Malacañang trusts Duterte’s voice will edify support for BOL

Marje Pelayo   •   January 15, 2019   •   1583

Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to convince the Bangsamoro and non-Muslim people in Mindanao to support the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

“The president’s voice is a powerful influencing voice,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a briefing on Tuesday (January 15).

However, Panelo assured that the President will accept and respect whatever the decision of the majority will be in the plebiscite for BOL.

Meanwhile, Malacañang belied the claims of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. that Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno did not allocate a fund for the conduct of the BOL plebiscite.

“His statement is misplaced and without basis. There are funds for the plebiscite,” Panelo assured,

The first phase of the BOL plebiscite will be held on January 21 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela-City Basilan and Cotabato City.

Meanwhile, residents of Lanao Del Norte and North Cotabato will have their chance to vote for the passing of the BOL on February 6. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Gov’t seeks single facility for COVID-19 patients

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2020

The government is looking for a single facility to house confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to prevent overcrowding in hospitals.

On Monday (March 16), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the recommendation will be discussed in a meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“We are recommending that there should be only one place where we can put all those confirmed cases,” he said.

Panelo said this would lessen the risk of occupational transmission of the virus. He said placing patients in one or two facilities may help in controlling the spread of the disease.

“Baka maubusan tayo ng ospital na paglalagayan (We might run out of hospitals for the patients); and not only that, we are exposing our health workers to the same infection,” he said. — AAC

Duterte, Panelo one-on-one interview deferred anew

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2020

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled televised one-on-one interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been postponed anew.

In a televised advisory, Panelo said the interview with Duterte, which was supposed to be held Tuesday, will be moved to a later date because the president is feeling “under the weather.”

Panelo said it may be rescheduled next week.

The said interview was initially set on January 22 but was postponed due to “pressing matters.”

The president conducted his first televised interview with Panelo in September 2018 where they discussed wide-ranging topics on martial law in Mindanao, reopening of Boracay Island, increasing rice prices, his critic former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, among others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to sign 2020 nat’l budget on January 6, Palace confirms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 3, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the earthquake victims at the M’lang National High School in Cotabato on December 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget on Monday (January 6).

Presidential Legislative Liason Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy said there will be a presidential ceremonial signing at the Malacañang Palace on Monday.

However, Sitoy did not confirm if the president will veto provisions in the said budget.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the president did not mention about a possible veto.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has finished the review of the General Appropriations Bill last week.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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