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Palace slams US comedian for portrayal of Duterte

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday criticized an American comedian-host for “implying” in his Netflix show that President Rodrigo R. Duterte is an “autocrat” who “every so often goes on a killing spree.”

Duterte declares May 13 a holiday

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday issued Proclamation 719 declaring Election Day, May 13, as a special non-working holiday nationwide.

Duterte warns Negros Occidental mayor: Let the people vote freely

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has warned the mayor of a town in Negros Occidental against sowing fear and to allow the people “to vote freely” on May 13.

Duterte to Congress: Pass laws on labor rights

IN his Labor Day message on Wednesday, President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on Congress to “consider” passing laws that will “fully protect” workers’ rights to security of tenure and self-organization.

Duterte to stick to bilateral talks with China

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte prefers a bilateral over a multilateral approach to the unresolved maritime dispute concerning the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Record-high increase among top gov’t agencies in SWS poll

THE top government agencies as well as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Cabinet posted “record-high” increases in a first quarter poll by the Social Weather Stations.

Duterte signs EO setting up inter-agency cluster, guidelines for normalization process...

THE EXECUTIVE Order (EO) setting up an inter-cabinet cluster mechanism for the “timely” implementation of the normalization program in the new Bangsamoro region has been signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

PHL, Chinese firms sign $12-B in business deals

THE Philippine business delegation and Chinese companies on Friday signed 19 deals worth $12.165 billion, according to Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

Palace warns trash may spoil ties with Canada

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Philippines may come “to naught” if Canada fails to act immediately on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s demand to pull out its trash shipped to the Philippines some five years ago.

Duterte to dismiss more corrupt officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said he would issue “so many letters of dismissal” against corrupt government officials.

‘We just want them to know that we know’: Palace on...

THE government will not crack down on media organizations and journalists identified in a “matrix” released by Malaca√±ang as being among those plotting President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s ouster.

Duterte threatens anew to sack MWSS officials

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has threatened anew to sack Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) officials if the water shortage continues during the El Niño period.

Duterte to discuss Chinese vessels with Xi

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s bilateral talks this month with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing may include the continued presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.

Palace: Motorbike plates law may be remedied in IRR

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the new law on motorcycle plates, which President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants suspended, may still be implemented after all.

Duterte says gov’t should seek a ‘compromise’ with China over Pag-asa

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said the government should seek a compromise with China over the Philippine’s Pag-asa Island, saying the country would never win if it went to war over it.

He knows that is against the Constitution: VP Leni Robredo

VICE-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo Ms. Robredo expressed her disappointment over the president’s threat to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare a “revolutionary war,” and said she is ready to take his place if need be.

Use of bulletproof glass panel part of protocol to protect Duterte

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the use of a bulletproof glass panel to protect President Rodrigo R. Duterte when he spoke at a campaign rally in Malabon City last Tuesday was simply part of security protocols, even as it noted that the chief executive has “made many powerful enemies with his war against drugs, criminality, corruption and all forms of illegality.”

Duterte vows urban land reform in Metro Manila

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said his administration will be carrying out urban land reform in Metro Manila.

Rio reappointed to DICT

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has reappointed Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. as acting secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) after Senator Gregorio B. Honasan II’s appointment lapsed.

Duterte disavows ICC complaint to Chinese minister

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday disavowed complaint filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping and others before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen at the West Philippine Sea.

Prayers for the birthday of a president critical of the church

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, who has professed belief in God but not in institutional religion and has repeatedly lashed at the Catholic church, received prayers from both friends and foe on his 74th birthday on March 28.

Duterte to discuss maritime row with Xi

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will raise issues concerning the West Philippine Sea, including the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen, with Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits Beijing next month to attend the Belt and Road Forum.

GenSan now has own legislative district

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed into law a measure “creating the lone legislative district” of General Santos City, an independent city categorized as highly urbanized in the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) Region.

Sison again says Duterte’s demands to resume peace talks unacceptable

COMMUNIST PARTY of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria C. Sison on Thursday again said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s conditions for the resumption of peace talks are unacceptable.

Duterte orders cops to track down Lapu-Lapu teen’s killers

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately track down the killers of a teen girl in Cebu, whom he said must be illegal drug users given the brutal nature of the crime.

Duterte vetoes bill on Central Luzon investment, infra hub

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has rejected the bill creating the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub of Central Luzon (RICH), citing “substantial fiscal risks” to the economy given its provisions on incentives.

Palace: Duterte, Congress leaders to resolve budget

CONGRESS LEADERS were scheduled to meet last night with President Rodrigo R. Duterte to discuss the impasse between the Senate and the House of Representatives on the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.

Duterte fires PCSO general manager

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has fired Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander F. Balutan because of corruption allegations, Malacañang said on Friday.

CA justice appointed to SC

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier as new Supreme Court (SC) associate justice.

Duterte approves order on transition for MILF armed units

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the proposed executive order for the implementation of the next plan for the newly-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which includes the disarming of private armies and former rebels in the area.

Palace denies Duterte arranged for Misuari’s foreign trip

MALACANANG ON Monday denied that President Rodrigo R. Duterte made any arrangement for the provisional liberty of rebel leader Nur Misuari.

Panelo defends Duterte’s doubts on Marcos ill-gotten wealth

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Friday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte doubted the Marcoses had ill-gotten wealth because there were no cases that convicted the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.

President vetoes anti-corporal punishment bill

MALACAÑANG announced on Thursday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill that seeks to ban corporal punishment on children.

Duterte signs law extending use of ill-gotten wealth for human rights-abuse...

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved Joint Resolution No. 04 by Congress, extending until Dec. 31 this year the maintenance, availability, and release of funds intended for human rights-abuse victims during martial law.

Duterte extends terms of special envoys to China for this year

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has extended the terms of five special envoys to the People’s Republic of China.

Duterte questions ill gotten-wealth claim vs Marcos

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday expressed doubts over accusations that the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. had ill-gotten...

Sison slams Duterte’s claim of ‘gay’ NPA rebels

COMMUNIST PARTY of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria C. Sison took issue with the claim of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that almost half of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels are “gay.”

‘Inday controls the politics’: Duterte says of daughter

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday said his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, is in control of the family’s political decisions.

Lay off priests, Duterte now says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday said people should stop using his name to intimidate Church leaders, especially Catholic priests.

Duterte skips EDSA rites but issues message

SKIPPING the EDSA People Power anniversary rites for the third time, President Rodrigo R Duterte nevertheless issued a presidential message saying “I join the Filipino people in commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the People Power Revolution.

EO designates economic zone in Novaliches

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a proclamation designating as a Special Economic Zone an 18,659 square-meter area at Quirino Highway corner Regalado Avenue in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Gov’t to identify state properties for land reform

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order directing all government agencies to identify government-owned lands “devoted to or suitable for” agricultural use “for the purpose of eventual distribution to qualified beneficiaries.”

Palace: Duterte okay with releasing narco-list ahead of Election Day

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is in favor of releasing a new narco-list ahead of the 2019 midterm elections.

Another retired general appointed to DSWD

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed another retired official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Malacañang announced on Monday.

Bong Go leaps to ‘Magic 12,’ Poe retains lead in Pulse...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go has leapt to the top 12 in Pulse Asia’s latest survey on senatorial candidates conducted last January.