Duterte inks law regulating criminology profession

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law regulating the practice of criminology profession in the Philippines. Duterte approved Republic Act No. 11131, or the Philippine Criminology Profession Act of 2018. The new law aims to govern the examination, registration and licensure of criminologists; supervise, control and regulate the practice of criminology; and develop professional … Read More

China’s Xi to visit PH next week

MANILA — Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a two-day state visit to the Philippines on Nov. 20-21 this year, Malacañang announced on Thursday. “The Palace wishes to announce the forthcoming State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. Panelo said Xi’s visit, the first of a Chinese President … Read More

Palace condemns ambush of La Union mayor, vice mayor

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday condemned the recent ambush that killed Balaoan, La Union Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and wounded his daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion. “The Palace strongly denounces the recent ambush against Balaoan, La Union Mayor Aleli Concepcion and her father, Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. Alfred and … Read More

Duterte possible ‘pardon’ of Marcos speculative: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang said on Sunday the concern raised by some analysts that President Rodrigo Duterte would grant pardon to former First Lady Imelda Marcos is “not only speculative but premature as well.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Marcos’ lawyers have stated that she will appeal before the Sandiganbayan 5th Division’s decision, which found her guilty … Read More

Palace condoles with California mass shooting victims, families

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday extended condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the mass shooting incident in California that left 12 people, including Filipino-American Alaina Punzalan Housley, dead. “The Palace offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished in the latest mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California … Read More

Duterte to reward cops who killed boss involved in drugs

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered rewards to “any policeman” who can catch or even kill a superior involved in illegal drug trade. Duterte made the offer as he commended the Counter Intelligence Task Force-Philippine National Police (CITF-PNP) for killing Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office during buy-bust operations … Read More

PRRD’s All Saints’ Day jest, not meant to offend Catholics

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks questioning the Catholics’ commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day were said in jest and not meant to offend religion, Malacañang said Saturday. “The President’s remarks, as described by news articles, were said in jest,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a … Read More

Duterte to dismiss 3 PNPA cadets

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte spearheaded the situation briefing on the effects of Typhoon Rosita, in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday. The situation briefing was attended by disaster, local and national government officials, led by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar reported … Read More

Duterte suspends issuance of new permits to firecracker makers

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the granting of new licenses and permits to manufacturers of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. Duterte signed Memorandum Order No. 31 last Oct. 29, instructing the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other concerned agencies to strictly implement laws and regulations on the sale, manufacture and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic … Read More

Palace: Nora Aunor will be National Artist in ‘God’s perfect time’

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday expressed optimism that Nora Aunor, known in Philippine cinema as Superstar, will receive the coveted National Artist award “in God’s perfect time”. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after the actress from Bicol was excluded from the new list of National Artists conferred by President Rodrigo Duterte in a ceremony … Read More

Duterte transfers Lapeña to TESDA; names Guerrero as new BOC chief

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday decided to transfer Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) amid the probe on smuggling of multi-billion shabu shipment into the country. At the same time, Duterte designated Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Rey Leonardo Borja Guerrero to take over … Read More