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Duterte to step down if federalism pushes through

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech in National Science and Technology Week celebration held in Davao City on July 6, 2018. (Photo taken from RTVM)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his position on the presidency once the transition of government pushes through to federalism.

In a speech in Davao City Friday (July 5), the President urged the Palace Consultative Committee (ConCom), headed by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, to make the final changes and let him stay in office only until 2019 if the transition succeeds.

“Make my term co-terminus, with the beginning of the draft constitution. Make me stop being president during the transition. In other words, elect a president before you make the transition from unitary to federal. I would be willing to accept the proposal. Galing na sa akin iyan,” Duterte said.

The President made the statement after the ConCom skipped to ban Duterte and other incumbent officials from reelection in the draft federal charter.

But ConCom’s spokesperson Conrado Generoso clarified that the provision on the term extension for the President was one unintended result of the change in the form of government.

“Kapag nagsusulat ka ng Constitution, you are ‘personality blind’ ibig sabihin wala kang tinitingnan na partikular na tao na masasagasaan o magbebenepisyo…Pangalawa, hindi mo pwedeng ilagay ang provision na ganyan sa Constitution dahil it is discriminatory, undemocratic. Ang tawag diyan ay class legislation,” Generoso said.

Still, Duterte said he is not interested in extending his term as president.

“Make me resign or ask me to step down by a constitutional fiat that there will be an election before we proceed with the adoption of the constitution,” he firmly said.

Duterte is expected to receive the draft of the federal charter Monday (July 9). – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte says camp visits, whitening cream caused skin discoloration

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte graces the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) held at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte explained the reason behind the skin discoloration on his face which critics like communist leader Joma Sison has been linking to a serious medical condition.

The President noted that the darkening of his skin was a result of sunburn from prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun during a visit in Jordan and from a series of visits to military camps across the country.

“Pumunta ako ng Jordan, sunog na ito. Pumunta ako ng kampo every week, pumunta ka ng kampo sa bukid, pinakamalayong kampo lumilipad ako dun,” he said during a speech at the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 18).

(When I went to Jordan my skin was already burnt. I go to military camps every week. I go to the farthest camps in the fields.)

The condition of his skin worsened, according to the President, when he tried the whitening cream used by his long-time partner, Honeylet Avanceña.

“Kasi ang ginamit ko kasi, sa asawa ko. Sabi niya, cream lang yan, may 1, 2, 3, 4… ngayon lang ako nakakita ng medisina na parang rocket, parang booster…Iyong sa asawa ko, okay na. Pag tingin ko, bakit nangitim ako lalo?” the President recalled when he noticed the changing in his skin color.

(I use the cream my wife uses. She said there are 1,2,3,4 steps…it’s my first time to see a medicine that’s like a rocket; it has a booster. It worked well on my wife, but when I tried it, my skin got darker.)

The President admitted consulting a dermatologist about his skin condition who advised him to use only specific skin care products.

“Sabi niya: ‘Ito lang ang gamitin mo. Pati ito lang. Iyan lang. Iyong iba huwag mo nang gamitin (dahil) mas lalo kang iitim’,” he said referring to an advice from his dermatologists.

The President aimed at critics who are questioning his health condition due to his skin discoloration.

“Third stage cancer of the brain? So what else? I have kidney problem, part of it is already gone. And my heart beats 120 miles per hour. Who won’t I die? Just wait,” he said.

“Para sa akin ang lalaki (For me, the true measure of a man) is not really the color of the face but it’s the character,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

 

 

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Locsin, Bautista take oath as new Cabinet members

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

Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte presided over the oath taking of two new members of his Cabinet at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (October 17).

Philippine Ambassador to the U.N. Teddy Boy Locsin will now lead the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) while Retired Army Chief General Rolando Bautista will now head the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Locsin replaced Alan Peter Cayetano who is now running for congressman of Taguig City.

Bautista, meanwhile, took over the position previously held by DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo. – 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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