Duterte’s 4th SONA will be ‘short’

MANILA – The fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte to be delivered on July 22 will be “short”, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “I asked him (Duterte) about the SONA this morning, he said ‘Oh, it will be short’. Yun na nga exact words niya(Those were his exact words),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in … Read More

Duterte ‘seriously considering’ cutting ties with Iceland

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “seriously considering” cutting ties with Iceland after it sponsored a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to look into the human rights situation in the country, including deaths in the campaign against illegal drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte personally told him that he was … Read More

PRRD hands Mislatel Consortium permit to operate as 3rd telco

MANILA — Filipinos will soon experience improved Internet services after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday formally awarded Mislatel Consortium, the country’s third mobile player, its permit to operate. Mislatel Consortium–a group led by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy, is composed of Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Logistics, Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, and China Telecommunications Corporation. Udenna and Chelsea would control … Read More

Palace backs PCG-Marina report on Recto Bank incident

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday said it saw “no contradiction” between President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark describing the June 9 Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident as a “little maritime accident” and the report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) categorizing it as a “very serious marine casualty.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo … Read More

Duterte has yet to act on Piñol’s resignation

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to accept the courtesy resignation tendered by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol last week, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Piñol is still expected to attend and participate in the scheduled Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon. “The President has not yet accepted his (Piñol) resignation. Courtesy resignation … Read More