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Immigration chief given chance to fix mess — Panelo

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is giving his Immigration commissioner a chance to fix corruption at the agency after the Senate uncovered a bribery scheme involving Chinese nationals working at local offshore gaming companies.

Philippines lifts travel ban on Taiwan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has lifted a novel coronavirus-related travel ban on Taiwan, days after the Chinese territory threatened to retaliate.

Taiwan travel ban not due to politics — Panelo

A PHILIPPINE travel ban on Taiwan was prompted by a health issue and had nothing to do with geopolitics, the presidential palace said on Thursday, after Taipei threatened to retaliate.

Duterte scraps request for Congress special session on Middle East crisis

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has taken back his request for Congress to call for a special session to discuss the Middle East crisis in view of the de-escalating tension between the United States and Iran, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo.

Iraq evacuation won’t be forced as tensions ease

THE Philippines will continue evacuating Filipinos from Iraq, which hosts several American military bases, even if the US and Iran seem to have pulled back from war, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Mindanao still under state of emergency, Palace says

THE Mindanao region remains under a state of national emergency even as martial rule expired on Dec. 31, presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said on Friday.

PHL threatens to change visa rule for US citizens

THE PHILIPPINE government on Friday announced it will remove the visa-on-arrival privilege for American citizens if their government fully enforces the provision banning the entry to the United States of Filipino officials supposedly involved in the detainment of Senator Leila M. De Lima.

Critics told to stop interfering in Duterte’s drug war

THE international community should stop interfering with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs because majority of Filipinos support it, his spokesman said on Monday, citing a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Panelo says VP report on illegal drugs made up

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo doubts any of the revelations that Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo will make on the government’s deadly war on drugs are real.

Palace open to halt anti-drug operations

MALACAÑANG is open to Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo’s proposal to halt police operations against suspected drug traffickers if it means eradicating the drug menace, presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said yesterday.

Duterte health stable, spokesman says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health is stable after he complained of unbearable back pain that prompted him to cut his Japan trip short this week, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Panelo brushes off ‘lawyering’ for Albayalde remarks

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Salvador S. Panelo has brushed off observations that he seemed to be “lawyering” for resigned Philippine National Police chief Oscar D. Albayalde who has been accused of involvement in the 2013 drug recycling scheme in Pampanga.

Will Panelo’s commute mean better transport solutions?

AS THE President’s spokesman braves the commute to Malacañang via public transportation in Manila on Friday, a lawmaker said he hopes this gesture would translate to more concrete solutions to the capital’s traffic and transport problems.

No mass transport crisis, Palace asserts

DESPITE THE worsening road congestion and commuter problems in Metro Manila, Malacañang on Tuesday said there is no mass transportation crisis yet.

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.

Palace debunks talks on Scarborough Shoal

THE presidential palace yesterday dismissed a Supreme Court magistrate’s claim that China will have reclaimed the Scarborough Shoal by the time President Rodrigo R. Duterte finishes his term.

Palace says unfazed by brokers’ threat

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace said it is unfazed by customs’ brokers’ threat to fight President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s plan to remove them from the Bureau of Customs as a way to cut corruption, his spokesman said yesterday.

Panelo says he met Sanchez kin two times

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s spokesman yesterday said he met twice with the family of a convict for whom he had lawyered to discuss a request for executive clemency.

Duterte spokesman ‘referred’ ex-mayor’s plea for parole

PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA Duterte’s spokesman referred the application of a convicted former mayor for executive clemency, according to the chief of the countrys’ parole board.

Spokesman denies hand in Sanchez’s early release plan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman yesterday said he had nothing to do with the impending release of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist and murderer who was his former client.

Philippines threatens force on Chinese vessels

THE PHILIPPINES will “shoo away” unauthorized foreign vessels including Chinese warships that pass through its waters and use military force if necessary, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

Chinese warships’ entry illegal, Palace says

CHINA is violating international law for the unauthorized entry of its warships into Philippine waters, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman said yesterday.

Nationwide round-up

THE ALLEGED manager of “Manga-Mura,” an illegal viewing Web site of Japanese cartoons or Manga, a fugitive wanted in Japan for copyright law infringement, was arrested last July 7 by the Bureau of Immigration.

Order out soon to formalize Cabinet members’ special regional designations under...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is set to issue an executive order (EO) formalizing the designation of the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS).

Palace gives go-ahead on resuming ties with Canada

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday gave the go-ahead on Philippine officials’ communication with the Canadian government following the decision to lift the ban on official trips to Canada.

Duterte was ‘upbeat’ over the weekend, says spokesperson

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte was “upbeat” during the weekend based on the “sound of his voice,” his spokesperson said on Monday amid speculations over his health condition.

Families of 14 farmers killed in Negros Oriental should file charges,...

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said the families of 14 farmers killed in police operations in Negros Oriental “should file charges.”

Duterte spokesman scoffs at 5 US senators

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Monday scoffed at five US senators who called for the release of Senator Leila M. de Lima and the dropping of charges against online media group rappler.com’s chief executive officer, Maria A. Ressa, saying they should “mind their own business.”

Palace: No need for Department of Water

MALACAÑANG ON Monday thumbed down the suggestion of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia that there should be a Department of Water “that would centralize all activities having to do with water resource.”

Palace: Water shortage ‘could be artificial’

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said on Thursday the government will look into Manila Water’s service interruptions in Metro Manila, saying the water shortage “could be artificial.”

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.

Palace: Information on narco-list from foreign states

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Tuesday admitted that foreign countries are providing the Philippine government with “wiretapped” information on politicians in the Philippine government’s “narco-list” and on other criminal activities they may be involved in.

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.

China disavows Palace ‘tit for tat’ claim on illegals

CHINA ON Thursday denied warning Malacañang of retaliation over the latter’s policies on Chinese illegals as earlier articulated by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo.

Panelo impostor arrested

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Special Task Force arrested in Cebu City on Feb. 21 an individual posing on Facebook as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo, demanding money from his online victims.

Gov’t unlikely to protest Chinese rescue center in PHL-claimed area

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the Philippines should "perhaps be thankful" to China for the reported maritime rescue center it constructed in the Philippine-claimed Kagitingan Reef in the West Philippine Sea because it will be beneficial to seamen in distress.

Palace to study recommendation to abolish wage boards

Malacañang said it will study proposals on changing the current wage fixing system, days after a labor group called on the the current administration to abolish the regional wage boards.

Palace: Give officials under investigation chance to respond

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo on Tuesday said the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) should give officials under investigation for alleged corruption a chance to respond.

Duterte: Let’s abolish the Road Board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte himself has said that he wants, and will support the move, to abolish the Road Board.

No special session for 2019 budget — Palace

MALACAÑANG on Friday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will no longer call for a special session for Congress to finish its deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget.

Palace against PDEA’s proposal to test candidates for drugs

MALACAÑANG on Friday opposed the proposal of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct a surprise drug test for candidates of the 2019 midterm elections, saying that it is “violative of the Constitution.”

Panelo named new spokesman

CHIEF PRESIDENTIAL Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo was appointed the new presidential spokesperson, according to Mr. Panelo himself and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence T. Go.

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.