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DENR revokes all small-scale miners’ permits in Cordillera

ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Monday cancelled the permits of all small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) following a landslide in typhoon-stricken Itogon, Benguet, over the weekend that killed dozens.

Palace confirms bombing in General Santos City

A BOMB exploded in General Santos City on Sunday morning, Sept. 16, wounding seven, according to a radio report.

Duterte sends 4 Cabinet officials to storm area

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Thursday assigned four Cabinet officials to Northern Luzon that are expected to be affected by super-typhoon Ompong.

Prosecutors in Ampatuan massacre case to update Duterte

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson and Presidential Adviser on Human Rights Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Thursday said he will meet anew with prosecutors tasked with the 2009 Ampatuan massacre case to update President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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Comelec mulls extension of voter registration THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is reviewing a possible extension of the voter registration period the postponement of the...

DFA: Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Manila

CHINESE STATE Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Manila from Sept. 16 to 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Wednesday.

Palace readies EO to ease food import process

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may issue an executive order (EO) to address inflation by removing “administrative constraints and non-tariff barriers” on the import of basic goods.

SC denies Trillanes’ petition for TRO

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) En Banc on Tuesday denied Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV’s petition for a writ of preliminary injunction and/or temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which voided his amnesty and directs his arrest.

Palace: Gazmin may be liable for Trillanes amnesty

MALACANANG ON Monday said former defense secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin may be held liable for usurpation of authority when he approved the amnesty for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in 2011, which he himself recommended to then president Benigno S.C. Aquino III.

Duterte to ‘speak to the nation’

MALACAÑANG ON Monday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “speak to the nation” on Tuesday afternoon.

Ompong could be next super typhoon in PHL by Wednesday

TYPHOON MANGKHUT, which was still outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as of Monday, could develop into a super typhoon and be in the country by Wednesday, Sept. 12, according to weather bureau PAGASA.

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Onion prices should be at P55-P65/k this week AGRICULTURE SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Monday that prices of red and white onions are scheduled...

PCIJ stands by report as Go tags it as ‘fake news’

THE PHILIPPINE Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is standing by its report on the multibillion-peso civil works contracts in Davao Region awarded to the father and half-brother of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go.

Jordanian, PHL companies sign $60M in business deals

COMPANIES FROM the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Philippines signed on Sept. 6 business agreements and letters of intent (LoIs) with an estimated value of over $60 million, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

DILG to push for inclusion of LGUs in revised draft federal...

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said it will “insist” that the classification of local government units (LGUs) be reinstated in the draft federal constitution, which is up for review and revisions.

Duterte, King of Jordan oversee labor, defense, investment deal signings

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday witnessed the signing of five agreements covering labor, defense and investment, among others.

Palace to identify panel to look into Dengvaxia cases

THE Office of the President (OP) is expected to release a list of names of experts who will be conducting a probe on the Dengvaxia controversy, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said at a briefing in Malacañang on Thursday.

Political move a bid to change topic from economy — analysts

THE government is deliberately roiling the political landscape to distract the public from more urgent problems like inflation or disruptions to the rice market, analysts said.

PHL firms keen to tap Israeli data intelligence know-how

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday witnessed the signing of 21 business agreements in Jerusalem between companies from the Philippines and Israel, Malacañang said, including a number of defense and security deals with Israeli makers of sophisticated surveillance and intelligence products.

PHL hopes to sign Palawan oil exploration deal in Israel

THE Philippines expects to sign a Palawan oil exploration agreement with Israel’s Ratio Petroleum Energy Ltd during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit, Malacañang said.

Malaysia wary of Chinese projects’ cost — Anwar

MALAYSIA’S former deputy prime minister and finance minister Anwar Ibrahim said his country rejected Chinese-backed infrastructure projects because of the potential for corruption and questions about whether Malaysia can afford them.

Duterte apologizes to Obama for 2016 insult

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has apologized to Barack H. Obama Jr. whom he had frequently criticized in his past remarks, even calling the former US president at one point a “son of a whore.”

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AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY nun Patricia Fox has filed a Petition for Review before the Justice department, seeking a reversal of the deportation order issued against her by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Military locks down Isulan after 2nd blast; police officials relieved

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the relief of Isulan town and Sultan Kudarat provincial police officials in the wake of another bombing Sunday night, the second in just five days.

Duterte’s Israel trip seen to boost economic ties

THE PHILIPPINE government is expected to ink up to 15 private sector agreements during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s official visit to Israel this week, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Nathaniel G. Imperial said.

Duterte: No ‘serious offense’ to warrant firing Piñol, NFA officials

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Sunday said he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol and the officials of the National Food Authority (NFA) despite shortages of low-cost rice stocks in some regions, saying that “(m)aybe the laws are weak or unenforceable; all we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people.”

US says bilateral training with Japan conducted in South China Sea

THE United States and Japan on Friday, Aug. 31, conducted a “bilateral training...while underway in the South China Sea,” the US Navy said in a statement that day.

Duterte: PHL better off with a dictator like Marcos because Robredo...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Aug. 30, said it would be better for Filipinos to choose a dictator the...

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THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) is preparing to launch a new global advertising campaign, in time for the Oct. 26 reopening of Boracay Island, which will be showcased as a more “environment-friendly” destination.

Duterte to sign labor, defense deals during Israel, Jordan visits

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to sign agreements on labor, defense, trade and investment, among others, when he visits Israel and Jordan next week, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enersto C. Abella said.

Government outlines target bilateral deals with Israel and Jordan

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to sign agreements on labor, defense, trade and investment, and other bilateral deals with the governments of Israel...

Former Nayong Pilipino officials defend Landing casino deal

FORMER NAYONG Pilipino Foundation (NPF) officials reiterated that its deal with Hong Kong-based gaming firm Landing International Development Ltd. complied with all legal requirements, saying that graft and corruption allegations against its officials are part of a smear campaign to derail the $1.5-billion integrated resort and casino project.

Dozens wounded in town fiesta bombing in Sultan Kudarat

A BOMB BLAST through a crowd at a festival in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding dozens more in the second deadly attack in under a month in the region, authorities said.

LTFRB asks oil companies to join fuel subsidy program

LAND TRANSPORTATION Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin B. Delgra on Wednesday urged fuel companies to participate in the government’s Pantawid Pasada Program to expand the options for Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) drivers and operators who will avail of the government’s fuel subsidy.

Duterte hit by new ICC complaint over drug war

ACTIVISTS AND FAMILIES of eight victims of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” filed a complaint on Tuesday with the International Criminal Court (ICC), a second petition accusing President Rodrigo R. Duterte of murder and crimes against humanity.

Business leaders tackle federalism in forum

BUSINESSMEN on Tuesday raised concerns on the proposed shift to a federal form of government and the tax system under the draft Charter crafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to Review the 1987 Constitution. 

Report: PHL’s move to Jerusalem may be raised in Duterte’s visit

THE Philippine Embassy’s possible transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be raised during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to Israel, the Jerusalem Post has reported.

President defends De Castro’s appointment

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday defended his appointment of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, citing the Supreme Court’s (SC) tradition of seniority.

Response to appointment of new CJ mixed

LAWMAKERS AND other officials responded differently to the appointment over the weekend of Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as Chief Justice.

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Villar reiterates call for more farm schools, cites agri-tourism spots SENATOR CYNTHIA A. Villar has again stressed the need to establish more farm schools, including...

PHL ‘concerned’ about US report on Chinese nuclear capability in disputed...

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it is “concerned” with the Pentagon’s recent report that “a nuclear element” may be brought into the disputed South China Sea region, noting that the Southeast Asian region has a nuclear-weapon-free zone policy.

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Gov’t hauls in P8.8B worth of pirated, fake goods in H1 AUTHORITIES SEIZED P8.8 billion worth of pirated and counterfeit goods in the first half...

Duterte, Misuari meet, discuss federalism

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte had a private meeting with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nurulaji “Nur” P. Misuari last Wednesday in Davao City, Malacañang said on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Tax reform not to blame for FEMSA exit, DoF says

FINANCE Undersecretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua expressed doubts that tax reform was behind the divestment of a Mexican bottler that held the Philippine franchise for Coca-Cola products.

Palace stands by efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) will continue to “recover any ill-gotten wealth.”