Palace: Robredo not required to attend Cabinet meeting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 14, 2019   •   973

Vice President Leni Robredo is not required to attend Cabinet meetings, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo said the vice president will be invited if the issue to be discussed will be about the campaign against illegal drugs.

“Kung hindi ka naman kasama sa agenda, mas masaya siguro kung hindi ka na aattend (If you are not included in the agenda, maybe it is better if you do not attend). That’s why I said, you should be thankful, pupunta ka lang kung alam mo topic mo (attend if you are familiar with the topic),” he said on Thursday (November 14).

Panelo also added that it is also optional for every Cabinet member to attend the meeting especially if their agency is not part of the agenda.

“When we have a Cabinet meeting, we are invited by the Cabinet Secretary, and we are asked if we are going or not. In other words, it is optional for us to attend,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Palace official clarified that the vice president is free to comment on any issue discussed by submitting a statement.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to meet with Cabinet on January 11 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with the members of his Cabinet on Monday night, January 11, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte rescheduled his weekly address to the nation to conduct the Cabinet meeting.

The president normally holds his weekly address on Monday but moved it to Wednesday this week.

“Mamayang gabi po, there will be a Cabinet meeting and the talk to the people will be on Wednesday,” Roque said.

The Palace official did not give any information on the topics that will be discussed during the meeting.

Duterte last convened his Cabinet officials in December 14, 2020. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to meet with Cabinet on Dec. 14 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a full Cabinet meeting on Monday, December 14, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will meet with his Cabinet before his weekly address to the nation.

Duterte last convened his Cabinet officials in October to discuss the challenges in reopening public transport and the country’s economy amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The president used to hold monthly Cabinet meetings but this stopped during the onset of the public health crisis.

“I think that is a very good reason,” Roque said.

Roque added that the president prefers face-to-face meetings instead of online interactions when conducting Cabinet meetings.

“Mas gusto ni President, ‘pag Cabinet meeting, napupulong niya lahat talaga but anyway, regular naman po ang address ng President sa taumbayan,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte approves one-seat apart rule on public transportation

Marje Pelayo   •   October 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Commuters taking public transport may soon find themselves seating one-seat apart from each other.

During the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (October 13), President Rodrigo Duterte approved all the recommendations of the economic cluster on further re-opening of the Philippine economy.

These include the expansion of public transportation capacity such as the ‘one-seat apart’ rule or allowing passengers to sit together more closely than before as long as separated by plastic barriers.

“Inaprubahan po ng Gabinete na sa pampublikong transportasyon, one-seat apart na po ang distansya (The Cabinet has approved the one-seat apart distance rule in all public transportation),” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The new police will take effect after publication in the official gazette.

The Palace official reiterated the rules that will be strictly enforced in public transportation, which include the following:

  • Wearing of proper face masks
  • Wearing of face shields
  • Banning of small talk and eating
  • Banning of symptomatic passengers
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Frequent and proper disinfection
  • Appropriate physical distancing

Meanwhile, the President has also approved his Cabinet’s recommendations for a more incremental opening of businesses, shorter curfew hours, multiple work shifts, as well as the gradual expansion of age groups allowed to go out.

The Palace hopes that by strictly observing the health protocols, people will be protected from contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the economy further reopens.

Tingin ko, after six or seven months of lockdown, alam na natin ang gagawin: mask, hugas, iwas (I believe after six or seven months of lockdown, we already know what to do: mask, wash of hands, distancing),” the spokesperson concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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