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Malacañang allays fears over possible declaration of a revolutionary government

by UNTV News   |   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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ConCom begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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PH supports US-DPRK peacekeeping mechanism bid

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un for successfully holding their first summit in Singapore.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said this development “has underscored in the strongest terms the value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue, augurs well for the peace, security, and stability in the region and the world.”

And though this event has been written in the history, Roque noted, that this is just the beginning of the real hard work.

Roque added that “the Philippines is ready and willing to lend its support toward bringing it to fruition.” —  Rosalie Coz

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PH asked China to stop seizure of Filipino’s fish catch, discipline its coast guard – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Secretary Harry Roque with three of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard

 

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque assured Monday, June 11, that the government has already asked China to stop its coast guard personnel from taking the fish catch of Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal.

At Malacañang, Roque presented before members of the press some of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard. They narrated that the Chinese would barge into their vessel and seize their catch. Since they do not know their language, the fishermen would just let them proceed to avoid tension. The Chinese men would give them some noodles and drinking water in return, and leave.

“Sila na po mismo ang aakyat. Tapos hahalungkatin iyong lagayan ng isda. Di naman kami magkakaintidihan sa pag-uusap kaya kumbaga, nakikisama na lang kami kasi baka nga paalisin na naman kami,” narrated Romel Cejuela, a fisherman from Baja Masinloc, Zambales.

Malacañang does not consider it as harassment because there was no force involved and neither party used a weapon. However, the fishermen are asking the government to take action to prevent a repeat of the incident because it affects their livelihood. In fact, the Chinese have been taking at least P4,000 worth of their income.

Roque said the government has taken steps on the matter, citing that President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to ensure freedom of Filipino fishermen to fish in the waters of Scarborough Shoal.

“Gumawa na kami ng mga hakbang, at ang hinihingi natin dapat gumalaw ang mga otoridad ng Tsina na itigil itong mga pangyayari. So kinakailangan, disiplinahin siguro ng Tsina yung mga bugok na nangunguha ng isda,” Roque said.

However, if they were to be asked, local fishermen would prefer that Philippine Coast Guard or Navy personnel should withdraw their presence in Scarborough Shoal to avoid the tension from further escalating.

“Siguro ok na muna siguro yun [walang coastguard]habang patuloy munang nag-uusap yung gobyerno ng Pilipinas at China para maayos yung mga dapat ayusin siguro,” added Cejuela.

“Mula po ng panahon na pinadala ni Presidente Aquino ang (BRP) Del Pilar diyan sa Scarborough, di na po tayo nakabalik na tayo ang may control (diyan.) Ngayon po, totoo po na nandoon ang mga Tsino pero nakakapangisda po ang mga mangingisda ng Masinloc at ibang mga lugar,” Roque said in agreement to the fishermen’s proposal. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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