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House Speaker calls for resignation of LTO Chief due to car plates backlog

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got very upset after Land Transportation Office Chief Edgar Galvante failed to attend the House Committee hearing earlier Wednesday.

During the hearing, various issues such as fast tracking the process on motor vehicle registration and car plates backlogs were tackled.

It was said that Asec. Galvante was not able to attend the hearing because he was in the hospital for medical treatment.

House Speaker Alvarez would have wanted to ask the LTO Chief about the status of almost 6 million backlogs on vehicle plates.

The agency was able to send a representative from the Chief Operations Division, but the official failed to give a clear answer to the House Speaker’s questions.

This got Alvarez really angry to the point of calling for Galvante to resign from his post for his slow action to address the problem of car plates backlog, despite of being 1-year in office.

“What are you doing there? If you cannot do your job you resign! You tell Asec. Galvante if you cannot do your job tender his resignation.  Hindi kaya. Mahigit isang taon na kayo dyan wala pa rin kayong plaka (You can’t handle it. You’ve been there for more than a year yet there are still no car plates),” Alvarez said.

Based on the statement released by the LTO Wednesday afternoon, the agency said that they have already issued the notice of award to the winning bidder, Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and J.H. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GMBH & Co. KG Joint Venture for the production of the almost 6 million backlog on car plates amounting to more than P900-million.

The House leader also questioned the alleged slow process of imported motor vehicle registration, due to various requirements, such as the permit from the PNP-HPH Traffic Management Group and a clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which he said are unnecessary.

“Katarantaduhan yang mga requirements (Those requirements are foolish). Pinahihirapan niyo taumbayan (You’re burdening the people),” Alvarez said.

The UNTV News Team tried to get a reaction from Asec. Galvante, but it was reported that he was confined to a hospital since Tuesday afternoon. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte signs E.O. on travel ban vs gov’t officials, employees

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with House Speaker Pantalon Alvarez as the latter celebrated his birthday at the New Tagum City Hall in Davao del Norte on January 12, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Though no official document has been released yet, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he already signed an executive order which prohibits the personnel and government officials to travel into a foreign country except if they can submit corresponding documents before the scheduled travel.

The chief executive is referring to those under his authority in the executive branch down to the local government units.

“I just signed an executive order banning travel. You let me know first and I will read. I need to know what you are going for,” said President Duterte.

He made the statement when he attended the 60th birthday celebration of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Friday night in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

He again lambasted government officials who allegedly have no shame in using government funds and are using conferences abroad as an excuse to travel.

The President has already fired some officials who allegedly traveled abroad more than 12 times.

“They go out every convocation, convention, powwow, seminar — labas ng labas (always out). And for those who have traveled more than 12, you have to go. Hindi na ako bilib diyan sa most of the time nag-ibang bansa (I’m not impressed with officials who go abroad most of the time),” said Duterte. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Arrogant driver denies slapping the elderly taxi driver in a viral video

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Cherish Shermaine Interior did not attend Wednesday’s scheduled hearing at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), where she was supposed to face the taxicab driver she allegedly hurt during a traffic altercation.

A witness took videos of the incident and posted it on social media where it immediately went viral.

Instead, interior submitted her position paper on the incident where she stated her side.

She said the taxicab driver in the viral video, Virgilio Doctor, was driving recklessly and tailgating their vehicle.

When she confronted the taxicab driver, she claimed Doctor tried to escape and even hit her knees, and called her “baliw” (crazy).

Interior also denied slapping the taxi driver, claiming she just pointed a finger at him.

She argued her reaction to such an incident was normal especially since she was with her small children.

Doctor, on the other hand, denied the allegations of Interior.

“I was inside the taxicab, how can I hurt her? Maybe she was just hit by my car door… she was just saying that. My ears still hurt from what she did,” Doctor said.

Interior further said she even called the operator of Doctor and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), but to no avail.

She also claimed that the vehicle she was driving at the time was not hers, and that she was not aware that its registration has already expired.

However, she did not mention in her position paper the apology of the taxicab driver she confronted.

Interior said she decided to no longer attend the hearing due to safety and security concerns, noting that many on social media are threatening to hurt her.

She asked the LTO to dismiss the complaint filed against her.

However, Doctor will still push through with the complaints of unjust vexation, malicious mischief, slight physical injuries he filed against the woman.

“[In behalf of] my colleagues who are being maltreated just because we are poor. In behalf of taxi drivers, this is our fight,” Doctor said.

According to LTO Law Enforcement Service Dir. Francis Ray Almora, the case is already considered submitted for resolution since interior failed to attend the hearing.

“ After we review it, it would depend on the appreciation of Asec. Galvante. We may suspend or revoke her license,” Almora said.

LTO has placed Doctor under physical examination to determine if he can still drive after suffering a mild stroke in 2014.

According to the lawyer of the taxicab driver, Atty. Ariel Inton Jr, the LTO renewed his license in 2015 after passing the agency’s physical and medical examination.

“Since then he has not had a  major accident, major traffic violation until this incident with Ms. Interior,” Atty. Ariel Inton Jr. said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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Aguirre open to run in 2019 Senatorial elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

“If you ask me, I think Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre should be in the line up of senatorial candidates of PDP-Laban in 2019. I will support the candidacy of Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre,” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said in what seems to be an endorsement for the justice secretary as a possible administration candidate in the 2019 senatorial elections.

Alvarez was the guest speaker at the 81st anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Monday.

The House Speaker said he will convince President Rodrigo Duterte to include Aguirre in their senatorial line-up.

“I will highly recommend the inclusion of Sec. Vit Aguirre in the administration’s ticket,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said Aguirre would be a big help to the President to fast track the passage of bills in the Senate.

He laments that of 110 bills they transmitted to the Upper House, only 10 had become laws.

Aguirre is open to run for the Senate but said it will depend on President Duterte.

As PDP-Laban Chairman, President Duterte will have the final say on who will be running for the Senate in 2019.

“What will be, will be. Que sera, sera. If the situation demands it, but definitely much will depend on what will be the opinion of the President. We will obey the command of the President,” Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II said.

Last Friday, Alvarez announced that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Communications Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson are among the administration’s senatorial bets.

“I really believe that Mocha would be a very good candidate. For me, she is qualified. I think she has a genuine heart for the Filipino people,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, however, clarified the list is temporary and the party is yet to decide on it. – Roderick Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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