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)
Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government
President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country.
Duterte, the chairman of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday.
“As we [undergo] reforms in this administration, our unity is now more important than ever. I, therefore, ask the continued support of PDP-Laban and its partners in creating practical solutions to address the root cause of our nation’s problems,” Duterte said.
The Chief Executive also challenged the members of the ruling political party to remain true to its vision to promote good governance and to address issues that continue to strangle Filipinos.
“Let us remain committed to the party’s vision of liberating our people from the clutches of poverty, conflict, crime, illegal drugs and corruption through the promotion of justice, equality, and good governance,” he said.
He also called on his party-mates to promote the proposed shift to federalism which is a priority measure of his administration.
Present in the event were PDP-Laban President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The party assembly was held just a few days after President Duterte met with the two warring factions and urged them to settle their differences.
But Pimentel insists there is no faction in the PDP-Laban, saying one cannot highjack a party by holding an event and electing himself as its leader if he is a non-member.
Pimentel is referring to Rogelio Garcia, a classmate of Duterte, who claims to lead the other group.
Congressman Alvarez also agreed with Pimentel’s statement.
“Hindi. Isa lang. Isa lang talaga. Wala namang infighting. I think, mali lang iyong impression na iyan,” said Alvarez.
The members of the PDP-Laban are expected to meet again by September to iron out other issues. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte likely to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins protest
President Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to step down if former senator and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (August 16) said Duterte wants a “better qualified” successor as he has been worried if someone “incompetent” would replace him.
“He had said that he thinks that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him. If there’s development and he will win the protest, then he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true his words. If he (Marcos) becomes vice president, perhaps, the President will make true his word, he will step down,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during Wednesday’s press briefing (August 16).
On Tuesday, the President openly named Marcos or Senator Chiz Escudero as his preferred successors if ever he steps down as president.
“I think deep in my heart if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya. That’s my honest opinion. Kung sino lang sana diyan, in the likes of Escudero or Bongbong Marcos,” Duterte said during his meeting with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Malacanang.
Duterte said he was tired with his seemingly “endless” fight against graft and corruption that “has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”
Roque clarified, however, that Duterte remains the President and would not be resigning anytime soon.
In April, Marcos filed an electoral protest against Robredo claiming the vice presidential race in 2016 was manipulated causing him to lose against Robredo by around 263,000 votes.
Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp remains confident that Marcos will never become the president on this nation.
“Insofar as we are concerned, President Duterte’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” ended Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s Lead Counsel. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
Roque: Teachers’ pay hike possible after TRAIN 2
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque | PCOO
QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, August 15, announced before more than 8,000 educators, the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the monthly salary of teachers.
“Well ang sabi ng Presidente, matapos ang TRAIN 2 doon niya talagang hahanapan ng pondo para maitaas muli ang sahod ng mga teachers,” Roque said during the annual teachers convention held in Quezon Province.
He added that the Congress is now working on the draft of the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration after which, they lawmakers may then proceed with the measure for teachers’ pay hike.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, for his part, is also closely coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the proposal.
“Sa kasalukuyan meron na po silang salary standardization that ends on 2019. Pagkatapos po nito ay ako mismo magpafollow up sa ating Pangulo o sa ating kalihim ng Budget and Management para po isunod kaagad ang kanilang unti unting salary increase,” he said. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo