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DUTERTE WILLING TO DEFEND HIMSELF IN THE HAGUE – PALACE

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THE International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is opening an initial probe into allegations of crimes against humanity by President Rodrigo Duterte, his spokesman said Thursday, at the same time rejecting accusations of mass murder arising out of his war on drugs. Lawyer Jude Sabio filed the main complaint…

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IRREGULARITIES have surfaced in the public bidding for the contract to build the new National Food Authority (NFA) central office in Quezon City. The project was awarded to Legazpi Premium Development Corp. despite the firm’s failure to disclose an abandoned project on its list of ongoing projects, which, a The…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all marine explorations by foreign scientists at the Philippine Rise to stop, and called on the Philippine Navy to “chase out” any vessel fishing or conducting research in the 25-million hectare continental shelf east of Luzon, Malacañang said on Tuesday. The President gave the order…

DENGVAXIA MESS

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THE VOLUNTEERS Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) have filed administrative and civil cases against officials of the Department of Health (DoH) in connection with the controversial dengue immunization program. Lawyers Nasser Marohomsalic, Glenn Chong and Manuelito Luna filed the VACC complaint before the Office…

GORDON ON DENGVAXIA PROBE

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THE Senate has obtained documents to prove that the Department of Health allowed Sanofi Pasteur to supply anti-dengue vaccines even if the pharmaceutical company has not completed its clinical trials and despite documentation “deficiencies,” Sen. Richard Gordon said on Sunday. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said the…

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The spokesman of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday raised the need to ban Smartmatic Corp. from serving as the country’s election service provider amid allegations of fraud and irregularities in past elections. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of Marcos, said Smartmatic should not have been allowed to provide…

LIKE CHINA AND HK

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is considering a “hybrid” system of government similar to China’s “one country, two systems” setup, if his bid to shift to a federal form of government fails to get public support. In remarks during the Indigenous Peoples’ Summit in Davao City on Thursday night, Duterte said he…

ESCUDERO BARES QUESTIONABLE SD CARDS

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The Philippine electoral system is vulnerable to cyberattack and the government may not be prepared for it, an American cybersecurity expert has warned. Marc Goodman, founder of the Future Crimes Institute and chairman of policy, law and ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, said governments around the world, particularly the…

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales has vowed not to enforce the Malacañang order to suspend her deputy, saying the order was a clear affront to the Supreme Court and the constitution, as well as a violation of the independence of the Office of the Ombudsman. Morales, a retired Supreme Court associate justice…

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THE House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning contractualization in the workplace, a measure that could benefit up to six million workers. With 199 “yes” votes and none opposed, lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6908 to strengthen security of tenure and end the practice of hiring…

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