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Russia offers Phl “sophisticated weapons, not the second-hand ones”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Russia is ready to continue its good ties with the Philippines, as well as supplying modern firearms and other equipment the country would need.

 

Russia is confident that its good ties with the Philippines will remain.

In a press conference on Wednesday with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev held on the Russian anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs at the Manila South Harbor.

The Russian Ambassador noted that he understands the Philippines’ objective to expand its relations with its foreign partners and that Russia is ready to give aid to the Philippines.

“We are talking about diversification. It’s not a choice between these partners and those ones. Diversification means preserving and keeping old traditional partners and getting new ones. So, Russia is ready to become a new reliable partner and close friend of the Philippines,” Khovaev said.

Russia is also ready to supply modern weapons for the country.

China and Russia had previously offered the Philippines weapons after reports of the United States’ plans to stop selling assault rifles to the country due to worries of rise in the death toll brought about by the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“We are ready to supply small arms and light weapons, some airplanes, helicopters, submarines and many, many other weapons. Sophisticated weapons. More than weapons. Not the second-hand ones.”

Also, Ambassador Khovaev assured that they never used the military cooperation as political leverage.

“The military cooperation with Russia has no political conditionality. That’s the best possible assurance. And in the history of military ties of Russia with all our partners around the world, there has never been, never I’m saying again never been, any kind of interference; any kind of link between military cooperation and political pressure. That’s not possible at all.” — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.

Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.

But Presidential Spokesperson  Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.

“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte wants pursuit of ‘labor-only contracting’ firms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PHL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to submit a report on companies engaged in labor-only contracting.

These are companies that implement repeated short-term employment contracts better known as “cabo” and 5-5-5 schemes.

The president gave the labor department 30 days to submit the report to the Office of the President.

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was also ordered to coordinate with the labor secretary in relation to the order.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, this is still part of the president’s promise.

“To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. Ang promise ng Pangulo, habang ganiyan ang depinisyon ng contractualization na hindi lahat ay bawal, kung hindi iyong mga cabo lamang, sisiguraduhin ni Presidente wala talagang 555 at wala talagang cabo,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end.  The president promised, while the definition of contractualization says not everything is prohibited but only “cabo”, the president will ensure that there will be no more 555 and cabo schemes.)

On Thursday, Malacañang said the president will no longer sign an executive order banning contractualization of workers.

Roque said it is the duty of the Congress to enact laws that will ban all types of contract labor in the country.

Duterte, however, will possibly certify the proposed bill as urgent to speed up its progress in Congress. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PDP-Laban reveals senatorial slate for 2019 polls

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Ruling party PDP-Laban has bared its senatorial line-up which includes 20 personalities for the 2019 midterm elections.

Among them are six re-electionists namely, Senators Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

The line-up is also composed of Representatives Ace Barbers, Albee Benitez, Karlo Nograles, Zajid Mangudadatu, Geraldine Roman, Reynaldo Umali and Pia Cayetano.

Also included in the slate are secretaries Special Assistant to the President Secretary Bong Go, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque,  presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson, musician Freddie Aguilar, former interior secretary Raffy Alunan and TV reporter Jiggy Manicad.

According to the Senate president, the senatorial bets should express their support to the platforms of the political party.

“Titingnan natin ang service to the party. Tulungan naman ang partido. Alam mo number one advocacy namin federalism. Dapat magpakita sila na active sila sa federalism movement,” said Pimentel.

(We will look at their service to the party. The party is very supportive. Our number one advocacy is federalism. Members should show their active support to the federalism movement.)

The Senate president also said that the line-up will undergo the scrutiny of the party chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte.

The final line-up of the party’s senatorial slate is set to be released in September. — UNTV News & Rescue

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