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Senators dismayed over Faeldon et al acquittal

SOME senators were dismayed over the dismissal by the Department of Justice (DoJ) of drug chargesagainst former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon. “Many among us who participated and witnessed the Senate and the lower house hearings on the smuggled P6.4billion shabu…

Chavez quits

TRANSPORTATION Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez resigned yesterday. Chavez announced his irrevocable resignation during a press conference, taking responsibility for the recent incidents at the MRT-3. This includes last week’s accident involving a woman whose arm was severed when she…

Abella gets post at DFA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella as Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Duterte signed the appointment letter on Oct. 27, the day when rumors came out that Abella will be replaced. The letter was…

Roque takes MRT ride

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DEFINITELY not a PR stunt. So said Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque yesterday as he dismissed criticism of his riding the problematic Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) as a “PR stunt.” He said he simply wanted to send a message that the…

'Sad day' for CJ at house

THE camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno yesterday described the decision of the House committee on justice denying her right to cross-examine witnesses and to counsel, a “sad day for justice.” In a statement, Sereno disclosed that all she…

Gov’t pay hike assured

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GOVERNMENT workers will receive the third tranche of their salary increase next year as around P24 billion has been appropriated in the 2018 national budget for the government workers’ pay hike. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced this yesterday. “We have…

Rebuffed Sereno lawyers leave hearing

THE lawyers of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno decided not to listen and observe in yesterday’s impeachment proceedings after the committee on justice did not allow them to represent the respondent. After the committee rejected their motion to let them…

DU30 denies hand in Sereno ouster move

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte had nothing to do with the filing of an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Duterte told reporters that he doesn’t want to meddle in the impeachment proceedings. “Ay, ayaw ko makialam diyan,” he said…

Non-panel members allowed to listen

NON-MEMBERS of the House committee on justice were allowed to attend or witness the impeachment proceedings but they could not participate in the discussion, the committee ruled yesterday in response to the question of opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman, who insisted…

SC asked to nullify P836M driver’s license card deal

THE Supreme Court (SC) has been asked to nullify the P836-million deal by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the purchase of driver’s license cards this year. In a petition, ACTS OFW Party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III said the General…

House OKs bill restoring PNP’s power to issue subpoena

A measure that strengthens the power of the Philippine National Police (PNP), particularly the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), was approved on third and final reading. With a vote of 193-7 the House of Representatives passed House Bill Number…
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