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Malacañang welcomes ‘movement’ of Balangiga Bells back to PH »

This May 2001 photo shows the two bells of Balangiga at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, that signaled an attack by Filipino insurgents on occupying American troops in 1901. (AP FILE PHOTO) Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39419/kinks-in-us-ph-ties-balangiga-bells#ixzz4nq7PQDeB Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 08:57:36 | Read More »

Four-week teleserye »

It all started four weeks ago, at the State of the Nation Address. I’m not referring to the SONA itself, the message or performance of President Rodrigo Duterte, and that is unusual. This time, he was upstaged by his daughter, Inday Sara, who dipped tried her hand in national politics and showed she could do effectively. In what seems very clear to me, she made a play, got key partners…

Posted Friday, August 24, 2018 05:00:49 | Read More »

What the Sona incident tells us »

When Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos climbed up to the lower tier of the Batasan rostrum, posing for a  “photo op” while then-Speaker-in-waiting Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was conferring with House of Representatives leaders and members, many House members started calling for someone to  “escort” the governor down from the area.…

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2018 05:06:32 | Read More »

Still armed with different metrics, TV giants lay claim to lead »

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Broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. claimed a lead in urban ratings for July 2018 as it received a boost from its coverage of special events, including President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address.…

Posted Saturday, August 4, 2018 05:57:08 | Read More »

Rejecting ‘No-el’, rejecting ‘Con-ass’ »

Shortly after it happened, Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza offered the most positive spin a politician could give to that spectacle of a coup against Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that upstaged President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address. The congressmen, said Atienza, ousted Alvarez because he wanted to cancel the 2019 midterm elections.…

Posted Saturday, August 4, 2018 05:08:28 | Read More »

Where’s mention of Mindanao martial law? »

For something as consequential as martial law, there was not a single mention of it in President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). And for a vast island group, home to six unique administrative regions, Mindanao was only mentioned eight times. Finally, in his sentence closing that mention of Mindanao, Mr. Duterte spoke of only two directions his home region could take: war or peace.…

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018 05:03:16 | Read More »

Logically inconsistent Sona »

I nearly fell off my seat when President Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) said: “You are for human rights (referring to human rights advocates), I am for human lives.”…

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018 05:01:38 | Read More »

Palace: Aquino ‘partly to blame’ for culture of impunity »

Former President Benigno Aquino III is partly to blame for the culture of impunity in the country because he failed to do enough to address incidents of media killings during his term.…

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 05:58:54 | Read More »

Intoxicating lure of power »

It was the stuff that events or movie directors dread or dream of, depending on what kind of a director you are. Joyce Bernal certainly did not expect the spectacle that happened in last week’s State of the Nation Address.…

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 05:03:45 | Read More »

Albayalde: PNP committed to safeguarding food security, consumer rights »

Here’s what the PNP chief thinks of Catriona Gray’s answer on medical marijuana

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde assured the public that the police consider the issue on food security as important as the administration’s war on illegal drugs.…

Posted Monday, July 30, 2018 08:09:47 | Read More »

‘Guided by direction of Duterte’s Sona,’ PNP to recalibrate Oplan Tokhang »

Albayalde sacks 3 cops for inaction on Navotas drug dens

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will recalibrate Oplan Tokhang, the government program on the war against illegal drugs, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday.…

Posted Monday, July 30, 2018 01:44:09 | Read More »

Robredo twits Duterte: Human life is human rights »

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday disputed the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte during Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), setting apart human life from human rights in an apparent attempt to downplay criticisms against his administration.…

Posted Monday, July 30, 2018 05:30:41 | Read More »

Labor group says only 200K workers regularized »

A moderate labor group has described as “grossly exaggerated” President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) had already regularized almost a third of a million contractual workers across the country since 2016.…

Posted Sunday, July 29, 2018 07:01:51 | Read More »

TRAIN 2 stalls in Senate despite Duterte push »

Angara slammed for allegedly lying about effects of TRAIN law

Although President Rodrigo Duterte had certified as “urgent” the second package of the tax reform law in his State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Senate is “uncertain” if it would soon pass another potentially “inflationary” tax package with the 2019 elections drawing near,” Sen. Sonny Angara said on Friday. …

Posted Saturday, July 28, 2018 07:06:32 | Read More »

Arrogance is an ugly thing »

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The President’s State of the Nation Address was disturbed by the power play for the leadership of the House of Representatives.…

Posted Saturday, July 28, 2018 05:45:01 | Read More »

Directors’ cut: Reviewing the 2018 Sona »

Filipino filmmakers weigh in on President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona). The President’s first two Sonas were directed by Cannes winner Brillante Ma Mendoza. This year, Joyce Bernal, a director known for romantic comedies, was tasked to meg the television coverage.…

Posted Friday, July 27, 2018 12:20:48 | Read More »

Duterte to Arroyo at height of House turmoil: Don’t do this »

“Sabihin nyo sa grupo nila GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) ayusin natin ‘to. Huwag nilang gawin ito.”…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 01:08:38 | Read More »

Robredo: Duterte should’ve explained how to assert rights over West PH Sea in Sona »

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Vice President Leni Robredo said President Rodrigo Duterte should have explained the steps the administration have been taking to protect the country’s rights over West Philippine Sea in his State of the Nation Address (Sona).…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 09:09:03 | Read More »

Senators slam GMA election as Speaker »

Critics of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday slammed her election as Speaker of the House of Representatives, warning it might be part of a plan to put her back at the top as prime minister.…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 07:26:17 | Read More »

While Alvarez was making enemies, Arroyo was consolidating her forces »

Discontent had been growing in the House of Representatives long before the coup that erupted on Monday and led to the downfall of Pantaleon Alvarez and the rise, once again, of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 07:25:25 | Read More »

Sotto: House leadership row nearly led to Duterte walkout »

President Rodrigo Duterte nearly walked out after the leadership squabble between his allies in the House of Representatives broke out and nearly derailed his State of the Nation Address (Sona) to a joint session of Congress on Monday, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 07:24:11 | Read More »

Curse-free Sona astounds Lacson »

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s profanity-free third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday was a “pleasant surprise” to Sen. Panfilo Lacson. Lacson was amazed that the President stuck to his prepared speech, with few ad libs, and managed to deliver a “well-structured and organized” Sona. “It was a pleasant surprise that he has toned down […]…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 07:21:08 | Read More »

After ‘coup interruptus,’ House OKs BOL »

The House of Representatives, under newly-installed Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ratified the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), putting it one signature away from passage into law.…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 05:22:55 | Read More »

The violent 1970 Marcos Sona »

That the President delivered a miraculously expletive-free and nonrambling State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Monday should have grabbed headlines. But the many sideshows in and out of the halls of Congress crowded the news. There was the usual noisy rally outside, an alternative Sona elsewhere, and the struggle for the House leadership between Pantaleon Alvarez and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.…

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 05:07:03 | Read More »

Hope »

I was asked to speak to the crowd that had gathered in UP Diliman and was preparing to leave for the State of the Nation Address (Sona) events. But I declined, saying young people should be the ones to speak. …

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 05:06:33 | Read More »

‘GoT’ at the Sona »

For a moment there, watching the proceedings at Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), one wasn’t quite sure if one was watching the latest season of “Game of Thrones.” …

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 05:04:35 | Read More »

Robredo ‘happy’ with Duterte’s Sona but finds it ‘inadequate’ »

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she was “happy” with some parts of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), but she still finds it “inadequate.”…

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:37:30 | Read More »

LOOK: Mocha Uson draws praise, criticism for SONA outfit »

The State of the Nation Address showcases fashionable outfits worn by government officials and their families. LOOK: What people wore at #SONA2018 Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson joined the trend when she wore a dress made by designer Ulysses King, earning her praise as well as criticism from netizens. Uson kept […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 01:28:57 | Read More »

Some fashion flair, but usual pomp missing in this year’s Sona »

Kibitzers hoping to finally see some fashion flair from the women close to President Rodrigo Duterte should be pleased: Daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and his sons’ partners all wore Cary Santiago, the prominent Cebu designer, to the President’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona) — though they skipped the red carpet.…

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 07:24:12 | Read More »

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