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FOR LANDING PLANES ON MISCHIEF REEF

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MANILA is mulling diplomatic action against Beijing over the reported presence of two Chinese military planes on a disputed reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a Palace official said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. told reporters the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was considering filing…

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Alvarez drops to record low in SWS poll PUBLIC satisfaction with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Aqulino Pimentel 3rd and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez dropped in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has removed Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. as chairman of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, after returning the NFA to the supervision of the Department of Agriculture. “Because the NFA is under the Department of Agriculture anew, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio V. Evasco will no longer be…

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FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has narrowed the lead of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in the ongoing recount of the 2016 vice-presidential election. Sources at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) told The Manila Times that after the recount of 210 clustered precincts in Camarines Sur province, Robredo’s…

EXCLUSIVE

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Embattled Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno allowed her supporters to get into the Supreme Court (SC) resthouse compound in Baguio City, letting them sleep in her cottage without permission from the court, sources said. Highly placed sources told The Manila Times that Sereno, through her confidante Joy Fabian, started…

RANDOM CHECKPOINTS SET UP TO ENFORCE GUN BAN

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CANDIDATES for the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) polls on May 14 began filing their certificates of candidacies as the election period kicked off on Saturday. The office of the Commission on Elections in Arroceros, Manila was flooded with barangay hopefuls, a scene replicated in towns…

SEA DISPUTE NOT DISCUSSED – DUTERTE

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said his visit to China would bring in $9 billion in new investments. In a speech upon his arrival in Davao City from a four-day trip to China and Hong Kong, Duterte said the Chinese investment pledges would generate at least 10,000 jobs for Filipinos.…

US STATE DEPARTMENT:

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AN official of the US Department of State said the Islamic State (IS) continues to recruit new members in Southeast Asia, including in the Philippines, not to get them to join the fight in Syria and in Iraq but to launch acts of terrorism in their hometowns. Irfan Saeed, director…

GAME OVER?

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BAGUIO CITY: After oral arguments, justices of the Supreme Court are set to deliver the final verdict on their boss, embattled Chief Justice on leave Maria Lourdes Sereno. Court sources told The Manila Times Associate Justice Noel Tijam has circulated his 60-page draft decision calling for the ouster of Sereno…

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THE ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is guaranteed following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to fast-track her impeachment, lawmakers said on Tuesday. Party-list Representatives Jericho Nograles of Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta and Makmod Mending of Abante Mindanao made the statement in the aftermath of Duterte’s remarks on Monday urging…

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