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BENEFICIARIES of the government’s conditional cash transfer program have started receiving their P600 monthly rice subsidy, a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said. More than four million families in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) got the rice subsidy on top…

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged poor families from various regions to avail themselves of its Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa (Lingap), where free medicines will be given away by the agency. Metro Manila (NCR), Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Davao Region can now…

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The lawyer of an alleged member of a “Korean mafia” who was arrested three days ago is set to file a petition questioning the arrest at the Court of Appeals (CA). In an interview on Saturday, Redentor Viaje said that he will file a petition for a writ of certiorari…

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Members and leaders of an urban poor group on Friday said they will not vacate idle homes that they occupied on March 8 until the government distributes to them for free the houses built by the National Housing Authority (NHA) during the past administration. Earlier in the day, tension rose…

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MULTI-sectoral groups are poised to hold mass actions in Mendiola to denounce the new contracting order and to call for the replacement of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd. They have yet to pick a date for the protest rallies. Sanlakas Secretary General Aaron Pedroso said the protest will be “a…

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THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will continue its investigation of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) following the claim of former police officer Arthur Lascañas that members of the group executed hundreds of suspected criminals. Lascañas said that the killings were ordered by former Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now the…

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QUEZON CITY Mayor Herbert Bautista turned over on Monday a custom-built bus converted into a mobile court similar to the ones used by the Supreme Court (SC) for its Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program. Court Administrator Midas Marquez represented Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during the turnover ceremony. “Expect…

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AN ANTI-GRAFT group has urged President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend to remove top officials of the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom), alleging that the agency had committed graft and corruption that caused the government losses of hundreds of millions of pesos. In a letter sent to the President, the Anti-Trapo…

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ANTI-SMOKING advocates on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the executive order (EO) implementing a national smoking ban. In a news conference in Quezon City, New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) president Emer Rojas said the longer that the smoking ban EO is not signed, the higher the…

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AN international group of “progressive” parties and world leaders has warned against a “rising tide” of violence and death in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, and called on the United Nations to investigate. In a joint statement, the Progressive Alliance (PA), which gathered prime ministers and presidents as well…

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