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Former Pres. Noynoy Aquino denies allegation of destabilization attempt

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, November 27th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Benigno Aquino III maintains that the Liberal Party has no plans of destroying the current government.

He denied the allegation of being the man behind the rumored destabilization plot.

He believes that if ever there are attempts against the current administration, it is perhaps a decision of the people because of the failed promises of President Duterte.

“Wala kaming pinaplanong ganyan. Kung maganda ang ginagawa nila kuntento ang taumbayan magtatagumpay ang government. Pero kung hindi tama ang ang mga nangyayari, hindi natutupad ang mga ipinangako, hindi maintindihan ang sinasabi dun nagke-create ng dissatifiscation. Hindi sa amin nagmumula yun. Baka dapat tumingin sila sa paligid nila,” said the former president.

(We have no such plans. If their governance is good, then people are satisfied and the government is successful. But if things are not going well, promises are not fulfilled, statements are unclear, then it creates dissatifiscation. It’s not coming from us. Maybe they should look around them.)

Aquino believes there is no reason for President Duterte to declare a revolutionary government.

He added that there are appropriate provisions in the law that will surely address the problems the current administration is facing.

For its part, Malacañang stressed that, at this point, there is no legal basis for Pres. Duterte to declare a revolutionary government.

This, following reports of an alleged massive protest being brewed specifically for November 30 with the aim of pushing the president to declare such.

According to Malacañang, the government sees no threat against the government.

In fact, the majority of the Filipinos still expresses their support to the president.

“We appreciate the calls of president’s supporters for a revolutionary government but I think there is no factual or legal basis as of now because the president has said he would consider a revolutionary government if the destabilizers would persist in their plan to remove him from office,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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LP president Kiko Pangilinan resigns due to Otso Diretso defeat

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

FILE PHOTO: Liberal Party (LP) President Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan

UPDATE: Congressman Kit Belmonte also has resigned as LP Secretary General.

Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan has resigned as Liberal Party (LP) president after holding himself accountable for the defeat of Otso Diretso in the elections.

“As campaign manager for the Otso Diretso slate, I was unable to ensure our victory in the elections and I therefore assume full responsibility for the outcome and hold myself primarily accountable for this defeat and have tendered my resignation as president of the LP effective June 30, 2019,” Pangilinan said in a news release.

Pangilinan already handed his resignation letter to LP Chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo.

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Names that stand out in House speakership race of the 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives (UNTV News)

The names of Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, Alan Peter Cayetano and Pantaleon Alvarez have been floating to be the next leader in the House of Representatives (HOR).

Both Romualdez and Velasco were endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the campaign rallies of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, purportedly wants Cayetano to hold the reigns in the House.

And Alvarez, the first choice of the President to lead the last Congress, is making a return.

But now that former Senator Loren Legarda and Presidential son, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte had been proclaimed winners in their districts, the list of possible Speaker of the House has gotten longer.

According to PDP-Laban campaign manager, Senator Manny Pacquiao, they will still wait until the proclamation of all the winners in the midterm elections has been completed before they set a meeting with the party to select the next House Speaker and Senate President.

“We still have to deliberate on that, but we need to finish the proclamation first before we discuss the talks for Senate President. It will be an internal discussion,” said Pacquiao.

So far, Mayor Duterte who sits as the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Regional Party head is yet to announce her chosen one.

In one of her earlier statements, Sara said that she will support anyone as long as that person supports her father.

“So walay choice of one but ang ginatan-aw namu kung kinsa and supporter ni President Duterte [there is no choice of one but what we are looking for is who among them supports President Duterte] because we need the House of Representatives to move towards the direction of the President,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Liberal Party secretary general Congressman Kit Belmonte said that dictatorship is expected to remain in the lower chamber especially now that there is only 18 of them who made it in the elections.Our last count is 18 representatives so far – not much different from our numbers in the current Congress. Which means you can expect the same tyranny from the supermajority,” Belmonte said.

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives will begin their term on June 30. (with reports from Grace Casin) /mbmf

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Cockroach crawls up Philippines’ Duterte during live speech

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINES — President Rodrigo Duterte and his aide were seen on live television swatting away a cockroach that had crawled up his shirt on Wednesday (May 8) during a campaign rally speech.

Duterte was endorsing a list of senatorial candidates at a late-night campaign event in Bohol province when the cockroach appeared from behind his left shoulder.

The 74-year-old firebrand leader joked that the opposition, led by the Liberal Party, planted the cockroach on him, but appeared unfazed and did not mention the incident during the rest of his nearly two-hour speech.

Some audience members were seen laughing when they realised what happened. — REUTERS

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