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DILG to go after ‘narco-politicians’ who won elections

DESPITE winning in the recent midterm elections, politicians on the so-called ‘narcolist’ are not off the hook as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it will still pursue administrative charges filed against them.

Duterte replaces MWSS chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Thursday that he has chosen a new chairman of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), saying retired Army General Ricardo Morales will take over.

Duterte will not allow election cheating — Palace

MALACAÑANG warned on Friday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not allow any form of cheating by the election commission in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, stressing that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should ensure the integrity of the ballots.

PHL to join Dubai expo

THE Philippines is set to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be held in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between Oct. 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021, according to Malacañang.

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.

ICC starts prelim exam of NUPL complaints vs Duterte

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has started its preliminary examination of the complaints filed by the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL) against President Rodrigo R. Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity.

ADB sees PPPs aiding universal health care implementation

AN international consultant at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said public-private partnerships (PPPs) are instrumental in the implementation of the recently signed Universal Health Care Act.

All gov’t agencies, offices directed to implement poverty reduction program

MALACAÑANG has directed all government offices and agencies to join in the implementation of the administration’s poverty reduction program.

Fight for women’s rights, welfare must go beyond laws

IMPORTANCE for women’s rights go beyond laws and should be emphasized especially under the current administration, various stakeholders said as International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8.

Duterte certifies AFP pension bill as urgent

MALACAÑANG on Friday said that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified as urgent the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) Pension Reform Bill.

Gov’t moves to fast-track land-use conversion applications

THE GOVERNMENT is preparing to issue a memorandum circular mandating concerned agencies to fast-track the processing of land-use conversion applications, Malacañang said on Friday.

Duterte’s net satisfaction remains “very good” in 4th quarter — SWS...

THE NET satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo R. Duterte remained “very good” in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Friday.

LP not calling for Duterte ouster — Robredo

VICE-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo said it is not the position of the Liberal Party to overthrow President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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.

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.

Duterte expects more terror attacks after Sultan Kudarat bombing

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expecting more terror attacks after the recent bombing incidents in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. “We just had...

Duterte orders arrest of top critic Trillanes over 2003 mutiny

President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the arrest of one of his top critics over a failed mutiny more than a decade ago, in what...

Philippines, Israel forge agreements on labor, science, and trade

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The Philippines and the State of Israel on Monday, Sept. 3, signed bilateral agreements on labor, science, and trade, Malacañang...

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.”

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: 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...

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...

Agriculture chief still has the President’s trust — Palace

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol still has the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo R. Duterte despite a call by lawmakers...

Budget chief bares more China loans in the pipeline

THE GOVERNMENT expects to ink about 10 loan agreements for infrastructure projects with China during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit here in November.

Nayong Pilipino board defends lease deal with Chinese casino operator

Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) reiterated that its deal with Hong Kong-based gaming firm Landing International Development Ltd. complied with all legal requirements, saying that...

Philippines eyes 10 loan agreements with China during Xi Jinping’s visit

THE GOVERNMENT expects to ink about 10 loan agreements for infrastructure projects with China during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit here in November. "Some have...

New chief justice vows to maintain judicial independence

Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro assured that the Supreme Court will maintain its independence under her few weeks stint as the top magistrate. In a...

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.

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.

Duterte to Trump’s men: ‘Prove good faith’ on defense assets offer

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced that three Cabinet officials of United States President Donald J. Trump wrote him...

Aquino slams Duterte on Ninoy Aquino Day

FORMER President Benigno S.C. Aquino III attacked his successor, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, on the occasion of the 35th commemoration of the assassination of Mr. Aquino’s father, Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.

Palace: Duterte ‘fine and well’

MALACAÑANG ON Monday disputed the claim of exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had been comatose since Sunday, Aug. 19.

Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts

THE SHIFT to federalism is now unlikely to move ahead within President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, but its significance as a continuing public issue remains, analysts sought for comment said.

Naga City tells Duterte: Come walk our streets

THE CITY council of Naga has issued a resolution declaring “indignation” over President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s statement that the city was “once a hotbed of shabu,” which it said was “uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis.”

Duterte slams US for warning against buying Russian submarines

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Aug. 17, slammed the United States for warning the Philippines against buying submarines from Russia,...

Palace: Duterte may step down if Marcos wins protest case

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte may step down once former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. wins in his electoral protest against incumbent Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

Duterte’s Israel visit to tackle tech partnerships

DAVAO CITY — Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau said technology partnerships are expected to be signed during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to Israel in September.

Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions...

The recent remarks of President Rodrigo R. Duterte asking China to temper its behavior in the South China Sea has not affected the country’s...

Duterte wants ‘likes’ of Marcos, Escudero as his successor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said once he steps down, he prefers the “likes” of Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero or former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. as his successor over his constitutional successor Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.

Executive-House budget impasse elevated to Duterte and Arroyo

IT may take a sitting President and a former president-turned Speaker to break the current deadlock between the Executive and the House of Representatives over the P3.757-trillion national spending plan proposed for next year.

Duterte advises brass he might step down

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said he advised officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a recent command conference that he was thinking of stepping down.

Duterte to China and EU: ‘Rethink’ your policies

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, talked tough against the People’s Republic of China, demanding that it should “rethink”...

Duterte to visit Israel, Jordan

MALACAÑANG confirmed on Tuesday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will also visit Jordan after his visit to Israel in September.

Palace: Duterte ‘exploring’ options on federalism

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is “exploring all options” on his proposed shift to a federal form of government amid concerns even in his own circle over its impact on the economy, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said Monday, Aug. 13.