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The return of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-drug operations dubbed as Oplan Tokhang won’t be the police’s call alone, a Palace official said on Friday. This as PNP Chief Ronald de la Rosa said he is determined to reinstate Operation Tokhang or the police campaign against drugs. “I was already…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to continue purging government of corrupt officials and personnel even if the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has yet to begin operations three months since its creation. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. admitted on Tuesday that the anti-corruption commission has yet to be constituted but insisted that this did…

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AT least 46 percent of Filipinos are hopeful that their life will improve in 2018, a survey released on Tuesday by Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The number is four percent higher than the 42 percent reported in September 2017 and matches the score in June 2016 when President Rodrigo…

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President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to increase the salary of teachers to make their pay at par with the wages received by soldiers and policemen, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday. “He has tasked the DBM and other agencies to find means to increase the salary of teachers after the…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended logging activities in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday. The President, according to Roque, gave the order during a Cabinet meeting held at Malacañang on Monday afternoon. “The President ordered several logging concessions in the Zamboanga Peninsula to be suspended. This…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has named Elson Hermogino as the new chief of the Philippine Coast Guard. Commandant Hermogino replaced Joel Garcia, who served as Coast Guard’s officer-in-charge for a year. Garcia’s predecessor, Rear Admiral William Melad, was charged with graft and multiple counts of violation of the Government Procurement law…

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THE non-passage of three other proposed tax reform packages will derail the Duterte administration’s ambitious P1 trillion infrastructure program dubbed as “Build, Build, Build,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez warned on Monday. Dominguez was referring to the proposals on corporate income tax, property tax and capital income tax. The first package, dubbed as…

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AN extended term for President Rodrigo Duterte should also extend the term of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said on Friday. Macalintal was responding to comments made by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd that Congress could extend President Duterte’s term “if the President is amenable…

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AT least five developers are bidding to land a government contract for the rehabilitation of 250 hectares of land in Marawi City, which was ravaged by Islamist extremists in a five-month war with the military. “The five developers will be submitting their unsolicited proposals on January 15. We have formed…

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