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Duterte signs law granting free tuition in SUCs

MANILA, Aug. 4 — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the bill that would provide free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), Malacañang said Friday. “I am pleased to announce that last night, Aug. 3, 2017, the President signed into law the enrolled bill,” Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said during the …

ERC chair suspended for insubordination — Palace

MANILA, Aug. 3—  Malacañang has suspended Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar for four months for insubordination. This was confirmed on Thursday by Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag at a Palace briefing. “The Office of the Executive Secretary, in its decision dated Aug. 2, 2017, finds Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman and CEO …

Duterte hands off on impeach bid vs Sereno

MANILA. Aug. 3 — Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte respects the separation of powers of the three branches of government and would not meddle in the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the House of Representatives. At a Palace briefing, Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag assured …

Fight vs terror, violent extremism high on ASEAN agenda — DFA

MANILA, Aug. 1 — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers are expected to extensively discuss terrorism and violent extremism during this year’s ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. “Definitely, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism is high on the agenda of ASEAN and we expect the ministers to have …

PNP deploys 13K cops for ASEAN meetings

MANILA, Aug. 1 (PNA) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is deploying 13,000 police officers for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) from August 2 to 8, the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday. NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said …

Dumping of drug suspects in Manila Bay ‘hearsay’ — Palace

MANILA, July 31 — Malacañang on Monday branded as “hearsay” a report alleging that bodies of drug suspects were being dumped in Manila Bay. On Friday, Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera published a report quoting a Filipino fisherman as saying that he and his buddies have been dumping bodies of drug suspects in highways and …

Duterte suspends compensation system for GOCCs

MANILA, July 31 — President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) suspending the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) and the Index of Occupational Services (IOS) Framework for government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC). In EO No. 36, which was signed by Duterte last Friday, the President said there was a “need to further …

Duterte wants martial law extended till end-2017

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend the period of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of the year, Malacañang said Tuesday. At a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that in the letter sent by the President to the leaders of Congress Monday evening, the extension was called for …

Gov’t forces in complete control of Marawi City — AFP

MANILA— The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday stressed that government forces are in complete control of Marawi City amid reports coming mostly from social media that half of the city is under the control of the Maute Group. “We have complete control of the city, contrary to what is coming out in …

Palace welcomes growing public satisfaction with Duterte administration

MANILA—Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed an increase in the overall public satisfaction with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella noted that public appreciation on the Duterte administration continues to grow as shown in the SWS rating released Wednesday that gave …