Palace finds it ‘disturbing, alarming’ World Bank report on Filipino students

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 07/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A World Bank report stating that most Filipino students “do not know what they should know” in school is “disturbing” and “alarming,” Malacañang said Thursday. In a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque assured…

Palace: Face shields in hospitals now a policy but IATF can appeal decision

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 06/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The wearing of face shields only in hospitals is now considered a policy since it was President Rodrigo Duterte who made the decision, but the government’s pandemic task force can still appeal to this,…

Palace steps foot down; says Cebu must follow IATF protocols on arriving passengers

Daphne Galvez 06/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday ordered Cebu province to stand down and abide by health protocols set by the government’s pandemic task force, particularly on the testing of arriving passengers from abroad. Cebu province must abide…

Palace defends tax hike on schools

Leila B. Salaverria 06/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday defended the Department of Finance (DOF) for pushing a new revenue regulation that would effectively increase the income tax rate to be imposed on private schools. The DOF has supported the…

No additional aid for extended lockdown – Palace

Jhesset Enano, Leila B. Salaverria, Melvin Gascon 04/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the extension of the strictest quarantine in Metro Manila and four provinces by another week, the government will no longer be providing additional aid to low-income residents in these areas, Malacañang said on…

Palace to mayors: Don’t skip vaccine line or we lose 44M doses of COVID-19 jabs

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday cautioned local chief executives not to skip the line in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program because such a breach of the priority ranking might result in the Philippines losing 44 million…

Palace admits some ‘breaches’ in vaccine prioritization

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday admitted there were some “breaches” on the vaccination protocols after two officials who are not on the government’s priority list received the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite this, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque assured…

Palace admits post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases, says it’s ‘manageable’

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 01/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday admitted that there was a post-holiday surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, but assured that it is “manageable” and the country remains capable of providing health care…

Palace shrugs off as rumor Duterte term extension talks amid renewed Cha-cha push

Darryl John Esguerra 01/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has branded as “tsismis” or rumor claims that the latest push for Charter change (Cha-cha) is meant to extend the term of officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte. “Wala pong katuturan iyang mga tsismis…

Palace: Telcos to report on service improvement on Dec. 8

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunication companies will make a progress report to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s demand to improve their services by December. According to the presidential spokesperson Harry Roque,…

Lawmakers hit Palace for prolonging jeepney woes

Julie M. Aurelio, Melvin Gascon 06/26/2020

Only “roadworthy” jeepneys will be allowed back on the road in Metro Manila next week and only if the selected vehicles currently running are not enough to meet the demand for public transportation, Malacañang said on Thursday.…

Palace: PH in ‘good shape’ in terms of medical supplies, but Duterte needs emergency powers

Krissy Aguilar 06/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is in “good shape” in terms of medical equipment for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, President Rodrigo Duterte will still need emergency powers to expedite purchases, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson…

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