Duterte signs ‘Murang Kuryente Act’ for cheaper power rates

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2019   •   2026

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Murang Kuryente Act on August 8 which aims to reduce power rates in the country.

The copy of the bill was released to the media on Tuesday (Aug 13).

Republic Act 11371 or Murang Kuryente Act, will allocate government shares in the Malampaya fund to pay the debts of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).

According to Senator Win Gatchalilan, the law might reduce power rates to P172 for a household consuming 200 kilowatts per hour (kwh) per month.

Based on the signed law, the P208 billion government share from the Malampaya fund “shall be utilized for the payment of stranded contract cost and stranded debts transferred to and assumed by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) pursuant to Section 49 of Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001.”—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace reacts to Duterte-Duterte tandem in 2022; clarifies idea not from gov’t

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has clarified that the idea of a Duterte-Duterte tandem for the upcoming 2022 national elections did not come from the administration.

During a press briefing on Friday (March 19), Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. said those in the government who support the said tandem are just expressing their own opinion. Roque maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate is to focus on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hindi po galing sa gobyerno iyang Duterte-Duterte. Kung mayroon man pong taong gobyerno na nag-e-express niyan, iyan po ay personal na opinion nila dahil po ang mandato po ng President natin, tutok muna tayo sa pandemiya, tsaka na iyang pulitika na iyan (The Duterte-Duterte did not come from the government. If there are government people who are expressing their support, that is their personal opinion because the President’s mandate is to focus on the pandemic. Politics can wait),” Roque said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, said the tandem is “a bit too much” saying that the Philippines is not Davao City.

“The Philippines is not Davao City. If they can do that in Davao City, I don’t think Filipinos are ready for a Davao City-like political situation or arrangement. I don’t think so,” he said in an interview.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Party (LP) still has no official stand on the national elections. LP President Senator Francis Pangilinan said it is better to focus on fighting the pandemic.

“Wala pang official stand ang Liberal Party (The Liberal Party still has no official stand yet). We are open to informal talks. But I think in the end, I would rather we focus first on how to overcome the current problem of COVID management and the spread and we can talk about politics maybe 2 to 3 months before the deadline of filing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Health groups urge better health care system for COVID-19 response

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Various health groups are urging the national government to boost its health care system, especially for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.

Coalition for People’s Right to Health (CPRH) Co-convenor Dr. Joshua San Pedro said the country should not only rely on vaccines as a way to fight the virus. The group has also called on the national government to provide assistance to far-flung areas that have limited access to health services.

“States are making mistakes kung vaccination lang ang kanyang aasahan. Talagang kailangang kailangan na mapalakas pa rin ang public health measures ensuring na umaabot sa kumonidad ang usaping pangkalusugan at serbiyong pangkalusugan (States are making mistakes if they will only rely on vaccines. We really need to boost our public health measures, ensuring it will reach communities),” he said.

Mass testing, San Pedro added, is key in preventing the spread of COVID-19. He also lamented that the national government-imposed travel restrictions a bit late.

Meanwhile, Filipino Nurses United has also called on the government to hire more nurses as several COVID-19 hospitals are at their full capacity, which increases the workload of nurses.

“We have received a report from our members that one nurse cares for at least 12 patients and now they are positive for COVID-19. Ideally, one nurse will care for at least three patients in a COVID-19 Ward. One nurse and one patient for critical and severe cases of COVID,” according to Maristela Abenajor of Filipino Nurses United. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Bong Go ‘not interested’ in running for president, says Duterte was joking

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go has clarified he has no interest in joining in the 2022 presidential elections.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (March 11) revealed Go has interest in becoming president, which Go denied on Friday (March 12).

Itong si Senator Bong Go pababa kami ng eroplano sabi niya sir may hingi sana ako sayo ng pabor. Sabi ko ano? Sabi niya, medyo it leaves a bad taste malayo pa pero ikaw nalang ang magsabi sa kanila. Sabihin ko ang totoo, isang bagay lang ang sasabihin daw sa inyo— gusto niya maging presidente (When we are about to disembark the plane, he asked me for a favor. I asked what it is and he said, ‘it leaves a bad taste and it is still way down the road but I want you to tell them”. I will tell you the truth, I will say only one thing—he wants to be president),Duterte said.

Go, on Friday, clarified that the President only said that in jest and added he is content in serving as a Senator.

Sabi ko (I said) I am not interested to run for higher office. Joke lang po iyon ni Presidente. Siya lang po ang nanunukso. Siya lang po ang nag-uudyok (The President was just joking. He was the one urging [me]),Go said.

He also appealed to his co-parties in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) not to include him in politics and only choose him as the last option.

Kung wala na kayong makita ako nalang po ang pinakahuli. Mauna na sila huwag niyo na po akong isali sa usapang politikal (If you cannot find someone, I can be the last option. Let others go first and do not me include in politics),” he said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)



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