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Imperial President

“I posited the mutability of presidential powers.” By general law, life and limb must be protected, yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life…” J.M. Burn Recently, a distinguished solon came to town expressing his perplexity (euphemism for disbelief) over the staying power of the popularity of President Duterte. Going against historical […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJul 8th, 2018

Duterte’s Israel trip seen to boost economic ties

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE government is expected to ink up to 15 private sector agreements during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s official visit to Israel this week, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Nathaniel G. Imperial said. “I think the President wants to improve our economic relationship, especially the areas of trade and investment. And… link: Duterte’s Israel trip seen to boost economic ties.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Imperial President

“I posited the mutability of presidential powers.” By general law, life and limb must be protected, yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life…” J.M. Burn Recently, a distinguished solon came to town expressing his perplexity (euphemism for disbelief) over the staying power of the popularity of President Duterte. Going against historical […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Committee approves draft federal charter

The Philippines on Tuesday took a step closer to becoming a federal state as the consultative committee tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte with proposing changes to the 1987 Constitution unanimously adopted a draft charter abandoning the current presidential form of government. Under the proposed federal form of government, the Philippines will be composed of 18 federated regions, including the two "asymmetrical" regions of the Bangsamoro and the Cordilleras, carved out of the existing 17 political regions. The recommended structure of government placed the entire Metropolitan Manila under just one federated region in a bid to end the stranglehold of "imperial Manila" on the c...Keep on reading: Committee approves draft federal charter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Popular Duterte toys with Philippine democracy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could leverage historic-high popularity ratings to impose an 'imperial' presidency with few checks or balances on his rule.........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Japan s Emperor Akihito suffers dizziness, advised to rest

In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito walks on his way to welcome Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Japanese.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

BEIJING, China --- For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it." The Disney bear's image has often been compared to Xi, prompting periodic blocks on the use of Pooh pictures online. Other online commenters wrote, "Attention, the vehicle is reversing" --- an automated announcement used by Chinese delivery vehicles --- suggesting that China is returning to the era of former dictator Mao Zedong or even imperial rule. ...Keep on reading: Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

UPDATE: Duterte meets Emperor Akihito; Fukuda honored

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon, footage released by Malacanang showed. It was the first meeting between Duterte and Emperor Akihito. The President was with common law wife Honeylet Avanceña. The Philippine President was scheduled to meet the Emperor and the Empress [...] The post UPDATE: Duterte meets Emperor Akihito; Fukuda honored appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 1st, 2017

The Deegong, the imperial President

The Deegong, the imperial President.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 5th, 2017

The imperial presidency (the emergence of a strongman President)

The imperial presidency (the emergence of a strongman President).....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

Japan’s Abe enjoys Duterte’s folksy diplomacy in Philippines

DAVAO CITY &'' With a visit to Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte's bedroom, having one of the world's rarest birds named in his honour and guided by a sockless host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a morning to remember on Friday. Duterte, a charismatic politician known at home for his folksy charm, dropped many of the formal protocols normally associated with visits by a head of government as he took Abe on a tour of his beloved southern home city of Davao. Abe's day began with a visit to Duterte's &'8220;simple home&'8221; for a breakfast of sticky rice cakes and mung bean soup, a presidential aide said, with the leaders dining at a wooden table before heading for a look around Duterte's house. &'8220;We also showed him how the president enjoys the comfort of his own bed, including his old and favourite mosquito net,&'8221; Duterte's aide, Christopher Go, wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of the leaders smiling while standing next to the bed. The leaders later had a casual meeting at a hotel overlooking the sea, where Duterte was photographed in a checkered shirt and long pants but no socks &'8212; a familiar look for the 71-year-old who takes pride in his informal fashion style. Abe's next activity saw him standing in front of a stuffed Philippine eagle, the national bird and one of the world's most endangered. A ceremony saw a two-year-old eagle named Sakura after the famous Japanese cherry blossom. Abe was given a photo of the eagle, which is kept at a nearby sanctuary, as well as a fluffy toy version draped in indigenous clothing. Abe, normally blue-suited and politically conservative who nevertheless showed off his fun side last year when he dressed up as video game icon Super Mario at the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony, appeared to enjoy the day. He smiled and laughed throughout the eagle ceremony, and ended his Davao trip at a Japanese-language school where he was greeted by singing and flag-waving children. Abe was the first foreign leader to visit the Philippines since Duterte took office just over six months ago. His two-day trip began on Thursday with a much more formal itinerary in the capital of Manila, where he held meetings with Duterte at the presidential palace. Abe was also the first head of government to visit Davao, the largest city in the southern Philippines that is 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) from Manila. Duterte, a longtime mayor of Davao before becoming president, has made developing the southern Philippines a top priority, arguing the region has been neglected by &'8220;imperial Manila&'8221;. Abe flew from Davao to Australia on Friday afternoon as part of a trip that will include Indonesia and Vietnam. (AFP) 171&'160;total views, 171&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Players union reiterates disapproval of league match in US

By TALES AZZONI,  AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — The Spanish players' association remains against the league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States despite receiving more detailed information. The association was not convinced by the league's update and said on Monday it still disapproved of the Girona-Barcelona game planned for suburban Miami in January. It said the league still lacks the necessary approvals from other stakeholders, and it can't guarantee the union contract won't be breached. The association doesn't have a final say on whether the game actually happens, although players recently did not rule out a strike if their demands are not considered. They complained about not being consulted by the league before the idea was presented. The association's latest announcement came three days after the Spanish soccer federation refused to approve the match, putting the plan in serious doubt. The federation requested more documentation from the league after saying it failed to show the overseas match would comply with Spanish and international regulations and TV broadcast contracts, and that it would not harm the other 18 league clubs and the fans of Girona and Barcelona. The match would also need to be approved by the U.S. soccer federation, plus continental bodies UEFA and CONCACAF. FIFA's permission is not mandatory but president Gianni Infantino recently expressed his concerns about the game. Spanish league president Javier Tebas again defended the match, saying football needs to catch up to what other sports have been doing to try to keep growing internationally. "If we don't keep working to try to grow, other competitions and other sports will leave us behind. We have to be different," Tebas said on Monday at a soccer conference in Madrid. "In the sports industry we have to try to copy what others are doing well. Why does the NBA and the NFL take a match abroad and we can't? Why can't we keep growing? This is our greatest responsibility, to grow, because this is an industry." Tebas said he was surprised by the amount of negative reaction to the proposal. "It looks like we want to play the entire league in Miami. It's just one match," he said. "We want to play one match, for strategic reasons, to try to grow the league." Earlier Monday, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli, Juventus' president, said he "take(s) his hat off" to Tebas for taking the initiative and working to expand the Spanish league globally. "That's something that should be looked at," Agnelli said. "If you want to have a global audience, you need to be closer to (that audience)." The league plan to play games in the U.S. is part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevent, which operates the International Champions Cup, a tournament of club friendlies during the European offseason in July and August around the world. The Spanish federation held its season-opening Super Cup abroad for the first time in August, with Barcelona beating Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday his team would not play the game abroad in the future, saying he was "vehemently against it." Tebas said: "The vast majority of the clubs, including Barcelona, are interested in playing this game. If Real Madrid doesn't want to go, then don't go. It's voluntary, no problem. Many clubs want to go.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 21 min. ago

DBM PAPERS SHOW: Guv picked DAP-funded programs, beneficiaries

THE Iloilo provincial government under Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. had a hand in determining the programs and beneficiaries of funds from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) implemented by former President Beningo Aquino III. This is what The Daily Guardian found out in the list of DAP supported projects endorsed by lawmakers and local government […] The post DBM PAPERS SHOW: Guv picked DAP-funded programs, beneficiaries appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

COA’s Circulars

By: Reyshimar C. Arguelles JUST last week, the President himself has threatened to shove a state auditor down a staircase. This was how he reacted to the Commission on Audit’s (COA) supposed restrictions on cash advances for victims of Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught. Regarded as the strongest typhoon to ever hit the Philippines this year, Ompong ravaged […] The post COA’s Circulars appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

Trump says he expects second North Korea summit quite soon

UNITED NATIONS – US President Donald Trump said on Monday, Spetember 24, he expected to meet again soon with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he saw "tremendous progress" in easing tensions. "It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon," Trump told reporters at the United Nations. "As ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

Kavanaugh sex assault allegations totally political – Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, USA –  US President Donald Trump on Monday, September 24, branded sexual assault allegations that threaten to bring down his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "totally political," hardening his position ahead of an explosive Senate showdown. Trump, speaking in New York where he was attending the United Nations annual ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

Top official in Trump-Russia probe to resign or be fired – US media

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the probe into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump, was about to resign or be fired on Monday, September 24, US media reported. Several media including The New York Times and The Washington Post reported Rosenstein was preparing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

[OPINION] Was it possible Duterte s candidacy was void from the beginning?

Many were stunned when President Rodrigo Duterte recently issued a proclamation seeking to void the amnesty of that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV received in 2011 from then-president Benigno Aquino III.  Duterte and his legal advisers are citing alleged “defects” in the opposition senator's amnesty papers – particularly, that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

Linking opposition to Red October plot ‘politicizes the AFP’ – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said military officials who have been linking her and the political opposition to the supposed “Red October” ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte are politicizing the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP).  On Tuesday, September 25, the Vice President tagged as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

1 year later at U.N., Trump s rocket man Kim is terrific

UNITED NATIONS – US President Donald Trump said Monday, September 24, he expects to hold a second summit soon with Kim Jong-un, lauding the North Korean strongman at the United Nations as "terrific" one year after he eviscerated him from the same platform. Trump used his debut address to the UN General Assembly 12 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 9 min. ago

Punishing sched not for sick – Palace

Citing President Rodrigo Duterte’s punishing schedule, Malacanang yesterday insisted he is in good health and that there was nothing extraordinary in the recent medical procedures done on the Chief Executive. Duterte admitted he underwent colonoscopy and endoscopy on Friday, September 21, in a clinical forum organized by the Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology in Cebu City. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News4 hr. 47 min. ago