Malacañang confirms PRRD’s plans vs. narco politicians tagged in Marawi siege
MANILA, Philippines — Some personalities with positions ranging from barangay captain, councilor, vice mayor and mayor in Lanao del Sur are involved in the drug matrix of President Rodrigo Duterte.
While these people are allegedly involved in the operation of illegal drugs in Mindanao, the government is also looking into their involvement in the Marawi siege.
This is what President Duterte himself revealed during a dinner with media personnel in Davao City last Friday.
When asked what particular actions will be taken by the government against the particular local politicians, Malacañang assured that they will be held accountable after a thorough investigation.
“I’m sure that the president has a plan in mind, and let us wait for the next developments regarding the matter,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
He added we can trust that the president and the whole force of government, will be exercised in order to make sure that the president’s campaign promises regarding drugs and corruption and crime will be addressed.
Malacañang does not know yet how these narco-politicians benefit from supporting terrorists financially.
But the government is looking into the argument that these local narco-politicians are supplying the food and war equipment of Marawi terrorists.
“Without excluding external funding, part of the local funding to buy equipment, food and stuff like that is provided by the local sale of drugs and which can only be done if by being abetted by the local politicians,” said Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte calls on ASEAN countries to stand with Myanmar amid coup crisis
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has called on member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to stand with Myanmar amid its coup crisis.
During the 39th ASEAN Summit, Duterte urged all parties in Myanmar to heed the ASEAN’s plea for peace.
“The Philippines urges all parties in Myanmar to engage in constructive dialogue with ASEAN. We are, after all, an ASEAN family. And if we cannot trust each other and work together, then who can Myanmar trust and work with?” he said.
He also urged ASEAN’s special envoy to visit Myanmar soon and meet all the parties involved.
Duterte expressed concern about Myanmar’s rejection of ASEAN’s sincere offers of assistance, stating that it may undermine the mutual trust and confidence that ASEAN-member states share.
Meanwhile, the president said the Philippines will commit to help individuals caught up in “situations beyond their control”.
“Our doors are open to our Rohingya brothers and sisters and other peoples of Myanmar who seek refuge,” he said. AAC
Duterte wants LGU officials to convince constituents to get vaccinated
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged local government officials to ramp up their respective COVID-19 vaccination programs.
“I urge LGUs to come up with the most systematic and efficient way of finding out who among your constituents have not yet vaccinated. Please do everything to convince them to get vaccinated,” he said during his weekly public address.
Duterte reported that as of October 24, the country has administered 55.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, where around 30 million were given as first doses and 25 million as second doses.
He added that the national government aims to fully vaccinate 50 million citizens by the end of the year.
“We also need to ramp up vaccination rate in various LGUs in order to reach our target of inoculating 50 million fully-vaccinated individuals by the end of the year,” Duterte said.
The president added that vaccine supply allocated for far-flung provinces must not expire and should preserve its integrity.
” Yung mga bakuna na sana umabot na doon sa pinakamalayong lugar and the provincial, city, and
municipal health officials will take over. Ang concern ko lang naman is that they would be able to preserve the integrity of the vaccines. That is very important. Ibig sabihin na hindi expired, walang sira, hindi ma-contaminate and all,” he said. AAC
Duterte welcomes Senate panel’s move to challenge his memo before SC
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 25) welcomed the move of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to challenge his memorandum before the Supreme Court (SC).
Duterte assured they will defend the memorandum prohibiting Executive Department officials from attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings on the procurement of pandemic supplies. The Senate panel wants to challenge the legality of Duterte’s said memo.
“At last, the members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee have finally seen the light. We welcome this move of bringing the legality of the memorandum to the Supreme Court and we would like to congratulate the members for realizing, albeit late. That it is the court which should eventually decide on the constitutionality of the order and we will defend it,” the President said during his weekly public address aired Monday night.
“This is by far the most decent thing the committee has done and we are most eager to answer whatever questions you have regarding my not allowing officials of the Executive to attend your hearings that are legislative purposes,” he added.
The president again criticized the panel’s way of questioning resource persons, saying executive officials are made to wait for a long time but are not called to speak.
“Iyong mga tao ko sa gobyerno, iyong ipinapatawag ninyo at pahintayin ninyo ng ilang oras at hindi naman ninyo tatawagin at kung nandoon iniinsulto ninyo, para bang walang alam,” he said.
Duterte added that the SC is the only venue where the disagreement with the Senate panel may be settled.
“You have to be courteous if you want to be treated with courtesy,” he said. AAC