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Speaker Alvarez puts foot down on Chief Justice’s lawyers talking in her behalf at impeachment hearing SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said he will not allow Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s battery of lawyers to appear and represent her in the…

ML extension ‘deemed accepted’ -- Malacañang

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THE extension of martial law is actually "deemed accepted." Malacañang yesterday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) proposal to extend military rule in Mindanao until next year is actually deemed approved, and will only have to be formalized…

Duterte set to label Reds ‘terrorists’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to issue a proclamation branding communist rebels as "terrorists." The President also said he is "not anymore inclined" to pursue peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing…

Emergency powers for DU30 pressed

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EMERGENCY powers for President Rodrigo Duterte is needed to deal with the anticipated monstrous traffic resulting from the Christmas rush especially around shopping malls, Malacañang said. "Hopefully nga maibigay 'yung emergency powers," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a…

Presidential fashion chic: ‘Gusot masa’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s brand of fashion is “gusot masa”. The President explained that he usually folds the sleeves of his barong tagalog for his comfort and to please himself and not anybody else. Duterte drew flak when he showed up…

Duterte ‘endorses’ Mocha Uson’s senatorial bid

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday appeared to give his endorsement for Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson to run for the Senate in 2019. Duterte said it is up to the people decide if they want Uson to have a…

Courts’ ‘Napoles’ back in business?

THE central figure in the “court-fixing” and “influence-peddling” scandals that rocked the country and the judiciary four years ago, Arlene Angeles Lerma, is allegedly back in the country and allegedly back to influencing members of the judiciary for favorable court…

Roque defends PH Rohingya issue vote

MALACAÑANG defended the Philippines’ vote against the United Nations (UN) draft resolution to help the persecuted Rohingya minority. The Philippines was one of 10 nations that opposed the draft resolution calling for the Rohingya’s full and unhindered access to humanitarian…

House can’t force CJ hearing attendance

CITING separation of powers, two House leaders admitted yesterday that the House committee on justice cannot compel the presence of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in her impeachment hearings, but pointed out it will be hurt her defense. This was…

House leader warns of constitutional crisis

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THE chairman of the House committee on justice yesterday hinted at rejecting the request of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to allow her lawyers to cross-examine the witnesses against her as he warned of a constitutional crisis should the lady…

PNP may lead drug war again

Duterte says if drug scourge worsens police will once more spearhead narcotics drive THE police would get back their lead role in the war against illegal drugs if the narcotics problem worsens, President Rodrigo Duterte said. The President had ordered…

Saleslady raped stabbed in eye!

BLOOD and tears gruesomely trickled down the sales­lady’s cheeks from her mangled right eye. And the look of unimaginable fright remained frozen on her pretty face. Grisly, her still nameless assailant had shoved a knife into her eyeball after raping…

Beware of porn blackmail via phishing

Mary Jane (not her real name) of Manila freely sent her intimate photos to her former boyfriend on Messenger not knowing that two hackers had gained access to her account and were collecting the sent materials to blackmail her. Agents…

PDEA hits record 1,341 anti-drug ops

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has posted a record 1,341 anti-narcotics operations from October 10 to last November 10, one month after President Duterte declared the agency as the only law enforcement body that will wage the government’s war against…

Body cams needed in drug war – ‘Bato’

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa on Friday said that once ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to resume their war on drugs, he will see to it that they will first procure body cameras…
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