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Duterte’s public trust rating remains high: Pulse Asia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2017

An individual tries to take photo of President Rodrigo Duterte as he speaks in a podium.

The public trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte remains high despite the controversies he is currently facing.

Based on the latest survey of Pulse Asia, 83% of the survey respondents still trust the leadership of Duterte; 13% are undecided while only 5% distrust him.

The survey was conducted from December 6 to 11 in 1,200 respondents from various parts of the country.

Some of the significant issues that made headlines before the survey was conducted were the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as a Cabinet member, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the investigation of the Senate and Lower House on the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Pulse Asia: President Duterte remains the most trusted government official

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the performance of and continue to trust President Rodrigo Duterte.

In the 2017 last quarter survey of Pulse Asia, 80 percent of Filipinos approve of the performance of the President, seven percent disapprove, while 13 percent are undecided.

The Chief Executive’s trust rating, meanwhile, is at 82 percent.

The highest recorded performance and trust rating of the President came from Mindanao, followed by Visayas, and the National Capital Region (NCR). He received the lowest ratings in other parts of Luzon.

Filipinos who are among the class E gave the highest ratings to the President.

“This number showed that our people are aware of and recognize the significant strides the President undertook in his one and a half year in office. We assure our people that he will continue to discharge his duties with the nation’s interest foremost of his mind. We, thus, call on everyone to put this appreciation into action by standing as one and help the government as we continue to address poverty, illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

In the same survey, Vice President Leni Robredo got an approval rating of 59 percent, and a trust rating of 58 percent.

It rose several points higher compared to the results of Pulse Asia’s survey in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Senate President Koko Pimentel, meanwhile, got a trust and approval rating of more than 50 percent.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got a 42% approval rating and a 37% trust rating.

Of the five highest officials of the land, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got the lowest ratings.

The said survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents last December 10 to 15 and 17.

The issues making headlines during the conduct of the Pulse Asia survey were the ratification of Congress of the TRAIN law; the passage of the  3.7 trillion pesos 2018 national budget; the  hearing for the CJ Sereno impeachment case; the order to stop the country’s immunization program after Sanofi Pasteur admitted its Dengvaxia vaccine might cause severe dengue to individuals without prior infection; the PNP’s return to the drug war; the President’s labelling of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group; the Chief Executive’s supporters call for a revolutionary government, among others. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang to conduct information campaign on TRAIN Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

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FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte wants the public to understand everything about the provisions and the purpose of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law.

This, following a series of increases in prices of goods and services in the country.

In line with this, the government will conduct an intensified information dissemination about TRAIN.

“I also know that PCOO is working double time to embark on a dissemination campaign on the salient features of TRAIN. Likewise, the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) will not hesitate to prosecute individuals who will take advantage of price hikes invoking TRAIN as a legal basis,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Roque also assured that government agencies like the DTI will not allow businessmen to exploit the system for their own gains.

“Ang excise tax naman po pinapataw hindi dun sa old inventory kundi sa mga bagong inventory. So walang dahilan para tumaas ang presyo on day 1 of the effectivity of the law (The excise tax is imposed not on the old inventory but on the new inventory. Therefore, there is no reason to increase prices on day one of the effectivity of the law),” Roque said.

Meanwhile, the government will improve the cash transfer fund in order to ease the burden of poor families.

“We already have a list of beneficiaries on the conditional cash transfer. It would be the same population that will benefit from this cash mitigation which is a provision of the Tax Reform Act or TRAIN,” the spokesperson added. —  Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Lawmakers oppose possible term extension for President Rodrigo Duterte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: (Left-Right) Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Rep. Edcel Lagman

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s term will end in 2022.

However, owing to the proposed shift to a federal form of government, Senate President Koko Pimentel noted the possible extension of the chief executive’s term to pave way for the transition period.

With this, opposition senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan expressed concern that changing the Constitution and the system of the government will not only extend the term of the president but also give him more powers.

The senator noted one of these powers might be the creation of laws that would no longer need the approval of Congress.

According to Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, the President can manipulate the decision of the constituent assembly to implement the changes he wants in the Constitution.

Lagman explained this is because of the existing administration-allied supermajority in Congress.

On the other hand, Malacañang strongly denied the alleged term extension of the chief executive.

“I would like to repeat, the President does not want his term to be extended. In fact, he wants to shorten it,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez clarified the issue on the alleged possibility of a ‘no-election’ scenario. Alvarez said it might happen in the 2019 senatorial polls and not in the 2022 presidential elections.

He explained, should the charter change push through to pave the way for federalism, the structure of the government will change.

The House speaker said it might affect the senators whose term will end in 2025, noting it is practical to not hold an election in 2019 so that all senators will simultaneously end their terms in 2022.

Alvarez added that election for local positions and lawmakers in the House of Representatives might push through in 2019. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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