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Sen. Leila de Lima to ask Supreme Court to bar Duterte from threatening her

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

FILE PHOTOS: Sen. Leila De Lima and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court, through a Writ of Amparo, to bar Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his camp from threatening her.

The Writ of Amparo, De Lima said, is an extraordinary remedy available for people under threat and who needs protection.

This came after the president’s pronouncements on Monday, disclaiming that he did not order the Philippine National Police to kill her.

“Why all of a sudden babanggitin ako kahit sinabi niya na ‘magtanong ka ng kahit isang pulis dito kung may sinabi ako na patayin mo iyang si De Lima, o patayin mo iyang si ano?’… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?”

(Why all of a sudden Duterte will mention me though he said “Ask any policeman here if I said kill De Lima or kill this person”… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?)

WATCH: Sen. De Lima urges Pres. Duterte to disclose cost of ‘operation’ against her 

While Duterte did not directly threaten her, De Lima says she feels disturbed over the President’s statements and considers it as a veiled threat.

“I am making him responsible if something happens to me, he is the one responsible, directly or indirectly,” Sen. De Lima added.

The lady senator even showed to the media earlier how she is being harassed by unidentified people after her contact details were disclosed in one hearing in the House of Representatives.

“Alam mo, iyang mga number na iyan, mga trolls iyan… iyong mga haters, mga death threats, mga callers, it’s almost non-stop, maski sa gabi, may break lang 30 mins and then meron na naman unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.”

(You know, these contact numbers are trolls… these haters, death threats, callers, it’s almost non-stop even at night, there would be some 30-minute break and then there are again unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.)

WATCH: De Lima questions alleged special treatment of big-time drug lords 

De Lima is also urging the President from refraining from threating drug suspects, saying he should focus on evidence to prove their involvement in illegal drug operations in the country.

This after the President on Monday ordered the mayors in his narco-list to resign if they don’t want to be killed.

“I-lock ko. Kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila… ganoon kakapal ipakita ko sa inyo… hanapin mo pangalan mo diyan mayor… ‘pag nandiyan ang pangalan, talagang may problema ka. Talagang papatayin kita,” he warned.

(On closed door I will talk to the suspected narco-politician and I will tell, “This is how thick the list of names involved in drugs, look for your name there, if your name is listed, you got a problem. I will really kill you.”)

WATCH: DOJ panel submits De Lima’s fifth case for resolution 

Sen. Leila De Lima added, “But they have to prove it in the proper process, in the proper forum… file those cases against the mayors, give them opportunity to be heard, and then pass judgment on these mayors by the proper authorities, and I am referring to the courts of law, no need for verbal threats.”

According to the senator, she started to restrict her personal security and thinking about Sen. Koko Pimentel’s suggestion of adding more security personnel. — Joyce Balancio / 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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