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    Malacañang tags NPA attack in Iloilo an “opportunistic act”

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has condemned the recent attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) on the municipal police station of Maasin, Iloilo and called it an “opportunistic act”.

    The NPA rebels seized the arms, ammunitions and tactical radios of the municipal police.

    This was despite the commitment of the government and the leftist groups not to launch offensive attacks against each other while the government has ongoing intensified military operations in Marawi City.

    Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “Although the attack was not in Mindanao, the act was opportunistic in nature and disregards the nature of the NDF (National Democratic Front declaration). We ask the NDF to call on their armed comrades on the ground to walk the talk and to show genuine sincerity on the confidence-building measure initiated by the government and their side.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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    PRRD tags militant groups as CPP’s legal fronts

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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    President Rodrigo Duterte calls some of the militant groups in the country as legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

    Among the groups the President named are Piston, Karapatan, Tindig Pilipino and Kilusang Mayo Uno.

    The President also accused the groups of being rebels for supporting the enemies of the state.

    Mr. Duterte cited Piston as an example, saying it poisons the minds of the people by opposing the Jeepney Modernization Program and even held a transport strike to cause inconvenience to the public.

    The Chief Executive said the militants should not expect their aim of establishing a communist government, to happen.

    “We know you are one with the NPA. You are one great conspiracy.  All of you are really committing rebellion right now,” he said.

    “Whether I die today or I fall tomorrow from a plane, they will continue to oppose the government. Whoever is sitting [in power] will not give you a Communist government. I’ll be frank with you,” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said. – UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    38 customs employee sacked from posts

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro has fired eight district collectors of the agency for failing to follow his orders to stop corruption and the benchmarking within the ports they were overseeing.

    Among those sacked include the district collectors of the ports of Cebu, San Fernando, Limay, Iloilo, Subic, Legazpi, Zamboanga and Appari.

    Also relieved were 30 section chiefs of the formal entry division of the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port. They were transferred to various provincial collection district of the agency.

    “If they are unable to hit the target, say, the collection was too low, that’s one reason for the relief. And if I see from the computer data, that’s another reason for the relief, if they continue to practice benchmarking, because my guidance is correct valuation,” BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said.

    The vacant positions will be filled in by the personnel selected by Lapeña from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

    They will be in charge of the supervision of the Account Management Office, Import Assessment Services and Administration Office of the BOC.

    Meanwhile, during the flag raising on Monday, the BOC Chief led the oathtaking of 560 promoted employees of BOC.

    In his speech, Lapeña urged the employees to further improve their performance and to not use their position for personal interests.

    “No more tara, no more take, no more gift, no more send-off gifts, and we go by the correct valuation of the content of the shipment,” Lapeña said.

    He also plans to hire more employees to hasten the services the BOC provides.

    There are currently more than 3,000 vacant positions at BOC. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Ballot recount of VP votes starts in October

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – The ballot recount in connection with the election protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo is about to begin this month.

    “Pag nagsimula na recount lalabas na ang tunay na resulta at makikita na hindi naging tama ang pagbilang sa nakaraang halalan sa bise president (When the recount begins, the real result will come out and it will show that the counting of votes for vice president in the last election was erroneous.),” Marcos said.

    Marcos said they are just waiting for the exact date of the ballot counting to be announced by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

    He said that around 39 provinces are set for the recount but the pilot project will include three provinces namely Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur.

    It can be recalled that Robredo’s vote exceeded with more than 200.000 only over Marcos.

    “Ang nawalang boto sa akin halos 4 million. Kaya’t kitang kita mo talaga na talagang nagbawas sila ng boto sa akin at siguro nilagay sa ibang kandidato ( I am missing almost 4 million votes. Its so obvious that they shaved off my votes and probably transferred it to other candidates),” Marcos said.

    Marcos already paid P66-M to the tribunal for the cost of the recount.

    He hopes that the result will come out before the end of 2017.

    Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp said they are not aware as to where Marcos obtained his data regarding the results of the 2016 elections.

    They said it will take more than 3 months to complete the recount process.

    They also said that Marcos’s statement was meant to condition the minds of the public regarding his alleged loss. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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