Govt launches anti-drug war documentary ‘Gramo’

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:17:58 +0000

THE government on Wednesday launched a documentary film tackling President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, amid human rights concerns about the surge of alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country. Secretary Martin Andanar, head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), presented to the media a documentary entitled: “GRAMO”; and a magazine “Saving the […]

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Duterte accuses water firms of ‘economic plunder’

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:13:38 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday renewed his tirades against Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., accusing the concessionaires of committing “economic plunder.” During his visit to Legazpi, Albay, Duterte again slammed the concession agreements entered into by the government with the water firms, which he said, were tantamount to the country giving […]

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Duterte orders Bello to resume talks with Sison

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:25:41 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd to resume talks with exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison. During his visit to Legazpi, Albay, Duterte renewed his interest in reopening the peace talks as “my time was running out.” “Ang ano ko ngayon (My plan now is), I cannot stop. […]

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Duterte picks Southern Luzon command chief to lead PH Army

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 08:50:43 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has named Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay to head the 97,000-strong Philippine Army. Gen. Noel Clement, Armed Forces chief, announced the appointment on Wednesday. Gapay is currently commander of the Quezon-based Southern Luzon Command (Solcom). In a letter signed by Duterte dated December 2, Gapay’s designation will take effect on December 6. He […]

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Duterte names 2 new SC justices — sources

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 05:39:55 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 2 new Supreme Court justices, sources privy to the selection said. They are Court of Appeals (CA) Visayas Executive Justice Edgardo delos Santos and CA Justice Mario Lopez. They replaced retired senior associate justice Antonio Carpio and associate justice Francis Jardeleza. Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido was named the new deputy ombudsman for Luzon. JOMAR CANLAS

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Duterte officially opens 30th SEA Games

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 13:51:18 +0000

BOCAUE, Bulacan: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday evening officially declared the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games open. The ceremony kicked off at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, that welcomed more than 5,500 athletes to the Games this year, the fourth time the country hosted the biennial event. The show started off with Lani Misalucha […]

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Duterte meets Brunei’s Bolkiah ahead of SEA Games kickoff

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:42:12 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah ahead of the opening ceremony for the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday. Duterte welcomed Bolkiah in Malacañang where they held a closed-door meeting. Bolkiah was accompanied by his son, Prince Abdul Mateen, who is competing in the SEA Games as part of the oil-rich kingdom’s polo […]

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Duterte admits: ‘I’m not in pink of health’

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 05:08:31 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that he was not in the “pink of health,” but was still fit to fulfill his duties as the country’s leader. In a television interview on Friday, the 74-year-old Duterte said it was only normal for his age to not be in the best of health. “Health is deteriorating. Every […]

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Duterte ‘sorry’ for SEA Games ‘mishaps’

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:45:53 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday apologized for the mishaps that plagued the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. In a television interview, Duterte acknowledged that “the problem is there [have] been mishaps” but assured delegates that his government would investigate it. “They are not small incidents rather. Mabigat yun (They are serious). You invite […]

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Duterte defends Cayetano over SEA Games mess

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:43:49 +0000

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended Alan Peter Cayetano, the controversial head of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), amid the reported blunders and anomalies in the country’s hosting of the biennial regional sporting meet. Speaking to reporters in Malacañang, Duterte said he believed Cayetano was not involved in any act of corruption […]

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