28 November 2016

From the Office of the Communications Secretary
Re: Petition asking the Supreme Court to reverse Marcos burial – The 9-5 decision of the Supreme Court is a clear margin; however, any party is entitled to available legal remedies, including a motion for reconsideration.

We respect their constitutional right to procedural due process but we must all abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.

From the Office of the Communications Secretary Re: Concern on the possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus
President Duterte finds no compelling reason to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus at this point. As a strong advocate of the rule of law, he is fully aware of the limits of presidential powers.The Commander-in-chief trusts the capability and competence of Philippine National Police Head General Ronald de la Rosa to maintain law and order and to serve and protect the citizenry.

He knows that General de la Rosa is up to the job and can handle any untoward incident and the over-all situation very well. Given this, President Duterte believes any intervention at his level is unnecessary.

From the Office of the Communications Secretary Re: BSP survey on biz confidence in Q4
The decline in business confidence should not be attributed to President Duterte and his policies. As we are fully aware, global uncertainties are growing due to recent events such as Brexit, Trump’s election as next US president, and slower-than- anticipated global recovery.These resulted in risk aversion as investors prefer to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ mode. However, we remain confident that domestic economic fundamentals are strong and further reforms in the fiscal sector can help our country become more resilient in the years ahead.

From the Office of the Communications Secretary Re: PRRD Health
We would like to assure our people that the President is in good physical and mental health. He is strong and agile and can stand the responsibilities and demands of the presidency.

Christmas comes early for 280 ‘Yolanda’ families
Two hundred eighty families received an early Christmas gift yesterday as Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino led the completion of all Yolanda resettlement sites so that typhoon victims could be transferred before Christmas.

In a matter of two-and-a-half weeks, about 280 families, comprising the first batch of Typhoon Yolanda victims, have finally occupied their respective permanent resettlement houses located in North Hill Arbours in Barangay Sto. Niño (Suhi), Tacloban City on November 28.

“The problem besetting the Yolanda resettlement in three years is solved in just 18 days after President Duterte’s ‘tapang and malasakit’ to the Yolanda victims made him to issue presidential directives to finish it without delay,” Dino said who mobilized Task Force Bulig for the project.

Around 8,000 beneficiary-families shall be transferred to permanent houses in 17 relocation sites north of Tacloban. The Task Force has expected a daily transfer of settlers until the last family-beneficiary will be in their new home by the end of the year.

The seemingly rapid transfer has been made possible through a convergence of government, military, and private entities.

“This does not end here as tomorrow is another day for relocating.  We are moving them little by little every day for safety purposes. There is much work to be done. but we are thankful for the help of the various line agencies, the Tacloban LGU, and 53rd Engineering Brigade of the AFP Central Command,” Dino pointed out.

PA Dino and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, along with other officials, toured the site and inspected the housing units, including the power and water utilities. 

“What we really want is to have a livable and sustainable community”, Dino said, urging all agencies concerned to sustain the enthusiasm, amplify the efficiency further, and keep true to commitments in completing the permanent housing sites.###MARO-CONTENT