PRRD’s higher net satisfaction ‘puts a lie to critics’: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday thanked the Filipinos after President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating jumped by six points, saying the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey “puts a lie to critics and detractors.” The fourth quarter SWS survey, conducted on December 16-19, showed 74 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of the first … Read More

PRRD streamlines rules on procurement of gov’t motor vehicles

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has consolidated and rationalized the rules in the procurement of government vehicles and reiterated policy which prohibits “all government” agencies from acquiring and using luxury cars or SUVs. In Administrative Order (AO) No. 14 signed Monday, Duterte has adopted a centralized procurement system consistent with his administration’s objective to “adopt economies … Read More

Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year upon the recommendation of the military, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed on Friday. In a text message, Medialdea said Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would call for a joint session “probably on … Read More

HUDCC exec axed over extortion rap: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday said former Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary-General Falconi Millar was dismissed due to an extortion complaint. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said a representative of company, which has receivables from HUDCC, has filed a complaint against Millar who allegedly asked twice for grease money for the release of the … Read More

Palace assures review of any joint oil exploration with China

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday assured that any joint oil exploration between the Philippines and China will undergo ‘judicial scrutiny’ before it is signed by the two countries. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after opposition senators sought for a Senate inquiry into the potential joint oil and gas exploration with China in the disputed … Read More

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