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Piolo Pascual on Sagada trip: It had nothing to do with gov’t

July 9th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Actor Piolo Pascual has defended himself from accusations that he is leaning towards a particular political side, saying that his controversial trip to Sagada in Mountain Province had nothing to do with politics. Pascual issued a statement Thursday, confirming also that he was at the picturesque municipality to help his friend and […]

‘Plan A’: Only 50 persons to attend Duterte’s SONA in Batasan — Zubiri

July 9th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Only 50 people would be allowed inside the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City should President Rodrigo Duterte decide to deliver his fifth State of Nation Address (SONA) there, a lawmaker said Thursday. According to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, the first option for the President’s SONA is to have the chief […]

Palace: To hold Duterte’s 5th SONA online is ‘safe fallback position’

July 7th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) online is a “safe fallback position,” Malacañang said Tuesday. The President is set to deliver his fifth SONA on July 27. “Well, I would say that’s a safe fallback position,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing when […]

Alessandra de Rossi says Piolo has nothing to do with shoot for Sona

July 6th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Alessandra de Rossi on Monday belied reports that Piolo Pascual has anything to do with President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona). De Rossi issued the statement as reports surfaced of Pascual alongside director Joyce Bernal being declined by Sagada local government to shoot in its jurisdiction. The […]

Sagada rejects filming request for Duterte’s SONA

July 6th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The scenic, famed municipality of Sagada in Mountain Province has turned away the request of movie director Joyce Bernal to shoot footage of the locality for the background of the President’s State of the Nation Address this year. In a letter dated July 5 posted on its official Facebook page addressed to […]

Malacañang hints ‘blended’ 2020 SONA for Duterte

June 8th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, President Rodrigo Duterte may deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month using alternative ways. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said plans for Duterte’s second to the last SONA are ongoing but he said that a “blended” way of addressing the nation is a possibility. […]

Talks ongoing on how to conduct SONA

June 5th, 2020

Malacanang, or the customary venue at the House of Representatives? Face to face or teleconferencing, or a hybrid session with President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his fifth state of the nation address before select members of Congress? Discussions are underway on how this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) would be conducted amid the COVID […]

Duterte may deliver 5th SONA in Malacañang, says Sotto

June 4th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte may deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Malacañang instead of the traditional venue in Batasang Pambansa, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said. “As we speak, the Presidential Security Group and the Office of the President is already having talks with the Senate secretary and the […]

Conduct of Duterte’s 5th SONA needs to be altered if pandemic persists – Zubiri

May 4th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Should the COVID-19 pandemic persist to threaten the country until July, it would be “impossible” for President Rodrigo Duterte’ to deliver his fifth State of the National Address (SONA) as though it were “business as usual,” according to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. “I don’t see the GCQ [general community quarantine] […]

Palace to Congress: It takes political will to pass FOI bill

July 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte continues to support the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, Malacañang said Thursday, citing that it only takes political will to pass it.

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