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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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DOJ to file petition to court to declare NPA as terrorist group

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) will file a petition before a court to declare the communist New Peoples’Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.

According to Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, he will issue a directive to the National Prosecution Service to assign a team of prosecutors who will write and file a petition before a Regional Trial Court.

The government might file the petition on or before Monday.

The DOJ Secretary made the announcement after Malacañang declared the NPA as a terrorist group. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Roque to insist on ICC’s non-jurisdiction over PH anti-drug war

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque is set to attend the International Criminal Court (ICC) Assembly of State Parties in New York, USA on December 7, 2017.

He will have the chance to speak before the body of prosecutors and insist that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction over the anti-drug war of the government because the courts in the Philippines are still able to investigate on complaints.

It can be recalled that some human rights groups such as the Amnesty International requested the ICC to conduct a preliminary examination of the drug-related killings in the Philippines.

Roque said that if the ICC will violate the principle of complementarity, there is a possibility for the Philippines to withdraw from the Rome Statute of ICC.

“Although the statement has not been finalized, my statement is we agreed to be a member of the ICC because of the principle of complementarity that the court will only exercise jurisdiction if our courts are unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction on any crime cognizable by the International Criminal Court. And to violate the principle of complementarity would be to violate the very basis of our consent to be bound by the Rome Statute. And if this will happen, then there may be a possibility that the Philippines, like the three other African states, may withdraw from the Rome Statute of the ICC,” said the presidential spokesperson. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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First phase of a new terminal at Clark Int’l Airport to begin next month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

PAMPANGA, Philippines — Airport officials believe there is a need to construct new airport terminals in Clark, Pampanga due to the increasing number of passengers at the Clark International Airport.

According to the figures of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), the said airport has 1.4 million passengers this year, bigger than last year, which was at 1.3 million passengers.

Due to the increase, officials of CIAC believe there is a need to build another airport terminal.

“We are at the first phase. What does the first phase contain? The first phase contains a new terminal project. This means we will build a new terminal, new passenger terminal building,” CIAC CEO Mr. Alexander Cauguiran said.

“Aside from this building, we will construct as well a secondary road network that would connect the terminal to the SCTEX so that passengers will no longer have to pass through the middle of the zone. And then of course the transportation hub and the horizontal project. These five components are incorporated in the first phase,”  he added.

The said project will begin in December of this year and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

“The government, President Duterte, and DOTR want the BCDA to finish it by the first quarter of 2020. From there, once the market becomes vibrant, we can see its results. It will take years before we can implement the second phase,” Cauguiran said.

The soon to be constructed terminal is expected to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.

With a second terminal, the Clark Airport can accommodate a total of more than 12 million passengers.

The construction of the new terminal is expected to cost the government P12 to P15 billion. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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