JOEL M. SY EGCO

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called on local chief executives and the police to “double” or “triple” their efforts against the illegal drug menace, as he pledged to relentlessly drug pursue syndicates and their protectors. In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte vowed never to back down from…

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MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said the practice of “endo” or contractualization of employees in various firms will be “reduced” in six months. In a press briefing, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella disclosed the outcome of the previous Cabinet meeting, including plans lined up by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “The…

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MALACAÑANG will issue separate orders implementing freedom of information (FOI) and establishing a “superbody” that will deal with media killings, before President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) later this month. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said President Duterte’s legal team was “fine-tuning” both orders, with the…

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INCOMING President Rodrigo Duterte should watch out for politicians involved in the illegal drug trade who may “infiltrate” his camp on the pretense of being his political supporters, sources of The Manila Times warned Wednesday. In fact, people close to Duterte, who will be formally inaugurated as the country’s 16th…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday thanked members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including his aides, for their loyalty as he reminded them not to be “relaxed” so that they will continue to grow as a highly capable fighting machine. In his speech during the testimonial parade…

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EVEN up to its last remaining days in office, the government of President Benigno Aquino 3rd maintained that the controversial budget measure, Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), was good for the economy and that its implementors acted in “good faith.” In an interview at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said his successor, Rodrigo Duterte, should be “given time” to familiarize himself with the rigors of the office, noting that he himself has a “self-imposed ban” on making comments for at least a year. “So, hopefully the democratic space would be even widened and…

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SPEAK no evil. The public will no longer hear anything–whether good or bad–from President Benigno Aquino 3rd about his successor, Rodrigo Duterte, “for now,” according to a Malacanang official. In a text message, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday said the President has since stopped making comments about the…

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MALACAÑANG on Friday cautioned the incoming government against scrapping the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) as a prerequisite for the resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), saying the country’s security is at stake. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. however…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte can choose to work in a place of his own liking and where he feels most comfortable, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Monday. Coloma added that Duterte has all the right to choose where he plans to stay once inaugurated as President. “Let the…

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