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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Duterte Personally Asked Xi Jinping for COVID-19 Vaccines, As He Praised His Own Govt’s Pandemic Approach

Credit to Author: Therese Reyes| Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:54:55 +0000

The Philippine President made the bold claim during his 2020 State of the Nation Address, amid growing concerns over his administration’s pandemic management and foreign policy shift towards China.

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Palace: Duterte remains ‘neutral’ on ABS-CBN franchise issue

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:43:44 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte remains “neutral” on the franchise renewal of broadcast network ABS-CBN and wants members of Congress to “vote according to their conscience,” his spokesman said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement after the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to “support” the franchise renewal of […]

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Locsin: Pandemic, superpower tensions led to Duterte’s change of heart on VFA

Credit to Author: Bernadette Tamayo| Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:19:25 +0000

THE coronavirus pandemic and “heightened superpower tensions” were some of the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte saw the need to suspend the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. In a press conference where he asked for the physical presence of the media amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Foreign Affairs […]

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Palace: Duterte back to Davao City amid easing of lockdown

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 30 May 2020 05:43:26 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte returned to his hometown Davao City as Metro Manila is set to further ease its lockdown measures to the general community quarantine (GCQ). Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr., during a virtual press briefing on Saturday, said Duterte left for Davao on Friday to be with his family this weekend. “Kahapon po umalis […]

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Duterte: Covid-19 will stay for months until cure 

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 05:23:24 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Filipinos to remain patient and resilient, as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will stay for months until the cure is found. In his speech during the virtual simultaneous commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Masidlawin” Class of 2020 and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Mandayug” Class […]

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Duterte apology to tycoons boosts Philippine shares

Credit to Author: Faye Almazan| Date: Tue, 05 May 2020 16:55:08 +0000

The stock market rallied on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the tycoons behind Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. and acknowledged their efforts in combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) climbed by 1.79 percent or 99.58 points to end at […]

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Palace: ABS-CBN ‘free to exhaust all legal remedies available’

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 05 May 2020 11:33:07 +0000

Malacañang on Tuesday said media giant ABS-CBN was “free to exhaust all legal remedies available” after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the halt of its operations. The NTC on Tuesday ordered the media giant to “cease and desist” from broadcasting on television and radio, a day after the company’s 25-year operating franchise expired. “The […]

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Duterte warns LGUs: Accept returning OFWs or face problems

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 05 May 2020 06:36:04 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned local government units (LGUs) to accept returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in their areas or face problems amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country. In a taped public address aired late Monday night, Duterte said he had received reports that OFWs were not allowed to enter towns […]

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Duterte: Crimes against women reach 763 in ECQ areas

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 05 May 2020 03:06:15 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reported that crimes against women in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) reached nearly 800. In his sixth weekly report to Congress on Monday, Duterte said 763 cases against women and 521 against children have been tallied by the Philippine National Police (PNP) as of April 30. “The PNP Women […]

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