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Senate panel okays OPAPP’s P7.6B budget

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza yesterday expressed gratitude to the Senate Committee on Finance for approving the proposed 2018 budget of OPAPP, as well as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Mindanao Development Authority…

New BJMP chief vows to rid jails of illegal drugs

NEWLY-installed acting chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Chief Supt. Deogracias Tapayan yesterday vowed not to disappoint President Rodrigo Duterte in the government’s war on drugs. Tapayan said President told him to clear all jails from…

PCSO urges PNP to step up anti-illegal gambling drive

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yesterday urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to steo uop its fight against illegal gambling instead of “harassing” authorized agent corporations (AACs) approved by PCSO to operate the small town lottery (STL). PCSO General…

PCSO urges PNP to step up anti-illegal gambling drive

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yesterday urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to steo uop its fight against illegal gambling instead of “harassing” authorized agent corporations (AACs) approved by PCSO to operate the small town lottery (STL). PCSO General…

Why cut Zika vaccine research spending?

THE World Health Organization lifted its own world health emergency in November, even while saying the virus remained a threat. The move follows a dramatic fall in number of victims, 18 months after a surge in cases caused a public…

Media access to blotters assured

JOURNALISTS are not prohibited from accessing police spot reports as the Philippine National Police leadership has not issued any new memorandum about the matter, officials for the nth time clarified yesterday. According to PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos,…

ASEAN facing new challenges — Alvarez

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez has called on all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lawmakers to unite against terrorism and illegal drugs. Welcoming the participants in the 38th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) general assembly, Alvarez said that the region is facing…

Solons want Gascon's head

THE resignation of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairman Chito Gascon is the only way the House of Representatives could change its mind about giving the agency a P1,000 budget for 2018. And Gascon’s refusal irked Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who…

After soul-searching, Bautista won’t quit

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista will not resign. The embattled Comelec chief said he had a soul searching and he believed that this is not the right time for him to leave his post amid the ill-gotten wealth…

CJ vows not to abandon duties amid ouster move

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THE camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday assured the public that she will remain committed to her duties as the highest court official in the country despite the filing of an impeachment complaint against her. “The public…

Sereno told to answer impeachment suit

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THE House committee on justice yesterday notified Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno she must answer, within 10 working days, the impeachment complaint against her. The committee, headed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, sent to Sereno a copy of a…

PH to bring ‘Build Build Build’ plan to China

A Cabinet-level delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and other members of the economic team will bring the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” roadshow to China from September 27 to 29. The roadshow will promote the government’s planned…

Anti-sex discrimination bill nears approval

A measure that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression (SOGIE) nears final approval at the House of Representatives. Majority members of the House approved on second reading House Bill 4982 or…

US,PH to hold counter-terror drill

THE Philippines and the United States will hold a bilateral, inter-agency counter-terror drill dubbed “Tempest Wind” this month. The drill, which aims to test and improve the ability of both nations to rapidly plan, coordinate and conduct counter-terrorism operations, will…
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