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Duterte’s ratings steady after China incident

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte kept his majority approval rating and remained the most trusted government official in June, weeks after a South China Sea incident that put his warm ties with Beijing on the spotlight.

Duterte may cut ties with Iceland over UN probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is seriously considering cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland after it won United Nations support to have the Philippines investigated for its deadly war on drugs, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte to continue drug war as he faces United Nations probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will continue his war on drugs despite a United Nations resolution that seeks to investigate alleged human rights abuses by the police, according to the presidential palace.

Duterte meets with BARMM officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte met with key officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the presidential palace on Wednesday to tackle issues including how the region can better interact with the national government.

Duterte sees ‘very dangerous times’ ahead

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday cited the need to boost police and military capabilities against terrorism, saying he senses “very dangerous times ahead.”

Arroyo cites difficult ties with Duterte

FORMER President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday said she regretted her difficult relationship with President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Duterte meets with Misuari after dropping federalism push

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday met with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacañang, which comes after his recent pronouncement that he will no longer push for federalism but at least an amendment in the Constitution.

Martial rule still an option for Duterte presidency

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may still declare martial law, assume emergency powers or set up a revolutionary government as a last resort to solve the country’s worsening illegal drug problem, his spokesman said yesterday.

Net satisfaction rate of Duterte highest at +68 — Q2 survey

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s popularity hit a new record high with the second quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) report showing a two-point increase in his net satisfaction rating to +68, classified as “very good,” from +66 last quarter.

Spokesman asserts: Duterte-Xi verbal deal valid, binding

AMID CONFLICTING positions among the President’s men on the legality and enforceability of the 2016 verbal fishing agreement between the leaders of China and the Philippines, Malacañang on Thursday asserted that there is “no room” for any other interpretations on the matter, stressing that the deal is “valid.”

Foundation with Kapa stake sues Duterte, SEC chair for P3B in...

A FOUNDATION that made donations to the Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. asked the Supreme Court to remove their organization from the list of unregistered investment entities issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and to allow Kapa to resume operations.

Duterte tells reps on speaker post: ‘Sort it out among yourselves’

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday said he will no longer endorse a candidate for the House speakership race.

Duterte to tackle maritime dispute in ASEAN

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he will tackle “lengthily” the disputes in the South China Sea at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok.

Duterte approves reduced performance-based incentives for GOCC execs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has moved to reduce the performance-based incentives (PBI) of appointive directors of Government Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

Palace bares new appointments

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed three new officials, including former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) acting chief Virginia N. Orogo as new undersecretary at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Palace: Duterte averting ‘international crisis’

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not want the June 9 Recto Bank collision incident to turn into an “international crisis,” adding this will have a negative impact on the economic relations between Manila and Beijing, especially on Filipino workers in China.

‘A little accident’ — Duterte on boat sinking

SPEAKING for the first time on the June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday described the incident as a “little maritime accident,” and reiterated anew that the Philippines is “not ready to go to war” with China.

President hints on abolishing ‘exploited’ party-list system

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has said that the party-list system is being exploited by wealthy politicians, citing that many of the party-list leaders do not represent the marginalized sectors.

Forums set in preparation for President’s 4th SONA

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s Cabinet officials are set to hold a series of forums to discuss the policies, programs, and achievements of his administration in preparation for his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PhilHealth execs asked to resign as probe starts

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked the board members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roy B. Ferrer, to turn in their resignation, according to Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence T. Go.

Duterte asks CoA to allow P5M Marawi fund used for Hajj...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has asked the Commission on Audit (CoA) to “reconsider” its decision questioning the use of Marawi rehabilitation funds by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to sponsor the Hajj trip of some displaced residents of the war-torn city.

Duterte honors soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday honored 11 wounded-in-action soldiers in Sulu, Malacañang said. “President Rodrigo Roa Duterte paid tribute to injured soldiers fighting the Abu Sayyaf Group by conferring them the Order of Lapu-Lapu with rank of Kampilan during his camp visit to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Sulu,” the Palace said in a statement on Wednesday.

Duterte certifies ROTC bill as urgent

Malacañang on Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified as urgent the bill that seeks to revive the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students.

Duterte to Japanese businessmen on war with China: ‘My marines will...

THE Philippines will not stand a chance in a war with China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte reiterated anew, but this time before an audience of Japanese businessmen on Friday.

Duterte slams climate change conferences

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, before an audience of Japanese businessmen on Friday, slammed the series of international climate-change conferences amid the continuing impact of that phenomenon.

Duterte OK’s auction of Marcos jewelry

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the sale of the jewelry collection seized from former first lady and now Ilocos Norte-2nd district Rep. Imelda R. Marcos.

Analysts: Duterte’s health a ‘lesson’ for next gov’t

CONTINUED public speculations regarding the health of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, triggered by Malacañang’s handling of this matter, is an important “lesson” for the next administration, analysts sought for comment said.

Duterte pitches ‘corruption-free’ PHL

A DAY after the release of the 2019 World Competitiveness Report showing the Philippines partially recovering from a nine-notch fall on a list of 63 economies but still second to the last in Asia and the Pacific, President Rodrigo R. Duterte assured a gathering of Japanese businessmen in Tokyo of a “corruption-free” business environment in which he would meet “in 24 hours” with anyone who has a complaint about “hindrances, obstruction or outright corruption.”

Cabinet officials’ Japan trip ‘reward’ for poll results

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte left for Japan on Tuesday afternoon to attend the Nikkei 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Malacañang said.

COTELCO-PPALMA gets 25-year franchise for power distribution in Cotabato towns

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11322, granting legislative franchise to Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc.-PPALMA (COTELCO-PPALMA) to disribute power supply in the municipalities of Pikit, Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap, and Alamada (PPALMA) in the province of Cotabato.

Duterte vows to be neutral over House speakership; says he will...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday said he will resign if his son, incoming Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Z. Duterte, runs for House speakership.

40 new prosecutors appointed

MALACAÑANG ON Monday announced the appointment of 40 new prosecutors.

Duterte resurfaces after hospitalization rumors

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, after about a week out of the public eye, resurfaced at Malacañang Palace on Tuesday during the presentation of credentials of Thailand’s Ambassador Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng.

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.