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Duterte visits hospital anew for another blood test

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO/Richard Madelo

President Rodrigo Duterte himself announced that he paid another visit to the hospital on Thursday (December 6) to have his blood tested.

He made the announcement during the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday at Pasay City.

“Ako rin galing sa ospital, kinunan ako ng dugo. Yang media, magtatanong naman ng sakit ko,”  he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo declined to give further details regarding the reason for the test, but assured that it was just a regular blood test.

Last October, President Duterte revealed that he had to undergo several medical procedures which later yielded negative results for cancer.

However, he admitted that he is suffering from a condition called, Barrett’s Esophagus, which has worsened due to his penchant for drinking alcohol.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte orders more troops to Jolo, Sulu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Armed Forces of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – There is no stopping President Rodrigo Duterte from sending more troops to Jolo, Sulu to put an end to terrorism and rebellion that have claimed the lives of thousands of Philippine soldiers.

Just recently, several soldiers have been killed and others injured after an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits.

“Now in a few days, I’m transferring one division sa Jolo na nagsawa na ako noong — a fortnight ago. Usap kami ni Del and I communicated to them my dis — parang my disappointment kung bakit ganun na sige na lang tayo namatayan ng apat, nakapatay tayo ng isa, makapatay ng apat. It’s an attrition thing and tatapusin na natin ‘yan. President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course in Davao City.

One division in the Philippine Army is composed of about four to six thousand soldiers, which according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, can still be augmented.

Lorenzana said they intend to regularly strengthen the presence of military troops in Jolo to eliminate all threats to peace and order in the area.

The government aims to yield positive outcome in two years’ time.

‘To have a permanent presence there. Ang complaint ng mga LGUs doon tsaka mga tao, they are reluctant to support us 100 percent dahil we come and go,” Lorenzana explained.

“Three infantry brigades and one marine brigade, that should be enough to pacify this. We will do this one year or two years,” the Defense Secretary assured. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to witness Balangiga bells’ arrival – Lorenzana

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018

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)

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Duterte to public on being taxed: ‘Your money is safe under my term’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the awarding ceremony for the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC), at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (December 5) appeased public concerns on the impact of the administration’s tax reforms.

“Do not be so sad about being taxed,” he said in a speech during the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (PAFIOO) in Malacañang.

“Your money here during my term is safe. I will not allow corruption. I have fired so many Cabinet members for just an infraction,” the President said.

On Tuesday (December 4), the President approved the proposal for the government to proceed with the second tranche of oil tax hikes in 2019.

This, despite calls to suspend its implementation in view of a possible rise in inflation next year.

Economic managers of the Duterte Administration projected in October that the price of Dubai crude oil would hit the threshold of $80 per barrel.

However, its price dropped in November prompted a series of roll backs in local oil prices and the decision to suspend the implementation of next year’s oil tax hike.

Now that it is given the green light, the second tranche of additional excise tax on oil under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, will add P2.24/liter for gasoline and diesel.

This is broken down to P2.00 excise tax plus P0.24 value added tax (VAT).

The additional levy on oil products will take effect on January 1, 2019.

The (TRAIN) Law has been criticized for causing a shoot up in inflation which in October hit a nine-year high of 6.7%.

Inflation eased to 6% in November which the government took credit for as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “We attribute this to the President’s empathy to public clamor and his decisive action in response thereto, which includes the issuance of Administrative Order No. 13 to streamline procedures on the importation of agricultural products, including rice, as well as Memorandum Order (MO) Nos. 26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable levels and maintain their sufficient supply in our markets.” – Marje Pelayo

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