Duterte gives Olympians additional allowance

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno   President Rodrigo Duterte with sports officials and national athletes at Malacañan Palace in 2019 (Presidential photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Philippine athletes joining the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics an additional PHP100,000 each in allowances while at the Japanese capital. The additional support was approved upon the … Continue reading


No need for Duterte to resign if he wants to run for VP

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte need not resign from post, in case he decides to seek the vice presidency, Malacañang said on Thursday. In an online press conference, Roque said there is no rule mandating Duterte to resign if the President files a certificate of candidacy for another elective post … Continue reading


Duterte eyeing VP post to get immunity from lawsuit

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   EYEING VP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, chairman of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), delivers his speech during the national assembly of the PDP-Laban at Royce Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on Saturday (July 17, 2021). Duterte expressed willingness anew to seek the vice presidency to get … Continue reading


Pacquiao is punch-drunk: Duterte

By Azer Parrocha   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Screengrab) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is punch-drunk, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday. Duterte again criticized the boxer-turned-senator for claiming that billions of pesos were lost due to corruption across government agencies. Pacquiao earlier accused the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) specifically of … Continue reading


Duterte takes the side of Cusi in PDP-Laban row

By Azer Parrocha  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (Presidential file photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte recognizes the leadership of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi in his ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) even after officers from the camp of party President and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao voted to expel … Continue reading


Talks on Duterte VP bid premature: Roque

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte (PCOO photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)— Critics are free to challenge President Rodrigo Duterte’s perceived vice-presidential plan but everything is premature as long as he has not yet filed his certificate of candidacy. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte has yet to make up his mind but it should be noted … Continue reading


‘We do not make friends in anticipation of what China can give’

By Azer Parrocha   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Presidential file photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday denied that his administration has befriended China because of what the East Asian nation could give. “They [China] offered to help. If the aid is coming, good. If not, okay lang rin sa … Continue reading


PH population stands at 109 million as of May 2020

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   File photo MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte has approved Proclamation 1179 declaring the Philippines’ official population count at over 109 million in 2020. The Philippines had a total population of 109,035,343, as of May 1, 2020, according to the latest presidential proclamation inked on Tuesday, The population count was based … Continue reading


‘Constructive, peaceful’ talks between PH, China vital: Duterte

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   VIRTUAL SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Political Parties Summit via video link on Tuesday (July 6, 2021).  Duterte valued the friendship and ties between CPC and the Philippines’ ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which he chairs. (Screengrab from Facebook) MANILA … Continue reading