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Gov't to release 'all pertinent information' on Xi state visit – Panelo

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Palace says no copies of signed agreements have been released because the office in charge, the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been busy with Chinese President's Xi Jinping's second day of activities

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Malacañang cancels Duterte's press conference

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of a press conference, President Rodrigo Duterte will have a 'tete-a-tete' with Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Meet Peterson Poon, Harry Roque's incoming deputy spokesman

May 07, 2018 - 12:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's newest spokesman is a multi-awarded public speaker who just passed the Bar Exams

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

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May 04, 2018 - 9:48 PM

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Malacañang 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed' at PH

May 04, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'

TIME feature on Duterte affirms 'strong, decisive' leadership, says Malacañang

May 04, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Malacañang addresses the 'slant' of the TIME feature that tags President Rodrigo Duterte as among the 'strongmen' leaders of the era

Duterte’s fight vs corruption: 20 sacked execs face no charges

May 04, 2018 - 1:01 PM

(4TH UPDATE) Of the officials President Rodrigo Duterte has fired over alleged corruption or misconduct, 4 are back in government while two are in jail

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman, not Duterte, must initiate probe into sacked officials – Malacañang

May 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to pursue any corruption complaint against officials he has fired for alleged abuse of public funds

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang to probe DOT payment for ads on Ben Tulfo show

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has heard of the controversy and wants to get to the bottom of things, says the Palace

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait not permanent – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The ban may be lifted if Kuwait signs the memorandum of understanding on minimum conditions for OFW welfare, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Joining the President are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte may still sign EO vs contractualization – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III are set to meet on a possible executive order the night before Labor Day

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go while on board Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 bound for Hong Kong on April 10, 2018. The President and his delegation are coming off a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 as well as a fruitful bilateral meeting with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping and other Chinese government officials. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang cautions public vs spreading videos harmful to OFWs

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM

The memorandum of agreement on OFW welfare between the Philippines and Kuwait will still be signed despite the controversy, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Joining the President are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: Duterte EO on 'endo' to 'side with labor forces'

Apr 16, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The executive order, which Malacañang previously downplayed, may be finalized by May 1, Labor Day, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Prior to his speech, the President met with leaders from various labor organizations wherein they discussed various labor concerns including contractualization among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: PH has right to deny entry of EU party official

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) Giacomo Filibeck, who belongs to a socialist European party, was 'determined as a person we don't want to be in our territory,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who is new justice chief Menardo Guevarra?

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:03 PM

A true blue Atenean, father of 4 boys, and once a part-time law school student who almost topped the bar – here are some things to know about the new justice secretary

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the Department of Science and Technology has recorded a total of 8,994 qualified students for their scholarship programs for this year. He added that the number of qualified students this year is a 69.6 percent increase from the 5,303 qualifiers in 2015. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Menardo Guevarra named new justice secretary

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be filling the shoes of Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Department of Justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: Duterte EO won't end contractualization

Apr 02, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Ending contractualization will require amendments to the Labor Code, something beyond the powers of the executive branch, says Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an End of Contractualization (ENDO). Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Roque: Human rights groups may be 'unwitting tools' of drug lords

Mar 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Drug lords, says the presidential spokesman, 'can easily use their drug money to fund destabilization efforts against the government'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

Malacañang on Hayley Atwell: Who's she?

Mar 22, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the decision of the 'Agent Carter' star to cancel her Manila visit is 'her loss'

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The agenda of the 5th Cabinet meeting shows David made a presentation about proposals to develop Sangley Point Airport

Malacañang defends late suspension of classes, 'imminent threat' claim

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The 'imminent threat' posed by a supposed March 20 transport strike is the possibility that students will have to walk to school, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is happy to announce during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 12, 2018 that the Department of Agrarian Reform has distributed certificates of land ownership to 47 beneficiaries in the province of Rizal. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who did Duterte consult on his long ICC statement?

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Critical officials in Malacañang are caught unawares by the release of Duterte's 15-page and 3-page press statements declaring withdrawal from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: New cases to be filed vs Aquino officials over MRT3 mess

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says two whistleblowers have given him documents to prove corruption by the so-called 'Pangasinan Group'

Duterte to lift ban on Rappler if SEC ruling overturned

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also revives his old claim that Rappler is 'CIA-sponsored'

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the during the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Leaders' Summit at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on February 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Separation of church, state even with Manalo appointment – Malacañang

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was picked as President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy because of his 'established network' among overseas Filipinos, says Malacañang

Malacañang to HRW: De Lima not a martyr for justice

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

'She is facing charges of criminal nature, plain and simple,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in response to the call of Human Rights Watch to free Senator Leila de Lima after a year in jail

Duterte to consult with Lumad on use of ancestral lands

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Malacañang says indigenous peoples can refuse any plan to relocate them from their ancestral domain

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Roel Ali and Mindanao IP Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Joel Unad upon his arrival at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City for his attendance to the Indigenous Peoples Leader's Summit at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on February 1, 2018. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on China buildup on PH reef: What do you want us to do?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque again downplays continued militarization by China of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Malacañang to Sanofi: You're not yet off the hook

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The Palace also rejects the appeal of a doctors' group to stop the Public Attorney's Office from conducting autopsies on children who died due to various causes after being given Dengvaxia

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Harry Roque denies encouraging fake news

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says, 'Lies are part of the free marketplace of ideas'

Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang turns over P75 million for Mayon evacuees

Jan 29, 2018 - 5:48 PM

(2ND UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte assigns Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, who was born in Albay, to coordinate efforts for Mayon evacuees

AID. Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara receives P50 million from Malacañang through  PMS chief in Bicol Amber Mirandilla on January 31 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Malacañang wants 'less controversial' Tokhang operations

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Palace hopes Philippine police have 'learned from their past experience' as they implement new drug war guidelines

Members of the Police Ststion 6 in Batasan Hills in a formation before operations to the suspected drug users house the relaunching of Oplan Tokhang Nationwide on Monday, January 29, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Malacañang confident of ruling reversal on President's power over Ombudsman execs

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, a lawyer, says the ruling in the Gonzales vs Office of the President case 'can be overturned'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang tells police on Mamasapano anniv: Embody integrity of SAF 44

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Honor their memory by reliving their values of integrity and courage as you perform your duty to serve and protect the nation,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Roque says remarks on Benham Rise research misunderstood

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Presidential Spokesman claims he was referring to China, not Filipino scientists and researchers, when he said 'no one can do it, because, apparently, it's capital intensive'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte meets Nobel laureate Lech Walesa

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:26 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks for advice from labor rights activist and former Polish president Lech Walesa during their meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Former Poland President Lech Walesa who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on Duterte's alleged investments: Prove documents authentic

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Almost two years after allegations of hidden wealth were first made, President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to issue a waiver allowing the release of his bank accounts' transaction history

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 2018 Kick Off: Game On! All in For Nation Building at the Manila Hotel in Manila on January 11, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte won't act on comfort woman statue

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Malacañang says it does not regard the controversial statue as a 'diplomatic issue' and expresses confidence that bilateral ties between the Philippines and Japan will 'become even stronger' despite it

Martin Diño appointed DILG undersecretary

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño is the latest official to join the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Roque, Lorenzana contradict each other on China's promise on man-made islands

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:39 PM

President Duterte's spokesman and his defense chief are not on the same page when it comes to China's promise: Is it a promise just to stop new reclamation in the South China Sea, or also to refrain from militarization of its man-made islands?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang to seek reversal of CA decision releasing Joel Reyes

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who lawyered for murdered Gerry Ortega, says he will meet with Solicitor General Jose Calida on a plan to file a motion for reconsideration

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: Signed travel authorities not defense for sacked officials

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte himself does not sign travel authorities, says the Office of the Executive Secretary, adding that the process is largely 'ministerial'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. Also in the photo are AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fires Marina administrator for foreign 'junkets'

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) Marcial Quirico Amaro III is fired for going on 18 foreign trips in 2017, announces Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang issues guidelines on officials' foreign trips

Jan 03, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Heads of departments and offices are ordered to submit quarterly lists of all trips they approved

FOREIGN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow, Russia, for his official visit on May 23, 2017. Presidential Photo

Malacañang: No Duterte kin authorized by President to transact with gov't

Jan 03, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'No one in [President Duterte's] family is authorized by him to have any financial interest in any government office, agency, or department,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's 2018 foreign trips: India, South Korea, Israel, Australia

Jan 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's first trip of the year will likely be to India in January to attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in New Delhi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Flight PR001 upon his arrival at the Bahrain International Airport on April 12, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Malacañang says Duterte doesn't want term extension

Jan 03, 2018 - 3:23 PM

'He wants to cut short his term rather than lengthen it,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about the Chief Executive

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO