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Speaker again calls for CA abolition

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez has called again for the abolition of the Court of Appeals. Alvarez said the country’s judicial system needs reform and steps must be taken to speed up the dispensation of justice. Speaking during the two-day conference on…

Palace move to boost telecom service backed

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday expressed his strong support for Malacañang’s move to boost the country’s Internet infrastructure and Internet speed by inviting a third player. Reportedly, Malacañang announced that the President has directed the Office of the…

Mocha for senator? Not final — Speaker

JUST a proposal. This was the clarification made by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the inclusion of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in the administration’s senatorial line-up for the 2019 mid-term elections. In an interview, Alvarez said that as the Partido…

Palace explains why DDB chief was axed

FOR accepting a house from Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and going on extravagant trips abroad with his mistress, President Rodrigo Duterte let go and fired former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago. This was according to presidential spokesperson…

Democracy under threat — Chief Justice

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THE Philippines’ Supreme Court chief justice warned on Monday that an attempt by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte to impeach her could threaten the country’s democracy. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gave the warning as legislators in the House of…

RevGov anathema to opposition solon

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OPPOSITION lawmaker Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat of establishing a revolutionary government to preempt moves to oust him. According to Lagman, only destabilization, chaos or designs to topple the government will justify President Duterte’s projected declaration…

Legislative mill will grind on –– lawmakers

TWO House leaders assured the public that work in the House of Representatives will not be stalled by the hearings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. In a press conference, Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia and Sharon…

Du30 won’t sack Tugade

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade stays. Malacañang insisted yesterday that President Rodrigo Duterte still has full trust and confidence in Tugade despite the Metro Rail Transit Line 3’s spate of glitches that have inconvenienced commuters. When asked for his comment on…

Sotto to sue blogger for name-calling

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to file a cyber-libel complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against the man supposedly behind the “Silent No More” blog for calling him names. At the same time, Sotto said…

End to MRT woes vowed

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MALACAÑANG yesterday vowed political will in ending the woes besetting the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT) system. “We accept the challenge. We are moving forward and we promise a better MRT to our riding public.” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque…

China entry may end telecom duopoly

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte offered to China the chance to set up the 3rd telecommunications company in the Philippines, with the goal of ending the duopoly in the vital telecom industry. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced this yesterday in his regular…

No way

Speaker Alvarez puts foot down on Chief Justice’s lawyers talking in her behalf at impeachment hearing SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said he will not allow Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s battery of lawyers to appear and represent her in the…

ML extension ‘deemed accepted’ -- Malacañang

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THE extension of martial law is actually "deemed accepted." Malacañang yesterday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) proposal to extend military rule in Mindanao until next year is actually deemed approved, and will only have to be formalized…

Duterte set to label Reds ‘terrorists’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to issue a proclamation branding communist rebels as "terrorists." The President also said he is "not anymore inclined" to pursue peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing…
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