FILE PHOTO: The first meeting of Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte after their inauguration on a military ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, July 01, 2016. (Office of the Vice President)
Camarines Sur — “Mag-a-attend ako kahit yung iba ayaw akong pa-attend-in. Yung iba natatakot daw baka insultuhin ako, baka hiyain ako,” said Vice President Leni Robredo as she confirmed her attendance at the third State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.
(I will attend [the State of the Nation Address] although others are against it for fear that I will be insulted or shamed.)
She said that as holder of the second highest position in the country, it is her obligation to attend the annual event.
Also, she assured that she won’t get affected in case President Duterte criticizes her in his speech; she said she will accept it instead.
“Sanay naman akong iniinsulto. Tingin ko hindi naman ako mababawasan kapag ako ininsulto,” she said.
(I am used to insults already. Insults will not diminish my being.)
Robredo also expressed her anticipation for Pres. Duterte’s take on inflation rate, the increase in prices of the basic commodities as well as the rising unemployment rate.
“Parang nagre-render ng report na ito na yung mga nangyari. Alin ba yung mga na-achieved? Alin yung mga hindi na-achieved? At bakit hindi ito na achieved? So, parating dapat lahat naman ng mga mamamayan interesado sa kung ano yung sasabihin ng Pangulo sa SONA.”
(It [SONA] is like rendering a report on what has been achieved; what has yet to be achieved and why was it not achieved. So all Filipino citizens should be interested in what the President will report at the SONA.)
President Duterte had earlier slammed Robredo for alleged incompetence. — Allan Manansala / UNTV News & Rescue
Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November
FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and China Pres. Xi Jinping (PCOO)
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to the Philippines by year-end is the latest sign of improving relations between the two countries.
Malacañang said that President Xi’s visit will take place after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November.
But prior to his visit, a deal on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea may possibly be forged.
This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the creation of a group that will study the proposal.
The Palace also expects Xi to visit Davao City, the home town of President Duterte.
“He was looking forward to visiting the Philippines and I remember in China, the President even invited him not just to come to the Philippines but to come to his house and have dinner in his house in Davao,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue
SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman
(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.
His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.
Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.
Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media
Duterte submits proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget to Congress
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday, July 23, the proposed national budget for 2019.
The budget which totals P3.757 trillion is the first cash-based budget proposal of the Duterte administration to Congress.
Government spending on infrastructure and human resource investments is also set to increase next year.
Malacañang is confident that Congress will pass the 2019 General Appropriations Acts on time.
“This is a test for the new House Speaker. Nonetheless we are confident that because this budget is intended to implement Build, Build, Build, which means more projects for congressmen and legislators as well, that it would be passed on time,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue