Palace: Duterte eyes revamp of airport officials

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019   •   2503

Courtesy : Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is considering a revamp of airport officials following reports of flight delays and cancellations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during their lengthy Cabinet meeting on Monday, the President hinted at a revamp after expressing dismay over what he found during his surprise visit at the NAIA Terminal 2.

“He shared to the Cabinet Secretaries what he found out in his surprise visit at the NAIA. He expressed dismay and hinted at its revamp,” Panelo said in a statement.

He added that the President is also mulling the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley airport in Cavite to reduce congestion at NAIA.

He said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade mentioned the testing of ferries that can operate from the Mall of Asia to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.

“The President directed the operations in Sangley Point to start immediately,” Panelo said.

Panelo said that during the meeting, Duterte also voiced his preference for a single entity, either from the military or civilian force to handle concerns on airport security.

“On security concerns, President Duterte prefers that airport security be handled by a single entity, either from the military or civilian force,” he said.

“Sec. Tugade will be preparing an appropriate executive order for the President’s consideration,” he added.

READ: Duterte makes surprise visit at NAIA

On Monday morning, made a surprise visit at the NAIA following reports about flight delays and cancellations caused by the inclement weather. He apologized to affected air passengers and vowed to draw up plans to immediately resolve airport problems. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte names former House Speaker Belmonte special envoy to Japan

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte (L) raises the hand of former House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte in an undated photo that was released on May 10, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has named former House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte as Special Envoy to Japan.

Based on a document from Malacañang released on Wednesday, Belmonte was appointed as special envoy to Japan for trade and market access.

Belmonte was appointed by Duterte on Oct. 15, Tuesday.

He served as Representative of the 4th District of Quezon City for three terms, and was elected as House speaker of the 15th and 16th Congress during the time of former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, respectively.

Belmonte was Liberal Party’s former vice chairman before he resigned in September last year. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Yulo, Petecio other athletes to meet with Duterte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Pole vaulter John Ernest Obiena, boxer Eumir Marcial, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio

Filipino athletes including gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio will meet President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (October 16), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“They will be meeting with the President. They will have a courtesy call,” Panelo said during the press briefing on Tuesday (October 15).

Yulo has won the gold medal in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship while Petecio clinched the gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championship featherweight division.

John Ernest Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Olympics, will also meet the president. Boxer Eumir Marcial will also join the three athletes in the courtesy call on Wednesday.—AAC

Malacañang said it will respect SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will abide by whatever the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Whatever the decision of the court, we should abide by it,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In 2016, Marcos accused Robredo of “massive cheating” in the 2016 elections.

He lost to Robredo by some 260,000 votes, but Robredo’s camp said her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the initial recount.

On Tuesday (October 14), the PET ordered the release of a report on the initial recount of votes.

“Hayaan ninyo na sila (Let them be). We’ll just wait and let the parties argue their case in court and PET will have to render its decision,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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