BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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First of a series NOW that Marawi City has been liberated, the government must launch a “very pro-active, relevant program to counter and prevent violent extremism,” according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “The battle for the liberation of Marawi is just the beginning of a continuing battle…

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and several other agencies have signed the Inter-Agency Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales signed the agreement on Oct. 12 on behalf of the DFA. Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras…

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THE Facebook chat messages intercepted by the Manila police indicated that some members of the Aegis Juris had planned not to cooperate with any investigation on the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd. This information surfaced on Wednesday during the resumption of the Senate investigation on Castillo’s death.…

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SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said the military must be allowed to finish its “final assault” against the remaining terrorists cornered in Marawi City before martial law is lifted in Mindanao. Some senators said the government must also focus on the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration…

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THE government has yet to officially declare the defeat of IS-inspired Maute extremist group with the death of Isnilon Hapilon, the designated emir of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute during a daring military operation, but the military has stressed the need to strengthen security laws…

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SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday warned that legislative work in the chamber would be “crippled” if the impeachment trial of resigned Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista pushed through. He shared the sentiment of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon that Bautista’s impeachment trial would hamper the legislative schedule, particularly…

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A Filipino was among the fatalities in the wildfire that engulfed homes in North California. The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco reported that the Filipino’s remains were recovered on Oct. 14 in Napa County. The victim has yet to be identified. “We offer our sincere sympathies and prayers to…

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Sen. Leila de Lima appealed to the public to defend a blogger who is being harassed and bashed on social media by supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte for criticizing seven senators who did not sign a resolution against extrajudicial killings (EJKs). “We must defend Pinoy Ako Blog, both as the…

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SEN. Joel Villanueva has threatened to have John Paul Solano cited in contempt if he fails to fulfill his promise to submit a sworn affidavit identifying the people behind the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd. Villanueva gave Solano until Monday, October 16, to submit to the Senate…

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THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has identified five people allegedly involved in the “fake news” that maligned seven senators for their supposed refusal to support a Senate resolution denouncing extrajudicial killings (EJKs). Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd on Saturday said the NBI had submitted to him a report…

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