Malacañang dismisses alleged ouster plot by ex-US envoy

admin   •   December 28, 2016   •   3826

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.

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“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.

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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

Duterte tells Filipinos: Emulate Bonifacio’s courage, determination in facing challenges

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on Filipinos to emulate the courage, determination, and patriotism of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio in facing challenges such as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that the world is facing.

In a taped message aired during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City to mark the 157th birth anniversary of the Filipino hero, Duterte noted Bonifacio’s legacy of sparking the fires of a revolution that “awakened our national consciousness and served as the foundation” of the Philippine Republic.

“His love of country — which aroused our ancestors to fight for our freedom and secure our rightful place in the community of nations —- is very vital now, more than ever, as we overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic,” Duterte said in his message.

“As we remember his life and deeds, may the values he fought for, inspire us all to become worthy heirs of the just, progressive, and inclusive society that he envisioned more than a century ago,” he added.

Duterte also encouraged Filipinos to draw inspiration from Bonifacio to overcome challenges and secure a much brighter future for the country.

“Fueled by Bonifacio’s extraordinary courage and determination, let us surmount the many challenges ahead and secure a much better and brighter future for every Filipino.

Mabuhay si Gat Andres Bonifacio at ang ating inang Bayan!” he said.

Duterte did not attend the Bonifacio Day commemoration rites held in Caloocan City on Monday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Bonifacio Monument.

Simultaneous ceremonies were also held in other historic sites in the country in honor of the Filipino hero.

Gloria Arroyo named presidential adviser on Clark projects – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as his adviser on Clark flagship programs and projects, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte signed Arroyo’s appointment papers on Nov. 24, with her compensation pegged at one peso a year.

Roque said Arroyo’s wisdom and experience as a former head of state and head of government “would be valuable as she would assist the Administration in the planning and execution of programs and projects to turn Clark as the next premier metropolis of Asia.”

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) welcomed Arroyo’s appointment.

“We greatly welcome the appointment of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Presidential Adviser on Clark Programs and Projects. Her wisdom and gravitas will be invaluable in making the vision of Clark as the next premier metropolis of Asia a reality,” it said in a statement.

The BCDA manages the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, which hosts local and foreign businesses as well as the Clark International Airport.

Arroyo served as the country’s president for 10 years, from 2001 to 2010, before being elected as a representative of Pampanga’s second district. She later became Speaker of the House from 2018 to 2019.

Duterte nominates Davao del Norte poll exec as COMELEC commissioner

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

Aimee Ferolino-Ampoloquio

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has nominated Davao del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor Aimee Ferolino-Ampoloquio as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte signed Ampoloquio’s nomination on Nov. 24.

“With her vast experience in election matters, Ms. Ampoloquio, would certainly contribute in ensuring our elections would be honest, orderly, peaceful, and credible,” Roque said in a statement.

The poll body has welcomed the nomination of Ampoloquio.

She will fill the position of COMELEC Commissioner Al Parreño who retired last February.

Should the Commission on Appointments approve her nomination, Ampoloquio will serve as Commissioner for a term expiring on February 2, 2027.

Lawyer Ampoloquio first joined COMELEC in 1994 as an emergency laborer then became an election assistant for 12 years.

She also served as an election officer in the First District of Davao City for a decade before she became the Provincial Election Supervisor of Davao del Norte.

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