Duterte to Poe: ‘My mouth is not for your mouth’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Senator Grace Poe for telling him to be watchful of his language following his expletive-laden statement against former President Benigno Aquino III.

In a speech delivered during his visit to war-torn Marawi City on Friday, Duterte told Poe not to meddle in the issue between him and Aquino because she does not understand his position when he took a jab at the erstwhile president. (READ MORE)

Duterte tells troops in Marawi: ‘Stay alive, fight cool’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reminded the security forces to “stay alive and fight cool” as they continue the fight against Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group in Marawi City.

Speaking before the troops in strife-torn Marawi City, the President said he returned to commiserate with them, expressing his optimism that there would be “less heartaches” on their goal to regain control in the besieged city. (READ MORE)

Duterte signs law amending Anti-Hospital Deposit Act

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law amending the Batasan Pambansa 702 to prohibit demand of deposits or advance payments for the confinement or treatment of patients in hospitals and medical cases.

Under Republic Act (RA) 10932 signed by Duterte on August 3, stiffer penalties will be imposed to any hospitals and medical clinics that will refuse to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency serious cases. (READ MORE)

Palace: Duterte’s order vs NPA a mere ‘colorful language’

MALACAÑANG on Monday dismissed as “colorful language” the latest pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to get rid of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), once the armed conflict in Marawi City ends.

Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevara said Duterte was merely emphasizing the need to deal with the long-standing insurgency problem when he made an order to wipe out the NPA as soon as Marawi City is freed from Maute terror group. (READ MORE)

Duterte suspends GOCC’s compensation scheme

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) 36 which mandates the immediate implementation of the compensation and position classification system (CPCS) and the Index of Occupational Service (IOS) of government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Under EO 36, Duterte said he ordered the suspension following the findings of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) that there are “compelling reasons” to revisit and reevaluate the CPCS, as well as to institute interim measures for affected GOCCs. (READ MORE)

4 Duterte security aides injured in encounter with NPA rebels

MANILA (Updated) — Four members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were injured in an encounter between their unit and suspected members of the New People’s Army in Arakan town, Cotabato.

PSG spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aquino said the incident, which took place in the boundaries of Arakan, Bukidnon and Davao City, was an encounter between 10 of their men and at least a hundred suspected NPA rebels. (READ MORE)

Duterte: No talks with Reds if hostilities continue

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the government peace panel not to resume the peace negotiations with the communists if the rebel group does not stop staging hostile activities in Mindanao.

According to a statement released by Malacañang Wednesday, July 19, the President made the instruction when he met with officials and members of the government peace panel at the Palace Tuesday night. (READ MORE)