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Forbes: Duterte among world’s 74 most powerful

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte is included on the list of 74 most powerful people in the world, according to the prestigious Forbes magazine.

In the 2016 World’s Most Powerful People issue, President Duterte is in the 70th place. The magazine introduces the Chief Executive as Davao City’s former mayor and has an intensified campaign against illegal drugs and crime.

Also mentioned are President Duterte’s controversial statements such as the Philippines’ withdrawal of alliance with the United States.

READ: Duterte announces ‘separation’ from US military, economic ties

The President is alongside personalities new on the list, such as UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin remains on the number 1 spot. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports

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

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.

Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.

But Presidential Spokesperson  Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.

“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte wants pursuit of ‘labor-only contracting’ firms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PHL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to submit a report on companies engaged in labor-only contracting.

These are companies that implement repeated short-term employment contracts better known as “cabo” and 5-5-5 schemes.

The president gave the labor department 30 days to submit the report to the Office of the President.

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was also ordered to coordinate with the labor secretary in relation to the order.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, this is still part of the president’s promise.

“To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. Ang promise ng Pangulo, habang ganiyan ang depinisyon ng contractualization na hindi lahat ay bawal, kung hindi iyong mga cabo lamang, sisiguraduhin ni Presidente wala talagang 555 at wala talagang cabo,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end.  The president promised, while the definition of contractualization says not everything is prohibited but only “cabo”, the president will ensure that there will be no more 555 and cabo schemes.)

On Thursday, Malacañang said the president will no longer sign an executive order banning contractualization of workers.

Roque said it is the duty of the Congress to enact laws that will ban all types of contract labor in the country.

Duterte, however, will possibly certify the proposed bill as urgent to speed up its progress in Congress. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 drug suspects caught in the act of drug use

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

Drug suspects caught in the act of using drugs

MANILA, Philippines — Two drug suspects were caught in the act of using alleged illegal drugs in Barangay Pag-asa, Binangonan, Rizal.

The suspects were identified as Marc Adrian Lipio, 26, and Narl Jay Fernandes, 24.

Two sachets of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia were confiscated by the authorities in the operation.

“Yung ating mga tao, may mga impormante kasi kami — mga concerned citizen na nagsabi na mayroon daw na naggagamitan ng shabu. Ayun, kayo naman nakakita kanina. Inamin naman mismo nung dalawa na talagang gumagamit sila. At yung nakuha sa kanila, kabibili lang daw nila,” said Binangonan police chief PSupt. Eduardo Deluna Balita.

(Our informants, they are concerned citizens who told us about these shabu drug users.  As you have seen earlier, the two admitted to using illegal drugs.  The drugs that were confiscated from them were newly bought.

Based on the investigation, a drug dealer alias George sold drugs to the suspects.

The two admitted to possessing the seized drugs.

“Opo. Minsan na nga lang. Wala po eh. Natyempohan e,” said Lipio.

(Yes, but we only use it sometimes. It was bad timing.)

The two will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — UNTV News & Rescue

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