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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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Malacañang shrugs off ‘guilty’ verdict of International People’s Tribunal vs Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

 

The panel of the International People’s Tribunal | Image grabbed from the Facebook page of International Peoples’ Tribunal PH

 

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang shrugged off the guilty verdict handed to President Rodrigo Duterte by the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) on charges of human rights violations.

According to presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the said tribunal which recently convened in Brussels, Belgium, is propaganda body comprised of left-leaning groups.

“That’s a sham decision. It has no official sanction. The validity of the findings will depend on the credibility of the tribunals. They appear to be a propaganda body of the international left, and therefore we set it aside as a useless piece of propaganda against the government,” said Roque.

IPT 2018 convened this week to hear cases filed against Duterte on his alleged violations against political, civil, economic, social rights, international humanitarian law and others.

The IPT findings will reportedly be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), European Parliament and International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

“We heard the summary of testimonies of witnesses — many of them heart-wrenching, traumatic and horrific- experts and resource persons as well as the digest of wealth of data, information, facts, and other evidence. It is our consensus therefore, the defendants Duterte, trump and all other defendants are guilty of all the charges specified in the indictment and therefore they are accountable for crimes against humanity,” said the jury.

The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said the International People’s Tribunal is initiated by the people to seek redress when traditional institutions are either limited or skewed.

NUPL President Edre Olalia also said in a statement that the IPT is a unique arena or platform for the urgent process of establishing the truth.

He also stood firm that IPT observes due process and defendants are notified and given the opportunity to participate and defend themselves.

Olalia added that IPT’s panel is composed of eminent jurors from different disciplines and the proceedings are conducted in an open and public trial. — Rosalie Coz

 

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Chinese president sends condolences to Philippines over Typhoon Mangkhut

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: China’s President Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday extended condolences to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over Typhoon Mangkhut that has hit the Philippines, killing some 65 people.

In his message to Duterte, Xi said the typhoon has caused severe casualties and loss of properties in the Philippines. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, Xi mourned the victims and expressed sympathy to those injured, the bereaved families and the people in the affected area.

Xi said that China and the Philippines are friendly neighbors, and the Chinese people shared the sadness of the Philippine people over their sufferings, and are willing to help as much as possible.

Xi added that he believed that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, the Philippine people will quickly overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland. — Reuters

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Israelis protest arms sale to the Philippines as Duterte, Rivlin meet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

A protester holding a banner showing Duterte holding up an Israeli made Galil assault rifle | REUTERS

Israelis staged a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Jerusalem on Tuesday (September 4) as the Filipino leader met with his counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

Duterte, on a four-day visit to Israel and Jerusalem, thanked Rivlin and welcomed further defense deals with Israel that were on the president’s trip’s agenda alongside tourism and labor deals.

The visit is aimed at cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical U.S. allies.

The Philippine military, coast guard, and police have in the past acquired defense systems and weapons from Israel. But the Asian power has also purchased arms from other countries as well.

The Israeli defense ministry said it does not comment on the country’s defense exports.

In front of the presidential residence, a handful of protesters demonstrated against a possible weapons deal between the two countries.

The protesters chanted “shame” and “fascist” at Duterte and held up banners depicting the president with an Israeli-made Galil assault rifle, reading ‘Stop the Killings’.

Duterte who also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Monday (September 3) departs for neighboring Jordan on Wednesday (September 5). — Reuters

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