Palace rejects birth certificate requirement for passport renewal

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday described as “cumbersome” the ongoing practice of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to require applicants renewing their passports to bring their original birth certificates following the agency’s declaration it lost passport data to its old contractor. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark as the DFA vowed to address its … Read More

PRRD sacks Bacolod chief of police

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has fired Bacolod City chief of police Francis Ebreo for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Sunday. A statement from the Palace bared the President announced that he has fired Ebreo in a speech at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Saturday, January 12. “I’d like … Read More

PRRD eyes arming mayors vs. NPA attacks

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he plans to allow the purchase of individual firearms so that mayors could protect themselves and their constituents from possible attacks by communist rebels. In a speech in Masbate City on Wednesday night, Duterte said he is considering allowing local chief executives to purchase firearms to combat the New … Read More

PRRD orders probe into Glenn Chong’s aide slay

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered a probe on the killing of Richard Red Santillan, security aide of former Biliran Representative Glenn Chong. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after serious accusations have been made against some members of the Calabarzon (Region 4-A) police. “The Palace strongly denounces the brutal and brazen incident … Read More

PRRD to attend Balangiga Bells turnover due to peoples’ requests

MANILA — After initially canceling his attendance at the turnover of the Balangiga bells to Eastern Samar local officials on Saturday (Dec. 15), President Rodrigo R. Duterte has decided to show up due to the peoples’ “persistent requests.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark early Thursday morning after announcing on Wednesday night that the President … Read More

PCOO exec expects passage of FOI law

MANILA — A Communications official is counting on the Congress to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) law before the end of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term in 2022. Communications Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan, also FOI Program Director, is hoping that both the Senate and the House of Representatives (HoR) find time to continue deliberating on … Read More

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