Palace mourns passing of Lucio Tan Jr.

MANILA — Malacañang mourned the passing of PAL Holdings Inc. president Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., describing him as a ‘humble person”. Tan died on Monday morning, two days after he collapsed while playing in an inter-department basketball game. He was 53. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement on Monday, offered prayers and expressed sympathies to … Read More

Gonzales’ killer to face double murder charges: PCOO

MANILA — Double murder charges will be filed against the suspected killer of newspaper columnist Jupiter Gonzales and his companion in Arayat, Pampanga, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said on Thursday. PCOO chief Martin Andanar, co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), bared that authorities have already identified the suspected killer as … Read More

Albayalde has had enough: Palace

MANILA — General Oscar Albayalde resigned as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) because he is tired of hearing “false and unfair” accusations about his involvement in illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Monday. “Well, that’s his call. I can only speculate that perhaps he had enough of the innuendo and the accusation he feels were … Read More

Palace insists jeep modernization ‘long overdue’

MANILA — Malacañang said it will not ask major transport groups to cancel their planned nationwide transport strike today but insisted that the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP) is “long overdue”. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said despite the protest, the administration will push through with the planned PUVMP as it would serve public … Read More

‘Ninja cop’ syndicate ‘a thing of the past’: Palace

MANILA — The “ninja cop” syndicate, or those involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs, have been dismantled according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde bared this after briefing President Rodrigo Duterte on the status of the campaign against illegal … Read More

Palace allays fears over order blocking loans from 18 countries

MANILA — Malacañang allayed fears that President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to suspend negotiations for and signing of all loan and grant agreements from the 18 countries that voted to approve an Iceland-sponsored United Nations Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for an investigation on the country’s anti-drug campaign will have a negative impact on the Philippine economy. … Read More