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Duterte meets Putin before leaving, asked for soft loan

President Rodrigo Duterte had a short meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin before he left for the Philippines because of a terror attack in Marawi. Putin on the hand had attended a few commitments and was able to return to the Russian capital Tuesday evening. Duterte had told Putin that he would …

Senate urge oil exploration in West PH Sea

Various Senators had expressed their opinion on the government’s next move in addressing its ongoing territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea. Senators had agreed that with or without the threat of war from China, the government should already start exploring and exploiting the natural resources in the area. In separate interviews, Senate Minority Leader …

BPOs to lose tax privileges

Many sectors had expressed their opposition to the tax reform package raised by the Duterte Administration where it aims to cut personal income tax and increase Value Added Tax (VAT) on certain commodities. The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) filed a petition requesting the administration to let them retain their …

“I will be harsh” – Duterte on Martial Law

After cutting his trip short in Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte heads back to the Philippines to discuss the terror incident in Marawi City and had declared Martial Law in Mindanao. In a video released Wednesday morning by Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson, the President insisted that the Martial Law he declared in Mindanao will be …

Sereno orders courts to be open in Mindanao amid Martial Law

As events unfold following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law on Mindanao in response to the Maute attack in Marawi City on Wednesday, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ordered all Mindanao courts to remain open in the entire region. The Supreme Court Public Information Office issued a statement ordering all courts to be open …

PH ranks second in worst displacement in 2016

Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) lists the Philippines as the second country with the worst displacement following China. The IDMC noted that there are about 5.9 million people in the Philippines who were forced to flee their homes last year. It has been stated that over 75 percent of internal displacements were due to …

PH internet, slowest in Southeast Asia

Although known to be as the social media capital of the world, the Philippines currently has the slowest internet speed in Southeast Asia. According to a fourth quarter 2016 report by US-based global content delivery network, Akamai, the Philippines has the lowest average connection speed at 4.5 megabits per second (mbps) in the Asia-Pacific region. …

Marcelino files affidavit to incriminate De Lima

A six-page affidavit was filed by former Anti-Narcotics enforcement officer Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino containing vital information that could further support the drug charges against currently detained Senator Leila De Lima. Marcelino was detained in the Armed Forces detention center on January last year until his release last week for drug possession charges. Marcelino …

Duterte renames Benham Rise

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 25, officially renaming Benham Rise to Philippine Rise. EO 25 orders the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority to use the name “Philippine Rise” instead of “Benham Rise” in official maps and other documents that include the area. The area was awarded to the Philippines when the Commission on …

PNP transfers ‘tokhang’ numbers to PDEA

In order to provide clarity and prove the consistency of the agencies tasked with the Duterte Administration’s war against illegal drugs, the Philippine National Police had turned over the task of releasing statistics of people involved in the anti-drug campaign to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). As covered by Executive Order 15 which created …

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