Set aside politics, prioritize the national budget, Palace tells lawmakers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2020   •   365

Malacañang reiterated President Rordigo Duterte’s appeal to lawmakers to set aside politics and focus on the passage of the proposed 2021 national budget.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President wants the national budget to be sorted out since the row for the House leadership is affecting passage of the budget.

“Wala pong tigil ang pulitika diyan sa Kamara, gusto lang pareho maging speaker. Paano naman ang bayan? Wala po siyang pinapanigan, ang gusto lang niya maipasa ang COVID-19 budget na nasa loob po ng proposed 2021 budget, (The politics in the House is non-stop. Both parties want to become House Speaker. What about the nation? [The President] is not taking any sides, he just wants the passage of the COVID-19 budget which is under the proposed 2021 budget),” Roque said.

Duterte already ordered a special session period from October 13 to October 16. Roque also said the President hopes that the proposed national budget will be approved on the third and final reading in the Lower House during that special session period. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PNP to deploy 15,000 cops to secure Duterte’s final SONA on July 26

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy around 15,000 police officers to secure President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar said the National Capital Region Police Office has finalized the security preparations and deployment plans for the SONA.

“Handang-handa na ang inyong Philippine National Police sa SONA ng ating Pangulong Duterte sa darating na Lunes,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nakalatag na ang mga security plan at nakaantabay na rin ang sufficient number ng ating kapulisan para sa deployment at iba pang contingency measures,” he added.

Eleazar said the PNP has not monitored any threat to the SONA but assured that all personnel are ready to respond to any eventuality.

Police officers will also use body-worn cameras to help monitor the movements of suspicious persons who may be planning to disrupt the SONA, he added.

Eleazar asked for the public’s cooperation and urged groups planning to stage mass actions to conduct their activities online amid the threat of the more infectious Delta COVID-19 variant.

“Sa ilan nating mga kababayan na patuloy pa ring nagpa-plano para sa isang rally, nagpapa-alala ang inyong PNP na lubha pang delikado ang ganitong klaseng pagtitipon lalo na at may kumpirmasyon na ng local transmission ng Delta variant ng COVID-19,” he said.

“Mas ligtas na makinig at manood na lang tayo ng SONA sa ating mga tahanan,” he added.

8 senators to physically attend Duterte’s SONA on July 26 – Sotto

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Only eight senators will physically attend the final State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 26.

Based on the list shared to the media, the following senators will physically attend Duterte’s SONA which will be held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex:

  • Senate President Vicente Sotto III
  • Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
  • Senator Ronald dela Rosa
  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
  • Senator Imee Marcos
  • Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.
  • Senator Francis Tolentino

Sotto said senators who have not manifested their intention to attend the SONA physically will be hearing Duterte’s address virtually.

The Office of the Senate Secretary earlier said that lawmakers and their staff who will attend Duterte’s SONA should be fully vaccinated and should yield negative results for COVID-19 RT-PCR and antigen tests.

Attendees will be required to present their vaccination cards indicating that they have completed their doses two weeks prior to the president’s SONA.

They are also required to undergo RT-PCR tests two days before the event, and antigen tests on Monday at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.

SONA attendees will also be required to wear Presidential Security Group-prescribed face masks, and face shields embedded with QR codes while inside the Plenary building.

Duterte’s political plans for 2022 won’t be mentioned in last SONA — Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The political plans for 2022 of President Rodrigo Duterte will not be included in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, his spokesperson said Thursday.

“Siguro po, hindi mapapasama ang kaniyang mga planong pulitikal,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said at a Palace briefing.

“Importante po is the roadmap for his last year in office,” he added.

Duterte earlier said he is open to seeking the vice presidency in the next elections.

Roque on Wednesday said Duterte’s SONA will look back into the past five years of his administration and will focus on measures, such as infrastructure programs, that will help the country bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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