respect that constitutional prohibition,” the president said.

Duterte made the statement after he personally escorted his long-time aide, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, who filed his candidacy for senator before the Commission on Elections.

The president also assured the public that no one will be allowed to use government sources for their political activities, not even his trusted aide.

Duterte also said he will campaign for his candidates.

“I’ll announce to the country now that we make a pledge: there will be an election and it will be an honest one. Walang — nobody but nobody can use government resources, not even bong. I will not allow it. As a friend I can invite him but he should not… of course I will campaign for my candidates, eh wala pa naman akong slate.”

The Chief Executive also reiterated his plan to appoint newly retired Philippine Army chief Rolando Bautista as the new secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The former commander of the intelligence service of the AFP, Major General Macairog Alberto is the newly installed army chief. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte accompanies SAP Bong Go in filing his COC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies long-time aide, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go  during the latter’s  filing of candidacy for senator. | Screengrab from PTV live stream via Facebook

 

MANILA, Philippines – Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go finally filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Monday (October 15) for the senatorial race in the 2019 mid-term elections.

He was accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte himself as he filed his COC at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main building.

Drawing inspiration from his travels around the country, Go said that he will focus more on helping ordinary Filipinos and knowing their situations in different areas.

“Ang pagtakbo ko po hindi para sa akin kundi para sa kapwa ko Pilipino, para sa mga nakasalamuha ko sa pag-iikot ko at pagbibista ko sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Pilipinas; para sa mga lubos na nangangailangan, at para sa mga nakararanas ng karukhaan,” he said during the media briefing.

This is Go’s first time to enter politics.

Prior to his filing, Go mentioned to a group of reporters that he feels sad knowing that he will be away from the President whom he considers also as a father.

Go admitted he is nervous about being a neophyte politician but he gets his inspiration from the President and said a strong voice must be heard in the Senate.

He vowed to push for legislation that would help the poor, specifically making medical services affordable and accessible to them.

“Unang una po ay gusto kong magtatag ng Malasakit Centers sa buong bansa gaya ng naumpisahan na ng ating pangulo. Ito po ang one-stop -shop para di na pahihirapan ang ating mga pasyente. Itong mga panahong ito ay litong lito ang ating mga kababayan hindi nila alam kung sino ang lalapitan nila…iyon po ang una kong gawin. Ikalawa, iyong pag repeal sa age of criminal liability,” he said when asked about his platform of government. – Marje Pelayo

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