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It’s final: peace talks called off

PEACE talks with the Reds have been cancelled, the government announced yesterday but Presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza held out hope for the revival of the negotiations. Dureza said the talks between the government and the Communist…

Duterte vs UN

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte the other day lashed out at the United Nations’ human rights office as he dared it to face him after it condemned his threat to slap Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard. “Sabihin mo sa kanya, harapin niya ako…

Trillanes sues blogger

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday filed charges against Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph “RJ” Nieto in the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office. Trillanes, accompanied by his lawyers trooped to the Hall of Justice of Pasay City to file the complaint at…

Tugade still enjoys President’s confidence

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he would not heed the calls for the resignation of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade amid the worsening situation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3). Duterte told reporters that he still trusts Tugade will fix…

Roque named rights adviser

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PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque has been named President Rodrigo Duterete’s adviser on human rights. Roque announced this yesterday, although Malacañang has yet to release a copy of his appointment papers. “Being appointed recently as Presidential Adviser on Human Rights concurrent…

DoTr files plunder, graft charges vs ex-Aquino Cabinet men

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) yesterday filed plunder and graft complaints against former officials of the Aquino administration over the alleged P3.8 billion maintenance contract for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3). DoTr Undersecretary Reinier Paul Yebra said charged…

Pacquiao unhappy

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao yesterday said that leaving politics had crossed his mind. Pacquiao pointed to destabilizers and politicians with hidden agenda as the reasons why he toyed with the idea of quitting as senator. “Alam mo sa totoo lang nadiskubre…

Sereno snubs house

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not attend today’s impeachment hearing at the House of Representatives. The Embattled magistrate has executed a Special Power of Attorney authorizing her team of lawyers to “exercise and protect her rights and interests in…

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…
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