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PH earns praises from UN, EU, Japan for the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ enactment of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has earned compliments from the international community following its official signing by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26.

The United Nations, in a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized it as “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the southern Philippines.”

The European Union said, “The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law represents an opportunity for the Filipino people to embrace peace and stability after decades of strife,” in a statement by EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic.

The Philippines’ ally Japan, meanwhile, was the first to express its support “for the development of Mindanao in a wide range of fields, in accordance with progress in the peace process.” This, according to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano, is Japan’s commitment under the Japan-Philippines Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation for the next five years announced in October 2017,

The Bangsamoro Organic law is considered a key step to ending a decade-long armed conflict in the southern Philippines that had claimed thousands of lives since it began in the 1970s.

For his part, President Duterte appealed to the Moro community to give BOL a chance in leading the path towards peace.

“Hindi pa kami nag-usap sa Tausug group, kay Nur, o kahit kanino ang kailangan kausapin ko. Iyong BBL tapos na. Bigyan lang natin ng panahon. Huwag tayong mag-giyera. Kasi kung mag-giyera — wala naman problema mamatay tayo. Mamatay man tayo lahat. Ang problema, ang mga mahirapan ang mga bata, matanda, pati mga babae. Mag-iwan lang tayo ng maraming orphans. Maglaki ng walang tatay, hirap ang nanay. Papaano… Huwag natin pasukan ‘yan. Hindi panahon natin ‘yan. Hindi ‘yung away na pwede tayong makipagsapalaran na ubusan. Mag-usap na lang. Iyong Abu Sayyaf, mag-usap na lang tayo,” the President said during his visit to fire-affected residents in Brgy. Bus-Bus in Jolo, Sulu on Friday (July 27).

A ceremonial signing of the BOL  is being prepared between President Duterte and the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country.

Duterte, the chairman of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday.

“As we [undergo] reforms in this administration, our unity is now more important than ever. I, therefore, ask the continued support of PDP-Laban and its partners in creating practical solutions to address the root cause of our nation’s problems,” Duterte said.

The Chief Executive also challenged the members of the ruling political party to remain true to its vision to promote good governance and to address issues that continue to strangle Filipinos.

“Let us remain committed to the party’s vision of liberating our people from the clutches of poverty, conflict, crime, illegal drugs and corruption through the promotion of justice, equality, and good governance,” he said.

He also called on his party-mates to promote the proposed shift to federalism which is a priority measure of his administration.

Present in the event were PDP-Laban President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The party assembly was held just a few days after President Duterte met with the two warring factions and urged them to settle their differences.

But Pimentel insists there is no faction in the PDP-Laban, saying one cannot highjack a party by holding an event and electing himself as its leader if he is a non-member.

Pimentel is referring to Rogelio Garcia, a classmate of Duterte, who claims to lead the other group.

Congressman Alvarez also agreed with Pimentel’s statement.

“Hindi. Isa lang. Isa lang talaga. Wala namang infighting. I think, mali lang iyong impression na iyan,” said Alvarez.

The members of the PDP-Laban are expected to meet again by September to iron out other issues. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte likely to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins protest

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to step down if former senator and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (August 16) said Duterte wants a “better qualified” successor as he has been worried if someone “incompetent” would replace him.

“He had said that he thinks that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him. If there’s development and he will win the protest, then he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true his words. If he (Marcos) becomes vice president, perhaps, the President will make true his word, he will step down,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during Wednesday’s press briefing (August 16).

On Tuesday, the President openly named Marcos or Senator Chiz Escudero as his preferred successors if ever he steps down as president.

“I think deep in my heart if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya. That’s my honest opinion. Kung sino lang sana diyan, in the likes of Escudero or Bongbong Marcos,” Duterte said during his meeting with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Malacanang.

Duterte said he was tired with his seemingly “endless” fight against graft and corruption that “has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”

Roque clarified, however, that Duterte remains the President and would not be resigning anytime soon.

In April, Marcos filed an electoral protest against Robredo claiming the vice presidential race in 2016 was manipulated causing him to lose against Robredo by around 263,000 votes.

Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp remains confident that Marcos will never become the president on this nation.

“Insofar as we are concerned, President Duterte’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” ended Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s Lead Counsel. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

 

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Roque: Teachers’ pay hike possible after TRAIN 2

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque | PCOO

 

 

QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, August 15, announced before more than 8,000 educators, the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the monthly salary of teachers.

“Well ang sabi ng Presidente, matapos ang TRAIN 2 doon niya talagang hahanapan ng pondo para maitaas muli ang sahod ng mga teachers,” Roque said during the annual teachers convention held in Quezon Province.

He added that the Congress is now working on the draft of the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration after which, they lawmakers may then proceed with the measure for teachers’ pay hike.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, for his part, is also closely coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the proposal.

Sa kasalukuyan meron na po silang salary standardization that ends on 2019. Pagkatapos po nito ay ako mismo magpafollow up sa ating Pangulo o sa ating kalihim ng Budget and Management para po isunod kaagad ang kanilang unti unting salary increase,” he said. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo

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