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Move to oust Alvarez surfaces in Lower House

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Rumors are circulating on the sudden shift in House Speakership today (July 23) hours before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his third state of the nation address (SONA).

House sources said Pampanga Representative Gloria macapagal-Arroyo would be sitting as the House Speaker in this afternoon’s SONA replacing Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Reports said it was the House minority group led by Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as the proponent of the move in the plenary today.

Davao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Tony Boy Floriendo denied being behind the ouster move though he confirmed that such idea indeed are filling the air of the Lower House.

Floriendo is known of having conflicts with Alvarez. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

(Updates later)

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Roque: Teachers’ pay hike possible after TRAIN 2

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque | PCOO

 

 

QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, August 15, announced before more than 8,000 educators, the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the monthly salary of teachers.

“Well ang sabi ng Presidente, matapos ang TRAIN 2 doon niya talagang hahanapan ng pondo para maitaas muli ang sahod ng mga teachers,” Roque said during the annual teachers convention held in Quezon Province.

He added that the Congress is now working on the draft of the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration after which, they lawmakers may then proceed with the measure for teachers’ pay hike.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, for his part, is also closely coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the proposal.

Sa kasalukuyan meron na po silang salary standardization that ends on 2019. Pagkatapos po nito ay ako mismo magpafollow up sa ating Pangulo o sa ating kalihim ng Budget and Management para po isunod kaagad ang kanilang unti unting salary increase,” he said. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte fires PMA comptroller over malversation case

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte | SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

President Rodrigo Duterte fired Philippine Military Academy(PMA) comptroller, Hector Maraña on Tuesday over alleged malversation of P15-M worth of cadets’ allowances.

“I approved his dismissal and he was the comptroller of PMA…He is recommended to be imprisoned 6-12 years,” Duterte said.

The dismissal follows the recent firing of AFP Medical Center officials due to alleged ghost deliveries of medical equipment and questionable procurement of medical equipment and supplies.

The President revealed that the series of corruption allegations involving government officials has compelled him to mull over the idea of stepping down.

“Ang sinabi ko sa mga sundalo at pulis (I said to soldiers and policemen), ‘Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired. While I am not against or angry against anybody, my chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” he said.

The President added that corruption in the country is so deep-seated and extensive that it has become intrinsic in transactions with any government agency. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte slated to visit Israel on September 2

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO

 

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving for a historic visit to Israel in September.

The official visit will be the first by a Philippine president since diplomatic ties were established 61 years ago in 1957, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an announcement on Tuesday (August 14).

Roque said President Duterte and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold discussions in the areas of labor, tourism, trade, agriculture, security, law enforcement and counterterrorism as well as other ways to enhance cooperation.

The Chief Executive is also expected to meet Israel President Reuven Rivlin to discuss close historical and people-to-people ties between the two countries.

Several agreements are also expected to be signed during the four-day visit.

Joining the President in the visit is a business delegation representing different sectors of the Philippine economy. They are expected to participate in a business forum with President Duterte as the keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, Malacañang seems unfazed by reports about human rights activists in Israel brewing a protest against President Duterte’s visit.

“If they can persuade the prime minister to call of the visit, of course, we will call it off,” Roque said.

Roque noted that the “historic event will highlight the enduring friendships between Filipinos and Israelis,” which began when President Manuel L. Quezon provided a sanctuary to an estimated 1,300 Jewish refugees who were fleeing the Holocaust when he opened the doors of the Philippines during the Nazi regime.

As expected, the President will meet members of the Filipino community in Israel.

After Israel, the President’s delegation will be heading to visit Jordan next. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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