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Gov’t officials cite Duterte’s hands-on leadership

By Wilnard Bacelonia  GRATEFUL. Supporters of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila early Sunday afternoon (June 26, 2022). They attended the thanksgiving event “Salamat, PRRD”. (PNA photo by Robert Oswald Alfiler) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte personally attended to the concerns of the nation and listened to the needs of state agencies. Undersecretary … Continue reading

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Crowd cheers as Sara, PRRD hug at inauguration ceremony

By Christine Cudis  FAVORITE CHILD. Vice President-elect Sara Duterte gives her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, a tight hug after she took her oath at San Pedro Square, Davao City on Sunday (June 19, 2022). Despite alleged misunderstandings, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the younger Duterte is the President’s favorite child. (Screengrab) DAVAO CITY – The massive crowd … Continue reading

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Duterte says next admin must sustain fight vs. illegal drugs

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  President Rodrigo Duterte at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Philippine Sports Training Center in Bagac, Bataan on Friday (June 17, 2022). (Photo courtesy of PSC) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged anew the incoming administration to support all initiatives that would put an end to the narcotics trade in the country. … Continue reading

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President Duterte urges Sara to ‘take over’ anti-drug campaign in schools

By Azer Parrocha  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and daughter, incoming Vice President Sara Duterte (File photo) MANILA – Outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday urged his daughter, Vice President-elect “Inday” Sara Duterte, to ensure the continuation of anti-illegal drugs programs in schools. This, after Sara announced last month that she has accepted the offer to become … Continue reading

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President Duterte’s decision not to endorse turned to Bongbong’s advantage: analyst

By Azer Parrocha  ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the indelible ink on his finger after casting his vote for the 2022 National and Local Elections at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on Monday (May 9, 2022). Political analyst Froilan Calilung said Duterte’s decision not to endorse any presidential aspirant turned … Continue reading

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President Duterte conducts aerial inspection of ‘Agaton’-hit Baybay City

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  AERIAL INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte conducts an aerial inspection of areas hit by Tropical Depression Agaton in Leyte province on Friday (April 15, 2022). The number of reported fatalities has reached 137. (Screengrab from Radio Television Malacañang) MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday conducted an aerial inspection of Baybay City, Leyte province, … Continue reading

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President Duterte shuns suspicion of using public funds for 2022 prexy bet

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  (File photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said he is not endorsing any presidential candidate to avoid speculation that he would use public funds to finance his preferred successor’s campaign activities. “Ang akin kasi eh presidente ako tapos magkampi ako ng isa, magdududa ‘yung iba, ginagamit ko ‘yung resources ng gobyerno, … Continue reading

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Covid ‘still here,’ continue to wear face mask: President Duterte

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  (File photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded his fellow Filipinos to continue wearing face masks, telling them that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains a threat to public health. Despite the continued drop in coronavirus infections, Duterte said Covid-19 is still “alive” and “kicking.” The proper use of face mask … Continue reading