Palace welcomes return of Balangiga bells

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the scheduled return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines but withheld further comment until the church bells taken by the US army are delivered to the Philippines. “We welcome any movement towards the return of the the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in … Read More

Faeldon’s appointment papers out ‘soon’

MANILA — The appointment papers of former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General will be out soon, Malacañang assured Tuesday following reports that he has not been reporting for work. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained that Faeldon has yet to be formally appointed because his appointment papers have … Read More

PSA to recommend OFWs secure nat’l IDs

MANILA — Although getting a national identification (ID) card is not mandatory, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Saturday said it will recommend it for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “Ang balak po namin ay ipo-propose po namin sa POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) na sana iyong mga OFW natin bago sila lumabas ng bansa para magtrabaho sa labas ay makakuha na … Read More

Baguio’s anti-profanity rule may not pass constitutional test

MANILA — Ordinances that curtail freedom of expression or speech, such as the anti-profanity ordinance in some areas in Baguio City, may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was reacting to Baguio City’s anti-profanity ordinance signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan which penalizes … Read More

PRRD wants entire gov’t to take ‘active role’ in drug war

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Tuesday he wants “the entire government machinery” to participate in the administration’s aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte made this remark during his lecture on drugs as a national security problem at Malacañang Palace. “I will issue a memorandum circular directing the entire government machinery to mobilize its assets … Read More

Malacañang hits HRW proposal to probe cops’ liability in drug war

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday slammed the proposal of Human Rights Watch (HRW) urging the Duterte administration to create an independent commission to investigate the alleged involvement of police personnel in the killing of drug suspects. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described the proposal as “reckless” noting that the HRW should not merely rely on an interview … Read More

Unchanged inflation rate means gov’t measures working: Palace

MANILA — As inflation in October this year remained unchanged from September’s 6.7-percent level, Malacañang said Tuesday this development means measures being undertaken by the government are working and will continue to be carried out. “Apparently, the measures undertaken by the government affected inflation rate, so we maintain that,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a … Read More

Palace vows raps vs. execs linked to Dengvaxia mess

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday assured that charges will be filed against parties involved in the PHP3.5-billion Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine fiasco as the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to issue a resolution on the case this month. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark, noting that “forceful action” will be taken to put an end … Read More

Narco-politicians can’t be disqualified from running: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said local government officials on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “narco-list” are still allowed to run in next year’s mid-term elections unless convicted with finality. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark following the statement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that it would seek the disqualification of … Read More