Despite the “difficult but game-changing” reforms initiated by the President, Panelo said that significant strides have been made to achieve his goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos. “The President first would like to greet all Filipinos a happy and prosperous New Year,” Panelo said. “His wish at the very inception of his presidency is to serve them and protect them, and to give them comfortable lives and lasting peace.” “There are indeed reasons to be confident in the New Year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Panelo said. “The economy is on the roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has also breached its PHP1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos with almost six million lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed,” he said./PN Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that, just like in the previous years, President Duterte’s wish for the coming New Year is to continue to serve his constituents well. President Rodrigo Duterte distributes relief packs to residents in North Cotabo still reeling from the impact of earthquakes that jolted Mindanao recently. Duterte also led the 123rd Rizal Day rites in Davao City on Monday. PCOO Around 93 percent of Filipinos are expected to welcome 2020 “with hope,” while only 0.2 percent will face the New Year “without hope”, according to a Dec. 3 to 8 survey by Pulse Asia. “We assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hopes Filipinos will continue to enjoy a comfortable life and attain lasting peace as the entire nation welcomes 2020 by midnight.
AMERICAN decathlete Ashton Eaton, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, has retired from athletics.Two-time Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton has announced his retirement from competitive action with immediate effect.Eaton defended his Olympic title in Rio last year, breaking his own world record in the process, having first claimed decathlon gold at London 2012.The 30-year-old was also prolific at the World Championships, bursting onto the international scene in 2011 when he won silver behind United States teammate Trey Hardee.Eaton beat Hardee by 198 points in the London Games, before going on to seal back-to-back World titles in Moscow and Beijing.With a glittering career behind him Eaton has opted to step away from athletics, saying: “Frankly there isn’t much more I want to do in sport.“I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully, I’m not sure anyone really does.“It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s inspiring.”His wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton also announced her retirement and steps away from a career in the heptathlon, having claimed bronze in Rio, adding to silver medals in the Moscow and Beijing World Championships.“Crossing the 800m finish line in Rio I didn’t have this feeling,” she said.“I was mentally exhausted. I have never been so thankful to be finished something in my life. I felt like I never wanted to do another heptathlon again.“I gave the last 4 years everything I could. I put my life on hold. Track and field was the priority before everything else: my family, my friends, my marriage, my future. This is something I chose to do and I don’t regret it for a second. It made me happy to pursue something I was so passionate about.“I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to, because I know I can’t advance any further in the sport. I’ve given it all I can and I refuse to come back and half-ace it because I love and respect this event and sport too much.” (Sportsmax)