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SolGen: “De Lima is Philippines’ Public Enemy No.1”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016

Solicitor General Jose Calida (L) and Sen. Leila de Lima (R).

Solicitor General Jose Calida (L) and Sen. Leila de Lima (R).

 

A top government lawyer said he can’t accept Senator Leila de Lima’s tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Solicitor General Jose Calida called on the people to unite against Sen. De Lima whom he tagged as the country’s top enemy.

“[Illegal] drugs is our enemy. And who is espousing the proliferation of drugs? wasn’t it former SOJ De Lima? And therefore she is Public Enemy No.1,” the solicitor general said.

Calida said they will utilize the resources of his office against De Lima.

The Office of the Solicitor General usually represents the government in litigation but this time, Calida said, they can help the complainants pursue the cases against De Lima since public welfare is already at stake.

‘As the people’s tribune, the OSG offers its legal services to the complainants who sued Sen. De Lima in the DOJ, Ombudsman and other venues for her criminal participation and complicity in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary,’ said Calida.

He, however, clarified that they are not persecuting the senator but only upholding the rule of law.  This is the first time that the OSG will be directly involved in the prosecution a criminal case.

“She’s a very powerful person. Our complainants are just private citizens. In order to strengthen their resolve, I will lend the prestige and gravitas of my office to defend them and help them in their cases against Sen. De Lima,” Calida added .

Civil society groups led by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) formed a coalition against illegal drugs to guard the cases against De Lima.

“Some groups formed this coalition out of concern that we are diverting from the real issues of the country which is illegal drug trading,’ said VACC founding chair Dante Jimenez.

In a statement, De Lima said she will not dignify yet another act of lunacy. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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President Duterte inaugurates resort-themed Mactan Cebu International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Mactan Cebu International Airport

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Together with stakeholders of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local officials, President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of MCIA Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The project aims to give the public a world-class travel experience through its unique designs that feature the local culture to invite more tourists and business travelers.

MCIA’s passenger capacity is expected to reach 12.5 million following its opening.

The 65,000 square meters-wide Terminal 2 is expected not only to address the increasing number of passengers but also open more international flights in Cebu.

Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the present administration. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte unaware of Ayungin Shoal harassment incident

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte at a press briefing after his arrival from South Korea 

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be the only person unaware of the harassment incident against Philippine soldiers in Ayungin Shoal on May 11.

In an interview upon his arrival from South Korea on June 5, President Duterte said he has no knowledge of the incident and that he cannot comment on the issue.

“What kind of harassment in the first place before—before I commit myself to answer the question, what kind of harassment was this?” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque facilitated the inquiry from a reporter asking whether the President has already been briefed on the reported harassment by Chinese forces of Filipino soldiers in a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre stationed in Ayungin Shoal.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of it. It would be dangerous for me to answer questions without really having the slightest idea of what it is all about,” the President added.

Based on reports, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has already filed the Philippines diplomatic note to China over the incident. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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