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SONA 2018: Action items 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.

On July 24, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). We noted some of the action items and what the administration has accomplished so far.

“Unrelenting” war on drugs
In his second SONA, President Duterte said that his campaign against illegal drugs will continue and will be “unrelenting.”

“I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering  that weakens the social fabric and deters foreign investments from pouring in. The fight will be unremitting as it will be unrelenting.”

Land Use Act
President Duterte appealed to the lawmakers for the passage of the Land Use Act which aims to institutionalize mechanisms to evaluate land use to ensure sustainable use of land.

“I am appealing to all our legislators to immediately pass the National Land Use Act or NALUA [applause] to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land and our physical resources, given the competing needs of food security, housing, businesses and environmental conservation.”

An agency to focus on disaster response
President Duterte called on the legislators to craft a law that would establish a department for disaster resiliency and response.

“I am calling [on] both houses of Congress to expeditiously craft a law establishing a new authority or department that is responsive to the prevailing 21st century conditions and empowered to best deliver [an] enhanced disaster resiliency and quick disaster response.”

Passage of Death Penalty bill
The President called on Congress to pass the reimposition of death penalty on drug-related offenses and join him in a “fight against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality.”

“I therefore ask Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes — especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.”

Stop irresponsible mining
President Duterte warned “all mining operations and contractors to refrain from the unbridled and irresponsible destruction of our watersheds, forests, and aquatic resources” and rehabilitate their areas that host their operations or else, face steeper taxes.

“I am holding all mining companies and its officials responsible for the full and quick clean-up, restoration [and] rehabilitation of all areas damaged by mining activities, and the extension of all necessary support to the communities that have suffered mining’s disastrous effects on their health, livelihood, and environment, among others.”

TRO on RH Law
The President asked the Supreme Court to lift its two-year temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants.

“The Supreme Court TRO that prevents the Department of Health from distributing subdermal implants, which will cause the wastage of P350 million worth of taxpayers’ money. I also note that since its issuance two years ago, this TRO has impaired the government’s ability to fully implement responsibly family planning and methods and the RH Law. It is time that we put an end to the practice of some parties of resorting technicalities in our laws, prevent the government from fulfilling its mandate.”

Implementation of the K-12 program
President Duterte said his administration will continue to support the implementation of the K to 12 program which aims to expand the basic education system in the country.

“In our bid to accelerate human capital development, we should ensure lifelong opportunities by enhancing quality of and access to education, training programs. We have sustained investments in higher education and committed to the full implementation of the K to 12 Basic Foundation Program.”

Return of a national heritage
The President told the U.S. government to return the iconic Balangiga bells which was seized by American soldiers as war booty in the 1901 in a defeat against the Filipino soldiers.

“That is why I say today; give us back those Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines.They are part of our national heritage.”

Passage of a new tax reform law
President Duterte asked the Senators to pass his administration’s first batch of tax reforms, after the Lower House passed its version of the bill.

“The fate of the tax reform is now in the hands of the Senate…Well really, I leave it up to you. We are all Filipinos. If you think that’s a waste, fine! If you think, it’s not good, it’s okay with me. I can survive. I call on the Senate so support my tax reform in full and to pass it without haste.” — Marje Pelayo

 

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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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