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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned that the country would “go into shambles” with the combined threats of terrorism, illegal drugs and the communist rebellion. In remarks during the inauguration of Malacañang’s renovated press briefing room, Duterte reiterated that he had a duty to protect the nation, as he cited…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed officers-in-charge at the Department of Health and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Malacañang said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte named Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle to take the post vacated by Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, whose appointment was rejected by…

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PEACE negotiations between the government and the communist rebels were still “alive,” government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Thursday. Bello, during a press conference in Malacanang, said President Rodrigo Duterte would not abandon the peace process with the communists despite the Chief Executive’s pronouncements that he no longer…

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CAMP TECSON, BULACAN: President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday urged the military to be prepared for multiple terror attacks as he announced Russia’s donation of guns to help fight terrorists. In remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony of a housing project, Duterte announced that Russia would give the Philippines 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles.…

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MALACANANG on Wednesday said it respected Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista’s decision to resign his post. “We respect the decision of Chairman Andy Bautista. We wish him well,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement. Andanar issued the statement after Bautista announced on Wednesday that he was…

INFRASTRUCTURE

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and his economic team have vowed to spend trillions of pesos over six years to transform the Philippines into an upper middle-income economy. This can be done, they said, through higher investments in infrastructure within and outside Metro Manila, which are seemed to be behind the times.…

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MALACANANG distanced itself from the Supreme Court’s decision junking the petition of detained Sen. Leila de Lima to dismiss the illegal drugs charges against her. “That is within the Supreme Court’s purview, we leave it to them to address that,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said during a press conference on…

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CRITICS of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for a stop to extrajudicial killings and a rethink of the war on drugs following the 18-point drop in the Chief Executive’s net satisfaction rating. “If the huge decline of the President’s ratings is an indication of anything, it is this: HONEYMOON…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of two police officials tagged as protectors of drug lords, Malacañang announced on Monday. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio deliberately refused to perform their duties that resulted in the proliferation…

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