Duterte says country should address rapid population growth
Aileen Cerrudo • March 12, 2021 • 804
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said the country must address the rapid population growth.
During his speech during the inauguration of rehabilitation projects at the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport on Thursday (March 11), Duterte said overpopulation is hampering the country’s ability to develop and tackle current and future challenges. Overcrowding is also a challenge for the national government to address the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
“It’s because there are so many Filipinos that are crammed in the urban areas. Only a few are living outside,” he said.
“We can match the family planning programs of government at least with our GDP (gross domestic product),” he added.
The President also lamented the government’s inability to implement an effective family planning program resulted in rapid population growth.
Duterte said he is passionate about implementing a family planning program. However, his measures resulted in a clash with the church. With this, the President said it is up to future public officials to resolve the overpopulation issue.
“Ayaw ng simbahan (The church is opposed to it). Kaya collision course talaga and one word led to another. Sabi ko (I said) if you cannot honor the separation of state and church, then we will not be able to really understand each other,” he said.
With the country’s current population of 110 million, President Duterte hopes that his successors will take a closer look at the population issue and do something about it.
“Sabagay wala na ako (My term is almost over). I will be freed of that worry. But you know, we’d pass it on to the generation, sobra talaga. It’s high time that we review,” he said.
CEBU, Philippines — Binawi na ni Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ang inilabas nitong Executive Order No. 23 noong Lunes, kung saan binalaan ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na kakasuhan kung lalabag sa swab-upon- arrival policy ng lalawigan at ang magpipilit na i-quarantine ang mga uuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
Sa pahayag ng gobernador ng Cebu, ipatutupad na sa probinsya ang itinakdang health protocols ng National Covid-19 Task Force hinggil sa testing at quarantine sa mga OFWs at ROFs.
Ang naturang pagbawi ay bunsod ng naging pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi exempted ang Cebu sa pagpapatupad sa itinakdang guidelines ng national government.
“In-deference to the president, I am announcing right now that the executive order that I issued, EO 23, yesterday reminding all heads of government agencies that the provincial ordinance was in-effect. I am now setting aside in deference to the the president” sinabi ni Gov. Garcia
Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad swab-upon-arrival policy ngunit kailangan ng manatili sa isang quarantine facility ng mga OFWs at ROFs sa loob ng sampung araw.
Samantala, may nakatakdang pagpupulong sa June 28, 2021 si Governor Garcia kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque kasama ang mga technical expert upang pag-usapan ang IATF guidelines. (Ulat mula kay Iris Madelo)
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to seek justice for football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven who were killed by a landmine blast in Masbate City on Sunday (June 6).
In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President has heard the plea of the victims’ families.
“Nangako ang Pangulo na masusi itong iimbestigahan at pagbabayaran ang may mga sala,” he said.
(The President vowed to thoroughly investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators accountable)
“Pwede pong hulihin, litisin at parusahan ang mga taong gumamit ng pasabog na ito kahit saang parte ng daigdig because what they did po was a crime against the international community. Mariin namin itong kinukundena,” Roque added.
(Those who use landmines can be can be arrested, put on trial, and punished in any part of the world because what they did was a crime against the international community. We deeply condemn the act.)
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Tuesday took responsibility for the incident and expressed their remorse “over the untimely and unnecessary deaths.”
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that Keith and Nolven also sustained gunshot wounds.
Based on the necropsy report of the City Health Office in Masbate City, Keith also sustained a gunshot wound on the right eye while Nolven sustained a gunshot wound on the right shoulder blade and on the left lateral distal thigh. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.
The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.
“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”
“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC
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