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49.65% of barangays nationwide remain drug-affected — PDEA

NEARLY 50 percent of the country’s 42,036 barangays are still considered “drug-affected” and to be cleared of all illegal drug activities, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chairman said yesterday. PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said that 49.65 percent or…

Human rights agency defended

DETAINED Senator Leila de Lima fired back at President Rodrigo Duterte for threatening to abolish the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) following its alleged interference in how government security forces deal with drug-related cases and the declaration of martial law…

Sereno impeach complaint eyed

AT least two lawmakers are willing to endorse an impeachment complaint if filed against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. This was revealed by Atty. Lary Gadon, president of the PDU30 Constitutional Reform to Federalism, adding that a certain group is…

Gov’t readies P15B for Marawi rehab

A TOTAL of P15 billion will be allocated for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, which was terrorized by the Maute Group for more than two months. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, a member of the House committee on appropriations,…

Endorsing is different from lobbying — Alvarez

FOR Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, endorsing is different from lobbying. While he admitted endorsing an employee for promotion, he denied the insinuation that he is lobbying in the Bureau of Customs (BoC). According to Alvarez, since he was elected as Speaker…

‘Come home and fight’

“COME home and fight me here,” President Rodrigo Duterte dared Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison "I dare you as a leader of the Communist Party, I dare you come home and fight your war…

Cha-cha working group welcomed

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday welcomed the decision of congressional leaders to create a joint technical working group (TWG) composed of congressmen and senators to draft the proposed revisions to the Constitution in the absence of the…

DFA marks 50th anniversary of ASEAN

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will commemorate on Monday the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Building, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano…

Duterte wants to save ‘generation of haters’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday made it clear that while he wants to destroy unlicensed lumad schools, he has no intention of harming the children who study in them. The President said he wants to save them from perdition, from growing…

Free college funds slashed

TWO militant solons scored the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for removing from the 2018 proposed national budget the funds intended for free college education. In a statement, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro disclosed the removal…

9 high-profile prisoners back in max security cpd

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NINE high-profile inmates were returned to the maximum security compound at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City yesterday morning. Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes identified them as Rico Caja, Joel Capones, Jojo Baligad, Benjamin Marcelo, Sam Lee Chua, Hanz…

PCGG must account for seized wealth -- Chiz

THE proposal to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government that was established during the time of the late President Cory Aquino has prompted Sen.Francis “Chiz” Escudero to call for a full accounting and inventory of all the assets recovered…

Traffic cop arrested for rob-extort

MEMBERS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force yesterday arrested a member of the Manila Police District traffic bureau accused of being part of a group of police officers extorting money from bus operators in the city in exchange…

Review passenger insurance scheme, Congress urged

A transport group is urging Congress to revisit the Personal Passenger Accident Insurance Program (PAIP) for possible increase in insurance coverage of passengers of public utility vehicles (PUVs). Transport group Kapit, led by Atty. Vigor Mendoza, sent a letter to…

MMDA announces road reblockings this weekend

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised motorists to avoid certain areas in Caloocan, Quezon and Pasig Cities where road re-blocking and repairs were started by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday around 11 p.m. The areas…
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