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China refuses to recognize arbitral ruling

CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Thursday refused to recognize the 2016 arbitral ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea even as his “old friend” Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte insisted that the decision was “final, binding and not subject to appeal.”

Trillanes denies kidnapping charge

FORMER Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV denies kidnapping a woman back in 2016 which is alleged to have been part of efforts in bringing down the Duterte administration. Mr. Trillanes said that this is the administration’s way of putting down critics.

Duterte directs agencies to revert accounts payable to state coffers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order directing all national government agencies to revert all accounts payable which “remain outstanding for at least two years and for which no actual claim has been filed” to the national coffers.

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.

SC will look into Duterte’s complaint on TROs

SUPREME Court (SC) Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin said the High Court will look into which particular incident triggered President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s complaint about judges issuing Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) on government infrastructure projects.

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.

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).

Duterte to woo Thai businessmen at ASEAN Summit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet with Thai business leaders on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok and invite them to do business in the Philippines, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said on Friday.

Human Rights Commission concerned over non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern over lawmakers’ freezing of ABS-CBN franchise bill, saying that it “could signal a bleaker state of press freedom in the country.”

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,...