Duterte should be president for life if he fixes flight delays, traffic – Lacson
Robie de Guzman • June 10, 2019 • 1701
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte should be president for life if he can deliver on two of the promises he recently made.
Those promises include cutting down the travel time from Cubao to Makati to five minutes and to eliminate flight delays at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Lacson added that Duterte could be considered superhuman if he is able to address the said perennial problems.
“If PRRD delivers on just two promises he recently made: (1) to cut travel time from Cubao to Makati to 5 minutes within 6 months and; (2) to eliminate flight delays in NAIA within one month, for being superhuman, he deserves to be president for life,” Lacson wrote on his Twitter account.
Senate President Vincente Sotto III, on the other hand, welcomed the president’s promise but he has yet to see how this will be fulfilled.
“Sounds good but I have no idea how yet,” Sotto said in a text message sent to reporters.
The President earlier vowed to reduce travel time between Cubao and Makati to five minutes before the year ends.
Solving the traffic in Metro Manila is among Duterte’s promises since he became president in 2016.
His administration even asked Congress to grant him emergency powers to address the issue.
The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress but was stalled in the Senate.
According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the said bill possibly be refiled in the next Congress by Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, who was a former chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has called on member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to stand with Myanmar amid its coup crisis.
During the 39th ASEAN Summit, Duterte urged all parties in Myanmar to heed the ASEAN’s plea for peace.
“The Philippines urges all parties in Myanmar to engage in constructive dialogue with ASEAN. We are, after all, an ASEAN family. And if we cannot trust each other and work together, then who can Myanmar trust and work with?” he said.
He also urged ASEAN’s special envoy to visit Myanmar soon and meet all the parties involved.
Duterte expressed concern about Myanmar’s rejection of ASEAN’s sincere offers of assistance, stating that it may undermine the mutual trust and confidence that ASEAN-member states share.
Meanwhile, the president said the Philippines will commit to help individuals caught up in “situations beyond their control”.
“Our doors are open to our Rohingya brothers and sisters and other peoples of Myanmar who seek refuge,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged local government officials to ramp up their respective COVID-19 vaccination programs.
“I urge LGUs to come up with the most systematic and efficient way of finding out who among your constituents have not yet vaccinated. Please do everything to convince them to get vaccinated,” he said during his weekly public address.
Duterte reported that as of October 24, the country has administered 55.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, where around 30 million were given as first doses and 25 million as second doses.
He added that the national government aims to fully vaccinate 50 million citizens by the end of the year.
“We also need to ramp up vaccination rate in various LGUs in order to reach our target of inoculating 50 million fully-vaccinated individuals by the end of the year,” Duterte said.
The president added that vaccine supply allocated for far-flung provinces must not expire and should preserve its integrity.
” Yung mga bakuna na sana umabot na doon sa pinakamalayong lugar and the provincial, city, and municipal health officials will take over. Ang concern ko lang naman is that they would be able to preserve the integrity of the vaccines. That is very important. Ibig sabihin na hindi expired, walang sira, hindi ma-contaminate and all,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 25) welcomed the move of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to challenge his memorandum before the Supreme Court (SC).
Duterte assured they will defend the memorandum prohibiting Executive Department officials from attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings on the procurement of pandemic supplies. The Senate panel wants to challenge the legality of Duterte’s said memo.
“At last, the members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee have finally seen the light. We welcome this move of bringing the legality of the memorandum to the Supreme Court and we would like to congratulate the members for realizing, albeit late. That it is the court which should eventually decide on the constitutionality of the order and we will defend it,” the President said during his weekly public address aired Monday night.
“This is by far the most decent thing the committee has done and we are most eager to answer whatever questions you have regarding my not allowing officials of the Executive to attend your hearings that are legislative purposes,” he added.
The president again criticized the panel’s way of questioning resource persons, saying executive officials are made to wait for a long time but are not called to speak.
“Iyong mga tao ko sa gobyerno, iyong ipinapatawag ninyo at pahintayin ninyo ng ilang oras at hindi naman ninyo tatawagin at kung nandoon iniinsulto ninyo, para bang walang alam,” he said.
Duterte added that the SC is the only venue where the disagreement with the Senate panel may be settled.
“You have to be courteous if you want to be treated with courtesy,” he said. AAC
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