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CHR probing alleged torture of 2 Albay activists »

Photo shows the unfinished protest slogan that activists Marlon Naperi and Jemar Palero were spray-painting before they were killed in what police said was a shootout. Image from Facebook / Anakbayan

With the ongoing investigation of the CHR into the death of two activists in Albay, the CHR said it sought to verify accounts of torture.…

Posted Saturday, August 7, 2021 05:48:42 | Read More »

Albay activists killed by cops laid to rest »

Jaymar Palero and Marlon Napire, the two activists who were killed by police officers on July 26, were laid to rest.…

Posted Saturday, August 7, 2021 05:02:35 | Read More »

Sona dresses that can be worn more than once »

Filipiniana was still the attire of choice at the President’s final State of the Nation Address (Sona) held Monday at the Batasang Pambansa. The terno, with its distinct butterfly sleeves, was worn as tops paired with matching pants or in the traditional manner, as dresses accented with artful folds, beautiful embroidery or delicate beading. For […]…

Posted Monday, August 2, 2021 06:29:55 | Read More »

Violence in the forest »

In his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Duterte exhorted “our next leaders and our future generations [to]… fight for the integrity of our environment in a manner fiercer” than his administration has done. Apparently, that regard for our natural resources and environment wasn’t fierce enough to prevent the shooting last […]…

Posted Saturday, July 31, 2021 05:07:59 | Read More »

QCPD official fired over Sona deployments »

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Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar relieved a Quezon City police station commander after 82 of her personnel tested positive of COVID-19, more than half of whom were deployed during President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 commander Lt. Col. Cristine Tabdi fielded 51 policemen to the […]…

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 05:48:11 | Read More »

Retreading old ground »

In the lead-up to President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar promised that the speech would be “etched in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people.” By the end of the Sona, it was etched instead as, disappointingly, yet another retread of the President’s tropes, without […]…

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 05:08:47 | Read More »

Duterte overturns Duterte »

The most memorable takeaway I had from President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Monday was his realization that to eradicate corruption, he needed to “overturn” the government and replace erring government personnel. For this purpose, he recommended declaring martial law. When Mr. Duterte was elected president in 2016, the people thought they […]…

Posted Friday, July 30, 2021 05:04:16 | Read More »

Bayan Muna asks why cops supposedly under quarantine were deployed during Sona »

Protesters facing off members of the police force managing the peace and order along Commonwealth Avenue leading to the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City where President Rodrigo Duterte will hold his last and final State of the Nation Address.

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker from party-list group Bayan Muna has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) why police officers supposed to be doing quarantine were deployed for last Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite found it ironic that authorities have been […]…

Posted Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:36:20 | Read More »

Duterte asked: ‘Do the right thing for Mindanao’ »

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KORONADAL CITY—Peace advocacy group Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte “to continue shepherding the Bangsamoro peace process.” MPC secretary general Mary Ann Arnado vowed that the group will not get tired of asking the president “to do the right thing for Mindanao.” Amid growing expectations from civil society groups and local leaders, […]…

Posted Thursday, July 29, 2021 06:52:04 | Read More »

Farmers, fisherfolk lament gov’t’s broken promises »

President Duterte had promised in previous editions of his State of the Nation Addressed that under his administration, the agriculture sector would be modernized, food prices would be lowered and that the “Plant, Plant, Plant” (PPP) flagship program would jumpstart urgently needed innovations in the vital sector. But with just a year left before he […]…

Posted Thursday, July 29, 2021 05:22:17 | Read More »

QCPD chief says Sona protesters temporarily blocked for traffic management only »

Authorities stopped protesters from continuing their march to Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City using orange barriers.

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said on Wednesday that the protest march during last Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) was temporarily blocked to ensure traffic along Commonwealth Avenue does not get too congested. According to QCPD Director Brig. Gen. Antonio Yarra, ground commanders saw a problem as protesters during […]…

Posted Wednesday, July 28, 2021 07:01:39 | Read More »

Duterte’s last SONA: Not letting facts get in the way »

MANILA, Philippines—Some four hours before President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 26), his spokesperson said in an interview that his boss had rehearsed his speech at least four times. “He rehearsed at least four times. The last time was yesterday, last night,” said presidential spokesperson Harry […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 05:19:32 | Read More »

Robredo: Gov’t must be more compassionate to Filipinos amid pandemic »

Vice President Leni Robredo has appealed for a more compassionate treatment of Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic, citing several examples where the government has berated the public instead of talking and working with them.

Vice President Leni Robredo has appealed for a more compassionate treatment of Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic, citing several examples where the government has berated the public instead of talking and working with them.…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 05:02:21 | Read More »

Duterte not closing doors on anti-endo bill despite no mention in Sona »

Duterte stops, catches breath mid-SONA: 'Baka dito ako mamatay'

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of ending “endo” or contractualization “continues to be a promise” despite not mentioning it in the State of the Nation Address (Sona), Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Duterte administration would continue to work with Congress on an anti-endo bill or security of tenure bill […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 03:55:11 | Read More »

Robredo: Duterte’s Sona showed key points gov’t failed in pandemic response »

Robredo: Pandemic provides PH a chance to assess whom systems work for, fix errors

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (Sona) may have been almost three hours long, but there were still key issues that he failed to emphasize, Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday. “Tapos na ang SONA ng Pangulo. Nakarinig tayo ng talaan ng mga numero at mga proyekto. Sa kabila […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 01:48:53 | Read More »

Robredo says gov’t must end divisiveness: COVID is beyond politics »

Vice President Leni Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Vice President Leni Robredo has called on the national government to stop pushing for divisiveness amid the health crisis.…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 01:03:28 | Read More »

Martial law vs corruption? It’s just Duterte’s ‘expression of frustration,’ says Palace »

Duterte orders 'criminal justice system' of PH 'to accord justice' to Jonson, says Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday said President Duterte was merely expressing his frustration when he suggested that his successor should declare martial law to rid government of corruption. Duterte said this during his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, reiterating what he previously said that nobody can stop corruption “unless we overturn […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:00:54 | Read More »

‘Kasi may nagtapak sa paa ko,’ Duterte says after losing balance during Sona »

President Rodrigo Duterte allayed concerns and assured he was "okay" after losing his balance when he entered the plenary hall during Sona.

President Rodrigo Duterte allayed concerns and assured he was "okay" after losing his balance when he entered the plenary hall during Sona.…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 10:26:47 | Read More »

‘Kinikiliti lang:’ Duterte acclaiming Sotto as ‘good VP’ not endorsement–Palace »

President Rodrigo Duterte saying Senate President Vicente Sotto III can be a "good vice president" does not necessarily mean endorsement nor the Chief Executive backing out of a possible vice presidential bid, Malacañang said Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte saying Senate President Vicente Sotto III can be a "good vice president" does not necessarily mean endorsement nor the Chief Executive backing out of a possible vice presidential bid, Malacañang said Tuesday.…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 09:27:13 | Read More »

Ten goodbyes to President Duterte »

After delivering his almost 3-hour valedictory State of the Nation Address, President Duterte wanted to  explain all his major accomplishments. He didn’t say goodbye yet, because technically, he has 341 days or about 48 weeks in power and  many things can still happen. But to many citizens, this administration has rememberable achievements, good or bad, […]…

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2021 04:00:56 | Read More »

Duterte eyes reassignment of ABS-CBN’s radio frequencies; again accuses firm of unpaid taxes »

Duterte eyes reassignment of ABS-CBN's radio frequencies; again accuses firm of unpaid taxes

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he would reassign radio frequencies that were held by ABS-CBN Corp. while again accusing the former television giant of owing the government “billions in taxes,” contrary to the assessment of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). During his final State of the Nation Address, the President […]…

Posted Monday, July 26, 2021 10:08:27 | Read More »

In last Sona, Duterte tries not to say bad words; spews out at least 4 »

MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte could be observed making an effort not to spew out bad words, as he is known to do in public. During the course of his speech, which spanned for about two hours and 45 minutes, Duterte could be […]…

Posted Monday, July 26, 2021 09:27:09 | Read More »

Stocks brace for gloomy week as Delta threatens to douse SONA thrill »

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Dark clouds remain in the horizon for stocks this week as worries over the highly contagious Delta variant may curb any excitement for President Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (Sona) and upcoming earnings recovery data. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) lost a total of 173.09 points or 2.6 percent last week, […]…

Posted Monday, July 26, 2021 05:01:39 | Read More »

How the government evaluates itself »

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It is time again for the Sona—State of the Nation Address—and naturally, President Duterte is the central figure. He has been in office for a little over five years, and it is his last Sona. In preparation for this event, the media (this paper included) has been evaluating the President’s accomplishments and failures, mostly based […]…

Posted Saturday, July 24, 2021 05:06:24 | Read More »

The state of the people »

On July 26th, the President is scheduled to give his sixth State of the Nation Address (Sona), the country’s present situation from his point of view, and, perhaps, what he plans to do about it in his final year. The social surveys done by Social Weather Stations provide a regular flow of data about how […]…

Posted Saturday, July 24, 2021 05:05:54 | Read More »

Morissette to sing national anthem, RTVM to direct Duterte’s last Sona »

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MANILA, Philippines — Morissette Amon will sing the national anthem, while a veteran director of the Radio TV Malacañang (RTVM) will helm President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (Sona), the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Friday. PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said the agency has been working round the clock to prepare […]…

Posted Friday, July 23, 2021 02:44:17 | Read More »

Urgent priorities for Duterte’s final year »

Borne by pandemic circumstances, the Duterte administration has become even more embattled as it struggles to mitigate the contingent and enduring consequences of the health crisis. The mounting sociopolitical and economic demands from the various sectors of society emanate from the need to revive a devastated economy, shore up health care, and provide social protection […]…

Posted Friday, July 23, 2021 04:02:49 | Read More »

Sona »

In just 11 days, President Duterte will present his State of the Nation Address (Sona), with some relief that it’s all almost over. No doubt he’ll crow about his accomplishments. And if you get past the large amount of criticism his rule has engendered, they are quite considerable. The criticisms mainly center around his handling […]…

Posted Thursday, July 15, 2021 05:04:45 | Read More »

DBM to submit P5-trillion 2022 budget on Duterte’s final SONA »

DBM: Contracted PUVs to receive P7 billion subsidies

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has ordered government departments and agencies to jump-start their budgeting process for 2022 in order to submit President Rodrigo Duterte’s last spending plan in time for his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26. Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado on Jan. 6 […]…

Posted Friday, January 8, 2021 03:28:16 | Read More »

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