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Senate likely to consider second extension of Martial Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 10 December 2018 04:53 PM

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Security officials met with members of the Senate on Monday (December 10) to defend their recommendation of extending the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao for another year.

Present in the executive session were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he is likely to consider the recommendation due to threats of rebellion.

“In my opinion, there is a continuing rebellion. There is an actual rebellion on going,” said Sotto.

Meanwhile, Senator Ralph Rector is in favor of the extension, however, not for one year but for six months only.

“What is appealing is that they’re saying that they would be able to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf  if we give them a year of extension and to reduce the capability of CPP-NPA. That’s an appealing proposition to extend martial law. But then, why not 6 months?” Recto said.

According to Sotto, the Congress is likely to convene in a joint session on Wednesday to discuss the proposed one year extension of Martial Law.

It was in May 23, 2017 when the entire Mindanao region was placed under Martial Law following attacks from Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

It was extended to a year until December 31, 2017 and another extension until the last day of this year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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Congress eyes investigation on water crisis

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 10:46 AM

The Senate and House of Representatives called on the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad, Manila Water, and the National Water Regulatory Board to explain the water service interruptions experienced in Metro Manila.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III has already filed a resolution to immediately resolve the issue. He said that thousands of families are already affected by the lack of water supply. This also includes schools, hospitals and business establishments.

Sotto, in a statement, warned that the country might face worse consequences if the problem is not resolved.

“If left unresolved, the water crisis may bring more serious problems to the people and businesses in the affected areas, and may impact the country as a whole,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lower House also filed a separate resolution calling for an investigation on the water shortage.

1-Pacman partylist representative Mikee Romero calls on Malacañang to certify the Department of Disaster Resilience Bill as urgent to expedite the government’s response to different kinds of calamities and crises.

Under the said proposed law, the Department of Disaster Resilience Bill will focus on issues about disaster and climate change preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Romero said it can also cover the effects of El Niño in the country.

“I hope HB 8165 can be certified as urgent so the new Department of Disaster Resilience can take the lead on addressing the water crisis aggravated by the ongoing El Nino drought,” he said. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Tulong Trabaho Act signed into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 06:53 PM

Welders at a construction site

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Tulong-Trabaho Act which provides its recipients free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The law provides funds that will finance scholarships, as well as allowance and transportation of recipients who will be trained in programs needed by the industry.

The allotted fund will be administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

According to Sen. Joel Villanueva, the principal author of the Tulong Trabaho Act, the law will guarantee jobs for TVET scholars and it will further develop their skills.

“Dahil sa mekanismo na nakalatag sa batas, garantisado po ang trabaho dahil paglalaanan ng pondo ang mga Tech-Voc programs na akma sa pangangailangan ng ating mga industriya. Itataguyod nito ang isang market-driven na sistema sa paglaan ng scholarship funds [Because of the law’s mechanism, jobs are guaranteed because funds will be given to Tech-Voc programs that matches the need of the industry. It will establish a market-driven system in allotting scholarship funds],” Villanueva said in a statement.

Individuals who are qualified to become scholars under Tulong Trabaho Act should be: a) at least 15 years old who are not employed, not in education and not in training (NEET); or b) employed workers, who intend to develop and expand their current skills and training.

The TESDA Regional Directors will assess the recipients and submit a list of qualified recipients to the TESDA Director General for approval. —Aileen Cerrudo

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Martial law victims might receive more from the Marcoses’ wealth in Hawaii

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 1 March 2019 11:53 PM

Martial law victim applying for compensation claims at the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Rights abuse victims during the Marcos regime were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when President Rodrigo Duterte approved to extend the distribution of claims until the end of the year.

According to the group, Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensuon at Aresto (SELDA), around P234 million from the P10 billion total amount of reparation pay are yet to be claimed by around 170 recognized claimants.

“Ang mga grantee noon (ay) may mga kulang pa talagang mga documents daw so hinabol ng iba iyong mga kulang ng documents,” explained SELDA’s National Coordinator Danny dela Fuente.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is now planning the process and finalizing the timeline for the distribution of the remaining claims.

Apart from this, the rights group said the 7,500 Martial law victims who were among those who filed a class action lawsuit in Hawaii may still be able to receive an additional amount from so called ‘ill-gotten wealth’ of the Marcoses deposited in the island state.

SELDA noted that each recognized claimant might receive P75,000 each from the US$13.75 million dollar earned from the auctioned paintings of the Marcoses.

This would be possible if the court will rule in favor of their petition expected to be announced in March.

It can be noted that the complainants were given an initial amount when the Hawaii court ruled in their favor against the Marcoses in the Hawaii case.

“Ang tawag ngayon doon (ay) Marcos estate, iyong inihabla namin sa Hawaii. Nagkaroon nga ng favorable decision ang court of US federal district of Hawaii na kami ay ma-award ng $1.9B. Walang panggagalingan iyon kundi ang kanilang ill-gotten wealth,” dela Fuente concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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