Bong Go: Duterte plans to have one-week break after ASEAN Summit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019   •   1072

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, in Tokyo, Japan, 22 October 2019.  EPA-EFE/CARL COURT/POOL

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to have a one-week break according to Senator Bong Go on Thursday (October 24).

This is after the chief executive suffered a lumbar muscle spasm caused by a minor motorcycle accident on October 16.

Go said the president will have his one-week break in Davao after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2.

“One week po ang gustong pahinga ng ating mahal na Pangulo para naman po gumaling iyong sakit na nararamdaman niya sa likod niya po dahil sa pagkadisgrasya po sa motor (Our beloved president will have a one-week break for his back pain to heal after he had a motorcycle accident),” he said.

Go clarified that the President will not have a leave of absence and will still continue his paperwork.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte yet to greenlight DepEd’s proposed pilot face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has reacted positively to the possibility of a pilot study on face-to-face classes but he has not yet given his “go signal” for its implementation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a public briefing on Monday.

The proposed pilot classes will be held in areas with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases or in low-risk areas.

“Nag-report po si Secretary Briones kay Presidente at si Presidente naman po ay positive ang kaniyang reaksyon doon sa possibility na magkakaroon po tayo ng pilot study on a limited basis (Secretary Briones reported to the president and his reaction is positive on the possibility of conducting pilot study on a limited basis),” he said.

DepEd is eyeing to hold a dry-run of limited in-person classes in some 150 schools in areas where there is low COVID-19 risk.

Briones said they are still studying the readiness of the pilot areas and the health protocols that must be applied during the conduct of classes.

Roque said a final decision is yet to be made as to when the pilot classes will push through.

Positive naman po ang reaksyon pero wala pa pong ‘go signal’. So naghahanda pa tayo sa pilot pero wala pang actual go signal (The reaction is positive but there is no ‘go signal’. We are preparing for pilot classes but no actual go signal),” Roque said.

On Monday, classes in public and private schools officially opened where 24,603,822 learners enrolled. AAC

Lacson says Duterte ‘out of line’ in publicly castigating COA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Panfilo Lacson reiterated on Tuesday that the Commission on Audit (COA) is independent of the executive or legislative branches of government.

In a statement, Lacson said President Rodrigo Duterte was “out of line in publicly castigating the COA, which is just performing its mandate and responsibility to the people and the Constitution.”

“For its part, the COA should not be cowed by intimidating statements, even those coming from the Chief Executive. In fact, those in the COA should proceed with more vigor, courage and independence,” he said.

Duterte, during his public address on Monday (August 16), slammed COA and told the agency to stop “flagging” government agencies.

“You make a report, do not flag. Do not publish it because it would condemn the agency or person that you are flagging,” Duterte said.

“What you are doing is flogging. Striking. Please don’t. You keep on flagging but then nobody gets jailed, nobody at all. When you flag, there is already a taint of corruption by perception,” he added.

The senator said COA has a mandate to perform, and its findings and recommendations are public documents. The public, according to Lacson, must be informed of how public monies are spent. AAC

 

Duterte inaugurates Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (July 30) inaugurated the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge cuts travel time between the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati to five minutes. It is one of the two bridges funded by a grant of the People’s Republic of China and is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily. The bridge would also help in addressing traffic congestion.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the department, as well as, other government agencies, doubled their efforts and continued their work in completing the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge despite the difficulties and challenges faced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The President expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government’s generosity in funding the construction of this new bridge that has not only improved mobility and connectivity but also enhanced the resilience against natural disasters. AAC

 

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