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House eyes CJ subpoena

THE chairman of the House committee on justice yesterday expressed the panel’s intention to subpoena Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to compel her presence during the hearings in determining the probable cause of the verified impeachment complaint against her. “To…

Give LGUs power over water

WITH the supply of clean and potable fresh water soon to be a matter of serious concern in the country’s 122 cities and 1,489 municipalities, local governments should be empowered to address issues involving water supply and distribution as well…

DU30 eyes putting PNP in charge of war on drugs again

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has said he will eventually return to the Philippine National Police (PNP) the lead role in the war on drugs. The President had given the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the sole authority to lead the government’s…

Cops ready to return to drug war frontline

JUST like good soldiers, police are ready to assume their war on drugs once ordered by President Duterte, a move welcomed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chairman Director General Aaron N. Aquino who had said that their lack of manpower…

‘Players’ not cowed by Lapeña

WATERFRONT stakeholders are not impressed by the many reforms being initiated by the new administration at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) under Comm. Isidro Lapeña, claiming these had not “cowed” the so-called ‘players’ from continuing with their activities to the…

Halili denies drug links

TANAUAN City Mayor Antonio Halili yesterday strongly denied allegations of his alleged involvement in illegal drugs as he sought for an investigation of an intelligence report linking him to illegal drugs. Halili decided to break his silence after he was…

Mayor decries ‘fake news’

PUERTO PRINCESA City Mayor Lucilo Bayron yesterday decried the use and distribution of “fake news” by his political opponents aimed at sowing confusion, maligning, vilifying him in public, and destroying his reputation as an elective public official. Bayron’s reaction emanated…

It’s final: peace talks called off

PEACE talks with the Reds have been cancelled, the government announced yesterday but Presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza held out hope for the revival of the negotiations. Dureza said the talks between the government and the Communist…

Duterte vs UN

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte the other day lashed out at the United Nations’ human rights office as he dared it to face him after it condemned his threat to slap Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard. “Sabihin mo sa kanya, harapin niya ako…

Trillanes sues blogger

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday filed charges against Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph “RJ” Nieto in the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. Trillanes, accompanied by his lawyers trooped to the Hall of Justice of Pasay City to file the complaint at…

Tugade still enjoys President’s confidence

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he would not heed the calls for the resignation of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade amid the worsening situation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3). Duterte told reporters that he still trusts Tugade will fix…

Roque named rights adviser

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PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque has been named President Rodrigo Duterete’s adviser on human rights. Roque announced this yesterday, although Malacañang has yet to release a copy of his appointment papers. “Being appointed recently as Presidential Adviser on Human Rights concurrent…

DoTr files plunder, graft charges vs ex-Aquino Cabinet men

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) yesterday filed plunder and graft complaints against former officials of the Aquino administration over the alleged P3.8 billion maintenance contract for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3). DoTr Undersecretary Reinier Paul Yebra said charged…

Pacquiao unhappy

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao yesterday said that leaving politics had crossed his mind. Pacquiao pointed to destabilizers and politicians with hidden agenda as the reasons why he toyed with the idea of quitting as senator. “Alam mo sa totoo lang nadiskubre…

Sereno snubs house

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not attend today’s impeachment hearing at the House of Representatives. The Embattled magistrate has executed a Special Power of Attorney authorizing her team of lawyers to “exercise and protect her rights and interests in…
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