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SPEAKER FLOATS NO-ELECTION SCENARIO IN 2019

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MALACAÑANG said on Wednesday the midterm elections would push through in 2019 as scheduled unless the Constitution was amended. The Palace issued the statement through Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque Jr., who told a press conference: “The President always looks to the Constitution as his guiding document. The Constitution sets the…

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A total of 10 associate justices of the Supreme Court are expected to testify against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during the impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives. According to well-placed sources of The Manila Times inside the high court, six magistrates were expecting to be invited as resource…

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THREE children who landed in hospital weeks after they were inoculated with Dengvaxia are under observation after showing symptoms of dengue, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said on Monday. According to Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the VACC, the three children, aged 11, 14 and 16, were rushed…

DUTERTE TO PINOYS:

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President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to remain strong and resilient to survive the tough times ahead. “We are at a time when our resolve is being tested by many trials and difficulties. Corruption, criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism have impeded our progress in the past year. However, I remain…

YEARENDER

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TOUGH guy weathered a stormy 2017.
President Rodrigo Duterte marked his first full year in office amid a surge in Islamic terrorism and the proliferation of prohibited drugs in the country, testing the mettle of his leadership. But weather the storm he did, with his popularity seemingly resistant to a…

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TWO United Nations experts have warned against growing “militarization” in Mindanao, claiming Congress’ extension of martial law until the end of 2018 could worsen human rights violations especially in indigenous lumad communities. In a statement, UN Special Rapporteurs Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary said the ongoing militarization of Mindanao was…

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ANOTHER government official was accused on Thursday of excessive travel – Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator Marcial ‘Al’ Amaro 3rd – who, a group of seafarers claimed, made 11 foreign trips just this year. The United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) wants the Senate to investigate the “globe-trotting” Amaro, citing a complaint…

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Military cites Christmas Day attacks in Davao
The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday accused the communist New People’s Army (NPA) of violating its own ceasefire for the Christmas season, but vowed to stick to the truce declared by President Rodrigo Duterte. Col. Edgard Arevalo, the military spokesman, cited…

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PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan on Tuesday revealed a supposed plan by former “jueteng” whistleblower Sandra Cam to get the agency’s top post in order to allow her friend, Charlie “Atong” Ang, to take control of the Small Town Lottery (STL) operations nationwide. Balutan said Cam,…

CITING DELICADEZA AMID CUSTOMS CONTROVERSY, SQUABBLE WITH DAUGHTER

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son Paolo Duterte has resigned as vice mayor of Davao City, citing “recent unfortunate events” closely tied to his “failed first marriage.” In an emotional speech during a special session of the city council on Monday, the vice mayor mentioned the “maligning” of his reputation in…

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