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Palace blocks EU politician’s entry; stresses right to blacklist

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

Giacomo Filibeck Twitter profile

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang insisted on the government’s right to bar Giacomo Filibeck from entering the Philippines.

Filibeck, a secretary-general of European socialists is a critic of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The EU political party official was invited by the Akbayan Party-list Congress, but was denied access to the country upon his arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

“We are not obliged to allow anyone into our territory if we do not want them in our territory. Unfortunately, the socialist leader was one of those that we determine as a person that we don’t want to be in our territory. There is no rule under international law that will compel us to admit anyone whom we do not want to admit in our territory. That’s the exercise of sovereignty,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang awaits word from HOR on blocked budget

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The sudden suspension of the budget hearing in the Lower House of Congress for the proposed 2019 National Budget raised questions from Malacañang on the kind of relationship that the Executive branch has with the Legislative body.

This, despite having the Lower House’s “super-majority” or the large number of solons allied with the Duterte administration.

Though Malacañang stressed it is not blaming anyone, the Palace admitted it has yet to hear anything about the issue from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Let’s just say with the budget being rejected by Congress, we don’t know what ties we have with the House now. We’d like to think that they continue to be important allies of the President, but apparently the change of leadership has also brought in a different kind of relationship,” explained Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

For now, the Palace regards this as a simple misunderstanding. Still, it would let the Congress explain about the issue.

But Roque said President Duterte does not believe Congress will reject the proposed national budget.

 “As of now, I think he’s giving the Congress the benefit of the doubt. He does not actually want to accept that for the first time, Congress does not want to enact on his budget,” the Spokesperson added.

Malacañang is also firm on the use of cash-based budgeting system for next year.

However, if Congress rejects the proposal, the government will be compelled to have a re-enacted budget for 2019.

Under the cash-based budgeting system, government agencies will only propose projects to be funded and implemented within the fiscal year.

The Congress has earlier expressed concerns that under this system, the “Build, Build, Build Program” of the Duterte administration will suffer, though the economic managers have said otherwise. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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69% of Filipinos see war on drugs as Duterte admin’s ‘most important achievement’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Majority of Filipinos believe that the government’s drug war is President Rodrigo Duterte’s “most important achievement.”

According to a Pulse Asia Survey released on Monday (July 23), 69% of Filipinos consider the elimination of the country’s problems in illegal drugs as the top achievement of the administration.

Metro Manila (77%) has the highest sentiment at 77% with 74% among the rich or ABC classes.

Fighting criminality is the second in the list of achievements with 50% and the salary increase for police and soldiers with 30% came third.

Fourth is the government’s fight against graft and corruption with 28% while its grant of free tuition in SUCs came fifth at 21%.

The survey was conducted from June 15-21, 2018 using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters aged 18 and above.

It was released hours before the President’s third state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday afternoon. — Marje Pelayo

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Duterte admin to send rescue and relief teams to storm-affected Japan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


Flood waters run through the street in Japan (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte government will send aid to typhoon-affected residents in western Japan.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday (July 10) the government will send emergency teams to help in the relief and rescue operations in the affected areas as well as a supply of medicines needed by the residents.

“Ang tulong po ay sa pagpapadala ng mga inhinyero, doctor at ng gamot. Wala pa pong halaga at si sec. alan peter cayetano po ang magpapadala ng mensahe sa ambahador ng japan,” said Roque.

Fatalities have reached to 10 and a number of residents still missing due to flash floods and landslides as a powerful storm with an international name Maria heads to strike the central and western part of Honshu, Japan’s main island, up to the far-flung parts of the Ryukyu Islands. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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