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AFTER A 17.39% drop in reported crimes in the first half of the year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) attributed the slight increase of common crime victims in the third quarter to the approaching holiday season.

Lizada moved to Civil Service

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has transferred Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Member Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Sea dispute stance not a factor in CJ selection, Palace insists

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the South China Sea issue was not a factor in the selection of the new Supreme court chief justice even as President Rodrigo R. Duterte had criticized Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio’s position in his remarks in Lanao del Norte last Wednesday.

2 new NCMF commissioners appointed

TWO NEW commissioners for the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Samad S. Pangandaman and Abubakar M. Mangelen, have been appointed, Malacañang announced yesterday....

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ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio, despite his resolute position on the country’s rights over the West Philippine Sea, still has a chance of being appointed as next chief justice, according to the President’s spokesperson.

Sison rejects proposal on draft peace agreement

EXILED COMMUNIST leader Jose Maria C. Sison said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will ignore President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to submit a final draft peace agreement to the government, saying the President was “simply joking, stupid or crazy” when he announced his proposal last week.

23 soldiers honored for battles vs Abu Sayyaf

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Saturday, Nov. 24, conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kampilan on 23 soldiers who were seriously wounded in recent clashes with the kidnap-for-ranson Abu Sayyaf Group in Jolo, Sulu.

Palace deploys more troops to Samar, Negros, Bicol

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the immediate deployment of more troops to “suppress lawless violence and acts of terror” in the provinces of Samar, Negros, and the Bicol Region.

Malacañang dismisses fears of budget delay

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it is confident that the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 will be passed before the year ends despite the limited time for the Senate to act on it.

Duterte fires HUDCC official

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced the firing of another official, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Falconi V. Millar.

Honasan nominated DICT chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has officially nominated Senator Gregorio B. Honasan II as Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Xi meets Congress leaders, wraps up state visit

CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Wednesday wrapped up his two-day state visit to the Philippines, laying down to leaders of both chambers of the Philippine Congress his plans for the country, including creating more jobs for Filipinos, and a reaffirmation of stronger friendship between the Philippines and China.

Xi begins visit as PHL, China ink 29 agreements

THE PHILIPPINES and China on Tuesday signed 29 bilateral agreements, covering a wide range of development initiatives such as infrastructure, agriculture, trade, monetary. and humanitarian assistance, on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Philippines on Monday.

Chinese leader on state visit today

MALACAÑANG lauded the Chinese government for its “continued efforts” to promote regional “peace and stability,” as Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive today, Nov. 20, in a historic, two-day official visit.

Duterte fires 3 social welfare undersecretaries

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has terminated three undersecretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to give newly-appointed Secretary, Ret. Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a free hand to “bring his own team to provide better services to the public.”

Palace directive enjoins all agencies to ‘take active role’ in drug...

MALACAÑANG has issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 53 directing all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs), “to immediately mobilize their assets and take an active role” in the government’s war on drugs campaign.

Philippines convenes joint trade panel with Papua New Guinea

THE Philippines and Papua New Guinea (PNG) agreed to create a Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETC) on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby Saturday, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

Duterte stays throughout APEC

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Sunday decided to stay in Papua New Guinea for the entire duration of the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Duterte signs payment systems bill into law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed late last month Republic Act (RA) No. 11127, which regulates payment systems, the Palace said.

Palace signs bill granting extension franchise to MBC

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has renewed for another 25 years the operating franchise of the Manila Broadcasting Co. (MBC).

Duterte: China ‘in possession’ of South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said he opposes the conduct of military drills in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, adding that the area is in the “possession” of the People’s Republic of China.

Duterte to pursue Code of Conduct with China

LEADERS OF THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have targeted to complete by next year, with the People’s Republic of China, the Code of Conduct (CoC) on the South China Sea.

Balangiga bells to ‘begin journey home’

THE BALANGIGA BELLS, taken as war booty in 1901 by members of the US Army during the Philippine-American War, are set to begin their journey home.

Duterte off to ASEAN Summit

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte left the country on Monday afternoon to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Singapore, according to Malacañang.

Filipino Sign Language Act enacted

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed the Filipino Sign Language Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 11106, which declares the Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language of the Filipino deaf and the Official Sign Language of the government in all transactions that involve the deaf.

OIC appointed to Bong Go’s office

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Office of the President (OP) Undersecretary Jesus Melchor V. Quitain as Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), which was previously held by former secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go.

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Oil companies are rolling back the prices of gasoline by P2.30 and diesel by P2.00 per liter in a price cut that has not been enjoyed by consumers in years. Kerosene prices will also be down by P1.85 per liter.

Duterte threatens to seize Palawan power franchises

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday said the national government is ready to address the power outages in Palawan by “expropriating” the franchises of the province’s power providers and offer these to other parties if they cannot solve the problem by year’s end.

Analysts: Graft ruling no dent on Duterte-Marcos ties

THE SANDIGANBAYAN’S conviction of former first lady and Ilocos Rep. Imelda R. Marcos for seven counts of graft will have no dent on the Duterte-Marcos alliance, analysts said.

Honasan accepts DICT post

SENATOR Gregorio B. Honasan II on Friday said he is accepting President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s offer to become the next chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

ASEAN leaders to push for ‘early conclusion’ of RCEP talks —...

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will push for the “early conclusion” of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) during the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Singapore from Nov. 13 to 15.

SWS: 51% agree with PDEA plan on drug testing for Grade...

HALF of Filipinos or 51% agree to with a proposal by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the government to conduct mandatory drug testing on grade 4 students and up, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Baguio’s anti-profanity law at odds with free speech, says Panelo

THE SPOKESMAN of President Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday said the anti-profanity ordinance recently passed by the Baguio City government is unlikely to stand constitutional scrutiny and is at odds with free speech.

Fuel tax hike suspension stands, review possible next year — DoF

THE SUSPENSION of additional increases in fuel excise tax next year will continue even amid signs that international oil prices will not breach $80 per barrel in the last quarter of the year, Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito G. Lambino II said.

Duterte threatened deployment ban if OFW in UAE executed: Bello

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte would have declared a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if its government pushed through with the execution of Jennifer Dalquez.

5 years on, less than a quarter of typhoon Haiyan target...

FIVE YEARS ago today, Nov. 8, super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) made its first landfall in the central part of the Philippines, lashing through towns and cities that have been used to storms, but proved to be unprepared for what would be one of the strongest recorded in global history.

Palace admits Chinese national named adviser

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said Chinese businessman Michael Yang is President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s economic adviser.

2019 polls to determine federalism push: analyst

THE 2019 midterm elections will determine the fate of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s federalism agenda, an analyst sought for comment said.

Nograles takes oath as new Cabinet Secretary

FORMER Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles took his oath yesterday as the new Cabinet Secretary, replacing Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. who is running for Bohol governor in the 2019 polls.

Duterte endorses singer-songwriter running for senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday endorsed the senatorial candidacy of singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar.

Duterte gov’t ready to ‘protest’ Chinese weather stations in West Philippine...

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said it will confirm the South China Morning Post report that Beijing has opened weather station facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea, and, if proven true, the Philippine government is ready to “make necessary diplomatic protest.”

EO needed to enforce no-casino policy in Boracay

AN EXECUTIVE order (EO) is needed to implement President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “no casino policy” in Boracay, Malacañang said yesterday, confirming an earlier recommendation by the Justice department.

Analysts: Takeover at BoC testing waters on nationwide martial law

WITH his order for the Philippine military to take over the Bureau of Customs (BoC), President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “testing the waters” for the declaration of a nationwide military rule, analysts said.

Just joking, Malacañang again claims on Duterte tirade vs church

MALACAÑANG again came to the defense of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, asserting that his most recent statement about the Catholic Church was just a joke.

11th Foreign Investment Negative List bares ‘modest’ gains in easing restrictions

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday finally issued the government’s closely watched list of sectors in which foreign participation is regulated, showing sectors where restrictions have eased including teaching in “higher education levels.”