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THE Social Security System (SSS) is set to release P7 billion worth of pension increases for more than two million retirees next month following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the hike, which will be retroactive to January 2017. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum on February 22 containing the…

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THERE are no moves to oust President Rodrigo Duterte coinciding with the 31st anniversary of the Edsa “People Power” revolt this week, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said on Wednesday, refuting an earlier statement by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. “If ever there are, leave it to us. We’ll…

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President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his commitment to complete the peace process with the communist rebels following his meeting with “leftist” members of his Cabinet in Malacañang on Monday. Duterte met with Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza weeks after…

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign trips last year cost tax payers around P277 million. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the money allocated for the President’s trips included airfare. “The President made a total of seven foreign trips, visiting a total of 12 countries since he took office,” Abella told reporters. “These…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he expects loan growth from loans and grants given by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the coming years as he promised a government free of corruption. In his speech during the ADB’s 50th anniversary celebration, Duterte acknowledged the Bank’s contribution to the country’s…

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Malacañang on Tuesday said the government is not toning down the commemoration of the EDSA “people power” revolt because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s close relations with the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. In a news conference, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra defended the Duterte administration’s move to…

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BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday blamed mining industries for causing environmental destruction in the country, particularly in Mindanao. In his speech during the annual alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy, Duterte said Mindanao is being threatened by climate change, aggravated by mining activities. “As a child immigrant…

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BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered government forces to contain adherents of the jihadist militant group Islamic State (IS) in the country. In remarks during the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming in Fort del Pilar, Duterte said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine…

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BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to reveal his net worth following allegations by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that he has hidden wealth. At dinner with the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1967 on Friday night, the President shrugged off Trillanes’ claim the…

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BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would send members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to Russia after it offered to train Filipino security forces. Duterte said Russian officials led by Moscow’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev made the…

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