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Duterte vetoes coconut farmers trust fund bill

  MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development bill , plunging the fate of the coconut levy funds into uncertainty. The presidential veto was confirmed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Friday, February 15. Duterte's veto message has not yet been made available ........»»

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New law provides bigger discounts for political ads

MANILA, Philippines – Candidates in the upcoming May elections can take advantage of bigger discounts for the broadcasting of their political advertisements, thanks to a new law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Friday, February 15, that Duterte has signed an amendment to the Free Elections Act. The ........»»

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Palace floats Sara Duterte’s possible bid for president

Like father like daughter, Malacañang on Friday floated the idea of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio seeking the country’s presidency. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte-Carpio, or…READ The post Palace floats Sara Duterte’s possible bid for president appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Flawed policies blamed for lack of skilled labor

Malacaang on Friday said the government was doing its best to address the lack of skilled workers which had affected the implementation of its flagship "Build, build, build" program.   Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after President Duterte blamed the delays in the ambitious infrastructure program on the lack of skilled workers in the country.   In a press briefing, Panelo said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), through its director-general Isidro Lapea, was on top of the situation.   "That's why the President told the Tesda, you should do something so we will have a deep bench of carpenters,...Keep on reading: Flawed policies blamed for lack of skilled labor.....»»

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Reelectionists, pro-admin candidates in top 15 – survey

Reelectionist senators and those seeking to regain their Senate seats, many of them supporters of President Duterte, dominated the list of candidates likely to win in the midterm elections in May, according to results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday.   An independent, Sen. Grace Poe, remained on top of the list of 15 candidates with a "statistical chance of winning" if the elections had been held during the Jan. 26-31 survey period, Pulse Asia said.   Administration bet and former presidential aide Bong Go showed the biggest gain, landing in eighth spot.   In addition to Poe, the top six candidates were Sen. Cynthia Villar followed ...Keep on reading: Reelectionists, pro-admin candidates in top 15 – survey.....»»

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Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN --- President Duterte has distanced himself from the cyberlibel case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa that had led to her arrest, saying he had nothing to do with it.   The President on Thursday said he did not even know businessman Wilfredo Keng, who filed the complaint in the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr.   "I don't know Keng. Frankly, I do not know him or what prompted him to file a case," Duterte told reporters after rallying support here for 11 senatorial candidates he endorsed in May's midterm elections.   "I really don't know about [Ressa's case and arre...Keep on reading: Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest.....»»

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Duterte ‘pissed off with fake news’ he had kidney transplant

"It's just hyperbole ... to dramatize that he's still virile at his age," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday of President Duterte's angry remarks challenging former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad to lend him his wife.   "He's pissed off with his fake news," Panelo said, referring to Tatad's newspaper column earlier this week in which he claimed that the President had undergone a kidney transplant operation on Jan. 29.   Duterte's remarks were just exaggerations meant to drive home the point that he still has a strong drive at 73, Panelo said.   "People have [become] used to this President's hyperbole; he uses certain situations and makes...Keep on reading: Duterte ‘pissed off with fake news’ he had kidney transplant.....»»

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Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya

The government failed to pay private companies more than P100 billion in 2018 due to a "corrupt system" that continued to control the payment scheme for public works contracts, according to House appropriations committee chair Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.   In a statement on Friday, the Camarines Sur congressman said the government's failure to pay for completed projects might drive away contractors and derail the Duterte administration's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program.   "This gargantuan amount of payables has reincarnated an old system that forces (public works) contractors to cough up kickbacks just to be paid for completed infrastructure projects," ...Keep on reading: Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya.....»»

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa sees threat to democracy

MANILA, Philippines --- Journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who was arrested on a libel complaint, accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. "What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I frankly haven't seen, and I've been a journalist for more than 30 some odd years," Maria Ressa told The Associated Press on Thursday afterposting bailin a Manila court. Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, is the head of Rappler Inc., which has aggressively covered Duterte's administration. She was arrested Wednesday over a libel complaint from a...Keep on reading: Rappler’s Maria Ressa sees threat to democracy.....»»

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Duterte OKs discounted rates for political ads

Duterte OKs discounted rates for political ads.....»»

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Duterte on Maria Ressa arrest: I do not relish picking on her. I’m out of it.

President Duterte stressed he had nothing to do with the arrest for cyber libel of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa......»»

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Rice tariffication, political advertisements discount laws signed

President Duterte has signed into law a measure lifting quantitative restrictions on rice importation......»»

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Duterte: ‘Labor shortage may compromise infrastructure program’

The lack of skilled Filipino workers has caused delay in the realization of the touted Build, Build, Build program of the administration, with even President Duterte acknowledging the problem......»»

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gulftoday.ae - Manila scribe posts bail; Duterte slammed

MANILA: An embattled woman journalist on Thursday posted a $2,000 bail before a Metro Manila regional court following her indictment for cyberlibel as local and foreign media groups as well as world l.....»»

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From wars to Duterte: Philippine journalist refuses to hide

MANILA: Philippine journalist Maria Ressa is a veteran of conflict zones who now finds herself at the heart of a fight against government legal attacks she says are intended to silence her. Ressa'.....»»

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Duterte declares support for 11 senatorial bets - The Manila Times Online

SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan President Rodrigo Duterte headed a kick-off rally by his Partido Demokratikong Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for its senatorial candidates here on Thursday.READ The.....»»

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Duterte wants Philippines renamed - The Independent

Duterte wants Philippines renamed The Independent Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he wants to rename the Philippines into Maharlika, in an effort to decolonize the country from it.....»»

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Philippines Duterte urges parents to let children receive measles vaccine

Philippines' Duterte urges parents to let children receive measles vaccine - Xinhua - English.news.cn Xinhua MANILA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged parents on Frida.....»»

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Commentary: The growing challenge of vaccination campaign in Philippines - Philstar.com

Commentary: The growing challenge of vaccination campaign in Philippines Philippine Star President Rodrigo Duterte, in his message at the ground breaking of a new hospital in Malabon City, expressed.....»»

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FALSE: This is a photo of Duterte urging voters to reject Mar Roxas

A photo that has been shared over a thousand times on multiple Facebook pages claims to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holding a banner urging voters to reject an opposition candidate. A reverse image search found the picture had been doctored from a 2016 photograph showing Duterte holding a ........»»

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