Category: Politics

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Philippine President Duterte granted special powers to address Covid-19 crisis

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on third and final reading a bill declaring a national emergency and granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The chamber approved House Bill 6616, otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, with 284 affirmative votes, 9...

Duterte admits getting tired ‘a bit’
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Duterte admits getting tired ‘a bit’

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that his strenuous job as the country’s highest elected official is making him tired “a bit.” In an exclusive interview with Russia Today aired on Friday, the 74-year-old President said there are times when he gets exhausted due to “tremendous” stress, driven by his heavy workload. “Yes, a bit,”...

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Duterte to water firms: How do we compromise?

MANILA — “How do we compromise?” This was the question posed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the owners of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. over the alleged onerous water concession agreements it entered into with government in 1997. “They say na, “‘aregluhin natin (Let’s reach a compromise on this).’ How? How will I compromise?...

Malacanang Palace slams “derogatory, biased” foreign docu on PHL drug war
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Malacanang Palace slams “derogatory, biased” foreign docu on PHL drug war

MANILA: The Palace on Tuesday, Sept. 17, slammed as “derogatory and biased, if not outright fiction” a British-American documentary on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In slamming “On the President’s Orders” made by Frontline PBS, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo  said it, together with “its so-called cinematic investigation on drug-related deaths, evidently has been deliberately...

Philippines and China sign 6 deals in Duterte’s 5th Beijing visit
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Philippines and China sign 6 deals in Duterte’s 5th Beijing visit

BEIJING – President Rodrigo R. Duterte bagged six deals with China during his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping here Thursday evening. The documents signed between the Philippines and China include two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) – one on Higher Education Cooperation between the Commission on Higher Education and Ministry of Education of China, and...