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Not about friendship: Duterte on military appointments to Cabinet

  It's all about competence.   President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday explained again the military promotions and his recent appointment of former military men to his Cabinet, saying they were not about friendship.   "When I appoint you, it's not friendship. It has nothing to do with that," the President told military officers and guests at the Army leadership turnover ceremony in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.   He added, "Alam ng Board of Generals 'yan, I promised that I will not tinker with your... I have yet even to call one Cabinet member or one military or police officials. Alam ninyo 'yan. I do not make calls."   "I've been mayo...Keep on reading: Not about friendship: Duterte on military appointments to Cabinet.....»»

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Duterte appoints De Vera as CHED chairman

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Prospero De Vera III as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), a position he will hold until July 2022. Prior to this appointment, De Vera was CHED officer-in-charge  for nearly 9 months. He assumed the OIC post upon the resignation of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 15th, 2018Related News

HSBC names Graham FitzGerald as new Philippine head

British banking giant HSBC announced yesterday the appointment of Graham FitzGerald as the new president and chief executive officer for its operations in the Philippines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceOct 15th, 2018Related News

After ‘mistah’ named Army chief, Albayalde says Sinagtala Class ’86 is PMA’s best

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde half-jokingly said on Monday that the appointment of his "mistah" as the next Philippine Army chief proves that the Philippine Military Academy's Sinagtala class of 1986 is the best. "Of course we're really very proud," Albayalde said of the appointment of Army chief Maj. Gen. Macairog Alberto. "That's another Class '86 Sinagtala (member), the best class that the PMA has ever produced." "Marami yata ang kumokontra eh, bahala sila, hindi naman sila ang nakaupo eh, kami ang naka-upo, kaya that's the best class that the PMA has ever produced (There are many who will contradict that, but they are not the ones in po...Keep on reading: After ‘mistah’ named Army chief, Albayalde says Sinagtala Class ’86 is PMA’s best.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 15th, 2018Related News

Coric upsets Federer, facing Djokovic in Shanghai final

By Sandra Harwitt, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday. Coric earned passage to the final by taking down the top-seeded Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday. "It was one of the best matches of my life," Coric said. Coric said neck pain almost caused him to skip playing in Shanghai. "Today, really, I just came on the court with absolutely no pressure. I basically didn't care, and that's why I played so good." The Croatian gave himself a third career shot at Djokovic. In their previous meetings, Coric failed to take a set off of Djokovic. The soon-to-be-No. 2-ranked Djokovic booked a final appointment after crushing No. 5 Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1. Coric finished off Federer in style with the final two points an ace and a sizzling forehand crosscourt winner. Coric didn't offer Federer a break point opportunity, while managing to break Federer's serve in the opening game of both sets. In all, Federer presented Coric with seven beak point possibilities. "He had more punch on the ball. He served better," Federer said. "I got off to a bad start in both sets. That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions." Federer has won three titles this year - the Australian Open, Rotterdam, Stuttgart - but all of them were earned before the start of Wimbledon in July. Federer was asked several times on Saturday about his schedule for the remainder of the year, as well as for next year. He said he couldn't offer any specifics but did offer a guarantee regarding 2019. "I wish I could tell you all these answers, but I really don't know. But I will play tennis next year, yes," he said. Coric, who is 2-2 against Federer, also beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in their last outing at Halle in June. "Against that kind of player, you need something to hold on to," he said. "I was holding on to that thought that I beat him the last time." Djokovic's win over Zverev and Federer's demise guaranteed Djokovic will move up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the world rankings on Monday, which has him swapping positions with Federer, but still trailing Rafael Nadal. Djokovic's serve has not been broken this week in 37 service games. He never offered Zverev a break point opportunity, and broke the German's serve on four of six offerings. By the time Zverev was 6-2, 3-1 down, his emotions got the better of him after he hit a routine backhand into the net. He banged his racket on the court, then gave it another swipe before tossing the mangled implement into the crowd. Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev. "I did everything I intended to do on my end," Djokovic said. "It's all working and it's been a couple of perfect matches." Djokovic is targeting his 72nd career title here on Sunday. He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai. Djokovic played his 1,000th career match against Zverev, and holds an impressive 827-173 win-loss record. "I wouldn't be so dedicated to this sport if I didn't believe that I can achieve great heights," Djokovic said. "But you always have to kind of pinch yourself, particularly at this stage of my career, and be grateful, because I have had an awesome career so far." He is on a 17-match winning streak and is 26-1 in matches played since the start of Wimbledon. A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title of the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the U.S. Open......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 14th, 2018Related News

Lawmakers laud Locsin& rsquo;s appointment as DFA chief

Lawmakers laud Locsin& rsquo;s appointment as DFA chief.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsOct 13th, 2018Related News

LP hits Arenas appointment as Batanes caretaker

The Liberal Party (LP) on Friday said the decision of the House led by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint Pangasinan Rep. Rosemary “Baby” Arenas as Batanes caretaker was made out of “petty vindictive partisanship.” “It is sad that right around the first death anniversary of the late Rep. Dina Razon-Abad on October 8, Arroyo chooses… link: LP hits Arenas appointment as Batanes caretaker.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 13th, 2018Related News

Sal Panelo is Duterte s new spokesman

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo will formally speak for President Rodrigo Duterte, replacing Harry Roque who is mulling running in 2019. Presidential aide Bong Go said Panelo's appointment is effective "today," Thursday, October 11. This comes two days after Duterte had announced he wanted ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News

Military s intelligence chief is next army commander

MANILA, Philippines – The chief of the miitary's intelligence unit will soon lead the Philippine Army. Malacañang announced that Major General Macairog Alberto has been chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to become the next commanding general of the Philippine Army. Alberto's appointment paper was released to the Department of National Defense ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News

Getting to know Ramon Paul Hernando and his long road to the Supreme Court

The recent appointment of Ramon Paul Hernando as an associate justice of the Supreme Court has received a hopeful response from some in the legal field. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday confirmed that the former Court of Appeals justice was selected by President Rodrigo Duterte to fill in the vacancy left by Samuel Martires, […] The post Getting to know Ramon Paul Hernando and his long road to the Supreme Court appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopOct 11th, 2018Related News

Japan has the world s strongest passport, according to this index

MANILA, Philippines – Ever dreamed about being going to almost every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee? For Japanese citizens, flying to virtually anywhere hassle free isn’t just a dream – it’s a reality. Japan, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index , ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 10th, 2018Related News

The new DSWD chief and the long list of soldiers in Duterte’s government

Incoming Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retiring army chief, is the newest on the list of military men the president has appointed as top officials. The position has been vacant since the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo was rejected by the Commission of Appointments last year. This development met the ire of some groups, especially […] The post The new DSWD chief and the long list of soldiers in Duterte’s government appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopOct 9th, 2018Related News

Career official as DSWD chief pressed

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon yesterday opposed the appointment of Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Drilon said he has nothing personal against Bautista but he maintained that the administration of the agency should be left to career DSWD officials who are experts […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 8th, 2018Related News

Protesters rage in Washington as Kavanaugh is confirmed

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2018Related News

Drilon to Duterte: Rethink military general s appointment to DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the appointment of Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista as Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary. Drilon made the call in an interview with DZBB on Sunday, Octber 7, when asked to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2018Related News

Bayan Muna slams’militarization’ of social welfare services

CABANATUAN CITY - The impending appointment of retiring Army chief, Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista, as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will "weaponize" the agency against poor people who are perceived to be critical of the Duterte administration, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate saidon Friday. Appointing Bautista to the post instead of a career social worker continues the "militarization of the bureaucracy with the appointment of more generals to the Cabinet," he said after speaking before members and officers of the National Federation of Employees Associations of the Departments and Agencies in Agriculture (NAFEDA). President Duterte announced Bautista as hi...Keep on reading: Bayan Muna slams’militarization’ of social welfare services.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 6th, 2018Related News

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering, tax evasions

  KUALA LUMPUR---Rosmah Mansor, the luxury-loving wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged on Thursday with money laundering and tax evasion linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal that helped bring down his government.   The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty to 17 charges of money laundering and tax evasion at a court complex where her husband Najib was also making a separate appearance in connection with the alleged plunder of state funds.   $480,000 bail   Rosmah was allowed to post bail of $480,000 and ordered to surrender her passport.   She was also barred from contacting any witness.   Prosecu...Keep on reading: Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering, tax evasions.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 4th, 2018Related News

Sana tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago

Kung first time kang mag-a-apply ng passport, tiyak na mapapa-wow ka sa kalidad ng serbisyo ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ngayon. Simula kasi nu’ng Oktubre 1, gagawin na lang na anim na wor­king days ang proseso at paglabas ng pasaporte. Sa isang statement ng DFA, promise nila raw kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at sa… link: Sana tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 4th, 2018Related News

Key lawmakers rebuke Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

WASHINGTON -- Three Republican senators key to Brett Kavanaugh's approval to the US Supreme Court blasted President Donald Trump Wednesday for mocking the woman accusing his nominee of sexual assault, as he played to a crowd of thousands at a political rally. The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination -- which could be put to a final vote in the Senate as early as Saturday -- comes ahead of November congressional elections in which Trump's Republican Party will battle to keep control of Congress. Still undecided on backing the conservative judge -- whose appointment to the crucial, lifelong post has fuelled a bitter partisan clash -- Senator Susan Collins weighed in to denounc...Keep on reading: Key lawmakers rebuke Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 4th, 2018Related News

DFA shortens wait time for passport releases

DFA shortens wait time for passport releases.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsOct 2nd, 2018Related News