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Makabayan congressmen likely to withdraw support for administration

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

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MANILA, Philippines — Following the Commission on Appointment’s (CA) rejection of former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. Rafael Mariano and former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the Makabayan congressmen are now mulling over the thought of severing their alliance with the administration.

The seven Makabayan congressmen are current members of the majority coalition.

The group calls for an emergency national executive meeting to finalize their position.

“On the rejection of two progressive Cabinet Secretary we saw that the support from the President has lost … We are inclined we are personally inclined to already recommend and not to review only but to leave the alliance,” Bayan Muna Party list Rep. Carlos Zarate said.

Among the issues raised by the group that inclined them to leave, are the counter insurgency, the suspension of the peace talks, the increasing number of death in the anti-illegal drugs operation of the PNP and the President’s move to favor the Marcoses.

“There are no basis now to continue the alliance but we have process,” Act Teachers Party list Rep. Antonio Tinio said.

Malacañang , on the other hand, respects the position of the Makabayan bloc.

“Whatever parties are out there, they may express their own belief, disbelief or participation, non-participation, support and non-support. We are… We live in a democracy,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP holds reenactment of Mayor Halili’s assassination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

 

At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.

The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.

This aims to eliminate speculations and  establish the position of the gunman.

In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where  Mayor Halili  was standing along with other individuals during the incident.

After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.

The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.

The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.

Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.

At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .

Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.

Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.

It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.

Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 PNP officers sacked over death of detainee

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

 

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 4 Commander P/Supt Carlito Grijaldo and duty jailer PO3 Dennis Saño have been relieved of their posts effective Thursday, June 21, over the death of detainee, Genesis Argoncillo.

PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde has also instructed NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar to investigate if QCPD Director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel, Jr. should be relieved for command responsibility. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Palace set to release EO for Boracay land reform program – DAR

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An aerial shot of Boracay Island taken during the  Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) aerial inspection with members of the UNTV News Team

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) already submitted to the Office of the Cabinet Secretary its proposed guidelines in distributing Boracay lands to farmers.

“This will be calendared soon sa (at the) Cabinet meeting and this will be presented to the president for the specific recommendation of the executive order pertaining to Boracay alone. And with that we hope that we will be able to clear and have a specific guidelines on the way agrarian reform program in Boracay has to be implemented,” said Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Atty. John Castriciones.

With this, Secretary Castriciones said the president might release this week an executive order to speed up the process of land reform in the island.

Castriciones noted that the president wants to immediately distribute the land in Boracay which then warrants the removal of illegal structures built there.

DAR is currently conducting surveys, inspections and farmer identification on the island.

“If there is no law giving justification on why they are allowed there, we will take measures to include those areas to be distributed to farmers,” said the Agrarian Secretary.

The government has estimated that 25 hectares of land may be distributed to members of the Ati tribe to improve their lives.

Meanwhile, the DAR secretary revealed that the government is offering affordable housing units to farmers.

The housing units can be bought at lower prices and are payable within 30-years with the help of other agencies like Pag-IBIG and Landbank.

Around 2.8 million farmers are expected to benefit from the program.

There are model houses in Bayumbong, Nueva Vizcaya, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, Argao, Cebu and Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Castriciones said farmers just need to show their proof of income from farming to avail of the said program. — Cathy Maglalang

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