Sonny Coloma - updates

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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

June 30, Thursday, a regular working day – Palace

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Malacañang says June 30 2016 is a regular working day the same day when President elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President elect Leni Robredo will take their oath of office

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

Drug trade, Benigno Aquino, EU referendum | 6PM wRap

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:12 PM

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AFP: No conspiracy with Abu Sayyaf

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:27 PM

The Armed Forces says in a statement commanders on the ground are in full control of our troops and are focused on their primary mission of getting these criminals and saving the hostages

TIGHT SECURITY. Filipino soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint during Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's trip to the island of Sulu, southern Philippines, on June 15, 2016, after the murder of Canadian national Robert Hall. Photo by Ben Hajan/EPA

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

Syria ceasefire, Madonna PH ban, Oscars 2016 | 12PM wRap

Feb 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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Senate wants Ochoa, Roxas, retired generals in Mamasapano probe

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe hopes the re opening of the investigation into a controversial police operation will only take one hearing

PROBE RE-OPENING. Former PNP OIC (retired) Deputy Director Leonardo Espina, former interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during the 2015 probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

What 2016 bets from the Senate think of SC's EDCA decision

Jan 12, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The senators some of whom earlier signed a resolution that the PH US military agreement needs Senate approval now say they respect the High Court s ruling

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Palace: Poe offers no 'concrete, alternative' programs

Dec 08, 2015 - 6:43 PM

In response to Senator Grace Poe s tirades Malacañang says she has not given any real options

NO ALTERNATIVE. In response to Senator Grace Poe's tirades against the Aquino administration, Malacañang says Poe has not offered any 'concrete alternative,' even as she ran on the same platform she is now hitting. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Palace: Look at APEC hosting as 'bayanihan'

Nov 18, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Strict protocols security concerns and infrastructure left wanting lead to congestion in the Philippine metro as it hosts leaders of economic powerhouses

'BAYANIHAN.' The Palace calls on the public to see the long-term benefits of hosting an APEC meet. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Laglag-bala' probe: Palace looking into bullets as amulets

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Malacañang says the gov t is looking into the possibility that airport passengers are actually carrying bullets in their bags because they consider them as agimat

AMULETS. Malacañang says one angle being considered in the 'laglag-bala' investigation is the possibility of bullets being used as amulets or 'anting-anting'/'agimat' by passengers.

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, Army: Killing of Agusan del Sur mayor 'cowardly' act

Oct 20, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Malacañang vows intensified operations to bring perpetrators to justice

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

PH to UN body, Mamasapano probe, forest fires | 6PM wRap

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:20 PM

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2016 presidential race, asylum for refugees, Tsipras’ victory | 12PM wRap

Sep 21, 2015 - 12:47 PM

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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

Palace: Admin supports probe on Lumad killings

Sep 13, 2015 - 2:14 PM

This comes after netizens and the CBCP call on the government to investigate crimes against the indigenous group in Mindanao

Emok samarca's Funeral infront of PNP HQ then at AFP advance division to stage a short program and noise barrage in brgy. Bangcasi, Butuan City. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Palace: MMDA ordered to manage heavy traffic Tuesday night

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:59 AM

Malacanang says no cancellation of work or classes even as thousands are unable to go home due to heavy traffic and floods in Metro Manila

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Palace: No new or higher taxes, income tax cuts

Sep 05, 2015 - 3:40 PM

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says the BIR is not proposing higher VAT rates and that the government will only focus on improving tax collection

Binay: Aquino admin obsessed with controlling Iglesia ni Cristo

Aug 17, 2015 - 1:38 PM

The opposition standard bearer questions Justice Secretary Leila de Lima stance to continue investigating the issue even after an official of the NBI declared it case closed

'RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.' Vice President Jejomar Binay tells Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to stop investigating the INC case. File photo by Joel Liporada

Palace backs DOJ probe on alleged INC abduction

Aug 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM

This comes after lawyer Harry Roque a presumed senatorial candidate under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance called on DOJ to stop its witch hunt of the INC

2016 bets should push for 'sincerity' bills – Miriam Santiago

Aug 09, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Malacanang for its part says all administration candidates are advocates of good governance principles

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Palace: PH, Japan strategic partners on peace, security

Aug 09, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is in response to China s supposed claims that the Philippines is conniving with Japan over the West Philippine Sea dispute

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the Signing Ceremony on June 4, 2015, during Aquino's state visit to Japan. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PDAF scam, South China Sea, 2019 FIBA World Cup | 6PM wRap

Aug 07, 2015 - 7:23 PM

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MH370 debris, Binay vs Malacañang, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

Aug 06, 2015 - 6:21 PM

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4 in 10 Filipinos optimistic about next 12 months – SWS

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The people of Mindanao and the poorest Class E are the most optimistic about their prospects in the next 12 months the June 2015 Social Weather Survey results show

Palace: Aquino administration should get ‘high grade’

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:46 PM

Is the glass half empty or half full? Instead of complaining why is the glass not full we should see that it is becoming more full says Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma in Filipino

Broken or Delivered Promises? President Benigno Aquino III still has a lot to do to deliver his promises in his 2010 campaign.

Erap still 'influential' in politics – Palace

Jul 02, 2015 - 10:24 PM

Communications Secretary Coloma however refuses to comment on the possibility of getting the former president to support the administration candidate in 2016

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

Binay resignation, new MRT3 coaches, GMA-7-Ang deal | 6PM wRap

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:56 PM

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Aquino accepts VP Binay resignation

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:52 PM

There were no personal interactions between Aquino and Binay The President confirmed the Vice President s decision over a phone call

SEVERED TIES? President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Vice President Jejomar Binay during the reception line for the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (January 12, 2015). (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Rodrigo Duterte, President Aquino’s SALN, Rohingya | 6PM wRap

May 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Valenzuela factory passed occupational safety checks – DOLE

May 14, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Labor department records show that fire struck Kentex Manufacturing Company complied with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards as of last check in September 2014

MASSIVE FIRE. A rubber slipper factory that burned in Valenzuela City complied with safety requirements as of September, said the government. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Customs' Sevilla: Political nominees last straw

Apr 23, 2015 - 6:42 PM

EXCLUSIVE: In his first one on one interview after his resignation former Customs Commissioner John P Sevilla says appointments to top positions are often pushed by government officials who want Iglesia ni Cristo nominees

STEPPING DOWN. Ex-Customs Commissioner John P Sevilla resigns, after refusing political appointments.

PCOS machines, Mamasapano report, Mayweather-Pacquiao contract | The wRap

Apr 23, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Supreme Court ruling may render the PCOS machines useless The NBI calls Mamasapano incident murder Bob Arum refuses to sign the Mayweather Pacquiao contract

Satisfaction with Aquino gov't at all-time low – SWS

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:26 PM

The Aquino administration suffers a 15 point fall in its overall public satisfaction ratings – a performance downgrade from good to moderate

ALL TIME LOW. Less than half of Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of President Benigno Aquino III's administration. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH Coast Guard confirms Filipino fishermen harassed by China

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:35 PM

However the Coast Guard has yet to confirm the number of fishermen involved

2012 file photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

Aquino: Comelec chair appointment coming soon

Apr 17, 2015 - 3:58 PM

“We have the presidential elections next year we need someone energetic and enthusiastic ” the President says

RETIRING. Comelec commissioner Lucenito Tagle, chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, and commissioner Elias Yusoph attend the flag ceremony on February 2, their last day with the poll body. Jose Del/Rappler

Palace: We’re not the only one concerned about China

Apr 16, 2015 - 3:50 PM

Many other countries are expressing concern And in the field of foreign affairs and diplomacy having many voices is one way of showing the position of the majority said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

TESDA chief joining Aquino comms group? 'I am here for him'

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:58 PM

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva says he has not received any official notice but if offered seriously he would discuss it with President Benigno Aquino III

NEW POST? TESDA Chief Joel Villanueva says he has yet to talk to President Benigno Aquino III on possibly joining the Palace communications team. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Satisfaction with Aquino lowest after Mamasapano – SWS

Apr 06, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The latest survey released by the SWS shows the President s satisfaction rating drop by 28 points from December – echoing an earlier Pulse Asia poll that shows his satisfaction ratings at an all time low

'Mishandled' Mamasapano? We endeavor to inform – Palace

Mar 22, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Yet the President himself is ‘still forming his own narrative’ on Mamasapano

'ONLY THE TRUTH.' President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his Commencement Address during the 110th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2015 on March 15, 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino not yet done with explanation on Mamasapano

Mar 19, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III will likely use future engagements to further explain his knowledge on the Mamasapano incident

MORE TO SAY. President Benigno Aquino III has yet to explain his full side of the story on Mamasapano, says the Palace. File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau.

‘The President has taken responsibility for Mamasapano’ – Palace

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:55 PM

In the face of falling trust and approval ratings Malacañang says the President will continue to explain details of the incident to regain people s trust

ORDERS DISOBEYED? President Benigno Aquino III says he gave instructions to former police chief Alan Purisima regarding 'Oplan Exodus' but Purisima did not follow him. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang denies hand in Binay suspension

Mar 12, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The Palace s communications secretary says it is up to Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr whether to heed the suspension order of the Ombudsman

CALLING FOR DUE PROCESS. Makati Mayor Junjun Binay addresses supporters on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, criticizing the way some senators are handling the Senate probe against his family.

Aquino isn’t passing blame, says Palace

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:27 PM

Malacañang also denies that the President is pre empting the results of the Board of Inquiry s report on Mamasapano

NOT PASSING BLAME. President Benigno Aquino III says former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas will be held liable for the Mamasapano operation but Malacañang says Aquino is not passing on blame. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Palace: SAF families wanted details of operation from Aquino

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:33 PM

They continue to ask for clarity on what happened so the President told them what he knows and what he understands to have happened in Mamasapano

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Benigno Aquino III makes an unscheduled visit to Camp Crame, the national police headquarters, on February 18, 2015, to meet with the families of Special Action Force commandos who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

PNP on US involvement, Sulpicio Lines, Filipinas in Mars | The wRap

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Police downplay US involvement in Mamasapano clash Sulpicio Lines can no longer ferry people 2 Filipinas are candidates for a colony on Mars

This year, gov’t plans ‘simple’ EDSA celebration

Feb 17, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The EDSA People Power Commission says it will have a grander celebration in 2016 on the revolution s 30th anniversary

NEW VENUE. The annual commemoration of the EDSA Revolution will be held at the Malacañan Palace Grounds instead of EDSA to avoid causing heavy traffic. File photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau