An eyewitness account of the Battle of Mactan

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 04/30/2021

Fireworks of a different kind exploded last April 27 when politicians commented on the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan. Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla posted on FB: “A salute to the bravery of one of…

Some MGCQ areas to revert to stricter GCQ status in February — Palace

Krissy Aguilar 01/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Some provinces will revert from the lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to the more stringent GCQ in February, Malacañang announced on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, however,  did not disclose…

Internet connection problem cuts off Palace briefing on telco services

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Even the seat of power is not spared from the enduring problem of glitchy internet connection in the country. On Thursday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ‘s press briefing in Malacañang – which, ironically, was dedicated…

Roque says Cebu event is a ‘lesson learned’

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 12/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who recently came under fire after attending an event in Bantayan Island in Cebu where social distancing was not observed, said that he has learned his lesson. Roque made the…

IATF to tackle supposed health protocol violation in Cebu event graced by Roque

Krissy Aguilar 11/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The alleged violation of health protocols in Cebu where presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was present will be taken up at the COVID-19 task force’s meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, pandemic response chief implementer Carlito…

Roque says he followed health rules in Cebu gathering

Consuelo Marquez 11/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said he followed COVID-19 protocols when he was greeted by a huge crowd during a controversial local government event in Bantayan Island, Cebu. On Friday, a photo of Roque speaking…

Roque: Misa de Gallo’s fate up to LGUs

Morexette Marie Erram 11/27/2020

  BANTAYAN ISLAND, Philippines – The fate of the Misa de Gallo (dawn Masses) this year will be up to the local governments, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced. Roque, who is in Bantayan Island in northern Cebu…

Duterte appoints Sinas as new PNP chief

Krissy Aguilar 11/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Police Major Gen. Debold Sinas as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang said Monday. “Tinalaga po ni President…

13th month pay can’t be deferred – Palace

Julie Aurelio 10/13/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — Even with businesses suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are still legally required to give workers their 13th month pay. Malacañang said on Monday, October 12, 2020, that the law on…

Cebu City under MECQ until July 31

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/16/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until July 31, 2020, presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque announced late Wednesday evening, July 15, 2020. Cebu City is the sole local government…

Cebu province, 3 other areas appealed for quarantine reclassification

Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/30/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that four areas in the country, including Cebu province, appealed for the reclassification of their community quarantine status. The presidential spokesman said the appeals were…

Palace says Pogos under BPO industry

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 05/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine offshore gaming operations (Pogo) are considered business process outsourcing (BPOs) companies, Malacañang said Friday, as its partial reopening gets thegreen light from the government’s COVID-19 inter-agency task force. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation…

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