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Duterte’s 3rd SONA to focus on admin’s plans — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with film director Joyce Bernal on July 22, 2018 as they make preparations for the President’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Malacañan Palace. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


The length of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech at today’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been among the talks of the town for days now.

According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s initial report, it will only be a 35-minute or a 14-page speech.

But as most Filipinos know by now, President Duterte likes to go off-script in his speaking engagements to let the public hear his real views and thoughts on the problems that the country is currently facing.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, he is sure that the Chief Executive will not talk anymore about the accomplishments of the government in the previous year as these were already reported during the pre-SONA activities: “Tatak ng Pagbabago” organized by the PCOO together with other agencies.

This is why it is expected that Duterte will only talk about his administration’s plan for the incoming year.

It is also possible that the President will touch on the issue of charter change, federalism, Bangsamoro Organic Law and other priority legislative measures like the Rice Tariffication Act.

According to Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, the issue on war on drugs, crime and corruption are also potential talk points in Duterte’s speech.

By 3:30 pm, President Duterte will arrive at the Batasang Pambansa, but SAP Bong Go also said it is unlikely that President Duterte will go outside after the SONA to speak with protesters like what he did last time.

Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Roque disclosed that President Duterte has been in Malacañang this past weekend preparing for his 3rd SONA including a rehearsal with Director Joyce Bernal. — Rosalie Coz / UNTV News & Rescue

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Work from home bill signed into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: 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

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the telecommuting act or the work from home bill.

This law institutionalizes telecommuting as an alternative work arrangement for employees in the private sector.

Telecommuting refers to a work arrangement that allows an employee in the private sector to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication or computer technologies.

An employer in the private sector may offer a telecommuting program to its employees on a voluntary basis and should not be less than minimum labor standards set by law including that for health, safety of workers, schedule and workloads, work hours and social security.

The secretary of labor and employment shall issue the appropriate implementing rules and regulations of this act in consultation with the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council within 60 days from the effectivity of the law. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte: Economic managers are working on high inflation rate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


In a one-on-one interview with his chief legal counsel on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that his economic managers are addressing the issue of high inflation rate in the country.

“The economic managers are working on it already, we have a Cabinet meeting right after this and then I’ll also have the chance to ask questions,” he said.

The inflation rate in the country rose from 5.7 percent in the month of July to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

However, the Chief Executive said that no country is immune to inflation.

Duterte had earlier blamed US President Donald Trump’s tariff policies for the high inflation rate in the Philippines. — Rosalie Coz


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President Duterte warns gov’t agencies anew over red-tape complaints

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018


FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second state of the nation address (SONA) on July 24, 2017.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte did not fail to mention his continuing campaign against corruption in his Third State of the Nation Address.

This time, he issued another warning against government agencies that do not adhere to the government policy in making business in the Philippines easier and simpler.

The Chief Executive also warned the government agencies particularly under the Executive branch of government which was reported to have the most number of red tape complaints.

“I particularly call the attention of the agencies with the [most] number of red tape-related reports from the public. Make your services truly customer-friendly. Our people deserve efficient, effective, and responsive government services. They deserve nothing less,” the President said.

He also directed all local government units to implement the law on ease of doing business and make the process simpler.

Meanwhile, President Duterte also appealed to his friends and supporters in government whom he appointed in office.

He said he had to fire several high ranking officials who were close to him over allegations of corruption.

“I value friendship, make no mistake about it. But it has its limits. This is a lonely place I am hemmed in. Do not make it lonelier by forcing me to end our friendship because you gave me the reason to end it,” he said.

Temporary setback

Meanwhile, despite the non-ratification by of the Bangsamoro Organic Law by the House of Representatives, the Chief Executive mentioned he will sign the law within 48 hours or two days.

He said he wants to study it carefully before signing it.

“When the approved version is transmitted and received by my office… the law has been passed actually and I intend to… give me 48 hours to sign it and ratify the law. [applause] Babasahin ko pa bago ko pipirmahan. Baka may isiningit kayo diyan na hindi maganda para sa — para sa ibang tao.”

Meanwhile, according to the Presidential Communications Operations Office, President Duterte will go back to Davao City tonight.

The Chief Executive’s next public engagement is scheduled on Wednesday in his hometown. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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