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Youth commissioner Ice Seguerra resigns

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Aiza Seguerra

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has confirmed the resignation of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra.

However, Malacañang has yet to confirm if President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted Seguerra’s resignation.

She was appointed in August 2016 with a three-year term.

There was no reason cited for the resignation of Seguerra who is among the known supporters of Duterte during the May 2016 elections.

In her Facebook post, Seguerra said she personally informed President Duterte the reason for her resignation from the National Youth Commission.

When asked if the Chief Executive accepted the resignation of the youth commission chair, Roque said: “I have no information yet regarding that. What I do know is that, the Office of the Executive Secretary has received the resignation of chairperson Aiza Seguerra.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang awaits word from HOR on blocked budget

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The sudden suspension of the budget hearing in the Lower House of Congress for the proposed 2019 National Budget raised questions from Malacañang on the kind of relationship that the Executive branch has with the Legislative body.

This, despite having the Lower House’s “super-majority” or the large number of solons allied with the Duterte administration.

Though Malacañang stressed it is not blaming anyone, the Palace admitted it has yet to hear anything about the issue from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Let’s just say with the budget being rejected by Congress, we don’t know what ties we have with the House now. We’d like to think that they continue to be important allies of the President, but apparently the change of leadership has also brought in a different kind of relationship,” explained Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

For now, the Palace regards this as a simple misunderstanding. Still, it would let the Congress explain about the issue.

But Roque said President Duterte does not believe Congress will reject the proposed national budget.

 “As of now, I think he’s giving the Congress the benefit of the doubt. He does not actually want to accept that for the first time, Congress does not want to enact on his budget,” the Spokesperson added.

Malacañang is also firm on the use of cash-based budgeting system for next year.

However, if Congress rejects the proposal, the government will be compelled to have a re-enacted budget for 2019.

Under the cash-based budgeting system, government agencies will only propose projects to be funded and implemented within the fiscal year.

The Congress has earlier expressed concerns that under this system, the “Build, Build, Build Program” of the Duterte administration will suffer, though the economic managers have said otherwise. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte admin to send rescue and relief teams to storm-affected Japan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Flood waters run through the street in Japan (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte government will send aid to typhoon-affected residents in western Japan.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday (July 10) the government will send emergency teams to help in the relief and rescue operations in the affected areas as well as a supply of medicines needed by the residents.

“Ang tulong po ay sa pagpapadala ng mga inhinyero, doctor at ng gamot. Wala pa pong halaga at si sec. alan peter cayetano po ang magpapadala ng mensahe sa ambahador ng japan,” said Roque.

Fatalities have reached to 10 and a number of residents still missing due to flash floods and landslides as a powerful storm with an international name Maria heads to strike the central and western part of Honshu, Japan’s main island, up to the far-flung parts of the Ryukyu Islands. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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LGU officials ask protection following Halili, Bote slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

CCTV videos that captured the assassinations of Mayor Antonio Halili (left) and Mayor Ferdinand Bote (right). (Image of Mayor Halili courtesy of City Information Office, Tanauan. Image used for Mayor Bote courtesy of NIA)


MANILA, Philippines – The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines met with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday (July 4) to air their concerns over the consecutive murders of Mayors Antonio Halili and Ferdinand Bote.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the local executives appealed to authorities to provide protection to mayors and other local officials in Mindanao who were banned from carrying firearms under the existing martial law.

The local officials also asked for their participation in the vetting of names to be included in the narcolist.

“Kasi sila alam nila kung sino ang mga involved sa kanilang mga lugar at yan naman po ay pag-aaralan, ang alam natin ngayon ay nagkakaroon  na ng central data base  and pdea will take the lead in the central data base for narcolist or narco politics,” Roque explained .

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was assassinated on Monday (July 2) during the flag raising ceremony while General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot the following day Tuesday (July 3) at the gate of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) building in Cabanatuan City. Both mayors were declared on arrival at hospitals after the fatal shootings. Suspects in both crimes remain unidentified. — Marje Pelayo


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