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Duterte to sack new batch of gov’t officials this week—Palace

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to sack another batch of government officials due to several issues of corruption, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

During an exclusive interview with ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’ on Wednesday (May 1), Panelo said the Chief Executive warned about sacking more government officials before he flew to China from April 25 to 27.

“Series of dismissal—anytime this week, siguro lalabas na iyon. Sinabi niya iyon, (maybe it will be released. He said it) before he left for Beijing,” according to Panelo.

Panelo added that the president is also reviewing the submitted report of the Metropolitan Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) regarding the water interruption in several parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province last March.

“Pinag-aaralan ni President Duterte iyong report ng MWSS at mga mungkahi nila. And then he will act on it. Siguro, this week, mayroon na siyang desisyon, (President Duterte is reviewing the report of the MWSS as well as their suggestions. He might have a decision by this week)” Panelo said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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President Duterte also has a right to privacy—DOJ

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan’s House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2019. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte also enjoys the right to privacy under the Constitution, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

In a text message, the Justice Secretary said the president will only be obligated to disclose his health to the public if he is suffering a serious illness.

“The Constitution requires the President to divulge any serious illness on his part. But if the illness is not serious enough to affect the discharge of his official functions, the President has no duty to inform anyone,” he said.

Guevarra added that if Duterte’s illness will not disrupt his duty as president, the he is not obligated to inform the public.

During the weekend, there were rumors circulating that President Duterte was confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center. However, on Sunday (May 19), former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go posted photos of him and President Duterte enjoying breakfast.

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Malacañang calls on DOJ to probe ex-NYC Chairman Cardema

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Ronald Cardema

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair, Ronald Cardema over possible violations.

“We refer the case of Cardema to the DOJ because we have received reports, that despite his filing of a certificate of substitution, he presided over a meeting subsequent to that certification. So, we are referring the matter to the DOJ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo said Cardema did not inform the President of his decision and so the Palace directed the DOJ to look into Cardema’s violation of the law or any regulation pertaining to his functions as a public official.

The Palace earlier announced that Cardema was deemed resigned the moment he submitted the petition for substitution to the poll body.

Cardema was a known Duterte ally.

“No allies, no friends, no supporters. If they have committed any wrong, will not be tolerated by this government,” Panelo said.

Cardema, meanwhile, has yet to respond on the issue. – (with reports from Rosalie Coz) Marje Pelayo

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Gov’t checks on security concerns amid Huawei woes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured the public that the government is acting on the issue involving Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

Millions of smartphone users across the globe went into a frenzy after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered U.S. companies to ban supplying their technology to Huawei amid the ongoing US-China trade war.

The ban was followed by Google’s decision to cut off Huawei’s Android license which dazed Huawei users with the thought that they would lose access to Google’s proprietary services and be deprived of future upgrades on their phones.

The U.S. accused Huawei of posing an international security threat saying the Chinese telecom company is being used by China for surveillance and to “spy” on Americans.

In line with this, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made certain that President Rodrigo Duterte will do his part once he receives the recommendation from the concerned agencies.

“I supposed the Department of National Defense, as well as the national security adviser, is studying that matter and the President is waiting for whatever recommendation they have on that,” Panelo said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they do not see any threat to the country’s security so far with the public’s patronage of Huawei products.

“Magmula ng lumabas ang issue na iyan ay nagsagawa ng validation ang PNP at sa araw na ito ay natunghayan natin na wala pong sapat na katibayan o ebidensya na mag uugnay sa kumpanya ng Huawei sa alegasyon na umanoy pang-eespiya,” said Police Colonel Bernard Banac, the PNP Spokesperson.

(Ever since that issue surfaced, the PNP has begun conducting validation on it. And up to this day, we have no proof or evidence linking Huawei to alleged espionage.) – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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