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Political experts assess Duterte’s first year in office

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Several congressmen gave President Rodrigo Duterte high scores for his performance in his first year in office.

Ako-Bicol party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe gave him an 8.7 mark for improving the peace and order situation in towns and cities.

1-Edukasyon party list Rep. Salvador Belaro gave him 8 for the administration’s policy direction and focus on the Philippine development plan.

And although House minority leader Cong. Danilo Suarez did not give the president an equally high mark, he said he recognizes the chief executive’s achievements on the drug war.

“I’ll give him a 6,” said Suarez.

“Na-cap niya yung (he capped the) growth [of drug users]. Huminto iyong pagtaas ng bilang ng gumagamit (The rise in the number of drug users stopped). And in this one year, the fact that he managed to put a cap on it is already a monumental achievement — but the big drug lords are still there,” he added.

On the other hand, University of the Philippines political science assistant professor Jean Franco praised Duterte’ s economic team, saying this is one the highlights of the President’s first year in office.

“He appointed a good economic team, which is good for the economy because it will definitely be continuing what the previous administration has started with regard to economic policies,” she said.

However, Franco criticized the performance of the President’s Cabinet for their lack of coordination, and added that some undeserving individuals were also appointed to position.

“I think it is the Cabinet that lacks direction. They have to be more coordinative and they have to speak with one voice.

“Sabi the best the brightest ang miyembro ng Cabinet, at nakita naman natin na may mga not so bright and not so best, and iyong nagiging katatawanan nalang iyong iba diba? Eh may pinanghahawakan silang pusisyon,” said Franco.

Translation: (They said members of the Cabinet are the best and the brightest but there are those who are not so bright and not so best, while some have even become a laughing stock, right? But they have a position to uphold.)

When asked who she thinks is among those who are less deserving of the post, Franco said, “The Secretary of Justice, di ba (right?) Eh napaka importante noon eh (That position is so important).”

And while the President prioritized his campaign promise to combat illegal drugs, Franco said he made a mistake when he placed a deadline to this promise.

“Iyong (the) war on drugs will also tell you na (that) it is a complex problem and I think the president sort of underestimated the severity of the problem when he gave himself a deadline during the campaign, and you now see him extending the deadline.

Public administration professor Edna Co, on the other hand, said it is still early to conclude that the President cannot fulfill all what he has promised.

“Hindi pa kasi tapos iyong semester, kumbaga sa eskwela. Hindi pa tapos iyong panahon para sabihin na hindi niya ito absolutely natupad kasi mahaba pa ang panahon na lalakbayin eh,” she said.

Translation: (Like in school, the semester is not yet over, so to speak. The period to be able to say that he absolutely did not fulfill his promises is not yet over because it’s still a long journey ahead.)

“So I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt na kaya niya talaga magawa ang kanyang ipinangako ( that he can carry out his promises). At itong (and this) year one, partial palang (only); bahagi palang (it’s just a part),” Co added.

Both political experts are recommending to President Duterte the strengthening of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) so that he can push forward better the legislative agenda of his administration. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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PNP: No extrajudicial killings under government’s war on drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines — As far as the Philippine National Police is concerned, there has been no case of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.

According to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, police officers were not mandated to kill drug suspects under the government’s war on drugs.

“In fairness to the president and even to the former Chief PNP Bato dela Rosa na wala pong binigay sa amin na order whatsoever na para pumatay even mga suspek, even drug dependents or even mga criminals,” he said.

This week, the PNP reported that more than 4,800 drug personalities have been killed in over 100,000 legitimate anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

In the said operations, 155,000 drug suspects were arrested.

Albayalde said drug suspects get killed when they resist arrest or retaliate against police operatives. He also assures that policemen who get involved in a killing incident are dealt with accordingly.

“In fact not even the Commission on Human Rights ay may na prove na may EJK during the time of Pres. Duterte, and even since the time of Chief Bato ay walang ring na prove naganyan,” he added.

The PNP chief also defended President Rodrigo Duterte amid criticisms over his latest statement on extrajudicial killings.

Albayalde said the Chief Executive may have only been expressing his frustrations on the matter.

“Alam niyo naman yung political atmosphere ditto sa ating bansa everytime. Pag ikaw ay nakaupo diyan palaging may ibinabatong kung ano ano sayo, since wala nang maibato sa kanya, ito ay paulit ulit at history na ito at inuungkat na lang yung word na EJK,” Albayalde said. — Lea Ylagan

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8 out of 10 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte’s drug war — SWS

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

 

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign remains popular among Filipinos according to the latest survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Sunday.

The anti-drug initiative received a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65; a one-point increase from the +64 rating in March.

The survey, conducted on June 27 to 30 among  1,250 respondents, shows that 8 out of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war.

The highest net satisfaction rating came from the Mindanao region with +84, while Visayas recorded the lowest with a +57 rating.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of respondents who are contented with the anti-drug war are also satisfied the performance of President Duterte.

Meanwhile, 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe that the arrest of loiterers on the streets violates human rights.

This is also based on the SWS survey released yesterday, September 23.

In June, Duterte ordered the police to strictly implement city ordinances against loiterers whom he considers potential threats to the public.

The survey also revealed that 68 percent of Filipinos worry that they or someone they know will get arrested for loitering in public places. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

 

 

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Duterte: Economic managers are working on high inflation rate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

In a one-on-one interview with his chief legal counsel on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that his economic managers are addressing the issue of high inflation rate in the country.

“The economic managers are working on it already, we have a Cabinet meeting right after this and then I’ll also have the chance to ask questions,” he said.

The inflation rate in the country rose from 5.7 percent in the month of July to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

However, the Chief Executive said that no country is immune to inflation.

Duterte had earlier blamed US President Donald Trump’s tariff policies for the high inflation rate in the Philippines. — Rosalie Coz

 

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