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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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Duterte on warrant of arrest against Reds: ‘No need’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018



FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to issue a warrant of arrest for the capture of the communist rebels who do “continuous crime of rebellion 24 hours a day.”

“Why do I need to have a warrant? By the fact that you are a rebel, you are a 24-hour violator of the Revised Penal Code of rebellion. Kay ang ‘pag ang rebellion — ang krimen dili mawala na kung matulog ka (With rebellion, your crimes do not stop even when you’re asleep), the President said during his speech at an event in Davao City, Tuesday evening (December 18).

The President added that he will wipe out the communist rebels along with the drug menace in the country before his term ends.

“I’ll just finish you. Why? If I don’t do it, you go again around the community asking for money and killing them if they don’t give…Iyong komunista gusto kong tapusin pati iyang droga. I want it done during my term,” he added.

Peace negotiations between the Duterte government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) had been postponed several times until President Duterte terminated the talks in November 2017 due to the rebels’ continuous attacks against government troops.

The Duterte administration later on pushed for localized peace talks, but again, to no avail.

This led to the President’s order of creating of a national task force to work on ending the decade-long armed conflicts with the communist rebels.

Malacañang maintained that President Duterte is not declaring a holiday truce with the rebels even after the communist group declared a unilateral ceasefire expected to begin on December 24, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montaño.)

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Palace says Duterte to sign Road Board abolition as Senate, House clash

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a press briefing on Tuesday (December 18) said President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to sign the bill abolishing the Road Board “as soon as it is given to him.”

Panelo said he believes the President would do so since he, the President, is against the release of the P45 billion pesos road users’ tax due to issues of corruption.

“Yes, that’s what is needed. We want that the fund be returned to the treasury and then let the Congress appropriate again for specific purpose,” Panelo said in a palace briefing.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Senate’s position on the bill remains as the senators strongly believe that the road user’s tax has become a huge source of corruption among lawmakers.

“It’s good as abolished dahil hindi na iri-release ng executive department ang funding noon. Ngayon kung ipipilit pa rin nila, perhaps somebody should bring it to the proper venue, kung courts ang kailangan dito para ma-resolve iyan,” Sotto explained.

The Senate passed and adopted in September the House version of a bill abolishing the Road Board filed by former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez due to anomalies over the use of motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC).

But the Lower House through House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. later on filed a motion to rescind the approval of the said bill leaving it hanging in a balance.

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, meanwhile, argued that abolishing the Road Board would affect the funding of several government services.

“Kapag tinanggal ang Road Boardm mawawala ang dedicated fund to address pollution at safety,” Suarez concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Bernard Dadis)


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Duterte thanks US for return of Balangiga bells

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018



President Rodrigo Roa Duterte kisses one of the Balangiga Bells after witnessing the official handover of its Transfer Certificate at the Balangiga Auditorium in Eastern Samar on December 15, 2018. | PCOO\Simeon Celi

SAMAR, Philippines – The historic Balangiga bells are finally home in Balangiga town, Eastern Samar after 117 years of stay in the United States.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (December 15) personally led the handover ceremony of the century-old war artifacts to the people of Balangiga.

The President handed the certificate of transfer to Balangiga Mayor Randy Graza who turned it over to the parish priest of San Lorenzo de Martyr Church where the bells originally belonged.

President Duterte thanked the US government for the return of the bells.

He added that the homecoming of the artifacts was “truly a milestone and part of a meaningful history of the United States and the Philippines,” a vibrant chapter in the Philippine-US bilateral relations.

“Daghang salamat. Daghang salamat sa America. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan. Daghang salamat sa Filipino. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” the President said.

President Duterte reiterated during his speech that no one should take credit for the return of the bells, not even him, because it was the voice of the Filipino people especially the people of Balangiga, that convinced the U.S. to return them.

“Nobody can claim a singular credit for the generous act of the Americans. The bells are returned. The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennelyn Gaquit)

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