Zamboanga records 1,000 businesses in ‘negative list’

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines —  The local government has recorded in its “negative list” more than 1,000 business establishments operating in this city. Benjie Barredo, City Permits and Licensing Division chief, on Friday disclosed that establishments included in the list do not have business permits since they lack the requirements. Barredo said the establishments that landed …

Palace belies ‘keyboard army’ allegations

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang on Friday belied the report of a United States-based human rights watchdog alleging that the Philippine government has employed a so-called “keyboard army” to manipulate online information in support of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar asserted that Malacañang does not employ a “keyboard army,” pointing …

America eyes Philippines as investment hub

MANILA, Philippines —The Philippines and the United States have committed to strengthen dialogues for innovation and sharing of best practices in technology to optimize the country’s position “as a preferred destination for American investments in the Asia-Pacific region”. “The two sides decided to further deepen the extensive US-Philippine economic relationship,” said a joint statement released …

PDEA holds office inside New Bilibid Prison

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — In an effort to strictly monitor and stop shipment of illegal drugs inside the government detention center, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has set up an office inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City starting Tuesday, November 14, 2017. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino in an interview with …

Duterte, Trump talk about free trade, illegal drugs, Marawi Aid

​MANILA, Philippines—  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump talked about the country’s war on drugs, terrorism and Marawi City rehabilitation  and fair trade during their bilateral meeting. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. a press briefing on Monday, November 13, revealed that Duterte discussed with US President Donald Trump the Philippine government’s campaign …

PRRD holds bilateral meetings with leaders of Brunei, Australia

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte met the leaders of Brunei Darussalam and Australia in separate bilateral meetings Sunday evening discussing trade, security, the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula issue. In meeting Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, the President said, “I will begin by welcoming your here in Manila. We are happy, very …

For Violating the ASEAN lane, authorities want beauty queen’s license revoked

MANILA, Philippines — Actress and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1982 Maria Isabel Lopez committed a serious violation involving security in the ASEAN Summit by violating  road rules which  may cause the revocation of her  driver’s license. In her facebook account, Lopez was bragging about passing the ASEAN LANE to avoid the EDSA traffic on Saturday. She …

Philippines expects 20 world leaders to attend the ASEAN 2017

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Twenty world leaders including United States President Donald Trump  are expected to arrive here for the  31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits starting today November 12 to 14. Those expected to arrive include: ASEAN members Brunei – Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Cambodia – Prime Minister …

Duterte, Trump meeting in APEC warm and cordial 

Danang, Vietnam— President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met US President Donald J Trump on Saturday, November 11, during the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Ha Noi Hall, International Danang Resort. “The meeting was warm and cordial,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a press briefing held at the International Media Center. …

Duterte and the APEC Summit

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends the APEC summit in Da Nang Vietnam. Here are some pictures highlighting his trip. Duterte earlier said Russia helped the Philippines by sending a ship loaded with firearms and it came as a grant to the country.