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Lawyer: Anti-De Lima inmates won’t recant

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Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio yesterday bared that the high-profile inmates who testified against jailed Senator Leila de Lima will not recant their testimonies despite the order of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to return some of them to the maximum security…

Solon cites need to address housing backlog

THE chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development has urged all housing stakeholders especially Habitat for Humanity to further strengthen their partnership in pursuing on-site, in-city or near-city housing projects for the poor that are also away…

Disaster dep't bill pressed

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday urged President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to consider her measure as model bill on the creation of a new department that would exclusively manage disasters and calamities in the country brought by climate change. At…

Mighty case revs up drive vs big tax cheats

FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said President Duterte’s acceptance of Mighty Corporation’s offer to settle its civil tax liabilities provides the Customs (BoC) and Internal Revenue (BIR) bureaus a strong impetus to run after other big fish that continue to…

Doors slammed on late solons

AT least five lawmakers of the House of Representatives were locked out of the session hall when Roll Call started exactly 4 p.m. yesterday. The five, namely Aurora Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo; Quezon Rep. Anna Katrina Enverga; Sultan Kudarat Rep. Suharto…

PH, China mull joint oil search in S. China Sea

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MISSILES directed at the Philippines can reach Metro Manila within 7 minutes, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, even as he bared that the Philippines and China are now working on starting a joint oil exploration in the disputed West Philippine…

Win hails SONA priority

SAYING that the country’s peace and security deserved top billing, Sen. Sherwin Win Gatchalian lauded the prioritization of peace and security concerns during the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. Noting the volatile peace and order…

Atimonan NGOs thank ERC for power supply project

NON-government organizations (NGOs) from Atimonan, Quezon have recently expressed their gratitude to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) after the regulator committed to act on the power supply agreement (PSA) between Atimonan One Energy, Inc. and Manila Electric Company (Meralco) within…

House panel orders release of ‘Ilocos 6’

AFTER 55 days in detention of the so-called “Ilocos Six,” the House Committee on Good Government and Accountability chairman Rep. Johnny Pimentel yesterday ordered their release. Ordered released were Ilocos Norte provincial accounting officer Eden Battulayan; provincial Planning and Development…

Duterte: I had cyber troops during campaign, not trolls

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said his camp maintained people to defend him on social media known as cyber troops, but only during the campaign season and not after he was elected. A study by academics from the University of Oxford…

Imee denies corruption in vehicles’ purchase

FACING detractors at the House of Representatives, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos vehemently denied there were irregularities or corruption in the procurement of 70 motor vehicles distributed to the barangays in the province. Accompanied by her mother Ilocos Norte Rep.…

Eat lunch in offices, DU30 tells gov’t execs

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President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government officials to eat lunch inside their offices, so they can resume work immediately. In his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, Duterte called on government officials, especially those holding directorial positions, to listen…
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