Former President Duterte enjoying retirement from politics – Davao City Mayor Baste – Manila Bulletin

FORMER President Rodrigo Duterte (center). DAVAO CITY – More than a month after his six-year term ended, former President Rodrigo R. Duterte is enjoying his retirement from politics, Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte here said Thursday, August 4. In his program “Special Hour with Mayor Baste Duterte” broadcast over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), he said that his father is doing fine although they have neither met nor talked since the former President arrived here from Manila last June 30. “He is enjoying his retirement. Let PRRD (President Rodrigo R.…

Duterte leads ‘Brigada Eskwela’ 2022 national kick-off  – Manila Bulletin

Vice President Sara Duterte, who is also the concurrent Department of Education (DepEd) secretary, led the national kick-off of the “Brigada Eskwela” on Monday, Aug. 1 at the Imus Pilot Elementary School in Imus, Cavite. VP and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte during the national kick-off of 2022 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Imus, Cavite (Screenshot from DepEd Philippines FB page) In her keynote message, Duterte recognized the efforts of the personnel of DepEd and other education stakeholders in making the launch of this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” a success. The “Brigada Eskwela” which…

Duterte, Xi Talk South China Sea in Virtual Summit – The Diplomat

Advertisement Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping have agreed to “broaden the space for positive engagements” in dealing with disputes over the South China Sea. During an hour-long telephone meeting on Friday that Duterte’s office described as “open, warm, and positive,” the two leaders stressed the need to exercise restraint to maintain peace in the vital waterway, where China’s expansive claims run up against the competing (and frankly more legally defensible) claims of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. According to a statement from the president’s…

PH receives final batch of US-donated Covid-19 jabs under Duterte admin – Manila Bulletin

A total of 299,520 doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine were donated by the United States (US) to the Philippines through the COVAX facility on Monday night, June 27. The Philippines receives 299,520 doses of Pfizer Covid-29 vaccine at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City on June 27, 2022. The life-saving jabs were donated by the United States government through the COVAX facility. (Photo courtesy of National Task Force Against Covid-19) Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. welcomed the delivery of the vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International…

Duterte sends off patrol ship to South China Sea

SCREENGRAB FROM PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday led the commissioning of a Coast Guard ship that is set to patrol Philippine-claimed territories in the South China Sea, years after foreign policy experts started criticizing him for his government’s lack of presence in the waterway.  Mr. Duterte, 77, rendered a salute to acknowledge the vessel as he formally allowed its commanding officer to start its official duty, the Philippine Coast Guard said in a Facebook post. The agency said the ship would roam around the…

Sara Duterte spent P216M for VP campaign— SOCE – Manila Bulletin

News / National / Sara Duterte spent P216M for VP campaign— SOCE Sara Duterte spent P216M for VP campaign— SOCE Vice President-elect Sara Duterte spent P216.19 million, which was sourced entirely from in-kind contributions, on her 2022 campaign, her Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) said. Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio (Photo from Lakas-CMD Media) The copy of the document has a “received” stamp from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec’s) Campaign Finance Office dated June 7. None of Duterte’s expenses came from her personal funds and resources, and her campaign contributions…

The security, justice, peace situation under Duterte administration – Manila Bulletin

In the past six years, the security, justice, and peace situation in the country significantly improved for the benefit and welfare of all Filipinos, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared Monday, May 30. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks to the media during the opening ceremony of the fourth Asian Defense, Security, and Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference (ADAS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 27, 2022. (File photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Lorenzana, head of the Security, Justice, and Peace…

NBI’s Distor, 8 officials get ‘Order of Lapu-Lapu’ award from Duterte – Manila Bulletin

News / National / NBI’s Distor, 8 officials get ‘Order of Lapu-Lapu’ award from Duterte NBI’s Distor, 8 officials get ‘Order of Lapu-Lapu’ award from Duterte NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor For the first time since the creation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 85 years ago, Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor and eight officials of the agency have been conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu award by President Duterte. In a statement issued on Friday, May 27, the NBI said the conferment of the award “could pave…

China occupied no new feature in West Philippine Sea under Duterte │ GMA News Online

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday said there have been no additional features in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) occupied by China during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. “Mula nung pumasok si Presidente ay wala namang nakuhang bagong teritoryo, kinuhang bagong teritoryo yung China. Hindi na rin sila nag-occupy ng mga vacant, unoccupied features,” Lorenzana said at the Laging Handa public briefing. (Since the President came in, no new territories have been occupied by China. It did not occupy any vacant, unoccupied features.) Lorenzana said Duterte was able to…

Duterte happy with low Covid-19 cases but warns of other looming variants – Manila Bulletin

President Duterte said he is happy that the Philippines has been seeing a low number of Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks but said the country is not out of danger yet because of the other looming variants of the virus. President Duterte (RTVM Screenshot) Duterte made the statement after the Department of Health (DOH) reported only 1,571 Covid-19 cases reported from April 12 to 18 compared to the 1,902 recorded the week before that. In his pre-recorded public address aired late Monday, April 18, the President said he…