Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD…

Duterte urged to allow seniors up to 70 to go out

Alarmed that three out of 10 Filipino elderly suffer from depression, Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes has appealed to President Duterte to include senior citizens up to 70-years-old in the list of persons who can go out. The lawmaker sought the expansion of the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits as provided by Resolution No. 79-2020 issued by Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). Under the IATF resolution, those aged 15 to 65 are allowed to go out.…

Philippines’ Duterte approves resumption of energy projects in South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that service contractors were notified to resume energy-related activity in the area, which had been suspended from…

Philippines’ Duterte lifts oil exploration moratorium in South China Sea

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr. MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Department of Energy’s recommendation to lift the suspension of petroleum activities and the resumption of oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, his energy minister said. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement on Thursday that a “resume to work” notice has been issued to…

Duterte hits DPWH for ‘rampant corruption

As Congress works on passing the proposed P4.5-trillion 2021 national budget, President Duterte told lawmakers that corruption is embedded in projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) President Duterte made the statement as members of Congress started with their special session which the President called specifically for them to pass the proposed 2021 national budget. In his Wednesday night public address, President Duterte confidently claimed that there is corruption in DPWH but was unable to name…

Duterte tells Lower House: If you do not solve the problem, I will solve it for you

President Duterte broke his silence about the speakership row at the House of Representatives, telling Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to solve the problem or he will do it for them. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) Duterte made the statement after Cayetano made the motion to terminate the period of debates and amendments for House Bill No. 7727 or the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). In an unscheduled public address on Thursday, Duterte advised the Lower House  not to drag him…

Duterte declares he has never killed anyone -Roque

President Duterte is known for using signature colorful language supposedly to put a spotlight on his war on drugs.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) But in his televised address on Monday night, Duterte spoke from the heart when he declared he never killed anyone, Malacañang said Tuesday. According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the President, a lawyer, is fully aware that it is wrong to commit murder “Ang mga pulitiko may mga sasabihin iyan because they know, patok. Pero mayroon din silang mga sinasabi…

Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating

News / National / Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating A Catholic prelate in Mindanao expressed hope that the high rating received by President Duterte in the latest Pulse Asia Survey will further inspire him to work even harder to promote the welfare of the Filipino people. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS / MANILA BULLETIN) “I congratulate the President (on the favorable results) of this survey,” Ozamis Archbishop Martin Jumoad said in an interview Tuesday. “Too high (ratings)…

Duterte on alleged rights abuses linked to drug war: I did not kill anyone, or order the killing of a person

Under fire for alleged rights abuses linked to his drug war, President Duterte insisted that he has neither killed anyone nor ordered the murder of a person.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President however admitted that he could not stop the killing of criminals since there is a raging war against illegal drugs and other crimes in the country. “At maraming sinasabi ‘Rule of law, hindi ka naman sumusunod, marami kang pinapatay.” Wala ho akong pinatay na tao (Many say, ‘Rule of law but you don’t…

US human rights bill risks pushing Duterte closer to China

NEW YORK — A new bill introduced in the U.S. Congress aims to suspend American aid to Philippine security forces unless Manila commits to human rights reforms. The Philippine Human Rights Act, if passed, risks pushing the Philippines closer to China and potentially rupturing the alliance between the U.S. and its once colony. This relationship has so far stayed intact despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s courting of Beijing, his threats to suspend a key security pact with Washington, and his oversight of thousands of extrajudicial killings. Duterte’s deadly drug war…