Duterte welcomes Widodo in Malacañang for bilateral meeting

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday welcomed Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Malacañang for a bilateral meeting ahead of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings. The Palace said the bilateral meeting between Duterte and Widodo will be an opportunity for the two leaders to continue discussions started during … 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

TIME failed to say De Lima jailed by court due to criminal charges — Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday expressed dismay over the inclusion of Sen. Leila de Lima in TIME Magazine’s list of most influential people, roundly criticizing how her detention has been falsely depicted in the accompanying article. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella noted that the piece on De Lima failed to explain the real … Read More

Additional impeach rap vs Duterte mere propaganda, publicity ploy — Panelo

MANILA — Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday dismissed the supplemental impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte as a mere propaganda ploy meant to garner publicity for Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano. Alejano earlier in the day filed the additional complaint over allegations that the President secretly allowed China to explore territorial … Read More

Pres. Duterte OKs PHP1,000 SSS pension hike, contribution increase

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) members along with a corresponding increase in contributions, Palace and SSS officials said Tuesday. In a press briefing in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President has approved a PHP1,000 increase for SSS pensioners starting this month.Duterte also approved … Read More