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Kadamay being used by left to create anarchy — Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has identified the leftist group or the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as being behind the movement of the militant group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).

Kadamay members forcefully occupied more than 5,000 government housing units of The National Housing Authority in Bulacan.

The President made his statement when he visited the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command at Camp General Artermio Ricarte, in Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

“I would want to make first the report that your houses were taken by people who are poor like us. But those are the guys being used by the Left,” he said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes, one of Duterte’s most vocal critics, agrees with the President on this.

“I received information from the security sector that Kadamay is a front organization of the communists. So if that is true, there are security implications
Because they have a community which is a sanctuary for communists,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has once again asked the military to let the Kadamay members occupy the housing projects.

He also promised fully furnished housing units for the uniformed personnel of the AFP and PNP.

However, the President warns those who are planning to do what Kadamay members have done in Bulacan.

“They will not be able to do this again because next time that I will build the houses for the police and the military I will guard those with five M-60 and a bazooka. At the first entry, they will really be attacked. I am just being patient because they are poor too,” Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte approves suspension of additional fuel excise tax in 2019

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of President Rodrigo Duterte has already issued a memorandum on the suspension of the second tranche of additional excise taxes on oil for the first months of 2019.

But according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the president has green-lighted the proposal of his economic team.

In particular, the collection of the additional P2.00 excise tax for every liter of fuel will be suspended beginning January next year.

This is despite the downward trend of oil prices in the world market.

A provision of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law states that the next tranche of additional excise tax will be automatically suspended if the price of Dubai crude oil will reach $80 per barrel or more for three consecutive months.

“I just got a communication from the executive secretary that our proposal to suspend the two-peso additional excise tax on oil next year has been approved. And we have no intention to recommend again, second policy is kinda difficult, and we cannot do it at the whim in response to,” said Diokno.

The budget official noted that the move will result in revenue losses of around P26 billion.

It will also affect the government’s fuel subsidy program for jeepney operators. Instead of P20,000, recipients will only be receiving P10,000.

There is no definite period yet until when the suspension will be in effect but Secretary Diokno reiterated that the government will review it on a quarterly basis.

Diokno also insists that the government has the privilege to suspend the excise tax and will not violate the law.

“The administration has the prerogative to suspend if it wants to in the light of recent developments, we cannot violate the law, it’s the Department of Finance who is implementing the law,” said the budget secretary.

Meanwhile, Diokno denied a report that the government has failed to reach its target revenue collection under the TRAIN law.

“Number one, it’s false that it’s not yielding much more than one we have anticipated so, in other words, we have the program revenue collection as a result of TRAIN I, we have actually exceeded the collection,” said Diokno. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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96 former NPA rebels in Surigao return to gov’t fold

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

Former members of the New People’s Army

 

Around 96 former members of the New People’s Army from Surigao surrendered to the government amid ongoing localized peace talks.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año led the ceremonial turnover of the former rebels’ firearms on Saturday.

The rebel returnees will receive cash and livelihood assistance under the government’s enhanced comprehensive localized integrated program (E-CLIP).

“Sabay-sabay naman yung ginagawa nating localized peace talks at saka yung pagbigay ng e-clip tapos meron din tayong responde sa bawat pangyayari na nagagana.  Talagang ganyan, may mga peace spoiler so kailangan natin ay ibang approach dito sa mga peace spoiler.  Pero dito sa mga nakahanda nang sumurender ito yung package ng e-clip,” said Año.

Under the Duterte administration, more than 6,000  NPA rebels have surrendered to the government; 800 of them have already received financial aid while the rest are still undergoing validation process.

 

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Locsin: PH, China to discuss ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ during Xi’s visit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping when the latter visits the country this month.

According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, the two leaders will discuss the Philippines’ participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and a memorandum of understanding will be signed during Xi’s visit.

Locsin added in a message that this is Xi’s priority because the Philippines is the only ASEAN country that has yet to join the initiative aimed at linking Southeast Asia and South Pacific through massive infrastructure projects with multi-billion dollar fund earmarked by the Asian power.

The Chinese president is expected to visit the country this month after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Papua New Guinea.

The DFA secretary, meanwhile, denied earlier reports that a deal on joint oil and energy exploration in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea will be signed between the Philippines and China during Xi’s visit.

This is because the proposed deal is still being studied according to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and the president has yet to approve the bid to explore the Service Contract No. 57 situated west of Calamian Islands in northwest Palawan.

Cusi also clarified that the said area is not included in the hotly contested parts of the West Philippine Sea.

“Service Contract No. 57 and this is an issue of farming-in for a company to be because that service contract is owned by PNOC-EC and then needed the partner to pursue further exploration and exploitation if when the time comes. So they have been looking for partners and one partner that they have shown that interest is the CNOOC. So, for them to farm-in because it has been farming-in is not allowed,” said Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Both Cusi and Locsin admit they have no idea whether Duterte and Xi will discuss the proposed joint oil exploration deal in the West Philippine Sea during their meeting. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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