Philippine News

Duterte says ICC should focus on Rohingya than his drug war

The President questioned an international court who wants to investigate his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, when according to him; their eyes should be on the Rohingya crisis. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech in a private meeting in Cebu City lashed out on the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is set to conduct a …

Hontiveros calls out Duterte over condom remark

Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent statement advising the public to avail contraceptives such as pills and injectables instead of condoms to address the country’s large population. The president, according to Hontiveros, “seems to be overly concerned with …

DILG to investigate local execs over Boracay woes

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is conducting an investigation into the possible accountability of local government officials over environmental issues in the island of Boracay, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said on Thursday. “The local government is accountable for the crisis faced by Boracay. They should have enforced environmental laws …

HRW: Bato’s award from Indonesian police a ‘gross insult’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) lambasted the Indonesian government for awarding Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa of a medal of honor given by Indonesian National Police (INP). On February 14, Wednesday, HRW Deputy Director of Asian Division Phelim Kine said in a statement that the award “dishonors the rule of law” …

After undersea naming protest, PH still trusts China

The Philippine government maintains its trust in China even after protesting its move to name undersea features in the Philippine Rise formerly known as Benham Rise. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. in a press briefing on Thursday said that just because the Chinese government named these undersea features, it does not mean that they are …

Senate passes safer workplace bill on Second reading

The Senate on Wednesday passed on second reading Senate Bill No. 1317 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” that aims to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines. The chairman of the Senate labor committee Senator Joel Villanueva said that the progress of …

Dengvaxia refund to be used for assistance, purchase of medical kits

The Department of Health (DOH) will ask the Philippine government to use a portion of the P1-billion refund from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur for the unused dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to assist the parents of the vaccinated children. Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they will write to …

Kuwait condemns Duterte’s order to repatriate OFWs

Kuwait Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah on Wednesday condemned the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to repatriate Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from the middle eastern country, saying the action of the Philippine government could affect the ties between Kuwait and the Philippines. “We actually condemn the statements of the President of the Philippines. …

Expert: PH protest on Chinese names maybe too late

While the Philippine government objected the Chinese government’s move of naming five undersea features in Philippine Rise or formerly known as Benham Rise, a maritime law expert said that this may be too late. “Hindi ko alam kung mag-wo-work iyan[g protest] dahil tapos na ang proseso. Open ang process. It was transparent. So parang medyo …

DOH hopes to use funds from Dengvaxia return to monitor kids’ health

MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are exploring the possibility of using part of the funds returned by Sanofi Pasteur for the unused Dengvaxia to address the concerns raised by parents of recipients of the controversial vaccine. “Patungkol dito, kami ay susulat sa Kongreso at sa Office of the President para hingin na magkaroon …