SONA 2018: Women’s groups to protest in thousands against Duterte
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Various protest posters that the women’s groups will use for their rally during SONA 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Several women’s groups are slowly gathering to stage protests along Commonwealth Avenue in front of Tandang Sora flyover in condemnation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies in line with his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.
According to leftist women’s group Gabriela, 2,000 women are expected to take part in the protests to voice out to the President their complaints before hearing the accomplishments of the administration.
A while ago, tarpaulins of five faces of Duterte were seen depicting the decision or mechanisms of the President in the last two years of his presidency.
Some of them were the President’s degradation of women, martial law in Mindanao, “endo”, Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law and the anti-‘tambay” campaign of the government.
Apart from women, there are also several children who will take part in the protests.
Their program is divided into two. At 12:00 p.m., Gabriela will lead the program and at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. #BabaeAko movement will take over.
Later in the afternoon, the said women’s groups are set to join forces with the rallyists in front of St. Peter’s along Commonwealth Avenue for the United People’s SONA and to await altogether for the SONA of the President. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte presidency has achieved more in two years than the combined terms of the Arroyo and Aquino presidencies in terms of major policy reforms and flagship infrastructure projects, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
This was in response to former president now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo’s statement that the government should “produce tangible results” that will improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos.
According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, there are three things that can attest to the accomplishments of the government under the Duterte administration: economic growth, inflation and infrastructure projects.
Compared with other administrations that came after the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, Diokno said it is apparent that the Duterte administration stands out based on its two years alone.
He explained that infrastructure spending in previous administrations only comprised two percent of the country’s gross domestic product unlike in the current government where it has reached more than six percent.
“We hit the ground running because every administration, we have one or two years to adjust,” said Diokno.
However, according to the research group IBON Foundation, the country’s inflation rate in 2018 was at its highest in 10 years.
“Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which continue to burden the poorest Filipino families,” the IBON Foundation said in a statement. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release an order that prohibits cops from drinking in public places.
Año said this in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive prohibiting police officers from drinking in bars, nightclubs and other public areas.
The secretary said that senior police officials should serve as role models to their colleagues.
He added that the president is correct in saying the public loses respect for the police when they are seen drinking in public.
“Nakakahiya at masagwang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinuman sa publiko. The job of the police requires the respect of the people, therefore they must do what it takes to gain and maintain public trust,” Año said.
Violators of the new ordinance may face administrative charges. — UNTV News & Rescue
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