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Rice tariff scheme remains goal despite ‘surprise’ order to import more...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order for the “unimpeded” importation of rice has caught economic agencies off guard, though they pointed to the ultimate goal remains a rice tariff accompanied by freer inbound movement of the commodity.

Palace releases report on narco-cops

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday made public its “Secret Special Report” on the alleged involvement of high-ranking law enforcement officials in drug trafficking in the country.

Palace orders ‘unimpeded’ rice imports

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered “unimpeded” importation of rice, adding to steps meant to ease inflation which has been hitting multiyear peaks, Malacañang’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Chinese envoy ‘concerned’ over US naval exercises with Xi’s Manila visit MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday said the People’s Republic of China “has expressed concern” about the...

Special Assistant: Spokesman on leave

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque, Jr. has gone on leave beginning Monday, Oct. 8, according to his office.

Duterte to pitch support for MSMEs in ASEAN meeting

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will urge leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during their gathering in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Oct. 11, to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region and “call for economic resilience amidst prevailing global economic uncertainties,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

SWS poll: Majority agree President’s health a public matter

MAJORITY of Filipinos, at 61%, agree that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health is a public matter, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Roque mulls resignation after President confirms hospital visit

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Friday that he is considering resigning after he was “taken aback” by the confirmation of a hospital visit by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last Wednesday, which he said he did not know about.

Retiring army chief Bautista to head DSWD

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte announced last Thursday that he is set to appoint retiring Army Commanding General Rolando Joselito “Rolly” D. Bautista as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

LP-led bloc takes House minority leadership question to SC

THE MINORITY bloc in the House of Representatives led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) has formally challenged the minority leadership before the Supreme Court (SC), filing a case on Friday, Oct. 5.

PACC: DPWH, Congress among most corrupt

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led government agencies with the most number of corruption complaints, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said on Thursday.

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OFW group files misconduct, human trafficking complaints vs Bertiz MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), filed complaints on Thursday before the House...

Labor deputy fired

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he has fired Labor Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod.

PCOO deputy quits

COMMUNICATIONS Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” J. Uson has announced her resignation and hinted possible plans to run in the 2019 midterm elections.

CPP tells Palace: Why would we ‘push’ for martial law?

THE COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines (CPP) has denied the military’s allegation that it is “pushing” President Rodrigo R. Duterte to declare nationwide martial law through the so-called “Red October” ouster plot.

Hospitals in Isabela, Baguio, La Union, and Bayombong up for expansion

FOUR GOVERNMENT-owned hospitals in the northern Luzon area have been lined up for expansion after President Rodrigo R. Duterte recently signed laws corresponding to the improvement programs.

Recto Bank exploration deal eyed for Xi visit

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said it is “doing everything” to ensure that a joint oil exploration deal between the Philippines and China on the Service Contract (SC) 72 located in the disputed Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea will be signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila in November.

Palace hints on political motive behind Sudipen mayor’s murder

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday promised a quick resolution on the killing of Sudipen, La Union Mayor Alexander O. Buquing, which Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said could be politically motivated with election season just around the corner.

Palace bares reappointments

MALACAÑANG announced on Monday the reappointments of Special Envoy for International Public Relations Dante A. Ang, chairman emeritus of The Manila Times, and Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Jose C. De Venecia, Jr., the Ramos-era speaker of the House of Representatives.

US, ASEAN tackle China

THE UNITED STATES and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) want international law to be followed, “not the unilateral actions by China,” in resolving the maritime disputes in the South China Sea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said.

Cayetano to UN: Philippines ‘on track’ in antidrug campaign

THE PHILIPPINES is “on track” in providing reforms to prevent the country from becoming a “narco-state” while remaining committed to the rule of law and human rights, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano told world leaders at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last Saturday.

PHL ‘to extend assistance’ to Indonesia

MALACAÑANG in a statement on Sunday said,“We join the people of Indonesia in offering our prayers to the hundreds who died after a powerful 7.4 earthquake and tsunami hit Central Sulawesi last Friday.”

Pulse Asia finds inflation, wages to be top concerns

INFLATION and salaries are the top concerns of Filipinos across all regions and social classes, polling firm Pulse Asia said, citing the results of a survey.

US report cites Philippines’ improved counterterrorism

THE PHILIPPINES’ counterterrorism capabilities have improved amid attacks and threats from terrorist groups affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), according to the US Department of State’s 2017 Country Reports on Terrorism .

President owns up to EJKs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday owned up to extra judicial killings (EJKs) in the country as he deplored complaints filed against his controversial war on drugs, accusing him of murder and crimes against humanity, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

State of calamity declared in Ompong-hit regions

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared a state of calamity in Regions I, II, III, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) due to “widespread destruction, substantial damage and deaths” caused by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).

Proclamation grants ecozone status to DM Wenceslao’s Aseana 3 building

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte issued a proclamation on Tuesday designating as a Special Economic Zone the Aseana 3 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Building at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City.

Palace moves to boost farm supply

MALACAÑANG has issued four orders, all dated Sept. 21, to help improve supply of agricultural products in the market.

Trillanes posts bail after Makati court orders arrest

SENATOR Antonio F. Trillanes IV on Tuesday afternoon posted a P200,000-bail before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 after his arrest at the Senate.

Duterte’s approval, trust ratings fall in Pulse Asia’s September poll

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s trust and approval ratings fell considerably in a September poll by Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.

P662.5M released for calamity fund

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has released an additional P662.5 million to the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the victims of recent calamities, Malacañang announced on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Malacañang: Enrile, Marcos can’t ‘twist’ martial law history

MALACAÑANG ON Monday contradicted former Senate president Juan F. Ponce-Enrile’s remarks in his interview with former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. contradicting several established circumstances of the martial-law regime of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Palace confirms Duterte’s ‘routine’ medical procedures

MALACAÑANG ON Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had recently undergone colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures, but added this was “routine.”

Net satisfaction with drug war steadies — SWS

NET SATISFACTION with the Duterte administration’s drug war has steadied at +65, a one-point rise in the second-quarter poll of the Social Weather Stations.

Communications chief presents Build, Build, Build program in China

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program was recently presented in China as part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar said on Sunday.

Duterte off to Bali in October for ASEAN gathering with IMF,...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is scheduled to fly to Bali, Indonesia, next month to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Leaders’ Gathering (ALG), Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Sunday.

LP not calling for Duterte ouster — Robredo

VICE-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo said it is not the position of the Liberal Party to overthrow President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Palace tells LANDBANK to ease lending requirements for farmers

MALACAÑANG said Thursday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) to reduce the hurdles for obtaining farm loans.

NFA transfer to Agriculture dep’t to improve timing of rice imports

THE National Food Authority said on Thursday that its transfer to the control of the Department of Agriculture will help the two agencies better coordinate rice procurement and imports.

Palace slams International People’s Tribunal’s ‘sham decision’ vs Duterte

MALACAÑANG on Thursday maintained that the guilty verdict on President Rodrigo R. Duterte by the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) is a “sham.”

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Anti-red tape ‘czar’ urgently needed, says Zubiri SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to promptly appoint an Anti-Red...

Palace assures maximum tolerance for protesters

MAXIMUM TOLERANCE will be observed today, Sept. 21, as various groups mark the National Day of Protest, coinciding with the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Malacañang said yesterday.

Palace on Roxas’ steps to fight inflation: ‘Shut up’

MALACAÑANG ON Wednesday rejected the unsolicited advice of former senator and Cabinet official Manuel A. Roxas II on inflation, saying the Liberal Party stalwart should just “shut up.”

Economic team wields inflation tool kit

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY is ready to face headwinds from rising inflation and further depreciation of the peso which have intensified in recent months, economic managers said on Tuesday, saying the government has all the tools it needs to handle these “temporary” challenges.

Police to monitor hoarding, profiteering in typhoon Ompong areas; death toll...

THE POLICE will monitor and take action against those who will be caught violating fair trade rules in the aftermath of typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) as part of its post-disaster functions.