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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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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Office of the Ombudsman confirms dismissal of Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — “Guilty of serious dishonesty relative to his unlawful acquisition of wealth” has been the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman on the dishonesty and grave misconduct complaint filed by former Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada against Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in 2015.

According to the Ombudsman, Mayor Mabilog failed to explain how his wealth ballooned, particularly the P8.9 million worth of additional amount he amassed in just a period of one year, from 2012 to 2013.

Aside from dismissal from service order, the Ombudsman also imposed cancellation of civil service eligibility on Mabilog, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and prohibition from taking civil service examinations.

Meanwhile, the camp of Mabilog is hoping for the reversal of the dismissal order from the  Office of the Ombudsman.

According to his lawyer, Atty. Mark Piad, Mabilog plans to appeal the said decision.

“We will just explore or avail whatever legal remedies that we have. We might probably ask for TRO from the court of appeals or we might appeal the decision of the Ombudsman or we might follow petition before the court of appeals,” said the legal counsel.

Meanwhile, when asked about the threats of President Rodrigo Duterte to make Mabilog his next target, the lawyer refused to comment.

“We don’t know what the President meant so we really cannot comment any further on that. Whatever will happen we just lay down to God’s divine intervention. That’s basically what the mayor said last time,” said the lawyer.  — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to retake anti-illegal drug ops if problems on illegal drugs worsens

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_101617_ Dela Rosa at Kamuning Bakery

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.

The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.

This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.

“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.

However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.

The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.

“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.

This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.

“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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