• 28 July 2016
MANILA, July 28 - Speaking before the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, President Rodrigo Duterte narrated how his father—also a soldier—retired in Mindanao seeking greener pastures. The President also explained why he declared a unilateral ceasefire with the New Peoples Army (NPA).“It is not my decision alone. It is the decision of the cabinet. Of course, General (Secretary Hermogenes) Esperon and Secretary Delfin Lorenzana are automatically members of the cabinet,” Duterte said, referring to his National Security Adviser and Defense Secretary.“I am a President that seeks peace with everyone. My job as President is not to look for trouble but to see to it that there are no conflicts in the Philippines.”The President reiterated his vision of reconciliation for the country as the conflict in Mindanao has been ongoing since the early 1970s and the communist-led rebellion has been around for more than four decades. “I have to talk to the MI (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and to the MN (Moro National Liberation Front), to Nur (Misuari) and (Alhadj) Murad and they are ready to talk about peace. This has gone too far and for so l ...Read more

Duterte, Kerry affirm long-standing PH-US relations

 CENTRAL  28 July 2016
MANILA, July 28 - The Philippines and the United States affirmed their long-standing relations at Wednesday's lunch meeting between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Hall of Malacanan Palace.Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a br ...Read more

Taguiwalo calls on El Nino, La Nina-affected farmers to coordinate with DSWD Offices regarding release of rice subsidies

 CENTRAL  28 July 2016
QUEZON CITY, July 28 - DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo called on farmers who are or have been affected by El Nino and La Nina to closely coordinate with DSWD offices regarding the release of rice subsidies.“We want to be able to respond immediately to our farmers’ requests for assistance.  We ...Read more