P288-B in business deals inked: Duterte assures Japanese businessmen a ‘corruption-free’ PH
Marje Pelayo • May 29, 2019 • 9348
TOKYO, Japan – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Wednesday (May 29) reported the strong show of confidence by the Japanese and Filipino business communities resulting in 26 business agreements signed during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Seven business agreements and 19 Letters of Intent, according to Lopez, have been signed with an estimated investment value of P288-billion and a projected 82,732 job opportunities for Filipinos.
The business deals focus mainly on investment promotion activities; skills training and human resource development; software development; manufacturing; infrastructure; establishment of theme parks and agreements on food business; and health care among others.
“We know that for each job that is created, we uplift the life of one Filipino and his or her family members,” Lopez said.
The Trade Secretary thanked the investors “in helping the Duterte administration and the Filipino people in creating a more inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”
President Duterte lauded Japan’s business leaders for their trust and continued support to the initiatives of his administration.
He specifically encouraged Japanese investors to venture on his government’s flagship agenda – the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program – towards the creation of an inclusive, innovative and integrated economic space.
The President assured the Japanese business leaders of a “competitive and corruption free business climate and a high-skilled and fast-learning workforce.”
“Given all these, your investments are assured of protections and gains, I guarantee that,” he told the business leaders.
This, according to the President, is supported by the highest credit rating that the Philippines has reached so far.
Towards the end of his speech, the President emphasized that his line will always be open to hear complaints in case the Japanese business community encounters corruption when they do business in the country.
“May I just assure you that during my time, I said there will be no corruption, and every Japanese investor in my country, however small or however big, I can assure you that if there’s any complaint regarding hindrances, obstruction, or outright corruption, let me know,” he said.
“I will talk to you. Let me know what your problem is and we will kill that problem. I place honor and my persona that what I guarantee here must be followed,” the President concluded.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill that seeks to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism law.
In a letter to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, Duterte certified as urgent House Bill No. 6785, which seeks to amend and toughen the Human Security Act of 2007.
In his letter, Duterte said the immediate enactment of the measure is to “address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to adequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.”
The House Bill reportedly adopted the Senate version which passed on third and final reading in February.
Under the bill, anyone who threatens to commit terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall mete out a penalty of 12 years of imprisonment.
It also introduces provisions penalizing those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation and facilitation of a terrorist act; as well as those who will provide material support to terrorists, and recruit members in a terrorist organization.
The measure also includes a new section on foreign terrorist fighters to cover Filipino nationals who commit terrorist offenses abroad.
It also aims to provide law enforcers the much-needed tools to protect the people from terrorism threat and, at the same time, safeguard the rights of those accused of the crime.
Once a bill is certified as urgent, the Senate and the House of Representatives can immediately pass a measure on second and third reading on the same day.
Rights advocates had earlier warned that the bill’s enactment would worsen the human rights situation in the country.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reminds the public to heed government protocols for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis even after community quarantine has been relaxed.
On May 16, Metro Manila shifted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from enhanced community quarantine to help revive the Philippines’ crippled economy.
But President Duterte stressed that such relaxation in restrictions doesn’t mean the country is free of COVID-19 and warned that the government might again tighten restrictions if situations get worse.
“Remember this, the loosening of the restrictions does not mean [we’re COVID-free],” he said.
“If the contamination will be as fast as before, and it will continue to infect yung nakalabas na (people who are allowed to go out), then we’ll have to just go back to original program,” he added.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied allegations that the government is not ready or has no policy for the conduct of COVID-19 mass testing.
Roque stressed that the government in fact is now preparing to hit the target of 30,000 a day testing capacity by the end of May.
“From the very beginning, we have had a systematic targeted testing at sa tingin po natin ang sinusunod natin ay benchmark recognized internationally specifically by the WHO,” the Palace Spokesperson said in defense against against critics who are questioning the government’s advice of letting private companies shoulder COVID-19 testing for their respective workers who are returning to work.
Roque added that the government is targeting to test around 1.5% to 2% of the more than 100 million Filipinos for COVID-19 infection and clarified on what is referred to as ‘mass testing.’
“Ang tawag po dapat ay expanded targeted testing,” he said.
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