By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent A group called Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) emerged in the middle of the controversy generated by the latest threat made by President Duterte to declare a revolutionary government if the political opposition carries on with its de-stabilization and ouster plot. The plot to de-stabilize and eventually oust Duterte from the presidency was confirmed in what looks like a well-fund...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte are having a field day gloating over a huge 18-point drop in his net satisfaction rating, saying this only shows that corruption and extra-judicial killings have started to erode the President’s once immense popularity. The multi-sector group Tindig, which spearheaded the national day of protest last month, said the big decline in Duterte’s ratings is but an indication that the “honeymoon i...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman’s probe into the alleged millions of pesos in his bank accounts which he failed to disclose as required by law, vowing he would “not submit” to its authority. He said the allegations against him by the Office of the Ombudsman, which he calls “lousy,” were “lies based on baseless” information. “I will not submit to the jurisdiction (of the ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Malacañang wants concrete proof to be convinced of rampant corruption and interference in government, which have been cited as reasons for the abrupt resignation of Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Sec. Rodolfo Salalima who is considered one of the most qualified and upright members of the Duterte Cabinet. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said President Duterte is interested to find out the...

By Daniel Llanto FilAm Star Correspondent A broad multi-sector alliance opposing President Duterte is accusing him of “trying to desperately sabotage” what could be the first massive rally against his presidency last September 21 at the Luneta Park in time for the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late former President Ferdinand Marcos to suggest that Duterte is another dictator in the making. The organization called Movement against Tyranny (MA...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Rather than testify on the alleged widespread corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) during his watch, dismissed Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon voluntarily placed himself in the custody of the Senate which said he would be detained indefinitely. The Senate detained Faeldon on September 11 after he refused to testify before the blue ribbon committee. Committee Chair Sen. Richard Gordon said Faeldon chose detention over...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Malacanang is taking seriously reports of a plot being hatched by the opposition Liberal Party to de-stabilize the Duterte administration with the alleged goal of installing Vice-president Leni Robredo in the place of President Duterte. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said any such threat to the duly constituted authority is a cause for concern and “I’m sure it’s being looked into.” Abella referred to the claim made b...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After an impeachment complaint was finally filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista at the House of Representatives, the camp of Vice-president Leni Robredo was quick to announce that this does not imply there was any irregularity in her tight 2016 election victory over former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, said there is no factual basis to doubt the resul...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent As criticism against the administration’s anti-drug war pile up, President Duterte challenged any group disaffected by his rule to stage a coup to remove him from office, saying he welcomes a change in president and a government that works to be in place. “Let’s have an uprising,” the President said, addressing himself to “all those who do not believe in me.” He added that he will even provide transportation to the coup plotte...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After professing to a hands-off stand on the simple “marital spat” between Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista and his estranged wife Patricia, President Duterte now supports any move in Congress to impeach the embattled Comelec head. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President would support an impeachment case against Bautista, obviously referring to former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras who ...