Interview with Assistant to the Presidential Spokesperson Ms. China Jocson by Marie Peña-Ruiz – Kaagapay ng Bayan (Radyo Pilipinas)

MARIE:                                               Good morning, ma’am.

MS. JOCSON: Hi Marie, it’s me again. How are you today?

MARIE:                                              Fine, ma’am. I hope you’re fine, too.

MS. JOCSON: Likewise. So Marie, I’m gonna give you and your listeners ng isang update ulit and then afterwards, I’ll be reading the statement.

MARIE:                                              Okay, ma’am.

MS. JOCSON: Salamat muli. Okay. A wrap-up of PRRD’s weekly activities, this was from August 21 until August 25, that was yesterday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte started his week with an interview with the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) where he assured the nation that a fair and impartial investigation will be conducted on the death of Kian de los Santos.

On Tuesday, the President received Australian Secret Intelligence Service Director, General Nicolas Peter ‘Nick’ Warner and welcomed the Honorable Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, Speaker of the Lower House of Malaysia, in two separate meetings in Malacañang.

He capped the day by hosting a dinner celebration for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Dragon Boat Team for bragging the championship float in the Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival held in Davao City.

On Wednesday, August 23, PRRD vowed to keep pushing for stronger policies that would make it easier for foreign businesses and investments to thrive in the country during a meeting with the officials of the China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC).

Regional security concern, on the other hand, was the agenda of the discussion between the Chief Executive and Admiral Harry Harris Jr., commander of the United States Pacific Command.

Also on Wednesday, the President graced the inauguration of the Solar Philippines Factory in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  Eighteen Republic Acts (RA 10933 to 10950) were likewise signed by the President on the same day.  These include: RA 10933, which divides Barangay North Bay Boulevard South in Navotas City into three distinct and independent barangays; RA 10934 dividing Barangay Tangos in Navotas City into two distinct and independent barangays; RA 10935 dividing Barangay Tanza in Navotas City into two distinct and independent barangays; RA 10936 creating Barangay Comawas in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; and RAs 10937 to 10950 establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in two municipalities and one city of Surigao del Sur, ten municipalities of Quezon and one City of Albay.

On Thursday, August 24, the Commander-in-Chief visited the main battle zone in Marawi City for his third visit to the Islamic City.  He inspected the damages near ground zero and talked to the soldiers to boost their morale.

Last but not the least, yesterday, PRRD vowed business-friendly climate and assured people to do business with ease during the launching of the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City.

I will now proceed to reading the statement from the Palace.

MARIE:                                              Yes, ma’am. Go ahead po.MS. JOCSON: Thank you, Marie. First, an update on the performance of the Philippines in the SEA Games.

Congratulations to all Filipino athletes who played and won in yesterday’s events in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. The Philippines now has 15 gold, 21 silver, and 36 bronze medals, as of August 26, 12 midnight. We bagged silver courtesy of Ruben Gonzales Jr. and Francis Casey Alcantara in Tennis’ Men’s Doubles; James Deiparine for Men’s Aquatic Swimming 100-meter Breaststroke; and Hazel Jagonoy, Rosita Bradborn, Vilma Greenless for Women’s Lawn Bowls – Triples.

Lastly, Women’s Athletics 4×100-meter relay won a bronze medal from Zion Rose Nelson, Kayla Anise Maico Richardson, Kyla Ashley Maico Richardson and Eloisa Luzon. Men’s Athletics 4×100-meter relay also won a bronze medal from Eric Shauwn Cray, Anfernee Lopena, Archand Christian Bagsit, and Trenten Anthony Beram. Other athletes who won bronze medal are: Marestella Sunang in Women’s Athletics Field-Long Jump; Melvin Calano in Men’s Athletics Field-Javelin Throw; and Denise Dy and Katharina Lehnert in Tennis’ Women’s Doubles. So, inaanyayahan natin ang ating mga kababayan na patuloy po tayong manood at suportahan ang ating mga atletang Pinoy.

Now, we have an update on the avian flu. As of this report, there has been no documented bird-to-human contamination in the Philippines. The results are in—all those who showed flu-like symptoms have already tested negative for the AH5N6 virus, this is according to the Department of Health.  We reiterate what our health officials have said, bird flu is transferred via respiratory and direct routes. Properly cooked chicken meat and eggs remain safe to eat.

On the filing of charges against the Caloocan policemen. Charges have been filed against the policemen involved in the death of Kian de los Santos. The President has reminded our law enforcement officers in numerous occasions that he will not tolerate their wrongdoings or illegal acts, and the filing of a criminal complaint underscores this resolve of the government. Let us allow the legal process to run its course, and trust the justice system under the Duterte Presidency.

‘Yun lang ang ating mga statements at update, Marie. So happy weekend sa’yo!

MARIE:                                              Happy weekend, ma’am!

MS. JOCSON: Maraming salamat, Marie, and I think I’ll hear from you again next week.

MARIE:                                              Yes, ma’am.

MS. JOCSON: Okay, salamat.

MARIE:                                              Maraming salamat din, ma’am China Jocson, Assistant to the Presidential Spokesperson. Mabuhay po kayo!