METRO MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that if the country can’t stand on its own feet, it might as well choose between becoming a territory of the United States or a province of China The statement comes after Manila has pulled out its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. VFA allows Joint training operations of American and Filipino troops in Philippine territory. “ In the Republic

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he could order rice tariff increases to help local farmers cope with dropping staple grain prices. “I can always order the higher tariffs if necessary. I’ll only balance it,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News ‘ Ted Failon. Local rice growers have protested that the current tariff-based regime for staple grain imports has caused prices to fall, hurting their profits. Last year, the

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President Rodrigo Duterte went against the advice of his doctor to take a break, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said on Wednesday, even as the legislator assured the chief executive is in good shape. Go, the former top aide of Duterte said the president will continue to work in his home town of Davao City and fulfill his official functions. The Palace said the president’s doctor had previously advised him to

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President Rodrigo Duterte is no longer going to take a 3-day break, said Monday Malacañang. The president declined the suggestion of well-meaning friends to rest for a couple of days, said in a statement presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. In a press briefing on Monday afternoon, he said earlier that the chief executive would rest because Duterte felt overworked and lacked sleep. After attending the wake of John Gokongwei Jr. at

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An inquiry by the United Nations into the anti-narcotics campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte “falls well outside” the current position of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of an inter-agency drug committee, said Friday her spokeswoman. Duterte is angry at the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution in July to investigate the deaths of his drug war and the administration refused assistance from countries that sponsored the study. Robredo agrees that

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Approximately 400 masks from different countries are on show in the shopping mall in Bacolod City, where the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO) International Convention opened on Wednesday. Some of the international masks on display come from Japan, Africa, Korea, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and the city of Bacolod. IMACO has 63 member countries and is headquartered in Andong City, South Korea. The foreign delegates were struck by

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The Philippines should uphold and assert its claim over the Scarborough Shoal by filing corresponding protests against China after a Greek-flagged vessel was harassed by a Chinese naval vessel in the waters under dispute, maritime expert Jay Batongbacal said on Tuesday. He stressed that a protest would not prevent the flag state, which has jurisdiction over the Greek ship, from taking its own legal action. The Philippines has every right

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) will work together to combat poverty, tackle injustice and foster sustainable development, said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday. In his speech at the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit, the President urged both bodies to work together to lift the plight of the poor and vulnerable. He also raised the issue of preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution during the meeting,

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On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Christians to reinforce their faith in the celebration of the Day of All Saints and All Souls. In his letter, Duterte said that he hoped that this would encourage the Filipino Christian community to reinforce their faith and to uphold traditions “as we deepen our ties as a country.” The President also wished everyone a “solemn” and “meaningful observance.” Duterte visited his parents ‘

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Vice President Leni Robredo is ready to assist in the efforts of the war against illegal drugs, but she will not permit herself to become a victim of the government’s failures, said her spokesperson on Friday. He said it was the Duterte administration that made an unrealistic promise to end crime and drugs in six months, “and if they are now called to account for their failure to deliver, they