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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

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SC wants Comelec, Marcos to comment on shading threshold

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.


MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) wants the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and former Senator Bongbong Marcos to comment on the shading threshold used in the 2016 elections.

“The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, directed the protestant and the Commission on Elections to comment on the protestee’s motion for reconsideration dated April 19, 2018 on the requirement to observe a 50% threshold percentage on the recount within ten (10) days from notice,” SC Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

Vice President Leni Robredo has been urging the Tribunal to use the 25% threshold in the ongoing manual revision.

She wants the revisors to count the votes with less than half of the oval shaded.

The SC has earlier ruled that the 50% threshold should be used, dismissing Robredo’s motion. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue  

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PET recount resumes after yesterday’s temporary suspension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


Sealed ballot boxes

Manual recount for the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo was temporarily suspended on Monday at around 3pm due to the breakdown of air-conditioning units at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) revision center.

There is no information yet on what caused the new units to malfunction.

The PET resumed counting at around 8:30 am the next day, Tuesday. — UNTV News & Rescue

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1 year free MRT-3 rides for soldiers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)

Soldiers are given a year of free train rides, courtesy of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.

This is in line with a memorandum of agreement to be signed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation (DOTr,) MRT-3 and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP.)

The project is a small gesture to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices of the members of the military in order to maintain peace and national security.

For its part, the AFP in return will offer medical assistance and allow the use of its service ambulance in time of crisis and emergencies.

Last year, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) inked a similar agreement with the AFP which takes effect until December 2018.  — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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