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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...

PHL takes offense at resolution by European Parliament on GSP+, drug...

THE European Parliament, in a resolution on the Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, flagged anew the government’s drug war on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s...

No more EO to abolish ‘endo’, but Duterte will back Security...

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Thursday, April 19, said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify the Security of Tenure bill pending in...

Duterte vents ire on Australian nun

AN angry President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday said Australian nun Patricia Fox was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on his orders,...

Philippines hopes for sea exploration pact with China this year

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is confident that an agreement with China to jointly explore for oil and gas in South China Sea...

Duterte leads formal honors for slain cops in 2015 Mamasapano operation

By Camille A. Aguinaldo PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medals and Medals of Valor on the 44 slain...

Government cites legal hurdles in planned EO to abolish endo

The Department of Trade and Industry says government will face legal challenges in crafting a law that will end labor contractualization. "There simply is difficulty...

Opposition group urges SC to ‘resist Duterte’s tyranny’

Government opposition group Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) urged the Supreme Court (SC) to "not allow themselves to be instruments of Duterte's tyranny," according a...

DepEd, GSIS ink deal on loan payments for teachers

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, April 16, witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of...

Anti-corruption body gets ball rolling on complaints

By Arjay L. Balinbin IN ITS first month in office, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s anti-corruption body has received at least 700 cases, including “inherited” corruption...

Gov’t sees Clark as Philippines’ next big metropolis

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter CLARK, PAMPANGA — New Clark City is poised to be the showcase of the Duterte administration’s efforts to beef...

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for “genocide” remark

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday apologized to Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for describing the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar as a...

Duterte to order ICC prosecutor’s arrest if she sets foot in...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Friday that he will order the arrest of Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), if...

Duterte apologizes to Hong Kong for 2010 Manila hostage crisis

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, April 12, "formally" apologized to the government of Hong Kong for the Aug. 23,...

Duterte to fly to Kuwait for signing of OFW protection agreement

By Arjay L. Balinbin WITH the Kuwaiti government’s approval of the conditions he set for his visit, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will soon...

Philippines ‘not taking sides’ in China-US trade war but wants Beijing...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hainan, China on Tuesday, April 10,...

Duterte off to Hong Kong

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter After his participation at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan Province in China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte proceeded...

Duterte signs EO approving development plan for MSMEs

Malacañang announced on Tuesday, April 10, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 50 approving the development plan for 2017-2022...

Duterte threatens mining firms anew

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, April 9, gave mining companies six months to rehabilitate mined out areas and warned he may yet impose...

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

Duterte declares himself Sereno’s ‘enemy’, orders House to speed up impeachment...

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, April 9, declared himself an "enemy" of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno after she implied he had...

First Philippine Republic Day declared special working holiday

By Camille A. Aguinaldo PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 11014 declaring Jan. 23 of every year “The First Philippine...

Myanmar blasts Duterte’s comments on genocide

MYANMAR on Friday criticized Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte for what he called the “genocide” of the Rohingyas in the country’s Rakhine State. Mr. Duterte...

Duterte, Xi to hold bilateral talks

By Camille A. Aguinaldo PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Bo’ao Forum in...

Duterte willing to take in Rohingya refugees

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is willing to take in Rohingya refugees. "I’m willing to accept refugees. Rohingyas, yes," Mr. Duterte said in a...

Duterte, Xi to discuss enhancing ties at Boao forum — official

President Rodrigo R. Duterte will hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BOAO forum in China, foreign affairs...

Duterte wants NFA council abolished — Agriculture chief

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Pinol revealed early Friday, April 6, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the abolition of the National Food...

Duterte accepts Aguirre resignation

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has accepted the resignation of Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II. " I just also tell you now...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, Airasia announce flight changes on impending Boracay closure

The three major carriers in the country have shifted their focus on flights to and from Boracay, to other island destinations following the impending...

Duterte approves six-month closure of Boracay starting April 26

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior...

Duterte offers support to replace rebels’ ‘revolutionary tax’ — Dureza

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to resuming peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CCP-NPA) and has expressed...

Duterte willing to resume peace talks with rebels

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, April 3, said the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) is now willing to return to...

Panelo downplays Trillanes’ ‘threat’ claims

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo on Monday, April 2, said Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV's motion to change venue is an attempt...

Duterte: Peddlers of fake medicines to be charged with economic sabotage

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa to arrest all persons “who...

Duterte vows passage of BBL in meeting with MILF, other Moro...

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would use his “residual powers” to fulfill his promise to the Moro people should Congress...

Palace maintains conditions for resuming peace talks with rebels

Malacañang on Tuesday, March 27, reiterated its conditions for the resumption of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s...

Duterte orders arrest of Dimple Star bus operator, ‘colorum’ drivers and...

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, March 23, ordered the arrest of the operator of the Dimple Star Transport following the...

Duterte is ‘for’ abolition of political dynasties but doubts it will...

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte doubts if the proposal to abolish political dynasties in the Philippines will hurdle Congress. Mr. Duterte told local...

Palace clarifies Duterte interview was interview with impersonator

By Arjay L. Balinbin MALACAÑANG’S News and Information Bureau (NIB)-Transcription Section on Monday, March 19, erred when it released an official transcript of a radio...

Saudi Prince, Duterte affirm commitment against terrorism

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif was in Manila on Monday, March 19, assuring President...

Philippines makes withdrawal from ICC official, submits notice to UN

The countdown for the one-year withdrawal period of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) started Friday, March 16, as the country formally...

Pimentel: Push for charter change not about extending Duterte’s term

Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' L. Pimentel III on Friday, March 16, allayed concerns by some groups in Baguio City over the purported intentions of...

Trillanes says he won’t back down from ‘twisted’ sedition case

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV on Thursday, March 15, said he would not back down from the filing of inciting to...

Lawmakers target passage of Bangsamoro law by end of May

By Arjay L. Balinbin Lawmakers on Tuesday, March 13, told President Rodrigo R. Duterte that they target to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by...

Duterte to review DoJ’s dismissal of charges vs. alleged drug lords

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, March 13, said he will personally review the Justice department’s dismissal of the drug charges...