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Pres. Duterte challenges UN envoy to a debate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and United Nations special rapporteur on extra judicial killings, Agnes Callamard (R).


President Rodrigo Duterte asserted that he wants to face Dr. Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Executions, in a debate.

This, after the U.N. special envoy said in an interview that she cannot face the Chief Executive in a public debate.

According to Dr. Callamard, this is not in accordance with the special conduct of a special rapporteur.

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Instead, Callamard suggested a joint press conference in which the President may throw questions about the result of her investigations.

President Duterte earlier invited the United Nations representative to visit the Philippines to see the real situation in the country as well as the war against illegal drugs operations. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Malacañang allays fears over possible declaration of a revolutionary government

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.

“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.

This was in response to the Vice President Leni  Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.

The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.

“Nakakabahala  ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.

(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)

She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.

Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.

Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.

“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.

Thus,  Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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BSP sees improved businesses in the country in Q4 of 2017

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Bangko Sentral

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has released its business expectation survey results for the last quarter of 2017.

BSP forecasts stronger business in the country in the 4th quarter of the year.

With over 1,000 survey respondents from October 2 to November 20, 2017, they said they are positive business will be better in the country.

Business firms connect the positive response with the increase in the number of purchasers in the holiday season, an increase in the number of businesses that plan to expand, the government’s funding for infrastructure projects, and the expansion of the country’s export market.

According to the BSP, if several businesses have been affected by issues like the war on drugs among others, these are no longer noticed or even mentioned.

Businessmen in the country, according to the BSP, have a new mind set.

“That is not something that they consider when they make business decisions whether to expand, employ more people excluding the revolutionary government, EJK, impeachment proceedings,” BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said there are now more people who want to invest on businesses.

According to the agency there has been a rise in the number of applicants for loan and establishment of businesses.

“There are people who come to the office to have their businesses upgraded and have additional capital, to be able to acquire equipment,” DTI Small Business Corporation Lending head, Lyn Orsos said.

However, according to the BSP, after this year, there is fear of weakening of businesses come first quarter of 2018 due to more expenditures in the holiday season, and people are no longer focused on purchasing.

There are also concerns that the value of peso will fall up to the next year. – Mon Jocson | 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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