INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE

Seven delegates from the Progressive Alliance and the Party of European Socialists urge the Duterte administration to stop the killing of suspected drug users and pushers and the silencing of its critics. More »

 

Palace shifts tirade from EU to HRW

MANILA — Malacañang has shifted its tirade from the European Union (EU) to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) after learning the regional bloc had nothing to do with supposed threat to move

Left warns of Duterte crackdown

MANILA — Members of the left-wing Makabayan party-list bloc have warned of a looming crackdown on dissenters following the Duterte administration’s creation of an Interagency Committee on Legal Action (Iacla). The congressmen

Duterte tirades undermine checks and balances in gov’t — lawyers group

MANILA — An alliance of lawyers denounced on Friday President Rodrigo Duterte’s “brazen assaults” against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, saying these attacks “deliberately undermine” the independence of

Duterte accepts Bautista resignation

MANILA — President Duterte said he has accepted the resignation of Andres Bautista as Commission on Elections chair, and believes that it would be better if he leaves his post so that

Duterte fires Salazar from ERC

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed from service Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar after he was found guilty of simple and grave misconduct in connection with allegations of corruption.

Duterte dismisses two alleged narco generals

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has axed two high-ranking Philippine National Police allegedly involved in the drug trade, Malacañang announced on Monday. Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio and Director Joel Pagdilao have been duly dismissed after they

Lapeña sacks 38 Customs execs, brings in trusted people

MANILA — Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has relieved 38 bureau officials who apparently disregarded his marching orders to stop corruption and “benchmarking” in their respective posts. Benchmarking involves imposing a discretionary value,

Panelo: War on drugs to go on despite dip in Duterte’s ratings

MANILA — Despite the double-digit declines in his public satisfaction and trust ratings, President Duterte remains “unperturbed” and will pursue his campaign against illegal drugs, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said

Senators give advice to PCOO, Palace after Duterte ratings drop

MANILA — Less media exposure, more ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting affairs. Senator Miguel Zubiri gave those  pieces of advice to President Rodrigo Duterte’s communications team after the Chief Executive recently suffered a decline

CA rejects Ubial as health chief

MANILA — The Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the appointment of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Tuesday, making her the fifth member of President Duterte’s Cabinet to fail the constitutionally provided confirmation

Esperon dismisses destabilization talks

MANILA — The rumored destabilization attempts against the 15-month-old administration of President Duterte are nothing but political noise reaching decibel 3 level at best. Militarily, such purported plots are almost non-existent. That

Gordon’s panel to ask NBI for lifestyle check on Duterte’s son, son-in-law

MANILA — The Senate blue ribbon committee has recommended a lifestyle check on members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s family – Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio –

SC votes to keep De Lima in jail

MANILA — Sen. Leila de Lima will have to stay in jail and stand trial for the drug charges against her after the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed her petition seeking

Faeldon, 11 others placed on watch list

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Wednesday he will issue a lookout bulletin order to stop former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and 11 other officials from leaving the country after

SC asked to stop Duterte’s war on drugs

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) was asked Wednesday to stop the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. In a 41-page petition filed by human rights group Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), the high

Duterte bares new terror plot to attack other Mindanao cities

MANILA — As the military makes its final push to liberate Marawi City, President Duterte yesterday said that Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists might simultaneously attack several other cities in Mindanao. Mr. Duterte

Alvarez tells Sereno: Face House or resign

MANILA — Face the House of Representatives if you’re innocent or just resign. This was Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s unsolicited advice on Wednesday to Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, who is facing an

Bautista impeached

MANILA — After offering to resign by yearend, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista might have to step down sooner than planned after the House of Representatives voted, 137-75, hours later

House impeach moves a mockery of democratic process, says law expert

MANILA — The impeachment proceedings and threats of ouster against the country’s top officials of constitutional bodies are all but “writings on the wall” and “coincidences” that cannot be ignored, a law

100 groups urge Apple to take down apps encouraging Duterte’s drug war

MANILA — More than a hundred civil society organizations worldwide wrote an open letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook for the company to remove applications related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war

Duterte says Yellows, Reds share same ideology

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday remained unfazed on the reported destabilization plot against his administration. Duterte even dared the “Yellow” and the “Red” parties to just merge into one party

Opposition senators’ staff accounts planted with ‘LP destab’ mails, says Bam

MANILA — The email accounts of the staff of opposition Senators Bam Aquino and Francis Pangilinan have been hacked by still unknown individuals, who were attempting to plant messages containing alleged plans

Pimentel hopes PDEA will arrest drug suspects alive

MANILA — Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on Thursday advised the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to focus on the sources of drugs besides the street-level pushers as he expressed hope that

PDEA vows less bloody war on drugs

MANILA — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino on Thursday assured the public that narcotics agents would respect human rights and would not violate the law, leading to a less bloody

Int’l groups press probe of drug kills

MANILA — An international human rights group and a mission of international parliamentarians and civil society leaders have warned that the Philippines faces sanctions from the United Nations and European Union (EU)

Duterte tells EU envoys in PH to leave in 24 hours

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told ambassadors of European Union countries to leave the Philippines after he slammed the EU for being critical towards his administration. “You leave my country in 24 hours.

Republican senator says bipartisan deal reached to stabilize Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare, an agreement that would revive federal subsidies for health insurers, and President Donald Trump voiced support for the

‘Moron-in-Chief’

By Perry Diaz IT’S NOT everyday that someone would call the most powerful leader in the world a “moron” or anything close to that. But that’s what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson