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Duterte to scrutinize 2020 nat’l budget

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to carefully scrutinize the proposed 2020 national budget once it is sent to him for...
President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a news conference. He is dismayed to hear over the logistical troubles hounding the country’s hosting this year’s Southeast Asian Games, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo says. PCOO

Duterte ‘upset’ over SEA Games lapses: Probe to follow, says Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is dismayed to hear over the logistical troubles hounding the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, his...
President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd from left) joins other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in (6th from right) during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan on Nov. 26. PCOO

No mention of South China Sea dispute in Duterte-Moon talks

MANILA – The South China Sea dispute was not discussed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s bilateral meeting with South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in,...
The Senate approves on second reading the bill that would move the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from May 2020 to Dec. 2022. ABS-CBN News

Senate OKs bills extending validity of 2019 nat’l budget

MANILA – The Senate has unanimously approved on second reading the measure that would extend the validity of the unspent money under...
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls 1PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero’s accusations as “misplaced and baseless.” IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

Drilon slams claim blaming Senate for SEA Games mess

MANILA – Opposition Sen. Leader Franklin Drilon slammed 1PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero for blaming the Senate on issues hounding the country’s hosting of...
Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the primary accused in the gruesome Maguindanao massacre, was brought to the hospital last October after suffering a stroke. He has since been confined at Makati Medical Center, where he is receiving physical and occupational therapy. ABS-CBN NEWS

Prosecutors want Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail

MANILA – State prosecutors have asked a Quezon City court handling the Maguindanao massacre case to order the return of primary defendant...
“During her stay as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, we haven’t really noticed any report or missteps,” says Philippine National Police spokesperson Bernard Banac.

PNP says Robredo made no ‘missteps’ as ICAD co-chair

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) believes that Vice President Leni Robredo did not commit any “missteps” during her stint as...
Vice President Leni Robredo questions the motives behind her firing and such undermining of her capabilities fuels her to do more. Despite her termination, Robredo vows that her work against the country's drug problem would still continue. VP LENI ROBREDO FACEBOOK

Robredo hits Duterte admin: ‘What are you scared of?’

MANILA – “Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyo, ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?” This was Vice President Leni Robredo’s question...
“The post she was appointed to is not a Cabinet level. Sabi ni Presidente, imbitahan (siya) basta tungkol sa kanyang drug operations. Sabi ko, ang swerte niya,” says Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. ABS-CBN NEWS

Palace on VP Leni’s dismissal: ‘She asked for it’

MANILA – Malacañang has justified President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to terminate Vice President Leni Robredo from her post as co-chair of the...
Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Vice President Leni Robredo’s dismissal was due to her “failure” to present before the President clear plans and programs to combat the illegal drug trade in the country. PCOO

Robredo’s firing not a ‘diversion’ from SEA Games mess – Panelo

MANILA – The firing of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs was not meant to divert attention...

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