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Finance chief: PH open to fresh grants from US

 

 

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez IIIon Fridaysaid the government will be open to accepting a fresh grant from the US as long as the funding will be used for priority programs and projects of the Duterte administration.
READ: Under Trump, PH seen eligible for US development grant in 2018

 

“We welcome the decision of the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) to approve a new compact for the Philippine government and thank them for this fresh grant offer. The government under the Duterte administration continues to vigorously implement initiatives that reinforce the Philippines’ commitment to good governance, peace and order and the rule of law,” Domingu…

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RAM members ask Duterte for amnesty, reinstatement of benefits

 

Members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) has asked President Rodrigo Duterte for amnesty during their meeting in Malacaang on Wednesday.

Senator Gregorio Honasan led the RAM members, which included retired captain Felix Turingan, retired captain Glen Agudo, retired Navy commodore Rex Robles, retired colonel James Joven, retired police director Victor Batac, and engineer Jegie Pineda, in the meeting with the President.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the group “expressed support and offered help to the President.”

“They likewise asked the President for amnesty so that they could receive their back pay and livelihood opportunities for the m…

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DZMM TeleRadyo: ‘Incompetent’ Faeldon should be removed: Gordon

Senator Richard Gordon on Friday backed calls for the removal of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon despite a vote of confidence from President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Vindication: De Lima’s birthday wish

Senator Leila de Lima will be spending her 57th birthday in detention for the first time on August 27.

 

And her birthday wish? To be vindicated from what she called “trumped up” charges the Duterte administration filed against her.

 

“My vindication to come soon, that’s my birthday wish,” De Lima said in an ambush interview after attending a hearing at the Muntinlupa regional trial court on Friday.

 

Less than a year after she was elected as senator, De Lima was put in detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Custodial Center last February for allegedly benefitting from the illegal drug business in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

 

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Philippines Sees the Bloodiest Night of Duterte’s Drug War With 32 Killed in Raids

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Philippine police have killed 32 people in a series of drug raids near the capital Manila, in what’s believed to be the bloodiest night of President Roderigo Duterte’s drug war. Those killed from Monday to Tuesday in Bulacan province were suspected drug offenders, police said according to the BBC. Since Duterte came to power just […]

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‘That’s good,’ says Duterte on killing of 32 Bulacan druggies

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“Maganda ‘yun (That’s good).” That was how President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday described the killing of 32 drug suspects in Bulacan in what police said was the highest death toll in a single day since the administration launched its brutal war on drugs in June 2016. “Yung namatay daw kanina sa Bulacan, 32, in a […]

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Is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Donald Trump’s Press-Avenging Doppelganger?

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When it comes to dealing with pesky reporters, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte actually means what Donald John Trump merely retweets. Trump apparently enjoys fantasising about violently dispatching his media critics. Last month he retweeted a doctored video of himself beating the crap out of a CNN reporter, and Tuesday morning, three days after a […]

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In a Trumpulent America, Filipinos and white supremacy

There’s a crises in America, but it’s not about the mad man in North Korea.

It’s about the insensitive, racist bully in the White House—the president of the United States.

I used to joke that the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte and Trump were on their own race to the bottom. After the Charlottesville, Virginia, incident even with the hero’s burial of Marcos and thousands of extrajudicial killings, Duterte can’t go lower than Trump now.

How do you go lower than defending racism? I suppose you can advocate genocide like a Pol Pot, but extrajudicial killings aren’t quite there. At least not yet.

But Trump? He’s given the thumbs up to racism in America.

On Saturday, Trump’s…

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Duterte: Pulis na sangkot sa droga, I want you dead

Pinarangalan ni Pangulong Duterte si Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido at anim pang pulis na nagsagawa ng raid sa bahay ng pamilya Parojinog noong Hulyo. May babala naman ang Pangulo sa mga pulis na sangkot sa droga at iba pang ilegal na gawain ng mga Parojinog. Nagpa-Patrol, Angelo Andrade. TV Patrol, Huwebes, Agosto 17, 2017

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58 dead in 3 days in renewed anti-drug bloodshed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police killed at least 26 more drug suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the new spike in drug killings and reassured law enforcers Thursday they will not rot in jail if they get entangled in lawsuits.

 

“If the police and the military get into trouble in connection with the performance of duty, you can expect, I really won’t agree for you to be jailed,” Duterte said to applause from police officers.

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Neda chief: Mega Manila Subway project up for Palace OK in September

 

 

 

The country’s first subway system will be up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval next month ahead of the planned signing of the loan agreement between the Philippine and Japanese governments in November, the country’s chief economist said Thursday.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told a press conference that the P230-billion Mega Manila Subway Project Phase 1 will be in the agenda of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Board, chaired by the President, in its meeting early September.

“The subway is going to be the project of the century for the Philippines,” said Pernia, who heads the state planning agency Neda…

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New Solcom chief named

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, has been appointed as the incoming commander of the Southern Luzon Command.

 

He will assume the post on Friday at Solcom headquarters in Camp Guillermo Nakar in Quezon.

 

Madrigal, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985, will replace Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Quidilla who is reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the appointment orders last week.

 

Madrigal said he wants to work on increased engagement with stakeholders and will continue the campaign against communist rebels started by his predecessors.

 

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Joint exploration in West PH Sea open to all — Malacañang

The Philippines is open to a joint exploration in the disputed West Philippine Sea not only with China but also with other countries.

 

“We are open to broader options for partnerships,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement on Thursday.

 

“We are not limiting ourselves to exclusive economic relationships,” Abella added.

 

The Palace official reiterated the President Rodrigo Duterte’s position, saying he was open to joint exploration of resources in the disputed sea.

 

“The President is open to possible cooperation with foreign entities in exploring and extracting mineral and gas resources in the West Philippine Sea,”…

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Aguirre claim that only 1,000 killed by vigilantes questioned

Facing the hearing for the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s 2018 budget on Thursday, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said there were only around 1,000 victims of vigilante killings since President Duterte waged war against drugs in July last year until May, a claim at least one senator did not accept at face value.

According to the data provided by the Philippine National Police’s Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), from July 1, 2016 until May 30 this year, there are 12,426 total number of homicide cases, 7,888 of which are still under investigation. Meanwhile, 3,050 were killed in legitimate police operations in the same period.

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Rights groups blast newest Duterte threat vs them

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights groups denounced on Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest tirade against them during which he ordered security forces to shoot activists for “obstructing” justice.

Speaking at the anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, Duterte again made plain his disdain for the Commission on Human Rights, a constitutional body, threatening to have it investigated for “conspiracy” because “galit ako sa inyo (I am angry at you).”

Responding to this, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said: “The Commission wishes to reiterate that it is merely doing its constitutional duty and it remains hopeful that the government will recognize that the guarantee of equal protection of the law as well as fair and impartial trial including investigation is a constitutional right available to every Filipino.”

But the rights groups Karapatan and Human Rights Watch were not as restrained in their reactions to the latest threat from Duterte, who has repeatedly cursed critics of his “war against drugs,” which has claimed thousands of lives since last year.

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Philippines police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs

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Raids near Manila result in single largest death toll in one night of operations in ongoing campaign that has killed thousands Philippine police have killed 32 people in a series of raids near the capital Manila in the bloodiest night of president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Duterte won a landslide victory in presidential elections […]

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Tax reform crucial to funding infra program

The Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program may not be completed if Congress will not pass the proposed comprehensive tax reform program, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said.

Dominguez told senators during a briefing on the proposed P3.77-trillion national budget for 2018 that the government was planning to spend more than P1 trillion for infrastructure projects next year and a total of up to P9 trillion until 2022.

To finance the higher requirement for infrastructure spending, the government will source the bulk or 80 percent of the funds locally while tapping multilateral lenders as well as development partners such as China and Japan for the r…

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Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

“Sabihin mo, ‘Pulis, barilin mo na ‘yang kasali diyan’ (Tell them, ‘Police, shoot those who are part of it’). If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,” said Duterte on Wednesday, August 16. “Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right (So they can really see the kinds of human rights),” he added. (READ: Human rights in Duterte’s 1st year: Where do we go from here?)

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President Duterte envisions drug-free higher education in the Philippines

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Having granted free tuition at all public colleges and universities, the government of firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wants them to be “drug free” as well. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last week approved an order to allow all higher education institutions (HEIs) the ability to impose mandatory drug testing from 2018 in a […]

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TV Patrol: Duterte: Problema sa droga, mahirap lutasin sa isang termino

Aminado si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na mahirap lutasin ang problema sa ilegal na droga ng isang termino. Kinuwestiyon naman ng ilang senador ang pananahimik ng Pangulo sa higit P6 bilyong halaga ng shabu na nakalusot sa Bureau of Customs.

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ANC Live: Kenneth Dong says Paolo Duterte just an acquaintance

Businessman and alleged Customs “middleman” Kenneth Dong has admitted knowing Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte but clarified they were “not very close.

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Are we not our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers?

NEW YORK—Recently I was one of several interviewed by a not-for-profit media organization, America Abroad. The focus of the hour-long program was the complicated and often tricky relationship between the Philippines and that country’s ally and former colonizer, the United States.

Among the subjects discussed were President Duterte’s unrelenting war against drugs, human rights violations, the state of justice, Duterte’s record as mayor of Davao City, his approval ratings, and the cultural complexities of being Filipino.

On the whole, I thought it was a fairly sober and balanced report, and it can be listened to here:

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‘Hot money’ inflows hit six-week high after Duterte Sona

The net inflow of foreign portfolio investment reached a six-week high in the week when President Duterte delivered his report of accomplishments in his first year in office, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed.

On July 24-28, the $565.17-million, the inflow of hot money exceeded the $345.26-million outflow, resulting in a net inflow of $219.91 million.

Based on BSP data, that week’s net inflow of hot money was the highest since June 19-23’s $211.15 million.

The net inflow in the fourth week of July also reversed the net outflows registered during the second and third weeks of that month.

The inflow that week was higher than the $502.5 million a year …

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Martial law, terror won’t stop Kadayawan

DAVAO CITY — There was just one way the city government could squelch speculation that it would not push through with the city’s annual Kadayawan Festival because of martial law in Mindanao — proceed with it.

“We will surmount any challenge as we always have,” said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at the launch of the 32nd Kadayawan Festival last month.

“We will not allow our fear to cripple us,” she said.

Sara, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, made the statement amid rumors that the city would cancel the festival as a result of martial law and because of fears the war on terror now focused on Marawi City could spill over to the city.

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Senate to seek China’s help on P6.4-B shabu smuggled through BOC

Gordon said he and his fellow senators are not satisfied with the reaction of President Duterte – which he described as a “whimper” – to reports that he was allowing Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to continue holding on to his post.

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Ombudsman has not received AMLC report on Duterte transactions

The Office of the Ombudsman clarified on Sunday that it had not yet received a validation from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) regarding the alleged flagged bank transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Inquirer asked the antigraft prober for comment following the call of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for the release of AMLC documents he claimed were received “as early as April last year.”

“As far as we know, the Office has not received the requested formal report from the AMLC regarding the subject,” the Office of the Ombudsman said on Sunday, in response to the Inquirer’s query.

It added that Trillanes’s request to look into Duterte’s bank accounts remained unde…

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Gerry Brownlee’s meet and greet with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte

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Foreign minister Gerry Brownlee has met with controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a stop-off in the country. Brownlee was in Manila earlier this week for talks with South-East Asian foreign ministers and to mark the 50th anniversary of Asean. Duterte, who hosted the talks, has earned a notorious reputation for his violent crackdown on […]

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Lacson, Trillanes question Duterte’s ‘silence’ on China drug smuggling scandal

At least two senators have observed what they believe is President Duterte’s unusual silence in the drug smuggling scandal at the Bureau of Customs. Meanwhile, authorities confirmed they’ve found drugs in three metal cylinders recovered from a Manila townhouse. – The World Tonight, ANC, August 11, 2017

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Bistek ready take cognizance of NDFP consultants

 

DAVAO CITY – Hoping to help solve the recent bumps in the talks with the communists, Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista offered cognizance for National Democratic Front peace consultants that were released on bail.

Bautista, in a statement issuedon Friday, said the offer of cognizance would hopefully help in averting situations that would cause further irritants in the negotiations.

“If we would be asked and such assistance would be allowed by the courts, we don’t see why not,” Bautista said.

Bautista made the offer after the Office of the Solicitor General issued a statement threatening the re-arrest of NDF consultants following President Duterte’s decisi…

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Paolo Duterte allegedly a “good friend” of Richard Tan who owns Valenzuela warehouse where 6.4 Billion shabu was delivered.

Senator De Lima, one of Duterte’s staunchest critics, noted that Paolo was allegedly a close friend of Richard Tan. Tan owns the warehouse in Valenzuela City where the drug shipment was brought.

Some lawmakers hit Duterte for his supposed silence on the Customs mess, considering that a huge amount of shabu entered the country at the time his administration is waging a brutal war against illegal drugs.

READ: ‘Aren’t you mad at Customs?’ Lacson asks Duterte

De Lima also recalled that self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato revealed in earlier Senate hearings that Paolo used him as a bagman in paying off customs officials at the Davao ports in order to smuggle shipments of contraband, “most probably including drugs.”

“This story is being repeated again, although now in a national scale. The suspicious discovery of the shabu shipment and resulting botched-up seizure operation by the Bureau of Customs in Valenzuela City, rendering the whole shipment inadmissible in evidence against Paolo’s alleged Chinese businessman friend, sounds strikingly similar to the story narrated by Matobato. The Senate investigation reveals that there is more to this than meets the eye,” De Lima said.

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Drugs eyed in barangay worker’s slay

A barangay staffer who had been helping in the implementation of the antidrug campaign in Pasig City was killed on Wednesday.

Eduardo Sendon, 59, was watching television inside his house in Villa Sta. Ana, Barangay San Miguel, at 5:20 p.m. when still unidentified men shot him repeatedly.

The victim, who had been working for the barangay since 1997, was helping out in the implementation of “Oplan Tokhang” in the area, said barangay executive officer Miguel Duterte.

However, a report sent to the Eastern Police District said that Sendon’s brother, Alberto, had told probers that the victim was “hooked on illegal drugs.” An investigation is still ongoing.

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Paolo Duterte identified as a “smuggler” in docs issued by NBI and PASG – [click to see the documents]

MANILA, Philippines – After presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was implicated in drug smuggling, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV released documents anew linking the former to illegal shipments.

Trillanes re-sent these on Thursday, August 10. These same documents, however, were first released during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A memorandum dated December 7, 2007, from the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG), stated that the younger Duterte was responsible for the smuggling of sport utility vehicles (SUVs), luxury vehicles, rice, sugar, and used clothes into Davao City.

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Duterte places Ormoc City, Kananga town under state of calamity

 

 

 

 

 

President Duterte has placed Ormoc City and Kananga town in Leyte under a state of calamity a month after they were hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake.

 

Mr. Duterte signed Proclamation 238 on the state of emergency declaration on August 7, upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

 

The quake, which struck onJuly 6, killed two people and injured scores of others. It also caused buildings to collapse and displaced thousands of families.

 

“The declaration of a state of calamity in the aforesaid areas will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitati…

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Senate forms special committee to oversee Marawi rehab

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate approved on Wednesday a resolution creating a special committee that would assess and oversee the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City.

 

“The extent of the damage sustained by Marawi City and the large number of displaced citizens caused by the rebellion requires a well-coordinated large-scale rebuilding effort on the part of the government,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said in a statement on Thursday.

 

Pimentel, who also filed the resolution, said this is a move to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to action, especially in the rehabilitation of structures leveled by the bombar…

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Gordon tells China: If you’re a friend, stop smuggling drugs into PH

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Japan vows continued support for Philippines terror fight

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Japan yesterday vowed to continue supporting the Philippines’ anti-terrorism campaign and expressed readiness to assist the country in other areas of cooperation. The commitment was made during the meeting of Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono with President Duterte on the sidelines of the 50th Asean Foreign ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines. […]

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18 anyos pataas, may 5,000 ‘followers’, puwedeng Duterte ‘press’

Pormal nang binuksan ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) sa mga netizen ang pagco-cover ng mga aktibidad ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Samantala, muli namang umani ng batikos ang nasabing tanggapan matapos ilathala ng Philippine News Agency (PNA) ang komentaryo ng state news agency ng China tungkol sa agawan ng teritoryo sa South China Sea.

Duterte calls for Charter change via ConCom

 

 

 

 

 

President Duterte on Wednesday evening called for Charter change through an appointed constitutional commission (ConCom) that would revise the 1987 Constitution.

 

 

Mr. Duterte suggested that he could appoint a 24-member ConCom similar to the one appointed by the late President Corazon Aquino which drafted the current charter.

 

 

“A constitutional convention will be costly. Do not tell me that the composition of that constitutional body would be wiser, would be more honest, and would not be protecting any vested interest,” he told a business forum in Mandaluyong.

 

 

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PH illegal drug trade has lost P500 billion in past year

The illegal drug industry has lost around P500 billion in a year since the start of the anti-drug campaign of the Duterte administration, Dir. Gen. Ronaldo Dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.

He said the figure was based on the current cost of a gram of shabu, which is P5,000. With 1,309,776 drug users who have surrendered to authorities and assuming each consumed 200 milligrams daily, the total volume of drugs they didn’t up adds up to 85,589 kilograms.

According to Dela Rosa, at least 3,000 people have been killed in police anti-drug operations since last year.

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Duterte creates committee to make sure gov’t properties are insured

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation a temporary Inter-Agency Committee on Government Property Insurance mandated to regulate properties, assets, and insurable interests of the government.

Duterte signed on Monday Administrative Order No. 4, which instructed the Inter-Agency Committee to create monitoring and reporting mechanisms to insure all government properties.

“There is a need to prescribe the necessary policies, rules, and regulations to ensure that the key properties, assets and other interests of the government, especially the high-risk items, are provided with comprehensive and adequate insurance coverage,” the order explains.

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Militant group advises President to reject US part in Marawi offensives

 

 

 

 

A militant leader urged President Rodrigo Duterteon Wednesdayto oppose and “categorically reject” the increased involvement of the United States government in the ongoing Marawi City conflict, citing “flagrant violation” of Philippine sovereignty.

 

“In light of statements coming from the U.S., President Rodrigo Duterte should make a categorical statement rejecting expanded U.S. intervention in Marawi, which now includes the use of U.S. drones for airstrikes against ISIS targets,” Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement.

 

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Gov’t to give P162.6-B subsidies in 2018 to cushion impact of tax reform to poor families

 

 

 

 

The government will give away to state-run corporations a record P162.6 billion in subsidies in 2018, with over P25 billion to be allocated for those to be affected when consumer prices rise due to some tax reform provisions.

 

Documents showed that under the proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018, next year’s government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) subsidies will exceed the expected P135.5 billion this year and more than P125 billion in 2015.

 

READ: Middle to low-income earners to be hit by Duterte tax reforms — Lagman

 

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Palace abolishes Negros Island Region in new EO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) revoking the creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR).

 

Duterte signed EO 38 on Monday, revoking EO 183 issued during the Aquino administration, which created the Negros Island Region—collapsing into one region Negros Occidental (Region VI) and Negros Oriental (Region VII) known as the NIR, the 18th and newest region in the country.

READ: Aquino creates Negros Island Region thru EO

 

“The provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental shall revert to Region VI and VII, respectively,” the EO read, separating once again the Occ…

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Two journalists in two days murdered in Philippines

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Two journalists have been shot dead in two days in separate incidents in the Philippines, reinforcing the country’s image as one of the world’s most dangerous for media workers, officials said Monday. Broadcaster Rudy Alicaway and columnist Leo Diaz were the third and fourth journalists to be killed since President Rodrigo Duterte, a vocal critic […]

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Philippines’ Duterte to Tillerson: ‘I Am Your Humble Friend’

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Firebrand Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said he was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s “humble friend” Monday as the two met to discuss the Asian nation’s struggle to contain ISIS-linked fighters, among other regional issues. “I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia,” Duterte said in a marked change from the crass criticism the strongman leader […]

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Philippine President on Human Rights: ‘Don’t Go There’

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at a regional Asia gathering; Duterte says he shouldn’t be questioned on human rights allegations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America’s top diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the US amid global concerns over North Korea’s nuclear programme and angrily […]

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Petilla brothers of Leyte abandon Liberal Party

TACLOBAN CITY — Former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla has left the Liberal Party (LP), the political party that carried his senatorial bid during the 2016 elections, to join President Rodrigo Duterte’s party.

Petilla, who was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III to lead the Department of Energy (DOE) during the latter’s administration, took his oath as member of the administration party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) last week with his younger brother, Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.

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The Petilla brothers joined the mass oath-taking of new PDP-Laban members officiated by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III,…

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NDF bares alleged CIA plan to kill Sison, oust Duterte

The National Democratic Front (NDF) on Tuesday disclosed an alleged collaboration of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to kill communist leader Jose Maria Sison and overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

Citing reports from sources, the NDF said that military officers who are assets of the US Central Intelligence Agency and are close to AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Ao “are engaged in a two-stage plot to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, NDFP chief political consultant, and subsequently to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.”

 

The NDF said that while the plot has yet to be verified, it must be immediately exposed in order…

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Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats: Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said Sunday. Almost 700 people have been killed, according to the official count, in over two months of fighting in the southern city of Marawi […]

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Tillerson to address the Philippines’ deadly drug crackdown

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HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a five-day trip that includes stops in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. Among the issues on the agenda: the extra-judicial killings that have taken place in the Philippines during President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on the drug trade. It’s estimated that police have […]

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Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ plans hit Philippine peso

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Philippine construction firm Teravera Corp is planning to raise a fourth dollar loan in a year, after borrowing around $2.5 million to buy dozens of excavators, road rollers and dump trucks from China, South Korea and Japan. Teravera is one of hundreds of local builders contributing to a surge in capital goods imports that has […]

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Comelec chief’s quarrel with wife sidebar to bigger story

The quarrel between Commission on Elections Chair Andy Bautista and his wife, Patricia, is just a sidebar to a much bigger story: the May 2016 national elections.

President Digong, the story goes, was cheated of several million votes while Bongbong Marcos lost the vice presidential race to Leni Robredo because of alleged massive cheating perpetrated by the Liberal Party.

It was a tale of dagdag-bawas (literally, plus-minus) in which the vote for one candidate was supposedly counted in favor of a rival bet to make the latter win.

It was not a new phenomenon as it also reportedly happened in previous elections.

The buzz is that candidate Rodrigo Duterte should have garnered 21 …

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Duterte takes ‘hands-off’ stance in ill-gotten wealth issue vs Comelec chief

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday evening that he was taking a “hands-off” approach to the allegations that Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista amassed P1 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth.

The President said he would not want to preempt any criminal case or impeachment complaint against Bautista that might arise form the allegations of his estranged wife, Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista.

“I’m hands-off on that,” he said. “That’s the reason I refused to discuss [it],” Duterte said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

“There will always be a case filed. So I do not want to preempt what will happen either by the Ombudsman or by Congress because I do n…

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Duterte: Foreigners more concerned about terrorism than PH rights situation

Foreign governments have “considerably toned down” their expressions of concern about the human rights situation in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday evening.

Duterte said other countries were now more concerned about issues regarding terrorism instead of raising human rights concerns.

The President made the statement after meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors of Chile, Colombia, India, and Austria.

“Mostly, they have considerably toned down on human rights,” Duterte said. “Nobody… mostly it was terrorism. But no one is asking me about h…

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Tillerson, Duterte confer amid North Korea worries 

 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced solidarity with the U.S. as it works to address global concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program as the polarizing leader met Monday with the top American diplomat.

Duterte and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat down for a meeting while the American was in Manila for a regional Asia gathering. It was the highest-level interaction to date between a member of President Donald Trump’s administration and Duterte, accused by human rights groups of flagrant abuses in his bloody war against illegal drugs.

If the two leaders discussed those or other U.S. concerns about Duterte’s government, they d…

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