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Malacañang dismisses alleged ouster plot by ex-US envoy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has been in office for 180 days but several ouster plots against him have already been reported.

The latest is the alleged blue print operation targeting his ouster by a former envoy of the U.S. in the Philippines.

However, Malacañang believes that those who devise these plots will not succeed.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also said the proof is the high satisfaction and trust ratings of the public for the administration of President Duterte.

WATCH: Malacañan, yet to take legal actions against group behind ‘Oust Duterte Movement’ 

“The President continues to enjoy the trust of the people and people on the ground, apparently appreciate what he is doing,” said Undersecretary Abella.

Meanwhile, Malacañang defended the anti-drug war against its critics.

WATCH: Duterte assures Robredo will be VP until end of her term 

The campaign, they say, can already be regarded a success for revealing the extent of the illegal drug problem including the involvement of government personnel in the proliferation of drug trade in the country.

“We’re able to uncover the length, depth and breadth of the actual situation. The fact that it is able to identify at least 4,000-5,000 thousand people in government who are actually involved in the drug trade, one way or another, that is already significant,” Abella added. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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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 designates ex-spokesperson as Foreign Affairs undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated his former presidential spokesperson, Ernesto Abella as undersecretary for strategic communications of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Abella served as the presidential spokesperson for more than a year before being replaced by former Kabayan Partylist representative Atty. Harry Roque.

President Duterte did not explain his reason for Abella’s transfer aside from saying it is his personal decision.

Meanwhile, Secretary Roque has been designated as the presidential adviser on human rights in addition to his role as the presidential spokesperson. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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