Robredo vows to rally support for Duterte administration

Vice President Leni Robredo pledges to rally support for the Duterte administration in her speech at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat on July 4, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau) MANILA — Despite  her political differences with President Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said her main duty was to rally the people to support the administration. “This administration deserves our support. This is not only for President Duterte but for the entire country,” the Vice President said in a speech at the “Tapatan sa Aristocrat” forum in…

Duterte, NSC to discuss PH win over China on sea row

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with unit troops in formation during his visit in Brgy Palayan Fort Magsaysay , Nueva Ecija. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC PRESIDENT Duterte will discuss with the National Security Council (NSC) today the country’s  next steps on vital issues, including the peace process, war on illegal drugs and the country’s arbitration court victory over China with regard to the West Philippine Sea. The meeting this afternoon will be the first time the NSC is  convened in the Duterte administration, according to the Presidential Communications Office. The 35-member council…

Watch Duterte tighten the screws when Biden takes over

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of “The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy” and the “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery.” Like other strongman leaders across the world, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte definitely did not want to see Joe Biden win the U.S. presidential election. For Duterte, four more years of fellow populist Donald Trump was a much more preferable outcome. In tepid congratulations issued via his spokesman, Duterte emphasized the need for “mutual respect” and “mutual benefit,” a…

Duterte threatens to cut funding of UP if students refuse to go to class

President Duterte has threatened to cut off the funding of the University of the Philippines (UP) if the students refuse to go to class and instead participate in anti-government protests. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President issued the warning after resenting that the state university has supposedly become a recruitment ground for communist rebels. “”Yung mga eskwelahan, UP? Fine. Maghinto kayo ng aral (The schools, UP? Fine. If you stop going to school), I will stop the funding,” Duterte said in a televised address Tuesday night.…

Duterte to participate in virtual APEC Summit on Nov. 20

After skipping a few sessions at the recently concluded regional summit to attend to the country’s calamity situation, President Duterte is expected to participate in the virtual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 20, Malacañang said Monday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President is expected to attend two sessions of the APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting this Friday, according to his spokesman Harry Roque. Leaders from 21 Asia Pacific member economies will convene virtually this week in the forum hosted by Malaysia.  This will be the fist time APEC…

Duterte backtracks on Department of Disaster Resilience, says he can make do with the present setup

President Duterte is prepared to make do with the government’s present disaster response system after some lawmakers opposed the proposed creation of a new department to handle such concern.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN) The President admitted that there has been a “resistance” in Congress to the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience due to supposed redundancy. The bill seeking to create new department related to disaster risk reduction and response  is one of the priority bills earlier endorsed by the President. “We’re having a resistance, sa Congress mismo.…

Duterte to Asean: Arbitral ruling can’t be ignored by any county

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks during the virtual plenary session of the 37th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Summit) and Related Summits hosted by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse, Malacañang Park in Manila on November 12, 2020. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO MANILA – No country can ignore nor diminish the Philippines’ arbitral victory in the South China Sea case, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday. Duterte asserted the country’s arbitral win in his speech during the virtual plenary session of the 37th Asean…

Arbitral ruling can’t be ignored by any country – Duterte

No country can ignore or diminish the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea conflict no matter how big or powerful it is, President Duterte declared Thursday at the start of a virtual regional summit. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The President brought up the country’s arbitration victory against China’s sweeping claims in the territory when he attended the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and related meetings via video conference. The arbitration ruling, Duterte stressed, has already become part of the international law. The Southeast…

Duterte extends Philippines’ military deal with US

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S., Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Wednesday, amid continuing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea. The extension would give Manila and Washington, which will usher in a new administration under Joe Biden as President in January, more time to discuss options for the troops deal, a key aspect of their defense alliance, an analyst said. Duterte early this year ordered the abrogation of the 1998 agreement, which facilitates…