Robredo welcomes senators’ call to probe state-sponsored troll farms

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday welcomed the call of senators to investigate allegations that public funds are being used to run troll farms. READ: 12 senators seek probe into ‘state-funded troll farms’ Robredo, a…

Allies get ready for Sara Duterte’s presidential bid

Carmelito Q. Francisco - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

DAVAO CITY — Will she run for president or not? If the preparations are any indication, when she declares may be the appropriate question pertaining to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte joining the 2022 presidential race. The…

Lagman: Duterte wants to be ‘successor-president’ with VP bid

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s possible vice presidential bid is fueled by his “real intention” of becoming a “successor-president,” Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman said Sunday. Lagman believes that Duterte, who has entertained the notion…

Sara Duterte: I’m still in control as mayor even when I’m outside Davao City

Germelina Lacorte - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

DAVAO CITY—Mayor Sara Duterte said she remains in control as mayor of Davao City even as she spends time going around the country to consult the people on her possible bid for the presidency in next year’s…

Pimentel, other ‘original’ PDP-Laban members say party elections ‘illegal’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Koko Pimentel and the other “original” members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party said the elections led by the faction of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi was “illegal” and has…

Duterte to Pimentel: PDP-Laban was ‘asleep for 100 years’ until I ran for president

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday the now ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party was “asleep for a hundred years” and only woke up when he ran for the presidency in 2016. Duterte…

Pacquiao to gov’t: Focus more on stopping spread of Delta variant

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government should now focus on its efforts to deal with the COVID-19 Delta variant instead of politics, Senator Manny Pacquiao said Saturday following his ouster as president of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas…

Pacquiao out, Cusi in as PDP-Laban president

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — After weeks of infighting in the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Senator Manny Pacquiao was replaced Saturday by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as the president of the party. The election was held…

Lawsuits after presidency? Duterte says he could run for VP, get immunity

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday teased about running for vice president in the upcoming elections to get immunity from the lawsuits that he may face once he steps down as chief executive. During the…

PDP-Laban declares Pacquiao’s post vacant, but denies he was ‘ousted’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national assembly of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party, led by the faction of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, has declared several party posts vacant—including the one being held by Senator…

With Delta variant, DOH presses need to study protocol allowing kids outside

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday there is a need to review the decision of the government to allow children aged five and above to go out of their residences in some areas…

PDP-Laban holds Duterte-led assembly, to elect new set of officers

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the infighting and power struggle within the party, the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) opened Saturday its national assembly where members are set to elect its new set of officers. The…

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