Sitwasyon sa mga lugar na binabayo ni ‘Ambo’, tinututukan ni Pangulong Duterte — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020   •   634

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Malakanyang na nakatutok si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa sitwasyon sa mga lugar na apektado ng bagyong Ambo (international name: Vongfong).

Ayon kay Presidentail Spokesperson Harry Roque, nakabantay ang pangulo sa report ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ukol sa pinsalang tinamo ng mga bayang sinalanta ng bagyo.

Partikular aniyang tnututukan ng Pangulo ang mga lugar sa Eastern Samar at Bicol kung saan nag-landfall ang bagyo.

“Nakatutok po ang presidente natin sa report ng NDRRMC, kung ano po ang mga pangyayari. Lalong-lalo na po sa mga lugar kung saan naglandfall itong bagyong Ambo,” ani Roque.

Nanawagan naman ang Palasyo sa publiko na manatiling alerto at makinig sa abiso ng mga otoridad hinggil sa disaster preparedness at response. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Pangulong Duterte, gumamit lang ng matapang na pananalita para hikayatin ang publiko na magpabakuna — DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Naniniwala ang Department of Justice (DOJ) na gumamit lamang ng mabigat na pananalita si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang hikayatin ang mga taong ayaw pa ring magpabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Sa public address noong Lunes ng gabi, nagbanta ang pangulo na ipaaaresto ang mga taong tumatangging magpabakuna matapos nitong magpahayag ng pagkainis sa mga ayaw makinig sa panagawan ng pamahalaan upang makamit ang herd immunity sa lalong madaling panahon.

“I believe that the President merely used strong words to drive home the need for us to get vaccinated and reach herd immunity as soon as possible,” ang pahayag ni Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Sinabi rin ni Guevarra na bilang abugado, alam ng pangulo na ang hindi pagpapabakuna ay karapatan ng sinoman.

“As a lawyer, he knows that not getting vaccinated is a legal choice,” ayon sa kalihim.

Sinabi rin ni Guevarra na sa ngayon ay wala pang batas o legal na batayan sa bansa na mag-oobliga sa isang tao na magpabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

“There is no law as yet that compels vaccination against COID-19, much less criminalizes it, as presently available vaccines are still in their trial phases,” ang wika ng kalihim.

Nilinaw din ng DOJ chief na humihingi rin sa kanya ng payong legal si Pangulong Duterte kung kinakailangan.

“He seeks my legal opinion only when he finds it really necessary,” ani Guevarra.

Sa public address ng pangulo, iginiit nitong kailangang magpabakuna ng lahat upang magkaroon ng proteksyon laban sa mas mababagsik na uri ng COVID-19 gaya ng Delta variant na unang natuklasan sa bansang India.

Ngunit kung ayaw pa rin ng ilan na magpabakuna ay mapipilitan aniya siyang gumawa ng paraan upang mahanap ang mga taong nagmamatigas pa rin laban sa pagtanggap ng COVID-19 vaccine.

Binatikos naman ng National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) ang pahayag ng pangulo at iginiit na walang malinaw na legal na basehan ang pagpapa-aresto sa mga ayaw magpabakuna.

Sinabi rin ni NUPL President Atty. Edre Olalia na maaaring banggain ng pangulo ang kapangyarihan ng hudikatura na may karapatng mag-utos ng pagpapa-aresto kung may matibay na batayan.

“Ang problema dito parang magbabanggaan, paano kung sasabihin ng korte ganito sabihin ng executive ayaw ko e di magkakabanggaan yan so magkakaroon ng sana wag naman ang tinatawag na contitutional na krisis kasi sino ang magreresolba ngayon kung ang dalawang sangay ay magbabanggaan,” ani Olalia.

Nangangamba rin ang NUPL na magdulot lang ng kalituhan o takot ang pahayag ng pangulo kapag hindi ito lubos na naunawaan ng publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Duterte threatens to arrest people who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to apprehend people who refuse to get inoculated against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

During his weekly “Talk to the People” address, Duterte said people should heed the government’s call to get vaccinated and protect themselves against the coronavirus disease.

“Don’t get me wrong, there is a crisis being faced in this country, there is a national emergency.  Kung ayaw mong magpabakuna ipaaresto kita, at ang bakuna itusok ko sa puwet mo,” he said.

“Don’t force my hand into it… Strong-arm method yan eh. Walang may gusto niyan pero kung hindi kayo magpabakuna, umalis kayo sa Pilipinas. Go to India if you want or somewhere, to America.  But as long as you are here and you are a human being who can carry the virus, magpabakuna ka,” he added.

But if people continue to refuse to get inoculated, Duterte said he will order local governments to find those who have yet to receive their vaccine jabs.

“Otherwise, I will order all the barangay captains to have a tally of all the people who refuse to be vaccinated. ‘Pag hindi, ‘yung ivermectin na para sa baboy ang patira ko sa’yo,” he said.

The president did not say whether he will make good on his threat and what basis will he use for such an order as he admitted to feeling exasperated with reports about people refusing to get protected against COVID-19.

“I’m not… I’m just exasperated with Filipinos na not heeding the government. Tutal tayo dito, wala naman tayong hangarin kundi ang kabutihan ng ating bayan,” he said.

“I will think it over very hard — legally of course. Pero kapag ayaw ninyo, ipa-aresto ko kayo. That is in pursuance to a policy of a crisis of a health issue,” he said.

Duterte says he won’t follow court orders stopping COVID-19 protocols

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will not heed any court order suspending the enforcement of health protocols against COVID-19, saying the pandemic and its management was of the national interest.

During a meeting with some of his Cabinet officials on Monday night, Duterte said that as a lawyer, he respects the judiciary but he will disobey them if they order to stop the imposition of health protocols.

“I am a lawyer, I respect the judiciary, I can assure them that we will follow the orders but at this time of a national emergency, I would just like to inform the courts that I will not follow them,” he said.

“I will insist on what is necessary to protect the people. It is not what the legal book says about the matter of stopping the protocols, the requirements by law,” he added.

Duterte’s statement comes after two lawyers from Cebu took the national government to court over its policy on the testing and quarantine of returning overseas Filipinos. The lawyers urged a regional court to declare the government’s policy for inbound passengers as not applicable in the province.

Cebu had been administering RT-PCR tests on returning nationals upon their arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

This is contrary to the IATF protocols, which requires arriving Filipinos to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine plus 4 days at home and then take an RT-PCR test on the seventh day of their arrival.

“The courts are put on notice that what we have there is a national policy. That is why we came up with a proclamation declaring that this pandemic is of national interest,” the president said.

“So yung mga korte hindi naman sa inyo, huwag niyo na ipalabas (yung order) kasi magkakaroon ng impasse,” he added.

“I don’t want to lock horns with the judiciary but there’s always a time when the courts can function normally and maybe grant an injunction,” Duterte went on.

In the same meeting, doctors advising the task force stressed that the current protocols are the safest and more effective in detecting infections among passengers.

Dr. Edsal Salvana, one of the task force’s advisers said that testing an individual upon arrival would not be effective in detecting infections if the travelers caught the virus while in transit.

Duterte earlier directed the provincial government of Cebu to adhere to the COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols set by the national government.

But he now wants the Department of the Interior and Local Government to deal with Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia if she continues to insist her views.

“Si Gwen naman she went to see me the other week and I assured her that we are fair and that I see the wisdom in her view but I said the overwhelming notion among us in the government and the medical doctors simply do not agree with you,” Duterte said.

“I leave the fate of Governor Garcia sa DILG. There are some mechanics that we can put into action to compel obedience, not because we want to be mas marunong ,but remember, I said that all our decisions are based on what the medical people say. Period,” he added.

 

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