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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 arrives in Israel for ‘historic’ visit

JERUSALEM--- President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here before dawn Monday (Philippine time) for a four-day historic visit. Duterte arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport 1:32 a.m. (Philippines time) together with government officials and retiring military and police generals. The President will immediately meet with 1, 400 Filipino workers at the Ramada Hotel. Israel is home to some 28,000 Filipino workers. Nathaniel Imperial, Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Israel, said the visit of Duterte "is extremely important." "We consider this visit extremely important. We consider it a historic visit and we hope to transform this historic relationship and this end...Keep on reading: Duterte arrives in Israel for ‘historic’ visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 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

Trump says innocent in legal scandal, blames lawyer

WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – Donald Trump tried to shield himself from rising legal heat Thursday, December 13, with tweets insisting that he never ordered his former lawyer  Michael Cohen  to break the law. The US president enters his third year in office facing an increasingly perilous situation as federal prosecutors ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

Rappler Holdings, Ressa ask tax court to void case

MANILA, Philippines – Citing lack of jurisdiction and absence of due process, Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa on Wednesday, December 12, asked the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to nullify the tax evasion case filed against them and remand it to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

Trump s son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff – U.S. media

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on the short list of potential candidates for the president's next chief of staff, US media said Thursday, December 13. Kushner, an influential White House adviser and husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, met with the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

10 major world events coming up in 2019

PARIS, France – Here are 10 major events taking place around the world in 2019: Brazil's president takes office January 1: Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro officially starts his 4-year term as president of Brazil after winning October's election. Nigeria votes February 16: Africa's most populous nation and leading economy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News2 hr. 45 min. ago

Bong Go pushes magna carta for barangay execs

Former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday said he would pursue the enactment of a magna carta for barangay officials that would, among others, provide them with additional benefits and social protection. Source link link: Bong Go pushes magna carta for barangay execs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News5 hr. 19 min. ago

Senators shield Diokno from House attack

  Several senators have taken the cudgels for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the House of Representatives urged President Duterte to fire him for inserting huge infrastructure funding in the proposed 2019 budget, allegedly without the President's knowledge.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III lauded Diokno's performance as the official in charge of crafting the administration's spending plan.   "Ben Diokno has been doing a good job and has never been known to indulge in any illegal actions as far as the government budget is concerned," Sotto said in a text message on Thursday.   Whether he should be dismissed would depend on his explanati...Keep on reading: Senators shield Diokno from House attack.....»»

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

PDEA files raps vs 44 in P11-B ‘shabu’ smuggling; Lapeña spared

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday sought the indictment of one of its former senior officials and 43 others for their alleged role in sneaking into the country P11 billion worth of "shabu" (crystal meth).   The filing of the 38-page complaint for drug smuggling in the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former PDEA Deputy Director General Ismael Fajardo and his coaccused came four months after the incident, which government officials said undermined President Duterte's war on drugs.   The respondents do not include former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapea, one of Mr. Duterte's most trusted lieutenants on whose watch the alleged drug smuggling...Keep on reading: PDEA files raps vs 44 in P11-B ‘shabu’ smuggling; Lapeña spared.....»»

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

Duterte on Pope Francis: Bilib ako, saludo talaga ako

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite his repeated criticisms of the Catholic Church, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his approval of Pope Francis whom he once cursed for allegedly causing traffic during his visit to the Philippines in 2015. "Itong pope ngayon, progressive 'to. Diyan ako, bilib ako. Saludo talaga ako dito," Duterte said on Thursday during the unveiling of the marker of Mella Hotel in Las Pias City. Even with his approval of the Pope, it did not stop Duterte from attacking the Catholic Church, who has been critical of his war on drugs and criminality. He again attacked the clergy for their "scandal," as he cited the book "Altar Secrets," which exposes the scanda...Keep on reading: Duterte on Pope Francis: Bilib ako, saludo talaga ako.....»»

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

Palace rejects House call to fire Diokno

With his “unblemished” record as a public official, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno still has the trust of President Duterte and should remain in his position despite demands by some lawmakers that he be dismissed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News9 hr. 32 min. ago