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DFA to study implications of The Hague ruling

  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will study the implications and ramification of the upcoming Arbitral Tribunal’s decision on the case filed by the Philippines against China, DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. said. “The first thing we’ll do when we get the decision is to study its implications and its ramifications,” Yasay said at the first Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration in Malacanang. The Philippines filed a memorial on March 30, 2014 before the International tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to contest the nine-dash line theory of the Chinese government The Arbitral Tribunal is expected to hand down its decision on the case filed by the Philippines against China on July 12, 2016. Yasay said he is not in favor of making stronger statements against China in case the Philippines’ wins …

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No holiday in Duterte’s inauguration – Palace

    Malacanang on Wednesday said that Thursday, June 30, will not be a holiday despite the inauguration of the 16th President of the country, Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that June 30 is a regular working day. “As per the text message I received from Executive Secretary (Paquito) Ochoa at 12:10 pm today: June 30, 2016 is a regular working day,” Coloma said. It is in contrast to the time when President Aquino stepped into office back in 2010, when then President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 2085 on June 17, 2010 to declare a special non-working holiday on June 30, 2010. Duterte will step into office at 12 noon of June 30, replacing President Benigno S. Aquino III. Coloma had said that before President Aquino steps down today (Thursday), he will be having a one-on-one meeting with President-elect …

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Fisheries centers in Leyte, Samar

President Aquino has signed a law allowing the establishment of training, development and product centers in the provinces of Eastern Visayas that would further improve marine agriculture in the area. President Aquino signed Republic Act (RA) No. 10861, or an Act Establishing a Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Training, Development, and Product Center in each of the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Samar and Northern Samar. It was signed by the President on May 23, 2016. The Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Training, Development, and Product Center shall be under the supervision of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture (BFAR-DA). Under the law, the BFAR is directed to collaborate with, and tap the expertise, resources and facilities of, the state universities and colleges in the aforementioned …

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Lacierda ‘signs-off’ from Palace duty

Just a few days before the new administration steps into office, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said he and his staff are all packed and ready to go. The Office of the Presidential spokesperson (OPS) and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office ( PCDSPO) took their final photo as a team before Lacierda “signed off” as the President’s spokesman.   In his Facebook page, Lacierda expressed his gratitude for the learning he got as the President’s mouthpiece during the past six years in office. “We thank you for all your support, we were edified. Thank you for all your encouragement, we were motivated to give of ourselves more,” Lacierda said. He said his work as the Presidential Spokesperson had not been without criticisms but said it was through those criticisms where …

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Aquino to return home at Times Street on June 30

  Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III will go heading straight to his home at Times Street in Quezon City once the inauguration rites for incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is finished. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said President Aquino will be performing his duties for one last time in Malacanang on June 30. “Ang batid ko lang ay pagkatapos 'nung magaganap dito sa Palasyo ng Malakanyang na may partisipasyon si Pangulong Aquino, siya ay tuwirang magtutungo sa kanyang tahanan sa Times Street, Quezon City [After the event here in Malacanang Palace, he will be going straight to his home at Times Street, Quezon City],” Coloma said in his final press briefing in Malacanang Tuesday. “Pero bago 'non, gagampanan niya 'yung kanyang tungkulin bilang Pangulo ng naaayon sa tradisyon [But before that, he will …

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Valte’s signing off FB message: ‘Mommy is coming home’

“Mommy is coming home.” This was how outgoing Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte ended her signing off message as the Aquino administration prepares to bow out in a few days. In her Facebook page, Valte posted the final photo of the officials and staff of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) composed of herself, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and PCDSPO Usec. Manolo Quezon.   In what seems to be her farewell message posted on Facebook, Valte thanked those who have been part of the Aquino administration for the past six years. “I could not have survived without your support,” she said. Valte described her six years in Malacanang as a journey “filled with challenges, defeats, triumphs, tears, laughter.” “It has brought out the worst in us …

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‘Brexit’ won’t affect OFWs, PH economy – Palace

Malacañang on Saturday allayed fears that the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to bolt from the European Union (EU) will have an adverse effect on Filipino workers in the UK. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr likewise assured that the Philippine economy will not be affected by the so-called ‘Brexit.’ According to Coloma, most of the Filipinos working in the UK are nurses. “ The services of Filipino nurses are not based on UK’s membership in the EU because their jobs are covered by UK laws and not by the EU,” he said. He also said the Department of Finance DOF had also allayed fears that the turnout of events would shake up the Philippines’ economy. Coloma pointed out that the country has strong macroeconomic fundamentals under the Aquino administration during the past six …

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60 enrolled bills await PNoy’s signature

More or less 60 enrolled bills are awaiting President Aquino’s signature before he steps down from office next week. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Office of the President (OP) is thoroughly reviewing the enrolled bills before President Aquino makes a decision to sign or veto a bill. “Ayon sa Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), humigit kumulang 60 enrolled bills galing sa Kongreso ang kasalukuyang sumasailam sa review ng Tangapan ng Pangulo, partikular ang ODESLA (Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legislative Affairs) [According to the PLLO, there are more or less 60 enrolled bills from Congress that are currently undergoing review at the Office of the President, particularly its ODESLA],” Coloma said. He said this includes the Exact Change Act that would require business establishments to give exact change …

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AFP still can’t confirm ASG kidnapping of 7 Indonesians – Palace

Malacañang said yesterday that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has no solid confirmation yet on the alleged kidnapping of Indonesian seamen by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that based on the information from AFP Spokesman Restituto Padilla, the AFP has “no direct and solid confirmation of the report.” “What we have are reports from Indonesia and an advisory from their military command,” he said. “The AFP Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) and the Philippine Navy are still trying their best to confirm and validate this report,” Coloma said. Reports revealed that seven Indonesian seafarers were abducted by the ASG after the terrorist group released Filipina Marites Flor last Friday. It will be recalled that the ASG also kidnapped 10 Indonesian sailors last March 26. This is aside …

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Coloma suggests adherence to principles of Int’l Law

With just a week left in office, the outgoing Aquino administration on Thursday said the Philippine government should adhere to the principles of international law once the Arbitral Tribunal renders its decision on the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said that under the Aquino administration, “the Philippines has always adhered to a rules-based peaceful settlements of disputes involving maritime entitlements in the South China Sea or West Philippines Sea.” “We believe that freedom of navigation and freedom of overflight are essential elements in ensuring the free flow of global commerce and this is the position that has been adopted by ASEAN in successive summits since three or four years ago. This is the principle embodied in the Declaration on the Code of …

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