Journalists still in danger of being killed, harassed under Marcos gov’t, says CPJ

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter FILIPINO journalists remained at risk of getting killed and harassed under the government of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). “All four of the murders in the Philippines were of radio journalists covering local politics, highlighting the dangers faced by […]

Philippines to stem ‘recessionary forces’

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday said the Philippines would resist global recessionary headwinds, but warned that increasing tensions in the South China Sea were harming trade. In a speech at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the president said he was bullish about the country’s economic prospects. “My belief […]

Marcos says cybersecurity upgrades to accompany digitalization push

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. promised a corresponding effort to upgrade cybersecurity alongside his government’s push to digitalize the bureaucracy, the Palace said in a statement. “Security has become a huge issue… that’s what we are trying to design now, a cybersecurity system for sensitive information,” he was quoted as saying in an open forum […]

Marcos: Asia-Pacific region won’t take sides amid political tensions

COUNTRIES in the Asia-Pacific region should avoid taking sides amid intensifying geopolitical tensions, Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. said on Monday. During a luncheon hosted by his economic managers in Davos, Switzerland, the president said nations in the region are being pressured to take sides, without naming a country. But members of the Association […]

PBBM, VP Sara: Education, upskilling key to Filipino workers’ future; PSAC in full support

THE Philippine government strongly supports the workers’ skills development and learning recovery programs as they are deemed very vital in making the Filipino workers more flexible and highly adaptable. By upskilling and reskilling the workers, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte believe they can easily adjust to the […]

Farmers, fisherfolk oppose EO 171 extension

FIFTEEN farmers and fisherfolk organizations released a joint statement Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, expressing their opposition to the extension of Executive Order (EO) 171, saying the reduced import tariff did not benefit consumers. The group instead wants the Marcos administration to protect local agriculture, through various programs and interventions to ensure food security. EO 171 […]

Marcos to promote seamless passage for seafarers in APEC Summit 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. left the Philippines on Wednesday to attend a major conference of Asia-Pacific leaders in Thailand, vowing to promote seamless passage for Filipino seafarers and push for economic inclusion of small businesses and marginalized sectors.   The Philippine leader also said he would entice investors from Thailand, which is expected to stick […]

Marcos vows to boost quality of jobs as Filipinos seek more work

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday vowed to boost the quality of jobs in the Philippines, after underemployment continued to worsen in September at 15.4%. The president vowed to improve job quality “to address underemployment while bolstering job opportunities in the country,” the presidential palace said in a statement.  “Ever since we started with […]

Marcos urges Congress to fast-track bills digitalizing PHL bureaucracy  

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday asked lawmakers to quickly approve bills seeking to digitalize the Philippine bureaucracy.    He made the appeal as he raised concern about the Philippines’ ranking in an e-government index by the United Nations, saying the country has experienced a “regression.”   Speaking at an information and communications technology summit attended […]

Marcos names godson creative adviser

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has appointed one of his godsons his adviser for creative communications, the presidential palace said on Monday.  Filmmaker Paul D. Soriano, who took his oath before the president, had agreed to get a peso as his yearly salary, it said.  Mr. Soriano, who directed a political ad promoting Mr. Marcos […]

Malacañang vows justice, transparency in the wake of broadcaster’s murder 

A HIGH-RANKING Malacañang official assured the family of slain radio journalist Percival Mabasa that President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s administration is ready to provide assistance and is closely monitoring the case.     “We are ready to help. The President wants to send that message,” Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin said at the wake of Mr. Mabasa […]