Pres. Duterte assures freedom of expression, press in PHL

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured to uphold freedom of the press and expression in the country under his leadership.

In front of the newly-elected National Press Club (NPC) officers, President Duterte likened the press freedom in the Philippines to the United States where there is no pressure.

”Here in our country, press freedom is thriving, it’s working,” President Duterte said in his speech before the oath-taking of the NPC officers led by its president Paul Gutierrez at Malacanang Palace.

President Duterte’s first administrative order was the creation of presidential task force that will protect members of the media from...

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DOH does not see the need for legalizing marijuana; says compassionate use of it is on the FDA law

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The Department of Health (DOH) does not believe that legalizing marijuana is necessary in the midst of the claims of actor Mark Anthony Fernandez that he is using marijuana to help prevent cancer.

DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said they do not subscribe to the idea of legalizing marijuana in order to provide access to it by those in medical need of the controlled substance.

“We, in the medical community, believe that legalizing a product (like marijuana) is not the way to go,” said Secretary Ubial in an interview.

She added that there is no need to legalize...

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Nationwide federalism campaign to kick-off in the Barangay Assembly Day

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Department of Interior and Local Government, together with the People’s National Movement to Federalism (PENAMFED), will launch a ‘federalism information campaign’ in the inception of the nationwide Barangay Assembly Day on Oct. 9, 2016.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno on Friday said that the massive information campaign on the launching of first Barangay Assembly Day in the current administration would cover the overall benefits of federalism in our country.

The information campaign on federalism was approved earlier by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the People’s National Movement to Federalism (PENAMFED) through a memorandum of...

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DILG warns public against hoodwinkers seeking OICs in villages

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Following the supposed postponement of SK and Barangay elections, Department of Interior and Local Government on Friday warned groups duping individuals to appoint as OIC barangay captains in the municipalities nationwide.

DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno aired this after his office received reports that an organization called the National Interfaith Council of the Philippines (NICOPHIL) was allegedly using the name of the DILG to encourage individuals to submit their resumes as aspiring barangay captains and allegedly seeking Php 50,000 to fill up positions in the barangay.

The group is reportedly asking interested applicants to email their resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until Sunday,...

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