Duterte to witness Balangiga bells’ arrival – Lorenzana
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, 10 December 2018 09:46 AM
FILE PHOTO: One of the historic Balangiga Bells | Photo courtesy: Philippine Embassy in Washington DC
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to witness the arrival and the formal turnover of the historic Balangiga bells at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Tuesday (December 11), according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Lorenzana said part of the program will be the signing of a document that will attest to the Philippines’ acceptance of the bells from the United States.
“I will go around with Ambassador Sung Kim [para] tingnan namin ang bells (to take a look at the bells) . Then I will sign a document that I accepted the bells from them. Ibibigay ko sa kaniya (I will give it to him). There will be three speeches: one from Secretary Mattis, to be read by one of his representatives, then Ambassador Sung Kim, then me, tapos si Presidente (and finally the President). Initially sabi nila, hind magsasalita si Presidente (Initially they said the President will not be speaking). He will be there, sabi niya (he said),” Lorenzana said.
Photographs provided by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines last Saturday show the bells being pulled out from display and readied for transport from the U.S Air Force Bases in Cheyenne, Wyoming to the Philippines.
A Balangiga bell being prepared for transport . | Photo courtesy: US Embassy in Manila
After their arrival at Villamor Air Base, the bells will be transported back to their hometown in Balangiga, Samar on December 15.
The return of the bells marks a significant moment in the history of the Philippines and US relations.
Photo courtesy: US Embassy in Manila
“That will be a closure, yes. that will be a closure. Kasi (because) the first request or first longing for us to bring back the bell was made by the leader of those who attacked the Americans, by the name of Eugenio Daza in 1935, when he was still alive,” Lorenzana explained.
Meanwhile, negotiation is underway as to whether or not President Duterte will proceed to visiting the United States next year, now that the Balangiga bells have returned.
“Si President naman sinabi niya (the President has said), ‘I do not hate America. I just hate some of the people there.’ Pinag-uusapan na (its in the works), Ambassador Romualdez is here. He’s trying to talk to the President to go there next year,” the hopeful Defense Secretary said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM
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
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:23 PM
President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the law abolishing the controversial Road Board.
The Republic Act 11239 was enacted on March 8, according to the document released by Malacañang on Tuesday (March 19).
The newly-signed law abolishes the Road Board which previously managed the road user’s tax or Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) for repair and maintenance of roads.
Under the measure, the monies collected from the MVUC will now be remitted to the National Treasury Bureau under a special account in the General Fund.
The law states that the collected fund “should be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage to be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act.”
A Congressional Oversight Committee will also be established to monitor the implementation of this act and the use of special funds.
The committee shall be composed of five members each from the Lower House and Senate to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, respectively.
The panel must have one member each from the minority groups and will be jointly chaired by a designated member of the House of Representatives and a Senator.
The law stated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall, as needed, absorb the employees of the abolished Road Board Secretariat, without diminution of their salaries and other benefits.
Employees who are separated from the service as a result of the abolition of the Road Board and its secretariat shall receive separation benefits provided that those who are qualified to retire under existing laws shall be allowed to retire and receive retirement benefits to which they may be entitled under applicable laws, rules and regulations.
The law also mandates the transfer of Road Board rights, records, assets and liabilities to the DPWH, including the unexpended appropriations or allocations.
The Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) shall craft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within 30 days from the effectivity of this act.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the abolition of the Road Board, calling the agency a “milking cow” of corrupt government officials.
In 2018, the Commission on Audit flagged Road Board’s billions of pesos worth of unobligated projects and millions of pesos of excessive costs and overpayment. – Robie de Guzman
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