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US touts military ties as Duterte woos Russia, China

CLARK, PHILIPPINES -- The timing of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s trip to the Philippines this week couldn’t have been better, coming just as...

Duterte sacks budget undersecretary for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has axed a budget official for alleged corruption, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella said in a press briefing in Malacañang...

Satisfaction with Duterte gov’t dips, still ‘very good’

SATISFACTION WITH President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration remains “very good” more than a year into his presidency, although there has been a decline in...

Lucio Tan: ‘I will never support any attempt to undermine those...

TYCOON Lucio C. Tan in a statement on Thursday, Oct. 19, said “insinuations of his involvement in alleged efforts to destabilize government are false...

Duterte: No more grants from EU

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Oct. 18, reaffirmed anew his policy for the Philippines not to accept new grants from the European Union...

Duterte links Lucio Tan to destabilization efforts

By Rosemarie A. Zamora PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte launched another tirade against Lucio Tan, linking the Chinese-Filipino tycoon to destabilization efforts against him. Mr. Duterte claimed...

Duterte says Marawi liberated but battle continues

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Oct. 17, symbolically declared a southern city “liberated from terrorists’ influence” but the military said the five-month battle...

Trump to meet Duterte on Asia trip next month

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald J. Trump will meet several key Asian leaders next month, including controversial Philippines strongman Rodrigo R. Duterte, on a...

Electoral reforms and the President

President Rodrigo Duterte has been on a rampage recently, repeating his warnings about declaring a “revolutionary government,” as if he has the authority to...

Duterte threatens ‘revolutionary government,’ arrest of ‘destabilizers’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte in a taped interview aired Friday, Oct. 13, threatened for the first time to “declare a revolutionary government” and enforce...

Pulse Asia poll shows majority approval, trust for Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has managed to retain his “big majority approval and trust ratings” both at 80%, according to Pulse Asia’s latest survey...

Trade chief affirms PHL-EU ties following Duterte outburst

By Rosemarie A. Zamora FOLLOWING the tirades by President Rodrigo R. Duterte made against the European Union (EU) on Thursday Oct. 12, Trade Secretary Ramon...

Duterte rants anew at EU, UN, US, CIA, others

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Oct. 12, slammed anew the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) in response to criticisms, not by...

Duterte tax reform spells stimulus for retailers

MAU Dizon, a marketing officer in one of the largest Philippine banks, is among millions of Filipino taxpayers who stand to benefit from President...

Duterte dismisses 2 police generals he linked to drugs early in...

By Rosemarie A. Zamora PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has dismissed two police generals for serious neglect of duty leading to the proliferation of drugs in...

SWS poll: Duterte’s net satisfaction rating falls 18 points in Q3

A LITTLE over a year into office, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dropped 18 points in the third quarter this year from...

Duterte fires two Palace employees for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said that he has fired two Palace’s officials over alleged corruption. The chief executive made the announcement during his...

SSS may remove cap on contributions

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Social Security System (SSS) may opt to remove the cap on monthly contributions instead of implementing an...

Retired Army general is new BCDA director

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday appointed retired Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Glorioso V. Miranda to be the member of the Board of the...

Duterte attacks enemies anew, claims Trillanes has mistress in AMLC

IN his latest tirade on Wednesday, Oct. 4, President Rodrigo R. Duterte claimed that opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes has a mistress named Abad...

Duterte assures ‘no whitewash’ in hazing victim’s case

THE PARENTS of fraternity hazing victim Horacio Castillo III met yesterday with President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who gave assurance that “there will be no...

Trillanes strikes back in speech vs Duterte

SENATOR Antonio F. Trillanes IV, locked in a heated exchange with President Rodrigo R. Duterte over their respective bank accounts, on Tuesday afternoon disclosed...

Chief Justice, Ombudsman part of ouster plot? Duterte thinks so

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte believes the Ombudsman and Chief Justice are being used by political forces to remove him from the presidency, his spokesman...

Authoritarian creep (pun intended)*

When President Rodrigo Duterte says something really outrageous then it backfires or he is proven to be lying or at least dissembling, he uses...

Duterte bares new ‘evidence’ on Trillanes’ alleged offshore bank accounts

By Rosemarie A. Zamora President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in a taped interview aired Friday, Sept. 29, claimed that Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV had already closed his...

Ombudsman to President: ‘This Office shall not be intimidated.’

“SORRY, Mr. President, but this Office shall not be intimidated.” So went a statement by the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, Sept. 29, in...

Pew Research Center Poll: Filipino view of US down, up for...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte remains well-liked by a large majority of Filipinos despite a brutal drug war that has killed thousands and been widely...

BBL certified urgent in legislative agenda

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Sept. 20, certified as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the legislative priorities identified by the...

Defending freedom

The authoritarian path the Duterte administration is taking imposes on the Philippine press and media, as public service institutions, the duty to more vigilantly...

Investor confidence intact — S&P

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter INVESTOR CONFIDENCE remains fairly intact more than a year into the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as policy...

Duterte: Sept. 21 ‘day of protest’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, Sept. 18, said he has declared Thursday, Sept. 21, as a “day of protest,” amid plans by his...

Palace disputes think tank’s report on governance in PHL

MALACAÑANG ON Sunday, Sept. 17, disputed a think tank’s report last week on governance in Asia which ranked the Philippines as having the weakest...

Duterte eyes Congress, SC in peace talks with Reds

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday, Sept. 16, said he is willing to resume peace talks with communist rebels, upon consultation with the legislature...

Lorenzana plays down Duterte’s remarks on nationwide martial law

WILL President Rodrigo R. Duterte declare martial law or a holiday on Sept. 21? Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday, Sept. 15, sought to...

Military spokesman Padilla, others promoted

By Rosemarie A. Zamora PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday signed the nomination of Brig. Gen. Restituto F. Padilla to the rank of Maj. Gen./Rear...

Foreign chambers pitch reforms to Duterte gov’t

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter FOREIGN BUSINESS chambers in the country yesterday set the tone for engagement with the over one-year-old government of President Rodrigo...

Influential business group flags series of impeachment cases

THE INFLUENTIAL Makati Business Club (MBC) in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 14, flagged the series of impeachment cases of late that the group...

Dismantling the Post-EDSA order

A friend recently asked me, “What’s Duterte doing? Why is he going against the Prietos and Inquirer and the Lopezes and ABS-CBN?” He was referring...

Duterte says no deal to militants for hostages

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday ruled out the possibility of allowing Islamic State (IS)-linked militants to flee a southern city in exchange for...

Stirrings

As a political activist, sometimes life seems to be one long meeting, or more precisely, an unending series of meetings. Not that I’m complaining....

Abella says war on drugs needs ‘rethinking,’ ‘restructuring’

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday, Sept. 7, acknowledged the need for “rethinking” and “restructuring” the government’s drug war. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella in a press briefing...

Duterte steps in Arnaiz murder case

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday said he has ordered the Secretary of Justice to take over the investigation into the killing of 19-year-old...

Foreign business leaders press government on infrastructure agenda

FOREIGN INVESTORS want the government to pick up the pace on infrastructure development, fearing that President Rodrigo R. Duterte may run out of time...

Duterte wants ban on open-pit mining to stay

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte said on Tuesday he agreed with banning open-pit mining in the Southeast Asian nation given the environmental harm it causes. He...

ERC defends officials’ travel after criticism from Malacañang

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said the travels of its key officials are “legitimate, legal and necessary” as they build their capability to fulfill...