Duterte ’emotional’ over 4 soldiers’ death, not sick: Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte treats the deaths of four soldiers gunned down by police officers in Jolo, Sulu as a personal loss, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after observers noticed that Duterte looked low-spirited, even sickly, during his speech at the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City last …

31 countries open borders to Filipinos: DFA

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported Sunday that of the 177 countries/territories across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa included in the updated infographics on travel restrictions, 31 have already lifted the inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols on arriving passengers. In a press release, DFA said …

Food distribution and re-greening highlight San Isidro town anniversary

DAVAO CITY — In a new normal world when people are not allowed to converge, and celebration deferred due to the continuing threat of coronavirus pandemic, a small town of San Isidro town in Davao del Norte celebrated the festivity by distributing food to the people while local officials and people’s organization into tree planting. …

Palace distances from proposal to rename NAIA

MANILA – Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from the lawmakers’ move to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace will leave it to Congress to file measures they wanted. “Iniiwan po namin iyan sa Kongreso dahil kinakailangan po ng batas kung kinakailangang baguhin ang …

Duterte welcomes five new ambassadors to PH in a virtual ceremony

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the credentials of five new ambassadors to the country in a virtual ceremony in Malacañang on Friday, June 19, hoping stronger ties with the countries or state they represent. It was the first time President Duterte held a presentation of credentials ceremony through a teleconference call as part …

Online concert to benefit 4 LGBT groups in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A group is organizing a live online concert as a fundraiser for four groups representing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Plus (LGBTQIA+) communities in Mindanao. Mindanao Pride, a group of gender equality advocates, allies, and human rights activists, convened LGBTQIA+ organizations in Mindanao to collaborate and raise funds …