US Senate panel OKs resolution: Free De Lima, drop charges vs Maria Ressa

Christia Marie Ramos 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — A US Senate panel has approved a resolution urging the Philippine government to free detained Senator Leila de Lima and drop all charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. US Senator Ed Markey, who filed…

House panel discreetly OKs reso extending terms of local execs, congressmen, senators

Pathricia Ann V. Roxas 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — A committee of the House of Representatives has discreetly approved a resolution relaxing the economic restrictions in the 1987 Constitution and extending the terms of local government officials, congressmen and senators to five years…

Gov’t conducts survey for ‘accurate drug statistics’ amid ongoing drug war

Darryl John Esguerra 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino on Thursday said the government has started conducting a survey to determine the number of users and pushers in the Philippines, more than three years after…

Palace hails SEA Games competitors: You are all winners

Nestor Corrales - INQUIRER.net 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Despite a few snafus that marred the start of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country, Malacañang hailed the camaraderie and sportsmanship of participating athletes in the biennial athletic meet. “The Palace…

Duterte’s 2018 SALN still unreleased 8 months after deadline – PCIJ

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The government has not released the 2018 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of President Rodrigo Duterte although nearly eight months have passed since the April 30 deadline for its filing. In…

Mangudadatu wants death penalty for Maguindanao massacre principal suspects

Cathrine Gonzales - INQUIRER.net 12/11/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu said Wednesday he wants the death penalty for the principal suspects in the Maguindanao massacre, a decade-old case tagged as the most violent election-related incident in Philippine history. “Dapat…

PNP starts crackdown on unregulated firecracker use

Cathrine Gonzales 12/09/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday started the crackdown on unregulated use of firecrackers as provided under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 28 in 2017. PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said…

NUPL seeks UN rights body action vs ‘vicious’ red-tagging of lawyers, rights advocates in PH

Darryl John Esguerra 12/09/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) has asked for the intervention of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights amid the attacks and red-tagging of human rights lawyers and…

‘Duterte may face arrest after ICC ends probe’

Delfin Mallari Jr. - Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/08/2019

LUCENA CITY, Quezon City, Philippines — As the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ends next year the preliminary examination of the allegations of crimes against humanity against President Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking chief executive…

More Filipinos value PH ties with US than with China, says survey

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 12/07/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Filipinos believe that the Philippines’ relationship with the United States is more important than its relationship with China, a recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found. Results of the September…

Quiboloy did not ‘stop’ Typhoon Tisoy because of bashers, critics

Pathricia Ann V. Roxas - INQUIRER.net 12/06/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Thursday said he chose not to stop Typhoon Tisoy’s wrath after he was criticized and ridiculed for his previous claim that he had ordered…

Duterte gives P60K Christmas bonus to Office of the President workers

Nestor Corrales - INQUIRER.net 12/02/2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte gave P60,000 Christmas bonus to all employees of his office on Monday night. Duterte made the announcement through his Social Secretary Annalyn Tolentino. OP employees on December 2018 received P50,000 as…

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