BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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Now that the Sandiganbayan has granted provisional liberty to former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, the court should also allow former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Gigi Reyes to post bail, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Saturday. Reyes, Enrile’s former chief of staff, was also charged with plunder…

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THE Philippines on Saturday again appealed to North Korea to stop its acts of provocation and return to the negotiating table. “We again call on the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to cease its provocative and highly dangerous actions that threaten the peace, stability and security of the region,”…

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No Filipino was injured in the terrorist attacks in Iraq that killed 84 people and left 93 others wounded. “Terrorist attacks such as those carried out against pilgrims in Dhi Qar Province have no room in civilized societies such as ours,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said from New…

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ARMED Forces Chief Eduardo Año on Thursday denied reports that members of the military are being recruited to join a destabilization plot, saying there is no reason for soldiers to be demoralized and join any cup attempt. Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th sought confirmation about the post of retired Gen. Joselito…

AFTER HOUSE CUTS IT TO P1,000

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CROSSING party lines, senators on Wednesday vowed to restore the P678-million proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018, which the House of Representatives reduced to merely P1,000 for its criticisms of rampant killings of drug suspects in the government’s drug war. The House voted, on second…

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THREE senators on Wednesday expressed alarm over the plan of Sen. Richard Gordon to release former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon who was detained by the Senate for his refusal to testify on the smuggling scandal at the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Senators Panfilo Lacson, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Paolo Benigno…

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As an ex-Marine captain who slept in the jungle rain or shine, former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not complaining about his detention cell at the Senate—in fact, in his own words, it’s lodging “fit for a colonel.” Faeldon—who chose detention instead of grilling in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee…

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THE Senate Ethics Committee has asked Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th to answer in 10 working days the complaint filed against him by Sen. Richard Gordon for “unparliamentary acts” and disorderly behavior. The ethics panel, chaired by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd, on Monday held its first meeting to tackle…

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THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Monday restored the protective custody on Customs fixer Mark Taguba. Gordon, chairman of the blue ribbon panel, granted the request of Sen. Panfilo Lacson to again deploy a Senate security detail to Taguba, an important witness to the smuggling of P6.4 billion shabu from…

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SENATOR Antonio Trillanes 4th has submitted to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Ombudsman 12 waivers for each of his 12 reported “offshore” bank accounts as alleged by President Rodrigo Duterte. He signed and issued a sworn waiver of secrecy of bank deposits for the following banks: * Hong…

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