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    Paglago ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas, isa sa mga highlight sa ika-4 na SONA ng Pangulo

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

    FILE PHOTO: Ang Makati Business District kuha mula sa eroplano. Ang mga nagtataasang mga gusaling ito ng pang-komersyo ang simbulo ng pag-unlad ng bansa? (RYAN MENDOZA / Photoville International)

    FILE PHOTO: Ang Makati Business District na kuha mula sa isang eroplano. Ang mga nagtataasang mga gusaling ito ng pang-komersyo ang simbulo nga ba ng pag-unlad ng bansa? (RYAN MENDOZA / Photoville International)

    MANILA, Philippines — Itinuturing na isa sa mga major accomplishment ng administrasyong Aquino ang paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

    Sa kaniyang talumpati kaninang umaga, ipinagmalaki ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa oath taking ceremony ng mga miyembro ng Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) ang paglago ng ekonomiya ng bansa sa unang bahagi ng 2013.

    “The Philippines is now rated investment grade for the first time in history by, I believe, three major credit rating agencies. Our economy grew by a remarkable 7.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Add to this countless other indicators of economic growth, and you have a situation where even greater prosperity is within reach.”

    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda, ang magandang takbo ng ekonomiya ng bansa ang isa sa mga maituturing na malaking tagumpay ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

    Kaya naman inaasahan na magiging tampok ito sa ika-apat na State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni Pangulong Aquino sa Hulyo.

    Dagdag pa ng kalihim, sinimulan na rin nilang likumin ang ibang mahahalagang datus na isasama sa SONA ng Pangulo.

    “’The CabSec is now tracking the accomplishments ng bawat ahensya tapos yung PMS is also tracking promises made from previous SONA,” ani Lacierda. (Nel Maribojoc & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    PDEA to charge former Customs official over importation of illegal drugs

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will file charges against former and incumbent officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for allegedly violating Section 4 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

    The charges, PDEA said, stemmed from the illegal importation of more than 600-kilograms of shabu which BOC failed to intercept.

    On the program ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, NCR PDEA Director Wilkins Villanueva said they will file charges against the personalities involved in the entry of illegal drugs.

    These include former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and former Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Neil Anthony Estrella.

    “The moment, they were able to open a crate of drugs, they should have stopped and called the PDEA because it’s illegal drugs. They no longer have to validate the other contents of the crate because they already have seen illegal drugs,” Villanueva said.

    Former Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Neil Anthony Estrella, on the other hand, said he is ready to face the charges to be filed against him.

    Estrella stands firm that he has no involvement in illegal drug trade, and wonders why a partner agency against illegal drugs are targeting them instead of going after those responsible for bringing illegal drugs in the country.

    Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has yet to respond to the filing of charges against him.

    Meanwhile, the amount of 600-kilograms of shabu intercepted in Valenzuela is not more than P6-billion.

    Villanueva said the illegal drugs were only worth P3.05-billion based on their computation of P5-million per kilogram.

    The NCR PDEA Director claims the BOC has just jacked up the amount.

    Villanueva further notes that the percentage of those who stopped using illegal drugs has not even reached one percent of the more than one million individuals who surrendered under the anti-drugs campaign of the government.

    He said the facilities built to rehabilitate those who surrendered are not effective.

    Villanueva said PDEA was also able to observe that there had been no changes in the prices of illegal drugs.

    This means, Villanueva notes, many are using illicit drugs despite the continuous operations against it.

    “Kasi pag kumonti ang gagamit bababa ang presyo, kasi kakaunti ang gagamit magiging ordinary na eh pero habang dumadami ang gagamit tataas ng tataas yan high ang demand eh,” Villanueva said.

    Villanueva also explained that the previous administration did not prioritize the country’s problem on illegal drugs.

    “When did the previous administration mentioned illegal drugs in their SONA? As far as I can remember, former Pres. Gloria Arroyo mentioned it sometime in 2003 to have the campaign against illegal drugs reach the barangay level. That’s only once before President Duterte. Imagine for so many years, the problem on illegal drugs was no mentioned in SONA,” Villanueva added.

    Among PDEA’ suggestions are for the government to also focus on making effective its rehabilitation of surrenderees under the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign. The agency said campaign would become successful if those who surrendered will be fully rehabilitated. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue

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    Education, Infra Dev’t get biggest shares in proposed 2018 national budget

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has already endorsed to Congress the proposed national budget for next year.

    P691.1 billion is the proposed budget for the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, state universities and colleges.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways has a proposed budget of P643.3 billion.

    A total of P1.097 trillion is intended to support the “Build, Build, Build” program of the government.

    It aims to improve the mobility and connectivity in the country by building modern and economical transport system for the public.

    A large portion of the proposed budget for the Department of Interior and Local Government will be used for law enforcement operations against criminality and illegal drugs; while around P900-million will be utilized for Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded.

    Of the P164.3 billion intended for the Department of Health, P57.1 billion is for the National Health Insurance Program which will benefit the low income earners; the informal sector, senior citizens and Bangsamoro families.

    The government has also allocated additional P25.7 billion fund coming from the proceeds of the tax reform package upon passage.

    “Some P25.7 billion from the proceeds of tax reform package will cover the unconditional cash transfer. This is unconditional: 200 per month or 2,400 per year for the poorest 50 percent of the population, or the poorest 10 million households,” said Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

    Meanwhile, Secretary Diokno also believes that the proposed bill that seeks to rightsize government agencies under the executive branch will be passed into law before the year ends.

    The official said this is a way for government to save from unnecessary expenses because of irrelevant government agencies.

    “Five administrations . . . we have accumulated many people in government already and some of their functions are no longer useful . . . there are many agencies that we have identified that are duplicative in nature.  There are many task force created over the last 30 years.  This gives us an opportunity to once and for all clean up the government,” Sec. Diokno added.

    This is one of the bills certified urgent by President Duterte during his SONA aside from the Tax Reform Bill, re-imposition of Death Penalty, National Land Use Act and others. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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    PNP, DND support PRRD’s statement on abolition of Commission on Human Rights

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — After President Rodrigo Duterte said in his second state of the nation address (SONA) that it would be much better if the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is abolished, both Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa and Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana manifested their agreement to the said abolition.

    “I’m just being practical.  With or without CHR we can do our job properly without violating the human rights of the people. With or without them we don’t need them to watch over us,” Dela Rosa said.

    Secretary Lorenzana added, “I agree with Bato, I don’t think it’s needed. Every time we took  our oath of office the most important quote is, ‘We pledge to defend and protect the Constitution of the Philippines.’  What is the most important part of the Constitution? It is the Bill of Rights,” .

    He assured that the public need not worry if the CHR is abolished because laws that protect the right of everyone are in place.

    The PNP and the military also agree that the CHR must first get a clearance from the president if a police or military personnel is facing human rights violation charges.

    “The claim that there will be impunity, I don’t think so because we have specific laws and regulations to follow in the military and also in the police, the punishment is heavy to those who will violate it,” Lorenzana said.

    The CHR, however, expressed dismay over the statement of the two officials.

    According to CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia, it is still much better if an independent group exists to investigate violations of human rights

    “As an independent watch dog or monitor ensures impartiality in terms of investigation conducted, while we recognize the PNP for example has mechanisms such as the NAPOLCOM or the internal affairs service basically they are investigating their own in not all circumstances they can be expected to carry out impartial investigation,” Atty. Jackie de Guia said.

    The CHR stressed that the existence of the commission is important in maintaining check and balance to protect the rights of the people from abuses. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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