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Gov’t targets violators of sugar price ceiling

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be issuing notices of violation to sugar sellers who breach the prescribed government price ceilings, the Trade department said Wednesday.

MNLF forming panel to tackle federalism with gov’t

THE MORO National Liberation Front (MNLF) is forming a panel that will negotiate with the national government on federalism, the group said in an interview.

Malacañang says Go’s no-tattoo back proves viral video just black propaganda

MALACAÑANG ON Wednesday said the tattoo-free back of Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go, former special assistant of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, proves that the viral video that links him to the illegal drug trade is just “a black propaganda.”

Palace takes stronger stand on Chinese vessels

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday issued a stronger statement on the continued presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.

Palace official expects budget to be signed before Easter break

THE PROPOSED 2019 national budget could be signed as early as this week and may not be allowed to lapse into law in its current form, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, who also signaled the possibility of a veto because such veto messages “happen every year.”

Water dep’t bill to become a LEDAC priority item

A BILL establishing a Department of Water should be included on the agenda of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) for the 18th Congress, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles said.

Nationwide round-up

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said former chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) “should file appropriate charges if they believe that the increases in the income of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family are ill-gotten wealth.”

Families of 14 farmers killed in Negros Oriental should file charges,...

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said the families of 14 farmers killed in police operations in Negros Oriental “should file charges.”

Palace bares Floirendo to join speakership race

MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that Davao del Norte (2nd District) Rep. Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. will join the speakership race in the next Congress.

Palace: Motorbike plates law may be remedied in IRR

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the new law on motorcycle plates, which President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants suspended, may still be implemented after all.

Duterte spokesman scoffs at 5 US senators

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Monday scoffed at five US senators who called for the release of Senator Leila M. de Lima and the dropping of charges against online media group rappler.com’s chief executive officer, Maria A. Ressa, saying they should “mind their own business.”

Duterte to seek ‘regular’ meetings with business leaders

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to meet with business leaders “on a regular basis,” the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said on Sunday.

Analysts weigh in on Bangsamoro powers, functions

THE national government “may have to devolve powers” further in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), according to a former official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), noting that the newly-established region cannot be seen as a template for federalism.

Duterte to suspend implementation of new law on motorcycle plates

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday announced that he will suspend the implementation of a new law that requires the placement of bigger and color-coded number plates on both the front and the back sides of motorcycles.

Duterte says gov’t should seek a ‘compromise’ with China over Pag-asa

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said the government should seek a compromise with China over the Philippine’s Pag-asa Island, saying the country would never win if it went to war over it.

Duterte urges prosecutors to coordinate with police over their protection

In light of a spate of assassinations of prosecutors across the country, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has urged prosecutors to coordinate with law enforcement agencies in crafting measures that would protect them and their families.

Gov’t completing documentation on projects to be exempt from election spending...

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the government is currently completing documentation on infrastructure projects it is seeking exempts for from the 45-day Commission on Elections (Comelec) ban on public works.

Duterte to fire another official

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to fire another official next week.

Use of bulletproof glass panel part of protocol to protect Duterte

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the use of a bulletproof glass panel to protect President Rodrigo R. Duterte when he spoke at a campaign rally in Malabon City last Tuesday was simply part of security protocols, even as it noted that the chief executive has “made many powerful enemies with his war against drugs, criminality, corruption and all forms of illegality.”

Paolo Duterte points to Trillanes as behind viral video

PRESIDENTIAL SON Paolo “Pulong” Z. Duterte on Thursday said opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV is the person behind the viral video that supposedly links him to the illegal drug trade.

Duterte vows urban land reform in Metro Manila

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said his administration will be carrying out urban land reform in Metro Manila.

Duterte flags anew Chinese might over PHL

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said China “just wants to be friends with the Philippines,” even as he warned of Chinese might over the Philippines in the event of conflict over the disputed South China Sea.

Duterte warns Malabon mayor on drug situation; Oreta says ‘record speaks...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has warned Malabon Mayor Antolin ‘Len Len’ A. Oreta III that he would face arrest if he fails to solve the alleged drug problem in the city.

Duterte orders review of gov’t contracts

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to review all government contracts with firms and other countries to make sure they do not have “onerous provisions that might be detrimental to... Filipinos,” Malacañang announced on Tuesday, prompting business leaders to say their sector would monitor results of this move.

President agrees to roadmap coordinating gov’t water agencies

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his consent to the proposed creation of a Department of Water that would “synchronize all the acts from other agencies to prevent the recurrence of a water shortage.”

Beijing calls for strict monitoring of ‘exploited’ Chinese workers

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua has asked the government to “strictly” monitor the entry of Chinese nationals, calling them exploited by the gaming industry.

Gov’t mulls bringing 2016 arbitral ruling to UN

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said the government is considering the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as an option to enforce the 2016 ruling by The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippines’ sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea.

Palace appoints new head of renewable energy board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed lawyer Monalisa C. Dimalanta as the new chairperson of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB), which serves as an advisory body to the Department of Energy (DoE).

Palace: Diplomatic protest filed on Chinese vessels

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the Philippine government has filed a diplomatic protest against the People’s Republic of China over the presence of at least 275 vessels seen by the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Command (AFP-WesCom) near the Philippine-claimed Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea.

Barty beats Pliskova to win maiden Miami Open title

MIAMI -- Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1) 6-3 on Saturday to win her maiden Miami Open title and become the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world rankings.

Gov’t to conduct study on scope of drug problem

THE DANGEROUS Drug Board (DDB) is set to conduct a study on the extent of the drug problem in the country “amid calls for evidence-based indicators of the success of the anti-drug campaign” of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, according to DDB chairman Catalino S. Cuy.

Palace: ‘We are not in the business of cyberattacks’

MALACAÑANG’S MEDIA security task force on Sunday denied that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration had a hand in the series of cyberattacks against alternative media outfits, including Alipato Media Center Inc. (Bulatlat.com), Altermidya-People’s Alternative Media Network Inc., Kodao Productions Inc., and Pinoy Media Center Inc.

Report on charter change to be tackled in forum

POLICY experts and Congress officials are set to launch at a forum on Friday, April 5, their policy report on prospects and proposals for charter change and federalism.

Duterte disavows ICC complaint to Chinese minister

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday disavowed complaint filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping and others before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen at the West Philippine Sea.

Prayers for the birthday of a president critical of the church

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, who has professed belief in God but not in institutional religion and has repeatedly lashed at the Catholic church, received prayers from both friends and foe on his 74th birthday on March 28.

Officials deny China loans call for territorial seizure

CABINET OFFICIALS have denied that the terms of a loan obtained from China contain provisions for the surrender of territory in the event of default by the Philippines, and dismissed the prospect of default as remote because the loan is small.

Rice tariff law IRR could be ready next week

THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said Wednesday that it targets to approve “next week” the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Rice Tariffication Act submitted by the National Food Authority (NFA) Council.

Duterte to discuss maritime row with Xi

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will raise issues concerning the West Philippine Sea, including the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen, with Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits Beijing next month to attend the Belt and Road Forum.

Palace: Duterte to ‘kill’ adviser if found involved in drug trade

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “kill” his economic adviser Michael Yang if he is involved in illegal drugs.

Palace: Normal to pledge resources in China loan, default unlikely

MALACAÑANG said on Monday that many features of a loan agreement with China to fund the P3.6-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project were “standard” for such deals, including the pledge of Philippine natural resources as security for the loan.

ICC case against Xi to ‘stress a point’

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said the communication filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) “was more of a political statement than a true legal action.”

Palace leaves probe on PCSO’s Cam to Ombudsman

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said it will not be conducting an investigation on Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board Member Sandra M. Cam’s alleged undeclared properties, saying that she is already being probed by the Ombudsman.

Analysts: Talks with Misuari may revive Sabah claim

NEGOTIATIONS on federalism between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari may revive discussions on the Philippines’ claim over Sabah, analysts sought for comment said.

Duterte EO bans junkets

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order prohibiting “all forms” of junkets for government officials and employees, and the conduct of planning workshops and team building activities abroad.

Angara calls for amendment of PHL water code

SENATOR Juan Edgardo M. Angara is proposing to amend the 43-year-old Water Code of the Philippines to ensure that there is enough water “across the country at all times.”