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69% of Filipinos see war on drugs as Duterte admin’s ‘most important achievement’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Majority of Filipinos believe that the government’s drug war is President Rodrigo Duterte’s “most important achievement.”

According to a Pulse Asia Survey released on Monday (July 23), 69% of Filipinos consider the elimination of the country’s problems in illegal drugs as the top achievement of the administration.

Metro Manila (77%) has the highest sentiment at 77% with 74% among the rich or ABC classes.

Fighting criminality is the second in the list of achievements with 50% and the salary increase for police and soldiers with 30% came third.

Fourth is the government’s fight against graft and corruption with 28% while its grant of free tuition in SUCs came fifth at 21%.

The survey was conducted from June 15-21, 2018 using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters aged 18 and above.

It was released hours before the President’s third state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday afternoon. — Marje Pelayo

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Roque: Teachers’ pay hike possible after TRAIN 2

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque | PCOO

 

 

QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, August 15, announced before more than 8,000 educators, the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the monthly salary of teachers.

“Well ang sabi ng Presidente, matapos ang TRAIN 2 doon niya talagang hahanapan ng pondo para maitaas muli ang sahod ng mga teachers,” Roque said during the annual teachers convention held in Quezon Province.

He added that the Congress is now working on the draft of the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration after which, they lawmakers may then proceed with the measure for teachers’ pay hike.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, for his part, is also closely coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the proposal.

Sa kasalukuyan meron na po silang salary standardization that ends on 2019. Pagkatapos po nito ay ako mismo magpafollow up sa ating Pangulo o sa ating kalihim ng Budget and Management para po isunod kaagad ang kanilang unti unting salary increase,” he said. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte fires PMA comptroller over malversation case

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte | SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

President Rodrigo Duterte fired Philippine Military Academy(PMA) comptroller, Hector Maraña on Tuesday over alleged malversation of P15-M worth of cadets’ allowances.

“I approved his dismissal and he was the comptroller of PMA…He is recommended to be imprisoned 6-12 years,” Duterte said.

The dismissal follows the recent firing of AFP Medical Center officials due to alleged ghost deliveries of medical equipment and questionable procurement of medical equipment and supplies.

The President revealed that the series of corruption allegations involving government officials has compelled him to mull over the idea of stepping down.

“Ang sinabi ko sa mga sundalo at pulis (I said to soldiers and policemen), ‘Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired. While I am not against or angry against anybody, my chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” he said.

The President added that corruption in the country is so deep-seated and extensive that it has become intrinsic in transactions with any government agency. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte slated to visit Israel on September 2

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

 

President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO

 

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving for a historic visit to Israel in September.

The official visit will be the first by a Philippine president since diplomatic ties were established 61 years ago in 1957, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an announcement on Tuesday (August 14).

Roque said President Duterte and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold discussions in the areas of labor, tourism, trade, agriculture, security, law enforcement and counterterrorism as well as other ways to enhance cooperation.

The Chief Executive is also expected to meet Israel President Reuven Rivlin to discuss close historical and people-to-people ties between the two countries.

Several agreements are also expected to be signed during the four-day visit.

Joining the President in the visit is a business delegation representing different sectors of the Philippine economy. They are expected to participate in a business forum with President Duterte as the keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, Malacañang seems unfazed by reports about human rights activists in Israel brewing a protest against President Duterte’s visit.

“If they can persuade the prime minister to call of the visit, of course, we will call it off,” Roque said.

Roque noted that the “historic event will highlight the enduring friendships between Filipinos and Israelis,” which began when President Manuel L. Quezon provided a sanctuary to an estimated 1,300 Jewish refugees who were fleeing the Holocaust when he opened the doors of the Philippines during the Nazi regime.

As expected, the President will meet members of the Filipino community in Israel.

After Israel, the President’s delegation will be heading to visit Jordan next. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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