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Makabayan solons deny ‘Red October’ destab plot

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 27 September 2018 01:16 PM


Anti-Duterte protest


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

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Duterte forms task force to speed up Manila Bay Rehab

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:25 PM

Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a task force that would hasten the rehabilitation and restoration of Manila Bay.

Duterte, through Administrative Order 16 released on Thursday (February 21), formed the task force to ensure the complete restoration, rehabilitation and conservation of Manila Bay’s coastal and marine system.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will chair the task force while the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Tourism will serve as vice-chairpersons; 13 government agencies will serve as its members.

The task force is mandated to enforce the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines as amended, Republic Act 9275 and Republic Act 9003, to ensure the complete rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of Manila Bay.

It can also require all government facilities and other establishments, including households to immediately connect existing sewage lines to available sewage systems or sewage treatment plants (STPs) or to construct individual STPs, whenever applicable.

The task force can also issue appropriate orders, impose fines, penalties and other administrative sanctions to compel compliance. It can also use engineering and technological interventions to improve the water quality of Manila Bay, such as reducing the coliform level in all river systems and tributaries of Manila Bay.

It is also mandated to prepare a plan to expedite the sanitation programs of LGUs within the Manila Bay region by 2026, ensure that concerned agencies and LGUs will penalize violators of environmental laws, undertake a ‘massive’ information drive to garner public support for Manila Bay clean-up in collaboration with selected government agencies.

It is also tasked to prepare a comprehensive plan for the relocation of informal settlers along the Coast of Manila bay and submit a quarterly report to the Office of the President, detailing its efforts and the LGUs programs.

The efforts and programs to be undertaken by the Task Force will be funded by the existing budget of each member agencies.

“The convergence of the national government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Manila Bay Region and the active participation of private and public stakeholders, are necessary to facilitate the robust and integrated implementation of all rehabilitation and restoration efforts at the Manila Bay,” the order read. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte slams Trillanes for nitpicking his drug war, Hong Kong trip

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:52 PM

(L-R) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte hit Senator Antonio Trillanes IV anew following the latter’s criticism of his controversial war on drugs and recent trip to Hong Kong.

In a statement last Sunday, Trillanes said that many Filipinos believe there are now fewer drug addicts in the Philippines because the government killed many of them without due process and opportunity for rehabilitation. The Senator was referring to a recent survey which revealed that majority of Filipinos said that they now see fewer drug addicts on the streets.

In a speech during the 9th Anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) in Davao City on Wednesday, Duterte lashed out at Trillanes for believing more the figures coming from the critics of his administration and other countries.

“A stupid senator. Trillanes said, ‘Oh they are dead, they are no more — because they are dead.’ And so? Are you not happy that I’m doing it for you instead of you, a military idiot?” Duterte said.

“You do not even know how to count. And you kowtow to the figures of foreigners. You go to America, Trillanes,” he added.

Duterte also slammed Trillanes’ claim that he went to Hong Kong to allegedly undergo a medical check up or to transfer funds in his bank accounts.

“You take on every issue. I [went] to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of my wife because that was the order of my daughter. And the order of my daughter, just like the order of the mayor here, I follow,” he said.

On Friday, Duterte went to Hong Kong with his partner, Cielito ‘Honeylet’ Avanceña, and their teenage daughter, Veronica. The President said they went there to celebrate Avanceña’s birthday.

The President also berated the opposition senator for nitpicking on his administration.

Trillanes is among the staunch critics of the Duterte government.

“You know what, this Trillanes, you are paying a public servant who was just there to nitpick issues.” – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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Duterte to snub 33rd commemoration of EDSA People Power Revolution

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:21 PM

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to once again be a no-show at the commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25.

Malacañang said the President is swamped with work that is why there is no chance for him to include the said celebration in his calendar of activities.

This will be the third time that the Chief Executive is not attending the EDSA anniversary rites since he assumed the presidency.

The Palace stressed that the President does not discount the essence of the EDSA People Power, and that his friendship with the Marcos Family has nothing to do with his non-attendance in the event. — Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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