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Clearing Marawi taking longer than expected

SECURITY forces are still locked in a tight battle with more than 200 heavily-armed members of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City and cannot bomb their positions for fear of hitting civilians being held hostage by the extremists, Defense…

We will win war on terrorism — Duterte

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IN the aftermath of the tragic shooting attack at Resorts World resulting in the deaths of 38 persons including the gunman and 54 injured, President Rodrigo Duterte aired confidence that the government will win its war against terrorism. In a…

Army commander in Marawi relieved

THE commander of the Army’s 103rd Brigade stationed in Marawi City has been relieved from his post, a move Armed Forces officials said was aimed at advancing the career of the official and is not in anyway connected with the…

Palace condoles with victims' kin

MALACAÑANG yesterday conveyed its sympathies to the family and loved ones of those who died during a gunfire incident in Resorts World Manila. “The Palace wishes to express its deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims of…

ML extension favored

IF it’s necessary, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is open to extending martial law in Mindanao beyond 60 days. In an interview, Alvarez said the Lower Chamber, especially the Mindanaoan solons, is supporting martial law in Mindanao because of terrorism in…

Sandiganbayan sets Napoles, Reyes trial

THE Sandiganbayan will resume the trial of the plunder case of Janet Lim Napoles and Jessica Lucia “Gigi” Reyes. Napoles was tagged as the mastermind of the pork barrel fund scam while Reyes is the former chief of staff of…

House okays 8 bills before Congress closes

AT least eight bills of national significance were approved on third and final reading before the adjournment of Congress sine die. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez commended the lawmakers for a fruitful session and urged them to double their effort in the…

Senators pay tribute to Kalaw

INCUMBENT and former senators paid tribute to the late Senator Evangelina “Eva” Estrada-Kalaw in solemn necrological rites yesterday. Kalaw passed away May 25 at the age of 96. Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III presented Senate Resolution No. 399, expressing…

PCSO to send help to victims of Marawi crisis

THE PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yesterday said it will provide help to all wounded civilians and soldiers who were affected by the ongoing crisis in Marawi, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said. Balutan said on the first day of…

SC orders Marawi judges to move to Iligan

THE Supreme Court yesterday ordered judges and court personnel in Marawi City to hold temporary office in nearby Iligan City. In a memorandum issued by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez dated May 31, 2017, the SC allowed Marawi City trial…

2 elderly inmates in ‘diarrhea outbreak’ die

TWO elderly inmates, who were among the 900 affected inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) following an alleged “Diarrhea Outbreak” succumbed to death, according to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Atty. Benjie C. Delos Santos. Delos Santos identified…

Duterte sad because of 11 soldiers’ death

President Rodrigo Duterte regretted the military air strikes that accidentally killed 11 soldiers even as he indicated that he will be the first one to call for an end to martial law in Mindanao. But only once Mindanao is “stable,”…

DoJ: Arrest Maute, Abu members, supporters

Arrest orders have been issued against members of local terror groups Maute and Abu Sayyaf including their supporters. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II disclosed that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued the order in his capacity as administrator of martial law.…

Senate urged to pass tax bill fast

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez yesterday urged the Senate to swiftly approve the controversial government’s tax reform package to guarantee new taxes that would support the pro-poor programs of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte. “The bill will extend social benefits program to…

PNP to public: cooperate with ML enforcers

THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday appealed to the public anew to cooperate with security forces enforcing martial law in Mindanao and other strict security measures particularly aimed at checking the…
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