Too good to be true — Duterte on investment scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 14, 2019   •   5068

President Rodrigo Duterte again urged the public not to join any investment scheme operations reportedly similar to Kapa Community Ministry.

“If it is too good to be true, then it is really wrong,” he said. “Maniwala kayo sa akin kasi abogado ako, presidente niyo ako. Kung kung totoo pa iyan, porbida ako na magsasabi ‘sige’ pati ako sasali na. Huwag kayo pumasok diyan, panloloko iyan (Believe me because I am lawyer, I am your president. If it were legitimate, I would be the first to say yes; I’ll even join one. But it’s a scam, so don’t enter into one).

“I’m sorry. The operation will be stopped or shall stop immediately,” he added.

The chief executive also reiterated his order to stop the operation of Kapa Community Ministry and the arrest of the officials as well as its founder.

“Ang sinabi ko sa NBI at police, hulihin. Kasi iyang estafa sa batas natin na ginawa ng Congress, large scale estafa in non-bailable, hindi ka makakapyansa. (I told the NBI and police to arrest [the officials]. Because that is large scale estafa which is non-bailable)” he said.

Duterte also warned the members of Kapa that they might get arrested if their names were listed as members of the organization.

Meanwhile, Kapa Community Ministry Official Lecturer Rene Catubigan insists that their group is not an investment scheme.

“Pumirma po kasi ang member ng deed of donation kaya I would like to correct the term na hindi po investment ang kanilang inilaan kundi donation. Iyong interes hindi namin tinatawag na interes iyon kasi ang tawag naming doon ‘love gift’ or ‘blessing’ (The members signed a deed of donation so I would like to correct the term. It is not an investment but a donation. The interest is not called an interest but a ‘love gift’ or ‘blessing’),” he said.

Kapa members held a prayer rally on Thursday (June 13) in General Santos, however, founder Joel Apolinario did not attend due to fear of arrest.—(with reports from Janice Ingente)

Duterte yet to greenlight DepEd’s proposed pilot face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has reacted positively to the possibility of a pilot study on face-to-face classes but he has not yet given his “go signal” for its implementation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a public briefing on Monday.

The proposed pilot classes will be held in areas with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases or in low-risk areas.

“Nag-report po si Secretary Briones kay Presidente at si Presidente naman po ay positive ang kaniyang reaksyon doon sa possibility na magkakaroon po tayo ng pilot study on a limited basis (Secretary Briones reported to the president and his reaction is positive on the possibility of conducting pilot study on a limited basis),” he said.

DepEd is eyeing to hold a dry-run of limited in-person classes in some 150 schools in areas where there is low COVID-19 risk.

Briones said they are still studying the readiness of the pilot areas and the health protocols that must be applied during the conduct of classes.

Roque said a final decision is yet to be made as to when the pilot classes will push through.

Positive naman po ang reaksyon pero wala pa pong ‘go signal’. So naghahanda pa tayo sa pilot pero wala pang actual go signal (The reaction is positive but there is no ‘go signal’. We are preparing for pilot classes but no actual go signal),” Roque said.

On Monday, classes in public and private schools officially opened where 24,603,822 learners enrolled. AAC

Lacson says Duterte ‘out of line’ in publicly castigating COA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Panfilo Lacson reiterated on Tuesday that the Commission on Audit (COA) is independent of the executive or legislative branches of government.

In a statement, Lacson said President Rodrigo Duterte was “out of line in publicly castigating the COA, which is just performing its mandate and responsibility to the people and the Constitution.”

“For its part, the COA should not be cowed by intimidating statements, even those coming from the Chief Executive. In fact, those in the COA should proceed with more vigor, courage and independence,” he said.

Duterte, during his public address on Monday (August 16), slammed COA and told the agency to stop “flagging” government agencies.

“You make a report, do not flag. Do not publish it because it would condemn the agency or person that you are flagging,” Duterte said.

“What you are doing is flogging. Striking. Please don’t. You keep on flagging but then nobody gets jailed, nobody at all. When you flag, there is already a taint of corruption by perception,” he added.

The senator said COA has a mandate to perform, and its findings and recommendations are public documents. The public, according to Lacson, must be informed of how public monies are spent. AAC

 

Duterte inaugurates Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (July 30) inaugurated the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge cuts travel time between the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati to five minutes. It is one of the two bridges funded by a grant of the People’s Republic of China and is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily. The bridge would also help in addressing traffic congestion.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the department, as well as, other government agencies, doubled their efforts and continued their work in completing the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge despite the difficulties and challenges faced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The President expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government’s generosity in funding the construction of this new bridge that has not only improved mobility and connectivity but also enhanced the resilience against natural disasters. AAC

 

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