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Palace hits Duterte’s ML critics

Malacañang yesterday lashed at critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. “The President’s focus is on addressing the terrorist threat in Mindanao, not on the misguided commentaries of critics,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a…

‘Buying frenzy’ in south scored

THE Office of the Ombudsman is being urged to probe the alleged recent “buying frenzy” by a high government official of huge tracts of land in two provinces in Mindanao. According to sources, who declined to be named, the official,…

Bloodbath

More innocent civilians die as terrorists continue their murderous rampage INNOCENT lives, including of women and children, are being snuffed out as the Marawi City crisis drags on. Nineteen civilians were among the latest death toll of 95 persons. This…

Palace defends Duterte against rape joke critics

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MALACAÑANG yesterday defended President Rodrigo Duterte against critics who lambasted him over his latest rape joke made before troops in Iligan City. “PRRD is decisively acting, speaking with heightened bravado, that law and order would be brought back in these…

Palace doubts Reds’ peace sincerity

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MALACAÑANG aired doubts about the “sincerity” of the communists in attaining peace following the government negotiating panel’s decision to put on hold the 5th round of talks. “We question the sincerity of the CPP/NPA/NDFP, (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s…

Rejection of DU30 impeach suit final

THE plenary of the House of Representatives is expected to affirm this Wednesday the unanimous decision of the House committee on justice junking the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte. Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who chairs the panel,…

Martial law may lead to constitutional crisis

A CONSTITUTIONAL crisis may yet loom as President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to ignore the Supreme Court and Congress as he enforces martial law across the Southern Mindanao. “Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this…

2,000 trapped as fighting rages

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TWO thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside Marawi City where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of…

Free priest, other hostages, bishops urge Maute Group

CATHOLIC bishops based in Mindanao appealed for the release of Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob and several parishioners who were reportedly taken hostage by members of the Maute ISIS group. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo issued a statement appealing to the…

Reforms in telecom industry sought

SENATOR Win Gatchalian has sought wide-ranging reforms in the telecommunications industry to make Internet service in the country at par with international standards. He said stronger government regulation and genuine competition among stakeholders, plus technical innovation, will streamline the industry…

Snipers vs snipers

SNIPERS from the ISIS-inspired Maute Group slowed the advance of commandos from the Army, Marines and the Philippine National Police and troops were ordered to employ their own snipers to neutralize the enemy sharpshooters. Backed up by tanks, artillery and…

Drug money financed Maute group -- DU30

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THE narcotic trade helped make the Maute Group fighting government troops in Marawi City to thrive in Mindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that the Maute Group was founded by two brothers (Abdullah and Omar Maute) who were former police officers…

Duterte offers olive branch -- Abella

MALACAÑANG yesterday called for prayers so that peace will reign in Mindanao in time for the observance of the holy month of Ramadan. "Together we pray for an end to terrorism that falsely claims to advance Islam and seeks to…
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