Pres. Duterte denies involvement in Janet Napoles’ allegations vs. Sen. Franklin Drilon

UNTV News   •   January 25, 2018   •   3847

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has dared Senator Franklin Drilon to expose a person who can prove allegations that he implicated the senator in the pork barrel scam.

This was after PDAF scam queen Janet Lim Napoles revealed that the senator received a P5-million donation from her for the lawmaker’s campaign funds in the 2010 elections.

The President added he is willing to resign if this will be proven.

“Senator Drilon, if I talked to somebody urging a case against you sa (on) PDAF, bring that person in my presence and I will resign because you are my friend,” Duterte said.

The Liberal Party claims the Duterte Administration is trying to divert the attention of the public away from issues such as inflation and the alleged favor given to China by the government regarding the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise — same reasons they said why the government wants Drilon to be investigated on PDAF scam.

“If you look at the timing after the minority submitted a resolution to investigate the Navy frigate issue, suddenly there is a convict to speak against the opposition,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.

Meanwhile, the President once again warned those who are using the hangar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport but are not paying due charges.

“To the rich, you better be prepared. Even a clerk of the airport would say that it’s about time that we use that goddam space there. I will bulldoze all of you, I don’t care,” said Duterte.

Last year, the Philippine Airlines paid around P6-billion worth of backlog fee after President Duterte warned of shutting down NAIA Terminal 2 if the company will not pay its obligation to the government. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte administration gets ‘excellent’ net satisfaction rating in Q4 2019 – SWS

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration’s net satisfaction rating from the public has risen to “excellent,” according to the fourth quarter 2019 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Friday.

The survey, which was conducted from December 13 to 16, 2019, showed that 81% of the 1,200 adult respondents expressed satisfaction with the general performance of the Duterte administration, 12% were undecided, while 7% were not satisfied.

The pollster said the rating, which it classifies as “excellent,” is up by six points from the “very good” +67 in September 2019. It also matches the record-high excellent +73 that the current administration earned in June 2019.

“The 6-point rise in the National Administration’s overall net satisfaction rating was due to increases in all areas,” the SWS said.

Out of the 16 specific performance subjects rated, the SWS said the Duterte administration got “very good” rating on seven subjects: Helping the poor (+64), Fighting terrorism (+61), Providing information needed by the citizens to properly examine what the government is doing (+58), Having clear policies (+56), Developing a healthy economy (+53), Reconciling with Muslim rebels (+51), and Protecting the freedom of the press (+50).

Meanwhile, It received “good” rating on: Fighting crimes (+49), Reconciling with communist rebels (+48), Foreign relations (+47), Acting according to what the people want (+45), Defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (+32), and Eradicating graft and corruption (+31).

It was moderate on: Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+29), Recovering the ”hidden wealth” stolen by Marcos and his cronies (+25), and Fighting inflation (+12).

The SWS found that net satisfaction with the Duterte administration rose from very good to excellent in class D and Eracking up a +74 excellent rating in December 2019.

However, it fell from excellent to very good in class ABC, down from +78 in September to +68 in December.

Compared to September 2019, net satisfaction with the National Administration rose from very good to excellent for the rest of the basic demographics, except among 45 to 54-year old people where it stayed very good, and among high school graduates where it stayed excellent.

The SWS said the satisfaction rating of the general performance of the National Administration is based on a single question, and is not an average of answers to separate questions on specific subjects. 

“The general rating is repeated every quarter, whereas only a core of the specific subject-ratings are repeated. Subjects are included or excluded depending on their contemporary salience,” the pollster added.

The SWS said the fourth Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide.

Please visit the link for additional information about the survey.

US Sen. Durbin renews call for De Lima’s release from detention

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

US Senator Richard Durbin

MANILA, Philippines – United States Senator Richard Durbin renewed his call for the Duterte administration to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima, saying this is an “easy and honorable way forward.”

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Durbin urged the Philippine government to give De Lima a quick and credible trial instead of threatening the travel of Americans with visa requirements.

“The Duterte regime should stop threatening the travel of Americans and so many others who travel between our nations, and instead ensure a quick and credible trial for Senator de Lima or simply do the right thing and release her,” he said.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said the Philippine government would require all Americans to secure a visa before entering the country should the US government enforce the ban on Filipino officials said to be involved in De Lima’s detention.

The Philippine government also ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny entry to Durbin and Senator Patrick Leahy.

It was Leahy and Durbin who pushed for the inclusion of a provision in the US 2020 budget banning the entry of Philippine officials linked to the detention of the Filipino senator.

Another American senator, Edward Markey, has also been banned from entering the Philippines for filing a resolution calling for De Lima’s release.

De Lima, one of Duterte administration’s fierce critics, has been detained since 2017 over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade while she was Justice Secretary. She has repeatedly denied the charges.

Panelo reiterated that De Lima’s detention was not a case of political persecution, insisting that the senator was afforded due process and that there is a “probable cause” to issue a warrant for her arrest. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

NEDA sees poverty incidence to reduce further by 2022

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019

Filipinos walk past shanties at a slum area in Manila, Philippines, 27 February 2019 (issued 13 June 2019). The metropolitan area of Manila has the largest slum area in the world, home to some four million people, a third of the inhabitants of the city, according to studies conducted by humanitarian organizations. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration is confident that more Filipinos will be able to recover from poverty before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

This, despite the recent report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on the slowdown of poverty incidence in the country in 2018.

Based on the report, almost 6 million Filipinos already have improved their living from 2015 to 2018.

This translates to a 6.7% drop in poverty incidence in the country from 23.3% in 2015 to 16.6% in 2018.

Poverty incidence is the proportion of the poorest population which receives income lower than what they need to support their basic needs such as food, healthcare, and education among others.

According to the government’s estimate, a family of five members should at least earn P10,700 a month to support their food and non-food requirements.

Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed confidence that before 2022, poverty incidence in the country will further decrease.

“If you let poverty incidence, which is by 16.6% now, drop by 2.23 percent a year, then we will hit I think something like 11 or even less than that,” Pernia said.

The administration believes that job generation and policy reforms such as institutionalizing the conditional cash transfer, unconditional cash transfer, and an intensified family planning program, helped reduced poverty incidence in the country. — MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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