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Duterte to sign ease of doing business bill

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is set to sign into law Monday, May 28, the proposed measure titled “Ease of Doing...

Marawi City set for rehabilitation amid criticism vs Chinese partners

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter THE government inter-agency task force group for Marawi City’s rehabilitation announced on Thursday a Swiss challenge period for proposals reset...

Palace bares new appointments

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang on Thursday, May 24, announced 12 new appointments, including Jose V. Campo as new Assistant General Manager for Planning...

Military chief says Mindanao residents don’t mind martial law

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) head said on Thursday that the government’s implementation of martial law in Mindanao gets “appreciation” from local...

Palace to release soon SALNs of Cabinet members

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang announced on Wednesday that it will soon release the summaries of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs)...

Gov’t appeals for patience in Marawi rehabilitation

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter NATIONAL GOVERNMENT officials appealed for patience from local residents during the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Marawi City...

Palace to certify BBL as urgent measure

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “anytime soon” to expedite its approval, Malacañang said on Tuesday,...

Marawi struggles to recover a year after siege

IT WAS a year ago today, May 23, when fighting broke out between government forces and terrorists led by the Maute family in Marawi...

Jose Maria Sison, wife get P1.2 million each in human rights-abuse...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Malacañang is “delighted” over the release of reparations for human-rights abuse victims during martial law, including Communist Party of the...

Bigwigs lead call for more assertive stance vs China militarization

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio is among the prominent voices calling for a more assertive Philippine government stance amid...

Cesar Montano resigns from Tourism Promotions Board amid controversy

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Actor Cesar D. Montano has stepped down as chief operating officer (COO) of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) amid the...

Duterte fires DoTr assistant secretary

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has fired Department of Transportation (DoTr) Assistant Secretary Mark Kristopher G. Tolentino for allegedly having “dealings...

DFA says ‘diplomatic action’ pursued on Chinese deployment

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter and Camille A. Aguinaldo “DIPLOMATIC ACTION” is being carried out to protect Philippine territories in the South China Sea, the Department...

Duterte: No assurance US on our side

THE PHILIPPINES has no assurance that the United States of America will remain by its side if war breaks out in the disputed South...

More heads to roll, warns President

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte said on Saturday he will fire at least five officials, including an executive of the Office...

Duterte stands by Faeldon

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday, May 20, defended his appointment of embattled former customs chief Nicanor E. Faeldon as...

Ousted Chief Justice to Duterte: ‘Resign’

OUSTED Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno on Thursday called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resign in fulfillment of his promise to step...

PHL as Chinese province ‘not too far’: ex-Chief Justice Davide

RETIRED Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. on Thursday said the Philippines’ becoming a province of China “may not be too far.” “Last February 19,...

First phase of e-jeepney rollout set for June

THE GOVERNMENT is set to roll out in June the first batch of electric jeepneys, Malacañang said on Thursday. “We are pleased to announce that...

Duterte draws flak for remarks on China

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it expects the Philippines’ allies in Asia, including the People’s Republic of China, to defend President...

Philippines and Papua New Guinea sign joint declaration on agricultural cooperation

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter Charles Paire O'Neill at the Malacañang Palace on Wednesday, May 16, witnessed...

Lawyer Karen Jimeno named PMS undersecretary

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter MALACAÑANG announced on Wednesday, May 16, the appointment of lawyer Karen Olivia V. Jimeno as Undersecretary for Disaster Resiliency under...

Duterte approves joint resolution on awarding housing units

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved Joint Resolution No. 02 that authorizes the National Housing Authority (NHA) to award to...

Duterte insists: “I have no role in Sereno ouster”

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 16, said he has no involvement in the Supreme Court's decision on the quo warranto petition against former...

New DoT chief to look into TBP deal

NEWLY appointed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Tuesday said she will look into a controversial P80-million promotional project on the watch of actor Cesar...

Papua New Guinea prime minister in Manila

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea arrived in Manila on Tuesday for an official visit until Thursday, May...

Nationwide Round-Up

Macarambon, Umpa told to resign or be fired over corruption reports MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Tuesday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen...

Duterte places 69th in Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful People

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte ranked 69th among the 75 “World’s Most Powerful People” list by Forbes magazine, which cited his...

Roque joins Bello in Kuwait mission

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr., left for the State of Kuwait on Tuesday night, May 8, upon the order of President Rodrigo R....

Palace leads launching of new coins, bank notes

THE MONETARY Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) presented the New Generation Currency (NGC) enhanced bank notes and coins to President Rodrigo...

Isko Moreno named DSWD undersecretary

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter MALACAÑANG announced on Wednesday, May 9, President Rodrigo R. Duterte's appointment of actor-politician and former Manila vice-mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno...

Duterte names new Tourism chief

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday evening, May 8, named Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as the new chief of the Department...