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Gov’t not stopping foreign probe on drug war: Palace

MANILA – The government is not stopping international organizations from investigating the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs but emphasized that it could still be considered an “assault to sovereignty”, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after a recent survey showed that majority of Filipinos believe that the administration should allow...

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ICELAND MAY HAVE BEEN FED WITH WRONG INFO: PALACE

MANILA — Iceland may have been fed with wrong information, which convinced its government to sponsor a resolution before the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and seek a probe into the Philippines’ human rights situation, in relation to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he and President Rodrigo Duterte...

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Philippines President Duterte Bats for More Responsive East ASEAN Growth Area

BANGKOK — President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the establishment of a facilitation center within the East Asean Growth Area (EAGA) involving Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Panelo said the President made this push when he participated in the 13th BIMP-EAGA Summit, held on the sidelines of the ASEAN 34th...

Freedom is only as strong as our resolve to stay free: PRRD
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Freedom is only as strong as our resolve to stay free: PRRD

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday led the 121st Independence Day rites at the Lanao del Sur military camp, reminding Filipinos that freedom is only as strong as the resolve to remain free. “It was here in Malabang, Lanao del Sur that then Acting President, Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos, was executed by the Japanese...

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PRRD’s 2019 Japan trip nets PHP288-B in business deals

MANILA — At least PHP288.804 billion worth of business agreements and letters of intent were signed between the Philippines and Japan on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte’s working visit to Japan. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday said the 26 signed agreements show Japanese business leaders’ confidence in the Philippines as an “investor haven.” “These...

Palace: 2019 budget’s vetoed provisions ‘unconstitutional’
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Palace: 2019 budget’s vetoed provisions ‘unconstitutional’

By Azer Parrocha/Philippine News Agency MANILA — The PHP95.3 billion vetoed items of appropriations under the PHP3.8-trillion national budget for this year which has been signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday are “unconstitutional”, Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was referring to, among others, the PHP75 billion last-minute insertions made by the House of...