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Malacañang on Duterte’s male preference for Ombudsman, CJ posts: ‘No discrimination’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque defended President Rodrigo Duterte over his preference for male candidates for the vacant positions of ombudsman and chief justice.

During an interview in Malacañang Wednesday, May 16, President Duterte said he does not want a politician, especially women, for the positions.

“Mag-nominate sila (Judicial and Bar Council) pero I choose. Gusto ko iyong bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician. Lalo na hindi babae,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Gabriela party-list said the President’s remarks were alarming.

“We are perturbed and extremely enraged that the sickest form of misogyny sits at the presidential seat in Malacañang,” the group said in a statement Thursday, May 17.

In response, Roque insisted that there was no discrimination in the President’s remarks though he admitted that he still has to clarify the matter with the Chief Executive.

“Sa aking pagkakaalam po,wala naman pong diskriminsasyon sa kababaihan. Kahit sino po pupwedeng maupo sa pwesto,” Roque said in a press briefing in Malacanang, Thursday, May 17.

(As far as I know, there is no discrimination against women. Anybody may qualify for the post.)

President Duterte appointed female officials as members of his Cabinet namely Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and the latest female appointee, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte signs admin’s first oil exploration service contract with Israeli firm

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018


President Duterte signs the Petroleum Service Contract for East Palawan Area during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. | PCOO/Rolando Mailo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday (October 17) an oil and petroleum exploration deal with an Israel firm in line with the government’s “effort to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest time possible.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the ceremonial signing of the Petroleum Service Contract (PSC) covering Area 4 or the East Palawan Basin under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR) of the DOE.

“The PECR was established as a transparent and competitive system of awarding service or operating contracts for prospective petroleum or coal areas within the country,” the DOE explained on its website.

President Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi signed the PSC on behalf of the Philippine government while Mr. Itay Rapahel Tabibzada, president and CEO, signed for the Israeli firm Ratio Petroleum Ltd.

The PSC is the first petroleum service contract signed under the Duterte administration.

“The President has been very clear – our country needs to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest possible time. We are currently experiencing how our dependence on importation has left us at the mercy of price movements in the global oil markets. We need to boost the exploration and development of our own energy resources and the awarding of the petroleum service contract to Ratio Petroleum is a step in the right direction,” Secretary Cusi was quoted as saying.

Under the contract, Ratio Petroleum Ltd would be able to conduct exploration activities in about 416,000 hectares of the East Palawan Basin for potential energy resources for a period of seven years. – Marje Pelayo

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Carpio stands firm on West PH Sea rights despite possible impact on CJ nomination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Nothing will stop Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio from advocating a tougher stance in claiming Philippine’s sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea — not even its potential impact on his nomination for chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

The possibility of his chances being affected due to his position on the issue is not lost on Justice Carpio, knowing that president Rodrigo Duterte, who holds the power to appoint the next chief justice, is friendly with China.

“It’s the prerogative of the president to appoint whoever he wants and I respect that. But that doesn’t stop me from continuing my advocacy because I think this is more important than anything else,” Carpio said.

Carpio made the statement during his lecture on the West Philippine Sea at the gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Makati, Tuesday night.

Last week, Carpio decided to accept his automatic nomination to the chief justice post, noting that the circumstances are different this time as there are no longer any legal issues involved unlike during the ouster bid against former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

“Because in Sereno, my opinion stated that she could not be removed by quo warranto but she was removed. Now, I do not want to benefit from a ruling that I disagreed on. But now this is an expiration of term. De Castro’s term as CJ expired. There’s no legal issue anymore. That’s why I said there is no reason anymore to decline,” Carpio explained.

Other SC justices who accepted their automatic nominations are Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Estella Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.

Justice Antonio Carpio is currently the acting chief justice after Chief Justice Teresita de Castro retired on October 10 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The Judicial and Bar Council of the Philippines (JBC) extended the deadline for the submission of applications and nominations until October 26.

If he is selected for the post, Carpio will have until October 2019 to lead the Supreme Court. — Mai Bermudez

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Duterte to military, police: Do not engage in partisan politics

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the military and police to remain neutral and not to indulge in partisan politics as he vowed for an honest 2019 midterm elections.

During the change of command ceremony of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday, Duterte appealed to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to support any political candidates.

“And let us make a deal here, a promise to make a commitment to the Filipino people. This election, strictly neutral tayong lahat. The armed forces, the police, and the uniformed personnel of government, I am asking you not to indulge in partisan politics. Wala tayong susuportahan. Iyong mga kandidato ko, ako lang because this is a political position. But I expect everybody to respect that constitutional prohibition,” the president said.

Duterte made the statement after he personally escorted his long-time aide, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, who filed his candidacy for senator before the Commission on Elections.

The president also assured the public that no one will be allowed to use government sources for their political activities, not even his trusted aide.

Duterte also said he will campaign for his candidates.

“I’ll announce to the country now that we make a pledge: there will be an election and it will be an honest one. Walang — nobody but nobody can use government resources, not even bong. I will not allow it. As a friend I can invite him but he should not… of course I will campaign for my candidates, eh wala pa naman akong slate.”

The Chief Executive also reiterated his plan to appoint newly retired Philippine Army chief Rolando Bautista as the new secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The former commander of the intelligence service of the AFP, Major General Macairog Alberto is the newly installed army chief. — Rosalie Coz

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