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AFP ‘pleased’ with peaceful conduct of PRRD’s SONA

AFP ‘pleased’ with peaceful conduct of PRRD’s SONA

July 24, 2018, 1:00 pm

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is pleased with the peaceful and orderly outcome of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA), especially with the successful implementation of its security plan. "We are pleased with the outcome of our… Read More

Senators welcome Duterte’s third SONA

Senators welcome Duterte’s third SONA

July 24, 2018, 12:16 pm

MANILA – Several senators on Monday said the statements made by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) were laudable. Senator Joel Villanueva said he welcomed Duterte’s pronouncements on ending the practice of contractualization. “But from what I am… Read More

'Party drugs' dealer nabbed in San Juan

'Party drugs' dealer nabbed in San Juan

July 24, 2018, 11:50 am

MANILA -- Police authorities have arrested a party drugs supplier in San Juan on Monday. In a statement, San Juan Police acting chief, Senior Supt. Bowenn Joey Masauding reported the arrest of suspect, Ireneo Paraon lll, alias Neo, 40, a resident of No.246 Pasadena, Barangay Pasadena, San Juan.… Read More

250K families affected by monsoon rains: NDRRMC

250K families affected by monsoon rains: NDRRMC

July 24, 2018, 11:49 am

MANILA -- Heavy rains and floods caused by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical cyclones "Henry", "Inday" and "Josie" has so far affected 250,536 families residing in 1,011 barangays located in Regions 1, 3, 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 6, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the… Read More

Classes, work still suspended due to heavy rains, floods in Luzon

Classes, work still suspended due to heavy rains, floods in Luzon

July 24, 2018, 11:17 am

MANILA -- Classes and work on Tuesday remain suspended in some areas in Luzon due to heavy rains and massive floods brought about by southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical depression "Josie", which left the country Monday. Local government units in Calumpit, Bulacan and Olangapo City have… Read More

Arroyo vows to 'carry out' Duterte's legislative agenda at House

Arroyo vows to 'carry out' Duterte's legislative agenda at House

July 24, 2018, 11:16 am

MANILA -- Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday vowed to "carry out" the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo R. Duterte as she takes on the helm of the lower chamber. "I am extremely honored to have been supported by my colleagues at the House of… Read More

DND backs PRRD efforts on diplomatic settlement of WPS issue

DND backs PRRD efforts on diplomatic settlement of WPS issue

July 24, 2018, 10:43 am

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to settle the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue with China through diplomatic means. "The WPS issue represents just a portion of the sum total of our relations with China, thus, the DND… Read More

LPA may enter PAR within 24 hours

LPA may enter PAR within 24 hours

July 24, 2018, 10:16 am

MANILA—The low pressure area spotted off central Luzon may enter the country within 24 hours and bring moderate to strong rains, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday. In its 4 a.m. update, PAGASA said the southwest monsoon is… Read More

Pass bills that will uplift lives of Filipinos, Congress urged

Pass bills that will uplift lives of Filipinos, Congress urged

July 24, 2018, 9:32 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday asked Congress to pass bills that are essential in achieving the government’s target for genuine change. In his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte called for the passage of the Package 2 of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program… Read More

Duterte bats for passage of universal healthcare bill

Duterte bats for passage of universal healthcare bill

July 24, 2018, 9:26 am

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday called on Congress to immediately pass the bill on Universal Health Care, which aims to provide an all-inclusive health coverage for Filipinos. In his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte said once passed into law, the measure would… Read More

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018, 7:20 am

BUSINESS MIRROR – Tax reform, rice tariffs top 15 Sona priorities INQUIRER – Duterte to pursue chilling drug war MANILA BULLETIN – 'Keep business easy' PHILIPPINE STAR – Alvarez ousted; GMA is Speaker MANILA STANDARD – Rody vows 'chilling' drug war MANILA TIMES – Duterte vows to… Read More

Drug war to be 'relentless': Duterte

Drug war to be 'relentless': Duterte

July 23, 2018, 11:16 pm

MANILA -- “The war against illegal drugs is far from over.” President Rodrigo R. Duterte began his third and shortest State of the Nation Address (SONA), vowing that his administration's drug war will be “as relentless and chilling” as it was the day it began. “Let me begin by putting it… Read More

LGUs urged to act vs. environmental decay

LGUs urged to act vs. environmental decay

July 23, 2018, 11:13 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte called on local government units (LGUs) nationwide to prevent environmental degradation in their areas like what happened to top tourist destination Boracay Island in Aklan province. "I urge LGUs to pro-actively enforce our laws and not wait for us to swoop down… Read More

House formally installs Arroyo as new Speaker

House formally installs Arroyo as new Speaker

July 23, 2018, 10:10 pm

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday night reached a majority vote to formally install former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new Speaker, replacing Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. Arroyo was elected as the new House Speaker after getting a total… Read More

PRRD vows to sign BOL despite ‘temporary setback’

PRRD vows to sign BOL despite ‘temporary setback’

July 23, 2018, 10:08 pm

MANILA -- In his third and shortest State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed to sign the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) despite the failure of the House of Representatives (HoR) to ratify it on Monday. The lower chamber failed to ratify the BOL following an attempt to… Read More

Duterte ‘honored’ to receive ConCom’s draft federal charter

Duterte ‘honored’ to receive ConCom’s draft federal charter

July 23, 2018, 10:05 pm

MANILA -- Although previous administrations have tried but failed to amend the 1987 Constitution, President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday thanked the Consultative Committee (ConCom) for drafting a federal constitution and submitting it to him last… Read More

SAP Go instrumental in putting up of ‘Malasakit Centers', Duterte says

SAP Go instrumental in putting up of ‘Malasakit Centers', Duterte says

July 23, 2018, 9:34 pm

MANILA – When he delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned only a few names whom he recognized for their public service. Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go was one of them, getting appreciation for… Read More

PH a partner to all nations: President Duterte

PH a partner to all nations: President Duterte

July 23, 2018, 9:30 pm

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte is consistent with his foreign policy direction to be friends to all and enemy to none, with his fresh vow to continue engaging with nations regardless of their "political persuasions." "We shall continue to reach out to all nations regardless of their prevailing… Read More

PRRD delivers shortest SONA; cites notable laws passed

PRRD delivers shortest SONA; cites notable laws passed

July 23, 2018, 9:25 pm

MANILA -- True to his promise, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) in less than an hour, making it his shortest SONA yet. Duterte’s third SONA lasted for about 48 minutes and was free from the usual expletives present in his first two… Read More

PCOO’s gov’t satellite network hailed

PCOO’s gov’t satellite network hailed

July 23, 2018, 9:21 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday commended the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for setting up the Government Satellite Network, which allows the transmission of government videos, photos, and data to remote parts of the country and the rest of the world via… Read More