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Duterte to push federalism in report to the nation

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to push for a shift to a federal form of government in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23.

Film director Joyce Bernal says SONA stint is free

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Film and television director Joyce E. Bernal will be directing President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address...

Davide: Duterte can still run as transition president

RETIRED chief justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. on Tuesday said the revised transitory provisions of the proposed Federal Constitution still allow President Rodrigo R. Duterte to run as transition president.

Chinese envoy: PHL grants come with no strings attached

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The Philippines is not a province of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua stressed...

Despite tirades, Duterte wishes tycoon Lucio Tan ‘a thousand years more’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, July 17, wished Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) chairman Dr. Lucio Tan "a thousand years...

Senator says shift to federal government will make regions poorer

Senator Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Tuesday, July 17, questioned the draft Federal Constitution proposed by the President's Consultative Committee, warning that the shift to...

Duterte to intensify defense cooperation with Malaysia

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to intensifying Manila’s defense and security cooperation with the Malaysian government to address terrorist...

Sabah not part of agenda in Duterte’s talks with Mahathir

MALACAÑANG on Sunday said it is unlikely that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will bring up the Philippines’ long-standing claims over the state of Sabah during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur Monday, July 16.

Trust, approval ratings for Duterte, Robredo go up, Pulse Asia survey...

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio THE Philippines’ two highest government officials “enjoy majority approval and trust scores,” a survey report released by Pulse Asia on...

Duterte appoints frat brother to Comelec

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Department of Justice (DoJ) undersecretary Antonio T. Kho, Jr. as new Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner, Malacañang said on Friday.

Duterte appoints fraternity brother to Comelec

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Department of Justice (DoJ) undersecretary Antonio T. Kho, Jr. as new Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner, Malacañang...

Duterte, Robredo approval ratings rise — Pulse Asia poll

The trust and approval ratings of the country's two highest government officials have risen over the past three months, according to a survey report...

Duterte appoints Mark Villar’s wife to DoJ

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang on Wednesday, July 11, announced President Rodrigo R. Duterte's new appointments, including former Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) party-list...

Duterte breaks deadlock on BBL jurisdiction

THE deadlock on the territorial jurisdiction of the proposed Bangsamoro region was finally resolved on Wednesday with the provisions of the House of Representatives being adopted in the final version of the bill.

Proposed 2019 national budget

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and his Cabinet approved in a July 9 meeting the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 that is designed to...

Satisfaction with Duterte drops to record-low +45

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dropped 11 points in the second quarter of the year to a personal low of +45, but still classified as “good,” results from the Social Weather Survey (SWS) showed.

Duterte wants transition leader, general elections in 2019

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte wants general elections in 2019 — the scheduled midterm elections under the present Constitution — for the federal government’s transition leader, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said Tuesday.

Universal Health Care Bill certified as urgent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified the Universal Healthcare Bill as an urgent measure, presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Tuesday.

Duterte violates ‘moratorium’ on criticisms against church

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter A day after he agreed to a moratorium on his statements about the Catholic Church, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on...

Duterte approves P3.757-trillion proposed national budget

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his Cabinet approved last Monday, July 9, the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget. "Kahapon po ay na-approve...

Palace backs bill seeking to create disaster response agency

President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his Cabinet "approved" last Monday, July 9, the proposal to create a new department on disaster resilience, Malacañang said. "Palace...

COA: BI lost P869 million in potential revenue due to confusion...

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in 2017 lost around P869 million of potential revenue from express lane fees due to...

CBCP issues ‘exhortation’ after Duterte’s attacks

THE CATHOLIC Bishops Conference of the Philippines, in a news conference on Monday, July 9, issued a “Pastoral Exhortation” that addressed, in part, “those in this world who boast of their own wisdom, those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid.”

Duterte to meet with Malaysian PM Mahathir after Pacquiao’s fight

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao’s fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malacañang said on Monday.

FULL TEXT: Con-Com submits draft federal constitution

The Consultative Committee (Con-Com) submitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte its draft of the proposed federal constitution on Monday, July 9. Congress will begin...

Economic managers tout gains ahead of SONA

THE GOVERNMENT has put key pieces of reforms in place for the country to build “strong momentum” to grow faster in the years ahead, economic managers said in a forum on Friday.

Palace affirms anew: No term extension for Duterte

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Friday dismissed the statements made by a member of the Consultative Committee to review the 1987 Constitution that President Rodrigo R. Duterte may seek reelection under the body’s proposed federal Constitution.

Duterte to determine Boracay’s ‘rightful owners,’ wants ‘back side’ under land...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is considering the formation of a committee which will be tasked to determine the “rightful owners” in the Visayan tourist island of Boracay.

Palace expresses confidence in PNP solving political murders after second mayor...

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio Malacañang Palace on Tuesday evening (July 3) said it was confident the Philippine National Police (PNP) "would be able to...

Duterte, CBCP leader to meet on July 9

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet next week, July 9, with the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles.

Duterte: Government to spend over P139 billion for rollout of PAF...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter On its 71st anniversary on Tuesday, July 3, President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced that there are 16 projects for the...

Duterte signs national feeding program law

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang on Tuesday, July 3, announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11037,...

Senators say Duterte brought ‘the dark ages’ after killing of Tanauan...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senators Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel and Antonio F. Trillanes IV on Tuesday, July 3, said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has brought "the...

Senators give their assessment of Duterte’s second year in office

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senators on Monday assessed the second year of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, acknowledging the gains achieved in his fight against criminality...

Duterte, Robredo mark second year in office

ON PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s second year in office, the Filipino people now see more infrastructure and economic developments, laws signed, and social services, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go said.

Duterte reminds municipal mayors to enforce law and order

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, June 28, warned that if mayors fail to enforce "law and order" in their...

Palace forms committee to dialogue with Church

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has formed a committee that would arrange a dialogue between the government and the Catholic Church and other religious groups, Malacañang announced on Tuesday.

HRW compares crackdown on ‘tambays’ to martial law

New York City-based human advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to end its "anti-loitering" crackdown, saying...

Duterte to Catholic Church: Your ‘stupid’ God isn’t my God

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter “Your God is not my God, because your God is stupid; mine has a lot of common sense.” This was how...

Duterte’s men defend ‘stupid God’ statement

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s men have defended him for his “stupid God” remark, the latest in a string of controversial utterances relating to religion and the Catholic church.

Palace bares list of new Duterte appointees

Malacañang on Monday, June 25, announced President Rodrigo R. Duterte's new appointments, including three Assistant Secretaries at the Office of the President (OP), Department...

Duterte defends police order against loiterers

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, June 22, said critics may challenge his recent crackdown order against "tambays" or loiterers before...

Cayetano, Pompeo affirm Philippine-US alliance in latest meeting

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo reaffirmed the country's alliance with the United States during the...

Construction at major state projects set to begin

CONSTRUCTION WORK for at least nine of the 75 key large-scale infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration is set to begin next semester.

Duterte signs bill on mental health into law

MALACAÑANG on Thursday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Republic Act (RA) No. 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Law that mandates the government to provide basic mental health services to Filipinos.