The trade off: multi-billion dollar projects in exchange for Chinese exploration in PH EEZ

From the fragmented information about the resumption of talks on joint exploration with China in the disputed parts of the Spratlys, what is emerging is a repeat of jumbo loans that the administration of Gloria Arroyo obtained from the Chinese government in 2004 in exchange for agreeing to allow China to explore within the country’s […]

July 29, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

Trump has a lot to learn from Duterte on taming media

Oftentimes, when we read or watch on TV news about what’s happening in Donald Trump’s United States of America, you can easily find similarities in the Philippines. It’s because Trump and the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte have many things in common: their contempt for the rule of law, their low regard of women, and their antagonism […]

July 24, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media  2 Comments

Explaining Duterte

The president of the Philippines is the country’s chief executive, head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. His powers are awesome, so his words carry the weight of his powerful position. In his one year in office, President Duterte has shocked, stunned, and bewildered not only Filipinos but also the international community with […]

July 22, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Communication  2 Comments

President Duterte is alive!

After a six-day absence, President Duterte re-appeared at the Eid-al-ftir celebration in Malacañang Tuesday evening. That ended grim speculations that prompted Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella to assure the public earlier in the days that the President is “alive and well.” In a press briefing, Abella allayed concerns about the Duterte’s prolonged absence from public activities […]

June 28, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Health  3 Comments

Duterte tells how the government misread Maute threat

In his re-appearance speech five days after he was not seen in public, President Duterte gave an explanation for the military’s “mis-appreciation” of intelligence report that has been blamed for the difficulty being encountered by government forces in the ongoing war against the Islamist militants in Marawi city. It will be recalled that Solicitor General […]

June 19, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao, Terrorism  36 Comments

Video of Pres. Duterte June 15 departure for Davao

June 17, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Health  6 Comments

Malacañang releases photo to prove Pres. Duterte is not sick and is working

Malacanang press statement: PRRD at the Villamor Air Base and Bahay ng Pagbabago President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Philippine Air Forces officials during his visit at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 15, 2017. Moreover, to quell rumors that the President is sick, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go shared […]

June 16, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Health  2 Comments

Duterte: Maute Group committed act of rebellion in Marawi City

This story first came out in VERA Files. Please click here to see complete Martial Law declaration Report. For more VERA Files report about Martial Law in Mindanao please click to links below: Martial Law in Mindanao: A timeline VERA Files Fact Sheet: Explaining Martial Law Duterte allies in Congress support Martial Law; opposition calls […]

May 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Military  No Comments

Foreign secretary, envoy belie Duterte account of alleged Xi Jinping’s threat of war

Newly-installed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he has been in all the bilateral meetings between President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping and he has not witnessed any threat of war uttered by the Chinese President. Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before […]

May 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Justice Carpio tells Duterte to bring to UN Xi’s threat to go to war

Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said today the Philippines can to bring to the United Nations the matter of China’s President Xi Jinping threatening President Duterte that China would wage war if the Philippines starts drilling oil in disputed areas in the South China Sea. In a statement, Carpio said: “The threat of China […]

May 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  No Comments