He to the loo, she to the gold

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 07/29/2021

Almost at the same time that Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was preparing to lift the 224-kg weight that would win for the Philippines our first ever Olympic gold on July 26 in Tokyo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte…

The long goodbye

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 07/28/2021

The State of the Nation Address (Sona), besides being a requirement, is supposed to achieve two things. It’s supposed to highlight what the administration has done over the past year, and justify the money the President will…

Cortes highlights 3 key points in Duterte’s SONA

Mary Rose Sagarino 07/27/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has highlighted three things from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, 2021. These are the free college education, the…

Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako?

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19 as he jokingly looked for an ambulance during his final State of the…

Grading Duterte (1)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2021

General Santos City—It is that time of the year again when the country’s president delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona). This is President Duterte’s last Sona, which means that this is his culminating activity, or…

CCPO appeals to militants: COVID cases rising, postpone rallies

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With at least 200 policemen on standby to secure any rallies in Cebu City, police are appealing to militant groups to postpone the holding of street rallies tomorrow, July 26, when President Rodrigo…

Sona

Peter Wallace - @inquirerdotnet 07/15/2021

In just 11 days, President Duterte will present his State of the Nation Address (Sona), with some relief that it’s all almost over. No doubt he’ll crow about his accomplishments. And if you get past the large…

ABS-CBN offers transmission assets for e-learning during pandemic

Miguel R. Camus - Reporter / @miguelrcamusINQ 07/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines—ABS-CBN Corp. is offering the Duterte administration the use of its television transmission assets around the Philippines as the government eyes distance learning during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We hope to help the government continuously…

SONA 2020: Duterte calls for death penalty revival anew

Rosalie O. Abatayo 07/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  Minutes after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed that the Philippine government “will not dodge” its obligation to protect human rights, the country’s top executive then asked the Congress to pass a law that would…

Cebu police chief: No permits, no rally

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There will be more than 100 policemen from the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) deployed in the areas of concern around Cebu Province in preparation for the State of the Nation Address (SONA)…

Cebu militants to push through with SONA protest despite ‘threats’ of arrest

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/26/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Militant groups here will push through with their plan to hold pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) rallies without having to necessarily converge in a particular area in Cebu City that remains under…

PRO-7: Stricter checkpoints for Duterte’s SONA on Monday

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/25/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Policemen of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) are preparing for the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, which will be held on Monday, July 27,…

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