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SONA 2018: Accomplishments in Duterte’s 2nd SONA

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

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second state of the nation address (SONA) on July 24, 2017.

War on Drugs

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon during the pre-SONA forum on July 17 said from July 1, 2016 up to June 30 this year, the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign has accomplished the following:

• more than 1.2 million drug personalities;
• arrest of 49,265 persons;
• 4,540 drug lords and pushers who resisted arrest were neutralized.
• 18,388 barangays (of the 29,749 drug-affected barangays) were declared drug free
• 208,000 drug surrenderers rehabilitated
• PHP13.5 billion worth of drugs, shabu, related substances in 2017 seized

(source: www.pna.gov)

Land Use Act

The House of Representatives already approved on May 2, 2017, its version of the NaLUA bill, or House Bill No. 5240 (An Act Instituting a National Land Use and Management Policy, Providing the Implementing Mechanisms, and Appropriating Funds Therefor).

Five NaLUA bills have been filed in the Senate. But to date, no consolidated bill has been drafted and no Senate committee discussions of the bills have been held. (source:www.neda.gov.ph)

New agency on disaster response

As of July 2018, the Cabinet approved the bill establishing the Department of Disaster Resilience.

The House committees on government reorganization and national defense and security jointly approved a motion creating a technical working group for the consolidation of eight bills seeking to create an independent agency focused on the country’s disaster preparedness and emergency management.

Passage of Death Penalty bill

The law reinstating the death penalty remains stalled in the Senate since April 2017, after it did not appear to have enough votes to pass.

Stop irresponsible mining

President Duterte in July this year launched mining crackdown, sustained existing ban on open-pit mining and mulled total ban in 2019.

TRO on RH Law

The Supreme Court’s two-year temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants still in effect.

Education System

DeEd reported that a total of 26.3 million learners received formal education and registered 641, 584 Alternative Learning System enrollments.

Enacted the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education or the Free Tuition Act

Return of a national heritage

The return to the Philippines of the Balangiga bells is only waiting for the signature of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Manila ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez on July 19 (Thursday).

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Duterte orders backchannel talks with Reds

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO/Richard Madelo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is reopening doors for peace.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Board Member Avelino Andal confirmed that the Chief Executive ordered him to hold backchannel talks with the communist rebels.

According to Andal, he already conveyed the President’s message to the leaders of the leftist group which the latter positively welcomed.

“Actually napag-utusan ang inyong lingkod at utos mula sa presidente na kung maaari ay i-resume ang pag-uusap,” Andal revealed in a phone interview.

“Sapagkat ang kaniyang pinagdidiinan ay bilang presidente, siya ay kaibigan at hindi kaaway ng mga rebelde,” he added.

Andal was a former activist and political detainee during the Martial Law regime. He was once a rebel returnee himself.

In 2018, President Duterte ordered the suspension of backchannel talks with the communist rebels for the government to thoroughly assess the provisions of the agreements to be entered into by both parties.

Though Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo did not confirm such backchannel order, he expresses confidence that such a move will bring positive results.

“What is important to me is if there is one, then the CPP-NPA at this time and for a change should listen to the president, and most likely they may at this time to the urgings of the president,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte to march the streets to support the Bangsamoro Basic Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. | REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday (January 14) that President Rodrigo Duterte plans to fly to Cotabato City to join a massive rally on January 18 in support of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The mass action will be held two days before the scheduled plebiscite for the BBL in areas of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Isabela City-Basilan and in Cotabato City.

Lorenzana assured that President Duterte and the rest of his Cabinet as well as the Congress support the BBL.

“All out si Presidente. Sa January 18 pupunta (siya) sa Cotabato para sa big BOL rally. The day before dapat pupunta din siya sa Jolo pero dahil may importante siyang gagawin dito, hindi makapunta,” Lorenzana said during a meeting with leaders of the Bangsamoro communities outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) on Sunday (January 13)

“Pero pupunta kami. Ako, si Sec. Ano, si Sec. Galvez, para kumbinsihin na namin si Sakur. Matigas ang ulo ni Sakur, pero we can convince him maybe para lumambot ang puso niya at tanggapin ang BOL,” the Defense Secretary said referring to Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu who opposes the BOL.

Malacañang expressed confidence that with the presence of President Duterte himself, the public will be more convinced of supporting the passage of the BBL.

“The voice of the president is always a powerful influence on whatever matter he gives his voice into,” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Lorenzana, meanwhile, assured the public that the government is working very hard to ensure an honest, clean and peaceful elections in May.

Lorenaza and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chair and head of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Ghadzali Jaafar called on all parties involved in the BOL especially the leaders of Muslim groups to be calm and pay respect to whatever the decision of the public will be regarding BBL.

“Hindi na pwede ang takutan dito. Tapos na ang pagiging rebolusyonaryo natin. Tapos na. Bibigyan na nga tayo ng chance to lead. Now it’s time to, itapon na natin ang uniporme natin. Magsuot na tayo ng barong o di kaya ng coat, and then start being a diplomat. Start being a statesman. Start thinking of how to improve our area,” Lorenzana said.

“Please do not do anything that will divide their favor because one of the major responsibilities of a leader, whether you’re like a revolutionary leader like me or political leader, your responsibility is,at all times, to unite your constituent and to unite your people,” appealed Jaafar.

“Leaders like us must never become agents of disunity of our people,” he emphasized further.

The plebiscite will be held on February 6 in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte fires Bacolod City police chief, 4 others for illegal drugs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

Bacolod City Chief of Police PSSupt. Francis Ebreo. | Courtesy: Bacolod City Police Office FB page

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Bacolod City Chief of Police PSSupt. Francis Ebreo over the weekend for his alleged involvement in drugs and for “making the people of Bacolod miserable.”

“I am relieving and dismissing you from the service as of now, Senior Superintendent Francis Ebreo,” the President straightforwardly announced on Saturday (January 12) during the birthday celebration of Vallacar Transit CEO, Leo Rey Yanson in Bacolod City.

Aside from Ebreo, the Chief Executive also axed other Bacolod city police officers, namely: PSupt Richie Makilan Yatar, PSupt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan; PSinp. Victor Paulino; and PSSupt. Allan Rubi Macapagal.

Based on reports, Ebreo was outside the venue of the event when President Duterte announced his order.

President Duterte added that the said officers were protecting a drug syndicate operating the city.

Meanwhile, Western Visayas Police Regional Officer Chief PSupt. John Bulalacao said the officials concerned have already been relieved from their positions; an investigation is underway. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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