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Duterte orders police to shoot troublemakers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday night ordered police to shoot troublemakers amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Duterte considers floating quarantine hospitals

THE government is looking at using “floating quarantine hospitals” on ships in different parts of the country to house persons under monitoring for the novel coronavirus and help unburden hospitals already at their full capacities, the presidential palace said in a March 30 report to Congress.

Duterte to be tested for novel coronavirus

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will be tested for the novel coronavirus amid rising cases of infection in Metro Manila, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Duterte repeals fiat shunning aid from drug-critic nations

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has revoked an order he issued last year rejecting loans and grants from 41 countries that backed a probe of his deadly war on drugs, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Duterte defends VFA termination

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has defended his decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, saying the Philippines has the capability to handle internal security threats on its own.

Duterte to visit local tourist destinations

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will visit local tourist destinations including the world renowned Boracay beach in the coming weeks to encourage local travel amid a coronavirus outbreak, the presidential palace said on Monday.

Duterte ends troop agreement with United States

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte formally notified the US of his decision to pull out of a military agreement on the deployment of troops for war games, the first time he has scrapped a military deal with the former colonial power that he had criticized for treating the Philippines “like a dog on a leash.”

Duterte not open to new water contract negotiation

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has reiterated that he is not open to negotiations over the revised deals that will be offered to Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires unless they pay consumers back the money collected based on the previous “onerous contracts.”

Duterte orders Cabinet members to shun travel to US

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered his Cabinet members to temporarily “boycott” trips to the United States following his recent pronouncement that he will be revoking the Philippine’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with its long-time ally.

Duterte satisfaction rating hits record

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s satisfaction rating hit a record +72 in the past quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Duterte calls on Congress to allocate more funds for evacuation centers

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday called on Congress to allocate more money to build evacuation centers in disaster-prone areas.

Duterte bans worker deployment to Kuwait

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait after a Filipina housemaid there died allegedly in the hands of her employer.

Duterte names new police chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would appoint officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa as his next police chief, ABS-CBN News reported.

Duterte bars PNP from ordering supplies, property

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would take away the police’s procurement powers after the agency was said to have bought overpriced speed guns.

Duterte vows to jail officials for ‘onerous’ water deals

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday vowed to prosecute officials responsible for onerous provisions in the government’s contracts with water utilities.

Duterte’s deadly drug war a failure, Robredo says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs has failed, with authorities having seized only 1% of the contraband since he assumed office almost four years ago, according to the country’s opposition leader.

Duterte wants standby fund for OFWs in Middle East

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to set up a standby fund for the return of Filipino workers in the Middle East in case tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.

US senator scores Duterte’s `strongman tactics’

AN AMERICAN senator has criticized President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “strongman tactics,” saying he won’t end his campaign against alleged human rights violations despite being barred from coming to the Philippines.

Palace touts achievements of Duterte in 2019

FILIPINOS have so much to look forward to this year under the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the presidential palace said on Thursday, as it touted achievements in the past year.

Duterte wants Maoist leader to come home

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants Maoist leader Jose Maria C. Sison to come home from the Netherlands so they could have a “one-on-one talk” and possibly resume peace talks.

Duterte says he’s not answerable to ICC

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he would never answer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his administration’s deadly war on drugs.

Duterte open to peace talks with Maoist rebels

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is still open to peace talks with Maoist rebels despite increasing attacks on government officials, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Gov’t gears for Maoist attacks during holidays

THE government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte will tighten security in the metro after receiving intelligence information that Maoist rebels have activated their assassination arm to target state officials during the holidays.

Duterte won’t divulge net worth, Palace says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte won’t release a copy of his net worth statement to the public, the presidential palace said on Monday, raising questions about his administration’s policy on honesty and openness.

Farmers get 120,000 hectares of land under agrarian reform

THE government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has given out more than 120,000 hectares of land for agrarian purposes, according to the presidential palace.

Gov’t poised to beat anti-poverty goal by 2022

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s government can lift more people out of poverty than originally targeted by the end of his six-year term in 2022, one of his economic managers said on Wednesday.

Duterte wants to resume talks with Maoist rebels

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will send an agent to talk to Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria C. Sison in the Netherlands in a bid to resume peace talks.

Duterte says there will be ‘no sacred cow’ in SEA Games...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will not spare organizers of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from punishment if allegations of corruption against officials including his ally Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano are proven.

Duterte defends drug war against critics

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday defended his deadly war on drugs against critics, saying the country needs an iron fist to destroy drug lords.

Duterte orders drive vs illegal recruiters

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday ordered Labor and Social Welfare officials to combat illegal recruitment of Filipinos to other countries. “I order you to come...

Duterte disappointed with pace of major projects

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday expressed disappointment with the perceived slow progress of big-ticket infrastructure projects after economic officials said earlier that a little more than half of the expanded list would be completed 2022 when he ends his six-year term.

Duterte to heed military, police on martial law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will heed the recommendation of the police and military whether to extend martial law in the Mindanao region.

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.