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MANILA is mulling diplomatic action against Beijing over the reported presence of two Chinese military planes on a disputed reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Palace official said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. told reporters the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was considering filing…

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Malacañang on Thursday maintained that there is no crackdown on foreign critics of the Duterte government as it justified the brief detention of Australian missionary Patricia Fox on Monday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the government was only enforcing the law, which prohibits foreigners from participating in political activities. He…

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Alvarez drops to record low in SWS poll PUBLIC satisfaction with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Aqulino Pimentel 3rd and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez dropped in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).…

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President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Wednesday that he ordered the detention and investigation of Australian nun Patricia Fox for disorderly conduct. “I ordered her to be investigated, not deported at once, not arrested, but invite her to an investigation for a disorderly conduct. Philippine laws provide that I can deport…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reiterated his stand against legalizing divorce and dissolution of marriage in the country. In a speech during the Armed Forces change of command in Quezon City, Duterte admitted that he could not support  the proposed divorce bill of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as his daughter, Davao…

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MALACANANG on Wednesday admitted that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) committed a mistake by arresting an Australian nun for alleged “political activities and anti-government demonstrations.” In a television interview, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said that there was a law prohibiting all foreigners to participate in any form of political activities…

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A leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said he will support Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go if he decides to join the senatorial race in the midterm elections next year. In a statement, MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar described Go as “a man of…

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A FILIPINO journalist was among those who won this year’s prestigious Pulitzer Prize for “relentless reporting” on President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs war. Manuel “Manny” Mogato, colleagues Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall from international news agency Reuters were cited for their “relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign…

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