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THE country can curb corruption if government will introduce institutional reforms and strictly impose sanctions, analysts and experts said on Monday. Speaking at the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption’s (VACC) anti-corruption summit, political science professors Clarita Carlos, Temario Rivera and public policy expert Eduardo Araral agreed that corruption can be…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will be attending the first ever anti-corruption summit this week. Organized by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, the two-day conference that starts on Monday will focus on how the Philippines can make bigger strides in fighting corruption. Dante…

MARCOS TO ROBREDO

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THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday urged Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to put an end to all publicity stunts and allow the recount evidence to speak for itself. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, said if Robredo believed that she has the…

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FORMER Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd on Wednesday described as “pathetic” the filing of plunder complaint against him and other cabinet officials of the previous administration over the allegedly anomalous Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 maintenance contract. Roxas, who is abroad, said the charges were filed by the Department of…

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THE Canadian embassy on Tuesday denied reports its government had a deal with former President Benigno Aquino 3rd that Manila would keep the garbage shipped to the Philippines a few years ago in exchange for Canada’s hiring of Filipino nurses. Ryan Webb, a political officer at the Canadian Embassy in…

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CHILEANS residing abroad were able to cast their votes for the presidential election Sunday, a first in Chile’s more than 200-year-old history as a republic. Fernanda Vila, consul of Chile in Manila, said more than 100 Chilean nationals were staying in the Philippines and a number of them were qualified…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte needs to seek once again the approval of Congress if he wants to extend martial law in Mindanao, which will end on December 31, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Sunday. Drilon said the Constitution requires that a request for extension of martial law must be formally…

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THE government has an estimated P10.5 billion worth of illegal drugs still in its possession from various drug operations. This information surfaced during Sen. Franklin Drilon’s interpellation of the budget of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which Sen. Panfilo Lacson sponsored before the Senate on Thursday night. Drilon asked…

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SINCE the Philippine National Police (PNP) is no longer involved in the government’s war on drugs, Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon has proposed realigning the P1.4 billion anti-illegal drug campaign budget to the housing fund for policemen. Drilon made the proposal during the interpellation of the proposed budget of the…

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IF the Philippines was able to get the support of Southeast Asian leaders in pushing for a drug-free region during its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), anti-corruption advocates are hoping that Singapore’s hosting of Asean in 2018 would pave way for a corruption-free Asean. Dante Jimenez,…

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