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Congress in Catch 22 situation

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It was supposed to be a process that would just go through the motions given the current administration’s grip on the majority, but when the House committee on justice tackled the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano against President Rodrigo Duterte, something happened that prompted the panel to go on a closed-door […]

Posted: May 15th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Labor group to gather, elect new officers in national congress set in Cebu

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Close to 2,000 labor union members and leaders across various sectors from all over the country are set to gather under one roof in Cebu City on Saturday. This, as the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) mounts its 15th Supreme National Congress, an event that only happens once every five years. […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Lopez and her CA rejection

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  The first week of May started with the sad news of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez being rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) in Congress. Many Filipinos were disappointed by the CA’s decision to reject Lopez who showed political will to go after the big-time mining companies that have destroyed our environment for profit. […]

Posted: May 8th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

DEATH PENALTY

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Cebu province representatives vote yes except Del Mar; Abellanosa abstains Eight of Cebu’s ten congressional district representatives voted to reimpose the death penalty on drug-related offenses during the bill’s third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The lower house in a session last night passed House Bill 4727 — 216 yes, […]

Posted: March 7th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

China stays mum on its defense budget

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BEIJING — China in recent years has responded to calls for greater military transparency by releasing its defense budget. Not this year, it seems. The defense and finance ministries did not immediately respond to questions about why the government failed to provide a figure for its annual military spending at the opening of its rubber-stamp […]

Posted: March 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Death penalty approved on second reading

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Just as the country started its celebration of Lent, the House of Representatives on Ash Wednesday approved on second reading the bill seeking to restore the death penalty. This after the House majority on Wednesday’s session approved by voice voting House Bill 4727 which seeks to impose the capital punishment on drug-related offenses. The ayes […]

Posted: March 1st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Both accused of heinous crimes

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President Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima are both accused of heinous crimes — crimes that would merit the death penalty if Congress were to pass that odious measure. Both claim innocence, dismissing the accusations as attempts at political demolition. For Mr. Duterte, the accusations date back to the early days of his mayoralty in […]

Posted: February 28th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Beyond the Wednesday novena

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The “Walk for Life” rally held in Luneta Park in the capital region last Saturday drew a large crowd that has Church officials feeling upbeat. The turnout, estimated at more than 10,000 was meant to be a show of force and underline the opposition of the Church and the lay faithful against extra-judicial killings and […]

Posted: February 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Standing against the tide

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They may not have the numbers, but what the Church and their followers in Metro Cebu lacked in numbers, they made up for with determination and solidarity with the thousands who attended the “Walk For Life” rally in Manila last Saturday. “We are not afraid. Padayon ta. (Let us continue.) If God is with us, […]

Posted: February 19th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

‘Death penalty only punishes the poor’

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Though knowing that he is in the minority, Rep. Raul del Mar of Cebu City’s north district remains adamant about his opposition to plans of reimposing the death penalty. During the interpellation and debate at the House of Representatives last Tuesday, Del Mar said death penalty is never the solution to address crimes. “When death […]

Posted: February 9th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »