CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called for a stop to plans to impeach Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for criticizing his administration’s war against illegal drugs before a United Nations (UN) meeting. This was echoed by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, who said on Friday Congress had “other important…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has accused one of his arch-critics, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, of accepting money from big businesses, a charge that the opposition lawmaker immediately branded as a “lie coming from a pathological liar.” Speaking before the Filipino community in Thailand on Wednesday night, Duterte claimed Trillanes collected “retainers”…

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If he had his way, President Rodrigo Duterte will do away with the barangay (village) elections this year and declare all positions vacant. The President on Thursday bared his plan to appoint barangay officials if Congress heeds his proposal to reset the elections scheduled in October and declare all village…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday advised members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to do whatever makes them happy and not violate the laws. In a news conference upon his arrival from his official trip to Thailand, Duterte maintained that he does not condemn same-sex relationship but…

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President Rodrigo Duterte once again lambasted detained Sen. Leila de Lima, calling her the perfect “queen” for Satan. Speaking before the Filipino community in Thailand on Wednesday night, Duterte said he has been all over the Philippines and he has never seen a woman with a thick hide as de…

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Thailand has pledged to help address the trade imbalance with the Philippines by encouraging Thai companies to buy more Filipino products, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Wednesday. At a press conference in Bangkok, Lopez said Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured President Rodrigo Duterte of his government’s commitment…

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The “Reform Philippines Coalition” on Wednesday presented to Malacañang its proposal for a shift to a federal form of government. The group, together with the members of the Christian Bishops and Ministers Association of the Philippines, submitted the proposal following a media forum on proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution.…

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Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s remarks on extrajudicial killings are making it hard to sell the Philippines as a tourist destination, the country’s tourism chief said on Wednesday. In a press conference in Thailand, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo urged Robredo and the media to “tone down” reports on extrajudicial…

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