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VP Robredo confirms attendance at Pres. Duterte’s 3rd SONA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 23 July 2018 11:57 AM

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

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Duterte: Misuari to wage war if push for federalism fails

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:10 PM

Courtesy : PCOO President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (right) chats with Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari (left) at a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Nur Misuari has threatened to go to war against the government if the proposed shift to federalism is rejected, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Wednesday.

Duterte met with Misuari in Malacañang on Tuesday night upon the latter’s return from his trip to Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. This was already their second meeting in less than a month since the formal ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The BOL was the result of the government’s negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which was established by former MNLF members.

“Sabi ni Misuari kagabi (Misuari told me last night), if you do not give it [federalism] to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war,” Duterte said during a campaign sortie of the PDP-Laban in Marikina City on Wednesday.

The President said he assured Misuari that he understands his stand but the approval of the proposal as well as the type of the federal system to be used depends on Congress. The 1987 Philippine Constitution would also have to be amended to enable the shift to federalism.

Duterte also said that a panel will be formed between the government and MNLF for the negotiations.

“Let’s form a panel because you have to inform the people. We cannot negotiate secretly here. Sabi ko, (I told him) day-to-day they will be briefed kung ano ang outcome (about the outcome). How gusto mong ma-apply ‘yang federal system sa gusto mo (how do you want the federal system to be applied). Will it be like the BOL or a different type?” he said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, denied allegations that Duterte’s move to reveal Misuari’s warning is meant to influence the Congress and the public to approve the proposed federalism.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President only wanted to let the public know about the importance of the bill.

“He responded to that and said, if it fails, we will be dying together. Ibig sabihin, lalabanan kita, ‘yun ang ibig sabihin ni President, lalabanan mo gobyerno, eh di lalabanan din kita, (it means, I will fight against you, that was what the President meant. If you go against the government then I will also fight you.)” Panelo said.

Although the MNLF’s threat is serious, Panelo said that Misuari has also expressed hope that federalism will be realized during Duterte’s term.

The shift to federalism is one of Duterte’s campaign promises.

The House of Representatives had passed its version of the proposed Charter Amendment while the Senate has yet to tackle the bill. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Robredo pushes for social media regulation vs disinformation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo | Courtesy : OVP

Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on Congress to pass a law to strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.

During an interview with reporters in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Robredo stressed the need to regulate the social media, which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a tool to spread disinformation especially during election season.

She said Congress should take action to somehow control and regulate posts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube.

“Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dini-deserve na siraan,” she added.

Robredo said election campaigning in the country have been marred by dirty tactics through online platforms. She added that this is unfair to the people who must know the truth but also rely on social media for information.

The Vice President said she and her family have been victims of vicious attacks and fake news by propagandists on social media.

“Sometimes you can’t blame them because they think it’s true. But what is being fed to them is propaganda,” she added.

She believes the social media should also be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its users.

Robredo also lamented the lack of teeth in the country’s election laws to level the political playing field.

“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas kaya kailangan talaga i-amend ‘yung ating election laws,: she added.

“So if we do nothing, the situation will worsen,” Robredo said, adding that it takes time to undo the damage caused by anonymous social media posts. — Robie de Guzman

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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