Wayward bomb kills 10 security forces — DND

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday confirmed that 10 security forces were accidentally killed during an airstrike when a wayward bomb exploded in their position. The Wednesday incident also resulted in the wounding of seven of their comrades. “I got this report late yesterday that during the air strike conducted by … Read More

Constitution provides safeguards vs abuses during martial law — Panelo

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief legal counsel on Thursday said the public have nothing to worry over the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao as the Constitution provides sufficient protection against any abuses. “The public should not be alarmed by the President’s proclamation because the Constitution itself provides ample safeguards to ensure the responsible … Read More

Martial law in Mindanao necessary to suppress lawless violence – Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Mindanao island under martial law to suppress terrorist groups from wreaking further havoc in Southern Philippines. “In order to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety, it is necessary to declare Martial Law in the entire island of Mindanao, including Sulu, … Read More

Cayetano a welcome addition to Duterte’s Cabinet — Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the impending confirmation of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary, saying that his knowledge and expertise would benefit the Department of Foreign Affairs. “Secretary Cayetano is a welcome addition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s official family,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement. He pointed out that … Read More

Palace stands by its statement on Callamard

MANILA — Malacañang on Saturday stood by its statement criticizing United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard over her failure to properly inform the Philippine government of her visit to Manila despite clarifications made by the UN investigator of giving ‘prior notice.” In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella pointed out that while prior communications indeed … Read More

Joint patrols with China requires treaty — Esperon

MANILA — National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Thursday clarified that joint exercises military with China could not be immediately implemented without the presence of a visiting forces agreement (VFA) or a treaty. Esperon made the clarification during a press briefing in Malacañang following statements made earlier by President Rodrigo Duterte allowing joint … Read More

Palace confirms ERC chair suspension

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday confirmed the suspension order issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea against Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar. “The Office of the President has placed ERC chair Jose Vicente Salazar on preventive suspension pending investigation of the various complaints filed against him,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a … Read More

Palace: Close to 9,000 EJK deaths is ‘false news’

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday dismissed persistent reports claiming that close to 9,000 have been killed in the government’s war against illegal drugs as “false news,” urging the US State Department not to rush to judgement over the number of alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs). In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Philippine government … Read More