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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has renewed for another 25 years the operating franchise of the Manila Broadcasting Co. (MBC).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday endorsed the senatorial candidacy of singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”