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  33 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

Veteran diplomat tells Duterte to stop joke about Mongolia and Turkey joining Asean

This story first came out in VERA Files. On the sidelines of the first One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing last week, President Duterte met with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, prime minister of Mongolia. In his press conference upon arrival in Davao City May 16, Duterte said h is sponsoring […]

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

Duterte forgoes EU aid, sticks to his ‘kill, kill’ policy

President Duterte’s solution to the country’s problems is “kill, kill.” The 28-member state European Union has made it clear that they will not allow their money to be used to kill people. Anticipating a removal of the Philippine’s favored status under EU’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences wherein tariff on Philippine goods for export to the […]

May 19, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  4 Comments

ICC will be the next battleground

It was not surprising that the Malacañang-friendly congressmen killed without much fuss the impeachment complaint against President Duterte filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano Monday. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, also a member of the Magdalo group (which started as a group of young military officers advocating for reforms in the military), lamented the quick dismissal […]

May 17, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  4 Comments

Why it’s finally Cayetano at DFA?

The appointment of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as foreign secretary is an indication that the Duterte administration is feeling the heat of a negative international image and needs somebody who can passionately defend the President’s human rights record as what the senator did last week before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. No […]

May 14, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments