Left misses opportunity with Maza resignation : Malacañang

admin   •   August 20, 2018   •   2238

Former National Anti-Poverty Commission chief Liza Maza


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that with the resignation of leftist Cabinet member Liza Maza from her post as National Anti-Poverty Commission chief, the Left may have missed the chance to show their capability to lead in government and pursue the welfare of the poor.

“It could have been a perfect opportunity for the left to show that they can lead and of course National Anti-Poverty Commission is a very important office of the government,” Roque said.

“The president gave them that opportunity and she decided to leave. Wala namang nagpapaalis sa kaniya (No one made her leave). So I don’t know really why she had to connect the peace talks with her work in the Anti-Poverty Commission,” he added.

In a statement, Maza said she joined the Cabinet in the hopes of facilitating meaningful socioeconomic and political reforms from within the government.

But the President’s decision to terminate peace negotiations with communist rebels has prompted Maza to resign from the Duterte Cabinet.

“His (Duterte) latest pronouncement, however, on finally terminating the talks brings me to the conclusion that these reforms may no longer be possible under the current administration,” she said.

Maza also claimed that she was being left out of Cabinet meetings.

“Oct 2017 pa di nako invited sa Cabinet meetings (I have not been invited to a Cabinet meeting since 2017),” she said.  “Hindi ako binibigyan ng invitation (They don’t send me invitations).”

Nevertheless, Harry Roque also acknowledged Maza’s contribution as a government official especially as the survey shows that there is a decrease in the number of Filipinos who experience involuntary hunger.

He said it was also under her leadership that the National Feeding Program was enacted into law, one that definitely would have a positive impact on poverty.


Duterte accepts resignation of DICT Usec. Eliseo Rio Jr.

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte finally accepted the resignation of Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). 

Rio submitted his resignation to the Office of the President on January 31 due to internal issues within the Department. 

Gusto naman talaga ni Secretary Rio na mag-retire na so hinayaan na ng Pangulo na mag-retire na siya, [It was Secretary Rio’s desire to retire so the President just allowed him to do so]”, confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Friday (May 22). 

In February, the Senate probed on the alleged irregularity in the use of the agency’s confidential funds as claimed by Rio.

READ: Senate to conduct probe on intelligence funds of government agencies

Rio spearheaded the bidding process for the third telecommunications player in response to the directive of President Duterte. 

The Palace expressed its gratitude to Rio for his service. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte ends peace talks with Reds for killing soldiers in relief missions

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The series of attacks against government forces on humanitarian missions during this time of crisis is the final straw for President Rodrigo Duterte to end peace talks with the communist rebels. 

“I’m so sad about this development but there will always be a time for reckoning. There is no more peace talks to talk about,” the Chief Executive said in his late night address on Monday (April 27).

A number of soldiers were killed and wounded in several encounters with members of the New People’s Army — the Communist Party of the Philippines’ armed wing — throughout the month of April. 

Three soldiers died and four others were hurt in an encounter with the NPA while conducting security patrol during the distribution of the social amelioration grant in Sitio Tugas, Barangay Carabalan in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on April 19. 

An Army soldier was also killed in a remote village in San Jacinto town, Masbate province on the same day.

Two soldiers, meanwhile, were killed while three others were wounded in an attack by communist rebels in Aurora province on April 21. The soldiers were stationed in the area guarding the conduct of aid distribution. 

Two more soldiers were injured in an attack by NPA rebels in Victorias City, Negros Occidental on April 24. 

The Philippine Army said the soldiers, together with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were conducting a security patrol and information dissemination about COVID-19 in the area.

“I am not and I will never be ready for any rounds of peace talks simply because the NPA, the Communist Party of the Philippines, has no respect either for their spoken works or in their deeds of killing soldiers who are on humanitarian missions,” President Duterte stressed.

READ: Duterte threatens to declare martial law if NPA attacks continue

The President earlier threatened to declare martial law if atrocities against government forces engaged in relief distribution continue. 

READ: Duterte’s new martial law threat, a cover-up for failed COVID-19 response — CPP

But the CPP, unfazed by the President’s warning, responded by accusing him of using the NPA as an excuse ‘to cover up’ the administration’s failed response against the COVID-19 crisis and to carry out his agenda of imposing martial law. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

Palace: Duterte dares Joma Sison to a one-on-one talk in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2019

Communist leader Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R)

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is challenging communist leader Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison to return to the Philippines and have a one-on-one talk with him.

The President’s agenda is about the peace process away from the usual Philippine Government-National Democratic Front’s way of doing things, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“The President is daring him to come home to the Philippines and have a one-on-one talk with the President,” Panelo said.

“He is asking him to come to the Philippines, there will be no enforcement of any warrant, just come to the Philippines and talk with him,” he added.

Sison, who is on self-exile, is recognized as a political refugee in Utrecht, the Netherlands and enjoys the protection of the Refugee Convention and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Panelo said the Chief Executive wants the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to explain the recent attacks of the New People’s Army (NPA), the group’s armed unit, against government forces in Camarines Sur and Iloilo on the eve of the ceasefire.

“We condemn of course the violations of the ceasefire agreements,” Panelo said.

“We are giving them the chance to explain why it has committed such violations. He (Duterte) will wait for the explanation coming from them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Panelo said President Duterte is considering the request of her daughter, Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte to maintain localized peace talks and exclude the city from the negotiations with the Reds. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)


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