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Budget

The nation aims to speed up state spending growth to about 15 percent in the months ahead after a contraction in the first quarter due to a budget delay. Budget Assistant Secretary Rolando Toledo, 55, said in an interview on Thursday, “We’re confident the implementation of the catch-up plan will help boost growth,” Government agencies are to submit revised monthly spending plans including “shovel ready” projects as the department maps

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President Rodrigo Duterte commanded the customs bureau to send back to Canada the trash delivered to the Philippines a few years ago. He also chided the North American republic for apparently turning Manila into a “dump site.” Duterte stated Tuesday that Canada should prepare a “grand reception” for its waste. “I want a boat prepared. I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing

business handshake

The country is expecting to get $10 billion in investments and deals with China when President Rodrigo Duterte goes to that country for the second Belt and Road Forum on April 25, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. A statement last Tuesday, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez stated the $10-billion amount may increase “as more agreements may be added” during the President’s China trip. Lopez added about 15 agreements

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Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said Sunday said Duterte is only producing a “war panel” with his plan to include more military representatives in the peace negotiations. Sison said that the National Democratic Front (NDF), the alliance of groups under the Communist Party leadership and the negotiators for peace talks, will not recognize this. “The NDF would not want to be baited into accepting

ships

Salvador S. Panelo, Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel said on Wednesday that he is “sure” that Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. will also file a new protest after validating the report that local authorities have monitored a number of Chinese vessels hanging around Kota (Loaita) Island and Panata (Lonkiam Cay) Island. Malacañang perceives the continued presence of Chinese vessels, suspected as maritime militia, in the West

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President Duterte, whose promise to eradicate illegal drugs in three to six months helped him capture the presidency in 2016, said the drug problem was “swallowing” the country, He said at a campaign rally in Malabon City on Tuesday evening. “You can read it every day, even in the crawler of the TV networks. There are billions worth of drugs. Before, it was only thousands. Drugs, I cannot control, son

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Malacañang said President Duterte is currently doing his homework regarding the proposed 2019 budget submitted to him by the Congress last week . Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo generated the statement after it was revealed that Duterte would start working on the budget after his birthday on March 28. In his Monday press briefing, Panelo said that Duterte has probably started scrutinizing the General Appropriations Bill (GAB). “I believe. I really

army

Philippine government has officially entreated the European Union to halt its funding for certain groups they are claiming as “fronts” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the EU funds are purportedly being used to fuel terrorist activities of the communist rebels, in a letter to Gilles

SSS chief Dooc steps down as term expires due to new Social Security Act

“Actually, the correct term is I stepped down because I’ve been appointed under the old SS law. So, my term of office has expired with the new SS law,” said Emmanuel Dooc told over a phone interview that he has resigned as president and chief executive of the Social Security System (SSS) officer last Wednesday. “In view of the effectivity of the SS Act of 2018, I wrote a letter