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THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday halted for a 20-day period the planned burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, handing an initial victory to critics of the late strongman and human rights victims. Magistrates issued a status quo ante order sought by petitioners to stop…

Lozada gets 10 years for graft

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RODOLFO Noel “Jun” Lozada, the whistleblower in the controversial broadband deal with China during the Arroyo administration, was found guilty of graft on Tuesday for awarding a lease over public land to his brother without an auction. The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division convicted Lozada and brother Jose Orlando to up to…

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THE Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has slapped Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and three of his co-accused with a 90-day preventive suspension pending litigation of a graft case against them for the alleged anomalous purchase of firearms in 2008, when the neophyte senator was city mayor of San Juan. In a…

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OSLO, Norway: The Philippine government said Monday it hoped to reach a peace deal with communist guerrillas within a year, as the two sides kicked off talks in Norway aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest insurgencies. “On the part of the [government] panel, we have imposed a timeline of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) demanded that Hillary Clinton shut down the charitable foundation founded by her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, branding it a “corrupt enterprise.” The Republican presidential candidate also called for a special prosecutor to investigate his Democratic rival, accusing the FBI…

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President Rodrigo Duterte will visit members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next month, Malacañang announced on Tuesday. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte has approved plans to tour Asean nations from September 4 to 9. The President will attend the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos from September…

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President Rodrigo Duterte will convene a Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) summit to discuss priority measures that aim to boost the economy, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said Tuesday. Pernia said convening the LEDAC is necessary because many of the proposed reforms will be introduced through laws. “This has been…

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His statement about pulling the Philippines out of the United Nations was a joke. But his “war” with UN officials who criticized him is not. President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he was only joking when he threatened to withdraw the Philippines’ membership in the UN after two of its…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday again offered the Defense portfolio to Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro as he disclosed his plan to appoint Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as ambassador to an unspecified country. In a speech before military officers in Malacañang, Duterte announced that he will appoint Lorenzana as an ambassador, which…

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Five members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) accused of extortion have been relieved from their posts. QCPD Acting District Director Sr. Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said extortion charges have been filed against the five policemen — PO1 Michael Gragasin; Sr. Insp. Benjamin Mayor, SPO3 Archimedes Marzan, PO2 Alex Chocowen…

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