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Duterte visits wake of slain soldiers in Eastern Samar


President Rodrigo Duterte  postponed his scheduled meeting with farmers in North Cotabato on Friday, to first visit the slain and wounded soldiers who engaged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a firefight in Eastern Samar last Monday.

“President Rodrigo Duterte postponed his meeting with North Cotabato farmers on Friday to visit six dead and 20 wounded soldiers attacked by NPA (rebels) in Eastern Samar,” Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Thursday.

Duterte visited the wake of the slain soldiers at Camp General Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City.

At least six soldiers were killed and 20 others were wounded when the NPA detonated six explosives in Pinanag-an village in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Monday.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The President also visited the 20 wounded soldiers who were confined at the Camp Lukban hospital at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City.

The President has conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kalasag, on the slain soldiers, and the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kampilan, on the wounded soldiers.

The soldiers who were killed in action were Sgt. Rex Jadulco, corporals Ronald Go and Limar Banug; and privates 1st Class Kent Loyd Agullo, Charlie del Rosario, and Junmar Buranday.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is awarded to a government worker or a private individual who has rendered extraordinary service or made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy. The Kalasag Medal is conferred on an individual who lost his life as a direct result of his participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President, while the Kampilan Medal is given to a person who was seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of his participation in such action.

Malacañang said the dependents of the slain soldiers, as well as the wounded soldiers, would also get financial support from the government through the Comprehensive Social Benefit Program.

Participating in the program are the local governments; the departments of trade and health; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; the National Housing Authority; the Armed Forces of the Philippines; the Commission on Higher Education; and the National Police Commission.




Director General Harold Clavite of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), wants Mocha Uson out of the government information machinery for continuously “tarnishing the image of the government”.

Clavite slammed Uson, an assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO),  after she figured in a controversial video on federalism that he said also insulted women and her fellow government workers.
PIA is an agency under the PCOO.
The video has sparked widespread criticisms and calls for Uson to resign. Clavite has urged Uson to apologize to the public and go on leave.
“We have been sitting idly by for too long, and it is about time that someone speaks up and hold (Uson) accountable for repeatedly tarnishing the reputation of our government,” Clarite said in a Facebook post.
Uson, a sexy club dancer, popular blogger and a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has stirred controversy after controversy for her public pronouncements and Facebook posts since joining PCOO headed by Secretary Martin Andanar.
Uson made the controversial video as she was tapped by government to assist in the information campaign on federalism.
The video of Uson’s “Good Morning Game Show” on Facebook, was spiced up with a federalism dance and jingle routine, performed by blogger Drew Olivar, Uson’s co-host.
The federalism jingle, which carried words that referred to female body parts, is now popularly known as “pepedederalismo”. In local lingo, “pepe” is vagina while “dede” is breast.
The video is “degrading to the women and mothers in our communities”, said Clavite.
“I  urge Ms Mocha Uson to take a leave of absence to think and reconfigure all her strategies putting into consideration the code of conduct and ethical standards that all public officials should adhere to,” said Clavite
“Uson’s actions since her appointment have time and again proven to be in poor taste — a display of an utter lack of judgment and have maligned our profession as government communicators,” said Clavite.
According to Clavite, Uson’s actions and statements since joining PCOO put to waste the seminars and trainings on proper communication of government information conducted by PIA.
“As a public servant and being part of the PCOO family, I take great offense in Ms Uson’s actions, which continuously damage the rectitude of my communication and public information agenda,” said Clavite.
“I can no longer let her obscure and vilify my honest work in helping the President, this government, and this country, as well as the efforts that we have painstakingly and patiently put into place under my leadership in PIA for the past two years,” said Clavite.