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Peace process is not yet dead – GPH chief negotiator

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – Unless there is a formal document stating the termination of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front, there is still hope that it will return to the negotiating table.

This is the statement of the Government Peace Panel Chief Negotiator and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“The talks are alive and we are just waiting for the President to give us the instructions to go back to the peace table,” Bello said.

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is not yet ready to talk with the leftist group and maybe the next president will do it.

This after the New People’s Army intensified its attacks against the government forces.

“At this stage I am not ready to talk to them because it is not good for the country. If it is for the country, it is good, but the way it is now, I don’t like and maybe it would take sometime, maybe another president to do it,” Duterte said.

But Secretary Bello said the President is referring to the 5th round and backchannel talks which were both canceled because of the absence of conducive atmosphere.

Bello said it can be noted that  President Duterte’s key promise at the start of his term is to bring lasting peace in the country.

“He made a very clear statement that his legacy to our country and to our countrymen is a lasting peace for our country so I don’t think the President abandoned that legacy,” Bello said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Gov’t cancels June 28 peace talks with Reds

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

 

 New People’s Army 

The supposed resumption of formal peace talks between the government and National Democratic Front peace panel will not push through on June 28 according to Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jess Dureza.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte has directed them to seek first the consensus of the public and other government sectors on the issue.

“There is a need to engage the public all the more and get their support before we are able to work our certain agreements with the leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines,” said Dureza. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang describes US Intel Community report on President Duterte myopic, speculative

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rody Duterte on May 11, 2017 attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of South East Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The President is joined by his fellow ASEAN leaders including Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (PCOO)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines was mentioned twice in the published Worldwide Threat Assessment report of the US Intelligence Community by the director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats.

First, because of the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte about his determination to continue his campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and crime.

Second is the statement of the chief executive suggesting he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose a nationwide martial law.

But according to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, this is just a mere speculation.

“We describe as myopic and speculative its reference to the president suspending the Constitution, declaring a revolutionary government and imposing nationwide martial law,” said the presidential spokesperson.

The US Intel Community report also indicates that the Philippines is among the 30 countries where governments used social media to spread government views, drive agenda, and counter criticism of the government online.

The said intel report had caused news to circulate in the social media tagging President Duterte as a threat to democracy.

But Malacañang said that the said news reports are just click-bait.

“Pero yung sinasabi na binansagan daw ang pangulo na threat to democracy in Southeast Asia. Click bait po yun, wala pong katotohanan,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

 

 

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First phase of a new terminal at Clark Int’l Airport to begin next month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

PAMPANGA, Philippines — Airport officials believe there is a need to construct new airport terminals in Clark, Pampanga due to the increasing number of passengers at the Clark International Airport.

According to the figures of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), the said airport has 1.4 million passengers this year, bigger than last year, which was at 1.3 million passengers.

Due to the increase, officials of CIAC believe there is a need to build another airport terminal.

“We are at the first phase. What does the first phase contain? The first phase contains a new terminal project. This means we will build a new terminal, new passenger terminal building,” CIAC CEO Mr. Alexander Cauguiran said.

“Aside from this building, we will construct as well a secondary road network that would connect the terminal to the SCTEX so that passengers will no longer have to pass through the middle of the zone. And then of course the transportation hub and the horizontal project. These five components are incorporated in the first phase,”  he added.

The said project will begin in December of this year and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

“The government, President Duterte, and DOTR want the BCDA to finish it by the first quarter of 2020. From there, once the market becomes vibrant, we can see its results. It will take years before we can implement the second phase,” Cauguiran said.

The soon to be constructed terminal is expected to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.

With a second terminal, the Clark Airport can accommodate a total of more than 12 million passengers.

The construction of the new terminal is expected to cost the government P12 to P15 billion. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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