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THE Duterte administration will not open its doors to foreign telecommunications companies unless they are from China. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement even after criticism that President Rodrigo Duterte was favoring Beijing. “It was a political decision of the President to offer it to a Chinese company,”…

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President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on phasing out old jeepneys next year even with the strong opposition of drivers and operators. Under the jeepney modernization plan, jeepneys and other public utility vehicles such as buses and vans aged 15 years and above will not be allowed on the roads. “We…

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THE Duterte administration is not opening its doors to foreign telecommunications companies unless they are from China, a Malacanang spokesman said on Tuesday. Secretary Harry Roque issued the statement as President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for allegedly favoring the entry of China Telecom. Lawmakers raised security concerns over the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has allayed fears of a looming dictatorship, saying that he is just after a new Constitution that will address corruption. “These communists, calling me a dictator, an executioner, somebody corrupt…[but I say to you], do not be afraid of dictatorship. I am not aiming for it. I…

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) is investigating the policemen caught shooting three unarmed men dead—an act filmed in at least four closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Tondo, Manila. Palace spokesman Harry Roque was referring to the Reuters report which showed at least 11 policemen—some in police uniform while majority…

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If President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill his promise that a Bangsamoro Basic Law will be passed during his tenure, he will have to throw his support to another human rights body: the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission. This is because Article 9, Section 7 of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law provides…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has assured the families of the victims of the massacre in Maguindanao that those responsible would be convicted, his spokesman said on Friday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque also said that the President promised employment and financial aid in a meeting with the families on November 23, the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a fellow Mindanaoan, Sheriff Abas, as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Abas’ appointment papers, dated November 22, were released by the Palace on Friday. His term will expire on February 2, 2022. Abas replaced Juan Andres Bautista, who resigned on October…

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The lack of government support for Madrasah schools in Marawi City has provided a rich ground for recruitment of Maute terrorist group members, Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said on Friday. “Many of the recruits [of Maute] are from Madrasah schools which do not only educate about Islam, but…

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