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Congress sets Dec. 13 joint session on martial law

CONGRESS HAS set Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a joint session on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend anew martial law and the suspension...

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon over EJK definition

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque, Jr on Monday, Dec. 11, slammed detained Senator Leila de Lima and Commission on Human Rights Chairman Jose Luis...

After declaring Reds ‘terrorists,’ Duterte open again to talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Dec. 8, said his labor secretary, Silvestre H. Bello III, may revive peace talks with communist rebels “at...

Duterte mulls ‘mass arrest’ of communist rebels

  President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Dec. 6, said that he will soon order the mass arrest of the communist rebels. "For those who...

Duterte issues order tagging CPP-NPA terrorists

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has formally declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) to be terrorists in...

Duterte orders PNP back to drug war

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the return of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the drug campaign, but with the Philippine Drug Enforcement...

Nothing wrong with President declaring a revolutionary government, DoJ Secretary says

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II emphasized that there is nothing wrong with President Rodrigo R. Duterte declaring a Revolutionary Government, a day after...

‘Terrorist’ tag for CPP-NPA means no negotiations

AN OFFICIAL declaration by President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed groups, collectively known as the...

Duterte appoints new heads of ERC, Comelec

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former solicitor-general and justice secretary Agnes T. Devanadera as Chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and Sheriff...

Duterte vows anew to resign if he fails to solve drug...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Nov. 24, vowed anew he would resign if he fails to solve the country’s drug crisis. He made these...

With canceled talks with Reds, Duterte to look into ‘fronts’

By Rosemarie A. Zamora FOLLOWING THE announcement by the government of the cancellation of talks with communist rebels, President Rodrigo R. Duterte will order the...

Duterte rejects call to lift ban on open-pit mining, calls mining...

By Rosemarie A. Zamora President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Nov. 21 has rejected the recommendation to lift the ban on open-pit mining. “Ayaw ko because...

Duterte says he’ll fire more corrupt officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte criticized anew certain corrupt officials who he said used public funds in their unauthorized travels. In a press conference in Davao...

China, PHL make strong pitch for reaffirmed ties

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE PHILIPPINES and China held bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and signed 14 agreements during what President Rodrigo...

Duterte lashes out at Canada’s Trudeau as Trump ties warm

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European officials over their criticism of alleged human rights abuses under...

Draft ASEAN chairman’s statement raises questions as bloc’s 31st summit winds...

THE 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit -- the second this year while the Philippines chairs the bloc -- was set to...

Human rights spice up talks on cooperation

THE PHILIPPINES capped its series of bilateral talks on Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit...

Trump’s Russia, Duterte’s China

Siegfried and Roy had a long-running and very successful act at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. The act featured two white tigers that...

US-Philippines bilateral meeting

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast...

Duterte puts security risks front and center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, representing the chair this year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), yesterday set the stage for the bloc’s...

Duterte, Trump omit human rights in bilateral talks, affirm trade ties

THE ISSUE of human rights and alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines was not discussed during a meeting on Monday between US President Donald...

Water cannon repels anti-Trump protesters

RIOT POLICE used water cannon and sonic alarms to repel hundreds of protesters shouting anti-Donald Trump slogans on the sidelines of a major summit...

Reds respond to Duterte appeal for talks

THE National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in a statement on Monday, Nov. 13, said it welcomes President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “appeal” on...

Shooting from the hip: Trump and Duterte’s fiery quotes

Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte met Monday in Manila for their first official talks, an occasion that brought together two of the most outspoken statesmen of...

Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with Duterte, avoids human rights issue

US President Donald Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte while they ignored shouted questions about alleged abuses carried out under...

Trump breaks the link as handshake photo op goes awry

Donald Trump was all fingers and thumbs during a carefully choreographed photo op Monday at a summit of world leaders, failing to grasp whose...

ASEAN handshake

US President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, President of...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Duterte during ASEAN 2017 opening ceremony

HERE's the full transcript of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte's during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on...

US-Philippines ties warm a year after Obama dust-up

US President Donald Trump is set to sit down for a formal meeting with Rodrigo Duterte today, Nov. 13, as ties warm a year after...

Trump meets Philippines’ controversial Duterte

Donald Trump sits down Monday, Nov. 13, with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who boasts about personally killing people and is waging a drug war...

Eyes on Philippines as it winds down stint at region’s helm

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon Editor-at-Large THE PHILIPPINES’ stint as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year is winding down: the bloc’s...

Duterte advises caution anew on maritime dispute

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed caution anew about taking up the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China over the South China Sea. But at the same...

Duterte confident Trump won’t take up human rights

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, Nov. 12, expressed confidence that United States President Donald J. Trump won’t raise the issue of human rights...

Trump warned on Duterte fist salute in Manila

When US President Donald Trump and other world leaders meet in the Philippines from Sunday, Nov. 12, copying their controversial host's signature fist salute...

Duterte tells Putin PHL wants to buy weapons from Russia

Rosemarie A. Zamora President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Nov. 10, had a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the...

Duterte proposes to lead summit to tackle human rights violations worldwide

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Nov. 9, said he wants the Philippines to host a world summit on human rights to tackle issues...

Duterte to raise maritime issues with China

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Nov. 8, said he will raise maritime issues between the Philippines and China at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation...

Duterte to meet Trump at APEC — official

By Rosemarie A. Zamora President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet US President Donald J. Trump for the first time on Nov. 08, Wednesday, to attend the...

FEF: Desist from talks on revolutionary government

THE Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) in a statement on Monday, Nov. 6, called on “the authorities to unequivocally dispel and disown all talk...

SWS: Public expectation for Duterte falls to 35%

PUBLIC EXPECTATION for President Rodrigo R. Duterte in terms of fulfilling most, if not all, his promises fell to 35% in the third quarter...

PHL woos US aid agency after getting low marks in scorecard

THE Philippines on Friday defended the Duterte administration’s efforts to combat graft, after the country failed to meet the standards in fighting corruption and...

US official cites ‘warm rapport’ between Trump and Duterte

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald J. Trump has developed a friendly relationship with Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte, a senior administration official said on...

Duterte to leave son, in-law to independent inquiries

By Rosemarie A. Zamora PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Oct. 31, said he would “leave it to the independent agencies” to conduct their probe...

Duterte renews call for NPAs to lay down arms, vows economic...

WHILE PEACE talks between the government and the leadership of communist groups remain suspended, President Rodrigo R. Duterte called anew on members of the...

Think tank flags ‘political uncertainty’

“POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY” in the Philippines could make investors think twice about placing bets here, in turn weighing on overall growth prospects, a London-based research...