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Palace rejects MIASCOR’s appeal to reconsider contract termination

MANILA — Malacanang on Sunday turned down an appeal of aviation services provider MIASCOR since the lease and concession agreement of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with MIASCOR has already expired. “There is nothing to appeal as government has no existing contract with MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reacted in a press statement. …

‘Black Friday’ protest proves democracy is alive in PH: Palace

MANILA – A “Black Friday” protest initiated by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is a testament that democracy in the country is much alive, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday. “The Palace position on the matter remains clear and consistent: We allow public displays of constructive criticism as part of full …

Duterte wants gov’t workers strictly banned from entering casinos

MANILA — In line with his call to all government workers to avoid lavish lifestyles, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the strict implementation of a law prohibiting public servants from entering gambling casinos. During the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) last Thursday, President Duterte said he made his directive to Philippine National Police …

Pres. Duterte considers ‘total ban’ on OFW deployment to Kuwait

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has described the death of four Filipino women in Kuwait unacceptable, mulling a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the oil-rich country. “We have lost about four Filipino women in the last few months. It’s always in Kuwait,” Duterte said in his speech at the …

PRRD leads launching of Overseas Filipino Bank

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday spearheaded the launching of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) which aims to cater to the needs of more than 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). “I’m happy now that I have made my promise to you my kababayans overseas Filipino workers,” President Duterte said his speech during OFBank …

Duterte warns of war in Mindanao if BBL will not be passed

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned that war would happen in Mindanao if Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not be passed. “Kung walang mangyayari nito sa BBL ngayon (If nothing will happen to BBL now) or we change the Constitution or do not change the Constitution at all, there will be war in …

Duterte inaugurates new air traffic management system

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday inaugurated the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems that will put the Philippines’ aviation infrastructure at par with its neighbors in Asia. In his speech, President Duterte described new CNS/ATM systems as an important milestone in the modernization and expansion of the country’s aviation program. “I …

Bong Go denies hand in DND procurement

MANILA — Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Tuesday denied reports that he interfered in the procurement of combat management system (CMS) of the Department of National Defense (DND). “I have not intervened in the procurement of DND of its computer system for its ships,” Go said in a press statement. According …

PRRD vows to continue anti-corruption campaign

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday promised to continue his anti-corruption campaign to rid the government of corrupt people particularly those involved in orchestrated public bidding that result in unfinished public works projects. “I’m on a purging spree. And I will continue to do this, I supposed, I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll be firing …

BCDA remits P5.22-B to gov’t in 2017

MANILA— Malacanang on Tuesday announced that the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) has remitted PHP5.22 billion to the Bureau of Treasury in 2017. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the BCDA remittance was the highest amount generated since 2012. “The Bureau of Treasury noted that the BCDA remittance for 2017 is also higher than PHP3.93 billion in …

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