Duterte sees Philippines’ new aircraft, says he can’t be brave vs. China

President Rodrigo Duterte said he could ill-afford to confront China lest the Philippines faced consequences it wouldn’t be able to handle. Duterte made the remarks at the Clark Air Base where he inspected the Air Force’s new aircraft and drones from the US, Poland, and Brazil on Friday night. “I cannot be brave in the mouth against China because we are avoiding any confrontation that would lead to something that we can hardly afford, at least, at this time,” Duterte said. Duterte repeated the lines he had been saying since…

Duterte warns China: Buildup to prompt US bases’ return in PH

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte admits he is not especially fond of America but he renews his call for world powers, especially the United States, to get involved in resolving the Philippine row with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Duterte on Monday night told reporters he would rather talk with the Chinese than with the Americans, but warned that if China continued to “stretch its territory farther,” the Philippines would get the help of the Americans to fight them off Philippine territory. Duterte was…

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…