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Palace urges fair treatment in US probe into drug war

MALACAÑANG yesterday appealed for “due process” as the human rights panel of the United States House of Representatives conducts a probe into President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs. The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan caucus in the…

Arrest of freed NDF officials sought

THE Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will ask various courts to cancel the bail bonds and order the arrest of National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants who were released from detention so they could join the peace negotiations with the…

‘Focal person’ on drugs named

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Assistant Secretary Aurora Ignacio as the “focal person” to receive inquiries related to the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. Duterte signed Ignacio’s appointment papers on July 4 but the appointment was released to the media only…

We’re not under U.S. — Cayetano

FOREIGN Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday clarified that the Philippines cannot be forced to attend the United States congressional hearing on the Philippines’ war against drugs suspected to have resulted in human rights violations. “All I can say is they…

Diño turns to Ombudsman encashes mayors checks worth 330k

OFFICIALS of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) branded as a “desperate move” the filing of complaints by its chairman, Martin B. Diño of graft charges against his other fellow officials at the Ombudsman in an effort to allegedly hang…

Imee: solon's aide ‘stole’ COA documents

ILOCOS NORTE (1st district) Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas does not want the truth out about the province’s alleged misuse of tobacco funds currently under investigation by the House of Representatives. This, according to Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos, who…

DENR urges rainwater collection to avert looming water crisis

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged the public to collect rainwater through house gutter (alulod) for non-potable household use to help augment the impending water shortage in the next few years. The DENR proposed the rainwater harvesting…

Speed up IRR on law placing casinos under AMLA, BSP asked

THE principal sponsor of tougher Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) that placed casinos under its scrutiny yesterday asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to expedite its implementing rules and regulations so that the hard-earned remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)…

244 rogues in uniform dismissed so far by ‘Bato’

BELIEVE it or not but Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa is rewriting PNP history as he has become the country’s top who has fired more than 200 rogue cops in just one year…

Maute not the only enemy

GOVERNMENT troops are not only dealing with the Maute Group but also with other terrorists and rebels in Mindanao, which is why there is a need to extend martial law in the southern region until the end of the year.…

DU30 to Reds: Stop attacks or no talks

NO formal talks until the Reds end hostilities. President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday night told the government peace panel negotiating with communist rebels that formal talks between the two sides would not resume until the New People’s Army (NPA) ceases attacks…

US citizens warned on risky travel to Mindanao

THE United States on Tuesday urged its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the city of Marawi, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea. In the security message that replaced the travel warning dated Dec. 20,…

BBL to breeze thru Congress — Alvarez

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THE House of Representatives will pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) without delay. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez assured proponents of the BBL that the measure will be approved in the Lower Chamber at least before Christmas. “Itong BBL wala namang problema…

Rody signs 2018 holidays

The public can plan ahead for vacation for 2018 as President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Proclamation 269, declaring 10 regular holidays and eight special non-working days for next year, paving the way for several long weekends. The 2018 regular holidays…
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