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PALACE ON FRIGATE DEAL

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant, Christopher “Bong” Go had no involvement in the approval of the P16-billion frigate contract between the Philippine Navy and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said it would have been impossible for Go to intervene in the…

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Cubs recovered from a huge fourth quarter deficit to upset defending champions Far Eastern University (FEU) Baby Tamaraws, 81-80, in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City on Saturday. Trailing by 13 points in the final 4:46…

IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

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MALACAÑANG wants no “untoward” incidents in disputed waters with presence of United States military vessels in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement after US Navy Rear Admiral John Fuller told reporters on board the USS Carl Vinson that “US presence matters”…

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Malacañang has denounced China’s move to rename five undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) and has protested through the Philippine Embassy in Beijing. “We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) — Eduardo V. Manalo — as the Special Envoy for the President for Overseas Filipino Concerns. Manalo will remain in his post until January 29th next year. His appointment comes amid the government’s implementation of a…

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales “cannot arrogate the power of Congress” to dismiss Deputy Speaker and Cebu City Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia from her post, Malacañang said on Monday night. Morales had found Garcia administratively liable for grave misconduct involving a five-year-old case dating back to the time when she was still governor…

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President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. as officer-in-charge – general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in a recent announcement of new appointments to various government agencies. Garcia was MMDA’s assistant general manager for planning. Similarly, Michael Mangampo Mamukid was appointed Director of the National Commission…

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THE Duterte administration is eyeing Oman and Bahrain as alternative employment destinations for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the government’s decision to stop deployment to Kuwait amid reports of abuses. “We are particularly keen on finding alternative employment in countries such Oman and Bahrain, both of which are signatories…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered public hospitals to provide medical services to children inoculated with Dengvaxia, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Friday. Roque said the government will shoulder the medical expenses of Dengvaxia recipients who are taken to government hospitals. “The President commanded all public hospitals to give services on…

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Rehabilitation efforts of the government for war-torn Marawi City in Lanao de Sur will be completed by the end of 2021, the Undersecretary of Task Force Bangon Marawi said on Friday. During the Bangon Marawi news briefing at Malacañang, Falconi Ace Millar, also the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council…

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