Vaccinate hesitant folk while asleep? Duterte only joking, says spokesman

Daniza Fernandez - @inquirerdotnet 10/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte was only joking when he earlier threatened to have hesitant individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 while asleep, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday. “Joke lang po ‘yun, kayo naman oh. Syempre…

Wanted: A unifying president

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 10/12/2021

A festival of campaign colors will soon again be upon us. Yellow, long associated with President Cory Aquino and the Liberal Party that supported her and her son Benigno Simeon III through their presidencies, is unlikely to…

The same thing over and over again

Kay Rivera - @inquirerdotnet 10/11/2021

Days after the deadline for filing of candidacy, the atmosphere is more politically charged than ever and social media is filled with presidential candidates and their supporters taking swipes at different camps. Mayor Isko Moreno himself had…

Existentialist threat to the Senate

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 10/07/2021

Congress exists to enact laws. Congress cannot intelligently enact laws unless it has timely and accurate information from the departments and agencies of the Executive branch. To secure such timely and accurate information, the Constitution has empowered…

Where did it Go?

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 10/06/2021

Back in July, when Daughterte was riding high as the potential candidate to beat, the People’s Reform Party (PRP) chaired by Narciso Santiago declared it would back her and join the coalition coalescing around Hugpong ng Pagbabago…

Duterte changing his mind on 2022 polls always a possibility — Cusi

Neil Arwin Mercado 10/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — While saying that President Rodrigo Duterte substituting as the vice presidential candidate for the PDP-Laban party is not being considered “right now”, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi admitted Monday that the possibility of the President…

Duterte OKs limited in-person classes for more programs in MGCQ area

Krissy Aguilar 09/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the expansion of limited in-person classes for degree programs requiring “hands-on experience” in higher education institutions (HEIs) located in areas under the most lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ),…

How can face shields, which are made of plastic, expire? – Duterte

Daphne Galvez 09/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte questioned on Monday why the expiration date of the face shields bought by the Department of Health (DOH) from Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. should be an issue in the Senate investigation on…

Duterte threatens use of military force to ensure peaceful 2022 elections

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 09/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he may be forced to use military force if sees it necessary to ensure that the 2022 elections will be peaceful, free and orderly. Duterte said he wants…

Cebu City EOC to public: Continue wearing face shields inside public transport

Dyrecka Letigio 09/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) urges the public to continue wearing face shields inside public transportation.  Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementor of the EOC, said that the new policy imposed…

Duterte OKs pilot face-to-face classes in areas with minimal risk for COVID-19

Daphne Galvez 09/20/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the holding of pilot face-to-face classes in areas with minimal risk for COVID-19, Malacañang announced Monday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the classes will be held on half-days and…

Corruption scandals under Duterte: From whiff to helplessness

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The transition of President Rodrigo Duterte from tough talk to seeming helplessness against corruption was palpable. The President, who once declared he won’t condone even a “whiff” of corruption, has been drawn to saying “you cannot…

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