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Israelis protest arms sale to the Philippines as Duterte, Rivlin meet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

A protester holding a banner showing Duterte holding up an Israeli made Galil assault rifle | REUTERS

Israelis staged a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Jerusalem on Tuesday (September 4) as the Filipino leader met with his counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

Duterte, on a four-day visit to Israel and Jerusalem, thanked Rivlin and welcomed further defense deals with Israel that were on the president’s trip’s agenda alongside tourism and labor deals.

The visit is aimed at cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical U.S. allies.

The Philippine military, coast guard, and police have in the past acquired defense systems and weapons from Israel. But the Asian power has also purchased arms from other countries as well.

The Israeli defense ministry said it does not comment on the country’s defense exports.

In front of the presidential residence, a handful of protesters demonstrated against a possible weapons deal between the two countries.

The protesters chanted “shame” and “fascist” at Duterte and held up banners depicting the president with an Israeli-made Galil assault rifle, reading ‘Stop the Killings’.

Duterte who also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Monday (September 3) departs for neighboring Jordan on Wednesday (September 5). — Reuters

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Duterte’s drug war to continue despite more than 5,000 death toll

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The anti-drug war of the Duterte administration is set to continue despite having tallied more than 5,000 deaths of drug personalities in its operations.

The government has earlier reported that the death toll has reached 5,050 since the launch of the campaign on July 1, 2016 up to November 30 of this year.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the rise and fall of the death toll depends on the response of the involved personalities in illegal drugs operation.

“It depends on how those involved in drugs will respond to operations against them. If they become violent, necessarily, the result would be violent then. What you sow, you reap,” said Panelo. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back home for the holidays

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

MANILA, Philippines — Two days after winning the title, newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is now back in the Philippines.

Catriona arrived at around 3:30 p.m. via a private plane owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.

She was supposed hold a press conference at the Platinum Skies Aviation but was reset to a later date.

Unlike before when the winning Miss Universe would immediately travel to the Miss Universe headquarters in New York after the coronation, Catriona was given time to spend the holidays with her loved ones.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is set to pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte, however, there is no specific date set as of press time.

“Hindi ko lang alam ang specific date but Secretary of Tourism Berna said definitely a courtesy call,” Panelo said.

The palace has already sent its congratulatory message to Ms. Gray for her victory at the Miss Universe pageant.

Catriona is set to live in New York for the duration of her reign. – Marje Pelayo

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Duterte still trusts Diokno says Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

 

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

 

MANILA, Philippines — Unless there is evidence presented that supports the allegations being thrown against Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, he will continue to enjoy the confidence and trust of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This was the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on the issues facing the embattled budget secretary, among which is the P51-B addition to the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the alleged conflict of interest in the multi-billion-peso worth of infrastructure projects in Casiguran and Sorsogon.

“Mr. Diokno is known to be the ‘Mr. No,’ meaning, he’s a man of integrity. So, when he says he is not involved, I believe it, unless you show me, as a lawyer, competent evidence,” Panelo said.

He added that the accusers should bear the burden of proof.

Nevertheless, Malacañang will still look into the allegation of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr., that 30 government infra projects worth billions of pesos went to a single contractor.

Andaya further alleged that some Cabinet members are benefactors of the said contractor.

“Since there is allegation of corruption, it follows that we have to investigate,” Panelo said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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