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Ex-cop changes tune on hitman

FOUR months after he testified that there was no Davao Death Squad (DDS), retired SPO3 Arthur Lascanas, has resurfaced and retracted his earlier statement supposedly to fulfill his “promise to God” to make a public confession. Lascanas, who was still…

Probe ex-DENR execs -- Barbers

SURIGAO del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers yesterday hit Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for her continued failure to investigate the possible accountability of the department’s previous and current officials who issued permits to mining companies that operated within watersheds. Barbers…

Let mines stay open, Manobo chiefs plead

SIX Manobo tribal chieftains in Surigao del Sur, whose fellow tribesmen were affected by the closure of mines, have appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to allow mining operations in their area. The concerned tribal leaders filed yesterday a complaint before…

Not pro-Napoles — Palace

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MALACANANG yesterday laughed off insinuations that it was protecting alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Presidential spokesperson Erneso Abella denied that the Palace is covering for Napoles, pointing out that Solicitor General Jose Calida merely manifested what he believed…

CPP move to free prisoners hailed

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza yesterday hailed the release of prisoners held by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as an act of goodwill to encourage both parties to return to the negotiating table. In…

Death penalty dispute rages

THE House leadership will decide this afternoon whether to terminate plenary debates to force an early voting on the proposed law restoring death as punishment for heinous crimes and for plunder even as the Liberal Party (LP) maintained it would…

Due process followed in Leila’s cases — Palace

MALACAÑANG yesterday said that due process is being followed in the drug cases filed against Sen. Leila de Lima even as an arrest warrant appears inevitable this week. “Well, let’s just follow due process,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said when…

‘Koko’ underscores Senate session ‘sanctity’

THE Senate will not allow its session to be disturbed by the serving of an arrest warrant on Sen. Leila de Lima should the court order her detention, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel stressed. The Department of Justice (DoJ) on…

Trillanes to write AMLC re Duterte bank accounts

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday said he intends to write the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in order to obtain all bank transactions under the name of President Rodrigo Duterte. Trillanes, staunch critic of the administration, said he would write a…

Philconsa head welcomes House federalism thrust

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday welcomed the planned nationwide consultations on federalism by the House committee on constitutional amendments. Romualdez lauded the panel chaired by Southern Leyte Rep. Roger “Oging” Mercado which will begin this coming Friday…

AFP Task Force to help PDEA

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will create a task force that will help the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) fight illegal drugs. AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año said a battalion-size task force -- not the whole…
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