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EXCLUSIVE: Taiwanese politician explains why he chose Duterte’s image in campaign posters

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2018

Taiwanese politician Chen Renchi tries to win some votes by using the image of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring attention to his own policies on illegal drugs. Duterte is know internationally for his tough stand against illegal drugs which has earned him both praise and criticism.


HUALIEN City, Taiwan – A photo of President Rodrigo Duterte being featured in a campaign poster of a Taiwanese politician recently went viral on social media.

UNTV Senior Correspondent in Taiwan, Amiel Pascual, was able to interview the man featured along with Duterte on the poster and who was even emulating the signature “Duterte fist.”

“I decided to use the picture of President Duterte because he is known for his war on drugs…What I look at is President Duterte’s contribution in the awareness of illegal drugs,” said Chen Renchi.

Chen is a political candidate seeking election as city council representative in Hualien City, East of Taiwan.

Chen said that even though he has other policies on illegal drugs, he believes that Duterte’s image will be a big help in expressing his concern for the future generation on the dangers of illegal drugs.

“Not only in Taiwan but now around the world, drug abuse is rampant. To let the next generation know not to have contact with drugs. That is why we are spreading anti-drug awareness. We are hoping that our next generation and our citizens could live in a drug-free environment,” he explained in Mandarin.

Chen said he admires President Duterte’s determination and although his (Duterte’s) ways might not be applicable in Taiwan, Chen said the President’s “spirit is admirable.”

Meanwhile, some Hualien residents seem to agree with Chen’s campaign platform. Some of them also expressed admiration for President Duterte’s war on drugs.

“I personally approve President Duterte’s ways of solving problems. I think he has a lot of guts. I really like his determination in fighting drugs,” said resident Chi Chia Xu in Mandarin dialect.

“That’s good. It’s better not to use illegal drugs so that you won’t put your life to waste and the country will progress. It’s ok. It’s ok. Every country has its own way,” said Mr. Lin.

“I think it’s not bad. Nowadays, young people, many middle and high school students, use illegal drugs,” expressed Mr. Yun.

As expected, Filipinos in Taiwan couldn’t be prouder knowing that people in Taiwan are also looking up to the country’s anti-drug policy, particularly to the President.

“Proud ako siempre na pati iyong picture ni President ginagamit sa campaign. Siguro pagpapakita ng pulitiko na iyon na idol niya si Duterte. Humahanga siya,” said Filipino worker in Hualien Octa Velly.

“Nagpapakita iyan kung gaano kinikilala ang pangulo ng Pilipinas sa kaniyang adhikaing mapabuti ang ating bansa. Kahit na ang dayuhan, sa kaniyang (Duterte) adhikain ay pamarisan,” reacted Boyet Salud, also ang OFW in Taiwan.

Hopeful he would win in November’s election, Chen said he is determined to impose his platform of government and make a difference in his beloved hometown Hualien City, a home to 230,000 people. – Marje Pelayo (with a report from Amiel Pascual)


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Duterte calls axed Bacolod police chief a drug lord ‘protector’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Bacolod City Chief of Police PSSupt. Francis Ebreo. | Courtesy: Bacolod City Police Office FB page

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte called recently sacked Bacolod City Police Chief PCSupt. Francis Ebreo a drug lord “protector”.

The Chief Executive noted an incident where Ebreo exhibited a behavior unexpected of a chief of police.

“There was this, si Cano, a councilor who has been tagged by the PDEA almost a decade ago to be engaged in trafficking, na-ambush. That incident na pumunta sila sa ospital. Silang dalawa ng deputy niya. What’s the **** business of going to the hospital? Ambush and drug lord? Tapos, nag-iwan pa sila ng dalawang security,” the President narrated referring to the ambush of Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan and his wife on December 14.

“I would understand if he (Ebreo) would send a topnotch investigator of the police. Pero kung silang dalawa mismo, the first and second highest police officials of the city, nagtataka ako kung bakit ganun. It’s a strange behavior,” he added.

The President vented his anger on the sidelines of the state visit of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday (January 16). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Duterte orders backchannel talks with Reds

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO/Richard Madelo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is reopening doors for peace.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Board Member Avelino Andal confirmed that the Chief Executive ordered him to hold backchannel talks with the communist rebels.

According to Andal, he already conveyed the President’s message to the leaders of the leftist group which the latter positively welcomed.

“Actually napag-utusan ang inyong lingkod at utos mula sa presidente na kung maaari ay i-resume ang pag-uusap,” Andal revealed in a phone interview.

“Sapagkat ang kaniyang pinagdidiinan ay bilang presidente, siya ay kaibigan at hindi kaaway ng mga rebelde,” he added.

Andal was a former activist and political detainee during the Martial Law regime. He was once a rebel returnee himself.

In 2018, President Duterte ordered the suspension of backchannel talks with the communist rebels for the government to thoroughly assess the provisions of the agreements to be entered into by both parties.

Though Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo did not confirm such backchannel order, he expresses confidence that such a move will bring positive results.

“What is important to me is if there is one, then the CPP-NPA at this time and for a change should listen to the president, and most likely they may at this time to the urgings of the president,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to march the streets to support the Bangsamoro Basic Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday (January 14) that President Rodrigo Duterte plans to fly to Cotabato City to join a massive rally on January 18 in support of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The mass action will be held two days before the scheduled plebiscite for the BBL in areas of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Isabela City-Basilan and in Cotabato City.

Lorenzana assured that President Duterte and the rest of his Cabinet as well as the Congress support the BBL.

“All out si Presidente. Sa January 18 pupunta (siya) sa Cotabato para sa big BOL rally. The day before dapat pupunta din siya sa Jolo pero dahil may importante siyang gagawin dito, hindi makapunta,” Lorenzana said during a meeting with leaders of the Bangsamoro communities outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) on Sunday (January 13)

“Pero pupunta kami. Ako, si Sec. Ano, si Sec. Galvez, para kumbinsihin na namin si Sakur. Matigas ang ulo ni Sakur, pero we can convince him maybe para lumambot ang puso niya at tanggapin ang BOL,” the Defense Secretary said referring to Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu who opposes the BOL.

Malacañang expressed confidence that with the presence of President Duterte himself, the public will be more convinced of supporting the passage of the BBL.

“The voice of the president is always a powerful influence on whatever matter he gives his voice into,” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Lorenzana, meanwhile, assured the public that the government is working very hard to ensure an honest, clean and peaceful elections in May.

Lorenaza and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chair and head of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Ghadzali Jaafar called on all parties involved in the BOL especially the leaders of Muslim groups to be calm and pay respect to whatever the decision of the public will be regarding BBL.

“Hindi na pwede ang takutan dito. Tapos na ang pagiging rebolusyonaryo natin. Tapos na. Bibigyan na nga tayo ng chance to lead. Now it’s time to, itapon na natin ang uniporme natin. Magsuot na tayo ng barong o di kaya ng coat, and then start being a diplomat. Start being a statesman. Start thinking of how to improve our area,” Lorenzana said.

“Please do not do anything that will divide their favor because one of the major responsibilities of a leader, whether you’re like a revolutionary leader like me or political leader, your responsibility is,at all times, to unite your constituent and to unite your people,” appealed Jaafar.

“Leaders like us must never become agents of disunity of our people,” he emphasized further.

The plebiscite will be held on February 6 in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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