VP Leni Robredo to resign from President Duterte’s Cabinet
by UNTV News | Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2016
On Sunday, December 04, 2016, the official website of Vice President Leni Robredo published her statement that says she will tender her resignation from President Duterte’s Cabinet on Monday, December 5.
Read the full statement below.
Statement of Vice President Leni Robredo
We had hoped this day would not come.
I had been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion.
From the very beginning, the President and I had major differences in principles and values. Since I assumed office, I have been consistent in my opposition to issues such as the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extra-judicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women.
But we both had a mandate to serve the people. I had hoped that this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us. So, I took the job of Housing Secretary when it was offered to me.
In barely five months, we have solid accomplishments in HUDCC. This, despite the obstacles thrown our way, which are:
One, the budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion. Two, all our key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on. Three, the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed.
Then, we received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”
This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016. With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest.
However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life.
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
Licuanan resigned from CHED chairmanship
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang neither confirmed nor denied that it is Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) whom President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to as the government official he will fire because of corruption.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the president has already accepted Licuanan’s resignation.
Roque added that the chief executive has also been made aware of the allegations against the CHED official.
“I wish to announce that the president has received the resignation of CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and that it will be accepted by the president,” said Roque.
Roque did not add any other details anymore of other government officials that the president will remove from post.
In her resignation statement, Licuanan said she had received a call from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the weekend and asked her to resign.
Although her term will already be ending in July 2018, she said she decided to step down from office ahead of time.
She added that it is obvious that there are people in CHED who wanted her out of the commission and hurled baseless and false accusations including her travel abroad.
Malacañang, on the other hand, chose not to comment on the issue.
“No information, I only announced that she resigned, resignation is always a voluntary act,” said Roque.
Meanwhile, the former chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts And Culture, Senator Bam Aquino lamented Licuanan’s resignation
He said Licuanan’s dedication had done well to improve access to quality education.
Aquino also called on Malacañang to appoint an immediate replacement with the same ability as that of the former chief, to implement reforms. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. has no plans of returning to the Senate.
The former Senator said he wants to focus first on the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.
“Why would I run for Senate when I won as vice president? My job now is to work on my proclamation so that the true results would come out,” said the former senator.
Marcos has also expressed dismay over the slow pace of the resolution of his complaint. He claims that he felt like he is at the disadvantage.
Despite this, the former senator is still confident that he has the necessary documents and witnesses for the electoral protest. However, he sees no major development yet up to now.
“The process of recounting has not started yet. The electoral tribunal has already asked me to pay millions for the election protest. I paid on time but the result for what I paid for was given to the opposite camp. They do not want us to get it,” said Marcos.
In response, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Director James Jimenez said that the poll body is just following the orders of the presidential election tribunal.
Jimenez noted that the mandate of Comelec is to reveal the results of the previous elections. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the performance of and continue to trust President Rodrigo Duterte.
In the 2017 last quarter survey of Pulse Asia, 80 percent of Filipinos approve of the performance of the President, seven percent disapprove, while 13 percent are undecided.
The Chief Executive’s trust rating, meanwhile, is at 82 percent.
The highest recorded performance and trust rating of the President came from Mindanao, followed by Visayas, and the National Capital Region (NCR). He received the lowest ratings in other parts of Luzon.
Filipinos who are among the class E gave the highest ratings to the President.
“This number showed that our people are aware of and recognize the significant strides the President undertook in his one and a half year in office. We assure our people that he will continue to discharge his duties with the nation’s interest foremost of his mind. We, thus, call on everyone to put this appreciation into action by standing as one and help the government as we continue to address poverty, illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
In the same survey, Vice President Leni Robredo got an approval rating of 59 percent, and a trust rating of 58 percent.
It rose several points higher compared to the results of Pulse Asia’s survey in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
Senate President Koko Pimentel, meanwhile, got a trust and approval rating of more than 50 percent.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got a 42% approval rating and a 37% trust rating.
Of the five highest officials of the land, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got the lowest ratings.
The said survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents last December 10 to 15 and 17.
The issues making headlines during the conduct of the Pulse Asia survey were the ratification of Congress of the TRAIN law; the passage of the 3.7 trillion pesos 2018 national budget; the hearing for the CJ Sereno impeachment case; the order to stop the country’s immunization program after Sanofi Pasteur admitted its Dengvaxia vaccine might cause severe dengue to individuals without prior infection; the PNP’s return to the drug war; the President’s labelling of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group; the Chief Executive’s supporters call for a revolutionary government, among others. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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