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Duterte seeks more powers to fight virus

DJ Yap, Julie M. Aurelio, Marlon Ramos 03/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is upping the ante in the fight against the fast-spreading coronavirus disease, calling Congress to a special session on Monday to declare a national emergency and grant President Rodrigo Duterte broad powers, like…

Duterte: Espenido ‘clean,’ accusations ‘untrue’

Ador Vincent Mayol, DJ Yap 02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte believes that Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido is “clean” and his inclusion in the so-called narcolist is only part of “black propaganda” to derail the government’s bloody war on drugs, Malacañang said on…

Petition vs ABS-CBN meant to silence critics – journalists, rights groups

DJ Yap, JHESSET O. ENANO, Leila B. Salaverria 02/11/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Journalists and rights groups on Monday decried the filing of a quo warranto petition by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) against television network ABS-CBN, calling it a renewed attempt to silence critics…

Group of lawmakers seeks quick renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

DJ Yap 01/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As the House leadership bides its time in dealing with the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, a multipartisan group of lawmakers has pledged support for expediting the approval of nine pending bills extending the media…

‘Balikbayan’ from US spared from planned PH visa requirement

DJ Yap 01/02/2020

“Balikbayan” Filipinos from the United States will not be affected by President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to impose visa requirements on Americans traveling to the Philippines in retaliation for the US ban of Filipino officials involved in the…

Duterte fires Robredo as drug czar

DJ Yap 11/25/2019

BUSAN — President Rodrigo Duterte took offense at the “taunt” of Vice President Leni Robredo challenging him to just fire her if he didn’t want her on the government’s counternarcotics body, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters…

Removal of 40-year limit on prison terms proposed

DJ Yap, Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 09/25/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Should convicted rapists and murderers languish for up to 90 years in prison? They should, according to Leyte representative and chair of the House justice committee Vicente Veloso III, who proposed removing the 40-year…

Duterte starts major revamp at BuCor

DJ Yap, Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2019

MANILA, Philippines–President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered next-in-rank employees to temporarily assume the duties of prison officials who were suspended for the controversial early release of heinous crime convicts. Malacañang said the President issued the directive as the…

CEBU A FREEPORT?

DJ Yap, Leila B. Salaverria, Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/26/2017

If only to end corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), why not remove all tax levied on imported goods? Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña on Saturday said the government should stop collecting customs duties, and start…

GRAFT RAPS AGAINST FAELDON, CRUZ, ET AL.

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, DJ Yap, Marc Jayson Cayabyab 08/25/2017

    The House committee also wants Cebuana lawyer Mandy Therese Anderson charged for falsification of the attendance records of sports consultants at BOC The House committee on dangerous drugs has recommended the filing of criminal and…

As promised, fireworks!

DJ Yap, Leila B. Salaverria 03/20/2016

Graft and corruption emerged as the de facto theme in the taut and highly charged second presidential debate at the University of the Philippines Cebu on Sunday. And the candidates ended up ganging up on a beleaguered…

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