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PRRD orders nationwide crackdown on ‘colorum’ PUVs after Mindoro crash

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2018


President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

MANILA, Philippines — After the fatal accident in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro involving Dimple Star bus,  President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

The president made the statement during the anniversary of Supreme Tribal Council in Calinan, Davao City last Friday.

The president insisted that his order is legal and according to law.

“How will you defend the Filipino when son of a b**** you won’t move? So starting tomorrow, the police and the highway patrol will arrest and jail all the drivers and the operators,” said the president. “Why? because it is fraud. It’s cheating and that is a crime. Some of you don’t know about the reckless imprudence. Nobody is being apprehended on reckless imprudence. It would eventually be declared as an accident.”

He also warned drivers or operators who will fight back against the arresting law enforcement officers.

“And if you resist violently, listen carefully to this, if you resist violently and your resistance puts the life of the soldiers and the police in danger because you have arms, then my order to them is, ‘Shoot them. Kill them’,” said the president.

According to the chief executive, the colorum of public utility vehicles has been a long-time problem and it is the government’s fault why it hasn’t been resolved.

If there will not be enough forces to impose his orders he assigned the military to provide help.

On Monday, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) will conduct anti-colorum operations in bus terminals in Metro Manila. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte supporters to stage rally for SONA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – At least 15,000 people are expected to stage a rally to express support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday.

Among the pro-Duterte groups who have begun to gather at the Batasan Hills are Friends of Rody Duterte (FORD), Koalisyon ng Maralita, D4 Movement for Federalism, Alliance Reform Philippines, Hugpong ng Pagbabago Movement, Inc., and United Defenders of Democracy.

Persons participating in the pro-Duterte rally are wearing shirts in red, white and blue colors.

Rally organizers said more Duterte supporters are expected to arrive this afternoon. A short program is slated to begin around 2 p.m.

Pro-Duterte groups also expressed hope that the president will talk about the Federalism proposal in his SONA speech later. They also hope that Duterte will grant their request to grace their program after the SONA.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said some pro-Duterte groups have coordinated their plans of staging a rally and were directed to occupy the IBP Road near Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Quezon City.

The NCRPO appealed anew to rally organizers not to go near the anti-Duterte rally to taunt or shout invectives as this may incite trouble.

Police also discouraged rally goers from bringing bags and backpacks or wearing of jackets that may be used to sneak in bombs or explosives.

The Philippine National Police Station 6 has been assigned to monitor the pro-Duterte rally in the area. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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LOOK: House of Representatives ready for Duterte’s 4th SONA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives is all set for the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte slated to be held on Monday (July 22) afternoon.

The red carpet has been set at the North Wing Lobby for congressmen, senators and other guests to walk on as they enter the plenary hall for the gathering.

Tight security is being implemented at the Batasang Pambansa complex ahead of the SONA. Security personnel and K9 units have been deployed at the exit and entry points, including the area where legislators and guests would enter for the opening of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress this morning.

The House is expected to convene at 10 a.m. for the opening of its session, when members would elect the next Speaker.

An additional X-ray scanner has also been placed at the entrance of the North Wing Lobby to ensure that no prohibited items will make it inside the complex.

House Acting Secretary-General Dante Roberto Maling, who serves as chairperson of the Steering Committee of Task Force SONA 2019, said they spent months preparing and implementing all the necessary details to ensure a safe, orderly and peaceful SONA this year.

“The House is fully ready for SONA 2019. We have ensured that all details for the Opening of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress in the morning and the President’s SONA in the afternoon have been considered and well taken care of for the safe, peaceful and orderly holding of these big events,” he said in a statement.

“These include the necessary internal and external security measures and requirements, protocol arrangements, parking restrictions, media coverage, other physical arrangements, prescribed and required attire, and final reminders to guests particularly with regard to their invitations, seat cards and car passes, among others,” he added.

Starting 4 a.m. (Monday), the House implemented the “No Car Pass, No Entry” policy for the entry and exit points. The Main and South Gate will be used for the exclusive entrance of vehicles of House Members, Senators, Congressional Spouses and their back-up, VIP guests, and House and Senate Secretariat officials.

The North Gate will serve as the entrance gate of vehicles of invited guests, OB vans and generator sets, emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances and military vehicles, House shuttle buses and vehicles with “Drop-Off” passes.

Only those with SONA 2019 ID will be allowed entry to the building.

For the Joint Session of Congress in the afternoon, the House advisory highlights that there will be a one-kilometer “No Fly Zone” over the area of the House Complex from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The South Wing Lobby will be closed at 1 p.m. to visitors and Congressional staff. By 3 p.m., lawmakers and guests will proceed to the Plenary Hall in preparation for Duterte’s SONA which is expected to take place around 4 p.m.

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Senators expect to hear salary, labor, sea dispute issues in Duterte 4th SONA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, July 20th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, some senators have already picked out certain topics that they want the Chief Executive to discuss in his speech.

According to Senator Sonny Angara, he expects the president to outline his plans not only for his remaining three years in office but for the next decade.

In particular, Angara said the 2020 national budget should lay down the framework for the 10-year development plan for the country.

“This should result in the next administration building on what the President has achieved and what he started during his term and not the perennial focus on going after its predecessors,” he said in a statement.

The lawmaker added he would also like to hear the president fulfilling his promise of raising the teachers’ salaries, as well as his plan on creating more jobs and livelihood opportunities for Filipino workers.

“We want to see the creation of more jobs and opportunities for the Filipino people so that they are able to improve their lives and no longer see the need to go abroad in order to make ends meet,” Angara said.

Meanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva said he wants to hear during the president’s SONA the administration’s commitment to further protect and promote the interests of Filipino workers.

READ: Villanueva expects gov’t commitment to protect Filipino workers on Duterte SONA

Villanueva said he is particularly eager to find out the outcome of the Security of Tenure bill, popularly known as the “End Endo” bill, which seeks to put an end to the practice of illegal labor contracting.

“The bill adheres to the Constitution, which mandates the regulation of relations between workers and employers, recognizing the right of labor to its just share in the fruits of production and the right of enterprises to reasonable returns on investments, and to expansion and growth,” he said.

“Thus, the Security of Tenure bill manages to strike a balance between contrasting interests of labor and employers,” he added.

For Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel, he wants to hear about the president’s priority bills, as well as his view on the surge of illegal foreign workers in the country.

“His priorities for one year usually, and then priorities for the last second half of his term,” he said.

Aside from labor issues, Senator Risa Hontiveros also expects the president to tackle in his speech the issue on the West Philippine Sea and the country’s assertion of Philippine sovereignty in the disputed waters.

“Wish ko lang na sasabihin ni Presidente na sa wakas after 3 years ay i-champion na niya, itataguyod yung tagumpay natin vis a vis China sa West Philippine Sea,” she said.

Duterte has been facing criticisms over his stance on China’s continued trawling in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

He earlier stressed that his position on allowing Chinese fishermen access to Philippine waters was not a violation of the Philippine constitution. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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