President Duterte promises salary increase for BJMP personnel after 3 years
UNTV News • July 12, 2017 • 26565
MANILA, Philippines — Not only soldiers and policemen will get salary increase during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The chief executive also promised wage increase to personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during the unit’s 26th anniversary on Wednesday.
“I assure you on the third year, you’ll have your (salary increase). Let’s have the police and army get theirs first since there is war,” President Duterte said.
Also, the president has once again expressed his promise to protect government personnel, policemen and soldiers who are doing their jobs and following his orders.
On the other hand, he criticized those who protect the interest of the criminals.
President Duterte also mentioned in his speech the resurgence of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison and even in Davao Penal Colony and warns those who are involved.
As for the terrorists in Marawi City, the president said he does not want the government forces to take them as prisoners.
Instead, he issued a shoot to kill order against the terrorists.
“I told the army, take no prisoners since they said they went there to die, I said kill them. You know, if you apprehend them, take them into custody, they will have to be detained where they committed the crime of rebellion, in Marawi … where will I put the prisons? After the soldiers leave Marawi, there companions will liberate them.” Duterte said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News& Rescue
President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.
“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation(Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.
Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.
“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide),“ Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the filing of charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) CEO Ricardo Morales and other officials allegedly involved in the ‘mass corruption’ inside the agency.
“The issue of PhilHealth corruption was really an important issue to the Filipinos and to everybody. And everybody again is also placed in jeopardy by the actions of the officials,” the President said.
“I’m sorry for them but you have to undergo trial. Although they can always prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The presumption of innocence still attaches but the report of another agency says otherwise. So ganun ang nangyari sa PhilHealth. Halos lahat sa board,” he added.
Based on the investigation of Task Force PhilHealth, several officials have violations of withholding taxes regarding the interim reimbursement mechanism, graft, and malversion. They will also be facing charges for dishonesty, grave misconduct, disloyalty, gross neglect of duty, inefficiency and incompetence, as well as falsification of public documents.
The officials who will be facing the said charges aside from Morales are Senior Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr., Senior Vice President Jovita Aragona, Officer-in-Charge Calixto Gabuya Jr., Senior Vice President Israel Pargas, Executive Vice President and COO Arnel De Jesus, and Division Chief Bobby Crisostomo.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who is also leading the Task Force PhilHealth, said they are still continuing their investigation.
“Our composite teams will continue their ongoing investigations and special audits and file legal actions as they finish one case after another,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, PhilHealth released a statement saying the involved officials are prepared to follow the President’s mandate and will cooperate in the process. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will purchase the cheapest vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During his public address Monday evening (September 7), the President said he is optimistic that a vaccine will be available this September.
“I think it’s Moderna. It’s a US company. I think they are ready by September,” he said.
Aside from China, Russia also offered their COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
The President added that the government will choose the company that will offer the cheapest vaccine since the country has limited funds.
“Pare-pareho lang naman iyan. Parehong germs iyan. Kung sino lang ang nauna magbigay sa’tin na mura, doon tayo pupunta, kasi they know that we do not have enough money. Kung mahal masyado, we will go for the less expensive ones,” Duterte said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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