• 26 July 2016
MANILA, July 26 -- The first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Philippine president from Mindanao, broke a lot of records, protocols, and milestones.For the first time in the history of the SONA, militant groups were allowed to stage their rally near the Batasan Complex -- lining up the streets sans barbed wires along IBP Road up to Quezon City Polytechnic University, where a stage had been set up for their activities. Only the center aisle separated the police forces and the left-wing demonstrators, who happened to be on the side of the government this time -- another first because they called their mass action "kilos-suporta" rather than "kilos-protesta"In terms of protocol, business attire instead of the traditional long gowns and elegant Barong Tagalog were the fashion of the day. All guests and attendees, VIPs or not, were required to pass through security check.Moreover, the elections of Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III as Senate President and Rep. Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez as Speaker of the House has brought about a formidable all-Mindanaoan triumvirate in the country's leadership.President Duterte who is from Davao City, Sen ...Read more

Pimentel is new Senate President

 CENTRAL  26 July 2016
MANILA, July 26 - Senators on Monday elected Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III of the Partido-Demokratiko Pilipinas - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) as the new Senate President during the opening of the first regular session of the 17th Congress. Pimentel garnered a total of 20 votes.Outgoing Senate ...Read more

Duterte signs landmark EO on Freedom on Information

 CENTRAL  26 July 2016
MANILA, July 26 - Twenty-three days into his presidency, President Duterte signed the Executive Order on Freedom on Information, a landmark executive order after a bill of a similar nature has languished in the legislative mill for twenty-nine years.Presidential Communications Secretary Martin And ...Read more
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