Duterte urged to amend current baselines law

Retired SC Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza. (NOY MORCOSO / INQUIRER.net) MANILA, Philippines — Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on Monday reiterated his appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent his proposal for a new baselines law to better enforce the Philippines’ 2016 arbitral win against China. “We appeal to the President … we’re hoping that he pays attention to amending the baselines law, especially on his upcoming and final State of the Nation Address,” Jardeleza said during the online forum “How to Break a Five-Year National…

Cebu bows to Duterte on IATF guidelines for arriving OFWs, ROFs – Manila Bulletin

CEBU CITY – While maintaining that no protocol was violated, the Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH 7) said it will abide President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to enforce the guidelines set by the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) for arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). “With the order of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, we will obey as good citizens of this country,” DOH-7 spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche told reporters. In heeding the President’s order, the DOH 7…

South China Sea: Duterte slams Pacquiao in fiery policy debate on waters ‘Study first!’ | World | News

The senator and eight-division champion said he found the leader’s stand on the South China Sea was “lacking”. In a late night interview with SMNI news channel on Tuesday, Duterte said Pacquiao, a senator and close ally, should “study first” before weighing in. Pacquiao stood his ground and hit back on Wednesday, when he said the country should pursue dialogue over disputes, but “stand strong in protecting our sovereign rights”. “I am a Filipino voicing out what needs to be said in defence of what has been adjudicated as rightfully…

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…