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UN human rights chief urges probe on Duterte’s killing claims

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent admission that he had killed criminals earned different reactions not just in the Philippines, but even in the international community.

It allegedly happened when he was still mayor of Davao City during legitimate police operations.

“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police] that if I can do it why can’t you,” Duterte told business leaders during his speech at the presidential palace.

“And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”

“It was really a legit encounter, covered by media. The media of Davao was aware that really this was happening,” added the President.

However, in a statement, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, the President’s acts were violations, not just of the Philippine laws, but also international law.

The official added this may encourage others to do violent acts.

Consequently the U.N. official urged judicial authorities in the Philippines to conduct an investigation in relation to the chief executive’s statement.

Al Hussein has signified support to U.N. Special rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard.

According to Callamard, the government should withdraw all its conditions on her Philippine visit to conduct investigations into the alleged extrajudicial killings.

President Duterte had previously earned criticisms over the increasing number of killings in the country amid the government’s war on drugs. — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Various groups of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) a signed petition seeking for the creation of a revolutionary government.

Over 33 million signatures from 42,000 barangays across the Philippines were attached to the petition. It calls on the government to expedite the approval of proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Kung baguhin ang takbo Pilipinas siguro isa itong tulong na para maisolba ang lahat ng problema ng ating bayan,” said Princess Maricar Matalam, officer of the group Pagbabago at Karapatan ng Womens Power Mindanao.

(Changing the way how the Philippines is run may help resolve all the problems that it is currently facing.)

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said the signature campaign showed strong support for Congress as it pushes for a proposed shift to federalism.

“Puwede na nating maipadala ito sa Congress para iyong ating mga congressman at senador makita nila na talagang gusto ng mga tao lalong lalo na sa buong Pilipinas na federalism na pagbabago ng sistema ng ating gobyerno, napaka importante nito,” Diño concluded.

(We may now send this to Congress so that the congressmen and senators will see the people’s desire to shift to a federal form of government.)  – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte eyes 3-member panel of Asian experts to probe Dengvaxia anomaly

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte; The controversial dengue-vaccine Dengvaxia

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have an independent panel of Asian experts who will investigate on the controversial Dengvaxia immunization program of the government.

The experts will come from Asian countries preferably Singapore, Cambodia, and Indonesia who do not have ties with the Philippine government and with Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday, May 8, that the plan is for the government to have concrete scientific findings on Dengvaxia.

“He will listen to the report and opinion of these experts so we can go on with the issue of the Dengvaxia,” Roque said referring to the President.

Roque added that the new panel would help resolve the issue between the experts from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Philippine General Hospital over conflicting reports. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PhilHealth chief pleads to Duterte to hear her side over corruption controversy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president Dr. Celestina Dela Serna

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president Dr. Celestina Dela Serna is asking for President Rodrigo Duterte to hear her side on the reported corruption in the agency.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday, May 7, said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into Dela Serna’s travel expenses and allowances for 2017 which amounted to P 627,293.064 based on the Commission on Audit’s (COA) report.

Dela Serna reimbursed from Philhealth over P60,000 for the said travels. She maintained that the reimbursements were reasonable.

“Ako ang magbabayad muna (I will pay for it first) then reimburse it. Kaya sabi ko (That’s why I said), all of these went through the accounting process because its a reimbursement, not a direct disbursement of the corporation and this is for the whole of 2017,” Dela Serna explained.

Dela Serna said she already explained her side to COA with regard to the audit report.

She believes some agency officials are behind the allegations against her probably because of the reforms she has implemented within the agency.  She noted that many are questioning her decision to reshuffle 20 of PhilHealth’s regional directors.  However, she maintained that she is just following the directive of the President to conduct internal cleansing on the ranks of PhilHealth.

“Kung lumulutang man ito (ay) dahil mayroon akong nasasagasaan. Ganoon yata talaga sa government… kung gagawa ako ng changes, ito (ang) magiging buhay ko which is ito ang nangyayari ngayon sa tingin ko,” Dela Serna lamented.

(This is happening because I may have offended people. Maybe that’s really how it is in government….that if I introduce change, this is how my life will turn out; maybe that’s what’s happening here.)

Meanwhile, Malacañang assured a fair investigation on the matter.

“Talagang bibigyan po ng importansya ang paglilinis sa hanay ng PhilHealth,” Roque said. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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