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Malacañang opposes FB’s choice of fact checkers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that it will become a problem because what he calls as Facebook’s “police of the truth” are “sometimes partisan.”

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang wants to meet with Facebook over its choice of fact checkers specifically for Filipino accounts on the social media platform.

Facebook has named controversial social news network, Rappler and another news outlet, Vera Files, as third-party fact-checkers in a campaign to curb the proliferation of fake news on Facebook accounts of Filipino users.

In a statement posted on the website of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said, “efforts are underway for both the PCOO and Facebook to sit across the table and discuss and hopefully, reach agreements” to get a “shared goal of responsible and intelligent use of social media.”

Last week, a number of Duterte supporters complained after Facebook blocked their accounts.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said it will become a problem because what he calls as Facebook’s “police of the truth” are “sometimes partisan.”

“I commiserate with those who object with the selection of Rappler and Vera files because we know where they stand in the political spectrum,” he said.

Roque is encouraging all supporters of the administration to use the platform itself to actively voice out their protests against Facebook’s choice of fact checkers.

“The users of Facebook should make known their wishes to Facebook itself that there should be a more partial arbiter of the truth,” Roque concluded. — Marje Navarro –Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang calls on Congress to respect Duterte’s prerogative over Sec. Diokno

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday (December 12) called on both houses of Congress to respect the authority of President Rodrigo Duterte over each member of the Executive branch amid calls for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to resign.

On Wednesday (December 11), the Lower House adopted House Resolution No. 2365 “which urges the Office of the President to reconsider the appointment of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno” after the congressmen grilled him in a joint session over alleged insertions in the proposed 2019 National Budget.

President Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said, while the Executive branch respects the Legislative branch’s decision to act against Diokno, Panelo explained that: “Secretary Diokno’s record in the government service, to the mind of the Chief Executive and of the rest of his Cabinet, is unblemished. As one of the Administration’s economic managers, PRRD considers him as one of the best and brightest in his official family. Sec. Diokno’s reputation as an upright, competent and honest public servant stays solid up to this day.”

Panelo noted that it is the Congress who has the authority under the Constitution “to scrutinize the budget and even has the power to revise or amend proposals found in it.”

The Presidential Spokesperson said the Congress should at least show respect to the Chief Executive’s prerogative of choosing his own officials the same way that the President respects the same privilege the Lower House congressmen enjoy.

“Should it feel that there was irregularity in the allocation of the budget, it can always correct it apart from having the option of recommending the filing of charges against those they deem are responsible for the transgressions should the same amount to a crime.  In the same manner that the President doesn’t tell Congress who it will choose as its officers and how to go about it, we wish that its members return the same courtesy,” Panelo concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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More than just a holiday truce, gov’t seeks permanent truce with the NPA — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: New People’s Army in formation

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with his Cabinet may include the reported recommendation of the defense department not to declare a holiday truce with the communist rebels or the New People’s Army (NPA) this holiday season.

Based on reports, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not inclined to have holiday truce for the reason that the NPA rebels might just use the chance to reinforce their group; especially now that the number of rebels surrendering to the government continues to increase.

Meanwhile, Malacañang says the government wants a permanent truce and not just a holiday truce.

“There should be permanent truce. There should be no bloodshed, as far as the government is concerned. It’s time to stop this bloodshed, it’s been 50 years,” presidential spokesperson & chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said.

Last year, both the government and the NPA rebels declared a six -day suspension of offensive operations against each other’s camp to give way to the holiday season.

On December 26 , the NPA will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The military and police are expected to intensify their security operations to prepare for any eventualities that the communist rebels are planning in relation to their anniversary. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte on marijuana statement: ‘It was a joke’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte yet again stirred the press with a controversial statement during an event in Malacañang on Monday (December 3).

The Chief Executive said that to keep himself awake during a hectic schedule, he allegedly used marijuana, a banned substance with its use considered illegal in the country.

“It’s a killing activity, and I think my age, ako hindi masyado, kasi nagma-marijuana ako para magising. Sa iba hindi na kaya. Iyong mga tao diyan puro revolutionary iyan,” Duterte said before officials and employees of government agencies who are part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) national organizing committee.

However, when media asked for a clarification on his statement, he said that he was only joking.

His jokes he said are meant to overcome boredom.

“Of course! I want to shake the tree, in the middle of… boring pag walang (it’s boring without…)… alam mo naman, nagpapatawa lang talaga ako kasi boring pag walang ano (You know how it is, I was joking because things can get boring),” he said.

He also stressed that no one can force him to change or stop his style of speaking.

“Ganun ako (That’s how I am). You don’t bind me with your…kung sabihin ninyo (if you say), I was joking all the time I won’t mind. It was a joke of course it was a joke but nobody can stop me from just doing my style. Minsan sabi niyo misogynist ako (Sometimes you call me a misogynist). Biro ako ng ganun (I would joke around) that’s my style. It’s too late to change — if I want to joke, I will joke. Kung maniwala kayo, gago kayo (If you took my joke seriously, then you’re a fool),” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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