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:  Magandang umaga, Marie. It’s China Jocson, Marie. Magandang umaga.

MARIE:                                              Good morning.

MS. JOCSON: Hi, good morning. So I will read the wrap-up of the President’s activities. Magandang umaga to our listeners. We’d like to give you a wrap-up of the President’s activities for this week:

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte began the week with the turnover of binoculars to the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. It was facilitated by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and the signing of a deed of donation from the Golden Rooster Foundation, represented by Monica Louise Prieto-Teodoro to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año at Malacañan Palace last August 15.

Noong Tuesday naman, ang Pangulo natin met with Senator Gregorio Honasan and the members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) in Malacañan. He also attended the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption or VACC, reiterating his commitment to fight illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption in the country.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnessed the signing of the deed of donation between actor Robin Padilla and Social Welfare Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco also in Malacañan Palace. The amount will be used for the immediate psychosocial intervention for children affected by the Marawi crisis.

Then, the President met with the officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of National Defense, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, National Housing Authority, Local Water Utilities Administration, and Home Development Mutual Fund to discuss the planned rehabilitation phase for areas affected by the hostilities in Mindanao. On the same day, he closed that day with a visit to the victims of the fire that broke out in San Miguel, Manila.

Finally, Marie, noong Thursday, he gave a talk to the officers and personnel of Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office (PPO) during his visit to the Ozamiz City Police Station in Misamis Occidental where he led the awarding of ‘Medalya ng Kadakilaan’ given to the outstanding policemen who conducted a search and warrant operation. So, Marie, that’s the week of PRRD. Now, if you’ll allow me, we are gonna read some statements from the Presidential Spokesperson, Ernie Abella.

First, we’re gonna give an update on the avian flu: We are closely monitoring the situation in Nueva Ecija following the confirmation of poultry deaths in the province yesterday by the Department of Agriculture (DA). We ask our people to remain calm yet vigilant and to refrain from spreading unverified information that may cause undue alarm and panic. Our officials have been quick in their response, particularly in avian flu investigation and containment activities. They have established heightened surveillance and community action teams for detection of other fowl deaths and possible flu cases in humans. They have likewise established advance command posts in San Nicolas, Pampanga and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija with capacity to respond 24/7.

Our health officers have trained AFP Personnel and have provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Prophylaxis Medicines (Tamiflu), good for 10 days for soldiers who would do the culling. As of this time, there has been no report — again, there has been no report — of bird-to-human contamination in the Philippines.  We reiterate that bird flu is transferred via respiratory routes.  Properly cooked chicken meat and eggs — properly cooked chicken meat and eggs remain safe to eat.

Next statement is on the designation of a DSWD OIC: The Palace wishes to announce the designation of Mr. Emmanuel A. Leyco as the Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) effective immediately. Mr. Leyco is not new to the DSWD.  He is currently the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration. We wish him all the best.

We also received the resignation of BOC officials: The Office of the President has received these resignation letters of Retired Colonel Neil Anthony L. Estrella, Director III, Bureau of Customs; and Mr. Milo D. Maestrecampo, Import Assessment Services Director, also from the Bureau of Customs. We will update you of any development on the matter.

Now, on the death of Kian Lloyd de los Santos: Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella would like to make it clear that the violent death of any Filipino is one death too many, especially that of Kian Lloyd de los Santos. This deeply regrettable incident has triggered deep public sentiment, and challenges those in law enforcement to be wary of the reckless exercise of power and authority. NCR Police Director Oscar D. Albayalde has expressed their condolences to the bereaved family. He has ordered the relief and investigation of all involved, and assured the public that mistakes and illegal acts will not be tolerated. Having said this, the President, who continues to vigorously pursue the dismantling of drug apparatus, ensures that erring enforcers will be properly investigated. The task of building a nation worthy of all demands participation of all citizens, and this incident challenges the nation to be more vigilant.

Marie, before we went on air, I heard you were congratulating si Mary Joy Tabal?

MARIE:                                               Yes, ma’am.

MS. JOCSON: Oo nga. So ito ang statement ng Palasyo, Marie ‘no. So we congratulate Mary Joy Tabal for giving the Philippines its first gold medal with her performance in the women’s marathon at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We now have one gold medal, one silver medal, and two bronze medals. Congratulations to our athletes and good luck to the rest of the Philippine team.  The whole nation is solidly behind you. Mabuhay po kayo. So, we’re ending this, Marie, with that good news.

MARIE:                                              Yes, thank you very much, ma’am.

MS. JOCSON: Maraming salamat din, Marie. Happy weekend sa iyo at sa ating mga listeners.

MARIE:                                              Happy weekend, ma’am and mabuhay po kayo.

MS. JOCSON: Okay. Salamat.