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Duterte to give glimpse of road ahead

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers today his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), which Malacañang said on Sunday should give the country an idea of what lies ahead in the second half of his six-year term.

Business schools keep a finger on the pulse of technological innovation

BUSINESS SCHOOLS strive to keep a finger on the pulse of technological innovation because such changes in technology could herald how business might be done in the future, and their students must be prepared to adapt and thrive in rapidly-changing environments.

4 cops killed in NPA ambush honored; reward money up

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Saturday conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag on four policemen killed in an alleged ambush by members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Ayungon, Negros Oriental on July 18.

Survey says: pay, inflation, and China are on public’s SONA wish...

WORKERS’ pay, inflation, employment, and the country’s controversial relations with China are the major issues that Filipinos want President Rodrigo R. Duterte to tackle in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, according to Pulse Asia’s June 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey which was released on Friday.

Duterte promises Customs officials due process

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday met with “several” officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) whom he had placed on floating status for alleged corruption.

TV5 franchise renewed for another 25 years

THE franchise of ABC Development Corp., currently known as TV5 Network, Inc., has been renewed for another 25 years.

Duterte signs law providing incentives for start-ups

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a measure seeking to provide tax breaks and remove barriers to the founding of start-up companies.

Gov’t forming task force to draft AI strategy

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Wednesday it will create a task force to formulate an Artificial Intelligence (AI) road map to help industry respond to technological disruption.

Duterte’s ratings steady after China incident

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte kept his majority approval rating and remained the most trusted government official in June, weeks after a South China Sea incident that put his warm ties with Beijing on the spotlight.

Duterte signs innovation, poverty-monitoring legislation

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law two measures -- the Philippine Innovation Act and the Community-Based Monitoring System Act.

Duterte may cut ties with Iceland over UN probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is seriously considering cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland after it won United Nations support to have the Philippines investigated for its deadly war on drugs, his spokesman said yesterday.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, known for his colorful language and oftentimes controversial jokes, would be the first to follow the Bawal Bastos Law, which penalizes gender-based street harassment against women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Law signed deploying social workers attachés to major OFW markets

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill requiring the presence of social welfare attachés in foreign labor markets with high concentration of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Gasoline prices to rise by P1.05 a liter this week

PRICES of gasoline, diesel and kerosene products are set to rise this week to reflect global price movements, according to separate advisories issued by oil companies yesterday.

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MALACAÑANG ON Monday said the suggestion of critics to invoke the Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States as a response to China’s militarization in the West Philippine Sea is “absurd.”

Duterte sets massive Customs cleansing

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said that he will be axing 64 ranking officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) due to their involvement in corruption.

First tranche of Malolos-Clark Railway loan from ADB signed

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte witnessed the formal signing last Thursday of a $1.3 billion loan, the first tranche of a total $2.75 billion facility, between the Philippines and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP).

Duterte meets with BARMM officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte met with key officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the presidential palace on Wednesday to tackle issues including how the region can better interact with the national government.

Palace denies hand in fisherfolk’s withdrawal from West Philippine Sea case

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday denied that the government had a hand in the Filipino fishermen’s withdrawal from the case before the Supreme Court seeking government’s strict implementation of environmental laws and protection of the West Philippine Sea.

Manila cleanup to boost city’s status as Southeast Asian ‘shopping paradise’...

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said Wednesday that the street cleanup and crackdown on illegal vendors in the city of Manila, initiated by Mayor Francisco Moreno Domagoso, is expected to boost the city’s status as a “shopping paradise” for Southeast Asian visitors.

DoT touts parts of Mindanao considered safe for tourism

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said Wednesday it is working to reverse the public perception of Mindanao as a place to be avoided, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte called his home island “lawless” and “violent” last month.

Duterte sees ‘very dangerous times’ ahead

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday cited the need to boost police and military capabilities against terrorism, saying he senses “very dangerous times ahead.”

Duterte meets with Misuari after dropping federalism push

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday met with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacañang, which comes after his recent pronouncement that he will no longer push for federalism but at least an amendment in the Constitution.

Martial rule still an option for Duterte presidency

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may still declare martial law, assume emergency powers or set up a revolutionary government as a last resort to solve the country’s worsening illegal drug problem, his spokesman said yesterday.

Palace says Duterte still trusts Customs chief Guerrero

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte still trusts his Customs chief even after threatening to fire more officials at the agency for corruption, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

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THE ALLEGED manager of “Manga-Mura,” an illegal viewing Web site of Japanese cartoons or Manga, a fugitive wanted in Japan for copyright law infringement, was arrested last July 7 by the Bureau of Immigration.

Mislatel to rebrand as ‘Dito Telecommunity’ after getting license

THE Mislatel consortium plans to rebrand its service as “Dito Telecommunity Corp.” after receiving its operating license, telecommunications regulators said.

Gov’t, senate call for sanctions vs Chinese crew

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said the Philippine government will insist on the liability of the Chinese vessel that abandoned Filipino fishermen after an allision incident at the Recto Bank on June 9.

Duterte endorses Cayetano and Velasco under term-sharing for House speakership

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has, after all, named a preference — two, that is — for House speaker in an attempt to end what has become a thorny fight for the post.

ARTA to get lessons from Malaysian counterpart

THE ANTI-RED Tape Authority (ARTA) will be working in “close coordination” with its counterpart-agency in Malaysia, the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), to learn from the latter’s successes in improving productivity and competitiveness.

Malacañang suggests 14th month pay law be made conditional

SENATOR VICENTE C. Sotto III’s proposal requiring private employers to give a 14th-month pay will be beneficial to the labor sector, according to Malacañang, but stressed that there should be exemptions to avoid the closure of companies that cannot afford it.

Jeremiah Belgica to head Anti-Red Tape Authority

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Jeremiah B. Belgica as director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), Malacañang said on Friday.

Fishers group vows to file impeachment case vs Duterte

DESPITE President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s threat to jail anyone who files an impeachment case against him, fishermen’s group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday vowed to pursue his impeachment for “treason and violating the Constitution” for allowing Chinese nationals to exploit marine resources in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Council set up to ensure compliance with international maritime standards

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) creating a council to oversee the Philippines’ compliance with the policies of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of a 2021 audit.

US envoy vows support under treaty in sea row

AMERICAN AMBASSADOR to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim assured that the United States will stand by its obligation under the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) should aggression by the Chinese government over the West Philippine Sea continue.

Spokesman asserts: Duterte-Xi verbal deal valid, binding

AMID CONFLICTING positions among the President’s men on the legality and enforceability of the 2016 verbal fishing agreement between the leaders of China and the Philippines, Malacañang on Thursday asserted that there is “no room” for any other interpretations on the matter, stressing that the deal is “valid.”

China fishing deal seen as preliminary to more talks

CABINET Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles called a 2016 verbal agreement on fishing rights at Reed Bank between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and China’s Xi Jinping a preliminary step to a more formalized deal, as members of the government aired conflicting positions on the validity of the arrangement.

Another Davao City rep floated for speakership

HUGPONG NG Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, endorsed another Davao City congressman, 3rd District Rep. Isidro T. Ungab, for the House speaker race.

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THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday assured that state security forces do not have any plan of staging a coup d’ etat soon.

Malacañang approves P25-billion Boracay medium-term plan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the Boracay Medium-Term Action Plan, which covers measures for the resort island like enforcement of environmental rules and waste management.

Carpio steps back from West Philippine Sea case

SENIOR ASSOCIATE Justice Antonio T. Carpio has inhibited himself from the petition asking the government to enforce environmental laws to protect and preserve three shoals in the West Philippine Sea.

DBM set to release P59-M budget for BTA

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to release P59 million for the salary of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) members of the newly-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Palace proclaims new IT economic zone in Bonifacio Global City

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte issued proclamation designating as a special economic zone a building at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, which will be known as BGC Corporate Center.

China rejects having 3rd party in Recto Bank probe

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said the People’s Republic of China does not want to involve a third party in the joint investigation into the June 9 boat sinking incident at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.

MNLF not giving up hope on shift to federalism

DESPITE PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s pronouncement that he is no longer inclined to push for federalism, a representative of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on Saturday said there is still “hope” for this campaign promise to be implemented in the remainder of the President’s term.