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CJ gets impeach hearing invite

CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno was invited by the House of Representatives to attend the impeachment hearing next week. But opposition solon Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said Sereno need not attend because she can be legally represented by her legal…

DoJ drops charges vs ex-BuCor chief

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has dropped the charges filed against former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) head Rafael Ragos who was implicated along with Senator Leila de Lima in the illegal drugs trade in the New Bilibid Prison. This left…

Palace denies maintaining ‘keyboard army’

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MALACAÑANG yesterday junked claims that the government is employing a “keyboard army” to amplify support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which is drawing massive flak both locally and internationally due to its high death toll. In his text…

Palace spokesperson scores critics of ASEAN event

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NOT mere glitz and pageantry. Malacanang yesterday slammed critics of the hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that obviously those critics did not know what happened behind…

AFP will not tolerate soldiers’ abuses

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday stressed its commitment to adhere to human rights standards even as it vowed to prosecute alleged abuses by soldiers. The statement is in response to the report of Amnesty International that security…

Asean summit huge success

ASEAN Security Task Force commander Police Director Napoleon C. Taas heaved a sigh of relief as the last world leader to depart the country, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left Manila at noon yesterday. “With the departure of the Chinese leader…

Trillanes charged

OPPOSITION Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been charged before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office with allegedly inciting soldiers to shoot President Duterte and amassing ill-gotten wealth. A group of lawyers led by former congressmen Jacinto Paras and Glenn Chong filed…

GMA happy for region’s migrant workers

FORMER President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has expressed appreciation to the leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for showing their concern for the migrant workers. Aroyo was referring to the signing of a consensus document on…

Sandiganbayan upholds Jinggoy bail ruling

THE decision of the Sandiganbayan allowing ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada to post bail for his plunder case is final. Yesterday, the Sandiganbayan affirmed its decision granting Estrada bail when it junked the appeal of the Office of the Ombudsman. According to…

Cross-exam bid backed

LAWYERS of Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno have the right to examine and cross examine her accusers and even witnesses, as prescribed in the Constitution, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman insisted in a position paper submitted to the committee on justice…

DoH gives go signal for distribution of contraceptives

THE Department of Health (DoH) officially gave its go signal for health centers to distribute contraceptives as part of its family planning program. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the two-year-old temporary restraining order (TRO) by the Supreme Court was automatically…

Japan-pushed coal power denounced

ENVIRONMENT advocates and members of people’s movements yesterday marched to the Japanese Embassy to demand a stop to Japan’s Asian push for coal power. Sanlakas, the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) and other groups denounced Japanese Prime Minister…

ERC urged to speed up OK of power projects

AN opposition House leader warned yesterday that “suspicious” delays by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in approving contracts of power supply generators could result in these investors backing out, thus robbing the country of the opportunity to address the alarmingly…

Trump defends Asia trip

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump hit back at critics of his recent Asia trip and vowed a global campaign of “maximum pressure” on North Korea Wednesday, warning Pyongyang will not subject the world to “nuclear blackmail.” Defending an almost…

Police action warranted

THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday staunchly defended the dispersal of hundreds of unruly anti-ASEAN Summit protesters who broke through the police phalanx and tried to march towards the Philippine International Convention Center last Monday. PNP chief Director General Ronald…
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