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MALACANANG is saddened by the Commission on Appointments’ (CA) rejection of the interim appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary. READ: UPDATE: Taguiwalo fails to get appointment as social welfare chief “We are saddened by the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said…

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Chairman Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra of the National Youth Commission has called for unrestricted distribution of condoms across the country in light of the record-breaking new human immunodeficiency virus cases, which reached 1,098 in May alone. Seguerra, a former child actress and a professional singer, made the call on Tuesday, citing…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will not fire Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon just yet despite a recommendation from the House of Representatives, but will wait for what the Senate has to say, as well, a Malacanang spokesman said on Tuesday. “The President will wait for the report of both chambers of Congress…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed anti-graft court justice Alexander Gesmundo as associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the appointment of Gesmundo–who will assume the post because of the retirement of SC Associate Justice Jose Mendoza–in a message to reporters on Monday. Prior to his…

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Palace communications chief Martin Andanar will take over as the editor-in-chief of the Philippine News Agency (PNA) amid a series faux pax of the state-run news agency. Andanar’s assumption of the post would happen just days after the PNA published a story on the Department of Labor of Employment (DoLE)…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed anti-graft court justice Alexander Gesmundo to the Supreme Court, Malacanang said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made disclosure in a text message to reporters on Monday. Prior to his appointment as high court justice, Gesmundo served as the chairman of the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division and its…

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The government has contained the bird flu outbreak reported in San Luis, Pampanga, a Palace official claimed on Sunday. “We believe DA (Department of Agriculture) has acted fast on the issue and has managed to isolate and contain the virus,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. The Palace official however did…

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The peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NDF/CPP/NPA) is dying and will not be rejuvenated, government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello 3rd said Sunday. Bello, in a phone interview with The Manila Times, noted that while an official letter of termination…

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Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo called on her Liberal party-mates to rebuild the erstwhile ruling party and expand its dwindling membership, as she formally assumed the post of party chairman in rites devoid of pomp and circumstance. Robredo convened the Liberal Party (LP) National Executive Committee at the hotel…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte wants to name former justices as members of the 24-man Constitutional Commission (ConCom), which will serve as the advisory body to Congress in drafting a new Charter toward a federal government, a spokesman in Malacañang said Friday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella made the announcement a day after…

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