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Gov’t won’t allow ICC to arrest Rody

April 16, 2024
President Ferdinand Marcos said he would not hand over his predecessor to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regardless of the ongoing tirades coming from former President Rodrigo Duterte. During FOCAP’s 50th Anniversary Presidential Forum, Mr. Mar...

President names Marbil 30th PNP chief

April 2, 2024
President Marcos has named Police Maj. Gen. Rommel Marbil the 30th Chief of the Philippine National Police on Monday, despite the Palace announcing over the weekend that Police Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Peralta would serve as the PNP officer-in-charge. Mr. Mar...

‘Economic Cha-cha efforts on track’

March 17, 2024
Zubiri, Romualdez vow to muster needed votes PRAGUE—Both leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives assured the public that efforts to amend restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution are on track. Senate President Juan Miguel...

PH, Australia boosting ties

February 29, 2024
President makes historic address to Parliament, to sign 3 deals President Marcos will address the Parliament of Australia today—becoming the first Filipino leader to do so—and provide his vision to strengthen the two nations’ commitments and vision for...

Review of appointees ongoing, PCO admits

February 6, 2024
Presidential appointees are being placed under review to ensure that qualified employees and officials will remain in the government, the Presidential Communications Office confirmed Monday. ‘’This is a directive to all presidential appointees, including those appointed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., as part of performance review and to ensure continuing qualifications to remain in […]
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Marcos: Ensure reliable power at all times

January 27, 2024
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday ordered the Department of Energy and Energy Regulatory Commission to study the possibility of allowing third parties to construct transmission projects. He also called on the country’s key energy players to make sure there will be “reliable power at all times.” Mr. Marcos made the call during the historic […]
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NSC blasts latest Chinese moves

January 23, 2024
The National Security Council (NSC) on Monday condemned the Chinese Coast Guard for its latest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) and urged Beijing to match its actions with its promises in talks with Manila. “Our appeal to China is that this 2024, they should match with action on the ground […]
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…But Beijing rebukes Manila to stop ‘wrong words, deeds’ on Taiwan

January 19, 2024
China on Thursday urged the Philippines to stick to its One China policy and stop its “wrong words and deeds” about Taiwan, after Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. criticized Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesperson for “gutter-level talk” in reprimanding President Marcos for congratulating Taiwan’s newly elected leader. “China will never accept anyone making provocations on the […]
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Draw strength, inspiration from Nazarene — Marcos

January 9, 2024
President Marcos urged the public to draw inspiration and strength from the Feast of the Black Nazarene, as the country celebrated the occasion Tuesday. “Beyond the extraordinary expressions of reverence that we see on display during this event, the festivities show us the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ who willingly offered Himself to make […]
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‘PH moving forward with oil exploration’

December 27, 2023
Marcos says despite WPS tensions, gov’t must find fuel sources for industrialization Despite the ongoing tension in the West Philippine Sea, President Marcos said the Philippines will “find a way to move the process forward” for oil exploration projects. “It’s imperative for the Philippines to find a way to move the process forward so as […]
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PBBM extends import tariffs of rice, corn, meat

December 27, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. extended for another year the temporary modification of import duty rates on rice, corn, and meat products to ensure a stable supply and prices of basic goods amid the negative impact of the El Niño phenomenon and the African swine fever on agricultural produce. “The ongoing El Niño phenomenon, forecasted to […]
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Marcos swears in four new directors of Maharlika Fund

December 21, 2023
Four new directors were sworn into the Maharlika Investment Corp. (MIC) board during a ceremony, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Taking their oath before President Marcos were Vicky Castillo Tan, Andrew Jerome Gan, German Lichauco, and Roman Felipe Reyes. A seasoned Asian Development Bank (ADB) official, Tan held key positions in various banks and financial institutions, […]
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I never blamed anyone—Marcos

November 20, 2023
President says no need to forgive people behind dad’s ouster in 1986 Saying he never blamed anyone for the ouster of his father, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is not one to take things personally as he returned to Hawaii for the first time since their exile to the island-state over three decades ago. […]
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Sara: UniTeam intact, but checking impeach rumors

November 20, 2023
Vice President Sara Duterte on Sunday said she believed she still has the trust of President Marcos even as her office is doing “due diligence” on rumors that there are moves to impeach her. “We’re okay,” Duterte said during a chance interview in Quezon City. “I believe that I still have the trust of President […]
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PBBM, Japan premier agree to boost defense cooperation

November 4, 2023
President Marcos and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed Friday to bolster defense cooperation between their countries amid China’s expanding military presence in the region. At their meeting in Malacanang, Kishida and Mr. Marcos confirmed they will begin negotiations on a new bilateral treaty, known as a reciprocal access agreement, to strengthen security ties and […]
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OFWs coming home Monday

October 14, 2023
Leave Israel warzone as DFA confirms 3rd Pinoy death from Hamas attacks The first batch of Filipinos fleeing the war in Israel will head for home on Oct. 16, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said, as it confirmed a third Filipino casualty Friday. The third Filipino killed in the surprise attack by Hamas on […]
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Rice price caps lifted

October 5, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. lifted the temporary price ceiling on rice Wednesday, four weeks after capping the cost of the staple to support poor households. On Sept. 5, Mr. Marcos set the maximum retail price per kilo of regular milled rice at P41 and for the higher-quality well-milled rice at P45. “As of today, we […]
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Marcos: Poll rating drop ‘not surprising’

October 5, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the 15 percentage-point drop in his approval rating in the recent Pulse Asia survey was “not surprising” given the gut issues, including high prices of basic commodities, that his administration is trying to address. “People are having a hard time. The rice issue – that is a burden […]
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PH not backing down over maritime rights

September 30, 2023
Marcos vows to defend fishing areas for Pinoys President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday said the government will not back down and will continue to defend the country’s maritime territory and the rights of Filipino fisherfolk. This is after he ordered the removal of the floating barrier that China set up in the West Philippine Sea […]
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PBBM orders collection of unauthorized ‘pass-through fees’ suspended

September 30, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered the suspension of the unauthorized collection of “pass-through fees” on vehicles transporting goods, Malacañang said on Friday. Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed Executive Order No. 41 which prohibited all local government units (LGUs) from charging fees on vehicles transporting goods through any national roads and other roads not constructed […]
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‘No Hunger’ push starts in Siargao

September 30, 2023
The government officially kicked off its Food Stamp Program (FSP) on Friday as part of its “No Hunger” campaign, with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. distributing electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to beneficiaries in Siargao Island. “We are pushing the Food Stamps Program to ensure that the beneficiaries are not only well-fed, but also healthy, energetic, […]
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Philippines, US navies to hold 2-week exercise

September 27, 2023
The Philippines and United States navies are set to hold a two-week joint naval activity to strengthen international defense cooperation, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said. In a statement, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief, Lt. Enrico Ileto said the naval warfare activities, dubbed “Samasama Exercise,” would run from October 2 to 12 at […]
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Marcos signs ‘Trabaho’ Act into law to craft job generation masterplan

September 27, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday signed into law Republic Act No. 11962 or the “Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act” into law to address unemployment, underemployment, and other challenges in the country’s labor sector. “I am very pleased to stand before you today at this ceremonial signing of the Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act, a […]
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President: All hands on deck vs. agri smugglers

September 26, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday ordered a whole-of-government campaign to stamp out the “weevils” in the country’s agricultural sector, directing all agencies and officials to strictly implement policies and laws to stop the smuggling and hoarding of rice. President Marcos, who is also the concurrent Agriculture secretary, made his remarks during the rice distribution […]
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Marcos thumbs down proposal to reduce imported rice tariff

September 26, 2023
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday rejected the proposed tariff reduction on imported rice being pushed by his economic managers. “We decided with the agriculture and economic managers that it was not the right time to lower the tariff rates because the projection of world rice prices is that it will go down. So, this […]
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China ‘hypocritical’ over WPS issue — Gibo

September 23, 2023
Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. chided China on Saturday over its “propaganda lines” accusing the Philippines and the BRP Sierra Madre, Manila’s outpost in the Ayungin Shoal, of marine damage. “The statement of China that the grounded Sierra Madre is causing irrevocable harm is to put it as politely as possible, hypocritical,” Teodoro Jr. said […]
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Marcos, India’s GMR talk investments

September 15, 2023
An Indian business group has expressed interest in investing in the country’s airport, road, and energy sectors as the Marcos administration continues to strengthen its “Build Better More” program. India’s GMR Group top executives met President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in a courtesy call at the Marriot Hotel in Singapore, on the sidelines of the 10th […]
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PBBM marks dad’s 106th birthday with vow for better public service

September 11, 2023
In celebrating his father’s 106th birth anniversary, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed to honor his father’s memory through public service. In a brief speech after a mass celebrating his late father’s birth anniversary, President Marcos said that his father served as his mentor and gave him guidance whenever things got tough. “I think the best […]
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AFP hits China Coast Guard ‘misplaced bullying’ in WPS

September 9, 2023
The presence of the China Coast Guard (CCG) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) is “misplaced bullying” amid China’s continued aggression in the country’s territorial waters, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said. AFP spokesperson Colonel Medel Aguilar, in a forum, also cited the latest “harassment” of the CCG and Chinese Maritime Militia (CMM) […]
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PH resupplies Ayungin anew

September 8, 2023
But condemns ‘illegal’ acts of China ships that interfered with operation The Philippines successfully resupplied its Marine contingent on the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea Friday but condemned “illegal” actions by Chinese vessels that interfered with the operation. The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, which includes […]
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Palace: DOF Usec. was ‘maligning’ administration

September 8, 2023
Malacanang on Friday confirmed the termination of Finance Undersecretary Cielo Magno following reports that she was “maligning” the administration. In a statement, Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said Magno had always been critical of the government’s policies even before President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. assumed office. “She has been against the policies of this administration and made […]
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‘Fight hegemonic ambition’

September 6, 2023
• Marcos rallies ASEAN to let rule of law prevail • PBBM meets China’s Li, Canada premier Trudeau • PH leader meeting US VP, Japan PM too JAKARTA—President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to protect the rules-based international order against countries with a “hegemonic ambition” at a […]
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$22m in pledges secured from Indonesia firms

September 6, 2023
The country’s capacity to improve on artificial intelligence (AI) and digital connectivity as well as to manufacture animal vaccines got a boost after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. secured some $22 million worth of investment pledges from Indonesian companies. The Presidential Communications Office on Wednesday said the pledges were made during Mr. Marcos’ meeting with Indonesian […]
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Marcos: ASEAN poised to grow on mutual trade

September 5, 2023
Jakarta — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday hailed the economic growth of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations, citing the steady rise of intra-ASEAN trade and foreign direct investment inflows. “With a projected growth rate of 4.9 percent next year and a steady rise in intra-ASEAN trade and foreign direct investment inflows, ASEAN […]
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