VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.
However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.
“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.
According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.
She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.
“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.
However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.
Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.
Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.
“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — House committee on banks & financial intermediaries chairman Henry Ong is calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulations implementing the fuel excise taxes of 2018 and 2019.
This is to ease the country’s inflation that surged in the past months.
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate echoed Ong’s sentiments, pressing as well for the suspension of 12 percent value added tax on fuel, water, and electricity.
Senator Bam Aquino, meanwhile, urged Congress to work together in passing the Senate Bill 1798, dubbed as the Bawas Presyo Bill.
The proposal seeks to amend the tax reform law and add a safeguard ensuring the suspension in the collection of additional fuel taxes once the inflation rate surpasses the government’s target for three consecutive months.
If the excise tax on fuel will be suspended, around P3.00 will be deducted from the price of oil while fuel, water and electricity rates may decrease by P120 if the 12 percent value-added tax will be suspended.
Vice President Leni Robredo believes it is high time to review the subsidy placed under the TRAIN law since the inflation remains at 6.7 percent.
“First, they should check if the 10 million beneficiaries on the list is still correct. Second, if the P200 daily subsidy is still effective considering the computation was done before the inflation jumped,” said Robredo.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, assures to forward these suggestions to the president.
For its part, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement that the passage of the rice tarrification bill is expected to tame inflation in 2019 and 2020. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018
AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on whether or not to extend the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.
It can be recalled that Congress allowed the extension of Martial Law in the region until December 31, 2018 upon request of the Duterte administration in order to eradicate Islamic State-inspired terror groups that sparked the Marawi siege.
Panelo said the President still gives utmost consideration to the information that the military provides as the soldiers are the ones monitoring the actual security situation on ground.
However, Panelo believes that another extension of Martial Law remains highly necessary to ensure the safety of the majority of citizens in all parts of the country.
“As I said, if it is helping the population – the population is not even opposing it, so to my mind, there is a need to extend it,” Panelo said. “But according to the President that will depend on the advice, the recommendation of the military because they are the ones on the ground.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously assessing the situation in Mindanao through consultations with members of the community, local government units, the business sector and civil society groups.
“We are currently assessing the situation consulting with the population, LGUs, military, police, business and civil society. We will make the recommendation in the next two months before the year ends,” Lorenzana said in a statement. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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