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Let mines stay open, Manobo chiefs plead

SIX Manobo tribal chieftains in Surigao del Sur, whose fellow tribesmen were affected by the closure of mines, have appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to allow mining operations in their area. The concerned tribal leaders filed yesterday a complaint before…

Not pro-Napoles — Palace

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MALACANANG yesterday laughed off insinuations that it was protecting alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Presidential spokesperson Erneso Abella denied that the Palace is covering for Napoles, pointing out that Solicitor General Jose Calida merely manifested what he believed…

CPP move to free prisoners hailed

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza yesterday hailed the release of prisoners held by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as an act of goodwill to encourage both parties to return to the negotiating table. In…

Death penalty dispute rages

THE House leadership will decide this afternoon whether to terminate plenary debates to force an early voting on the proposed law restoring death as punishment for heinous crimes and for plunder even as the Liberal Party (LP) maintained it would…

Due process followed in Leila’s cases — Palace

MALACAÑANG yesterday said that due process is being followed in the drug cases filed against Sen. Leila de Lima even as an arrest warrant appears inevitable this week. “Well, let’s just follow due process,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said when…

‘Koko’ underscores Senate session ‘sanctity’

THE Senate will not allow its session to be disturbed by the serving of an arrest warrant on Sen. Leila de Lima should the court order her detention, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel stressed. The Department of Justice (DoJ) on…

Trillanes to write AMLC re Duterte bank accounts

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday said he intends to write the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in order to obtain all bank transactions under the name of President Rodrigo Duterte. Trillanes, staunch critic of the administration, said he would write a…

Philconsa head welcomes House federalism thrust

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday welcomed the planned nationwide consultations on federalism by the House committee on constitutional amendments. Romualdez lauded the panel chaired by Southern Leyte Rep. Roger “Oging” Mercado which will begin this coming Friday…

AFP Task Force to help PDEA

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will create a task force that will help the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) fight illegal drugs. AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año said a battalion-size task force -- not the whole…

CA junks PDIC estafa case against 88 individuals

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the dismissal of the estafa and money-laundering charges filed against 88 individuals by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) for supposedly amassing P97.73 million in deposit insurance claims using falsified documents. In a…

Duterte to review orders vs mines

The President has taken note of some P70B a year earnings from mines PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to review the decision of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to close mines and scrap the mining contracts affecting watershed areas. Duterte however…
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