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PH-US reaffirm strong ties

States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday reaffirmed the longstanding U.S.-Philippines alliance and welcomed Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said the two officials…

Deped rejects drug test plan

THE Department of Education (DepEd) rejected the proposal of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for mandatory drug testing of all students age 10 and older saying it is unlawful. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the proposal of PDEA to test…

Hitman’s nemesis new CA member

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Rodrigo Duterte has elevated to the Court of Appeals (CA) the judge who last year ordered the arrest of confessed hitman Edgar Matobato for a kidnapping case, an appointment paper released by Malacañang on Friday showed. Duterte appointed to the…

PSA urged to get ready for national ID

THE chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations yesterday urged the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to make a design and prepare for the full blast printing of the national identification (ID) card. Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the panel…

Trump wants another meeting with DU30

US President Donald Trump hopes to have another meeting with President Duterte as the United States and the Philippines move to reinforce their alliance amid common concerns including China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Mike…

PH gets $25M to fight wildlife smuggling

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided the Philippines $25million (P1.333 billion) to stop illegal trade of wildlife in the Philippines. This project is being implemented with the participation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources…

Drug test for mentors, students eyed

AS part of its effort to promote a drug-free school environment, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday said they want teachers and students in Grade 4 and up to undergo mandatory drug testing.“Iyung mga series…

Duterte signs vital mental health law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill providing for basic mental health services to all Filipinos including at the barangay level, his top aide said yesterday. Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go confirmed that the President…

Duterte statement on justice clarified

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THERE is nothing wrong with the remark of President Rodrigo Duterte that families of “bullshit” drugs suspects killed in police operations will not get justice, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Duterte was referring only to those…

Digong to ex-mayor: ‘I will really kill you!’

“PATAYIN talaga kita.” President Rodrigo Duterte thus reiterated his threat to kill former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog if he would return to the country even after getting implicated in the illegal drug trade. Duterte repeated the threat while…

PH leader won’t do a Trump — Palace

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte won’t do a Trump and withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . Duterte may have spoken against the UNHRC on several occasions but Malacañang said the Philippine government will not follow the…

Church, priests reassured

“HINDI ko kayang magpatay ng pari. I respect the Church,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he refuted allegations that his government has been inciting violence on priests, who he has roundly criticized for alleged misdeeds. Duterte, in a rare conciliatory…

Over 200 churchmen want to carry guns

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said that at least 246 Roman Catholic priests and other religious ministers, preachers and pastors have applied for Permit-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence or PTCFORs which will allow them to carry their licensed weapons…

Carpio not interested in Chief Justice post

ACTING Chief Justice Antonio Carpio yesterday said he will decline all nominations to replace Ma. Lourdes Sereno whose removal from her post via quo warranto was upheld by the Supreme Court last Tuesday. Speaking on ANC’s Headstart Wednesday, Carpio said…

Tatay Digong not enemy of Church—Kuya Bong Go

SPECIAL Assistant to the President Bong Go assured the Catholic Church that President Rodrigo Duterte is not their enemy. SAP Go told the members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) general membership monthly meeting in Makati City…
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