Two faces of despotism

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2021

When Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 (the actual date of implementation was Sept. 23), he had only about a year left before the end of his second and final term. But by declaring…

The making of a tyrant

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/05/2021

When Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the presidency in 2016, he thereby assumed the powers inherent in the nation’s highest office. Those powers were not granted to him in his personal capacity. They belong to the state,…

Duterte admits he ordered Duque to skip bidding on PPE purchase

Daphne Galvez 08/31/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday admitted he was the one who ordered Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to skirt from the bidding process in the procurement of protective personal equipment (PPE) during the onset…

Dutertismo: The myth of ‘political will’

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 03/30/2021

The concept of “political will” is arguably among the most resonant catchphrases in our national discourse. And yet, the concept remains one of the most confounding and abused terms in our political lexicon. Long-time mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s…

Bong, Sara, Manny: Faces of continuity

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 03/22/2021

A Go-Duterte tandem is now being bruited about as the ruling administration’s winning card in the 2022 elections. President Duterte himself declared that Sen. Bong Go wants to run for president. In turn, Go said he will…

The virus and Edsa

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 02/24/2021

There was so much hope then, and pride. Filipino overseas workers told me how, for a brief period, immigration agents would greet Philippine passport holders not with suspicion but with a smile that said: You were great,…

Duterte suggests aboveground infrastructure to improve traffic in Cebu City

Rosalie Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte urged local officials in Cebu to pursue their plans, if there is any, on aboveground infrastructure to improve mobility in the city. In his 20-minute speech before thousands of spectators…

Duterte won’t extend martial law in Mindanao

Nestor Corrales 12/10/2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte would no longer extend martial law in Mindanao. “The Office of the President wishes to announce that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not extend martial law in Mindanao upon its expiration…

President Duterte summons Cebu City police director to Camp Crame

Zena V. Magto 05/06/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police Colonel Royina Garma, director of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), has been summoned by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, May 6, 2019 to meet him in Camp Crame. Garma said it…

More scenes from Sunday’s PDP-Laban Proclamation rally

02/25/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Here are some scenes of the February 24, 2019 Proclamation Rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) at the Plaza Independencia. President Rodrigo Duterte and the five senatorial candidates that he…

President doesn’t bully people – Palace

Inquirer.net 12/19/2018

  President Rodrigo Duterte does not feel alluded to in Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s condemnation of the abuse of power by people who use it to bully or coerce others. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said…

Loot happy to be summoned by Duterte

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/31/2018

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that he will summon the mayors linked to illegal drugs was welcomed by the family of Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot. Loot, who has been repeatedly been linked by President to the illicit drug…

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