Duterte creates office for adviser on streamlining gov’t processes to cut red tape

Daphne Galvez 04/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Streamlining Government Processes (OPASGP) in a bid to cut red tape. Duterte signed on Tuesday Executive Order No. 129,…

De Lima to Duterte: People are dying and I’m still your problem?

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 04/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima made a series of tweets on Monday night in reaction to the tirade she earlier got from President Rodrigo Duterte during his briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Mr. President, have pity on…

Golf-playing, motorbike-riding Duterte chills before public address on Monday

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — For the second time since his last public appearance two weeks ago, another undated photo and video of President Rodrigo Duterte, this time playing golf and riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, were released by his…

Duterte negative for COVID-19 in last swab test — Go

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 04/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte tested negative for COVID-19 when he underwent his last swab test during the Holy Week, his longtime aide Sen. Bong Go said Thursday. “Regular naman pong nagpapa-swab test si Pangulong Duterte…

Where are the vaccines?

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/01/2021

President Duterte railed in September 2020 against Western vaccine manufacturers for requiring vaccine buyers to make advance payments from 30 to 50 percent of the purchase price. The President stated that Philippine law prohibits making advance payments…

Duterte allows private firms to import COVID-19 vaccines ‘at will’

Daphne Galvez 03/30/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Private firms can now import COVID-19 vaccines “at will” amid the alarming surge of COVID-19 cases, President Rodrigo Duterte announced in a pre-recorded briefing that was televised Monday night. “I have ordered Sec Galvez…

Unrequited love

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 03/25/2021

In April 2018, President Duterte declared, “I just simply love Xi Jinping.” President Duterte made this declaration in a press conference in Davao City just before he left for China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia.…

Duterte will talk to Beijing envoy about West Philippine Sea incursion – Palace

Dexter Cabalza, Leila B. Salaverria 03/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte plans to talk to the Chinese ambassador about China’s latest incursion in the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said on Tuesday, after Manila filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of more…

Bong, Sara, Manny: Faces of continuity

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 03/22/2021

A Go-Duterte tandem is now being bruited about as the ruling administration’s winning card in the 2022 elections. President Duterte himself declared that Sen. Bong Go wants to run for president. In turn, Go said he will…

Pacquiao hits Cusi: Don’t divide PDP-Laban

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 03/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines— Don’t divide the ruling PDP-Laban party for your own interest,  Senator Manny Pacquiao told Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday. Pacquiao serves as the acting president of PDP-Laban while Cusi is vice-chairman of the party…

Cebu allies to President Duterte: Run for VP

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 03/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in Cebu has made a manifesto urging him to run for Vice President of the country in the 2022 elections. At least 28 executives in Cebu have…

PDP-Laban members urge Duterte to run for VP in 2022 – lawmaker

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 03/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A resolution calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to run as Vice President in the 2022 elections is being passed among members of his political party, PDP-Laban. This was revealed Thursday by House Deputy Speaker…

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