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Malacañang on Friday said the Philippine government would never accept foreign intervention in its internal affairs, particularly in its crackdown on illegal drugs. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella issued the statement after 39 member-states of the United Nations (UN) expressed alarm over the alleged summary executions of suspected drug offenders in…

DEATH TOLL HITS 900

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the conflict in Marawi would finally be over by September’s end, four months after Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists laid siege to the city. In Eastern Samar on Thursday, Duterte again admitted that the government underestimated the capabilities of the Maute terrorists. “Actually, it is the SAF,…

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Malacañang on Thursday urged the Senate to hasten the passage of the proposed P3.767 trillion budget for 2018 which is deemed critical in supporting the Duterte administration’s ambitious plans for the country. “We hope that the Senate can swiftly approve its own version of the proposed bill on the national…

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Malacañang on Wednesday said it respects the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s wealth that allegedly amounts to billions of pesos. “The President has nothing to hide,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement. “The President respects the internal processes of the OMB…

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Malacañang is optimistic Congress will pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) this year, as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) expressed disappointment over the slow progress of the measure allowing greater autonomy in Muslim Mindanao. In a news conference, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office chief Adelino Sitoy said the Palace…

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Malacañang on Monday promised a “fair and thorough” investigation of the maritime incident that led to the killing of two Vietnamese fishermen off Bolinao in Pangasinan. “Authorities are now conducting a fair and thorough investigation into the incident involving a Philippine Navy vessel and Vietnamese fishing boats which were seen…

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