House out of order

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 16:15:18 +0000

Political squabbles are often distasteful during the best of times. The row over the House speakership these days is not only an unwelcome distraction; it is shameful. National attention should be on the pandemic, which seems to be far from over. In fact, a second wave is threatening Europe and the United States. Even if […]

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Palace: Duterte can’t  force lawmakers in Speakership row

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2020 05:39:18 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte may have brokered  the term-sharing deal for Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco but he could not “coerce, intimidate, force”  the lawmakers on who to vote for their speaker, Malacañang said. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said that Duterte wanted to keep his hands off the “internal issue” […]

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Duterte mulls BNPP opening

Credit to Author: Keith Calayag| Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:18:39 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the Department of Energy (DoE) to study the reopening of the nuclear power plant in Bataan. In a press briefing on Thursday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the possibility of reviving the mothballed nuclear facility was discussed by the President, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and former Pangasinan representative Mark Cojuangco, […]

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Duterte calls for UN reforms, equal access to Covid vaccine

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:48:35 +0000

SAYING the United Nations (UN) “remains humanity’s essential Organization,” President Rodrigo Duterte called for reforms as the international body finds itself saddled by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic that “has taken many lives and wrecked economies and social order.” In his speech during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) aired early Wednesday, Duterte said […]

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Duterte vows to uphold human rights, hits anti-govt ‘interest groups’

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:30:27 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte vowed that the Philippines would continue to protect the rights of its people as he took a swipe at “interest groups” seeking “to discredit the functioning institutions and mechanisms of a democratic country and a popularly elected government”. Duterte renewed this commitment during his speech at a high-level general debate at the […]

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Duterte to address UN General Assembly

Credit to Author: Keith Calayag| Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:21:53 +0000

For the first time since he assumed office, President Rodrigo Duterte will address the United Nations, which he repeatedly lambasted in the past for interfering in his administration’s drug war. Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Chief of Presidential Protocol Robert Borje said in a press briefing on Monday that the President would address the 75th […]

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Duterte orders PhilHealth revamp

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:00:27 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the reshuffling of officials in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Bureau of Customs (BoC) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to rid these agencies of corruption. Duterte issued the directive to newly appointed PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Gierran and Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, who attended […]

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Duterte fit, Go assures

Credit to Author: Bernadette E. Tamayo| Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 16:19:45 +0000

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gave assurances that President Rodrigo Duterte is physically fit to finish his term. He dismissed speculations on the President’s health following Duterte’s remarks about his Barrett’s illness. “Huwag po kayong mag-alala. Kayang-kaya ni Pangulong Duterte na tapusin ang kaniyang termino (Please do not worry. President Duterte can finish his term) […]

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Duterte vows to endorse cases vs corrupt PhilHealth execs

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 03:22:01 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to go after the officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) linked to the alleged corruption and anomalies within the agency, saying he himself would endorse the cases against them. In a public address aired on Tuesday, Duterte said he would dedicate the remaining two years of his term […]

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