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The Philippines may pull out its membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it would not observe the “principle of complementarity,” which states that it will only exercise jurisdiction if a state is unwilling or unable to prosecute an official for serious crimes, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “Although the…

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HOUSE Committee on Justice Chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali admitted his panel would not be able to finish the proceedings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno before Congress goes on a Christmas break on December 13. Aside from the determination on sufficiency on grounds,…

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The Manila Times’ senior reporter Jomar Canlas has been a target of death threats after he testified at the House of Representatives during the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a statement to Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel on Monday, Canlas said he started receiving text messages from…

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JAKARTA: A rapidly growing gap between rich and poor in many developing East Asian nations is threatening the foundation for the region’s economic success, the World Bank said Monday. “The whole basis for East Asia’s success was this sense that everything was fair – you worked hard, you got ahead…

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Malacañang is confident a new budget would be passed this year despite the differences in the versions of the proposed budget of both chambers of the Congress. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Malacañang believed both houses of Congress would be able to iron out their differences…

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Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade is expected to attend next week’s hearing on the modernization program for public utility vehicles (PUV) and face off with transport groups, Sen. Grace Poe said on Monday. The hearing was initially scheduled on Thursday, and was one of the reasons Piston, or the Pinagkaisang Samahan…

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Starting this month, the minimum monthly salary of domestic workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be P3,500, according to the Department of Labor. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said the present P2,500 minimum pay will be increased to P3,500 beginning December 15. “If the salary is already P3,500…

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HUNDREDS of Caloocan City policemen who were suspended in September have finished their retraining and will be back on duty next week, Metro Police chief Oscar Albayalde said on Monday. Albayalde said 1,076 policemen were given the boot following the killing of Kian de los Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz.…

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Jeepney drivers and operators opposed to the jeepney modernization program staged a caravan protest in Manila on Monday instead of a transport strike but warned that they will mount a transport strike if the government will not delay the modernization program set to start in January 2018. The protesters were…

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