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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 regains excellent trust rating – SWS survey

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte regains excellent trust rating of the public based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey taken during the last quarter of 2017.

From 60 percent “very high” trust rating in September 2017, it increased to “excellent” at 75 percent which is the same as the result in June 2017.

The chief executive’s trust ratings have been consistently excellent since he assumed office except for the results in September 2017 which was “very high”.

The President got the highest scores in Mindanao, Visayas, and Metro Manila while “very good” in Luzon.

Despite the good news on the excellent trust rating of the public to the chief executive, the Duterte administration is not satisfied.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government will continue to improve its work to make the lives of the Filipinos better.

“We leave no room for complacency. We, therefore, assure that everyone, that the chief executive together with his team will remain undistracted in improving the lives of the poor and marginalized, fighting criminality and enforcing the law and curbing graft and corruption in government,” said Roque.

The government also attributes the excellent trust rating of the public to President Duterte on the realization of his campaign promises.

“So all this indicate that the economy is growing as his promise. He has promoted the rule of law against the threat of terrorism. And of course, he is winning the war against drugs,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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President Duterte to dismiss several government and police officials over corruption

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — In what he describes as “purge regime,” President Rodrigo Duterte is preparing to fire up to 70 active police, three generals and one government official in the coming days.

This was announced by the chief executive himself last night during a Pagcor event in Manila.

“I am in the thick of firing people. I intend to fire another maybe 70 or 49 policemen and three generals for corruption. In the next few days, this is really a purging regime,” said President Duterte.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he was not given permission to disclose the names of the people the president was referring to and the particular reasons for their dismissal.

The President said he really spends time cleaning the government of corruption and he will do this until he steps down from his post.

“I think that I’ll be spending a lot of time just to clean up government and would consume four years for the time that I would be there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said it is possible for President Duterte to hold office in Mindanao for a longer time than in Manila in the coming days.

This was revealed by Secretary Roque because lately the President held his engagements more often in Davao City and he even welcomed foreign dignitaries in the Malacañang of the south — the Panacañang.

“It appears that the President intends to spend more time in Mindanao governing rather than in Malacañang,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Former Senator Bongbong Marcos does not intend to run in the 2019 elections

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. has no plans of returning to the Senate.

The former Senator said he wants to focus first on the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Why would I run for Senate when I won as vice president? My job now is to work on my proclamation so that the true results would come out,” said the former senator.

Marcos has also expressed dismay over the slow pace of the resolution of his complaint. He claims that he felt like he is at the disadvantage.

Despite this, the former senator is still confident that he has the necessary documents and witnesses for the electoral protest. However, he sees no major development yet up to now.

“The process of recounting has not started yet. The electoral tribunal has already asked me to pay millions for the election protest. I paid on time but the result for what I paid for was given to the opposite camp. They do not want us to get it,” said Marcos.

In response, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Director James Jimenez said that the poll body is just following the orders of the presidential election tribunal.

Jimenez noted that the mandate of Comelec is to reveal the results of the previous elections. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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