MANILA, Philippines —House Makabayan lawmakers admit they will be mounting a massive rally next month, but denied that it has to do with alleged plots to overthrow the Duterte administration.
The group maintained that the planned demonstration is aimed at raising their sentiments to the government.
“Hindi ito destabilization plot. Ito ay lihitimong pagkilos ng mga maggagawang bukid sa mga aksyon nakaaapekto sa kanila,” said Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao.
ACT Teachers paty-list Rep. France Castro added that,”Sa bahagi ng mga kaguruan sa September 5- October 5, yan ang Teacher’s Month, maraming serye [ng pagkilos] na hinanda ang kaguruan.”
“What is on the red now, very clearly in the past days, our economy is on the red,” said Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate.
The statement comes after the military claimed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their co-conspirators have lined up several events that would culminate in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ouster, based on recovered documents.
The Makabayan group, however, denies any involvement in the matter and that they are not communicating with the communist party and other political groups.
“There was never an ‘us’ between LP, Magdalo and the Left. What we have in common is our protest against tyranny, economic crisis, and our alternatives,” said Casilao.
In view of the alleged ‘Red October’ plot, the Makabayan solons deferred the deliberation on the proposed budget of the National Security Council and Military Intelligence Cops Association in the belief that these agencies are just using their fund to gather wrong intelligence data.
House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, meanwhile, defended President Duterte’s pronouncements against groups plotting his ouster.
Arroyo, speaking from experience as a former president, said a chief executive has access to intelligence reports that are not available to all.
“If the president believes that there is a threat he is working from good information so we should believe whatever,” said Arroyo. — Grace Casin
Duterte’s drug war to continue despite more than 5,000 death toll
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
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back home for the holidays
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
Makabayan bloc to question martial extension before SC
Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc plan to elevate to the Supreme Court the third extension of martial law in Mindanao which Congress approved on Wednesday.
The group said the government and concerned agencies failed to prove there is on-going rebellion in the region that would warrant a yearlong extension of martial law.
“We will definitely still maximize an arena where we can present our case,” said Anakpawis partylist representative, Ariel Casilao. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue