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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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76 new PNPA cadets to join police force

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.

Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.

“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.

Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.

The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.

For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.

Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.

“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.

(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.

“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.

The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Leni Robredo shrugs off criticisms against her

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo answers a question from Daniel Razon on the program Get It Straight

MANILA, Philippines — In an interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Vice President Leni Robredo said there is someone behind the personal attacks against her.

When asked about the networks of critics attacking her, the vice president said:  “Yung tumitira sa akin, well-oiled na infrastructure. Hindi totoong tao lahat. Konting percentage lang ang totoong tao. Isa siyang mahal na set-up na makinarya at identified na namin kung saan galing ang mga centers.”

(Those attacking me are from a well-oiled infrastructure. They are not real people. Only a small percentage are real people. It is an expensive set-up of machinery and we have already identified the location of its centers.)

The show’s host, Daniel Razon, clarified with Robredo, “So kung lahat ng alegasyon sa inyo Ma’am sa iba’t ibang mga platform, are you saying na walang totoo?”

(So all the allegations against you on various platforms, are you saying none of those are real?)

The vice president readily replied, “Walang totoo. Wala akong naaalala na may sinabi silang totoo.”

(None of it is real. I don’t recall them saying anything true.)

Robredo said her membership in the Liberal Party is the root of all the criticisms. Despite this, Robredo said she has no intention to turn her back against the previously most influential political party in the Philippines.

She further noted that she will even run under the Liberal Party in the event of another poll run-up.

“Nagumpisa ako sa Liberal, matatapos ako sa Liberal. Hindi naman ako sumama sa Liberal dahil sa mga kasama ko pero sumama ako sa Liberal dahil sa paniniwala. Naniniwala ako sa mga prinsipyo ng partido,” said the vice president.

(I began my political career with the Liberal Party, I will end my career still as a member of the Liberal Party. I joined Liberal not because of my colleagues, but because of ideology. I believe in the principles of the party.)

Robredo also clarified that despite her criticisms against extrajudicial killings, she is not against the president and even wishes for his success.

However, she believes it is everyone’s obligation to call out the wrongdoings of public officials including the president.

“Sino ba ang nasa likod ng EJK (extrajudicial killings)? Maraming pagkakataon, hindi ito palagay pero ito yung fact, mga pulis ang nasa likod ng EJK. Hindi si Pangulong Duterte. Pag nagkontra tayo sa EJK na ginagawa ng ilang mga pulis, hindi nangangahulugan na gusto natin bumagsak ang gobyerno,” she said.

(Who do you think are behind the EJKs (extrajudicial killings)? There are many instances, this is a fact, where the police are involved, not the president. When we express opposition against EJKs that are committed by some policemen, it doesn’t mean we want to destabilize the government.)

Should the chief executive offer her another Cabinet position, Robredo said she is ready to accept it but with one condition.

“Kung ang bahagi noon kailangan ako sumangayon sa lahat ng bagay na kahit laban sa paniniwala ko, mas mabuting hindi na lang. Pero kung may agreement na pwede naman ako mag call out kung palagay ko nagkakamali tingin ko, ‘yun ang magandang part doon,” the vice president said.

(If it requires me to agree with him at all times even if it’s against my principles, I would rather not accept it. But if I will be allowed to call out errors, I think I would be agreeable to it.)

The vice president is also hoping to be able to talk with the president to discuss important matters with him.

And when asked about what she would tell the president in a heart to heart talk, the vice president said: “If he gives me the chance, sasabihin ko lahat ng saloobin ko sa mga bagay na di namin pinag-aagreehan  — EJK, human rights, China, Benham Rise, ICC (International Criminal Court) membership, propeso ng pagsulong ng Cha-Cha (Charter-Change). Sana mabigyan ako ng ganung pagkakataon.”

(If he gives me the chance, I will tell him all my concerns on policies I don’t agree with, like EJKs, human rights, China, Benham Rise, ICC membership, the manner in amending the charter. I hope to be given the chance to do so.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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Pres. Duterte opposes divorce legalization in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the divorce bill being pushed in Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce. Ang sabi niya kawawa ang mga anak. At kung magkakaroon ng divorce, mawawalan ng karapatang magsampa ng kaso yung mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mga asawa nila matapos silang mag divorce.”

(The President is against divorce. He said children wouls suffer the most. Also, if there is divorce, it will deprive abandoned spouses the right to file charges after they’ve been divorced.)

Roque explained that the President still sees the possible effects of the bill on children with separated parents, despite being separated himself from his first wife.

Last week, the Lower House approved on second reading the proposed divorce law. The Lower House plans to pass it on third reading on Tuesday.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez joined the bill’s proponent Albay Representative Edcel Lagman in pushing the bill.

Meanwhile, no one among the senators has filed a counterpart bill as of Monday.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto previously said that such bill is likely to fail in the Senate.

Under the proposed bill, the process of divorce is made faster and cheaper.

The Philippines allows annulment of marriage but the process is expensive and usually takes years.

Currently, the Philippines and Vatican City are the two states left in the world that oppose legalization of divorce. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue














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