Peter Wallace lauds Duterte administration in first 100 days
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016
MANILA, Philippines — Australian businessman Peter Wallace commended President Rodrigo Duterte for accomplishing some of his campaign promises such as stamping out drug menace and eradicating corruption during his 100 days in office.
Speaking at a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, October 5, Wallace praised the government for the “remarkable change” happening in the country since Duterte took office on June 30.
“I’ve been studying this man for quite some time. I’ve known him for quite some time. This is a man who genuinely cares for this country and genuinely cares for its people. And what I particularly like, he cares for what really matters like in the provinces where we have the poorest of the poor and the people suffering the most,” said Wallace, founder of the Wallace Business Forum.
Wallace is a known businessman who has lived in the country for four decades. He has been granted Philippine citizenship considering his contributions to local business community and his various socio-civic advocacies.
Wallace particularly hailed Duterte’s signing of an executive order for the implementation of the Freedom of Information, which he said should have been done a long time ago. He likewise expressed support for Duterte’s economic team led by Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III and the 10-point economic agenda.
Wallace also defended the President’s “radical” style of ruling the country giving his two cents in the way Duterte is being portrayed in the media. He noted that some social ills such as drugs and criminality have prompted the President to use offensive language.
“He’s angry and he’s frustrated and he takes this out by swearing, which is not terribly abnormal in the society that he is mixed in. But it is difficult for particularly foreigners to understand,” he said.
“And what happens unfortunately is too often what he says is taken literally rather than interpreting what he actually meant. Because if you do that, you find that most of the swearing is just top of the head type of stuff, that doesn’t have any real importance to it, that isn’t the real intent. It’s underlying that behind that really matters. And what’s underlying behind that is that he wants change and he wants to get things done,” he added.
Wallace likewise believes the President is not severing ties with the United States despite his recent pronouncement of establishing economic ties with Russia and China.
“He’s trying I think to establish that the Philippines is a truly independent country. It is no longer a colony of the US. It is no longer subservient in any way to the US. It wants its independence and in a fairly dramatic way that he’s trying to put that across, right? Now, it’s an unusual way,” he said.
For his part, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President’s statement might not necessarily mean breaking up of alliances with other countries. “He is not closing. He is broadening,” Secretary Abella said adding that there was still no move to end ties with US.
On the matter of the extrajudicial killings, Wallace said that this does not affect business at all.
“I don’t see it affecting business particularly. There’s no question that there has been concern raised by some of the foreign business community over these but nobody, nobody is withdrawing. No companies are going out but business is not affected directly,” he said.
Wallace also believes that Congress needs to stop hearings and focus on granting the President emergency powers to address the worsening traffic problem.
Source: Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Martin Delgra III to arrest the operator of the Dimple Star bus during his visit to the accident site in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro on March 23, 2018. He also ordered the arrest of other operators who are running colorum public utility vehicles nationwide. Duterte’s orders came on the heels of the accident involving the same bus company that left 19 dead and 21 wounded last Tuesday. Joining the President is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived on Friday at the national highway of Brgy. Batong Buhay Sablayan Occidental Mindoro where a Dimple Star bus unit figured in a fatal accident last Tuesday night.
The president has expressed dismay over the accident especially since 19 of its passengers had died, while more than 20 others were injured.
Following the incident, the president threatened to order the detention of the owners of all bus units in the country that have no proper permits.
The chief executive also visited the wake of the casualties in the accident and vowed to shoulder the burial expenses. — UNTV News & Rescue
BORACAY ISLAND, one of the most visited destinations in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has not issued his official decision on the recommendations of government agencies to temporary close Boracay Island.
Consequently, Malacañang ensured that this summer break, tourists can still visit the island beach resort.
“I don’t think any closure will happen during the peak season of Boracay. We’re looking at — possibly if the president finally accepts the recommendation — lean season,” said Presidential Spokesperson Roque.
The president said he is willing to support whatever the decision of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año will be on the issue.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Tourism (DOT) have been recommending a maximum of one year closure of Boracay Island to rehabilitate it.
“Boracay, he thinks will take a little bit longer. And I answered him, I said, ‘General, I placed you there. Whatever is your decision, I will support you. It’s up to you. You just make the recommendation. And if I find everything that is alright and in consonance, go ahead.’ He said, ‘It will take about something like six months.’ So do it, it’s their actions which destroy Boracay, not us,” said Duterte.
Malacañang is not sure if the Boracay closure will affect the recently approved contract to build new casino resorts on the island.
But according to Roque, the developers must follow the government’s requirements in the construction of the infrastructures such as adequate water and sewer system.
“Warning to the developer, they should know that all their development plans hinges on what the president will decide upon on the issue of Boracay. But right now there is a moratorium on new improvements, so they can’t build even if they want to today because of the moratorium,” said Roque.— Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
(L-R) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi
MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano met with his Chinese counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Wednesday.
During the said meeting, China agreed to prudently advance cooperation with the Philippines on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.
Wang also hopes to turn the disputed territory into a source of friendship and cooperation.
“The South China Sea controversy will be turned into a source of friendship and cooperation and we will jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” said the Chinese foreign minister.
For his part, Cayetano said he is confident that the countries would find a suitable legal framework on future explorations in the South China Sea.
“The Philippines and China are finding a common legal framework to conduct joint exploration and surveys. And with our discussions today, I’m confident that we will find a suitable legal framework for our two countries,” said Cayetano.
The two countries in February agreed to set up a special panel to work out how they can jointly explore offshore oil and gas in areas both sides claim, without needing to address the touchy issue of sovereignty.
The area is currently under a territorial dispute.
China claims most of the South China Sea, a key trade route and home to areas that are believed to hold large quantities of oil and natural gas. Along with China, parts of the South China Sea are subject to competing claims from Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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