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GMA cites Duterte handling of sea row

FOR former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said President Rodrigo Duterte is on the right track in dealing with the Chinese government regarding the disputed West Philippine Sea. Arroyo yesterday led the launching of a primer entitled “The Ocean Space or the…

Trump visit good for PH — Duterte

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US President Donald Trump visit to the Philippines would be good for the country. President Rodrigo Duterte made the remark when asked about a possible visit by Trump to the country after reports said that one of the world’s most…

‘Harassed’

PHILIPPINE authorities are verifying claims by Filipino fishermen of harassment by the Chinese Coast Guard at a reef which is within the disputed territory in the South China Sea (SCS). Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said “we are currently verifying…

Mayor Abby: zero tolerance vs illegal drugs

MAKATI Mayor Abby Binay yesterday reiterated her administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy against illegal drugs, following the arrest Tuesday of a barangay kagawad for alleged drug pushing. “We are serious about making Makati a drug-free city. I repeat, there will be…

Fire chief in hot water

BUREAU of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Bobby Baruelo is now in hot water for allegedly “forcing” the delivery of the next batch of controversial Rosenbauer Firetrucks from Austria despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s clear position against it, which has recently caused…

Palace downplays drug war survey

MALACAÑANG yesterday downplayed the 11-point drop in public satisfaction with the government’s drug war. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said “a great majority of Filipinos” were still satisfied with the government’s performance in curbing illegal drugs. “Seventy-eight per cent (78%), a…

No state-sponsored drug killings – PNP

THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday insisted that there is no such thing as “State-sponsored” killings in the wake of a Reuters’ report that police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried…

Trump to meet Duterte in Manila?

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THERE’S a high probability of US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte meeting in Manila in November. Ambassador Marciano Paynor yesterday said United States President Donald Trump had previously indicated he would come to the Philippines for the ASEAN…

26 killed as bus falls into ravine in N. Ecija

AT least 26 people were killed after a mini-bus fell into a 100- meter-deep ravine in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija shortly before noon yesterday. Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra said that the victims were all passengers…

‘Don’t mess with DU30’

DON’T mess with Duterte, would-be rice hoarders and smugglers were warned yesterday. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol made this warning as he reminded rice traders that President Rodrigo Duterte will not allow anyone to manipulate the price of the country’s staple…

SC accepts Bongbong’s initial protest motion fee

THE Supreme Court (SC) accepted yesterday the P36 million payment by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as initial fee for his protest petition on the alleged “massive cheating” during the last vice presidential election. The SC is in en…

Duterte still most trusted gov’t official

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte remains the most trusted official of the land based on Pulse Asia surveys conducted from March 15 to 20. Duterte was still the most trusted Philippine official with a 76-percent rating, despite a seven-point drop from his…

High court affirms ruling on Arroyo plunder case

THE Supreme Court yesterday affirmed its decision dismissing the plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in connection with her alleged misuse of P366 million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) fund. SC spokesman Theodore Te said the decision…

Duterte brings home the bacon

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte brought home yesterday from his trip to the Middle East business deals worth over $925 million. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the deals were signed between Filipino and Middle East businessmen Abella added that the new…

OFWs’ sacrifices hailed

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport [NAIA] yesterday paid tribute to the sacrifices of overseas Filipino workers, and said the government will beef up an ongoing repatriation program that will bring home distressed…
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