DILG to file charges vs. ‘narco-politicians’: Palace

MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file administrative and criminal charges against politicians found on the “narco-list”, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this assurance following concerns that releasing a list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade violates their right to due process. Panelo said … Read More

Palace confident Diokno will get CA nod

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday expressed confidence that newly-appointed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno will hurdle the Commission on Appointments (CA). Despite the former Budget Secretary being dragged in controversy involving issues on the proposed 2019 budget, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that it will not impede the confirmation of his appointment. … Read More

Duterte signs Handbook for OFWs law

MANILA— President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill that requires government to publish and distribute handbooks for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) containing their rights and responsibilities. Duterte signed “A Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018” or Republic Act 11227 on Feb. 22, 2019 and a copy of which was released to media … Read More

Colombian drug cartel now operates in PH

MANILA — A drug cartel based in Medellin, Colombia has expanded its operation in the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte warned on Monday night. “We are facing a serious problem. Pumasok na ang cartel Medellin, Colombia. Kaya nga marami na naman makikita cocaine (A drug cartel from Medellin, Colombia has entered. That’s why we can expect a lot of … Read More

Duterte forms Manila Bay Task Force

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has created a task force to speed up the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Duterte, through Administrative Order No. 16, created the task force to ensure “the complete rehabilitation, restoration, and conservation of the Manila Bay.” The order was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, … Read More

Students linked to NPA, not dissenters, may lose scholarship:PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Wednesday that only students proven to be linked to communist rebel groups, and not rallyists or dissenters, may risk losing their state scholarships. Duterte made this remark after National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema called on the President to remove state scholarships for student-rallyists, particularly those suspected … Read More

Legacy of National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa lives on

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday mourned the passing of National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, describing him as a “known nationalist” for using indigenous Filipino materials in his designs. “The Palace expresses its deep condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Architect Francisco ‘Bobby’ Mañosa,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. … Read More

Gov’t won’t allow info leaks on China CCTV project

MANILA — The Philippine government will not allow China-funded surveillance project to put the country’s national security at risk, Malacañang said on Thursday. This, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo after Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto earlier raised concern that the surveillance project could pose serious risks to national security or interest.  “We understand the apprehensions of … Read More