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Rekomendasyong kasuhan sina Sec. Duque at ex-FDA chief Domingo, binawi ng Kamara

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Ilang oras lamang matapos isapubliko ang committee report na nagrerekomendang sampahan ng reklamo sina Health Secretary Francisco Duque III at dating FDA chief Dr. Eric Domingo dahil umano sa kapalpakan ng mga ito sa pagtugon sa pandemiya, binawi naman agad ito ng Kamara.

Nitong Miyerkules, Enero 26, ay inilabas ang Committee Report No. 1393 na may petsang December 16, 2021 na nagmumungkahing kasuhan sina Duque at Domingo dahil sa paglabag sa Republic Act No 6713 o ang “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” at sa “Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007”.

Ang dalawang opisyal umano ay dapat ksauhan dahil sa kanilang “failure to render government services such as approval of applications for automatic renewal within prescribed time.”

Kinuwestiyon din ng report ang magkakasalungat na pahayag ng DOH at FDA hinggil sa Ivermectin bilang gamot sa COVID, pagiging ‘bias’ pabor sa Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Inc. (PSMID), at backlogs sa mga aplikasyon sa License to Operate and Certificate of Product Registration.

Ang committee report ay nagmula sa House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability chairperson na pinamumunuan ni DIWA party-list Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay.

Nagkamali kaya binawi?

Subalit nitong Miyerkules din ay binawi rin ito ng Mababang Kapulungan dahil hindi pa raw tapos ang kanilang pagdinig tungkol sa nasabing usapin.

“The House of Representatives has always followed the rule of law. And in the constitution enshrined the principle of due process. The resource persons remain such and cannot be respondents unless he was able to attend all hearings and defend himself,” paliwanag ni Aglipay sa mensaheng ipinadala sa mga mamamahayag.

“So with this, the committee will conduct further hearings or get the side of Secretary Duque since he was not able to attend those hearings. Then and only then we will be able to get the full picture,” dagdag pa ng kongresista.

Inamin rin ni Aglipay na nagkamali sila dahil absent umano sa mga pagdinig si Duque at inakala nilang ini-waive ng kalihim ang kaniyang karapatang marinig sa Kongreso.

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President-elect Bongbong Marcos says his admin will not compromise our sovereignty ‘in any way’

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President-elect Bongbong Marcos Jr. vows to uphold the controversial The Hague ruling over the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea, but admits the country cannot got to war with China.

In his first ever interview with select media after his proclamation as the 17th president of the republic, Marcos said his administration will never compromise our sovereignty ‘in any way’.

“We have a very important ruling in our favor and we will use it to continue to assert our territorial rights. It is not a claim. It is already our territorial right,” the incoming president told reporters.

This is his strongest statement yet addressing the country’s maritime dispute with Beijing. During his campaign, Marcos said he will pursue a strong relationship with China and a bilateral agreement is the only practical option at the moment.

In his latest interview on Thursday, May 26, however, Marcos said he would not “allow a single millimeter of our maritime coastal rights to be trampled upon”.

“Our sovereignty is sacred and we will not compromise it in any way,” Marcos stated.

The presidente-elect likewise echoed the outgoing administration’s policy on the maritime dispute that the Philippines cannot go to war with China and the best thing to do right now is to ‘talk to China consistently with a firm voice’.

“That (war) is the last thing we need right now. So we have to continue to discuss with them the conflicting claims that we have with China and that China has with other members of the ASEAN,” he added.

He also acknowledged ASEAN to play a critical part in this discussion with China but pursuing a bilateral contact and communication with Asia’s powerhouse remains his foremost objective to address whatever is the problem between the two countries.

Two weeks ago, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian paid a courtesy call on Marcos Jr. to convey President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory message and China’s willingness to work with the next Philippine government under the son of the late strongman.

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Marcos sa P20/kl na bigas: ‘We really have to fix our value chain, that is the only way’

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Ayon sa President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. nitong Huwebes, Mayo 26, ang kanyang ipinangako noong kampanya na pagpapababa ng presyo ng bigas hanggang P20 bawat kilo ay isang ‘hangarin’.

“That [P20 per kilo of rice] is the aspiration. Bubuuin natin iyong value chain,” aniya sa kanyang unang news conference bilang president-elect.

Ginawa ni Marcos ang pahayag nang siya ay tinanong kung paano niya maipapababa ang presyo ng bigas na pangunahing kinakain ng mga mamamayan.

Nauna rito ay sinabi na niyang posibleng magawa ito kung magkakaroon ng tinatawag na ‘price cap’ (regulasyon sa presyo).

Ang tinutukoy na ‘value chain’ ay ang serye ng mga yugto na sangkot sa paggawa ng produkto o serbisyo na ipinagbibili sa mga consumers o mamimili, kung saan ang bawat yugto ay nagdadagdag ng halaga sa produkto o serbisyo.

Pagbabahagi ni  Marcos, “Kausap ko na iyong ibang trader na baka puede natin i-hold ng ilang buwan iyong presyo. I think we will be able to do it. That is the first step.”

Gayunman, ipinabatid rin niya na ang pagsasaayos sa ‘value chain’ ang ‘long term’ na solusyon.

“We really have to fix our value chain, that is the only way,” aniya.

Isa pang mahalagang alalahanin o concern ni Marcos ay ang tumatanda nang populasyon ng mga magsasaka. Kailangan umano itong mabigyan ng aksyon.

“Our farmers are aged, 56, 57. That is not a good number. That is too high a number,” pagbabahagi niya; kasabay ng tanong kung paano ito mababago.

“How do we change that? We must employ new technologies. It has to be industrial farming,” pagtatapos niya.

Sa mga komento ng concerned netizens sa video na ibinahagi ng Kapuso Network sa YouTube channel nito ay mahihinuha ang ilang sentimyento ng mga mamamayan.

“I agree na mismong mga magulang ang nagppigil sa mga anak na magventure sa agriculture. I made a research and a write up about this during my masteral. Pero may pag-asa pa. Mahirap na mabago ang mindset ng older generation at iaccept ang new technology. What we can do is to focus dun sa pwede nating ma-tap, the youth. Im very willing to venture on this but nahihirapan ako mapenetrate ang agriculture dahil wala na ako sa academe and matagal na akong lumayo sa tinapos kung profession na Agricultural Engineering. In time, perhaps. For now, I’m working on my own to learn more in agriculture and hopefully in the future, help others as well,” saad ni Biboy Romanillos.

“Mr. President. Sana po kahit yung fertilizer na lang i-subsidized ng gobyerno. Yun ang masakit eh doble na presyo ng fertilizer tapos bentahan sa amin ng dried palay P13-P17 per kilo pa din, wala nagawa kasi isa lang nagpipick up na trader/miller sa amin at sila nagdedecide magkano nila bibilhin ang ani.”

“Dapat tulungan ang mga farmers they are the back bone of the country pag nawala sila wala ng bigas na kakainin baka puro pancit canton nalang tapos puro bili nalang ng bigas na amoy gamot sa ibang bansa”.

Panoorin ang Kapuso video:

Image credit: Image capture of video via UNTV.

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PNP chief Danao warns rogue cops: ‘Change or I’ll change your lives’

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PNP officer-in-charge Lt. General Vicente Danao Jr. has issued a stern warning to rogue cops even as he admitted there are still some scalawags in uniform who are actively involved in several illegal activities.

On Monday morning, Danao addressed his men during the flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame and warned the ‘stubborn’ ones to stop their unlawful schemes or face the consequences of their actions.

“There are still some, paisa-isa na napakatitigas ng ulo n’yo. You will reap what you want. I am telling you, all right. Ngayon kapag ayaw n’yo talaga magbago, ibibigay ko iyong gusto n’yo,” the PNP chief told the PNP personnel.

Danao was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the PNP last May 5, four days before the national election to replace then outgoing chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos. Prior to his appointment, Danao was assigned to the National Security Task Force which oversees the conduct of the national and local elections.

Know for his hard stance against criminalities, as much as for his tough-talking rhetorics, Danao went on to threaten rogue cops that he will ‘change’ their lives if they refuses to change their wayward ways.

“I’m giving you a stern warning. Ayaw ninyong magbago? Babaguhin ko ‘yong buhay ninyo, kung hindi ninyo babaguhin, palitan ko ‘yong birthday ninyo.  Hindi ako nagbibiro,” he said in his Monday speech.

He also vowed to go after them regardless of whether he gets promoted to full-pledged PNP chief or not; adding that they know them personally.

“Kung nakalusot na kayo diyan at hindi kayo nahuli, pasalamat kayo, hangga’t suot ko ‘tong uniporme na ‘to, matuloy man ako na mag-four star o hindi, you take note gentlemen, kilala ko kayo,” the official said.

During the press briefing after the flag ceremony, Danao shared with the media he had received unvalidated reports about some PNP men involved in illegal activites.

He added his speech was just a fair but stern warning to all PNP personnel, from the lowest rank to the highest, not to be involved in such schemes or face dire consequences.

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