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Mocha: I will not run for senator

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson said she is not keen in seeking a Senate seat as she “hates politics.” However, Uson, citing her loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte, said she will run if the latter asks her to do so. “I will not run for senator… I hate politics. It’s a common saying that …

Sereno debunks anew corruption claims against her

Embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno refuted anew corruption allegations posed against her, saying she has not profited from corruption in the government. “If there is someone who earned from corruption, it’s not me,” Sereno said in Filipino, during an interview with GMA-7’s Winnie Monsod’s Bawal ang Pasaway show. Sereno is facing impeachment raps filed …

Angara endorses bill expanding student discount on all transport types

Senator Sonny Angara sought the passage of a measure seeking to expand the coverage of the 20% student fare discount to not only land transport but also air, water, rail transport. “This is an early Christmas gift to the students. Parents will surely save money because we know that they not only spend money for …

DepEd calls on public to be vigilant amid false class suspensions

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday has urged the public to be vigilant against “fake news and half-truths” especially social media posts on the supposed suspension of classes this week. “The Department of Education has not made any announcement regarding the suspension of classes on November 23, 24 and 27 being circulated by Facebook …

Duterte offers China to operate 3rd telco player in PH

President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the “privilege” to operate as a third key player in the telecommunications industry to break the current duopoly in the country, Malacañang said on Monday. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the offer was made during Duterte’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, noting the ‘seriousness’ …

Villanueva hails Asean consensus to protect migrant workers rights

Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday lauded the recent signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, saying the document would benefit the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, released the statement a day after Asean head-of-states signed on Tuesday the accord titled the …

Duterte mulls cheaper medicine from India

President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to stronger trade ties with India, particularly in the purchase of cheaper medicines. During his bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Duterte expressed optimism that there would be Indian investors who are keen to manufacture …

Trump vows ‘biggest’ support for drug war—Roque

United States President Donald Trump has thrown the ‘biggest’ support for the administration’s crackdown against illegal drugs among world leaders who attended the ASEAN summit, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. In an interview with DZBB, Roque said Trump has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the latter is doing the ‘right thing’ in connection with the …

Duterte ‘insulted’ as Trudeau raises drug war issues

President Rodrigo Duterte described the move of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise questions on the human rights violations related to the government’s drug war as a “personal and official result.” “You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the people of the Republic …

Duterte urges ASEAN members to cooperate in addressing regional issues

President Rodrigo Duterte called on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states to cooperate in resolving issues that the region continues to face. Duterte, through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, said in a statement that “better” collaboration of the ASEAN members is needed in combating regional security issues, human trafficking, and the concern on illegal drugs. “The …