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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

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

Denali, a mountain once named after McKinley who spoke to God

Mt. Denali as seen from an airplane. INQUIRER/Boying Pimentel The mountain was once named after the American president who claimed God spoke to him in a dream and told him to colonize the Philippin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News6 min. ago

Saipan resort hires 600 Filipino construction workers

Saipan's IPI casino resort has hired 600 Filipinos to speed up construction. WEBSITE GARAPAN, Saipan - Imperial Pacific International has hired nearly 600 Filipino construction workers to help.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News20 min. ago

Duterte joins PAL in new Airbus planes unveiling

In Photo: With the two PAL Airbus planes in background outside the huge white tent where the turnover rites he witnessed were being held, President Duterte receives a miniature PAL plane from PAL B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News20 min. ago

Palace: Duterte won t run as transition president

Palace: Duterte won t run as transition president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated News2 hr. 6 min. ago

7-Eleven operator targets to reach 3,000 stores by end of 2019

Philippine Seven Corp. (PSC) aims to reach 3,000 stores by the end of 2019, as it accelerates its expansion to stay ahead of competition among other convenience store operators. “Hopefully end of next year we’ll be close to 3,000, and hopefully even faster after that,” PSC President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Victor P. Paterno […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News3 hr. 53 min. ago

Duterte, mayors meet on killings

Local government executives need not fear for their safety if they are not into illegal drugs, according to President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 6 min. ago

Shake Shack to enter PH in 2019

Local luxury retailer SSI Group, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Shake Shack to bring the US-based burger joint to the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with its first store to open by early 2019. SSI Group President Anton Huang said the company is excited to bring the burger joint to Manila and cater to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News8 hr. 40 min. ago

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 53 min. ago

SK federation head in city avoiding mayor?

IS THE new Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president in Iloilo City distancing herself from Mayor Joe Espinosa III? The question came to fore as City Councilor Leila Luntao has yet to pay a courtesy call on Espinosa more than two weeks since she assumed as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Luntao said she was […] The post SK federation head in city avoiding mayor? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News10 hr. 6 min. ago

Legal, political experts warn of martial law, dictatorship

  The draft federal constitution would give the President another ground to declare martial law and be a dictatorial leader, and would lock the Philippines in the federal structure perpetually, legal and political experts warned at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.   The inclusion of "lawless violence" as another ground for the President to declare martial law bolsters the reality of dictatorial rule, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide said.   "The President can easily justify lawless violence," Davide said.   Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares raised a similar concern, saying the provision would allow the President to use the killings of drug suspec...Keep on reading: Legal, political experts warn of martial law, dictatorship.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 40 min. ago

Bicam panel OKs measure creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

  One year to the day of the submission of the draft measure to Congress, a bicameral panel approved on Wednesday night the final version of the Bangsamoro Organic Law that is seen as a crucial component to bringing peace and development to Mindanao.   The conference committee's report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be submitted to the Senate and the House of Representatives for ratification on July 23 before it is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.   No date has been set for the signing.   The approval came after six days of marathon hearings marked by intense discussions that necessitated an intervention from the ...Keep on reading: Bicam panel OKs measure creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 40 min. ago

COA questions P334M in Pagcor perks

  Officials and employees of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) enjoyed excessive perks totaling P334.8 million in 2017, on top of the agency's underremittance of P22 billion to the government over at least six years, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).   The perks, including hefty cash awards and gold "memento" rings for longtime employees, and a host of other benefits were flagged by state auditors.   In July last year, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 36 to eliminate "unconscionable allowances, incentives and benefits" in government-owned and -controlled corporations.   Sought for comment, Pagcor said...Keep on reading: COA questions P334M in Pagcor perks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 40 min. ago