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
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.
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).
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. | KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – Based on the latest survey released Tuesday, September 25, by the Pulse Asia, President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings dropped from 88 percent in June 2018 to 75 percent in September.
His trust rating of 87 percent in June also suffered a 12-percent decline, bringing the public’s confidence in the President to 72 percent.
Despite this, Malacañang said the survey result does not concern them.
“The president rules because it is his constitutional duty he doesn’t rule for survey results. Marami na pong beses na niyang sinabi yan, we take note of the survey results but we are not affected by it kasi ang president naman will do his best to discharge his duties as president and commander in chief,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
The survey, conducted from September 1 to 7, came amid a nationwide concern on soaring inflation that hit the 6.4 percent mark in August. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
File photo: New People’s Army
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has uncovered several plots by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, after examining data of computers seized from the rebels.
The military said the CPP was planning to sabotage the commemoration of the declaration of martial law last September 21 with a plot similar to the Plaza Miranda Bombing in 1972.
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade said, the CCP’s plan was to recruit not only ordinary people but also prominent members of the opposition to participate in their staged protests.
In the middle of the program, a bomb was set to go off and at least injure a member of the opposition so that they can blame the incident on the administration.
“Kaya lang di sila nakabuo ng malaking grupo kaya dinisregard nila yung plano na yun,” said Parlade.
After failing to pull it off the communist rebels are back to the “Red October” ouster plot which they started executing way back in September 2017.
If the “Red October” plan fails, the Left has another plot set for November known as the “Lakbay Lumad Europe” and in December at the celebration of the Communist Party’s 50th Anniversary.
Parlade also denied allegations that the revelation of such conspiracies against the Chief Executive is merely psychological warfare.
“We don’t have to concoct anything kasi it’s there in the website. Magbasa lang at mag research lang yung mga tao natin makikita nila, yan ay plano ni Communist Party [founding chairman] na si Joma Sison; yan ang di alam ng coalition,” Parlade said. — Lea Ylagan / UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO | Robinson Niñal Jr.
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated on Monday that it is not possible to oust President Rodrigo Duterte given the strong support of the public.
“How can you oust a president who is very popular and has about 80 percent support of the people?” said Bello.
The statement came after the Secretary was asked about the conspiracy plot to oust the President in October.
Bello vehemently underscored that the so-called ‘Red October’ is just hearsay, and he does not think it will push through.
The government chief negotiator also stressed that localized peace talks with communist rebels will push through and that the government negotiating panel is currently reviewing certain provisions.
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