De Lima proposes creation of local housing boards

(Eagle News)—Senator Leila de Lima is proposing the creation of local housing boards to ensure decent and affordable housing for underprivileged families. In filing Senate Bill No. 2092 amending certain provisions of Republic Act No. 7279, also known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (UDHA), De Lima is proposing the creation of the boards in cities, and first-class and second-class municipalities to ensure, according to a statement released by De Lima’s office,  “proper […]

President Duterte stays on to continue APEC meetings on Sunday

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte decided to stay on at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea on Sunday, Nov. 18, where he and other APEC leaders convened for the last round of sessions before the important summit wraps up today. Duterte also posed together with his fellow APEC leaders for a second family photo on Sunday morning at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby. He stood beside Russia’s […]

PHL, Papua New Guinea sign 5-year MOA on agri cooperation, including tie-up on rice production

  (Eagle News) — The Philippines and Papua New Guinea has signed a five-year Memorandum Of Agreement ( MOA ) for greater cooperation on agriculture, including a tie-up on rice and grain production, as well as coconut and coffee production. Other areas of cooperation under the agreement include the development of rice and grain hybrid species; production of cocoa, rubber, and palm oil; horticulture production; aquaculture and inland fish farming; post-harvest development; livestock breeding; and […]

Trillanes on Duterte’s power naps: “Di siya ginastusan para matulog”

(Eagle News)—Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday, Nov. 17, lashed out at President Rodrigo Duterte for taking power naps and missing some Association of Southeast Asian Nations events in Singapore. The President, however, who attended thee remaining events, was represented by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin in those events he was unable to attend. “Unang-una eh ‘di sana inagahan niya ang alis, sana nakarating sila the night before,” Trillanes said in a radio interview. […]

Robredo: Imelda Marcos’ excuse for not attending graft case promulgation “a mockery of the justice system”

(Eagle News)–Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday, Nov. 17, described the excuses given by former First Lady Imelda Marcos for missing her graft case promulgation as a “mockery of the justice system.” In a motion filed before the Sandiganbayan, Marcos said she failed to attend such on Friday, Nov. 9, because her doctor had advised her to avoid stressful situations that could put her at risk given her illnesses that include hypertension and diabetes. In […]

Five Filipino troops killed in ambush by Islamist gunmen

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Militants have killed five Filipino soldiers and wounded 23 others in a major ambush by members of a notorious Islamist kidnap-for-ransom group, the Philippine military said Saturday. The soldiers were searching for hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf group when the gunmen attacked them on the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Friday, regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told reporters. “The effort is part of our mission to rescue […]

Duterte on Halili’s killing: “Wala akong alam”

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte took offense at allegations he knew something about the killing of Tanauan, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili. “Unfair sila sa akin (They are are unfair to me),” Duterte said in a speech before the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea, where he is attending the 26th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. According to Duterte, when he says he is going to kill, “pangtakot man lang yan, istorya man lang […]

Palace: Duterte to cut short PNG visit due to “urgent domestic developments”

Says the President will, however, attend all APEC-related events today (Eagle News)—Malacanang announced that President Rodrigo Duterte would be attending Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-related events in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, Nov. 17. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the announcement after he said Duterte would be cutting short his Papua New Guinea visit. These events the President would be attending, he said, include a dialogue before “prominent business leaders during the summit of chief executive officers […]

Paolo Duterte to Trillanes: I want justice, not revenge

(Eagle News)–Presidential son Paolo Duterte said he was not seeking revenge but “justice.” The former Davao vice mayor issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte  said his son was running for a seat in the House of Representatives to get back at Senator Antonio Trillanes. Last year, Trillanes  accused the presidential son of being part of a smuggling syndicate and of a triad, allegations which the younger Duterte denied. He  resigned as the then- Davao […]

President Duterte: My son Paolo will run for a House seat to get back at Trillanes

(Eagle News)–Former Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is running for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2019 elections. President Rodrigo Duterte himself, the former vice mayor’s father, revealed this in a speech before members of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea on Friday, Nov. 16. The President is attending the 26th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Econonic Leaders Meeting there, but cut short his trip. “I think he’s (Paolo Duterte) running for […]

Duterte cuts short Papua New Guinea visit

(Eagle News)—President Rodrigo Duterte cut short his stay in Papua New Guinea, where he is attending the 26th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. In an advisory, the Palace said Duterte left Port Moresby on Saturday evening (11:15 p.m. local time) instead of on Sunday evening. The Palace said Duterte’s Cabinet members will attend APEC events in his stead. Duterte was expected to arrive in Davao City early Sunday morning (3:15 a.m.). It was unclear […]

Panelo: Some world leaders missed ASEAN events, too

(Eagle News)–Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday, Nov. 16, hit back at those who criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not attending all 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit events. “Accusation that the President is lazy or seriously ill to perform his functions as head of state and government just because he had to take power naps in between a few events to catch on some sleep and energize himself and avoid the embarrassment of […]