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Pres. Duterte names 3 more ‘narco’ officials

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:20 PM

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte showing his list of ‘narco’ politicians:“This is the drug industry of the Philippines. In here are the names of the municipal mayors, almost all of the barangay captains and a senator…”

 

President Rodrigo Duterte once again showed his thick narco list containing names of governor, congressman, mayor, policemen, some military personnel and barangay captains who are allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.

After several months, three new names have been publicly revealed.  They are former Iligan City officials Rep. Vicente Belmonte, Mayor Lawrence Cruz and Mayor Willy Lim.

The President made the statement when he led the awarding of the outstanding overseas Filipinos and organizations on Monday afternoon.

Aside from this, the President also mentioned about a senator who is allegedly involved in illegal drugs but was still recognized internationally.

“This is the drug industry of the Philippines. In here are the names of the municipal mayors, almost all of the barangay captains and a senator who was playing at the same time and she was glorified with an award in Washington, D.C. ,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Duterte ordered on Monday the release of P1-B fund for the rehabilitation and medication of drug addicts.

Next year, President Duterte will also implement the limit of up to two security officers per politician.

“I will impose the two-limit, two security officers and the rest will go back.  That’s what I said,” confirmed Duterte.

The President has already mentioned before that he will revive the Alunan Doctrine, which limits the armed guards of local officials.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte: Misuari to wage war if push for federalism fails

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:10 PM

Courtesy : PCOO President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (right) chats with Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari (left) at a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Nur Misuari has threatened to go to war against the government if the proposed shift to federalism is rejected, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Wednesday.

Duterte met with Misuari in Malacañang on Tuesday night upon the latter’s return from his trip to Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. This was already their second meeting in less than a month since the formal ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The BOL was the result of the government’s negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which was established by former MNLF members.

“Sabi ni Misuari kagabi (Misuari told me last night), if you do not give it [federalism] to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war,” Duterte said during a campaign sortie of the PDP-Laban in Marikina City on Wednesday.

The President said he assured Misuari that he understands his stand but the approval of the proposal as well as the type of the federal system to be used depends on Congress. The 1987 Philippine Constitution would also have to be amended to enable the shift to federalism.

Duterte also said that a panel will be formed between the government and MNLF for the negotiations.

“Let’s form a panel because you have to inform the people. We cannot negotiate secretly here. Sabi ko, (I told him) day-to-day they will be briefed kung ano ang outcome (about the outcome). How gusto mong ma-apply ‘yang federal system sa gusto mo (how do you want the federal system to be applied). Will it be like the BOL or a different type?” he said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, denied allegations that Duterte’s move to reveal Misuari’s warning is meant to influence the Congress and the public to approve the proposed federalism.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President only wanted to let the public know about the importance of the bill.

“He responded to that and said, if it fails, we will be dying together. Ibig sabihin, lalabanan kita, ‘yun ang ibig sabihin ni President, lalabanan mo gobyerno, eh di lalabanan din kita, (it means, I will fight against you, that was what the President meant. If you go against the government then I will also fight you.)” Panelo said.

Although the MNLF’s threat is serious, Panelo said that Misuari has also expressed hope that federalism will be realized during Duterte’s term.

The shift to federalism is one of Duterte’s campaign promises.

The House of Representatives had passed its version of the proposed Charter Amendment while the Senate has yet to tackle the bill. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Laguna and Batangas ‘narcolist’ mayors deny drug links

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:25 AM

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte presenting the so-called ‘narcolist’

MANILA, Philippines — Several mayors in Laguna and Batangas are denying involvement in illegal drugs after President Rodrigo Duterte released a narcolist tagging their names.

Los Baños, Laguna mayor, Caesar Perez calls on the president not to believe reports against him.

“Sa mahal nating pangulo, ang masasabi ko lang, hindi po totoo ito. Gawa gawa lamang, (To our beloved president, all I can say is, the reports are not true)” he said.

Bay, Laguna Mayor Bruno Ramos was among the officials who lost their police power after his name was included on the 2017 narcolist.

His name was again included on the recent narcolist and he wishes his name to be removed even if he is no longer running this election.

“Unang-una, ako 76 years old na at ako po ay naatake pa sa puso. Ako’y nawalan na ng sigla na manungkulan sa bayan dahil nga po sa paratang sa akin na ako’y protektor ng droga, (First of all, I am already 76 years old and I already had a heart attack. I lost the drive to serve in office because of the accusations that I am a drug protector)” he said.

San Pablo city mayor Loreto Amante is waiting for his case to be filed in order for him to answer the accusations in the proper forum.

“Ako po taas noong humaharap sa inyo mata sa mata na kailanman hindi po natin ginawa iyan (I am facing all of you to say that I did not do such things),” Amante said.

His father, former San Pablo mayor Vicente Amante and current city administrator, was also included on the narcolist of the president in 2017.

Lemery, Batangas mayor Eulalio Alilio also denies his involvement in illegal drugs.

“Awardee ako nitong National Anti-drug Abuse Council sa performance award 95 percent tapos ang aming barangay anti-drug abuse council almost finish na kami sa drug clearing kami at may certification ang PDEA, [I am an awardee of National Anti-drug Abuse Council in performance award. Our barangay is 95% finished in drug clearing and there is a certification from PDEA]” according to Alilio.

He also said his city has reported zero crimes for more than four months.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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