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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit Duterte in his home in Davao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit President Rodrigo Duterte at his home in Davao City.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit President Rodrigo Duterte at his home in Davao City.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Abe will be arriving in the Philippines on Thursday and will travel to Davao City on Friday.

The two chief executives are expected to discuss measures to strengthen the economic relations between the Philippines and Japan.

“Apparently, the Prime Minister wants to visit the President’s residence house so it’s interesting,” Abella said. “Basically, they will talk about regional issues, business, counter-terrorism. Stuff like that.”

The Prime Minister is also set to meet with the country’s business sector. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Davao City government terminates local peace talks with NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Caprio said that although she is saddened by the proclamation, she will still respect the decision of the Chief Executive.

“As City Mayor I am saddened because there were efforts coming from the city government to sit down and talk about peace with people’s army. So my reaction is half-half,” Mayor Sara said.

With this, the Davao City will focus on clearing the so-called NPA infested areas like the Pakibato district and will monitor civilians living there.

“The use of City Gov of Davao to address issues in the communities since we acknowledge that there are issues in the community with regard to Govt services, with regard to Gov. so what we want to do is ask the communities themselves about the problems…and that advisory committee will tell the city mayors office what to do,” Peace and Development Committee City Legal Office Atty. Eliza Lapeña said.

The Davao City government will leave to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines the implementation of the security in the city in line with the implementation of the Presidential Declaration 10168. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang allays fears over possible declaration of a revolutionary government

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.

“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.

This was in response to the Vice President Leni  Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.

The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.

“Nakakabahala  ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.

(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)

She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.

Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.

Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.

“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.

Thus,  Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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President Duterte designates ex-spokesperson as Foreign Affairs undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated his former presidential spokesperson, Ernesto Abella as undersecretary for strategic communications of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Abella served as the presidential spokesperson for more than a year before being replaced by former Kabayan Partylist representative Atty. Harry Roque.

President Duterte did not explain his reason for Abella’s transfer aside from saying it is his personal decision.

Meanwhile, Secretary Roque has been designated as the presidential adviser on human rights in addition to his role as the presidential spokesperson. – UNTV News & Rescue

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