Rodrigo Duterte

Full text: Jeff Flake on Trump speech transcript

<i>Prepared remarks for Sen. Jeff Flake, who delivered a speech to the Senate on Jan. 17, 2018.</i><p>Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our …

Politics

Trump's Attacks on Media Embolden Authoritarians, Flake Says

President Donald Trump is emboldening authoritarian leaders around the world by dismissing media coverage of his administration as "fake news," …

Donald Trump

The Fake News Awards are another escalation in Trump's assault on press freedoms

President Trump is scheduled to host a farce of a media celebration, a Fake News Awards presentation, on Wednesday. It’s as though, once the Hollywood awards balloting got underway, he wished desperately for his own party with golden statuettes and an adoring audience. At the White House press …

Donald Trump

Philippine lawmakers worry China Telecom may be a 'Trojan horse'

MANILA: Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine …

China

Philippine senators say quick revision of charter impossible

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine senators said on Wednesday it was not possible to amend the constitution to create a federal government in two months as proposed by the lower house which would allow the president a second term in office.<p>Supporters of the change hope to complete the amendments within …

World Politics

Philippine President Duterte lashes out over Rappler news site shutdown

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has denied that he influenced the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke the license of the …

World News

After Killing Spree, Is a Free Press Mr. Duterte’s Next Victim?

Even among that cast of illiberal leaders who rouse mobs with their ruthless policies and disdain for democratic protections, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines stands out for his viciousness. He has effectively declared open season on those he and his minions accuse of being drug users …

Philippines

Duterte open to lifting Mindanao martial law before end of 2018, says SolGen

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is open to lifting martial law in Mindanao even before the year ends, the government's top lawyer said …

Philippines

De Lima says Duterte has become a ‘Chinese governor’

Sen. Leila de Lima (left) and President Rodrigo Duterte (File photos by JOAN BONDOC / Philippine Daily Inquirer)<p>“What we have in Malacañang is not a …

South China Sea

How Trump Has Upended U.S. Foreign Policy

In May, a blue and white 747 emblazoned with the presidential seal cruised over Saudi Arabia and Jordan before entering Israeli airspace, making a short but historic journey from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.<p>That flight, carrying President Donald Trump on his first foreign trip, was remarkable not just …

U.S. Politics

Duterte appoints two PCUP commissioners

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed two commissioners at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, whose chairperson and commissioners were …

Philippines

Duterte names new PCSO board member, reappoints poll chief

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a retired policeman to the board of the state-run lottery agency and reappointed the chairman of the …

Philippines

Pacquiao backs Duterte term extension, Congress abolition under federal gov't

Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said he will not oppose the abolition of both houses of Congress and a possible term extension for President …

Philippines

Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzon couple

In this file photo, Communist Party of the Philippines leaders (right and left) Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma, raise clenched fists as they walk …

Philippines

Bong Go: I’ll quit if proven I intervened in Navy project

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide on Wednesday said he would quit his post if proven he had indeed intervened in the selection of …

Philippines

Lethal? Cha-cha is vital, says Nene Pimentel

MANILA - Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel believes revising the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal form of government is …

Philippines

UV Express groups seek fare increase

A group of UV Express operators on Wednesday sought regulators approval for a P2 per kilometer fare increase, citing higher operating costs.

Philippines

Davide fears Cha-cha railroading via House 'super majority'

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. fears the proposed amendments in the 1987 Constitution may be railroaded by the 'super majority' in the House …

Philippines

Pacquiao for president? 'Masaya na ako sa posisyon ko'

Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv<p>MANILA - Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday did not directly confirm if he had plans to seek the presidency in 2022, …

Philippines

Cha-cha vote dispute may reach Supreme Court - Drilon

MANILA - The Supreme Court may need to intervene in a dispute on whether the two chambers of Congress should vote jointly or separately during the …

Philippines

North Korea calls Trump a “lunatic” and a “loser” in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea’s official news agency responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s controversial “nuclear button tweet,” describing it as the “the …

North Korea

Palace says no to Joma’s proposal to meet with Duterte

Communist leader Jose Maria Sison and President Rodrigo Duterte. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS)<p>“He’s not that important.”<p>Malacañang on Tuesday turned down …

Philippines

The Press Is Under Attack In Southeast Asia And It's Only Going To Get Worse

From Vietnam to Indonesia, press freedom in Southeast Asia is deteriorating, rights groups say, spurred by the rise of authoritarian governments and enabled by the Trump administration's relative indifference to human rights issues.<p>From Vietnam to Indonesia, press freedom in Southeast Asia is …

World News

Philippines' dictator Duterte turns on the media that helped elect him

Journalism in the Philippines has long been a dangerous trade, one that carries a very real risk of murder with little likelihood of accountability. …

Philippines

Duterte: Prove Go meddled in acquisition of warships and I’ll fire him

President Rodrigo Duterte will fire special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go if the allegations that he intervened in the …

Philippines

Rappler CEO: Stripping of license is political

CEO and editor of new Philippines media company Rappler says the government is stripping the organization of its operating license because of its critical coverage of the country's outspoken president, Rodrigo Duterte.

World News

Duterte denies ordering shutdown of news site Rappler

Journalists at Rappler have previously accused Duterte of using social media to generate online hate against his critics.<p>The Philippines' President, Rodrigo Duterte, has denied being behind a move that could close down a popular news website. Journalists at Rappler have previously accused Duterte …

Asia

Trump's first year of diplomacy finds friends and foes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has welcomed dozens of his counterparts to the White House since he entered office a year ago and has visited 13 countries himself, each time deepening ties to the club of world leaders he's now joined.<p>The at-times bombastic Trump has also shown a flair for …

Politics

Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in …

Asia

CAAP to adopt new air traffic management system

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has announced it would adopt a next-generation satellite-based air traffic control system …

Philippines