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Malacañang awaits word from HOR on blocked budget

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The sudden suspension of the budget hearing in the Lower House of Congress for the proposed 2019 National Budget raised questions from Malacañang on the kind of relationship that the Executive branch has with the Legislative body.

This, despite having the Lower House’s “super-majority” or the large number of solons allied with the Duterte administration.

Though Malacañang stressed it is not blaming anyone, the Palace admitted it has yet to hear anything about the issue from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Let’s just say with the budget being rejected by Congress, we don’t know what ties we have with the House now. We’d like to think that they continue to be important allies of the President, but apparently the change of leadership has also brought in a different kind of relationship,” explained Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

For now, the Palace regards this as a simple misunderstanding. Still, it would let the Congress explain about the issue.

But Roque said President Duterte does not believe Congress will reject the proposed national budget.

 “As of now, I think he’s giving the Congress the benefit of the doubt. He does not actually want to accept that for the first time, Congress does not want to enact on his budget,” the Spokesperson added.

Malacañang is also firm on the use of cash-based budgeting system for next year.

However, if Congress rejects the proposal, the government will be compelled to have a re-enacted budget for 2019.

Under the cash-based budgeting system, government agencies will only propose projects to be funded and implemented within the fiscal year.

The Congress has earlier expressed concerns that under this system, the “Build, Build, Build Program” of the Duterte administration will suffer, though the economic managers have said otherwise. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Malacañang on Trillanes arrest: ‘The court has spoken’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that Malacañang respects the order of the court to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Tuesday, September 25, issued an arrest warrant and hold departure order (HDO)  against Trillanes after the revocation of  the amnesty granted to him in 2010 revived his  rebellion cases.

“The court has spoken. As the President has said, we will respect the decision of the judiciary. Whatever Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has to say can be addressed to the court. Let us stop the drama by presscon and allow the legal process to take its course,” said Roque. —  Marje Pelayo.



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Ombudsman can order Mocha Uson’s dismissal – Palace

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

Image grabbed from Mocha Uson Blog FB

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured on Thursday, September 20, that it will treat with utmost respect whatever the Office of the Ombudsman will decide on the case against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Deaf advocates filed a complaint against Uson and her friend blogger Drew Olivar after another controversial video of them surfaced on social media. The video showed Olivar parodying the sign language while Mocha can be heard laughing at his antics.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said they will abide by the Ombudsman should he rule to dismiss Uson. But for the meantime, President Rodrigo Duterte has not issued any order yet against Uson related to the recent controversy.

“Let’s wait for the investigation of the Ombudsman dahil mayroon namang ganyang complaint. The Ombudsman can order the dismissal of anyone in the government because it is both administrative at criminal case. Igagalang po ng palasyo ang proseso, pag sinabi ng Ombudsman sibakin, di po natin tututulan iyan,” Roque concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte’s E.O. on importation, a threat to local farmers — Makabayan bloc solons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018


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Members of Makabayan bloc

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House Makabayan bloc have expressed their concerns about the possible impact of the executive order, that seeks to simplify the process of food importation, on local farmers.

Malacañang reported Wednesday, September 12, that the government’s economic managers are planning to submit a draft executive order to President Rodrigo Duterte to tame the country’s surging inflation.

The economic managers are proposing to streamline the importation process by removing or reducing the tariffs being imposed on imported essential food items including sugar, meat, rice, and vegetables.

But according to Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, this move might threaten the livelihood of local farmers and traders.

“Kapag bumaha ng mga produkto na ito sa ating merkado, ang mabibili ay produkto ng iba.  Kaya po ito ay pagtatanggal sa kakayanan ng mga producers natin dito sa bansa na makinabang doon sa matagal nang dapat na pakinabangan” said Ilagan.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro also argued that the measure might result in possible price increases given the high peso-dollar exchange rate.

“Nakita natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, P54 a dollar. So kung ito na ang magiging direksyon ng gobyerno dahil nakatali na sa importasyon ang dolyar,  mas mahal na maipapasasa sa mga consumers,” said Castro.

Instead of simplifying the food importation process, the Makabayan lawmakers are suggesting that the President should declare a price control in accordance with the Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“Malinaw naman po doon na kapag mayroong unreasonable spike sa price ng basic commodities and services, maari pong yung batayan para magisyu ang pangulo ng price ceiling o price control na hindi na po nangangailangang magkaroon ng declaration ng state of emergency,” said Anak-Pawis Representative Ariel Casilao.

President Duterte has earlier assured that his economic managers are now working to curb the inflation.

As reported by Malacañang, these proposals include streamlining the process of rice importation of the National Food Authority and the immediate release of essential food products in ports. — UNTV News & Rescue


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