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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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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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LGU officials ask protection following Halili, Bote slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

CCTV videos that captured the assassinations of Mayor Antonio Halili (left) and Mayor Ferdinand Bote (right). (Image of Mayor Halili courtesy of City Information Office, Tanauan. Image used for Mayor Bote courtesy of NIA)

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines met with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday (July 4) to air their concerns over the consecutive murders of Mayors Antonio Halili and Ferdinand Bote.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the local executives appealed to authorities to provide protection to mayors and other local officials in Mindanao who were banned from carrying firearms under the existing martial law.

The local officials also asked for their participation in the vetting of names to be included in the narcolist.

“Kasi sila alam nila kung sino ang mga involved sa kanilang mga lugar at yan naman po ay pag-aaralan, ang alam natin ngayon ay nagkakaroon  na ng central data base  and pdea will take the lead in the central data base for narcolist or narco politics,” Roque explained .

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was assassinated on Monday (July 2) during the flag raising ceremony while General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot the following day Tuesday (July 3) at the gate of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) building in Cabanatuan City. Both mayors were declared on arrival at hospitals after the fatal shootings. Suspects in both crimes remain unidentified. — Marje Pelayo

 

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Senators seek to empower, increase LGU funds against crime, drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

 

Oath-taking of barangay officials in Tarlac

 

MANILA, Philippines —Several senators are backing President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to audit the performances of local officials in relation to the administration’s intensified campaign against crime and illegal drugs.

According to Senate local government committee chairman Sonny Angara, he is currently pushing for the passage of proposals seeking to empower local government units and increase their funds to effectively curb crime and proliferation of illegal drugs in barangays.

To date, there are 11 bills filed in the Senate looking to amend the LGU code and to include the value-added tax on imported goods collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on the computation of internal revenue allotment (IRA).

This is aside from the measures seeking to increase the IRA to 50 percent from 40 percent share.

According to Senator Angara, appropriated LGU funds are measly to support other programs for their constituents, based on their consultations.

Available data show that 40 percent of 41,902 barangays received IRA of one million or less.

But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV nixed the move, saying this might only bring negative effects to the local communities.

He also slammed Duterte’s proposal to arm village officials and watchmen.

“Walang purpose nito but just to promote the culture of violence, culture of death, after arming them hihikayatin niya itong, barilin niyo yung mga suspetsa niyo na adik o criminal,” said Trillanes. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


 

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