Tourism industry stakeholders agreed to help boost domestic travel by offering discounted airfare and hotel rates following a meeting with President Duterte.
“Come with me and be my travel companion. I’ll be traveling around the Philippines. Pasyal tayo dito sa atin. Unahin natin ‘yung atin. Mabuhay ang Pilipino. Mabuhay ang turismo ng Pilipinas,” Duterte said on his video message.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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
Palawan was placed under state of calamity after recording a high number of COVID-19 cases.
Under Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Resolution No. 004 series of 2021, the local government would be able use other funds such as the trust fund and quick response fund for its COVID-19 response.
PDRRMO chief Jerry Alili had previously said that additional funds will be used for food packs, medicine, antigen test kits, personal protective equipment, and additional facilities. AAC
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