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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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Senators seek to empower, increase LGU funds against crime, drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

 

Oath-taking of barangay officials in Tarlac

 

MANILA, Philippines —Several senators are backing President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to audit the performances of local officials in relation to the administration’s intensified campaign against crime and illegal drugs.

According to Senate local government committee chairman Sonny Angara, he is currently pushing for the passage of proposals seeking to empower local government units and increase their funds to effectively curb crime and proliferation of illegal drugs in barangays.

To date, there are 11 bills filed in the Senate looking to amend the LGU code and to include the value-added tax on imported goods collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on the computation of internal revenue allotment (IRA).

This is aside from the measures seeking to increase the IRA to 50 percent from 40 percent share.

According to Senator Angara, appropriated LGU funds are measly to support other programs for their constituents, based on their consultations.

Available data show that 40 percent of 41,902 barangays received IRA of one million or less.

But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV nixed the move, saying this might only bring negative effects to the local communities.

He also slammed Duterte’s proposal to arm village officials and watchmen.

“Walang purpose nito but just to promote the culture of violence, culture of death, after arming them hihikayatin niya itong, barilin niyo yung mga suspetsa niyo na adik o criminal,” said Trillanes. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


 

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5 killed in separate buy-bust operations in 3 Bulacan towns

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

 

An overnight of separate drug buy- bust operations in three different towns Bulacan resulted in the death of five suspected drug pushers.

 

BULACAN, Philippines —  Two drug suspects were killed in a separate buy-bust operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pandi, Bulacan Tuesday night.

Allan Dexter dela Cruz was fatally shot after allegedly resisting arrest when he sensed he was transacting with a police officer at past 12 midnight.

The same case happened with another drug suspect identified only as alias “Larry” who was cornered by police in a remote and grassy area, still in the town of Pandi at dawn.

Seized from each suspect were .38 caliber pistol; about 10 sachets of shabu and P500 of buy-bust money.

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Two separate buy-bust operations in Balagtas, Bulacan also yielded two fatalities.

A drug suspect identified as alias Lito Onse was killed at Barangay Santol, while the other suspect remained unidentified as of press time.

Both were said to have resisted arrest after undercover police bought shabu at P500.

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Meanwhile, a tricycle driver was also shot dead in Barangay Kutkot, Pulilan, Bulacan at 12:30am.

Police said the driver quickly fled after sensing that he was selling drugs to a cop.

He allegedly exchanged fire with authorities before he was cornered and killed. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

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SolGen asks SC to extend deadline of documents on war on drugs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Bodies of two women believed to be victims of a drug-related killing, were found on a street in Manila.

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend its deadline for the submission of documents pertaining to the administration’s war on drugs.

As of this date, the OSG was able to submit a number of documents but only for several cases.

The SC directed the OSG to submit detailed reports on 3,800 cases of deaths in police operations recorded from July 1. 2016 to November 30, 2017 which are being attributed to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. – UNTV News & Rescue

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