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Malacañang expects swift legal proceedings against ex-gov’t officials responsible for MRT glitches

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Passengers inside an MRT coach on a rush hour ride

MANILA, Philippines – Though there are issues between the Office of the Ombudsman and the Executive branch, Malacañang believes that the proceedings on the charges filed against former Cabinet officials allegedly involved in the questionable contract with the MRT maintenance provider will swiftly bring results.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said it is possible that the ombudsman will immediately investigate on the matter because of frequent glitches affecting the riding public.

“I am hoping that because there are already formal complaints, the process will be fast. I understand the Ombudsman has the duty to investigate even on its own and even on the basis of anonymous complaints,” Roque said.

Aside from this, Malacañang added that DOTr is doing everything it can to rehabilitate and improve the services of MRT.

These include procurement of reliable service contractor, building of new rails, obtaining new train cars and signaling system.

Auditing within the MRT is also continuous to ensure the safety if the commuters.

“We’re crying for a solution and we’re crying for a quick solution and I’m sure that Secretary Tugade and Usec. Chavez are really taking all the necessary steps. You have to understand, this is also a legal quicksand with signed contracts,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, Roque plans to take a ride on MRT once a week to personally experience the MRT problems and complain to MRT management should he encounter one. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Aussie nun Patricia Fox ‘not yet off the hook’ – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang maintained on Tuesday, June 19, that Australian missionary nun, Patricia Fox could still face deportation.

This is despite the justice department’s nullification of the order that forfeited her visa.

“So uulitin ko po she is not off the hook. Ongoing po ang deportation proceedings. Antayin po natin ang decision ng CID (Commission on Immigration and Deportation) on whether or not sumapi sa pulitika itong si Sister Fox,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said.

(I will repeat: she is not off the hook. Deportation proceedings are ongoing. Let us wait for the decision of the CID on whether or not Sister Fox participated in political activities.)

Roque said Fox’s deportation will push through if deportation proceedings conclude that she indeed joined political activities in the country which is a violation of Bureau of Immigration (BI) regulations. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang on fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal: ‘We do not concede’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018



Secretary Harry Roque with three of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang called the incidents in Scarborough Shoal between Filipino fishermen and some Chinese coast guard, not a barter trade but a form of “fish thievery.”

Filipino fishermen reported that some members of the Chinese Coast Guard have been taking the best of their catch in exchange for noodles and drinking water.

“So for lack of a better word, let’s call it ‘pangongotong’ in Tagalog, which is fish thievery. I have never really addressed it as a barter,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

Malacañang in previous interviews said the incident has already been reported to China, and which the latter assured is being investigated.

For the local government of Masinloc, Zambales, fishermen seem to pay China a toll-fee for fishing in Panatag Shoal which belongs to the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.

“Iyon nga parang may toll-fee sa gitna ng karagatan. Ang mga Masinlokenyos po ay mga mababait na tao iyan. Ayaw po nila ng gulo. Ayaw nila makiaway kaya okay na lang na magbigay sila kaysa bawalan po sila,” said Mayor Arsenia Lim of Masinloc, Zambales.

Following the incident, the local government of Masinloc is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to make sure Filipino fishermen can still fish freely and safely in Panatag Shoal.

Meanwhile, Malacañang stands firm that the Philippines has the sovereign rights over Scarborough Shoal and that the territory is not owned by China.

This is in reaction to the statement of the  Chinese Foreign Ministry that they let Filipino fishermen fish in the area out of goodwill.

Asked if the Philippines concede fishing rights in Scarborough shoal, Roque firmly said, “We do not concede.” – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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PH supports US-DPRK peacekeeping mechanism bid

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un for successfully holding their first summit in Singapore.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said this development “has underscored in the strongest terms the value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue, augurs well for the peace, security, and stability in the region and the world.”

And though this event has been written in the history, Roque noted, that this is just the beginning of the real hard work.

Roque added that “the Philippines is ready and willing to lend its support toward bringing it to fruition.” —  Rosalie Coz

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