Duterte hopes for peace, unity, healing in Eid’l Fitr message

MANILA, Philippines — As Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hopes for peace and healing as the country “makes a significant step closer to beating the COVID-19 pandemic.” “As you mark the end of a month-long journey of reflection, prayer and fasting, may Allah continue to instill […] The post Duterte hopes for peace, unity, healing in Eid’l Fitr message appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 13th, 2021

Duterte seeks peace as Muslims mark end of Ramadan

President Duterte called for peace and healing as the Muslim community yesterday celebrated Eid’l Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

Duterte calls for unity on EDSA Day

By GENALYN KABILING As the nation marked the 35th EDSA People Power anniversary Thursday, President Duterte urged the public to put aside differences, continue to safeguard democracy, and work together for a better country.  The President made a pitch for unity and vigilance in his message to mark the anniversary of the popular revolt that […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

Duterte appoints Galvez as vaccine czar; ‘good choice’, say lawmakers

By Genalyn D. Kabiling and Charissa Luci-Atienza In a meeting with government officials on the disaster response Monday, President Duterte announced he wanted former AFP chief and now Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr Galvez to lead the government’s vaccine acquisition and distribution effort.  Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte said Galvez would be the only authorized official to negotiate for the country’s’ vaccine supply. He expressed his dislike with the creation of committees since the process will take long.  “As I have said earlier during the start of the COVID, I only want one line of authority coming from dito sa the Task Force sa pagbili ng bakuna, the negotiation, manufacture, negotiation, production or distribution is ibinigay ko ‘yan kay Secretary Galvez,” he said. “I have great faith in Charlie to really come up with the solutions for the problem,” he added. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque defended the additional assignment given to Galvez, saying the planned immunization drive would involve “more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge.” Galvez, who joined the Duterte Cabinet in 2018, also currently serves as chief implementer of the government’s plan to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives lauded Galvez’s designation as vaccine war, among them: Representatives Michael Defensor, Roger Mercado, Ronnie Ong, Alfred Vargas and Rosanna Vergara. “It’s more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge,” Roque explained. He said the only medical issues involved in the vaccine purchase are related to safety and efficacy of the drugs. This matter, he said, will be handled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He said Galvez is expected to continue his close coordination with the Department of Health and other agencies that will be involved in the vaccination drive. “Gen. Galvez would have the hindsight of what happened and the understanding of the COVID baseline. What we need is the leadership and managerial skills in taking the lead of the COVID vaccine campaign,” Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said in a text message when asked if the vaccine czar should have been a medical doctor.  “I support the President’s appointment of Sec Galvez.  Galvez is an innovative  administrator. He can be trusted to implement the program well,”  Mercado said in a separate text message.  “We are happy that the president is preparing early and appointing someone to lead is good news,” Ong said.  Vargas also rallied behind the  the decision of President Duterte to appoint Galvez, saying that “we don’t need a doctor but a manager for this job.” Vergara also gave her vote of confidence to Galvez.  “Being the COVID-19 policy chief implementer, he has a clear overview of the COVID-19 situation in the county and such knowledge is very crucial in the distribution of the vaccine. I am sure, there are medical experts who advise the good Secretary,” she said.  “I am assuming  the vaccine chosen has already passed all testing and FDA approvals , the challenge will be to properly allocate and distribute it fairly across the country to the most vulnerable  and this is the challenge anyone who heads this Task Force will face– how do you properly allocate this should the vaccine supply be limited because of world wide demand? Thus, the need to plan for equally expedited distribution and delivery. Building a delivery system that is quick, fair and will not result to inequitable distribution,”  Vergara added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Maynilad, MWC shelve rate adjustments for 2021

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) and Manila Water Company, Inc. are forgoing some water rate increases they are qualified to implement in the coming year, including the next tranche of the rate rebasing adjustment as well as the mandated Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment.  This was announced separately by both companies on Tuesday. In a text message, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Chief Regulator Patrick Ty said the MWSS-Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) has been discussing this matter with both Maynilad and Manila Water since the start of this year. “We just received the proposals of the two Concessionaires and we are currently evaluating them,” Ty said.  In a statement, Maynilad said that with this deferral, the company “hopes to alleviate the day-to-day struggles of its customers as they and the whole country strive to recover from adversity and rise stronger than before, ready to start anew”. “During these difficult times when no one is spared the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maynilad is one with the government in finding ways to help our countrymen make the situation more manageable,” it also said. Manila Water, on the other hand, said “in the spirit of Bayanihan and to alleviate the plight of our customers due to the pandemic, Manila Water will not be implementing the rate adjustment in 2021 under the approved 2018 Rate Rebasing.” Done every five years, rate rebasing is review of water utilities’ past performance and the projection on their future cash flows.  It is supposed to set the water rates at a level that would allow both Maynilad and Manila Water to recover their expenditures and earn a rate of return. For 2020, Maynilad and Manila Water also volunteered to defer the implementation of the next tranche of annual rate hike approved under the current rate rebasing period, which started in 2018.  Their decision came as both companies were being scrutinized by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte for their allegedly onerous contracts with MWSS. To be implemented in tranches from 2018 to 2022, the approved increase in Maynilad’s rates under the fifth rate rebasing period would be P5.73 per cubic meter (/cu. m.). For this year, it was supposed to increase its rates by P1.95/cu.m, then another P1.95/cu.m in 2021.    As for Manila Water, the increase in its rates under rate rebasing would play around P6.22 to P6.55/cu.m.  This year, it was supposed to increase its rates by P2/cu.m, and another P2/cu.m by 2021.  By 2022, depending on the medium-term water sources project that the company will be allowed to pursue, the Ayala-led firm could charge its customers an increase of P0.76/cu.m up to P1.04/cu.m. The CPI adjustment, on the other hand, is the annual inflation adjustment and takes place every January. Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base.  It is the agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.  Meanwhile, Manila Water caters to the East Zone concession area covering the Cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Taguig and Marikina. It is also in charge of the southeastern parts of Quezon City, and Sta. Ana and San Andres in Manila. In the Province of Rizal, MWCI services the City of Antipolo and Municipalities of San Mateo, Rodriguez, Cainta, Taytay, Teresa, Angono, Baras, Binangonan, and Jala-jala......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

ATA ruling as pulpit for peace and unity

The coming showdown at the Supreme Court over the Anti-Terrorism Act signed Friday by President Duterte will test not only the constitutionality of the draconian decree but also the capacity of the tribunal to help heal the nation riven by partisanship on top of a pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020

KUWENTONG KULE: Let’s celebrate activism

  An avatar called “Tumindig” recently became viral with the message that one must stand up for what he  believes in and fight. The digital drawing posted last July 17 by satirical cartoonist Tarantadong Kalbo centered on a standing fist person amidst a sea of bowed ones representing the fist bump gesture used by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies. […] The post KUWENTONG KULE: Let’s celebrate activism appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Direk Rory Quintos shares amazing life changes

‘The bulk of my day is spent healing and studying. I haven’t watched tv for a year (since I left ABS-CBN). I don’t know anymore what’s going on in the industry. It’s a completely different life from the one I had. Showbiz was so much fun, but now, I live in complete peace and serenity amidst the mountains. I have a stronger purpose in life, too.’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

PNP chief scores Duterte drug war 8/10

The Duterte administration’s war on drugs deserves a high rating as the campaign helped improve the country’s peace and order situation, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Robredo hoping for honest Duterte on pandemic response, plans in last SONA

Vice President Leni Robredo said she hopes President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address would be upfront on the country’s current situation on government response on COVID-19 pandemic and lay down definitive targets to help appease the people’s growing anxiety......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Rights, peasant groups urge end to Duterte type of governance

In a forum held Wednesday, Cristina Palabay, secretary general of human rights watchdog Karapatan, said “there has been no peace and justice” during Duterte’s five years in office......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Duterte greets Muslims on Eid’l Adha feast

President Duterte and Palace officials yesterday joined the Muslim community in the observation of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Cusi-led camp proceeds with PDP-Laban meet

The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi – backed by President Duterte – pushed through with its disputed assembly yesterday, calling for unity even as it moved to sanction top officers and members for allegedly violating the party’s constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

Eid& rsquo;l Adha: July 20 holiday

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Tuesday, July 20, a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha or the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, according to a document that Malacañang released on Thursday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

July 20 a holiday for Eid’l Adha

President Duterte has declared Tuesday (July 20) a regular holiday in observance of the Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice observed by the Muslim community......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

‘Sorry langga’ lechon best peace offering there is!

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Another head-turner lechon from Cebu is making waves online. This time it is not covered in any eye-catching colors or patterns, rather this lechon has a “kilig” message imprinted on its crispy skin. Precious Joy Requiso-Postrano the maker of this lechon and the famous black and stripped lechon from Danao City, shared […] The post ‘Sorry langga’ lechon best peace offering there is! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2021

Militarization in Philippines has damaging effects on civic space, democratic freedoms — think tank

Saferworlds said that President Rodrigo Duterte has weaponized counter-terrorism to pursue "a narrow, securitised political agenda that is having widespread impacts on peace and human rights.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

75 Years of US-Philippine Friendship

On July 4, 1946, President Manuel Roxas and US High Commissioner Paul McNutt signed the Treaty of Manila, establishing the independence of the Republic of the Philippines.  The document touted “the unity of American and Philippine ideals,” and heralded a “new era of the two Governments and peoples…bound as closely as ever by ties of friendship and mutual trust.”  In his Philippine Independence Day message last month, President Biden reaffirmed this connection, saying, “Our people are forever connected through our deep bonds and shared sacrifices of valor, of family, and of friendship.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 1st, 2021

Mga botante nila Robredo, Lacson, Pacquiao, Sara at iba pa.

Robredo-Trillanes, Lacson-Sotto, Sara-BBM, ito ang mga tambalang pinag-uusapan na maaaring tumakbo sa 2022 presidential at vice-presidential (national) election. Matunog din ang pangalan nila Manny Pacquiao, Richard Gordon, Bong Go, Isko Moreno at Vilma Santos-Recto. Samantala, si Pangulong Duterte ay kasalukuyang nag-iisip pa o naghihintay pa ng “message from God” o “divine intervention” kung ito ay […] The post Mga botante nila Robredo, Lacson, Pacquiao, Sara at iba pa. appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2021

With a new ICC prosecutor, lawyers of drug war victims kin hope for investigation into Duterte

Lawyers representing victims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody “drug war” are pinning their hopes on International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan that calls for an investigation into crimes against humanity against Duterte and his men will be prioritized......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Robredo rallies for unity in Independence Day message

Vice President Leni Robredo told Filipinos in her Independence Day message to unite and draw strength from each other to overcome the challenges they face......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021