Duterte visits quake-hit Pampanga

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is currently in Pampanga to attend a situation briefing after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake jolted the province and other parts of Luzon on Monday afternoon. Duterte arrived the Provincial Capitol, Pampanga via chopper at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The Chief Executive inspected the quake damages in Porac town before attending the … Read More

Palace sympathizes with families of Sri Lanka blast victims

MANILA – Malacañang expressed condolences to the families victims of the explosions in Sri Lankan churches and hospitals that killed over a hundred people and injured over 400 others on Easter Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is offering “sincere solidarity” and “heartfelt prayers” to the people of Sri Lanka, renewing its commitment to … Read More

PRRD orders review of all gov’t contracts with private firms

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Office of the Solicitor General, the Department of Justice, and all legal departments to review all contracts entered into by the government with private corporations and/or countries, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this review will determine whether there are “onerous provisions” in the … Read More

Duterte to fire more officials next week

MANILA — There is no stopping President Rodrigo R. Duterte from purging corrupt government officials from office as he threatened to fire more of them next week. “Lessen ang corruption but I will fire more next week,” Duterte said during the turnover of grants to beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) unconditional … Read More

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