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Lower House outlines structure of its proposed version of PH federal gov’t

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Lower House of Congress has released its version of a proposed federal form of government.

Based on the said proposal, the country will be called the Federal Republic of the Philippines which will have a parliamentary form of government with the president as head of state.

The president will still have the oversight power over all agencies of the government and will remain as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

However, in the Lower House’s proposal, there will be no vice president.

The Lower House will serve as a federal assembly which will be led by the House speaker himself, while the Senate will remain and will be led by the Senate president.

The Senate and federal assembly will elect a prime minister.

The prime minister will prepare the proposed yearly funds of agencies that will be in charge of contracts and loans of the country.

He or she will also have the power to appoint and remove heads of executives offices, Cabinet members, and police officials.

Under the proposed federal form of government, the Philippines will be divided into five states.

These will be Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and Metro Manila. Each will have three state senators.

Party-list representatives will remain to represent marginalized sectors.

The president, prime minister, senators, members of the federal assembly, local government official and state officials will be in power for five years and may seek re-election.

The proposal also includes having a two-party system. The first election under the proposed new constitution will be held in may of 2022.

Aside from the office of the president, the lawmakers also propose the abolition of the Office of the Ombudsman and Judicial Bar Council (JBC).

The House of Representatives’ version also limits the freedom of the press, speech, and expression.

Meanwhile, when asked if President Duterte could still run for president under the new proposal, the committee on constitutional amendments chairman Rep. Mercado said,“Yes, he still can because he’s still in the first term. It can be as long as it’s in accordance with the Constitution.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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Kin of NPA captives want to halt AFP ops in Caraga for safe release of hostages

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 28 January 2019 04:54 PM

Members of the New People’s Army |Photo courtesy of Kodao Phils.

It has been over a month since the abduction of Corporal Erick Manangan, Private First Class Darlino Carino Jr. and 13 members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) by the communist rebel group, New People’s Army in Caraga region.

The two soldiers and 12 CAFGU members were abducted during their deployment at a patrol base in New Tubigon, Sibagat, Agusan del Norte under the 3rd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army. Not long after, the rebel forces snatched another CAFGU member in the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez.

Families of the hostages are grieving their uncertain fate. Elena Cariño, the mother Pfc. Cariño, laments not being able to sleep or eat because of anxiety over the safety of her child.

“Presidente maluoy ka sa amu sa mga kauban ng akong anak. Tabangan ninyo nga maka uli na akong anak (President have pity on us and my son’s companions. Help my son to return home),” she cried.

The distressed families are asking the military to suspend their operations as demanded by the rebel group for the speedy release of their loved ones.

But based on the statement issued by Major General Ronald Villanueva, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, the government is standing by its no-negotiation policy toward the New People’s Army.

He guaranteed that pursuit operations against the communist rebels who abducted the soldiers and CAFGU members will continue.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines assured the victims’ families that the military is exhausting efforts for their swift release of their abducted members. — Raymond Octobre

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Army recovers firearms, ammo after NPA clash in Negros Oriental

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 21 January 2019 05:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 302nd Brigade
recovered various weapons and paraphernalia from members of the
New People’s Army (NPA) after encountering the rebel forces in Brgy. Tacpao, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Saturday (January 19) at dawn.

The shootout lasted for fifteen minutes before the rebels finally retreated.

Government troops recovered one .45 caliber pistol, ammunition for M16 and AK47 rifles, a handheld radio and three berets sporting a five-pointed red star which symbolizes the communist ideology.

There were no casualties or injuries reported on the government side.

Pursuit and clearing operations by the military will continue in the area. —Lalaine Moreno | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ex-AFP chief Carlito Galvez is the new presidential peace adviser

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:00 AM

FILE PHOTO: Former AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.

MANILA, Philippines — Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez who just retired, has yet another role to play in the Duterte government.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Tuesday (December 12) at the AFP’s 83rd Anniversary and Change of Command ceremony that Galvez will be replacing former presidential peace adviser, Jess Dureza who previously resigned after two of his subordinates were accused of being involved in corruption.

“By the way, before I forget, si General Galvez will join the Cabinet next week as the Secretary of the Peace Process Office,” Duterte said to the audience.

The President added that Galvez is the 9th military man to be appointed under his administration.

His most notable accomplishment as the 50th AFP chief of staff is the strengthening of internal security operations.

“Upon assuming command, he supervised our internal security operations and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao. This led to the neutralization of more than two thousand terrorists, the recovery of thousands of firearms, and the clearing of seven guerrilla fronts,” the President said.

Replacing Galvez as AFP chief of staff is the current head of Eastern Mindanao Command, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal.

Madrigal’s appointment coincides with the establishment of a new division of the Philippine Army in Jolo, Sulu and the formation of a national task force that will combat the armed insurgency of the communist rebels.

“We now shift to a new civilian-led approach that will tap other government agencies and other private sectors in bringing basic services and other development interventions that will address the root cause of the communist movement,” the President said during his speech.

Duterte has ordered Madrigal to continue the good work that his predecessors have started in achieving lasting peace for the country.

“General Madrigal, you are now tasked with the responsibility of preserving peace and ensuring order as we shift to this new approach. Sustain the progress of those who came before you and create a legacy that will cause ripples of positive change in the years to come,” President Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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