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Duterte’s push for death penalty bares his inability to solve COVID-19 woes — De Lima

August 6th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed push for the reinstatement of the death penalty only reveals that he is not capable of solving problems created by the COVID-19 crisis, opposition Senator Leila de Lima said on Thursday. De Lima said in a handwritten letter from her detention cell in Camp Crame that the government […]

Marawi rehab in progress, says Palace

July 31st, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte may not have mentioned it in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, but the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City has not stopped amid the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday. Addressing House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and other critics, Roque said at a press briefing that […]

Takeover of telcos possible, but costly for virus-hit PH

July 30th, 2020

From breaking the duopoly to recent threats of a takeover, President Rodrigo Duterte’s relationship with industry giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom has been a tense affair since the start of his administration. With his term ending in 2022 and the launch of a telecommunications startup controlled by campaign donor Dennis A. Uy of Davao […]

After SONA snub, displaced Marawi folk deliver their own

July 29th, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—After getting snubbed in what could be President Rodrigo Duterte’s most important State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday (July 27), displaced residents of Marawi City delivered their own on Wednesday (July 29), calling it State of the Marawi Bakwit, in reference to the shortened Filipino term for evacuees. But it […]

COVID-19 cases and deaths are not mere statistics, says Robredo

July 29th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The deaths caused by the coronavirus should not be treated as mere statistics as these individuals have dreams and have family and friends grieving for them, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday. Robredo said in her report, in which she also suggested measures to fine-tune the government’s COVID-19 response, that a continuous […]

Clark gives 44 firms rent reprieve in response to Duterte’s SONA plea

July 29th, 2020

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—At least 44 companies operating at the Clark Civil Aviation Complex (CCAC) have been given temporary reprieve in paying rent as of June without interest accruing. The reprieve was given in response President Rodrigo Duterte’s call, during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday (July 27), for help to be […]

Robredo to admin: Waiting for vaccine won’t solve pandemic, related problems

July 29th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has reminded the administration that merely waiting for a vaccine to be developed would neither put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic nor solve problems related to it. In her report to the nation about the health crisis on Wednesday, Robredo noted that the government should use a […]

Duterte’s SONA bares admin plan vs pandemic: Wait for China’s vaccine – Bayan

July 28th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) has only revealed that his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic “was primarily to wait for a vaccine from China.” The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said this Tuesday, as it slammed Duterte’s penultimate SONA which it said lacked a clear roadmap to address […]

House drugs committee chair confident of death penalty passage

July 28th, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers expressed confidence on Tuesday that the renewed push to revive the death penalty would have fewer obstacles now that President Rodrigo Duterte himself had made a pitch for it in his State o the Nation Address. Barbers, chair of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, […]

Quark Henares questions use of filmmakers for SONA

July 28th, 2020

Director Quark Henares questioned the involvement of filmmakers in the SONA after President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech yesterday, July 27.

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