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