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“Gramo,” gov’t docu on drug war, to be released

(Eagle News) — The government is releasing a documentary on its war on drugs later today, Dec. 12. The Presidential Communications Operations Office, which produced “Gramo,” said the documentary would  tackle “the successes and challenges” faced by the Duterte administration’s drug campaign. The PCOO said the documentary, which would be shown on PTV-4 and other PCOO-managed social media pages at 7 p.m., would also include Kian delos Santos, who was shot during an Oplan Galugad […]

House panel approves reso providing for longer terms for some solons, election of President and VP in tandem

(Eagle News) — A House panel on Wednesday, Dec. 12, approved a resolution amending the Constitution to include, among others, longer terms for all local government officials and district representatives. The resolution approved by the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments reportedly during an executive session also provided for the election of three senators by region and the election of the president and vice president in tandem. Earlier, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, committee chair, […]

Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Vietnamese ambassador

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Sikatuna to the outgoing Vietnamese ambassador, who visited the chief executive in the Palace on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Presidential Communications Operations Office said on Thursday, Dec. 12. The award given to Ly Quoc Tuan was with the rank of datu (Grand Cross) gold distinction, the PCOO said. The award was  “for having been an exceptionally worthy and competent representative of his government to the […]

Palace: Duterte to veto unconstitutional items in proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

(Eagle News) –President Rodrigo Duterte will veto unconstitutional items in the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after Senator Panfilo Lacson said the proposal ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives was still not pork-free. “(The) provisions in the budget that run counter to the Constitution will be vetoed by the President. There is no change in that policy,”  Panelo said. In a statement issued […]

US Senate panel approves reso calling for De Lima release, an end to alleged harassment of Ressa

(Eagle News) — The United States Senate foreign relations committee has approved a resolution calling for Senator Leila de Lima’s release and an end to the Philippine government’s alleged harassment of Rappler’s Maria Ressa. Senator Dick Durbin made the announcement in a Tweet on his official account: “Glad to see Senate Foreign Relations Committee pass @SenMarkey’s resolution, that I proudly cosponsored, calling on the government of the Philippines to end the troubling detention of Filipina […]

Palace to SEA Games athletes, support staff: You are all winners

(Eagle News)–The Palace was all praises for the 30th South East Asian Games athletes and their support staff, calling  all of them winners. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement as the biennial event officially drew to a close and officially handed the hosting chores for the next SEA Games to Vietnam on Wednesday, Dec. 11 “The Palace congratulates all the athletes and their support staff. All of you did a wonderful job giving pride […]

Rains expected in parts of PHL today

(Eagle News)–Rains are expected in parts of the country today, Dec. 12. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Caraga, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, and Southern Palawan will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms as the intertropical convergence zone affects Palawan and Mindanao. Flash floods or rain-induced landslides during severe thunderstorms are possible. Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and Quezon will have cloudy skies  with light rains due to the […]

Senate, House ratify bicam report on proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

(Eagle News) — The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. The ratification came only hours after the committee approved the report in Manila Polo Club in Makati. The ratification pushed through despite Senator Panfilo Lacson’s statement the proposal was not pork-free. In a statement, Lacson said the House had made “last-minute insertions” using a “source file” or a list of […]

MWSS revokes extension of Maynilad, Manila Water concession contracts to 2037

(Eagle News)–The Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System has revoked the extension of the water concessionaire contracts with “onerous” provisions until 2037. The announcement of the cancellation of the extension of the contracts with Manila Water and Maynilad was made by Deputy Administrator for Engineering Leonor Cleofas during the joint House of Representatives hearing of the good government and public accountability and public accounts committees. Without the extension until 2037, the contracts will lapse in 2022. President […]

Lacson: Proposed national budget for 2020 not pork-free

(Eagle News)–The proposed national budget for 2020 is still not pork-free. This is according to Senator Panfilo Lacson, who issued a statement only minutes after the bicameral conference committee approved the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion budget at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. Lacson, who did not attend the signing, said he based his statement on two files contained in a USB drive which his office received last night. He said the two files […]

President Duterte meets Filipino hero surfer Roger Casugay

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Dec. 10, met with Filipino surfer hero Roger Casugay. The meeting took place in the Palace, days after  Casugay returned and saved Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat in the middle of the longboard surfing competition, even if he was already leading and a shoo-in for the gold. The sports event was suspended. Casugay eventually clinched the gold when the sports event resumed another day. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has hailed Casugay […]

Bicam approves report on proposed P4.1-trillion budget for next year

(Eagle News)–The bicameral conference panel approved on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the report on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for next year. The signing took place at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. The report will be presented to the Senate and House of Representatives for ratification, after which it will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte, who can either sign it or veto it.  With a report from Meanne Corvera