Duterte willing to serve public even after his term

President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday the Filipino people could still seek his assistance even after he steps down from office in June.Duterte issued the statement during the campaign rally of his ruling party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Cainta,… Read More

DOJ set to appeal RTC ruling on Trillanes case


“The DOJ (Department of Justice) will file, not later than Friday, a motion for partial reconsideration of the order of RTC-Makati Branch 148 (coup d’ etat) only insofar as it found that Sen. Trillanes had sufficiently shown that he filed his certificate of amnesty, and that therefore it follows that he also admitted his guilt for the offense of coup d’ etat and recanted all statements inconsistent with such admission of guilt,” Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo earlier said Solicitor General Jose Calida intends to file ‘very soon’ a petition seeking the reversal of the decision before the Court of Appeals (CA).

DOJ set to appeal RTC ruling on Trillanes case

MANILA — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said government lawyers will be filing within the week the necessary pleadings to ask Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano to take a second look at his order in connection with the criminal charges against Senator Antonio… Read More

Calida to appeal Trillanes ruling before CA

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday said Solicitor General Jose Calida will elevate a Makati court’s decision denying the Department of Justice’s petition for an alias arrest warrant and travel ban against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to the Court of Appeals (CA).Presidential… Read More




Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte respects the separation of powers of the three branches of government and would not meddle in the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the House of Representatives.

At a Palace briefing, Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag assured that Duterte would respect the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, or any other co-equal branch of government for that matter.
“The President was always clear about saying that if and when the House of Representatives or any other co-equal branch would do so, then that is up to them,” she said.
Banaag, who is also a lawyer, said that with regards to the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno, the Palace would respect any action that is within the bounds of the law.
“We respect, if and when a civilian or any person for that matter would file a complaint against any impeachable officer. That is up to them because that is within the bounds of the law,” she said.
The Palace official likewise belied insinuations that the impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Magistrate has the blessings of Duterte since it was filed by a group allegedly allied with the President.
“Hindi kontrolado ng Presidente kung may mga kaalyado man siya na may gustong mag-file ng complaint against any impeachable officer. Nasa sa kanila po ‘yun . And it’s not necessarily galing sa ating Pangulo,” Banaag said.
As for the complaint itself, she pointed out that it is the prerogative of Congress’ how to handle the matter.
“That is up for the House of Representatives to handle or tackle. It is really up to them to consider and reconsider,” Banaag said.
On Wednesday, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chair Dante Jimenez and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) president Eligio Mallari submitted the first complaint against Sereno to the House secretary general.
However, without an endorsement from a member of the House, the complaint was not considered to have been officially filed. (Cielito M. Reganit/PNA)


“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is very glad and expresses its appreciation to the SC for the favorable ruling which is supportive of Martial Law in Mindanao. The AFP takes this as a vote of confidence that we are doing what is right and what is necessary for the restoration of the rule of law, peace and order in the whole island,” said AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Tuesday.
Martial Law in Mindanao was declared by Duterte, nighttime of May 23, the very day the Maute Group attacked Marawi City.
“We remain committed to our mandate to protect our people and the integrity and sovereignty of our country,” he said.
And while admitting that the mission is not yet over, the AFP chief assured the public that the entire military is focused and determined to carry on the fight till peace and order in Mindanao is fully restored and the liberation of Marawi from terrorists is achieved at the soonest time possible.
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, for his part, said he is happy with the SC decision regarding Martial Law in Mindanao.
With this ruling, he said they can take the necessary steps to do their job.
“Personally, I’m happy that the Supreme Court find… it has legal basis so that we can continue our job properly until the end of martial law which is up to July 23, 2017,” Lorenzana said. (PNA)