Mga muslim sa Davao City, nanawagan sa pangulo na madaliin ang pagpasa ng Bangsamoro basic law

admin   •   July 28, 2014   •   9012

Umaasa ang mga muslim sa Davao city na mababanggit ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kaniyang SONA mamaya ang patungkol sa pagpasa ng Bangsamoro basic law sa kongreso (UNTV News)

DAVAO City, Philippines — Umaasa ang mga kababayan nating muslim sa Davao City na mababanggit ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III mamaya sa kaniyang State Of the Nation Address o SONA ang patungkol sa Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Ayon sa mga ito, mahalagang mabigyang diin ng pangulo ang committment nito na maisulong ang pagbuo ng Bangsamoro government sa ilalim ng kaniyang termino at masimulan ang transition period sa taong 2015.

Inaasahan din nila na magbibigay ng update ang pangulo sa estado ngayon ng Bangsamoro basic law na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa naibibigay sa kongreso upang balangkasin at maipasa.

Nananawagan ang mga ito na itigil sana ay matigil na ang nangyayaring giyera ngayon sa Gaza sa pagitan ng Israel at Palestine kung saan maraming buhay na ang nabuwis.

Samantala, sa Central Mindanao una ng sinelyuhan ng PNP-ARMM ang dulo ng baril ng mga pulis na nakatalaga sa iba’t ibang probinsiya ng Autonomus Region in Muslim Mindanao upang masigurong hindi ito magagamit sa pagdiriwang ngayong araw.

Patuloy naman ang paalala at babala ng PNP-ARMM sa mga pulis at mga sibilyan na huwag ng gumamit ng baril o mag-discriminate firing para lang ipakita ang pagsasaya sa okasiyong ito ng mga kababayang muslim. (Louell Requilman, UNTV News)

 

Deployment of SONA cops pending COVID-19 test result a breach of protocol – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The deployment of cops still awaiting results of their COVID-19 test during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a breach of protocol, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

“We will say that there was this breach because we have guidelines for that at alam po natin that they should not have been deployed kung hindi pa po natin alam ang resulta,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday reported that 82 of its personnel have contracted COVID-19, 51 of whom were part of the security contingent deployed during the SONA on July 26.

Vergeire stressed that if testing was done for screening purposes, they should have been quarantined first before their deployment.

The DOH is also not dismissing the possibility that the cops who caught COVID-19 could be super spreaders.

Vergeire called on those who may have had contact with the cops, particularly the protesters last Monday, to get in tough with local authorities.

The DOH is also closely monitoring with the Quezon City government for the conduct of active contact tracing.

“Hindi po natin dapat pinagpapabukas ang contact tracing dahil isang araw lang po na hindi natin mahanap iyong taong nakasalamuha o nakapag-interact sa isang positibong kaso, maaari na po nating maikalat ang impeksyon,” Vergeire said.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday morning announced he has ordered the relief of QCPD Station 3 commander, Police Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

51 QC cops deployed during SONA test positive for COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2021

 

Fifty-one of the 82 new COVID-19 positive cops of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) were deployed to the security team during the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 26).

According to QCPD Director Police BGen. Antonio Yarra, the concerned cops were among the 161 cops of the Station 3 Talipapa Station who had their RT-PCR Test on July 23, in which results were released only on Tuesday (July 27).

The 51 cops were assigned at the SONA’s route security along the Commonwealth Avenue and Civil Disturbance Management Team at the U.P. Techno Hub on Monday.

“Ninety percent of our personnel were already fully vaccinated and we ensured for deployment during SONA,” Yarra argued.

“They are 100 percent healthy and they are not showing any symptoms for the COVID virus and most of them are fully vaccinated,” he added.

At present, the COVID-positive cops were all quarantined at the HOPE facility in Quezon City.

The QCPD, however, still has no report if the cops were infected with the more infectious Delta variant.

The QCPD chief also confirmed that they are currently conducting intensified contact tracing efforts to trace those who had close contact with the COVID-positive cops.

“Yung contact tracing hindi naman nagmamadali. Ang importante diyan accurate ang magiging result. So wala naman tayong sinet na timeline. Ang importante yung contact tracing at makakuha tayo ng courses of action to contain the spread of COVID in PS3 contact tracing hindi minamadali, accurate,” Yarra said.

Meanwhile, the infected cops will temporarily be replaced so that operations at the Talipapa Station 3 will not be hampered.

Yarra asked the public to refrain from going to QCPD Station 3 while disinfection is being done within its premises. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Robredo: COVID-19 pandemic should be gov’t’s main focus

UNTV News   •   July 27, 2021

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — After President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 26), Vice President Leni Robredo, delivered her own report dubbed as “Ulat ni VP Leni.”

“Tapos na ang SONA ng Pangulo. Nakarinig tayo ng talaan ng mga numero at mga proyekto. Sa kabila nito, may inasahan sana tayong madiinan na hindi nadiinan,” Robredo said in live broadcast on her Facebook account on Tuesday (July 27).

“Ang totoo: Pilipino ang tumulong sa kapwa Pilipino; Pilipino ang sumalo sa kapwa Pilipino; nakaraos lang tayo sa nakaraang isa’t kalahating taon dahil sa lakas na ibinigay natin sa isa’t isa. Humaharap po ako sa inyo ngayon para idiin: Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo,” the vice president said implying that the administration could not get any credit for what the Filipino people have achieved.

Robredo enumerated the accomplishments of her office such as the OVP’s online donation drive for the needs of the frontliners such as PPE’s, shuttle services and temporary shelters; the establishment of Bayanihan e-Skwela which involved volunteer tutors in Community Learning Hubs in cooperation with the local government units; the launch of sikap.ph, a jobs-matching platform for blue collar workers, and iskaparate.com, which brought small businesses online – among others.

She commended the efforts of those who have been willing to assist in their programs for the people.

“The OVP does not have a large budget; unlike other agencies, we don’t have an expansive political machinery. Our budget is trust; our machinery, a people willing to give of themselves. Can you imagine what more we could have accomplished if everything, including decisions and policies of the government, was oriented towards this same bayanihan spirit?” she said.

Robredo said they are in constant consultation with experts who provided a number of recommendations which she claimed “things implementable only by the national government, and that we ask to be acted upon as soon as possible.”

Among these recommendations include:

A faster and integrated system for testing, tracing, and treatment, primarily a solid database.
Direct delivery of vaccines to our people and their communities.
Reviewing revenues from the Sin Tax, for allocation towards pandemic needs.
Paying off PhilHealth’s debts to hospitals to ensure their continued operations. Properly and sufficiently enforcing Universal Healthcare.
Passing Bayanihan 3, and ensuring the funds from this law are used so that no one starves or loses their home.
Lending to small businesses.
Offering aid to those who lost their jobs, and giving them extensive retraining opportunities to help them keep up with the evolving landscape of industries.
Allocating more funds towards raising the quality of education.

Robredo said details of the above policy recommendations will be posted on her Facebook page.

“Pero bukod sa paglalatag ng mga polisiya, alam din nating may isa pang napakahalagang tungkulin ang gobyerno: Ang itutok tayo sa iisang direksyon; ang ipaalala sa atin na anuman ang mga di-pagkakasundo, iisang bayan tayo. Tungkulin ng gobyerno, lalo na sa panahon ng krisis, na magpunla ng pagkakaisa,” the vice president said.

“Kaya nga patuloy ang pagdidiin natin: Walang ibang dapat tutukan sa mga panahong ito kundi ang pandemya at ang kanyang mga epekto. All hands on deck, laser like focus ang kailangan. Ito dapat ang isalamin ng budget, ng agenda ng bawat meeting ng pamahalaan, ng bawat memo na ibababa sa buong burukrasya,” she said.

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