Sri Lanka-Philippine ties boost pledged

January 19, 2019
FORMER President now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assured both President Rodrigo Duterte and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena that the House will cooperate fully on initiatives to enhance the relations of the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka leader hails drug war heroes

January 19, 2019
He was also the first foreign head of state to pay tribute to members of the 190,000-strong police force who have either been killed or wounded while fighting armed and defiant drug dealers since the Duterte administration launched a bloody war on narcotics in 2016 and said the campaign should be an “example” for the whole world.

Talks with Abu Sayyaf Group? Never! -- Duterte

January 19, 2019
“You do not kill an eight-year-old boy because (there was) no ransom paid. I do not simply like the idea of cutting heads of people, innocent people pati ‘yung bata. What’s the fuc**** sense of doing that?” Duterte said in a speech before a peace assembly for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BoL) in Cotabato City.

New Cha-cha tack mulled

January 19, 2019
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday indicated a possible shift in the government’s approach to amending the Constitution, a move he had been pushing to give way for the change to a federal form of government.

Speed up Sangguniang Kabataan funds release – Bong Go

January 19, 2019
FORMER Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, together with National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema, has called on government agencies concerned with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) funds to fast track the release of the fund guidelines.

Bill seeks to protect Sangguniang Kabataan officials from graft

The current law does not provide monetary compensation for the SK secretary, treasurer and other officials. They are, however, exempted from paying tuition and matriculation fees in any public tertiary schools, including state colleges and universities as well as locally funded educational institutions; and are provided with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage.