Duterte thanks Xi anew for jabs, vows ‘neutral’ PH

Leila B. Salaverria 08/21/2021

President Duterte on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines would remain “neutral” on geopolitical issues, as he thanked Beijing for its latest donation of COVID-19 vaccines. Mr. Duterte welcomed the arrival of 739,000 Sinopharm…

In rant vs COA, Duterte overlooks key element in war on graft—transparency

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines—If corruption is a disease, U2 lead and activist Bono once said, the cure should be transparency. It has not been sufficiently explained, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s rant against the Commission on Audit (COA), the…

Ex-commissioner to Duterte: COA loves you, but this is not a cheering squad

Neil Arwin Mercado 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — While the Commission on Audit (COA) “loves” President Rodrigo Duterte, it is not in a cheering squad. Former COA commissioner Heidi Mendoza had this to say Tuesday after the agency received a verbal flogging…

Duterte ‘okay’ with persons refusing vaccination: ‘This is a democracy’

Inquirer.net 08/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte appears to have changed his tune, now saying he’s “okay” with persons refusing vaccination against COVID-19, the Philippines being a democracy. “You who don’t want to get vaccinated, it’s okay with…

11 US senators to Biden admin: Condemn ‘pattern’ of abuses under Duterte

Christia Marie Ramos 08/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Eleven Democrat senators from the United States have urged the Biden administration to condemn “at the highest levels” the alleged “continuing pattern of human rights violations” under the Duterte administration. In a letter addressed…

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…

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