Duterte, Cabinet meet over frontliners’ appeal

Credit to Author: Reina C. Tolentino, TMT| Date: Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:22:54 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met with key Cabinet members this Sunday to discuss the appeal of the medical frontliners to return Metro Manila to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to enable them to rethink their strategies in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), his spokesman said.. “I will make the proper announcement in due course,” Secretary […]

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Duterte approves proposed P4.5T budget for 2021

Credit to Author: Mayvelin U. Caraballo, TMT| Date: Sun, 02 Aug 2020 05:10:06 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposed P4.50 trillion national budget for 2021, the Department of Budget and Management announced on Sunday. In a statement, the Budget department said Duterte gave his approval during the special meeting with the Development Budget Coordination Committee held on Thursday last week.“[T]he proposed FY (fiscal year) 2021 budget aims to […]

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Duterte’s call for improved telco services commended

Credit to Author: Anna Leah E. Gonzales| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:58:23 +0000

A business organization on Friday praised President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for better telecommunications services in the Philippines and safeguarding our natural resources, but expressed dismay over his remarks on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute. In a statement, Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI) President Jose Luis Yulo Jr. and Executive […]

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‘I am not joking,’ says Duterte on gasoline as disinfectant

Credit to Author: Michael Arizala| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 03:00:58 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte insisted on Friday that he was not joking about the use of gasoline as disinfectant. “Para sa inyo ang hindi nakakaintindi sa totoo lang, hindi ako nagbibiro totohanan yun, ang akala niyo nagbibiro lang ako pero sa totoo hindi rin ako nagbibiro,” Duterte said during a taped public address on state-run PTV4 […]

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Duterte sees return to ‘normal’ by Dec

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 02:19:50 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that the Philippines would be back to “normal” by December as a potential vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) would be publicly available by the end of the year. In a pre-recorded public address aired over state-run PTV-4 on Friday, Duterte said the country’s first vaccine for Covid-19 […]

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Duterte declares July 31 a holiday for Eid’l Adha

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 03:21:40 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte declared July 31, Friday, a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha or the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, Malacañang announced on Thursday. Duterte signed on July 29 Proclamation 985 in connection with the Muslim feast, according to Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. in a text message. In issuing Proclamation 985, the President […]

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Duterte reduces real property taxes of independent power producers

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 05:55:36 +0000

In a bid to deter increases in power rates, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the reduction of the real property taxes slapped on independent power producers (IPPs) dealing with government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs). Duterte signed on July 24 Executive Order (EO) 117, which reduces and condones real property taxes and penalties assessed on power […]

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Duterte rules out full reopening of economy 

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:15:53 +0000

Reopening the economy at “pre-Covid-19 levels” is not an option, President Rodrigo Duterte said as infections continue to increase nationwide. In his fifth State of the Nation Address, Duterte reiterated that reopening the economy should be gradual, citing the experience of other countries that saw a resurgence of cases of coronavirus disease after the lifting of […]

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Duterte trains guns on telcos

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:18:31 +0000

Globe, Smart warned: Improve services or face closure President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned the country’s two giant telecommunications companies (telcos) that their assets would be seized if they did not improve their services by the end of the year. In his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte said the government would use […]

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More Dead Bodies, Gov’t Takeovers: Duterte’s Authoritarian Threats Continue

Credit to Author: Sammy Westfall| Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:29:22 +0000

In his nearly two-hour State of the Nation Address riddled with contradictions and ironies, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte laid future plans to continue to exert his power against those he considers enemies.

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