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EXCLUSIVE: Military uncovers CPP-NPA ouster plots vs Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

 

 

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File photo: New People’s Army

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has uncovered several plots by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, after examining data of computers seized from the rebels.

The military said the CPP was planning to sabotage the commemoration of the declaration of martial law last September 21 with a plot similar to the Plaza Miranda Bombing in 1972.

AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade said, the CCP’s plan was to recruit not only ordinary people but also prominent members of the opposition to participate in their staged protests.

In the middle of the program, a bomb was set to go off and at least injure a member of the opposition so that they can blame the incident on the administration.

“Kaya lang di sila nakabuo ng malaking grupo kaya dinisregard nila yung plano na yun,” said Parlade.

After failing to pull it off the communist rebels are back to the “Red October” ouster plot which they started executing way back in September 2017.

If the “Red October” plan fails, the Left has another plot set for November known as the “Lakbay Lumad Europe” and in December at the celebration of the Communist Party’s 50th Anniversary.

Parlade also denied allegations that the revelation of such conspiracies against the Chief Executive is merely psychological warfare.

“We don’t have to concoct anything kasi it’s there in the website. Magbasa lang at mag research lang yung mga tao natin makikita nila, yan ay plano ni Communist Party [founding chairman] na si Joma Sison; yan ang di alam ng coalition,” Parlade said. — Lea Ylagan / UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte accompanies SAP Bong Go in filing his COC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies long-time aide, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go  during the latter’s  filing of candidacy for senator. | Screengrab from PTV live stream via Facebook

 

MANILA, Philippines – Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go finally filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Monday (October 15) for the senatorial race in the 2019 mid-term elections.

He was accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte himself as he filed his COC at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main building.

Drawing inspiration from his travels around the country, Go said that he will focus more on helping ordinary Filipinos and knowing their situations in different areas.

“Ang pagtakbo ko po hindi para sa akin kundi para sa kapwa ko Pilipino, para sa mga nakasalamuha ko sa pag-iikot ko at pagbibista ko sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Pilipinas; para sa mga lubos na nangangailangan, at para sa mga nakararanas ng karukhaan,” he said during the media briefing.

This is Go’s first time to enter politics.

Prior to his filing, Go mentioned to a group of reporters that he feels sad knowing that he will be away from the President whom he considers also as a father.

Go admitted he is nervous about being a neophyte politician but he gets his inspiration from the President and said a strong voice must be heard in the Senate.

He vowed to push for legislation that would help the poor, specifically making medical services affordable and accessible to them.

“Unang una po ay gusto kong magtatag ng Malasakit Centers sa buong bansa gaya ng naumpisahan na ng ating pangulo. Ito po ang one-stop -shop para di na pahihirapan ang ating mga pasyente. Itong mga panahong ito ay litong lito ang ating mga kababayan hindi nila alam kung sino ang lalapitan nila…iyon po ang una kong gawin. Ikalawa, iyong pag repeal sa age of criminal liability,” he said when asked about his platform of government. – Marje Pelayo

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Former Spox Harry Roque drops Senate dream, eyes party-list election

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines – Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has decided to defer his senatorial plans and run for a congressional seat instead.

Roque had a personal talk with President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (October 14) and from there, Roque decided to go with the recommendation of the President realizing his slim chance of winning in the senatorial race.

Instead, he will run as the second nominee of the environmental party-list “Luntian Pilipinas party-list” following Ciara Sotto, the daughter of Senate President Tito Sotto, as the first nominee.

“I am taking the advice of the President while it was always my intention to file a certificate of candidacy, for the position of senator. I will actually file tomorrow a certificate of nomination for partylist,” he said.

If given a seat in the Lower House, Roque vows to push for the closure of all open-pit mining operations in the country as pursued by the Duterte administration.

While he was offered by President Duterte with the position of press secretary, Roque admitted that he is not the best person for the position citing lack of experience and training.

He added that by going back to his private life, he can now freely express his views and opinions.

“It’s time to be my own person again… Yes, nothing has changed. I’m now back to the old person I was. I knew that as a spokesperson, I had no personal views; that period has ended. I’m able now freely to advocate for the many issues that are close to my heart,” he said when asked about his future plans.

Nevertheless, he will remain a supporter of the Duterte administration although he is not discounting the possibilities of him criticizing the government in the future.

“But even as my own person, I think the President has always respected who I am and we respect instances wherein I may have criticisms because he knows I don’t seek to overthrow him,” he said.

In the end, Roque clarified that he holds no grudges against the President and he does not regret serving as the administration’s spokesperson.

He maintained that he remains in good terms with the Chief Executive. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to skip Boracay reopening

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

The shores of Boracay after 6 months of rehabilitation. Photo taken on October 5, 2018.

MANILA, Philippines – Despite invitation from Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to attend the dry run of the reopening of Boracay Island, President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he would skip the event.

The President said he will not go there so as not to give an impression that he is politicking the event.

Instead, President Duterte said he will only go to Boracay Island if the land titles are ready to be awarded to the Ati tribe and other beneficiaries of the government’s land reform program in the island,

“I will go to Boracay but I will go to distribute the lands given to the Atis. I’m not into sumptuous celebration, but I will go to Boracay to personally distribute land reform program certificates to natives,” the President said in an engagement in Manila on Sunday (October 14).

The President, meanwhile, expects that the local government units will continue the efforts that the national government has initiated for the recovery of Boracay Island.

The LGU has kicked off its week-long dry run ahead of the island’s soft opening next week.

President Duterte ordered a six-month closure of Boracay in April 26 for rehabilitation after it was tagged a “cesspool” because of the rise in pollution level due to lack of proper waste water treatment facility.

“I might go there someday but not just to… Ayaw ko ibandera. Maganda na kasi daw ang Boracay eh. And I saw the footages sa TV. And I hope that now that it’s clean, it has been eradicated of the bacteria,” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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