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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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Malacañang condemns killing of 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

A soldier inspects the crime scene where armed men were reported to have stormed a makeshift tent of farm workers inside Hacienda Nene in Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City on Saturday (October 20).

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines –  Authorities are investigating the recent massacre of sugar farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

Armed men stormed a makeshift tent of farm workers inside Hacienda Nene in Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City on Saturday (October 20).

Among the victims were women and some minors.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “The Palace is deeply perturbed to learn about the incident and the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already been ordered to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation on this dastardly act.”

“The Office of the President adheres to the principle that the right to life shall remain unthreatened by proprietary interests, and this extends to agrarian settings. Families of the victims of this extremely cruel act can count on the government that it will enforce the full wrath of the law against its perpetrators,” Panelo added.

Police investigation is ongoing. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte’s EJK statement not an evidence for impeachment – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang maintained its stand in defense of President Rodrigo Duterte amid criticisms over the President’s remark on extrajudicial killings (EJK).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque lambasted former College of Law Dean Atty. Antonio La Viña who claimed that Duterte’s statement was indeed an “admission of guilt” and a culpable violation of the Constitution.

La Viña added that the President’s EJK statement could be a basis for impeachment and can be used as evidence against him in the case filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

But Roque believes otherwise.

He dared the lawyer to begin the challenge by the filing of an impeachment complaint against Duterte.

“Let him start, he cannot vote because he is not a member of Congress and I’m sure it will also be dismissed by Congress not because it’s a political process but because it’s utterly bereft of merit,” Roque said.

The Presidential mouthpiece stressed that the President’s remarks cannot be considered an admission because he did not directly mention he killed someone.

Roque added that there was no such crime as extrajudicial killing in the Philippines or in the international law.

“I’d like to emphasize that there is actually no crime under both domestic or international law as EJK. in fact, this is a misleading term because killing in our constitution and in our laws is never legal so there is no such thing as extrajudicial killings. It’s either lawful killing or unlawful killing,” he explained.

Roque also noted that the EJK statement is in no way can be used as evidence to back up the complaint against President Duterte in the ICC because the international tribunal has no pending investigation in the Philippines.

He added that being a lawyer himself, he would not allow the ICC to meddle with the country’s judicial system which, Roque said, is actively functioning. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.

The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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