Palace: the Filipino suicide bomber a cause for concern

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 11, 2019   •   872

Scene of the suicide attack at a military camp in Indanan, Sulu that killed three soldiers and two bombers. | Courtesy: AFP-WESMINCOM

One of the two suicide bombers who was confirmed to be Filipino is a cause for concern according to Malacañang.

The attacker was identified as Norman Lasuca, 23 years old. Authorities say he was the first confirmed Filipino suicide bomber.

READ: Authorities confirm one of the suicide bombers in Indanan, Sulu was Filipino

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the attacker’s action goes against the character of Filipinos.

“It’s a cause for concern, given that this is the first time that there is a Filipino suicide bomber. It goes against the grain of the character of Filipinos, iyong magsu-suicide ka para sa terrorism (committing suicide for terrorism),” he said.

The Palace calls on the public to remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious individuals to authorities.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte creates inter-agency task force on zero-hunger

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order creating an inter-agency task force to end hunger in the country.

Based on Executive Order no. 101, an inter-agency task force on zero-hunger will be created which will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

“Involuntary hunger, food security, undernutrition and child wasting, stunting, and mortality continue to be serious concerns in the country,” the executive order reads.

The task force aims to assure that all government policies, programs and projects are centered in maintaining zero-hunger in the country.

“There is a need to carefully coordinate, rationalize, monitor and assess the efforts of concerned government agencies and instrumentalities to ensure a whole-of-government approach to eradicating hunger and achieving food security,” it further reads.

The members of the task force include the secretaries of agrarian reform, budget, education, environment, health, labor, interior and local government, trade, science and technology, communications, National Economic and Development Authority director-general, and the head of the Commission on Higher Education.

The fund for the task force will be taken from the allotted budget of the members.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte grants gratuity pay for gov’t job order, contractual workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the gratuity pay for 2019 government job offers and contractual workers.

The Chief Executive signed Administrative Order no. 20 which grants a one-time gratuity pay, ranging from P1,000 to P3,000, for contractual and job order workers in the government.

Workers who rendered four months of satisfactory performance will receive P3,000 worth of gratuity pay. Meanwhile, those who rendered service for less than four months will receive P1,000 to P2,000.

“Granting a year-end gratuity pay to JO (job order) and COS (contract of service) workers is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work,” the administrative order reads.

Malacañang also said this will serve as recognition for their service.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte urges evacuees not to return home until situation in Taal is safe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 15, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on January 14, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte urged evacuees not to return to their homes yet until the situation in the Taal region is considered safe.

“Wala munang babalik doon hangga’t hindi mag-kalma ang panahon (No one is allowed to return until the situation is calmer). Nobody is allowed to go there, to go back until such time that you are safe,” he said.

The chief executive visited over 1,000 evacuees currently taking shelter in Batangas Provincial Sports Complex. He also distributed cash assistance worth P3,000 and food packs.

Over 30,000 residents were evacuated from Batangas and Cavite after authorities raised alert level 4 on Sunday (January 12) due to Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Duterte also assured the evacuees that the local government, government agencies, and members of his Cabinet will be open to provide assistance to those in need.

“I am really very pleased, very happy that all agencies are here on hand and trying their best to do their best to help the community,” he said. —AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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