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Lacson panel to continue ‘Davao Death Squad’ probe

After debating on the floor on Wednesday, senators agreed that panel headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson should continue with the investigation of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS). Earlier, Sen. Grace Poe manifested that the Senate could create a special committee to investigate the allegation of confessed […]

Posted: February 22nd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

CHEd halts field trips, school tours

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is imposing a moratorium on field trips and educational tours in all higher education institutions (HEIs) to give way to an investigation on the bus crash that killed 15 people in Tanay, Rizal, and a review of policies on such trips. The commission en banc on Tuesday […]

Posted: February 21st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Cancel 75 mineral production sharing deals

Environment secretary Regina Lopez on Tuesday announced she decided to cancel a total of 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) because the projects — all of which have not reached the mine operation stage — were located in watersheds. The canceled MPSAs include that of the $2-billion Kingking gold and copper project in Davao del […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

EJK or death after due process?

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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives were made to choose between two types of death – death under summary killings or death under capital punishment? This was the question posed by justice committee chairperson Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali in his sponsorship speech at the resumption of the plenary debate on the death penalty on […]

Posted: February 7th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Digong sends off ‘crook cops’ to Basilan with insults

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MANILA — President Duterte challenged 228 errant policemen to a gun duel as he showered them with insults and all kinds of expletives when they were presented to him in Malacañang on Tuesday. The searing mid-afternoon heat was no match for Duterte’s profanity-laden outburst, which was shown live on national television and various social media […]

Posted: February 7th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Senate starts death penalty talks today

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At least eight of 24 senators have openly expressed their opposition to the proposed revival of the death penalty in the country even before a joint panel in the Senate starts its deliberations on Tuesday. Six were either supportive or “open” to the proposal. The Senate committees on justice and human rights, and on constitutional […]

Posted: February 6th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Bato goes ‘soul-searching,’ mulls spiritual retreat for cops

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Cleanse yourself and be closer to God. This was the message of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to his men after deciding to suspend the bloody war against drugs and focus on purging bad eggs in the PNP, which President Rodrigo Duterte described as “corrupt to the core.” “Before […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Palace throws support behind Maxine Medina

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Malacañang on Saturday expressed its support for the country’s bet, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina for the 65th Miss Universe coronation on Monday. “As the country’s representative, Maxine is able to show the beauty, warm, hope and dignity of the Filipino. We are truly proud of her,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in an interview with […]

Posted: January 28th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Duterte vows ‘maximum sentence’ for suspects behind Korean slay

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The suspects behind the grisly killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo will be punished to the fullest extent of the law, President Rodrigo Duterte assured Thursday. In a speech peppered with expletives during the inauguration of a power plant in Saranggani, Duterte turned soft when he formally apologized for the death of Jee. “I […]

Posted: January 26th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Purisima, Napeñas charged for SAF 44 slays at Sandiganbayan

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MANILA — On the eve of the second anniversary of the Mamasapano clash that claimed the lives of 44 Special Action Force troops, state prosecutors finally filed charges at the Sandiganbayan against two top police officials who bypassed the chain of command in planning the botched operation. Dismissed Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima and […]

Posted: January 24th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »