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House allies defend Duterte against Ombudsman

THE chairman of the House committee on justice yesterday dismissed as baseless the allegation that President Rodrigo Duterte has been harassing the Office of the Ombudsman by ordering an investigation into the alleged anomalies in the anti-graft body. Oriental Mindoro…

Join fight vs drugs, US Filipinos urged

FOREIGN Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has urged Filipinos in the United States to help the government fight illegal drugs to be able to solve the problem. “Let’s act in tandem,” was the main message that Cayetano delivered to the members…

AmCham support for tax plan welcomed

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MALACAÑANG yesterday hailed the support of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) for the government’s planned tax reform program. “AmCham has added a strong voice for the passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act…

Seminarians’ docu-play spotlights EJKs

A group of seminarians from Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) presented a docu-play entitled “Tugon ng Langit sa Panaghoy ng Lupa”focusing on extra-judicial killings (EJKs). According to organizers, the docu-play is indicative of the parish’s proactive stance to fight for…

Ayala loses Las Piñas land in SC ruling

THE Supreme Court (SC) has promulgated a landmark decision over disputes in land ownership, particularly glaring errors in lot surveys despite registration. In a decision, the SC granted the petitions filed by spouses Yu Hwa Ping and Mary Gaw and…

House okays P20B coconut trust fund bill

GOOD news for coconut farmers. The House of Representatives has approved a measure that seeks to create a P20-billion fund for coconut industry. Some 216 solons supported House Bill 57845 or An Act Establishing the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development…

DDB urges PNP: Focus on law enforcement

WHILE the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) appreciates the eagerness of the national police to help in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug offenders, DDB chairman Secretary Dionisio Santiago encouraged them to just focus on law enforcement. Santiago cautioned the PNP…

PDEA backs bill on medical marijuana

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) poses no objection to the proposed bill allowing the compassionate use of marijuana for medical purposes, provided that applicable safeguards under the law are followed. PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said this after…

HPV vaccines promoted as prophylactic medicine

THE International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization generated some information in 2014, subsequently republished online by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which was titled “Disclosures of Interests: Primary End-points for Prophylactic HPV Vaccine…

Bill creating P20B fund for coco industry okayed

The House of Representatives has approved a measure that seeks to create a P20-billion fund for the coconut industry. About 216 solons supported House Bill 57845 or An Act Establishing the Coconut Framers and Industry Development Trust Fund (CIDTF), Providing…

PDEA: No objection to marijuana’s med use

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) leadership yesterday said it poses no objection to the proposed bill allowing the compassionate use of marijuana for medical purposes provided that applicable safeguards under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act…

PH slams EU members over criticism

THE Philippines yesterday hit back at a group of mostly European countries over their renewed criticism of Manila’s human rights record. Philippine officials told them to respect Manila’s domestic processes. “We take grave exception to the sweeping and politicized statement…

Gangs, not China gov’t, to blame – DU30

GANGSTERISM, not the China government, should be blamed for the illegal drugs entering the Philippines. “Now, I’d like to tell you now, kinuha na ng ‘Bamboo Triad’, ngayon it’s being run. (The) China government has nothing to do with it.…
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