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Duterte healthy despite cancer threat, says palace spokesman

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte remains fit despite an earlier disclosure that he was at risk of getting cancer, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Palace: Duterte won’t give an inch of territory to other states

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte won’t give an inch of Philippine territory to other states, the presidential palace said on Monday after Manila protested alleged Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

Court urged to order palace disclosure of Duterte health state

A LAWYER has asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to disclose the health condition of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte isolated after coming into contact with positive official

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has been isolated after a Cabinet official he met with last week tested positive for the coronavirus, the presidential palace said on Monday.

The Philippines needs a bigger stimulus plan, Vice-President says

The Philippines should pass a 1.3 trillion-peso ($26.4 billion) stimulus package that would give wage subsidies and bigger assistance to pandemic-hit companies, Vice-President Maria...

Duterte told to detail economic recovery plan

LAWMAKERS on Tuesday sought a clearer plan for the government’s stimulus package to help revive an economy on the edge of a recession from a coronavirus pandemic after President Rodrigo R. Duterte failed to mention the P1.3-trillion stimulus bill pending in Congress.

Duterte rants against Drilon ‘unpresidential,’ another senator says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s rants against opposition Senator Franklin M. Drilon at his annual address to Congress were “unpresidential,” according to another senator.

Duterte threatens closure or govt takeover of ‘lousy’ telecom firms

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday threatened the closure or government expropriation of telecoms firms for what he called “lousy” services, and gave providers until December to improve.

Duterte’s political future hinges on Philippine pandemic rebound

At the start of the coronavirus outbreak, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said the disease would “die a natural death.” Five months later, the pandemic...

Duterte departing from renewables pledge, NGO says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is not fulfilling his pledge to encourage the development of renewables after making a push for coal-fired energy in his home region of the southern Philippines, a non-government organization (NGO) said.

Face-to-face classes approved for January

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a proposal to allow limited face-to-face classes in coronavirus low-risk areas starting January.

COVID-19, China policy may dent Duterte rating

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s popularity may get dented for the first time by his pro-China policy combined with his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a political analyst.

Duterte still likely to end troop deployment deal with America

THE GOVERNMENT of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is bent on ending a military agreement with the US on the deployment of troops for war games, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Duterte remains wary of totally reopening economy

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is not keen on fully reopening the economy at this time, as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections continues to rise.

Duterte faces 4 suits aiming to void expanded anti-terror law

LAWYERS’ groups and opposition lawmakers asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte from enforcing a law expanding anti-terror crimes, saying the measure arms the state to stifle dissent and violate human rights.

Metro Manila will remain under general lockdown, Duterte says

MANILA and nearby cities will remain under a general lockdown until July 15, while a strict lockdown in Cebu City, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections will be kept, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said late Tuesday.

Philippine finance chief seeks to further reopen the economy

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III seeks to further loosen movement curbs in the capital region to reignite an economy facing its deepest slump...

Duterte to visit troops inside military camps

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte will visit military camps around the country to check on soldiers, he said in a speech on Monday night.

US government worried about guilty judgment on journalists

THE UNITED STATES government has raised concerns about the conviction of a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, saying the case must be resolved in favor of press freedom.

House body OKs bill extending Duterte powers vs coronavirus

CONGRESSMEN acting as members of the Committee of the Whole approved on Wednesday evening a bill that will extend the special powers given to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to fight the coronavirus by three more months.

Duterte backed off threat to end US pact due to virus,...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte backed off his threat to end a 21-year-old military pact with the US on the deployment of troops for war games due to “heightened super power tensions” and as the world grappled with a coronavirus pandemic, his chief diplomat said on Wednesday.

Duterte calls for staggered tuition payments

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is calling on schools to accept staggered tuition payments to address difficulties of parents in paying for their child’s education amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Task force backs easing one of world’s toughest lockdowns

MANILA — The Philippines’ coronavirus task force has recommended to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to ease one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world for residents in the capital Manila, who have endured nearly 11 weeks of restrictions on activity.

Duterte rules out physical classes without a vaccine

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said he would only allow classes once a vaccine for the novel coronavirus has become available.

Duterte asked to fire Health chief over hospital emergency fund

A group of private hospitals have asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to replace his Health chief with someone “who can deliver the goods better in addressing the health concerns of the country.”

Duterte seeks probe of overpriced supplies

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the alleged overpricing of medical supplies and equipment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) investigated, his office said on Friday.

Gov’t warns of another lockdown if there’s spike in COVID-19 cases

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has threatened to reimpose a lockdown if coronavirus cases spike, as his Health chief said the pandemic entered a “second wave” in the Philippines as early as March.

Duterte offers P2M bounty for rebels

THE government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can give information leading to the capture of communist rebels.

Duterte says he’ll end peace talks with communist rebels

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night said he would end peace talks with Maoist rebels after attacks on soldiers delivering medical aid amid a novel coronavirus pandemic.

President Duterte threatens martial law if communist rebels disrupt aid

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to declare martial law if communist rebels disrupt the flow of relief goods for people affected by the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, and asked the military to be ready.

Duterte unlikely to impose total lockdown, his spokesman says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was unlikely to impose a total lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, his spokesman said on Monday.

Duterte, Trump talk on phone about novel coronavirus strategy

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte engaged in a “cordial” phone conversation with US President Donald J. Trump on Sunday night to discuss cooperation against the coronavirus pandemic, his spokesman said on Monday.

Duterte orders police to shoot troublemakers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday night ordered police to shoot troublemakers amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Duterte considers floating quarantine hospitals

THE government is looking at using “floating quarantine hospitals” on ships in different parts of the country to house persons under monitoring for the novel coronavirus and help unburden hospitals already at their full capacities, the presidential palace said in a March 30 report to Congress.

Duterte to be tested for novel coronavirus

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will be tested for the novel coronavirus amid rising cases of infection in Metro Manila, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Duterte repeals fiat shunning aid from drug-critic nations

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has revoked an order he issued last year rejecting loans and grants from 41 countries that backed a probe of his deadly war on drugs, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Duterte defends VFA termination

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has defended his decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, saying the Philippines has the capability to handle internal security threats on its own.

Duterte to visit local tourist destinations

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will visit local tourist destinations including the world renowned Boracay beach in the coming weeks to encourage local travel amid a coronavirus outbreak, the presidential palace said on Monday.

Duterte ends troop agreement with United States

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte formally notified the US of his decision to pull out of a military agreement on the deployment of troops for war games, the first time he has scrapped a military deal with the former colonial power that he had criticized for treating the Philippines “like a dog on a leash.”

Duterte not open to new water contract negotiation

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has reiterated that he is not open to negotiations over the revised deals that will be offered to Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires unless they pay consumers back the money collected based on the previous “onerous contracts.”

Duterte orders Cabinet members to shun travel to US

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered his Cabinet members to temporarily “boycott” trips to the United States following his recent pronouncement that he will be revoking the Philippine’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with its long-time ally.

Duterte satisfaction rating hits record

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s satisfaction rating hit a record +72 in the past quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Duterte calls on Congress to allocate more funds for evacuation centers

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday called on Congress to allocate more money to build evacuation centers in disaster-prone areas.

Duterte bans worker deployment to Kuwait

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait after a Filipina housemaid there died allegedly in the hands of her employer.

Duterte names new police chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would appoint officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa as his next police chief, ABS-CBN News reported.