Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte

West Philippine Sea is “ours,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, July 2, amid prevailing maritime tension with China. The President’s seemingly bolder statement came following the June 9 allision of Filipino and Chinese fishing boats at Recto (Reed) Bank, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In a speech delivered in Pasay City, Duterte asserted the country’s ownership of the West Philippine Sea, as he took

fisherman

MANILA — Malacañang stated on Wednesday, clarifying President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous remarks that China would not allow its fishermen to strain their trade in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that was what Duterte meant when he said he could not bar Chinese fishermen in the Philippines’ EEZ out of friendship. “It appears that what the President meant was China would not

Duterte in airport

MANILA (UPDATE)—President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Bangkok Friday night to participate in the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Duterte left Davao City at 7:07 p.m., came to the Thailand capital at 10 p.m. (Bangkok time) for a meeting with his regional counterparts over the weekend. The President was greeted by Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam and Ministry of Foreign Affair Protocol Director General Nadhavathna Krishnamra, along

chicken

President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order maintaining low-price tariff rates on certain poultry products. “The present economic condition warrants the continued application of the reduced rates of duties on certain agricultural products to mitigate the impact of high prices of goods,” the President stated in his order. Duterte signed Executive Order No. 81 on June 13 which maintains lower duties on imported agricultural products such as mechanically deboned chicken

President Duterte

SANGLEY POINT, Cavite — President Rodrigo Duterte gave his remarks on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea and termed it a “little maritime accident.” Duterte stated in his speech at the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary here that politicians are just making the situation worse. “What happened there is a collision. That is a maritime incident.  Don’t believe stupid

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President Rodrigo Duterte stated on Thursday about criticizing international climate change deals as “favorable” only to rich countries while making poor nations look “foolish.” Duterte stated at a land reform event in General Santos City, South Cotabato, “The different nations do not agree with each other regarding climate change. Some nations are just fooling us.” In a conference in Tokyo last month, Duterte vilified conferences on climate change as a

Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to desire for a truly independent Philippines as the nation celebrates its 121st Independence Day. Duterte said in a statement released early Wednesday, “A hundred and twenty-one years has passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people.” “It was the most significant event in our country’s history. Not only did

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

President Duterte swore to resolve flight delays and cancellations at the country’s premier gateway, as he conducted a “surprise inspection” of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 (NAIA-2) early Monday morning. Malacañang stated that Duterte made the visit after a lightning alert disrupted operations at the NAIA for hours on Sunday evening. In a statement, “The Chief Executive discussed how flight aberrations could be minimized and what actions could

tobacco

President Duterte is all set to sign into law a bill seeking a higher tax on tobacco once it reaches his desk, said Malacañang assuring the public. Malacañang spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated after the Senate approved increasing the excise tax on tobacco products under the measure that the President had certified as urgent. “Certainly. I think so. Yes, that was certified urgent by him,” Panelo noted. The proposed law would

arrest

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday stated he ordered arrests over the owners of a private dialysis center for allegedly claiming payments of nonexistent kidney patients. “I tell them, ‘Arrest the idiot, bring him to Malacañang’,” the president stated in an interview over Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s television show on Sonshine Media Network. “I will ask him, ‘Tell me the truth and I will throw you to the river.’