LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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If President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill his promise that a Bangsamoro Basic Law will be passed during his tenure, he will have to throw his support to another human rights body: the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission. This is because Article 9, Section 7 of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law provides…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has assured the families of the victims of the massacre in Maguindanao that those responsible would be convicted, his spokesman said on Friday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque also said that the President promised employment and financial aid in a meeting with the families on November 23, the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a fellow Mindanaoan, Sheriff Abas, as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Abas’ appointment papers, dated November 22, were released by the Palace on Friday. His term will expire on February 2, 2022. Abas replaced Juan Andres Bautista, who resigned on October…

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The lack of government support for Madrasah schools in Marawi City has provided a rich ground for recruitment of Maute terrorist group members, Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said on Friday. “Many of the recruits [of Maute] are from Madrasah schools which do not only educate about Islam, but…

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TRUE to his word, Palace Spokesman Harry Roque rode the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 on Thursday. He was lucky. The ride that started at the North Avenue station in Quezon City was smooth and glitch-free. However, Roque was seen sweating profusely after alighting at the MRT’s EDSA-Taft Station in…

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has failed to curb the drug problem as far as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said on Thursday. Roque noted that the President is thinking of returning the campaign against illegal drugs to the Philippine National Police. In early October,…

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Former Malacañang spokesman Ernesto Abella is back in the loop after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him as an undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Abella’s appointment papers were released on Wednesday, November 23, but were dated October 27. He was fired as Palace spokesman in the last week…

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PRESIDENTIAL Spokesman Harry Roque described his ride on the Metro Rail Transit-3 as cool and fast except that he was repeatedly wiping his face as he got off the MRT-3. Roque took his ride from the North Avenue Station in Quezon City to the EDSA-Taft Station in Pasay City. After…

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