Vaccinate anyone who wants a COVID shot, says Duterte

Reuters 07/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his government on Wednesday night to open the coronavirus vaccination campaign to anyone who wants a shot as his country scrambles to protect the population from more transmissible variants. With…

Duterte eyes reassignment of ABS-CBN’s radio frequencies; again accuses firm of unpaid taxes

Miguel Camus 07/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he would reassign radio frequencies that were held by ABS-CBN Corp. while again accusing the former television giant of owing the government “billions in taxes,” contrary to the assessment…

Duterte: When I said I will fight drugs in 6 months, I thought it was like in Davao

Neil Arwin Mercado 07/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “I thought it was like in Davao.” President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he looked back at one of his campaign promises back…

Duterte warns of possible lockdown if ‘more aggressive’ Delta variant spreads

Christia Marie Ramos 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a possible lockdown should the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant spreads in the country. “It (Delta) is rampaging…

No ‘direk,’ but still some scoring for ‘legacy’ Sona

Leila B. Salaverria 07/24/2021

There will be no movie director calling the shots or choosing the angles when President Duterte delivers his final State of the Nation Address (Sona), but there will still be an undercurrent of song and symbolism to…

Robredo: Navigating Duterte’s hostility

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Leni Robredo is being cast as the antagonist to President Rodrigo Duterte’s role as the country’s last hope, a description made during the 2016 presidential campaign, by Duterte himself. This casting made by Duterte…

Duterte gets failing mark from teachers

Meg Adonis 07/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Teachers on Tuesday gave President Rodrigo Duterte a failing mark for his “consistently poor performance” in fulfilling his commitment to the education sector five years into his presidency, saying the state of education in…

VP has no immunity from suit, lawyers agree

Nestor Corrales, TIna Santos 07/20/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Contrary to the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte at the controversial gathering of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Saturday, the vice president enjoys “no immunity from suit,” several lawyers agreed on…

Stricter restrictions may have to be reimposed due to Delta variant – Duterte

Neil Arwin Mercado 07/20/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Stricter restrictions may need to be reimposed as the more alarming Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday in his taped weekly briefing on…

Duterte to campaign for PDP-Laban bets; to bring ‘sackloads’ of cash

Neil Arwin Mercado 07/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Saturday to bring “sackloads of cash” if possible, to support bets of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in their campaign for next year’s elections. Duterte made the…

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…

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