Palace wishes LP Senate bets ‘good luck’

Malacañang on Monday wished the Senate bets of Liberal Party (LP) “good luck” after their names were announced by party president and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. “Good luck to them. ‘Yun lang (That’s all),” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing, refusing to say anything more. Panglinan, in a TV interview, named Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP Vice President for External Affairs Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada, De La Salle University College of Law Dean Jose Manuel…

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Pimentel resigns as Senate president, nominates Sotto

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has stepped down as Senate president on Monday, nominating Majority Leader Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as his successor. “I will be the one who will nominate Senator Tito Sotto as Senate president,” Pimentel said in a media briefing. In his speech, the outgoing Senate president said he was grateful that he was able to lead the upper chamber, a post his father, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. has held in the past. “I step down knowing that I did my best to…

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Why did Duterte skipped voting on Barangay Election?

Finding himself in a situation where he had to choose only one side from among his supporters, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Tuesday his decision to skip the 2018 barangay (village) elections was “purely political.” “Lahat ‘yung tumakbo, kaibigan ko, almost all were my supporters during the last election,” he told reporters in Taguig City during his visit to the wake of the late former Senator Edgardo Angara. “They would never believe that nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila.” Duterte said he did not want to becloud the minds of his supporters…

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Duterte admin satisfaction rating drops, but still ‘very good’ : SWS

The public satisfaction of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration dropped in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey. The administration scored a net satisfaction rating of +58. It showed a 12-point decline from the +70 in the last quarter of 2017 when the Duterte administration exceeded the record set by his predecessor. This score qualifies as “very good”—one grade down from “excellent” in the fourth quarter of 2017. The survey, conducted from March 23 to 27, found 69 percent of adult Filipinos satisfied with the…

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Rise of the Strongman: Duterte among ‘strongmen’ in TIME cover story

President Rodrigo Duterte has been included on the cover — and in the cover story — of the May 14 issue of TIME magazine international edition. The article, “Rise of the Strongman” is on a global trend in favor of “more muscular, assertive leadership” embodied by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump isn’t included in my new @TIME cover on the Rise of the Strongmen. But he’d like to be. pic.twitter.com/2GJKRp2Xsp — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 3, 2018 “In every region of the world, changing times…

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Philippines bars EU Socialist Party official for criticizing Pres. Duterte

Reuters – Philippine immigration authorities on Sunday denied entry and deported a Socialist Party official from the European Union, who had criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal anti-drugs crackdown. Giacomo Filibeck, deputy secretary-general of the Party of European Socialists (PES), was denied entry at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in central Philippines for illegal political activity, an official and local party Akbayan said. Filibeck was due to attend the two-day Akbayan Party Congress with about 20 other foreign delegates but was stopped at the immigration counter and handed a slip of paper informing…

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