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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).

4 more communications vs Duterte filed at ICC — CHR

AT LEAST four more “confidential communications” about President Rodrigo Duterte’s ferocious war on drugs have been filed before the International Criminal Court, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chief Jose Luis Martin “Chito” C. Gascon said. Mr. Gascon said that these communications were filed as early as 2016.

Malacañang defends Duterte’s remarks on EJKs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s latest statement that his only “sin” was extrajudicial killings should not be taken seriously, Palace officials said on Friday.

President owns up to EJKs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday owned up to extra judicial killings (EJKs) in the country as he deplored complaints filed against his controversial war on drugs, accusing him of murder and crimes against humanity, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

State of calamity declared in Ompong-hit regions

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared a state of calamity in Regions I, II, III, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to “widespread destruction, substantial damage and deaths” caused by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).

Duterte’s approval, trust ratings fall in Pulse Asia’s September poll

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s trust and approval ratings fell considerably in a September poll by Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.

Palace confirms Duterte’s ‘routine’ medical procedures

MALACAÑANG ON Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had recently undergone colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures, but added this was “routine.”

Duterte wants Army chief Bautista to head NFA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday offered Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, retiring Commanding General of the Philippine Army, to take over the position of outgoing National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino.

Duterte sends 4 Cabinet officials to storm area

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Thursday assigned four Cabinet officials to Northern Luzon that are expected to be affected by super-typhoon Ompong.

Duterte meets Sung Kim

UNITED STATES Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim met with President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to discuss defense and economic cooperation with the Philippines.

Prosecutors in Ampatuan massacre case to update Duterte

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson and Presidential Adviser on Human Rights Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Thursday said he will meet anew with prosecutors tasked with the 2009 Ampatuan massacre case to update President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Palace: Duterte’s ‘incitement’ of soldiers shows confidence in their support

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday sought to downplay President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “incitement” of dissatisfied soldiers to move against him, saying it was only an “expression of confidence” that no one from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will follow the footsteps of former mutineer Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV.

Palace readies EO to ease food import process

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may issue an executive order (EO) to address inflation by removing “administrative constraints and non-tariff barriers” on the import of basic goods.

Duterte to ‘scout’ for new NFA administrator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Tuesday he is looking for a new administrator to replace Jason Laureano Y. Aquino of the National Food Authority (NFA), as per the latter’s request to be relieved from his post.

Duterte to ‘speak to the nation’

MALACAÑANG ON Monday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “speak to the nation” on Tuesday afternoon.

Credit raters cautious on political noise

DEBT WATCHERS are cautious over increased political noise due to moves to persecute another of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s critics and changes at the Supreme Court, even as one said these developments are unlikely to alter its assessment on the country unless they dampen business sentiment.

Robredo to Duterte: Assure people you are on top of problems

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo, in a statement on Friday, called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to “use his podium to assure the people that he is on top” of the nation’s problems.

President defends De Castro’s appointment

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday defended his appointment of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, citing the Supreme Court’s (SC) tradition of seniority.

Executive, House break budget deadlock

TALKS in Malacañan Palace last Tuesday between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo broke the deadlock over the Executive’s proposed national budget for next year, with a leader in the House of Representatives saying the chamber will likely resume deliberations and should be able to meet the deadline for the spending plan’s approval.

Unite, prepare for 2019 elections, Duterte instructs factions in PDP-Laban

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday instructed the warring factions in his party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), to unite and prepare for the 2019 elections.

Palace adviser appointed special envoy to Kuwait

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipinos Workers’ (OFW) Affairs Abdullah D. Mama-o as the Philippines’...

Duterte scraps planned MoU with Kuwait on OFWs

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Sunday said he will no longer pursue the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the protection...

Duterte defends removal of comfort-woman statue

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte said the removed statue symbolizing the wartime Filipino comfort woman can be relocated “somewhere else” as it has created a...

Labor Day preparation

A MEMBER of a militant group prepares on April 29 an effigy that will be used for protest rallies that will be staged during...

Duterte wants peace talks in Manila with Sison

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants peace talks with communist rebels held in Manila, with exiled Communist Party of the Philippines...

President: ‘I fired two officials’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday, April 21, announced that he has fired at least two officials “because of graft and corruption.” “The other day...

Malacañang says ‘endo’ up to Congress

By Arjay L. Balinbin Malacañang On Monday, April 2, said it is leaving the proposed total ban on labor contractualization to Congress, since President Rodrigo...

Duterte to take up BBL with Misuari

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said he will meet with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari this week to discuss the...

Duterte to host expo on mass transportation

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to lead opening rites today, April 3, for “Public Transport Modernization Expo: Modernong Sasakyan, Progresibong Bayan” — the...

DOLE says no timetable for signing EO abolishing ‘endo’

THE labor department has no timetable for the signing of the executive order (EO) which hopes to abolish the practice of contractualization or “endo,”...

Warning to power

The International Criminal Court (ICC) isn’t as useless as President Rodrigo Duterte described it when he learned it was looking into the possibility of...

PHL to receive some 5K firearms from ‘friendly country’ — Duterte

By Arjay L. Balinbin SOME 5,000 new firearms from a “friendly country” will be imported to the Philippines in the next few days, President Rodrigo...

Duterte: Compromise on ‘endo’ needed; ‘capitalists’ can’t be forced

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, who promised to end labor contractualization or “endo” during his 2016 presidential campaign, announced on Monday, Feb....

Duterte off to India Jan. 24

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is scheduled to fly to India on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit (AICS)...

Youth commission leader hopeful Duterte to sign development plan amid lack...

NATIONAL Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Cariza “Aiza” Y. Seguerra on Sunday expressed optimism that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will sign the Philippine Youth Development...

Visiting Duterte country

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua THANKS to Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Davao City mayor who ran for and won the presidency, the spotlight...

Finding Big Brother in Davao City: a newbie’s impressions of Digong’s...

THE FIRST THING a passenger might notice after disembarking then exiting Davao’s Francisco Bangor International Airport is the presence of the city mayor, now...