Political Strategist Criticizes Walden Bello for His Statement Against Pres. Duterte's EO on Anti-Smoking


Veteran international political strategist and a known supporter of Pres. Duterte, Sass Rogando Sasot criticized one of the luminaries of Akbayan, Walden Bello because of his harsh statements against the Executive Order (EO) of Pres. Duterte to ban smoking in certain public places.


According to Walden Bello, Pres. Rody Duterte's Executive (EO) No. 26 signed last May 16, which aims to establish "smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places," is an abuse of Executive Power.

Based upon the Executive Order signed by Pres. Duterte, tobacco cannot be sold within 100 meters, or about 330 feet, of schools, playgrounds or anywhere children might gather. Municipalities must also designate smoking areas that are far from these places, and away from elevators, stairwells, gas stations, health centers and wherever food is prepared. “No smoking” signs are to be posted in all public places.

Walden Bello, a prominent member of Akbayan Party-list, one of the vocal critics of Pres. Rody Duterte did not agree with the decision of the President to issue an EO for anti-smoking but political activist Sass Sasot explained the reasons why the President decided to issue an executive order based on existing laws.


Here's the Complete Statement of Sass Rogando Sasot:

This is the strange thing that happened to one of the luminaries of Akbayan named Walden Bello. Because he hates Duterte so much, he thinks that the Executive Order banning smoking in certain public places is an abuse of Executive Power. Dapat daw legislation ang gumawa noon.

Sir, bawal na po ang pork at beans...Have you forgotten that the President is there to execute laws such as:

1. PHILIPPINE CLEAN AIR ACT OF 1999, which mandates that
"Smoking inside a public building or an enclosed public place including public vehicles and other means of transport or in any enclosed area outside of one’s private residence, private place of work or any duly designated smoking area is hereby prohibited under this Act."

2. Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which mandates that smoking is prohibited in certain public places.

BTW, both of them were cited in the EO. Basa basa rin kapag may time...

Source: Sass Rogando Sasot FB Page


Political Strategist Criticizes Walden Bello for His Statement Against Pres. Duterte's EO on Anti-Smoking Political Strategist Criticizes Walden Bello for His Statement Against Pres. Duterte's EO on Anti-Smoking Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 5/22/2017 Rating: 5

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