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Duterte pardons 10 political prisoners

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has granted 10 inmates conditional pardon, a move welcomed by the human rights group Karapatan. Duterte signed on June 28 the papers granting conditional pardon to the 10 inmates, considered consultants of the communist National Democratic Front…

Digong calls Reds ‘distracting mosquito’

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A DISTRACTING “mosquito,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he insisted that he will only allow the government to resume its talks with the communists if the rebels stop their extortion or imposing revolutionary tax on citizens and businesses. “I refuse…

DILG warns on barangay appointments scam

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned on scammers who offer to have gullible people nominated for Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Punong Barangay or Barangay Chairman in exchange for money. According to DILG OIC Catalino Cuy, it is…

ASEAN meet tackles drug scourge

THE administration’s Oplan Tokhang campaign against illegal drugs was highlighted in the meeting of lawmakers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, who…

4-anyos pinahiran ng pandikit bago ginahasa ni lolo, 72

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KINALADKAD ni lolo ang kanyang apat na taong gulang na babaeng kapitbahay sa kanyang kuwarto. Marahasang hinubaran ng suspek ang bata at pinahiran ang ari nito ng pandikit. Pagkatapos ay pinatungan ng matanda ang biktima at ginahasa. Ito ang lumalabas…

‘I will eat your liver’

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“I WILL eat your liver with salt and vinegar,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he slammed the Abu Sayyaf Group for beheading two Vietnamese men. “I will eat your liver if you want. I will just add salt and vinegar,…

Digong can place entire nation under martial rule — SC

THE Supreme Court has ruled that the President is empowered by the Constitution to place the entire country under martial law even if rebellion is confined to a specific area only. In a ruling, the high court stressed that it…

Drilon: Only Congress can extend martial law

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon yesterday said that only Congress has the power to extend martial law, and the advice to the President to just issue a new proclamation if and when Congress does not approve an extension is…

DU30 nixed backchannel talks with Maute

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DIGONG did not initiate backchannel talks with the Isis-inspired Maute Group. Malacanang made this clarification yesterday as it disputed the claim of a prominent Muslim leader that President Rodrigo Duterte abandoned such talks amid the Marawi crisis. “Sila [Maute] ang…

Martial law critics give up

THE main petitioner against martial law has decided not to file a motion for reconsideration saying doing so will not change the minds of the Supreme Court justices who upheld the legality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation. Albay Rep. Edcel…

Time to unite behind Duterte, ML foes told

Constitution Association (Philconsa) president Martin Romualdez said yesterday now is the opportune time for the martial law critics to support President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s strong resolve to end the Maute terror group attack in Marawi City after the Supreme Court…

Senators not opposed to ML extension

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said that martial law extension should be limited to the province of Lanao del Sur, if and when the proclamation is extended. “There is a possibility that, yes, we might extend but it…

CSC clears ERC chief in appointments case

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) has dismissed complaints filed against Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar over appointments made in the agency that were questioned by Commissioners Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit, Alfredo Non, Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc and…

US wants to help rebuild war-devastated Marawi

THE United States has expressed a desire to help in the reconstruction of Marawi which suffered massive destruction with the ongoing fighting between the government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute rebels. US Embassy deputy press attaché Emma Nagy said…
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