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Duterte says hundreds fired for graft

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night said hundreds of state officials had been fired under his anti-corruption drive.

Duterte asked to quicken vaccine approvals

THE HEALTH department asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night to issue an order that will fast-track the approval process for coronavirus vaccines.

Duterte says vaccines may be funded by loan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said the government might borrow $300 million to finance its vaccination program for the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 400,000 and killed almost 8,000 people in the Philippines.

Palace says Duterte to work with Biden based on respect

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is looking to improve ties with the United States under President-elect Joseph Biden, according to the presidential palace.

Duterte orders probe of agencies for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday ordered the Justice department to probe all agencies for corruption, in line with his campaign against anomalies in the government.

Duterte urged to set De Lima free after favorable testimony

MINORITY senators on Sunday urged the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to release an opposition lawmaker critical of his deadly war on drugs after an expert witness said there was no evidence linking her to the illegal narcotics trade.

Duterte faulted for failing to disclose worth

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has yet to disclose his net worth despite his vow of transparency, according to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

Duterte wants all Filipinos vaccinated vs virus

THE PHILIPPINES has funds to buy coronavirus vaccines but it needs more so the entire population of more than 100 million could be inoculated, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday night.

Senate OK’s bill allowing Duterte to fast-track permits

THE SENATE approved on second reading a bill giving President Rodrigo R. Duterte special powers to fast-track the issuance of permits and licenses amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

UN to step up rights work in Philippines after drug war...

GENEVA — The Philippines pledged on Wednesday to cooperate with the United Nations (UN) on human rights issues after UN investigators documented tens of...

Duterte approval rating rises to 91% amid COVID-19 pandemic

NINE of 10 Filipinos approved of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s performance amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll by Pulse Asia Research, Inc.

Duterte’s trust rating rises to 91% amid region’s worst outbreak

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has maintained majority approval and trust ratings amid Southeast Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreak, according to pollster Pulse Asia. Mr. Duterte’s approval...

Duterte blasts Facebook after military, police pages taken down

President Rodrigo R. Duterte criticized Facebook Inc. for taking down accounts supposedly linked to the military and police, and questioned if it should continue...

Palace: Duterte not interested in term extension

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is not interested in a term extension, which could only be done with a change in the 1987 Constitution, his spokesman said on Monday.

Duterte stance on China too late, analysts say

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s tougher stance on China might be a case of being too little, too late, according to political analysts.

Duterte’s tough stance on China may signal end of friendly ties

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his most forceful defense of a 2016 United Nations (UN) ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China, in a move that could signal the end of friendly ties with its neighbor, analysts said.

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.