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Reunion of press secretaries: Did Andanar ask for tips?

Nov 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It s been part of tradition for past and present press secretaries to hold fellowship meetings

Photo from Andanar's Facebook

Coloma denies Andanar's corruption allegations in NPO, APO

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:55 PM

It is his duty to first verify the accuracy of reports being fed to him before he discusses these publicly says former Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on his successor

Media, gov’t need not be enemies – Coloma

Jun 28, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Never again should there be prior restraint on the exercise of freedom of expression and of the press Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says in his final news briefing

FINAL PRESS BRIEFING. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr gives his final press briefing to the Malacanang Press Corps on June 28, 2016. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Philippine gov't on Brexit: Do not be complacent

Jun 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The Philippines says it has strong macroeconomic fundamentals that would cushion the impact of Britain s departure from the EU but adds there is no room for complacency

epa05383385 A British Union flag, commonly known as a Union Jack (R), flies next to a European Union (EU) flag, in London, Britain, 22 June 2016. Britons will vote on whether to remain in or leave the EU in a referendum on 23 June 2016. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace, Binay lead tributes for ex-Senate leader Maceda

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says the chamber is coordinating with the family for a necrological service for the late senator

LEADER. Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda dies of multiple organ failure on Monday, June 20. File photo by Vicente Roxas

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Qatar pardons 15 imprisoned OFWS on Ramadan

Jun 11, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The Emir usually issues pardons twice a year – on Qatar National Day every December 18 and during the holy month of Ramadan

CLEMENCY. Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, grants royal clemency to prisoners on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo by Ali Haider/EPA

CLEMENCY. Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, grants royal clemency to prisoners on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo by Ali Haider/EPA

New PCOO chief to propose nat'l comms strategy for media

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Among the government channels the former TV5 news anchor will supervise are PTV 4 the Philippine Broadcasting Service Radyo ng Bayan the Philippine Information Agency the Philippine News Agency and the National Printing Office

Photo of journalist Martin Andanar from his Facebook page

Palace on Duterte's promise of change: 'Wait and see'

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The president is the principal architect of our international relations so it s better if we wait for the next president s official policy on foreign affairs a Palace official says

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Can a president-elect use PTV4 for official announcements?

Jun 04, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr who oversees PTV4 weighs in on president elect Rodrigo Duterte s use of state media prior to his inauguration

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE. After his controversial statements and actions during post-proclamation news conferences, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will now only release statements and give interviews through state-run PTV.

Aquino: 'I'm leaving behind a much better Philippines'

May 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says as soon as he steps down on June 30 he can proudly tell Filipinos: Tumotoo ako sa inyo Tumupad ako sa mandatong kaloob ng aking mga Boss

BETTER PHILIPPINES. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech at the ceremonial enactment of Republic Act No. 10821, the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act at the Palace Rizal Ceremonial Hall on May 18, 2016. Photo by Benjie Basug/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

Palace: 3,500 arrested so far for gun ban violations

May 01, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Malacañang assures the public that security forces are capable enough to prevent election related violence especially in the coming days

Robredo, Escudero: Duterte's rape joke sends wrong signal to public

Apr 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The vice presidential candidates say a serious crime like rape should never be turned into a laughing matter

Presidential election survey frontrunner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks at concert in Quezon City on April 12

Aquino: Tighten airport security after Brussels explosions

Mar 22, 2016 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED This comes as thousands of Filipinos prepare to travel to their provinces for the Holy Week break

Palace: PH bent on staying away from dirty money 'gray list'

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:10 PM

This comes amid reports that 100 million in dirty money ended up being laundered in local casinos

ALLEGED DIRTY MONEY. PAGCOR is expecting the casinos to submit their comments on the allegation as an initial step in the investigation. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Aquino signs EO granting pay hike for gov't workers

Feb 19, 2016 - 9:23 AM

UPDATED The executive order also provides additional benefits for both civilian and military uniformed personnel

GOVT PAY HIKE. President Benigno Aquino III signs the executive order raising government workers' pay. File Photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Foreign affairs chief Del Rosario resigns

Feb 08, 2016 - 5:48 PM

The resignation of Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario takes effect on March 7 the Office of the President says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario gives a statement about the South China Sea during a news conference in Manila on March 30, 2014. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Philippines concerned over 'emerging' terror threat

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks

BOMB EXPLOSION. A general view shows a police cordon sealing off the scene of a bomb blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016. Photo by Roni Bintang/EPA

Infra projects to ease traffic to continue beyond 2016 – Palace

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Various infrastructure projects to ease traffic are expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017 but Malacañang says completion won t be affected by the change in administration

ONGOING. The NAIA Expressway Project is one of the infrastructure projects eyed to be completed by 2016 or 2017. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

No firecrackers! Palace urges Filipinos to greet New Year with noisemakers

Dec 27, 2015 - 2:14 PM

Most of the victims injured by firecrackers are 5 to 12 years old while piccolo remains the main cause of injuries

USE NOISEMAKERS INSTEAD. A Filipino worker glues designs to firecrackers inside a backyard factory in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 27, 2015. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Palace on 'bullet scam': Airports have help desks

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Malacañang says of the bullet scam that has alarmed OFWs and travelers: There are already officials deployed in airports We have public assistance desks

'PROTECT TRAVELLERS.' More lawmakers call for an investigation and measures to stop the so-called "bullet scam" at the Manila airport. File photo from MIAA

Palace to UN body: Only PH courts can decide on Gloria Arroyo

Oct 08, 2015 - 11:24 AM

The Philippine government or any international body for that matter cannot interfere nor influence the course of an independent judicial proceeding says Malacañang

DUE PROCESS FOR GMA. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been accorded due process. File photo by Rodolfo Manabat/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Gov't to probe alleged special treatment of Reyes brothers

Sep 27, 2015 - 5:57 PM

The probe comes after the Reyes brothers alleged masterminds in the 2011 murder of journalist Gerry Ortega held a press conference at the Puerto Princesa city jail

UNDER ARREST. Thai police present Joel Reyes (seated, R), the former governor of Palawan island, and his brother Mario (seated, L), former mayor of Coron, after the two Philippine politicians were arrested in Thailand. Photo courtesy of the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration

Palace on Syrian refugees: Filipinos are our priority

Sep 20, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Malacañang does not give a categorical answer on whether or not the Philippines will admit Syrian refugees We need to ensure that what we are doing for our fellow Filipinos is enough because they are our priority

WAY OUT. A refugee holds his baby during a demonstration at Istanbul's Esenler Bus Terminal. Many of the refugees seek to leave Turkey, have been living in the country for months, sometimes years, after fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. Photo by Ovan Kose/AFP

DTI chief makes final push for MSMEs initiatives

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Domingo also confirms he will stay as DTI chief at least until after the country s hosting of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November

FINAL PUSH. DTI chief Gregory Domingo says he will continue pushing initiatives for micro, small and medium enterprises, which represent 98% of all registered businesses.

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

3RD UPDATE Domingo s resignation is still under consideration says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

Palace to Iglesia ni Cristo: DOJ is only performing its duty

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:37 PM

There are legal options for people who would seek to question the actions of the Department of Justice says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

'DON'T INTERFERE.' Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo on Thursday, August 27, block a vehicle they believe is carrying Justice Secretary Leila de Lima at the DOJ in Padre Faura, Manila. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Palace on failed PH FIBA bid: 'No shame'

Aug 08, 2015 - 4:21 PM

Malacañang says the Philppine delegation did its best to present the country as a worthy host of the 2019 FIBA World Cup

2019  FIBA WORLD CUP. A FIBA official addresses the Philippine and Chinese delegations in Tokyo, Japan, on August 8, 2015.

PH to China: Stop construction, provocative acts in West PH Sea

Aug 07, 2015 - 11:21 AM

The Philippines reiterates the call after China announces that it s done with its massive reclamation in the disputed area but not its construction activities

RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

Japan pledges $2B loan for North-South commuter rail project

Aug 06, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This is the largest loan package of the Japanese government to a development partner says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

ROBUST RELATIONS. The ODA package is firm testament to the robust bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, says Communications Secretary Coloma

Binay SONA fact check: Total budgets of SUCs increase under Aquino

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:01 PM

However a check on the budgets of the 4 schools that Vice President Binay mentioned in his speech shows he got it right about decreases on certain years

Philippines cheers growing outcry over disputed sea

Jul 19, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Sec Coloma: there are additional voices supporting our move for a peaceful resolution to the debate over the South China Sea West Philippine Sea

TAKING A PEEK. Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, observes operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a flight hosted by the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, flying over the South China Sea, July 18, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler R. Frase

Palace to Binay: 'Back your claims with data'

Jul 02, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Matalino po ang mga Pilipino naghahanap ng konkretong batayan Di po maaaring malinlang sa madamdaming bigkas ng mga kataga says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

ALLIES NO MORE. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and President Benigno Aquino III prior to the latter's resignation from the Aquino Cabinet to lead the opposition campaign for 2016. File photo from OVP

Roxas to Junjun Binay: ‘Makati is not your kingdom’

Jun 30, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II urges Vice President Jejomar Binay to advise his son to follow the law

CLASH. Supporters of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay try to break the police barricade protecting an officer from the DILG who posted the Suspension Order at City Hall on June 30, 2015.  Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Palace tells Cabinet: No ‘politicking’

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:02 PM

The reminder comes amid calls for the resignation of Cabinet officials who are planning to join the 2016 race

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (February 16, 2015). Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr., Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Sea row pulls down Philippines in peace index

Jun 20, 2015 - 4:08 PM

In the Asia Pacific region the Philippines is now second to the last in the Global Peace Index besting only North Korea which ranks 153rd

DISPUTED ISLANDS. A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island), part of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

Palace to Binay: Consider budget in raising village execs' pay

Jun 14, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says Binay s proposal to give regular compensation to barangay officials must be carefully studied

Uniqlo now sells San Miguel Pale Pilsen T-shirts

Jun 05, 2015 - 7:31 PM

The T shirt line is Uniqlo s second corporate collaboration in the Philippines following the launch of the Jollibee T shirts in May

Philippines vows tips, not aid, in Rohingya meeting

Jun 01, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says there is at the moment no need for the Philippines to accept Rohingya refugees

ASIAN CRISIS. Diplomats and officials from 17 countries gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 29, 2015, to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants trying to reach Malaysia and Indonesia by boat. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Rohingya migrants reached PH in 2014

May 27, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The United Nations refugee agency calls the Philippines a beacon of hope for thousands of refugees

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this handout photo released May 22, 2015, the Myanmar navy rescues a boat loaded with 219 migrants, most of them from Bangladesh according to a government website. Malaysia and Indonesia say they would start helping thousands of Rohingya migrants on boats off their shores. Handout photo from Myanmar Information Ministry/EPA

Pope and Rohingya: Migrant pontiff backs refugees

May 23, 2015 - 9:42 AM

In this globalized world we have fallen into globalized indifference We have become used to the suffering of others: it doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t concern me; it’s none of my business

SYMBOLIC TRIP. In his first trip outside Rome, Pope Francis (C) speaks with migrants during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, on July 8, 2013. Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/EPA

PH to join regional meeting on Rohingya

May 22, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Hosted by Thailand on May 29 the meeting will include officials from 15 countries including Indonesia Malaysia Bangladesh and Myanmar

TEMPORARY CARE. A Rohingya child eats breakfast as he is given medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia on May 17, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Yolanda rehab to limit Philippines' Rohingya aid

May 21, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The Philippines says it is constrained by resource limitations in the face of calls to help up to 7 000 Rohingya boat people

BOAT PEOPLE. A refugee tries to help his friend unconscious after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjutak/EPA

De Lima proposes rescue ships for Rohingya

May 19, 2015 - 8:27 PM

The justice chief says however that for now the best the Philippines can offer is to share and exchange notes on boat people with neighboring countries

BOAT PEOPLE. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh (left), receive food, water and other aid supplies from a Thai fishing boat (right) in the Andaman Sea close to Malaysia, southern Thailand, on May 14, 2015. Photo by EPA

PH weighs 'big population' in helping boat people

May 19, 2015 - 7:24 PM

We need to balance our international commitments and our national interest the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOAT PEOPLE. Refugees take a rest after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa in East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Travel docs 'not expected' from boat people – PH

May 18, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says nearly 3 000 Rohingya boat people in search for a home are stateless and may not have passports

IN PROTEST. Tears roll down the face of an ethnic Myanmar Rohingya refugee during a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 16, 2014. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

PH open to sheltering 3,000 'boat people'

May 18, 2015 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED The Palace denies a newspaper report that says the Philippines will push back to sea the boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Philippine envoy's body to arrive from Pakistan

May 11, 2015 - 5:02 PM

The late Ambassador Lucenario is credited for spearheading the Philippines transition to machine readable passports

FILIPINO ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan delivers a lecture for the Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Service Institute on September 4, 2014. He is reportedly killed in a chopper crash. File photo from DFA-FSI

Aquino, VP Binay mourn death of PH ambassador to Pakistan

May 09, 2015 - 12:38 PM

Top leaders of the country convey their condolences to the family of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Domingo Lucenario Jr who died in a helicopter crash in Pakistan

FILIPINO ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan delivers a lecture for the Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Service Institute on September 4, 2014. He is reportedly killed in a chopper crash. File photo from DFA-FSI