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Majority of senators approve bill banning political dynasties

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A session in Senate

MANILA, Philippines — Thirteen senators have signed the consolidated bill seeking to prohibit political dynasties.

The senators who signed the bill are senators Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Grace Poe, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Maria Lourdes “Nancy” Binay, Sonny Angara, Ralph Recto, Leila De Lima, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

The Senate Bill No. 1765 or the Anti-Political Dynasty Act of 2018 states that relatives of incumbent government officials can no longer run for public office.

The prohibition covers second degree of consanguinity or affinity or spouses, siblings, parents or children of an elected official.

Sen. JV Ejercito believes the bill will surely undergo intense debate in the Senate.

“Meron kasing freedom of choice. Parang yung iba ang argument, yung dynasty only applies to those yung mga appointees ganyan,” said Ejercito.

(There is freedom of choice. Some have argued that the dynasty only applies to appointees.) — UNTV News & Rescue


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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Gary Alejano wants to strengthen PH maritime affairs if elected in Senate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Magdalo Party list Representative Gary Alejano wants to push for the establishment of a Department of Maritime and Oceanic Affairs if given a seat in the Senate.

On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday (January 15), Alejano said he wants to focus on issues that concern the country’s maritime rights.

Alejano is among those critical of the Duterte Administration with regard to the issues in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) because of the government’s alleged lack of action to drive away China in the said territory.

The lawmaker also opposes the conduct of a joint exploration in the area because, according to Alejano, it will mean that the Philippines is surrendering to China its rights to the WPS.

Alejano believes that China would somehow pull back its reclamation activities if the Philippines’ action will affect its reputation as a superpower.

“The moment na lalabas sa international community na ito palang China is rising irresponsibly, na bully siya at hindi sumusunod sa international law, sino pa ang gustong sumanib sa kanya?” Alejano argued.

“Kaya nga depende, sa kanila po iyon. Sa atin naman, we can rally the world against China. Ibig sabihin we can use the ruling as our leverage but it doesn’t mean that we will close doors with China,” he said.

But the lawmaker said that though they may disagree on some issues with the Duterte administration, they support it at some point such as the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), salary increase and the enactment of the National ID system, free irrigation and free tertiary education.

“Kasi nangyari po ganito, kung meron mang pupuri sa ginagawa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon kukunin yan doon sa kanyang kaalyado,” Alejano said.

“Kapag meron namang pagbabatikos, pagpupuna sa kasalukuyang administrasyon… lumalabas na puro batikos lamang kami. Hindi po. Nandito para kontrahin just for the sake of kontrahin at pigilan ang kaunlaran ng bansa,” he further noted.

Should be given the chance in public office, Alejano also wanted to establish measures to provide further protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) should they decide to retire in their home country such as the OFW pension system. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Willie Ong to prioritize improvements in PH health care system when elected

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Veteran physician Willy Ong gestures during his interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on January 10, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Veteran physician Dr. Willie Ong became a social media sensation for his helpful tips on almost every health condition.

His knowledge in the medical field has been his tool in helping people especially the poor who need medical help.

“Masarap makatulong sa isa, dalawa, tatlo. Pero baka makatulong tayo sa isang libo, dalawang libo why not, di ba? Baka may gusto pa ang Dios na ipagawa sa akin. Iyon talaga ang purpose ko,” he said.

Dr. Willy is also active in a number of public services in different parts of the country.

“Ang nakikita ko yung ginagawa sa UNTV, libreng gamotan, libreng lab test. Alam ko yung nababalitaan ko sa mga mahihirap kong pasyente marami pumupunta dito sa inyo. Pag nakita ko sa isang matutulungan, example lang heart patients yung mga may congenital heart, kaya nating tulungan yung 1, 250 thousand. Eh limang libo sila, papaano yun?” he argued.

Based on the latest survey, Ong landed on the 21st to 29th spot. Despite this, he is still confident of landing a seat in the Senate.

If given the chance, Ong wants to push for what he calls as his GOALS.

GOALS means G or free ‘gamot’ medicine especially for the poor;
free O or operation for minor surgery;
proper Advise or diagnosis from attending doctors;
‘ligtas’ or safe and secured drugs, immunization and food for the public.

Among others, Ong considers illegal drug addiction as a long-standing problem in the Philippines.

To address this, Ong said drug dependents must be given proper attention to help them recover

“Ang konti lang, yung less than 1 gram. Pag nahulihan idederetso na sa rehab. Hindi yung dadalhin sa kulungan makukulong siya doon,” he explained referring to the weight of offense for a drug dependent.

“Kasi kapag kinulong natin… unang una puno na yung Jail natin. At naaddict sya doon di naman siya criminal nahulihan lang siya ng konti isasama mo doon sa mga criminal. Pag doon sa kulungan natin ano problema? Napakataas ng Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS mataas din sa kulungan,” he added.

Ong has earned 9 million followers on Facebook which makes his social media account on top 22 of all FB accounts in the country.

He ranked 43, meanwhile, among the top Youtube accounts with 840,000 subscribers. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Malacañang-PSC frustrates PITC at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao flexed muscle as they overcome the power of the uprising rookie team PITC Global Traders. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao team is tightly clinging onto the second spot after narrowly pounding the PITC Global Traders, 69-64 at Thursday’s match.

Michael Ignario and ‘Bigman’ Martin Lloyd Antonio shared the Best Player of the Game title after firing 15 and 16 points, respectively.

The Kamao team now holds six wins and one loss under its belt while the global traders fell to the sixth rank after absorbing defeat for the fourth time.

Meanwhile,  the AFP Cavaliers are still the top team to beat as the end of the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup 7th edition draws closer.

The AFP maintained their lead after routing the DA Food Masters, 79-73, in a match held last Sunday.

Darwin Cordero was hailed as the Best Player of the Game after firing 24 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Cavaliers now hold seven wins and one loss record while the Food Masters were pushed down to the bottom of the standings after absorbing six losses and winning only three of their games.

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders, on the other hand, spoiled the hopes of the NHA Builders to take home the crown this season after their explosive match last Sunday.

The NHA lost to the Senate in overtime, 98-97, with Marlon Legaspi and Harly Ng scoring the game-winning shots after firing 22 and 24 points, respectively.

Legaspi and Ng were hailed as the Best Players of the Game. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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