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VFA fully restored after Duterte meeting with Pentagon chief — Lorenzana
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 30, 2021 - 11:43am
President Rodrigo Duterte decided to recall his termination of the decades-old Visiting Forces Agreement following his meeting with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Thursday night, Defense Secretary Delfin...
SWS poll finds ’clear agreement' government must do more to defend West Phl Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 28, 2021 - 2:09pm
There is "clear agreement" among Filipinos that their government is not doing enough to assert the country's rights in the West Philippine Sea, a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations...
In last SONA, Duterte asks Congress to pass 12 laws
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 26, 2021 - 9:18pm
At his sixth and final State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Congress to pass 12 laws in the last year of his term.
At final SONA, Duterte again claims waging war vs China only way to defend West Philippine Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 26, 2021 - 6:45pm
The president also reiterated his "utang na loob (indebtedness)" to Chinese President Xi Jinping who he again referred to as a "good friend."  
Only 5.58% of Filipinos fully vaccinated ahead of Duterte's final SONA
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 26, 2021 - 3:08pm
President Rodrigo Duterte later Monday will deliver his final State of the Nation Address to a public still mostly unvaccinated against the deadly novel coronavirus. 
Senate to prioritize passage of economic measures, creation of OFW department
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 26, 2021 - 11:06am
The Senate of the 18th Congress on Monday opened its third regular session with 14 of its members physically present and another eight attending through video conference. 
Former and current senators, Duterte men dominate early Senate bet lists
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 22, 2021 - 1:51pm
There are four possible senatorial bets being considered by both Duterte and by the Lacson-Sotto tandem.
COVID-19 roadmap, clear stand on West Philippine Sea expected of Duterte at final SONA
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 21, 2021 - 2:26pm
A "roadmap" for the country's pandemic response and a clearer stance on the West Philippine Sea are what senators expect to hear from President Rodrigo Duterte at his final State of the Nation Address next week...
De Lima, Duterte critic detained on drug cases, will seek reelection in 2022
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 21, 2021 - 11:25am
A statement released by the senator's office confirmed this, noting that the "political persecution" of De Lima has only "strengthened her resolve to fight for her advocacies." 
Planned PDP-Laban assembly illegitimate even with Duterte there — party exec
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 15, 2021 - 3:50pm
"[T]he authority to hold such a meeting has been questioned and is not recognized therefore they are holding an activity with no legal basis for holding it."
After ‘5 long years of inaction,’ Carpio lists 5 ways to defend the West Philippine Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 15, 2021 - 12:37pm
“These are five actions that the Philippines can take after five long years of inaction by President Duterte in the West Philippine Sea.”
DENR to look into report of ships dumping waste in West Philippine Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 13, 2021 - 3:46pm
(Updated) The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Tuesday said it will look into allegations that raw sewage dumped by hundreds of ships anchored in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea,...
Herd immunity in 2021 a 'big challenge' with just 3.2% fully vaccinated so far
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 13, 2021 - 11:05am
Over 3.5 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since the government launched its inoculation campaign in March, the latest figures from the National Task Force Against...
US delivers P48.5M in weapons to AFP
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 8, 2021 - 11:38am
The delivery was funded by US grant assistance and is intended to enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and readiness, Washington's embassy in Manila said in a statement. 
Still no resolution from Pacquiao calling for corruption probe  — Senate panel chair
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 7, 2021 - 2:36pm
Sen. Manny Pacquiao has yet to file a resolution urging the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to launch a probe into alleged corruption in government agencies, the panel's chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said Wedn...
New messaging, strategies can help rights groups win public support — study
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 3, 2021 - 12:16pm
"In a time of information warfare, human rights organizations need to exert control over political narratives and engage with mainstream publics."
Pacquiao denies ‘attacking’ Duterte, says trying to help with anti-corruption drive
by Bella Perez-Rubio - July 1, 2021 - 4:24pm
"I'm not attacking the president," Pacquiao said. "Maybe their perception is wrong but I'm hinting to the president because his advocacy is corruption and I am [helping him]."
Drilon eyes retirement from politics in 2022
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 30, 2021 - 4:42pm
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says he has no plans to seek the presidency or any other elected post next year. 
'I am not a liar': Pacquiao accepts Duterte challenge to name corrupt officials, agencies
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 29, 2021 - 7:11pm
After President Rodrigo Duterte's tirade against him for calling out corruption in government, Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday recalled that it was the chief executive who first said that corrupt officials continue...
‘West Philippine Sea Victory Day’: Senators file measures honoring PNoy's legacy
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 29, 2021 - 5:12pm
Several resolutions honoring the legacy of the late President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III have been filed in the Senate, including one seeking to declare July 12 as "National West Philippine Sea Victory Day"...
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