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Duterte says dismissed Bacolod police chief a drug lord ‘protector’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday said that dismissed Bacolod police chief Senior Supt. Francisco B. Ebreo “might not be” in the illegal drug trade, but revealed that he is a protector of a certain drug lord in the city.

Duterte to join campaign for BOL approval

COTABATO CITY — Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim expressed confidence in the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) given the vigorous campaign that various sectors have been conducting in the past weeks.

PNP, AFP ordered to secure the BOL plebiscite, elections

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to secure the upcoming plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the National and Local Elections (NLE).

Anti-Corruption Commission gets anti-red tape recommendatory powers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order mandating the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to recommend complaints of violations of the Anti-Red Tape Act to the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

President Duterte appoints Ramos-Samaniego as BoI governor

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Board of Investments (BoI) Management Service Group OIC-Executive Director Marjorie O. Ramos-Samaniego as BoI governor.

Duterte signs law on 300% increase in pension for war veterans

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law increasing the monthly pension of war veterans to “300%” beginning this year.

Duterte signs into law HIV and AIDS Act

MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Wednesday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018.

Concern over Dutertre’s health rises in SWS poll

A SURVEY by the Social Weather Stations conducted in the fourth quarter last year found 66% of Filipino adults saying they are worried (22% worried a great deal and 44% somewhat worried) and 34% saying they are not worried (16% are somewhat not worried and 18% are not worried at all) about President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health.

Palace on China-Taiwan row: ‘It’s between the two countries’

“NEVER MIND them,” said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman, in response to questions about China’s latest tension with Taiwan.

DoJ to help speed up cases of rebels

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ), as a member of the national task force formed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte for localized peace processes, will help in the speedy investigation and trial of people involved in the communist armed conflict, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

Duterte: Let’s abolish the Road Board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte himself has said that he wants, and will support the move, to abolish the Road Board.

4 new diplomats appointed

MALACAÑANG ON Friday announced the appointment of three new ambassadors and a special envoy, whose appointment papers were signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Dec. 19.

Duterte wants IP ‘hamlets’ to keep NPAs out

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will “hamlet” indigenous peoples (IP) beginning “this year” to protect them from being attacked or influenced by communist guerrillas.

DILG given power to fill up vacant local gov’t posts

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has authorized Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año to appoint temporary officers for vacant elective local government posts to avoid crippling operations and the delivery of public services.

Localized peace talks a good road — analysts

THE DUTERTE administration’s move towards stronger localized peace talks with communist guerrillas is an “innovation worth pursuing,” but the 2019 target to quash the insurgency is not very realistic, analysts say.

Malacañang calls lawmakers’ treatment of Diokno ‘unparliamentary’

MALACAÑANG on Friday slammed lawmakers at the House of Representatives for their “unparliamentary behavior” towards Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno.

Palace stands by Budget chief

MALACAÑANG on Thursday stood by Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno amid calls from lawmakers at the House of Representatives for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to remove him over alleged irregularities in the proposed 2019 national budget.

Gov’t vehicle procurement simplified

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has issued Administrative Order No. 14, streamlining the approval process for the procurement of government motor vehicles.

Localized peace deals get boost from gov’t

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an order creating a national task force that will focus on localized peace processes to end the 50-year old communist armed conflict in the country.

Duterte seeks another full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte requested Congress to approve another full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao, Malacañang said on Friday.

Duterte cites improvements in airport inspections

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday cited improvements at the airports, including his “no human contact” and “no opening of baggage” policies.

Duterte backtracks on ‘marijuana’ remarks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, whose controversial drug war has prompted international criticism in the course of his administration, said on Monday he smokes marijuana to stay awake and cope with his punishing schedule.

Lizada moved to Civil Service

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has transferred Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Member Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Palace deploys more troops to Samar, Negros, Bicol

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the immediate deployment of more troops to “suppress lawless violence and acts of terror” in the provinces of Samar, Negros, and the Bicol Region.

Duterte fires HUDCC official

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced the firing of another official, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Falconi V. Millar.

Xi begins visit as PHL, China ink 29 agreements

THE PHILIPPINES and China on Tuesday signed 29 bilateral agreements, covering a wide range of development initiatives such as infrastructure, agriculture, trade, monetary. and humanitarian assistance, on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Philippines on Monday.

Duterte fires 3 social welfare undersecretaries

MALACAÑANG ON Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has terminated three undersecretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to give newly-appointed Secretary, Ret. Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a free hand to “bring his own team to provide better services to the public.”

Duterte, Abe meet, tackle peace and infrastructure initiatives

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a bilateral meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore and discussed cooperation between the two countries on peace and infrastructure.

Duterte: China ‘in possession’ of South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said he opposes the conduct of military drills in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, adding that the area is in the “possession” of the People’s Republic of China.

Duterte to pursue Code of Conduct with China

LEADERS OF THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have targeted to complete by next year, with the People’s Republic of China, the Code of Conduct (CoC) on the South China Sea.

OIC appointed to Bong Go’s office

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Office of the President (OP) Undersecretary Jesus Melchor V. Quitain as Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), which was previously held by former secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go.

Duterte threatened deployment ban if OFW in UAE executed: Bello

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte would have declared a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if its government pushed through with the execution of Jennifer Dalquez.

Duterte endorses singer-songwriter running for senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday endorsed the senatorial candidacy of singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar.

EO establishes council to oversee Mindanao barter

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) regulating the barter trade in Mindanao, in part to “strengthen trade and commerce between and among the member states of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).”

Duterte vows no martial law in remainder of term

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will not declare martial law in the second half of his term, but he will use the “strongest tools” to deal with crimes in the country, especially drug trafficking.

Spokesman clarifies Duterte’s tirade vs online gambling

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday clarified President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s latest remarks on “online gambling,” saying the leader was only referring to operations that do not have permits.

Duterte honors first batch of National Artists

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday formally conferred the Order of National Artist on seven veteran artists, all renowned in their respective fields. They constitute the first batch of National Artists under his administration.

Gov’t sets inquiry on massacre of Sagay farmers

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday visited the site where nine farmers were killed while occupying part of a sugar plantation, according to activists there.

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Michael Yang’s alleged appointment

SENATOR Leila M. de Lima wants a Senate committee to look into the appointment of foreign nationals in public office after Chinese national Michael Yang identified himself as the President’s economic adviser.

Duterte on daughter: ‘Be careful with that woman’

“BE CAREFUL with that woman. She can oust even the Speaker. She operated in Davao.”

Palace: DDB wants Duterte to name narco-candidates

THE Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) wants President Rodrigo R. Duterte to make public the names of candidates involved in illegal drugs, according to his spokesman.

Duterte assures integrity of 2019 polls

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) should “stay neutral” as the 2019 mid-term elections draw near.

Duterte appoints new CHEd chairman

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed J. Prospero “Popoy” E. De Vera III as Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), according to the commission’s OIC-Executive Director Cinderella Filipina S. Benitez-Jaro.

Duterte to pitch support for MSMEs in ASEAN meeting

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will urge leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during their gathering in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Oct. 11, to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region and “call for economic resilience amidst prevailing global economic uncertainties,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

SWS poll: Majority agree President’s health a public matter

MAJORITY of Filipinos, at 61%, agree that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health is a public matter, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).