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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 …

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” …

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 …

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. …

Pimentel not bothered with China’s Benham naming

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III sees no problem with China’s move of naming five undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) since he believes that “no one has a monopoly of the power or right” to give label to any features on the earth, the Senator said on Wednesday in an ambush interview. …

Senate probe on Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth should stop — SolGen

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday said that any investigation of the Senate into the alleged ill-gotten wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte should as it would only be a “waste of time.” Calida supported his statement by revealing in a press conference that the investigation into the filed plunder case of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes …

Duterte to ICC: ‘War on drugs will not stop’

President Rodrigo Duterte told the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday that his fight against illegal drugs will not stop until he steps down as the President of the Philippines despite the communication filed against him at the international court. “Drugs, I like to address myself to the International Court of Justice and to the …

OFWs deserve better treatment, protection: Villanueva

Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday expressed support on President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to enforce a total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to Kuwait saying the migrant workers deserve “better treatment and protection.” “In line with the recent cases of abuse that inflicted our kababayans abroad, we express our full support on the …

Davao City officials declare Trillanes as ‘persona non grata’

The Davao City council on Tuesday has declared opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as “persona non-grata” following his remarks against the city. “Mr. President, I move to declare Mr. Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, as a ‘Persona Non-Grata’ in the City of Davao,” said Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-Ag …

Hontiveros: Duterte’s ‘dictator’ admission ‘made the ICC’s job simpler’

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte may have incriminated himself on criminal charges filed against him, following his recent statement admitting that he is a “dictator.” “I am sure that the ICC is taking due notice of the President’s latest statement, especially as it conducts its preliminary examination into his alleged crimes,” …