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P288-B in business deals inked: Duterte assures Japanese businessmen a ‘corruption-free’ PH

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with his long-time partner Cielito Avanceña, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar during the business forum at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TOKYO, Japan – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Wednesday (May 29) reported the strong show of confidence by the Japanese and Filipino business communities resulting in 26 business agreements signed during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Seven business agreements and 19 Letters of Intent, according to Lopez, have been signed with an estimated investment value of P288-billion and a projected 82,732 job opportunities for Filipinos.

The business deals focus mainly on investment promotion activities; skills training and human resource development; software development; manufacturing; infrastructure; establishment of theme parks and agreements on food business; and health care among others.

“We know that for each job that is created, we uplift the life of one Filipino and his or her family members,” Lopez said.

The Trade Secretary thanked the investors “in helping the Duterte administration and the Filipino people in creating a more inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”

President Duterte lauded Japan’s business leaders for their trust and continued support to the initiatives of his administration.

He specifically encouraged Japanese investors to venture on his government’s flagship agenda – the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program – towards the creation of an inclusive, innovative and integrated economic space.

The President assured the Japanese business leaders of a “competitive and corruption free business climate and a high-skilled and fast-learning workforce.”

“Given all these, your investments are assured of protections and gains, I guarantee that,” he told the business leaders.

This, according to the President, is supported by the highest credit rating that the Philippines has reached so far.

Towards the end of his speech, the President emphasized that his line will always be open to hear complaints in case the Japanese business community encounters corruption when they do business in the country.

“May I just assure you that during my time, I said there will be no corruption, and every Japanese investor in my country, however small or however big, I can assure you that if there’s any complaint regarding hindrances, obstruction, or outright corruption, let me know,” he said.

“I will talk to you. Let me know what your problem is and we will kill that problem. I place honor and my persona that what I guarantee here must be followed,” the President concluded.  

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President Duterte attends Hugpong’s thanksgiving party

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. Courtesy : (Presidential Photo) Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday graced the thanksgiving party of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The party was held at a hotel in Makati City on Monday night to celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 Midterm elections.

The HNP supported 13 administration-backed senatorial candidates, nine of whom emerged victorious in the recent elections.

The HNP-backed senators-elect were present at the party as well as losing senatorial bets.

“Kayong lahat po ang reason kung bakit nanalo ang majority sa mga senators na tinulungan po ng HNP,” Sara Duterte said in a speech as she welcomed the party’s guests.

The president and his daughter led the singing during the event, with the chief executive dedicating some songs to Sara, and his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Some of the notable attendees at the party were congressmen-elect Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) and Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque).

Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco are three of the aspirants for the House of Representatives’ speakership post. Other contenders are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.

The three were also seen talking with Duterte during Monday evening’s gathering.

A source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to talk to media, told UNTV News and Rescue that Duterte may only choose among Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco for his speakership bet.

The president may also announce his candidate before Friday, the source said.

Masbate Representative-elect Wilcon Kho earlier said Duterte may reveal his preferred speakership bet on June 28 as announced during a dinner meeting with several lawmakers at Malacañang on June 18. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Duterte picks Cebu City Police chief as next PCSO general manager

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma | Courtesy : RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would name Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma as the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Duterte announced this during the premiere night of the feature film “Kontradiksyon” at a mall in Mandaluyong City.

The president said Garma, who has been in the police service for more than 20 years, will be replacing Alexander Balutan.

Balutan, a retired military general, resigned last March citing personal reasons for leaving the post.

Duterte appointed Balutan in 2016 but his stint in the PCSO was marred by allegations of improper spending when the agency held a luxurious party at a five-star hotel for its employees and guests in December. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Source: Minor revamp looms in Duterte Cabinet

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. Courtesy PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – A minor reshuffle is expected to take place soon in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, a highly placed source said on Monday.

The source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to divulge this information to media, said Duterte is mulling over moving some officials amid ongoing evaluation of all departments’ performances.

The source said the revamp may include Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who may be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority.

The President may announce the possible Cabinet revamp next month, the source said. (with details from Grace Casin)

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