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Aquino slams Duterte on Ninoy Aquino Day

FORMER President Benigno S.C. Aquino III attacked his successor, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, on the occasion of the 35th commemoration of the assassination of Mr. Aquino’s father, Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.

Gov’t considering penalties against XiamenAir

THE CHINESE AIRLINE whose disabled passenger jet caused the closure last Friday, Aug. 17, of a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) apologized for that incident, even as Philippine officials mulled possible penalties against the company.

Liza Maza resigns from Cabinet

NATIONAL ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSION (NAPC) secretary and convenor Liza Maza announced her “irrevocable resignation” in a press conference yesterday.

Palace: Duterte ‘fine and well’

MALACAÑANG ON Monday disputed the claim of exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had been comatose since Sunday, Aug. 19.

Palace: Duterte may step down if Marcos wins protest case

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte may step down once former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. wins in his electoral protest against incumbent Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

Duterte wants ‘likes’ of Marcos, Escudero as his successor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said once he steps down, he prefers the “likes” of Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero or former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. as his successor over his constitutional successor Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

GOCC dividends at P32.03B in Jan.-July, exceeding P27.3B in 2017

GOVERNMENT-OWNED and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) have remitted a total of P32.03 billion this year to the National Government, the Department of Finance said in a briefer on Wednesday, Aug. 15, marking 2018 GOCC Day.

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LTO targets to distribute license plates from 2013 backlog THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is working to finally distribute...

Executive-House budget impasse elevated to Duterte and Arroyo

IT may take a sitting President and a former president-turned Speaker to break the current deadlock between the Executive and the House of Representatives over the P3.757-trillion national spending plan proposed for next year.

Duterte advises brass he might step down

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said he advised officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a recent command conference that he was thinking of stepping down.

Duterte to visit Israel, Jordan

MALACAÑANG confirmed on Tuesday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will also visit Jordan after his visit to Israel in September.

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Palace ‘happy’ Maza can now go back to NAPC work   NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commissioner Liza L. Maza can now come back to work after being cleared...

Palace: Duterte ‘exploring’ options on federalism

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is “exploring all options” on his proposed shift to a federal form of government amid concerns even in his own circle over its impact on the economy, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said Monday, Aug. 13.

‘Around 20’ officials of AFP Medical Center relieved

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered the relief of “around 20” officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center including its top officials, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Monday, Aug. 13.

Duterte spokesman talks tough vs China

THE PHILIPPINE government said on Monday that the Philippines will continue to assert its sovereign rights over the disputed territories in the South China Sea despite the latest incident where a Filipino pilot was threatened by the Chinese Navy while flying over the area.

Malacañang tells public to stay alert as 961 areas hit by...

MALACAÑANG ON Sunday reminded the public to “stay alert and safe” amid flooding and heavy rains in various parts of the country, especially in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.

Symbolic Balangiga bells to be returned by US, Malacañang confirms

MALACAÑANG ON Sunday confirmed that the United States will soon return the Balangiga bells, which were taken as a war booty by members of the US army during the Philippine-American War in 1901 from the Catholic church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

Senate asked to probe economic implications of shift to federalism

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal system of government.

Unite, prepare for 2019 elections, Duterte instructs factions in PDP-Laban

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday instructed the warring factions in his party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), to unite and prepare for the 2019 elections.

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Transport group pushes for ‘motorcycle taxi’ MULTI-SECTORAL advocacy group Transport Watch has called on regulators to classify “motorcycles taxis” as a Transport Network Vehicle Service...

SWS poll shows ‘extremely strong’net approval for National ID system

A SURVEY by the Social Weather Stations released Tuesday night showed 73% of respondents approving a National ID system.

DoJ ordered to look into Nayong Pilipino lease contract

Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Department of Justice (DoJ) to review the contract lease entered into by Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Inc. (NPFI) with Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. (LRPDC).

Palace forms task force on Libya kidnappings

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has formed a “high-level task force” that will secure the release of two Filipinos kidnapped in Libya.

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Cabinet approves draft guidelines for localized peace talks THE DRAFT executive order (EO) on the localized peace talks with communist rebels was approved during the...

Duterte signs National ID, Bangsamoro Region laws

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte led the ceremonial signing of the Philippine Identification System Act and the presentation of the organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at Malacañang on Monday, Aug. 6.

Senator seeks clarification on PCOO budget amid controversy over Uson video

SENATORS, members of the Consultative Committee, and even officials of the executive branch criticized on Monday a video pitch on federalism by Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux J. Uson that made rounds in social media over the weekend.

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MALACAÑANG on Monday said it is open to the suggestion of the People’s Republic of China to conduct joint military exercises and energy exploration with member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Duterte set to sign National ID law

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is scheduled to sign on Monday, Aug. 6, the Philippine Identification (ID) System Act which institutionalizes a single official identification for all Filipino citizens and foreign residents in the country, Malacañang said in an advisory on Sunday.

Palace: Napoles’ multi-million dollar loot stashed in US will be returned...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter  THE Philippine government hopes that the money allegedly stashed in the United States by Janet Lim-Napoles and five members of...

New officials appointed to DoT

MALACAÑANG on Thursday announced President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s new appointments, including new officials of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

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LP commemorates Cory’s role in restoring democracy ON THE 9th death anniversary of former President Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino, the Liberal Party (LP) commemorated her...

SMC’S proposed TPLEx extension to Ilocos Sur now under assessment

PUBLIC WORKS and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on Wednesday said his office has already received the complete proposal of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for the extension of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) tollroad to Ilocos Sur.

Blast at military checkpoint in Basilan kills 10

TEN PEOPLE, including troops and civilians, were killed when an explosion tore through a van at an army checkpoint near the city proper of Lamitan early Tuesday, as authorities warned the blast could be linked to a wider plot by Islamic militants.

Palace submits to Congress bill on department of disaster resilience

MALACAÑANG HAS submitted to Congress its version of the proposed law for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. disclosed on Tuesday.

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NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza L. Maza, who faces an arrest warrant for a double murder charge, should surrender to authorities, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Eminent lawyer Gatmaitan, 78

LAWYER ANDRES G. Gatmaitan, senior counsel of the country’s largest law firm, Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, passed away on July 25 at age 78, his family announced.

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THE NEWLY-appointed Ombudsman has vowed to prioritize the “parking fees” flagged by one of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former counsels.

Consultations on for Bangsamoro charter

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held its first Bangsamoro Consultative Assembly at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Sunday, July 29, amid efforts to acquaint residents and voters in the proposed Bangsamoro Region with the draft Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last week.

Lorenzana apologizes for saying Hague ruling was an ‘empty victory’

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday issued an apology to former foreign affairs secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Acting Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio for saying that The Hague’s 2016 ruling favoring the Philippines in a maritime dispute with China is “an empty victory.”

Duterte signs order cutting property taxes of power plants

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that cuts and condones real property taxes and interest and/or penalties assessed on the power generation facilities of independent power producers (IPPs).

Court of Appeals denies Rappler’s petition

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the petition of online news site Rappler.com to reverse the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking its incorporation papers for failing to meet the constitutional limits on foreign ownership.

Duterte signs Bangsamoro law

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Thursday said he has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Martires named Ombudsman

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte announced on Thursday, July 26, he has signed the appointment of Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires as the new Ombudsman, a day ahead of Conchita Carpio-Morales’s scheduled retirement Friday.

Duterte to tackle with Cabinet SC ruling on LGU share of...

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will take up at a Cabinet meeting scheduled Aug. 6 the recent Supreme Court ruling increasing the local government units’ (LGUs) share of national government revenues.

Analysts cite Duterte’s options and China’s odds in sea row

IN THE SECOND of three presidential debates in 2016, then-candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte asked contender Grace Poe, by way of testing her relative inexperience in her five-plus years in public office, what she would do in a Chinese attack on the Philippine Coast Guard.