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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.

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.

Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts

THE SHIFT to federalism is now unlikely to move ahead within President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, but its significance as a continuing public issue remains, analysts sought for comment said.

Naga City tells Duterte: Come walk our streets

THE CITY council of Naga has issued a resolution declaring “indignation” over President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s statement that the city was “once a hotbed of shabu,” which it said was “uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis.”

Duterte slams US for warning against buying Russian submarines

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Aug. 17, slammed the United States for warning the Philippines against buying submarines from Russia,...

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’s Israel visit to tackle tech partnerships

DAVAO CITY — Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau said technology partnerships are expected to be signed during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to Israel in September.

Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions...

The recent remarks of President Rodrigo R. Duterte asking China to temper its behavior in the South China Sea has not affected the country’s...

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.

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 China and EU: ‘Rethink’ your policies

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, talked tough against the People’s Republic of China, demanding that it should “rethink”...

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.

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.

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.

Historic trip: Duterte to visit Israel in September

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo is set to visit Israel from September 2 to 5 after accepting the invitation of the country's Prime Minister...

Oral arguments on Philippines’ ICC withdrawal delayed anew

The Supreme Court (SC) has again delayed oral arguments to invalidate the Duterte administration's move to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The High...

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.

Present alternatives to federalism — Palace to economic managers

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday urged President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s economic managers who question the proposed shift to federalism to present their alternatives.

Analysts: LP still stands a chance in Duterte’s milieu

ANALYSTS were sought for comment to assess the opposition Liberal Party’s (LP) standing, amid the political milieu currently dominated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, and ahead of the crossroads that is next year’s midterm elections.

Palace names new Duterte appointees

Malacañang on Wednesday, Aug. 8, said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new officials this August, including Arnold G. Larena as a labor arbiter...

Erring cops presented to Duterte

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Almost 100 “erring” policemen were presented to President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Malacanang Palace on Tuesday, Aug. 7. National Capital...

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.

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.

SWS: Satisfaction with Duterte gov’t ‘very good’

NET SATISFACTION with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration has remained at “very good” +58, as in the first quarter, according to the Second Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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.

Duterte on kidnapped OFWs in Libya: ‘I will send the frigate’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said the Philippines will send two warships to Libya in efforts to secure the release of three kidnapped Filipinos and a South Korean national in the North African country.

Then vs Now: A snapshot of the Philippine economy before and...

How was the Philippine economy before President Rodrigo R. Duterte was sworn in as President on June 30, 2016? Here's a comparison of statistical...

Mandaue business leader backs tax reforms, warns vs price manipulation

A CEBU business leader expressed support for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call for support on the implementation of tax reforms as he called on businessmen not to use it to manipulate prices.

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).

Duterte signs Bangsamoro law

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

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.

China hasn’t delivered on its $24-billion Philippines promise

Almost two years after China pledged $24 billion in investment to the Philippines, barely any projects have materialized, prompting deepening concerns that President Rodrigo...

Duterte on US visit: Just a matter of ‘scheduling’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, July 25, said that his visit to the United States is still possible, saying that...

Palace: Duterte to visit Israel and Kuwait

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang on Wednesday, July 25, announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to visit Israel in September this year. In...

Sotto: Duterte almost walked out of SoNA

THE THIRD State of the Nation Address (SONA) almost didn’t happen after President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to walk out of the Batasang Pambansa due to the unexpected change in leadership at the House of Representatives last Monday, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Tuesday.

3rd SONA pitches priorities amid struggle for House helm

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, reaffirmed key policies of his administration such as the drive against corruption in behalf of ease of doing business, as well as environmental rehabilitation, vowing to step up these initiatives in partnership with Congress.

Over 50% of Filipinos consider Duterte’s actions and remarks ‘vulgar’

MORE THAN half of Filipinos considered President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s recent actions and remarks as “vulgar,” according to a survey report released by the Social Weather Station on Sunday.

‘Duterte-monyo’

ANTI-GOVERNMENT protesters burn an effigy depicting President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a devil, with horns decorated with the national flags of China and the United States during a rally in the capital Metro Manila on July 23, 2018, ahead of the 3rd State of the Nation Address. The effigy was dubbed Duterte-monyo, a play on the President’s name and the Filipino word for devil, demonyo.

Duterte’s numbers (as of July 2018)

Here's a look at President Rodrigo R. Duterte's statistical measures as of July 2018. — via BusinessWorld Research

Labor groups to stage protest vs contractualization, low wages on Duterte’s...

Labor groups said the Duterte administration has yet to solve contractualization, low wages, and denied labor rights. At a press briefing in Manila City on Friday,...

Duterte to push federalism in report to the nation

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to push for a shift to a federal form of government in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23.

Film director Joyce Bernal says SONA stint is free

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Film and television director Joyce E. Bernal will be directing President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address...

Davide: Duterte can still run as transition president

RETIRED chief justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. on Tuesday said the revised transitory provisions of the proposed Federal Constitution still allow President Rodrigo R. Duterte to run as transition president.

Chinese envoy: PHL grants come with no strings attached

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The Philippines is not a province of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua stressed...