Malacanang says PNP ready for Obama visit, calls on militant groups to keep protest in check
Malacanang said on Sunday that the Philippine National Police and all law enforcement agenies are ready for the visit of US President Barack Obama.
In a briefing aired over government radio dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said even the Metro Manila Development Authority has ensured the safety of our roads for the event on Monday.
“Handa na po ang pwersa ng Philippine National Police, kabilang na rin ang Metro Manila Development Authority na tinututukan ang kaayusan ng ating lansangan” Coloma said.
He appealed to members of militant organizations to keep their protest actions safe and within bounds of the law.
“Yun naman pong pagpapahayag ng ating mga kababayan ay bahagi ng dialogo ng isang demokrasya. Bukas naman po ang ating pamahalaaang makinig sa kanilang saloobin. Ang panawagan lang po natin ay mapanatili sana nilang maayos at naaayon sa batas ang kanilang pamamahayag,” Coloma said. PND (rck)
Palace rejoices the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, Blessed John Paul II
Malacanang rejoiced with the whole nation as the two beloved former Popes—Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II—were canonized Sunday at the Vatican, said Palace official.
“Nakikiisa tayo sa pagbubunyi ng sambayanan sa kanonisasyon nila Pope John XXIII at Pope John Paul II – dalawang lider ng Simbahang Katolika na napamahal sa mga Pilipino dahil sa kanilang kahanga-hangang pamumuno,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview aired over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Coloma said Saint Pope John XXIII spearheaded the Second Vatican Council that opened the Holy See to a wide and deep reform.
While Saint Pope John Paul III’s two visits to the Philippines made him closer to the Filipinos.
“Ang kanyang unang pagdalaw ay nagresulta sa tinatawag na paper lifting of Martial Law,” said Coloma.
Secretary Coloma added that Saint Pope John Paul II’s second visit to the country during the celebration of the World Youth Day, was a historic event as it had the largest gathering of faithfuls at Rizal Park in 1995, then estimated at 5 million participants.
“Nawa’y magsilbing ispirasyon sa mas matibay na pagtalima sa katotohanan, katuwiran, katarungan, mabuting pamumuhay, at pagkalinga sa kapwa sa isip, puso, at damdamin ng mga Pilipino ang kanonisasyon ng dalawang Santo Papa,” Coloma added. PND (ag)
President Obama's visit aims to strengthen strategic relationship between US and Philippines, says Palace
The visit of President Barak Obama to the country is aimed to strengthen strategic relations between the United States and Republic of the Philippines, said Palace official.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said when President Benigno S. Aquino III and President Obama meet they will talk about bilateral relations on three major fronts.
Coloma said these will be: “Strengthening political and security cooperation; expanding trade and investments, tourism and development cooperation; and, on deepening people-to-people ties.”
According to the Secretary the country already has a strong tie with the US as there are an estimated 2.27 million Filipinos living in the States. While, some 670 thousand tourists from the US visited the Philippines in 2013.
In the economic development aspect, the Communications Secretary said US-RP partnership is focused on meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
He said this is through direct economic assistance and improving public infrastructure, achieving significant poverty reduction, and supporting the administration’s good governance and anti-corruption agenda.
The US is the second largest destination of Philippine exports. PND (ag)