Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Palace slams Roxas: "Mabuti pong manahimik na siya. Alam natin kung ano ang ginawa niya sa Yolanda"

September 19, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte | Mar Roxas | Photo from CNN
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque slammed former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas for intruding in the issue when he offered unsolicited advice on the rice crisis saying that he should just remain quiet.

“Hindi ko pa naririnig ang kanyang sinasabi, pero dahil sa kanyang karanasan doon sa Leyte ay mabuti pong manahimik na siyang muli." he said in a radio interview.

Roque made the statement after Roxas - the defeated rival of President Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections made some suggestions trough his open letter on Facebook post on how the government can address the country’s rice supply problems.


Roque also recalled the heavy criticism poured over Roxas and the Aquino administration’s handling of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) relief goods distributions and rehabilitation efforts in November 2013.

Former President Benigno Aquino | Mar Roxas | Photo from Rappler
“Hindi po natin siguro kinakailangan na dumagdag sa ingay ngayon. Alam naman natin kung ano ang ginawa niya sa Yolanda, sabi niya ‘no one is in charge," he said.

“Hindi po ganyan ang kinakailangan ng bayan sa panahon ng aberya at hayaan na po natin na umusad ang mga proseso ng mabigay ang mga pangangailangan ng taumbayan sa mga ganitong mga panahon.” he added

Roxas being one of the Liberal Party stalwarts said that both him and Duterte should set aside first their political differences as most of the Filipinos wanted to resolve the issue.


"Dear President Duterte: Matindi ang problema ng P50+/kg na bigas, at magiging mas matindi pa ito dahil sa damage ni Ompong."

"Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna."

Yolanda housing project of previous administration | Photo from Asian Policy

Roxas suggested that the administration should increase the chances of rice imports in the country in order to solve the rice crisis.

"Only a massive and immediate additional supply of rice can bring down prices to affordable levels." he wrote in his post.

He also added that to relieve farmers from difficulties Pres. Duterte should put all farmers and their families in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

"Meanwhile, to ease the farmers plight, also consider adding all farmer families to the CCT program." he added.



Mar Roxas full Facebook post reads:

Dear President Duterte:

Matindi ang problema ng P50+/kg na bigas, at magiging mas matindi pa ito dahil sa damage ni Ompong.

Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. 
Kaya time out muna.

Please consider:

Only a massive and immediate additional supply of rice can bring down prices to affordable levels.

1. Instruct that Minimum Access Volume be increased to 1.5 million metric tons.

2. Remove the usual bs imposed by NFA so as to allow any and all in the private sector to import rice

3. Proactively ask J
ollibee, McDo, Mang Inasal, SM, grocery, and supermarket chains, and all large users to independently source and import their own needs para di na sila makihati pa sa national stockpile.

In the short term this will: 
a) provide a definite physical buffer
b) put a definite timeframe for when supply tightness will end 
c) induce hoarders to release their stocks bago maiipit sila

Meanwhile, to ease the farmers plight, also consider adding all farmer families to the CCT program.

Medium term, additional steps include:

1. Repeal TRAIN as it pertains to fuel and other basic commodities
2. Promote industrialized farming so we increase capital investment (capex, technology, economies of scale) in agriculture.

Salamat po.

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Source: www.gmanetwork.comMar Roxas FB post

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PHL food in the sky: 'PRIVATE AIR CARO COMPANY AIRLIFTS FOOD TO REGIONS 1, 2' - Piñol

September 18, 2018


Department of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol / photo grabbed from Philstar



In one of his Facebook post, Department of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol shared his gratitude towards a private air cargo company that helped the government units to transport food supplies to the typhoon affected areas in Northern Luzon.

Piñol said the cargo plane was owned and piloted by Archie Po, a friend of President Rodrigo Duterte.


The DA chief also implied that it was his long dream for the country to have an aircraft capable of transporting food items to different urban centers, which will be very beneficial during calamity and emergency situations.

Below is the complete Facebook post of agri secretary Manny Piñol:

Support for PRRD

PRIVATE AIR CARGO COMPANY TO AIRLIFT FOOD TO REGIONS 1, 2

On the way back to Manila from Baguio City, the R66 Robinson helicopter piloted by the owner himself, Presidential friend Archie Po, made a quick stop at Clark Airport to check on the B-727 Cargo Plane owned by PSI Air.

The cargo plane capable of carrying 24-metric tons was offered by Archie and his friends to President Rody Duterte last night to be used in transporting food supplies from any part of the country to the typhoon affected areas in Northern Luzon.

President Duterte publicly thanked Archie and his group for the offer of free transport but he directed me that the next shipments should be paid.

I personally checked on the plane because I have long dreamed of an aircraft capable of transporting perishable food items from the different parts of the country to the urban centers.
Now, it looks like this dream will be realized.







Screen-capped image from DA Sec. Pinol's video post

Screen-capped image from DA Sec. Pinol's video post


Screen-capped image from DA Sec. Pinol's actual post



Source: Manny Pinol

DA Secretary highlight the risks of President Duterte meeting Benguet landslide victims: "A caring President!"

September 18, 2018
Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and President Rodrigo Duterte. Images combined credit to Manila Bulletin and Facebook/Bong GO
President Rodrigo Duterte and his team went to Itogon, Benguet to meet the families of the landslide victims last Monday. In Spite of the risk in taking off the mountains of Benguet due to the fog covering the area to be landed, Duterte still wants to proceed in the location disregarding the risk he may encounter at that  moment. 

In a Facebook post by Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he shared how the president sustain his role to provide empathy to the people who needed him most aside for the financial assistance they will be getting from government agencies.

Piñol narrated how risky the helicopter of the President to land in the Loakan Airport in Baguio City, and pilot have to go back to La Union since a great number of fogs is covering the airport. 

Duterte have to proceed by land travel to Benguet Provincial Capitol in La Trinidad, to condole with the landslide victims. 

Image credit to Facebook/Bong GO

Image credit to Facebook/ Manny Piñol

Image credit to Facebook/ Manny Piñol

Image credit to Facebook/ Manny Piñol

Image credit to Facebook/ Manny Piñol
Piñol remembered in this scenario, when Duterte was still Mayor of Davao City that he have to stop in the middle of a rainy night when he saw a mother and a child stranded in the street. He asked his driver to stop and pick up the mother and child and bring them home. And while the driver is with the mother and child, Duterte waited for the vehicle to return while talking to the people in the roadside. 

Piñol elaborates that Duterte is a leader in times of crisis. That is the kind of leadership we need in our country. A leader with #TapangAtMalasakit! and #LiderNaNagmamahal! ended by Pinol in his Facebook post. 


Read full post below:

"A caring President!

PRESIDENT DUTERTE TOOK RISKS 
TO MEET LANDSLIDE VICTIMS KIN

By Manny Piñol

La Trinidad, Benguet - This is a story the mainstream media may have missed which I have to share with the Filipino people.

President Rody Duterte, in his desire to meet the families of the landslide victims in Itogon, Benguet, took risks which may have scared the wits of the Presidential Security Group.

The Presidential helicopters which President Duterte used from La Union to the Loakan Airport in Baguio City had to turn back after the pilots determined that it was very risky to penetrate the fogs covering the city at about 5 p.m.

President Duterte told me during the post-disaster assessment briefing that he asked the Presidential pilots to fly through the fogs.

After several unsuccessful attempts to find an opening, the pilots had to advice the PSG that it was too risky and returned to San Fernando.

Determined to proceed to the Benguet Provincial Capitol in La Trinidad, President Duterte decided to travel by land.

Arriving in La Trinidad shortly before 6 p.m., the President met with the families of the Itogon landslide victims at the lobby of the Capitol to offer his condolences and sympathies.

He then presided over the post-disaster assessment which lasted up to 8:30 p.m. and motored back to San Fernando, La Union where the Presidential helicopters were.

From there, he took a one-hour night flight by helicopter back to Malacañang.

In my view, the President took an unnecessary risk because he could have postponed the trip for the next day.


But this is a President like no other and I have no intention of belittling the dedication to duty of other leaders before him.

I remember that incident in Davao City when he was Mayor when he got off his pick up and ordered his driver to help a mother and child stranded during a rainy night.

The driver brought the woman and his child home while Mayor Duterte spent time talking to people by the roadside while waiting for his vehicle to return.

That's his style. That's his brand of leadership.

He is a leader who would like to be with his people in times of crisis.

That is Rody Duterte.

#TapangAtMalasakit!
#LiderNaNagmamahal!

(Photos of President Duterte's meeting with families of the landslide victims were taken by the Presidential Communications Office.)"

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Source:Facebook/MannyPiñol

Duterte gave cash assistance to families of Benguet landslide victims

September 18, 2018
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte. Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go
Aside from the cash assistance given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), President Rodrigo Duterte also gave cash assistance to the families of Itogon, Benguet landslide.

On Monday, when President Duterte visited the location, he met with the families of the victims and during his press briefing President Duterte emphasized the risk of mining.

Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go

Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go
He remembered when he was a chairperson of the Southern Mindanao regional peace and order council, Duterte relayed his experience on the real dangers of "rich" miners who violate the law.

"I could not even give you the exact number of people who were killed fighter over the tunnels that they built," he said.


At least 35 people was found in the landslide in Itogon on Saturday and continuous retrieval operation is happening.

According to the Facebook post of Special Assistant to the President Christoper "Bong" Go, families received P45,000 each – P25,000 in cash and P25,000 worth of goods and funeral and burial assistance.
Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go


Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go

Image credit to Facebook/Bong Go
Meanwhile, during the press briefing of the President to the families of victims he reiterate the dangers of mining and how these "rich" miners violates the law.

"Itong mga minero, the rich ones, parang their penchant to just violate the law. Because nobody was ever even  arrested. The thing is a... continuous series of violations, they're not arrested. They're just exposed by media -- the enterprising ones -- and they government would just call and investigate, and after that mawala [it goes away]," he said.

"We have to give Mother Earth a respite from the endless digging," he added.

If the President will be asked, he would like to stop mining in the country disregarding the financial benefits of the said business.

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Source: CNN Philippines


Pa-relevant si Madam! Lawyer slams Poe after her calamity fund remarks: Don't tell me you suddenly cared?

September 18, 2018
Atty. Bruce Rivera and Sen. Grace Poe, photo from Rivera's Facebook and Rappler
Lawyer, a staunch supporter of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, prominent social media personality, and BolJak host Atty. Bruce Rivera took the liberty to respond on what Sen. Grace Poe tweeted, Wednesday.

This, after the latter as though released a statement aimed at the government.


On her tweet, she said, "Dapat madaliin ng pamahalaan ang paglalabas ng Calamity Funds sa Cagayan Valley".

In addition, the FPJ's kin stated that the said rural area is the country's number one producer when it comes to corn production and the second in rice.

"pangunahing producer natin ito ng mais at pangalawa ng palay", Sen. Poe said, calling Cagayan Valley a 'cereal bowl' that feeds the country.

The Senator ended the tweet with the hashtag #OmpongPH.
Sen. Grace Poe's tweet, screenshot from Atty. Bruce Rivera's Facebook post
While this seems impressive for some, there are people who know how to look beneath the surface.

One of them is the Atty. Bruce Rivera.

In his Facebook post, he told the Senator that she is one of the people she addressed as "the government".

"Madame, Kasama ka sa pamahalaan", the pro-Duterte lawyer started.

Later, Atty. Rivera asked Poe whether or not she tweeted the same for the previous administration after the tragic typhoon Yolanda hit the country.

"Nung aftermath ba ng Yolanda, naglabas ka ng tweet na madaliin ang pagpadala ang kabaong, body bag, tubig at iba pang relief goods sa Tacloban. Hindi di ba? Quiet ka", he wrote.

Further taking a trip down memory lane, the fierce lawyer recalled how it was like during PNoy's time.

"Habang ang mga tao sa Tacloban halos mamatay na sa gutom at naagnas ang mga bangkay ng mga mahal nila sa buhay. Minadali mo ba si PNoy?", the BolJak host continued.

On the other hand, Atty. Rivera told the Senator that the there are not much casualty due to the current government's urgent efforts to address the needs of those affected by the typhoon, but the way Poe said it, according to Rivera, it was as if she was trying to tell the concerned authorities to act faster (when they already are).


"Ngayon, andun na lahat ng executive kasama ang Pangulo, walang malaking death toll, hindi naman namamatay sa gutom ang mga taga-Norte dahil natutugunan ng gobyerno ang lahat ng dapat itugon pero kung umasta ka, parang kailangan mas bilisan pa", the enraged lawyer said.

Nonetheless, the staunch supporter of the firebrand Mindanaoan President mentioned that he totally understood her point. However, it is the Senator's consistency that he was driving at that may have something to do with her bias.

"I get your point. Pero consistency di ba? Kung di mo kayang pabilisin ang kilos ng gobyerno nung panahon ni Yolanda dahil kakampi mo sila, anong karapatan mo magmando na bilisan ngayon.", the lawyer said.

Rivera concluded his post intended for Poe saying: "Do not tell me you suddenly cared?"

Read Atty. Bruce Rivera's complete Facebook post below:

Madame,

Kasama ka sa pamahalaan. Nung aftermath ba ng Yolanda, naglabas ka ng tweet na madaliin ang pagpadala ang kabaong, body bag, tubig at iba pang relief goods sa Tacloban. Hindi di ba? Quiet ka. Habang ang mga tao sa Tacloban halos mamatay na sa gutom at naagnas ang mga bangkay ng mga mahal nila sa buhay. Minadali mo ba si PNoy?

Ngayon, andun na lahat ng executive kasama ang Pangulo, walang malaking death toll, hindi naman namamatay sa gutom ang mga taga-Norte dahil natutugunan ng gobyerno ang lahat ng dapat itugon pero kung umasta ka, parang kailangan mas bilisan pa.

I get your point. Pero consistency di ba? Kung di mo kayang pabilisin ang kilos ng gobyerno nung panahon ni Yolanda dahil kakampi mo sila, anong karapatan mo magmando na bilisan ngayon.

Do not tell me you suddenly cared?
Screenshot from Atty. Rivera's Facebook post
Source: Bruce V. Rivera