Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) hopes to be exempted from President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive rejecting grants and loans from those countries backing a UN resolution, led by Iceland, seeking a comprehensive report on the Philippines’ drug war. Lorenzana, however, was not able to immediately identify which of the 18 countries, who backed the probe against Duterte’s war on drugs, have pending grants or loans for the AFP mode. “At the outset, we assure the nation and its citizenry that this directive will not have a negative and significant impact on the country,” Panelo said. “The policy would not affect existing loans or grants which are already being implemented.” The UNHRC adopted the Iceland resolution last July for an international investigation into the spate of killings and human rights violations in the country due to President Duterte’s “war on drugs.” On Monday, Malacañang confirmed the existence of the document containing the presidential directive to shun aid from countries backing the probe. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he might ask Duterte to exclude them from the rejection of the loans as it could possibly affect the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization program. “All proposed engagements with the said countries, except for France, are technical assistance grants, thus it would “not significantly affect the infrastructure program of the government,” he added. Eighteen countries have voted for the approval of the resolution during the 41st session of UNHRC in Geneva while the other 14 opposed it and the remaining 15 countries abstained. A memorandum on signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Aug. 27 ordered “all agencies, state companies and government financial institutions should suspend negotiations or agreements pending the assessment of our relations with these countries.” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, however, said this directive will not affect the country’s economy. “Maaapektuhan ‘yan. ‘Yung loans siguro magkakaroon ng konting kwan kami diyan. We might ask for exemption,” Lorenzana said. The countries who voted to adopt the resolution were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and Uruguay./PN
Mrs. Frances Mae (Alexander) Neubert, age 81, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on August 11, 1936, in Estill County, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late, Edgar Clifton and Merica (Wood) Alexander. She was raised in Hooven, Ohio and was a 1954 graduate of the Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio. Frances was united in marriage on April 30, 1988, in Harrison, Ohio, to William Robert “Bill” Neubert, Jr. and they shared 30 years of marriage together until her death. Frances began modeling at the age of 55 and was a former secretary for a doctor’s office in California. She owned and operated Creations by Frances in Cincinnati, Ohio. Frances was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church where she was a deaconess. She resided in the Vevay community since 1998. Frances enjoyed crafts and was a Godly woman. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Frances passed away at 2:55 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.Frances will be deeply missed by her husband, William Robert “Bill” Neubert, Jr. of Vevay, IN; her daughter, Holly Marcum and her husband: David of Cincinnati, OH; her son, Jeffrey Clifton Hartzell and his wife: Suzanne of Rogersville, AL; her grandchildren, Jacob Kendrick, Christopher Hartzell, Matthew Hartzell, Jessica Marcum, Jon Senile, Nathan Marcum and Aimee Barton; her great-grandchildren, Dylan Michael Marcum and Aislynn Grace Marcum; her several nieces and nephews and her dog, Lucy.She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Clifton and Merica (Wood) Alexander; her son, Russell John “Rusty” Hartzell, died April 8, 1999; her brothers, Elmer Alexander, Russell Clifton Alexander and John Tracey Alexander and her sister, Lillian B. (Alexander) Race.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Rick Daugherty and Pastor Dave Taylor at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana. Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Branch Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.