Malacañang: Duterte likely to visit China, Japan anew this year

Robie de Guzman   •   March 25, 2019   •   3254

President Rodrigo Duterte. | ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will possibly visit China and Japan anew this year.

Malacañang said on Monday the President may travel to China late next month to attend the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

While on May, Duterte will most likely visit Japan to primarily attend a regional conference.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Japanese media reported that Duterte will be attending the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia.

The event is reported to be held on May 30 and 31 in Tokyo.

Panelo told reporters at a press briefing that he has yet to confirm the said visit, but if it pushes through, this will be Duterte’s third time to visit Japan since becoming president in 2016.

Duterte, meanwhile, has yet to make a visit to the United States of America since his rise to power. Panelo said this is because the President cannot stand the cold temperature in the U.S.

“I think the relationship between the U.S. and China remain cordial and healthy. So, with America, the only reason perhaps the President has not considered visiting is because of the temperature. He couldn’t stand very cold temperature, he gets sick,” he said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

SWS survey reports ‘excellent’ rating on anti-narcotics campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey has reported an ‘excellent’ rating on the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign.

Based on the Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey, conducted from June 22-26, 82% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the anti-narcotics campaign; while 6% are undecided, and 12% are dissatisfied.

The most common reason of those who said they are satisfied with the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign is that drug suspects have already lessened.

However, for the 12% dissatisfied Filipinos, most of them believe that drug suspects/trading are still prevalent.

The net satisfaction for the anti-illegal drugs campaign has remained positive since 2016.

The SWS conducted the survey using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.—AAC

Palace assures no economic impact on loan, deal suspension

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Malacañang assured that the loan and deal suspension ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte will have no impact on the country’s economy.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said out of the 18 countries involved in the said suspension, only the United Kingdom has an offer of 21 million euro loan for the president’s Build, Build, Build program.

Panelo also assured there will be other countries and trade institutions that can replace the involved countries.

“It will not dramatically, even slightly I think, impact our economy,” he said. “There are other bilateral partners and institutions, and other countries outside of the 18 offering the same, and no better rates than these countries.”

The chief executive has signed a confidential memorandum suspending loan and negotiations with the 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution.

Iceland called for an investigation into the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Panelo also said this policy will last until the end of Duterte’s term.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace confirms suspension of loans and deals with countries backing UN rights probe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a memorandum suspending loans and deals with countries backing the Iceland resolution.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo recently denied that there was such order but he corrected himself earlier on Monday (September 23).

“When I asked him [Duterte], he said ‘No, I did not.’ He might have forgotten momentarily. When I asked him again, he said, ‘Yes, I remember calling the Secretary about it,” he said.

Panelo added that the mix-up was due to “lapse of memory”.

Duterte signed a confidential memorandum on August 27 suspending loans and negotiations with 18 member-countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council after they backed the resolution to probe the anti-drug war campaign in the country.

Panelo also said Duterte mentioned that the Philippines was insulted by the Iceland resolution.

“We cannot allow this country who is insulting us, a country who condemns allegedly our slaying of certain victims yet it allows abortion of unborn children up to less than 6 months old,” according to Duterte.

According to the presidential spokesperson, there are other bilateral partners and institutions offering similar grants with the 18 states involved.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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