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Government center and business hub opens in Bataan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday inaugurated the Bataan Government Center and Business Hub, also known as “The Bunker.”

Duterte hasn’t given up claim in South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte had not agreed to ignore an arbitration court ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea, in exchange for a joint oil and gas exploration of the disputed waterway dangled by its neighbor, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte still trusts his Transportation chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte still believes in his Transportation chief’s ability to handle the traffic gridlock in the capital and he sees no reason for him to quit, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Duterte won’t beg for emergency traffic power

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said would not beg for emergency powers from Congress to solve the traffic gridlock in the capital.

De Lima asks DoJ to dismiss sedition case

JAILED Senator Leila M. de Lima denied allegations that she was part of a group that plotted the ouster of President Rodrigo R. Duterte by linking him and his family to the illegal drug trade.

Duterte orders investigation of tabloid arson attack

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered an investigation of the arson attack on the printing plant of a Manila-based tabloid, the presidential palace said yesterday, as it condemned the assault.

Duterte fires Pasig rehab chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has fired the head of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission for alleged corruption, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte’s building program to shield economy from global slowdown, DoF says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s infrastructure projects, which will generate jobs and boost consumption, will spur economic growth and shield the country from a global economic slowdown, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Monday.

Duterte to take steps to stop corruption at national penitentiary

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo on Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is determined to stop corruption at the national penitentiary and will be taking steps to achieve that.

Duterte calls fired prison chief a ‘good man’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he still believed in his former prison chief, whom he fired early this week over the illegal release of felons convicted of heinous crimes for good conduct.

Duterte protested Chinese incursions 63 times

THE PHILIPPINES has protested Chinese incursions in the South China Sea more than 60 times since President Rodrigo R. Duterte became president in 2016, his top diplomat told lawmakers yesterday.

Duterte fires prison chief, orders probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte dismissed his prison chief late yesterday and ordered an investigation of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials over the illegal release of convicts for good conduct.

Duterte told to divulge details of China deals

AN OPPOSITION senator yesterday asked the presidential palace to disclose details of the agreements signed between the Philippines and China during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s recent visit to Beijing.

Duterte inks law regulating Islamic banks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte last week signed into law the regulatory framework for Islamic banks in the Philippines.

6 deals signed during Duterte-Xi’s 8th meeting

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday witnessed the signing of six bilateral agreements between the Philippines and China, including a $219-million loan for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul Project.

China gets mixed PHL signals on apology

PHILIPPINE authorities issued conflicting signals about Chinese apology for the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in June, with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman and top diplomat disagreeing about the matter.

Duterte to discuss conflict, cooperation with China’s leader Xi

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing today to discuss conflict issues and economic cooperation, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Duterte told to delegate power over BuCor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should issue an order allowing the Justice department to overrule decisions of the Bureau of Corrections, an opposition senator said yesterday.

Gov’t to include Misuari group in peace effort

THE PHILIPPINE government will create a body that seeks to include a breakaway Muslim rebel group in efforts to end decades of strife in the Mindanao region, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Duterte ruled out Sanchez early release — ex-aide

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Justice department not to release former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist and murderer, according to his former aide.

Duterte to sign education science agreements during China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to close agreements on education, science and technology, and economic and social development during his China visit next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Duterte told to prioritize Sea Lanes measure

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should certify as urgent the passage of a bill that will designate areas in the South China Sea where foreign vessels can pass through, a Supreme Court magistrate said.

Duterte’s media critic hires US lobbyists for cases

A US LAW firm has offered free lobby services to Maria Ressa, who heads Rappler, Inc. — a news website critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte — to “build awareness and concern” about her criminal cases in the Philippines, according to twin filings in both Houses of the US Congress.

Seriously ill children of soldiers, poor get help from Duterte

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is ready to help children who have serious illnesses, especially those of soldiers and from poor families, in getting treatment in India, his former special assistant said on Monday.

Duterte may create STL agency under his office

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he might create an agency under his office that will award small town lottery (STL) franchises to prevent corruption.

Duterte to invoke Hague ruling during China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte plans to invoke a 2016 ruling by an international arbitration panel in the Hague that rebuffed Chinese claims over parts of the South China Sea when he visits Beijing later this month, his spokesman told reporters yesterday.

Duterte worried for Luzon terror

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is worried that terrorist groups linked to Islamic State may have spilled into the main island of Luzon, according to his spokesman.

Duterte to discuss sea dispute during China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte might discuss the sea dispute with China and a potential oil exploration in the South China Sea when he visits Beijing later this month, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte threatens Negros martial law amid deaths

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has threatened to put Negros Oriental province under martial rule to “quell lawless violence” there after four policemen were killed by suspected communist rebels last month, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte open to terminating visa-on-entry for Chinese tourists

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is open to the suggestion of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. to put an end to the “visa upon arrival” policy for Chinese tourists.

Duterte wants Batanes patrols amid China row

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants regular patrols near the islands of Batanes province amid China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

Duterte strikes down stricter labor contracting rules

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) has vetoed Senate Bill No. 1826/House Bill No. 6908 or the security of tenure (SoT) measure that would have laid down stricter rules on labor contracting, after top state economic managers and major business groups warned of potential economic repercussions.

Duterte raises bounty in cops’ killing

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday raised the reward money to P3 million for the capture of those responsible for the ambush of four policemen in Negros Oriental last week.

Duterte to follow local execs on martial law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said he is not inclined to extend martial rule in Mindanao unless local officials seek it.

President says P50M threshold for plunder enough

THE threshold for the crime of plunder should stay at P50 million, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Thursday.

Duterte says in ‘catch 22’ as clock ticks on security of...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte remains in a quandary over a measure now awaiting his signature that imposes tighter controls on labor contracting, with a few days left before it lapses into law on Saturday sans any Executive action.

Return of capital punishment to be prioritized

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent a bill seeking to restore the death penalty for drug trafficking, plunder and other heinous crimes, his spokesman said yesterday.

Cabinet details post-SONA water management plans, road clearing

THE Cabinet presented on Tuesday its plans to execute President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instructions delivered during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which included the reclaiming and clearing of public roads in Metro Manila to ease congestion, the coordination of water supply and conservation efforts, and the more rapid issuance of permits.

Duterte’s ratings steady after China incident

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte kept his majority approval rating and remained the most trusted government official in June, weeks after a South China Sea incident that put his warm ties with Beijing on the spotlight.

Duterte may cut ties with Iceland over UN probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is seriously considering cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland after it won United Nations support to have the Philippines investigated for its deadly war on drugs, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte to continue drug war as he faces United Nations probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will continue his war on drugs despite a United Nations resolution that seeks to investigate alleged human rights abuses by the police, according to the presidential palace.

Duterte meets with BARMM officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte met with key officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the presidential palace on Wednesday to tackle issues including how the region can better interact with the national government.

Duterte sees ‘very dangerous times’ ahead

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday cited the need to boost police and military capabilities against terrorism, saying he senses “very dangerous times ahead.”

Arroyo cites difficult ties with Duterte

FORMER President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday said she regretted her difficult relationship with President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte meets with Misuari after dropping federalism push

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday met with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacañang, which comes after his recent pronouncement that he will no longer push for federalism but at least an amendment in the Constitution.