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Pasig River rehab agency abolished

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will abolish the agency tasked to revive the Pasig River.

Gov’t to block foreign activist critical of drug war

THE presidential palace wants to ban a foreign human rights activist for allegedly interfering in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

Duterte to meet with Nur Misuari on peace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will meet with the head of a Muslim rebel group next month to discuss how it can help resolve decades-old conflict in the Mindanao region, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte to take 3-day rest to catch up on sleep

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will take a three-day rest from work, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Duterte gov’t rating falls but still ‘very good’

THREE OF FOUR Filipinos remained satisfied with the performance of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Duterte’s APEC attendance still depends on doctor’s advice

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s attendance to the Nov. 16-17 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Chile still depends on his doctors’ advice as well as developments in the ongoing unrest in the host country.

Delegation of power to VP needs document

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte can delegate the power to lead the crackdown on illegal drugs to Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo, but this will require a written authority, a retired Supreme Court magistrate said.

Duterte serious about making Robredo his anti-illegal drug czar

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s offer for Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo to head the state’s crackdown against illegal drugs is a chance for her to prove her mettle as the head of the opposition, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Palace asserts medical bulletin on Duterte not needed with no ‘serious...

THE PALACE on Friday asserted that there is no need to issue a medical bulletin on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health status because he has no “serious illness.”

Duterte to divulge health examination results

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will divulge the results of his medical consultation after back pain forced him to cut short his trip to Japan this week, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Back pain forces Duterte to cut Japan trip short

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte cut short his trip to Japan because of “unbearable pain” in his spinal column after falling from a motorcycle last week, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte promises business sector an audience for corruption concerns

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte told the business sector Thursday night that he is willing to leave Cabinet meetings to hear out any corruption issues that investors may bring up.

Duterte sustains minor injuries from bike accident

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte obtained minor injuries after falling off his motorcycle late Wednesday evening, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go told reporters Thursday.

SWS: Duterte’s rating dips but still ‘very good’

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s overall satisfaction rating dropped in the third quarter this year, but remains at a “very good” level of +65, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Wednesday.

Duterte’s approval rating dips amid jail probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s approval rating fell in September, amid a Senate investigation of the country’s jail system for corruption that allegedly leads all the way to top police officials.

Nothing to worry about President’s health, palace says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is just doing well after disclosing that he suffers from an autoimmune disease that could potentially have serious complications, the presidential palace said yesterday.

Duterte retracts on drug claims vs generals

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday backtracked on his earlier claim that two generals were involved in illegal drugs. “I must admit my ignorance,” Mr....

Duterte to visit Russia next month

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will explore trade and investment opportunities when he visits Russia next month, according to the Foreign Affairs department.

Duterte tells Chinese investors to behave or die

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday promised Chinese businessmen a hard stance against corruption to ease business transactions, but told them to behave “or I will kill you.”

President still trusts his police chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte still trusts his police chief after reports of his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside jails, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte shuns aid over UN probe of drug war

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte had ordered all agencies to reject loans and grants from 41 countries that backed a probe of his deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands, his spokesman said yesterday after denying such memo existed.

More convicts surrender

MORE convicts illegally released by authorities had surrendered to police after the Sept. 19 deadline set by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Justice department said yesterday.

Duterte names new military chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lieutenant General Noel Clement as the new Armed Forces chief of staff, his spokesman said on Friday.

Duterte orders jail revamp due to corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered a revamp of the country’s jail system due to corruption, his spokesman said yesterday.

Palace says president misspoke on ambush

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte misspoke when he admitted ordering the ambush of a mayor last year, the presidential palace said yesterday.

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.