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Pilot recount moved to April 2

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo (left) and former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. (right).

MANILA, Philippines — The pilot recount in Bongbong Marcos’ election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo has been delayed once again.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), reset the start of manual revision of votes from March 19 to April 2, as they are still in need of eight more revisors.

But whether the 50 revisors are completed or not by next month, they will push through with the recount in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Robredo, lawmakers urge gov’t to suspend value added, excise taxes on fuel, water & electricity

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — House committee on banks & financial intermediaries chairman Henry Ong is calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulations implementing the fuel excise taxes of 2018 and 2019.

This is to ease the country’s inflation that surged in the past months.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate echoed Ong’s sentiments, pressing as well for the suspension of 12 percent value added tax on fuel, water, and electricity.

Senator Bam Aquino, meanwhile, urged Congress to work together in passing the Senate Bill 1798, dubbed as the Bawas Presyo Bill.

The proposal seeks to amend the tax reform law and add a safeguard ensuring the suspension in the collection of additional fuel taxes once the inflation rate surpasses the government’s target for three consecutive months.

If the excise tax on fuel will be suspended, around P3.00 will be deducted from the price of oil while fuel, water and electricity rates may decrease by P120 if the 12 percent value-added tax will be suspended.

Vice President Leni Robredo believes it is high time to review the subsidy placed under the TRAIN law since the inflation remains at 6.7 percent.

“First, they should check if the 10 million beneficiaries on the list is still correct. Second, if the P200 daily subsidy is still effective considering the computation was done before the inflation jumped,” said Robredo.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, assures to forward these suggestions to the president.

For its part, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement that the passage of the rice tarrification bill is expected to tame inflation in 2019 and 2020. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Arroyo’s draft federal charter wants Senate President, not VP Robredo, to succeed president during transition period

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: The first meeting of Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte after their inauguration on a military ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, July 01, 2016. (Office of the Vice President)


MANILA, Philippines — If President Rodrigo Duterte is unable to preside over the country’s transition to the new system of government, the Senate president is the next in line and not Vice President Leni Robredo.

This is based on the resolution of both Houses No. 15 authored by House Speaker Gloria Arroyo.

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments chairman Vicente Veloso explained that they decided to skip Vice President Robredo due to the election protest against her filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

“We wouldn’t know who is the vice president would be then. Would it be Robredo, Bongbong Marcos? But look at the uncertainty, I’ve been jurist for long time there is no certainty when it comes to finality of decision,” said Veloso.

But Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman questioned this provision.

“As of now the there is a vice president and that election protest will have to take its course. But meanwhile, we have a duly elected vice president who is incumbent and should not be deprived of the constitutional right to succeed to the presidency,” said Lagman.

Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin also said the administration might be trying to impede Robredo’s succession, especially with the President’s current state of health.

“The problem now is you have the health condition of the President which the President admits and of course the President always been saying that he does not like Vice President Robredo to succeed him,” said Villarin.

The draft federal constitution also seeks to remove the term limit of senators and congressmen. Congressman Veloso says term limits breed political dynasty.

“Now that we have term limits in senator if you will read the history book the famous there would be Mrs. Tolentino, Mrs. Diokno, the spouses of senators because with term limit comes dynasty you will pass your work to those who can continue,” said the chairman.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said in a statement that the removal of lawmakers’ term limits is for GMA to still run in Congress and remain in power.

He said their group will do everything to stop the passage of this measure.

“So GMA in effect can still run for Congress; this is designed, thus, for her and many others to remain in power ad infinitum. Just like before, we must do everything to derail this by pulling the plug now,” said Zarate.

But according to Speaker Arroyo, “ The only thing I added was a provision that instead of establishing the federal states, there’s a mechanism to establish federal states. All the other provisions were already submitted by the Con-Com and everyone else. That’s the only thing I added to make it my version.”

Under Section 2 Article 17 of the draft charter change, any move to extend the terms of President Duterte and Vice President Robredo beyond June 30, 2022, is prohibited.

The first national and local election under the federal system of government will be conducted on the second Monday of May 2022.

Solons admitted there is a very low chance that the Senate will pass its version of the proposal. But the House committee on constitutional amendments said it will do its part to pass the resolution on time to start the transition period on May 2019.

The Lower House is now deliberating the draft charter in the plenary for second reading. — Grace Casin 



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Naga City has the highest crime rate in PH – PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Aerial view of Naga City in Bicol | CIUDAD NIN NAGA via Facebook

The Philippine National Police (PNP) considers Naga City as the number 1 city with the highest crime rate based on their mathematical computation.

In terms of crime volume, Naga ranks 16th among cities in country including the ones in Metro Manila as of July 2018.

“However, if we will translate this to the crime rate, Naga will run number one, considering the mathematical computation in getting crime rate is based on population,” Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management acting director PCSupt. Elmo Francis Sarona said.

Based on police records, Naga City has a population of 202,000 with an average monthly crime rate of 202.80.

Vice President Leni Robredo who hails from Naga, criticized PNP’s claim which she said was based on unreliable data.

“Nakakalungkot na ang PNP magbibigay ng mga statements na hindi nakabase sa totoong datos (It’s rather sad that PNP is releasing statements which are not based on the real data).”

She also hinted at a possible motive behind the statement.

“Kasi sinabi ko na ito dati at sasabihin ko uli: Kung ako ang punteriya, huwag ng idamay ang buong lungsod (I have said this before and I will say it again: If I’m the one being targeted, do not drag the whole city into it),” said the vice president. — Grace Casin


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