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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 on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2018


President Rodrigo Duterte during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on May 20, 2018


CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted at firing another set of government officials including a “head of an agency” in the coming days due to allegations of corruption.

“I have fired and will fire tomorrow some more people. Mayroon pang isang head of agency,” he said.

The President made the announcement on Sunday, May 20, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Barangay Dos Hermanas in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

“When you are granted itong mga (these) free ports, then you begin to abuse by issuing so many franchises of gambling because it is in the franchise. Correct, it is in the franchise, but everything goes under a regulation. It’s just the right for you to operate within your directorate. But when you begin to issue gambling permits outside of your … mahirap iyong ganun (therein lies the problem),” Duterte added.

The President reiterated his dislike for gambling that’s why he wants to limit its operations in the country.

“Ako ayaw ko niyan kaya (I don’t like it) as much as possible we limit it. I do not want to quarrel with anybody. And I said that when you begin to do that, you insist on something which is wrong,” he said.

Mr. Duterte also warned against approaching his family members to gain favor. If that’s the case, the President stressed “consider it denied.” He cited an instance where he fired one official for consulting his sister about a transaction.

During his speech at the opening of the Philippine National Games 2018 at Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday, he mentioned that  two officials were using his name and the names of his common-law wife and children to solicit funds.

In a separate speech during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the oil and gas production facility of the Alegria oil field in Cebu last Saturday, the President said he might also fire the government corporate counsel but did not give further details.

“I just fired the — maybe I’ll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow,” he said.

Atty. Rudolf Philip Jurado is the current government corporate counsel whom the President appointed in April 2017. – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo

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Ousted Sereno dares Duterte to resign

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; President Rodrigo Duterte


PASIG CITY, Philippines – A fiercer former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dared President Rodrigo Duterte to resign a day after the Chief Executive said he would quit the presidency if anyone could prove that he had a role behind her ouster.

“Galing sa kaniyang bibig ang pag-amin na siya ang nagpasimula at nagpupursigi sa pagtanggal sa akin. Puwes ginoong pangulo, mag-resign ka na,” Sereno said during her speech in an event organized by “Manlaban sa EJK” and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Thursday, May 17.

(The admission came from his own mouth that he initiated and pursued my ouster. In that case Mr. President, you better resign.)

She cited Duterte’s marking of himself as her enemy in response to her question on why the solicitor general filed the ouster petition against her. She also criticized the President’s policies and described his alliance with China as worrisome as it implies that it serves as government’s protection to retain Duterte in power.

“Kung gayon naman po ang sinabi ng pangulo na hindi siya matatanggal sa pwesto kasi siniguro ni ginoong  Xi Jin Ping na hindi siya matatanggal pagkat siya ay po-protektahan, sana pala pumunta din ako kay ginoong Xi Jin Ping,” she said.

(If it is as the President said that Mr. Xi Jin Ping assured to protect his presidency, I should’ve gone to Mr. Xi Jin Ping as well.)

She also slammed the President for saying he does not prefer a politician or a woman to become the country’s next chief justice.

“Kailangan niyang i-respeto ang pantay na karapatan, oportunidad at estado sa buhay ng babae at lalaki,” she added.

(He needs to respect the equal rights, opportunities and social status of men and women.)

Sereno also maintained that only the Senate as the impeachment court has the sole power to remove an impeachable officer like her.

Malacañang, meanwhile, refused to comment on Sereno’s remarks saying she has the right to express her opinion as a private individual. — Mai Bermudez |
UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte says waging war with China a ‘winless’ battle

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


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte talked tough about South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) during a media interview in Malacañang, Wednesday, May 16.

The President said it is pointless to question China’s military buildup in the disputed territory because infrastructures and defense equipment are already in place.

“There is an airport. There are businesses installed. There are military equipment already in place so what’s the point of questioning whether the planes there land or not? There’s an airstrip. Hindi naman mag-landing iyan doon sa bato. Maganda ang airstrip nila,” the President said.

Mr. Duterte said that even though he can declare war with China, he is not willing to risk his men in a “winless” battle.

“I can declare war on China tonight. At sino ang magpunta? Sundalo ko? Pulis ko? Mamatay lang lahat iyan. Why will I go to war for a battle that I cannot win? Para akong g***,” he said.

President Duterte said he is willing to discuss why he allow ”things to just stay there” but not at this time. Still, he reiterated that it is useless to fight China when it is impossible to dismantle the structures in the area.

“We have to take into account, but it would take a longer time to do that. Pero kung… Busy ako ngayon. I will discuss with you geopolitics and why I allow things to just stay there. Hindi mo na rin mapaalis. Bakit mo awayin?” the President said.

Mr. Duterte blamed the Aquino administration for not taking action despite filing and winning the Arbitration case against China.

“There was sufficient time for him to stop. Siya iyong nag-demanda. Bakit hindi sila pumunta doon?” he said.

The UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines’s claim to exclusive sovereign rights over the South China Sea. The decision was announced on July 12, 2016, days after President Duterte assumed presidency.

Despite justifying diplomacy with China, President Duterte vowed to insist the arbitral ruling during his term.

“In front of my entire Cabinet, I said that during my term I will insist and mention arbitral ruling,” the President assured. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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