NEWS ROUND-UP: PRESIDENT DUTERTE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA) 2020

Palace rates Duterte SONA ‘9 out of 10

House vows to pass SONA priority measures

MANILA – The leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday committed to pass the legislative priorities outlined by President Rodrigo Duterte in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).In a statement, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez described the President’s mission as a… Read More

PRRD warns ‘opportunists’ amid Covid-19 pandemic

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday warned “opportunists” amid the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Duterte made the warning as he acknowledged during his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the… Read More

Death penalty restoration to boost anti-drug drive: DILG

MANILA – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug traffickers will strengthen the country’s fight against illegal drugs.In a message to the Philippine News Agency, Año said the measure is long overdue.“We need to pass it… Read More

Do not despair, vaccine is around the corner: Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is urging the public not to lose hope amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), stressing that a vaccine may soon be within reach.“Let us not despair. The vaccine is around the corner. Sooner and not later, the virus that gobbled up… Read More

 

‘Build, Build, Build’ infra projects are economic benefits: PRRD

MANILA – The government’s massive infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program are not only starting point for the country’s swift recovery after the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic but are also economic benefits.Speaking in his 5th State of… Read More

We will not dodge obligation to fight for human rights: PRRD

MANILA – The present administration will not shirk from its responsibility in upholding human rights despite criticisms of the aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs.This, according to President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives… Read More

House commits to pass P66-B stimulus package for agriculture

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing its commitment to enact the proposed PHP66-billion supplemental budget of the Department of Agriculture to support its programs in addressing the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.During… Read More

House assures all-out deliberations on death penalty bill

MANILA – House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Tuesday assured that the House of Representatives will thoroughly deliberate the proposed bill restoring the death penalty for drug-related crimes.Romualdez said the House is ready to stand up to the task and pass the priority bills outlined… Read More

Improve your services by December, PRRD to telcos

MANILA – The country’s two major telecommunication companies (telcos) on Monday got President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to improve their services by December or risk getting shut down.In his fifth state of the nation address (SONA) Monday, Duterte said he would take “drastic… Read More

Telcos can talk to NTC: Palace

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday said executives of the country’s two major telecommunication companies can meet with the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) if they want to discuss in detail the plans to improve their services.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this… Read More

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