VP Robredo to attend Sona even if Duterte shames her in his speech

Vice President Leni Robredo will attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address on July 23 even if the chief executive decides to shame her before the whole country in his speech.

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Federalism, rice tariffication among Duterte’s legislative agenda — Palace

BILLS on federalism, and rice tariffication were among President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legislative agenda for the third regular session of the 17th Congress, Malacañang said on Thursday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte intended to present the legislative agenda of his administration before delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. […]

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Duterte to sign Bangsamoro law before SONA on Monday, says Palace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be historic as the Chief Executive is expected to sign the proposed Bangsamoro law before delivering his speech on Monday, Malacañang said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement after the 28-member bicameral conference committee approved on Wednesday night the reconciled […]

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COA questions P334M in Pagcor perks

COA questions P334M in Pagcor perks

Officials and employees of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) enjoyed excessive perks totaling P334.8 million in 2017, on top of the agency’s underremittance of P22 billion to the government over at least six years, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).

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No economic disruption in federalism, only ‘greater growth’ – Con-com

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Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia’s fear that a shift to federalism would “wreak havoc” on the country’s economy is baseless, President Rodrigo Duterte’s charter change committee said on Wednesday.

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Communist insurgents reject ‘localized peace talks’ anew

THE National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Tuesday is firm in rejecting the government’s proposal to localize peace talks, saying it will only isolate Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison and was a “divide and rule” tactic of the Duterte administration. In a statement, the NDFP also lashed out at […]

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Admin to step up info drive on charter change, federalism

Malacañang on Monday promised to double down on an information campaign to counter worsening public rejection of its proposal to amend the Constitution for a shift to federalism. Refusing to be disheartened by the Pulse Asia poll finding that 67 percent of Filipinos opposed moves to amend the Constitution, the Palace picked through the survey […]

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Aquino sends ‘regrets’ to Duterte SONA

FORMER president Benigno Aquino 3rd will not attend the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of his successor, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the third straight year, the House of Representatives said on Monday. “[Former] president Aquino already sent regrets,” the House said through its Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau. The same unit confirmed the […]

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Pulse Asia: Majority of Filipinos oppose shift to federalism

MAJORITY of Filipinos are opposed to a shift to federalism, according to a recent Pulse Asia survey. The survey on 1,800 respondents from June 15 to 21 said 62 percent were not in favor, 28 percent were in favor while 10 percent were uncertain. At the same time, the survey said that 69 percent had […]

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