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Duterte Opens ’18 Palaro in Ilocos Sur

For the second year in a row, President Rodrigo R. Duterte made an appearance in the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa. Duterte came to the Quirino Stadium here on Sunday to declare the 2018 edition of the annual sports meet open. In his speech, Duterte sees the “Palaro” as an avenue to mold the […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuApr 16th, 2018

President Duterte opens the 2018 Palarong Pambansa

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, April 16 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte spearheaded on Sunday, April 15, the opening ceremony of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa held at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium her.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

President Duterte opens the 2018 Palarong Pambansa

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, April 16 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte spearheaded on Sunday, April 15, the opening ceremony of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa held at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium her.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Ilocos Sur eyes best Palaro

VIGAN CITY—The heritage province of Ilocos Sur is pulling all stops to make the 61st edition of the Palarong Pambansa the best ever even as President Rodrigo R. Duterte graces the opening rites at the Quirino Stadium today (April 15). Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson said: “We just don’t want….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Davao City to host Palarong Pambansa 2019

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines (UPDATED) – Davao City, the stronghold of President Rodrigo Duterte, is the host of Palarong Pambansa 2019. Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones announced this in a press conference held in Vigan City on Saturday, April 14. "The winner of the bidding process that the Palaro ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao beats Lucas Matthysse and Father Time in latest win

The fire is back in the eyes and belly of 39 year old Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao who scored an emphatic knockout victory over Lucas Martin Matthysse to win his 11th world title at 2:43 of the seventh round Sunday afternoon at the Axiata Arena here. Proving his critics wrong, Pacquiao put on a clinic of sorts as he showed facets of his ring brilliance that were missing in his previous fights since 2009 where he last won by knockout. Before a screaming horde of fans led by the heads of state of Malaysia and the Philippines, Pacquiao was brilliant, fast and accurate with his timing and combinations, completely frustrating and flustering the former WBA king. "You have to love what you do in order to do what I still do as a 39-year-old fighter," said Pacquiao, who trained hardest despite his age, pushing himself to the limit. But this time around, his new team of mostly Filipinos led by chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, acknowledged his conditions and custom-fit a new training regimen that brought back the power and the speed, however diminished a bit. "Do I look old,?" asked Pacquiao laughing in front of the members of media at the post-fight press conference. Every masterful stroke dealt by Pacquiao befuddled Matthysse who secretly plotted to retire Pacquiao. "Not today," said Pacquiao, who was cheered on by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte who watched in the presidential suite with new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. "Of course, it was an extra motivational tool for me to fight well and careful." Fernandez warned his ward not to be too confident when he knocked down Matthysse for the second round, the Argentine taking a knee at the end of the fifth round. "It might have been a trick. But we were ready for Matthysse," said a beaming Fernandez, who for the first time, acted as chief trainer aided by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant Raides "Nonoy" Neri. Cutman Edgardo de la Vega was not much needed as Pacquiao was never in trouble. "We will take a rest for now before we decide what to do next," said Pacquiao, who goes back to work this week as the Philippine Senate opens its sessions. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

DU30 may get final BBL version this week

THE bicameral conference committee is expected to submit this week to President Rodrigo Duterte the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for his approval. House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas said the committee report on the harmonized and reconciled version of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Mapua campus in Davao opens

DAVAO CITY, July 9 (PIA)- Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) a Mapua school was inaugurated on Saturday, July 7 with President Rodrigo R. Duterte joining the event. The campus which is Mapua's first sch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Mapua campus in Davao opens

DAVAO CITY, July 9 (PIA)- Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) a Mapua school was inaugurated on Saturday, July 7 with President Rodrigo R. Duterte joining the event. The campus which is Mapua's first sch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Mapua campus in Davao opens

DAVAO CITY, July 9 (PIA)- Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) a Mapua school was inaugurated on Saturday, July 7 with President Rodrigo R. Duterte joining the event. The campus which is Mapua’s first sch Source link link: Mapua campus in Davao opens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Draft charter allows Duterte to seek new term

The draft constitution replacing the presidential system with a federal form of government opens up the possibility for President Rodrigo Duterte to stay in power until 2030, the spokesperson for t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

NEDA reports 7 road projects in pipeline

SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 27 (PIA) -The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 1 assured that the Duterte administration is committed to further improve the infrastructure in Ilocos t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

NEDA reports 7 road projects in pipeline

SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 27 (PIA) -The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 1 assured that the Duterte administration is committed to further improve the infrastructure in Ilocos t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Oplan Rody in full swing In IS

VIGAN CITY — Police forces in Ilocos Sur wasted no time responding to the directive of President Duterte to round up loiterers (istambay), coming up with “Oplan Rody” or Rid the streets Of Drunkards and Youth. Officers from the different municipal police office took to the streets and social media to show their support and implementation of the order......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Palaro champ does it again

ILAGAN CITY, Isabela -- Two-time Palarong Pambansa champion Alexie Mae Caimoso did it again. Caimoso, who rose to prominence by winning the gold medal in the Palarong Pambansa in Antique last year and again in Vigan, Ilocos Sur this year, captured the gold medal in high jump with a leap….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Gov’t opens ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs’ portal to bolster building boom

The Duterte administration on Tuesday launched an online job matching platform to help meet the growing demand for skilled workers for the government’s ambitious infrastructure program......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Wider Davao River bridge opens to motorists

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Driving along the Davao River will be much easier beginning Thursday, May 24, with the opening of a wider bridge along the Davao City Diversion Road in this city. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened the newly widened bridge with President Rodrigo Duterte and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Questioning the President s Loyalty to China

THE PRESS IS all ears anytime the country's chief executive opens his mouth. Journalists have recorded or reported the most outrageous statements that President Rodrigo Duterte has uttered, includi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Questioning the President s Loyalty to China

THE PRESS IS all ears anytime the country's chief executive opens his mouth. Journalists have recorded or reported the most outrageous statements that President Rodrigo Duterte has uttered, includi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

House asks Duterte to certify Bangsamoro bill as urgent

THE House of Representatives has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the proposed Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) or House Bill 6475 as urgent. The House made the appeal in a letter to the President dated May 23—a document shared by House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte to journalists on Thursday morning. “May we [...] The post House asks Duterte to certify Bangsamoro bill as urgent appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018