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Palace, DFA brush off HRW ‘fiction’

MALACAÑANG dismissed as “fiction” a Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report that said the human rights crisis in the Philippines under President Duterte was at its worst since the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. “That’s fiction,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque, who is also the President’s adviser on….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJan 20th, 2018

Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation

  Malacaanghas brushed aside as "fiction" a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, describing the human rights situation in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte as the "worst" since the lifting of Martial Lawby former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.   In its World Report 2018, HRW said Duterte has sunk the country into its worst human rights situation.   "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s," the human rights watchdog said.   According to the HRW report, the Philippines, under Mr. Duterte, has made an "especially brazen an...Keep on reading: Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms - Inquirer.net

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 29th, 2017

Palace officials: Duterte’s remarks against women ‘mere play of words’

Malacaang's top officialson Wednesdaymaintained that President Rodrigo Duterte's recent remarks against women were "mere play of words" and that the online campaign criticizing the chief executive's statements is clearly "political" and "unfair." The Palace executives were reacting to the #BabaeAko social media campaign against misogynism and sexism launched in response to the President's controversial statement that the next Chief Justice "should not be a woman." READ: Duterte: Next Ombudsman should have integrity and not be a woman In separate statements, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go said Duterte's track rec...Keep on reading: Palace officials: Duterte’s remarks against women ‘mere play of words’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 5 min. ago

Marawi rehab in full swing; Palace satisfied

Marawi rehab in full swing; Palace satisfied Source link link: Marawi rehab in full swing; Palace satisfied.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News6 hr. 31 min. ago

Gov’t Poised to Suspend Excise Tax Once Oil Price Reaches USD80

Malacañang on Tuesday assured that measures will be in place to protect consumers from incessant increase in oil prices including suspending the excise tax on fuel. “Excise taxes will be suspended if they reach a certain amount, if I’m not mistaken, (USD) 80,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing. Roque made this […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News11 hr. 44 min. ago

Palace won’t antagonize China over West Philippine Sea – Roque

Malacañang would rather not antagonize China over its expanding military presence in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea as it sees the need to maintain good bilateral relations without compromising Philippine sovereignty......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News21 hr. 18 min. ago

PH Gov’t Will Talk to China About Chinese Bombers in WPS, Palace Assures

Malacañang on Monday, May 21, reassured the public that the government is not taking the alleged Chinese militarization of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) sitting down, as it expressed serious concern over the reported landing of Chinese bombers in the disputed territory. “We have no independent verification. Nonetheless, we take note of the reports that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Duterte admin opts to ‘set aside’ critical issues on maritime row, avoid upsetting China

Malacaang has maintained its position not to antagonize China, as it chose to set aside contentious issues over Manila's maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea.   "We will move on issues we can agree upon and set aside contentious issues for now," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.   Roque's statement came as China lands bomber planes in the South China Sea and deployed missiles in Philippine-claimed reefs in the West Philippines Sea.   Roque said recent developments in the South China Sea should not come as a surprise.   "Ang perspektibo ng Malacaang ay wala pong bago dito, lahat po 'yan nangyari na,...Keep on reading: Duterte admin opts to ‘set aside’ critical issues on maritime row, avoid upsetting China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Palace: Duterte to certify BBL as urgent ‘anytime soon’

President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent "anytime soon," Malacaang saidon Tuesday.   But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President would only certify it as urgent if it conforms with what the administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels had agreed upon.   "The President promised to certify it. I cannot absolutely guarantee that the version of the House will be certified because I haven't seen the text. But if it's in conformity with what was agreed upon, then there should be no problem, the President will certify it," Roque said in a Palace briefing.   The Senate and House of R...Keep on reading: Palace: Duterte to certify BBL as urgent ‘anytime soon’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

LOOK: Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex s wedding portraits

MANILA, Philippines – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, looked every bit the couple in love in their official portaits taken after their wedding on May 19, Saturday.  Kensington Palace shared the couples' photo on its official Twitter account, along with pictures of the couple ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Palace ‘seriously concerned’ over China bombers

Malacañang yesterday expressed “serious concern” over the landing of long-range Chinese bombers on one of the man-made islands in the South China Sea but clarified it does not see the deployment as an immediate threat to the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Palace ‘seriously concerned’ over China bombers

Malacañang yesterday expressed “serious concern” over the landing of long-range Chinese bombers on one of the man-made islands in the South China Sea but clarified it does not see the deployment as an immediate threat to the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Palace: PH not abandoning traditional alliance with US

THE Philippines is not abandoning its traditional alliance with the United States (US), Malacañang said on Monday, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s “independent” foreign policy that distanced itself from the Western superpower. Palace spokesman Harry Roque reiterated this after Philippine government officials, led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, met with the chief of the US Pacific [...] The post Palace: PH not abandoning traditional alliance with US appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

UPDATE: Sotto to keep ‘open communication lines’ with Palace, House even if ‘we’re not partymates’

NEWLY elected Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd vowed on Monday to maintain a fair but vocal Senate that would cooperate with the Executive department. Speaking to members of the media after officially assuming his post, Sotto said he would listen to both the majority and minority blocs. While he vowed to prioritize legislation of all senators, Sotto [...] The post UPDATE: Sotto to keep ‘open communication lines’ with Palace, House even if ‘we’re not partymates’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

DOTr exec Tolentino sacked for alleged dealings with Duterte sister

President Rodrigo Duterte fired Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino for allegedly having dealings with his sister, whom the Palace did not name......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Palace: China not a threat but bomber in South China Sea a cause for concern

Despite Beijing's deployment of a bomber on one of its outposts in the South China Sea, Malacañang maintained that China is not a threat to the country's security......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Crazy, clever, controversial season of ‘X-Files’

  For its 11th season, "The X-Files" is a mixed bag of sublime stand-alone episodes and convoluted "mythology" stories---much like some of the older seasons of the groundbreaking science-fiction show. But, while Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate the inexplicable and bizarre once again, there's a feeling of finality that pervades throughout the season, especially since it's been announced that the actress won't be returning to the Fox series. Mulder and Scully have grown and aged accordingly, though at their core, they're still the contrasting personalities that complement each other---he, the unceasing believer in possibili...Keep on reading: Crazy, clever, controversial season of ‘X-Files’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Harry, Meghan will be Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Buckingham Palace

LONDON: Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced just hours before the ceremony. “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of [...] The post Harry, Meghan will be Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Buckingham Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Palm Grass Hotel to screen a community-created short fiction film to remember the 1898 Cebu Revolution

This May 20, 2018, 6PM to 9PM at Hawanan Tres de Abril, Palm Grass will hold a special screening of the short film fiction, “Kinasing” by video creator Prospero Laput of Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific Focus Features......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Harry, Meghan will be Duke and Duchess of Sussex

LONDON, United Kingdom – Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding on Saturday, May 19, Buckingham Palace announced just hours before the ceremony. "The Queen has today been pleased to confer a dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018