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PSG blocks Rappler’s Pia Ranada from entering Palace

The Presidential Security Group (PSG) blocked Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on Monday morning. “PSG’s Marc Anthony Cempron tells me there were instructions from ‘up there’ to bar me, specifically, from entering Malacañang,” Ranada said. The journalist said she was held at the gate for at least 10 …

Budget issues aside, Lorenzana approves purchase of Tacticos Thales

If budget is not an issue, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana would approve the purchase of Tacticos Thales for the combat management system (CMS) for the two frigates that the Philippine government had purchased. “Maganda ang sinabi ni Senator Ralph Recto. ‘Bakit hindi na lang natin bilhin ‘yan kung ‘yan ang gusto ‘nyo (What Senator Ralph …

Rappler, Inquirer refutes Bong Go’s ‘fake news’ allegation

Media entities Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler issued a statement on Monday in response to the allegation of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go that both news outlets spread “fake news” in their reports on the P15.7-billion Philippine Navy frigate project. Speaking at the Senate hearing on the controversial warships deal on …

PH not giving ‘too much, too soon’ in relations with China

While defending the country’s sovereignty, Malacañang on Monday said that the Philippines has not given “too much, too early, and too soon” in enhancing relationship with China. Speaking in a Palace news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government under President Rodrigo Duterte continues to assert the country’s territorial rights in the South China …

DOH to file civil suit vs Sanofi Pasteur for Dengvaxia mess

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it will file a civil case against French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur after it declined a demand from the Philippines to fully refund the P3.5-billion spent on its anti-dengue vaccines. On the same day, Sanofi said it responded to a request from the Health department for refund …

Suspected ISIS leader, Filipina partner arrested in Manila

Government forces arrested an Egyptian national linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) and his alleged Filipina partner in Malate, Manila over the weekend. Joint operatives from Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nabbed Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in Malate, Manila with his Filipina girlfriend Anabel Salipada, PNP chief Director …

Sanofi declines full Dengvaxia refund, indemnification fund for 2nd time

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur on Monday once again declined a demand from the Philippine government to reimburse the entire P3.5-billion spent on its anti-dengue vaccines in 2016 and financially support indemnification fund. The drug manufacturer said it responded to a request from the Department of Health (DOH) for refund and indemnification fund, however, rejected …

Palace remains firm it will not recognize Chinese names in PH rise

While not attributing any bad faith to China, Malacañang stood fast by its decision to not recognize the names Red Dragon has given to five underwater features in the Philippine Rise and will continue giving them Filipino names. “Hindi po natin kikilalanin iyong mga pangalan na binigay ng mga Tsino diyan, binigyan po natin ‘yan …

Duterte’s wish on Lunar New Year: Strengthen our sense of solidarity and goodwill

A night before Chinese New Year, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipino and Chinese communities to strengthen their “sense of solidarity and goodwill” as they welcome the Year of the Earth Dog on Friday, February 16. “As an integral component of Philippine society, Chinese-Filipinos will continue to play an important role in shaping our national identity …

Palace says Manalo’s appointment ‘not political payment’

Malacañang defended on Thursday the appointment of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Villanueva Manalo as the new Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns, clarifying that his appointment was not a “payment” nor a violation of the principle of separation of church and state. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the recent rampant cases …