Category Archives: Politics

Finance Chief Warns Rejection of Tax Reform Proposals to Affect Infrastructure Buildup

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has upped the pressure on the Senate to approve the administration’s tax reform program by saying that the government will not be able to fund half the infrastructure spending planned until 2022 if the proposals are rejected or considerably watered-down. He added that Congress should likewise pass succeeding tax reform packages, as revenues from the first package currently under Senate review… Continue reading

Chinese Vessels Spotted Near Pag-asa Island in South China Sea

House of Representatives member and former marine officer Gary Alejano warned that Chinese vessels are massing near a Philippine-inhabited island in the South China Sea. He added that the vessels have already blocked a Philippine-government ship from going to the island. Secretary Alan Cayetano, however, replied that there is no reason for alarm. The foreign affairs chief said that even US ships pass through the area, even as he… Continue reading

War on Drugs Claim 58 Lives in Manila and Bulacan

President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs shifted to a higher gear recently. At least 58 suspected peddlers and users were killed in a 48-hour period in Manila and Bulacan, a province just north of the capital. Police warned of more encounters as they step up the drive against illegal substances. Human rights advocates decry the widespread killings, as… Continue reading

Duterte’s Son Implicated in Drugs

Paolo Duterte, the President Rodrigo Duterte’s son and vice mayor of Davao City, has been implicated in crimes related to drugs. This is the second instance that his name has been linked, with photos also circulating showing him with a prime suspect in a P6.5-billion methamphetamine smuggling attempt from China. The president earlier promised to step down if any family member is involved in drugs. However, Duterte noticeably backtracked after he set the condition that there must be documentary… Continue reading

Teodoro Eyed as Next Interior Secretary

President Rodrigo Duterte has once again offered a cabinet position to Gilberto Teodoro, a former official of ex-president Gloria Arroyo and who ran and lost in the presidential election in 2010. Teodoro, who was earlier offered with the defense post, is being coaxed by the president to become the new secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government. Military chief Eduardo Año was earlier given the position, but his appointmentContinue reading

As Peace Talks Collapse, Commission on Appointments Rejects Leftist Cabinet Member

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fragile alliance with the left continues to deteriorate. The Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the nomination of Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, a respected academe who got the post upon recommendation of the Communist Party. Another left-leaning cabinet member, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, might suffer the same fate. Duterte had refused to meet with Taguiwalo… Continue reading

Law Prohibits Military Chief Año from Becoming Interior Secretary upon Retirement

President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to have military chief Eduardo Año assume the interior secretary post after the latter’s retirement in October has hit a snag. The law prohibits members of the military or police from assuming the Interior and Local Government position within a year after leaving the services. Duterte has been stacking his cabinet with former military officers, claiming that government agencies need the discipline that… Continue reading