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Jet ski boast was pledge to assert sovereignty in West Philippine Sea — analysts
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 12, 2021 - 1:16pm
Law professor Tony La Viña told Philstar.com that while Duterte's jet ski comment was clearly a hyperbole, it was also a "[promise] to defend our national territory with all the powers of the p...
Jet ski brag got Duterte 'quite a number' of votes too, Lacson points out
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 11, 2021 - 2:02pm
Duterte made the boast at a televised campaign debate and in response to a fisherman asking what candidates could do to protect Filipino fisherfolk from being harassed by China's coast guard.
Philippines to return Sinopharm vaccines to China after Duterte apologizes for getting jab
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 6, 2021 - 11:06am
Frustrated by criticism of his vaccination with a COVID-19 jab not yet approved for the public, President Rodrigo Duterte is now asking China to take back its donation of 1,000 vaccines developed by Sinopharm...
'Checking or profiling?': What personal information cops can ask you for
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 5, 2021 - 2:57pm
"There is a huge difference between profiling and checking. We check for leaks in your water," Parlade said in a tweet.
‘Only Duterte can curse’: Palace says Locsin sorry for Twitter rant vs China
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 4, 2021 - 1:29pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has apologized for swearing at China on Twitter amid escalating tensions over the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Tuesday. 
Over P10 billion released to red-tagging task force amid calls to realign its budget — senator
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 4, 2021 - 12:07pm
The government this year has already released billions of pesos to its controversial anti-communist task force, a senator said Tuesday, even as Filipinos enduring one of the world's longest pandemic lockdowns...
Under siege at home, Myanmar's pro-democracy movement has supporters in the Philippines
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 3, 2021 - 1:56pm
"If a neighbor's house is on fire, you don't just wait for the fire to come and engulf your house, you go out and try to douse [it]."
Duterte urged to certify bill vs red-tagging as urgent after DOJ acknowledges need
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 28, 2021 - 5:15pm
Drilon's bill received a significant nod from Justice Secretary Guevarra who told reporters that enacting a law that criminalizes red-tagging "may help reduce the problem of reckless endangerment." 
Senator seeks full accounting of anti-communist task force's P19 billion funds
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 23, 2021 - 3:52pm
"These are not small funds. Magagamit sa pulitika iyan."
Duterte to skip ASEAN summit on coup-hit Myanmar
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 22, 2021 - 5:59pm
"The President, through Secretary Locsin, will convey the Philippines’ commitment to ASEAN’s collective efforts in addressing threats and challenges to peace and stability in the region," DFA said.&...
Palace defends red-tagging task force’s P19B budget
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 22, 2021 - 4:38pm
Malacañang on Thursday said calls from lawmakers to defund the government's anti-communist task force are not "justified" even amid the red-tagging of community pantry organizers by its spokespersons.&nb...
'Sayang lang pera’: Senators want to defund red-tagging task force
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 22, 2021 - 11:33am
Two senators on Wednesday night revived proposals to defund the government's anti-communist task force after one of its red-tagging spokespersons' outburst over a community pantry organizer left them in di...
US issues 'Do Not Travel' to the Philippines advisory
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 21, 2021 - 12:08pm
Agencies of the US government are advising against travel to the Philippines, citing a "very high" level of COVID-19 in the country.
Senators: Leave community pantries alone
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 20, 2021 - 8:43pm
Eight senators on Tuesday told authorities to stop profiling and red-tagging community pantry organizers who are trying to help feed the hungry amid the pandemic.
Duterte query answered: UN could pressure China on West Philippine Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 20, 2021 - 4:06pm
An order from the United Nations could pressure China to surrender its excessive claims in the South China Sea, a retired Supreme Court justice told President Rodrigo Duterte after he claimed otherwise. 
US donates P170M to support COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 15, 2021 - 3:22pm
"Through this new funding, USAID will support the Philippines in strengthening the vaccine supply chain, monitoring vaccine safety, and delivering effective communication campaigns to address vaccine hesitancy,"...
PGH doctor: Roque's swift hospitalization ‘disappointing’ amid bed shortage
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 15, 2021 - 11:37am
"The sad part really is, well looking back now, it doesn't look like he was in really dire need of hospitalization at the time when he entered the hospital."
Chinese ships in West Philippine Sea meant to pressure Duterte on VFA, expert says
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 13, 2021 - 7:39pm
The Chinese ships spotted at Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef since December 2020 were sent there to pressure President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate the country's Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, an expert...
As Filipinos decry anti-Asian attacks in the US, anti-Chinese sentiment festers at home
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 13, 2021 - 3:27pm
"The Philippines saw many incidents of physical altercations, parody and memes, racial slurs of 'chingchong,' and service refusals to mainland Chinese people unleashed by COVID-19," Dr. Jonathan Corpus Ong said in...
DFA to raise chasing of TV crew off West Philippine Sea with China 'if proven to be true'
by Bella Perez-Rubio - April 10, 2021 - 11:00am
Footage of the incident has already been aired by ABS-CBN but DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon-Abalos said "reasonable verification with expert authorities is necessary." ...
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