On the passing of Alfredo Lobo

The Palace extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Alfredo “Fred” Lobo on his passing.

On the wearing of face masks

We reiterate and support the legal opinion of the Justice Secretary that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) resolution on the mandatory wearing of face masks shall prevail over the executive orders by local government units, including the one issued by the provincial government of Cebu.

On the dismissal of immigration employees

The recent decision of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) dismissing immigration employees in connection with the “pastillas scam” underscores that there are no sacred cows in the Duterte Administration.

On Bulusan Volcano

The Executive is closely monitoring the condition of Bulusan Volcano after a phreatic eruption occurred this morning, June 5, 2022.

On IATF Resolution 168-D

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, June 2, 2022, approved the recommendations of the sub-Technical Working Group for Data Analytics to provide clarification on the alert level classification of provinces, highly urbanized cities (HUCs), independent component cities (ICCs), component cities, and municipalities effective 01 June 2022 until 15 June 2022.

On the Commission on Appointments

We recognize the power vested by the Constitution in the Commission on Appointments and further respect its authority to confirm appointments made by the President.

On new taxes

Imposing new taxes, deferring personal income tax reductions and repealing some tax exemptions are some of the proposals of the Department of Finance to the incoming Marcos Administration to raise the much-needed government revenues.