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Senators ask SC to void PRRD memo barring Cabinet from hearings

Senators formally filed a petition questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for executive department officers and workers to refrain from participating in legislative inquiries by the upper chamber’s Blue Ribbon Committee.In an 81-page suit dated Nov. 10, the petitioners led by… Read More

DUTERTE: Corruption not in my system

Tells Gordon, Drilon: I wouldn’t be president if I’m corrupt

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at two senators investigating supposed deficiencies in the government’s Covid-19 pandemic spending, stressing that he would not be elected as the country’s president if he was corrupt like them.In his prerecorded public address aired… Read More


Some senators’ ‘posturing’ over use of public funds

 August 27, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte chided on Thursday night the alleged “posturing” of some senators who are taking advantage of the Commission on Audit’s (COA) audit reports on several government agencies’ deficiencies in spending

DRILON: Duterte should ask help of US, Japan, Australia, other allies in fight vs. China


President Rodrigo Duterte should ask the country’s neighbors and allies , including the United States, Japan and Australia, to join the Philippines’ fight against China and its illegal occupation of the country’s territory.

Senator Franklin DrIlon made this suggestion as China refused to move out its vessels in the West Philippine Sea, which is under the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EZZ), deSpite continued protests by the Philippines.

“Apart from the protests, which I support, we should, as an objective, get the other nations to confront China, including our allies—United States, Japan and Australia. We must unite against the unlawful Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea,” Drilon said.

But while making a suggestion on how to resolve the territorial conflict withChina, Drilon also snapped at Duterte’s “policy of appeasement and accommodation toward China.”

This presidential complacency encouraged Beijing to ignore the Philippines’ protests and continue its occupation of waters well within the country’s 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone, said Drilon.

Drilon said the Philippines has legal basis in “rightfully and forcefully asserting the country’s claims on the West Philippine Sea” based on the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of the Philippines .


It is high time that the country as one nation stands up to China’s continues incursion in the WPS. By all accounts, it is maritime bullying,” Senator Franklin Drilon said as he commended Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for standing up against China and demanding that it withdraw its fleets from the Julian Felipe Reef.

“The Philippine government should pursue, and strongly and actively call for, the enforcement of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague,” said Drilon, a leader of the opposition Liberal Party and a critic of the foreign policy of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte..

The Julian Felipe Reef is located within the country’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Philippine-claimed West Philippine Sea (WPS).

FILE PHOTO: Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana answer questions during a Reuters interview at the military headquarters of Camp Aquinaldo in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

On Sunday, Lorenzana said China should stop conducting activities in the disputed waters. He said  the presence of China’s maritime militia in Julian Felipe reef reveals China’s intent to further expand its presence in the WPS.

Drilon said it is about time for the country to stand up against the “maritime bullying’ of China.

Drilon said the Philippines must take a strong stand on the continuous incursion of Chinese vessels in theWPS as well as other areas within the country’s exclusive economic zone by raising the 2016 Hague ruling.