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Umali admits getting real time info on confrontation between Sereno, SC justices

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali had the next best thing to a front row access as at least two Supreme Court magistrates updated him in real time about how they pressured Sereno to take a leave. In an interview [...]

February 28, 2018 Politics

Sara Duterte endorses Mocha Uson, Pia Cayetano for senators

Sara Duterte endorses Mocha Uson, Pia Cayetano for senators Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has thumbed down the idea of running for senator, but instead endorsed two female candidates she said are competent to serve the public. In a “Tapang [...]

February 26, 2018 Politics

With ‘2 wives,’ Duterte wants a raise

Duterte wants a raise: With his heavy workload, the President wishes he would be paid something to the tune of P1.5 million. Speaking at Camp General Adriano Hernandez in Iloilo on Thursday, Mr. Duterte said his monthly salary amounted to [...]

February 25, 2018 Politics

Bato, ‘di iiwan si Duterte hanggang sa huling hininga

Hindi bibitiw si Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hanggang sa kanyang huling hininga. Ito ang inihayag ni Dela Rosa makaraang ianunsyo ng Pangulo na palalawigin pa ang kanyang termino bilang hepe ng pambansang [...]

February 23, 2018 Politics

Philippines among worst offender of press freedom in Asia Pacific

The Philippines, along with India and the Maldives, are the worst offenders of press freedom in the Asia Pacific region, according to an international organization against corruption. In its Corruption Perception Index 2017, Berlin-based Transparency International noted that the three [...]

February 22, 2018 Politics

Philippines concerned as US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘democracy threat’

President Duterte’s war on drugs and his avowed readiness to suspend the Constitution and declare a “revolutionary government” are among the regional threats to democracy identified by the United States intelligence community. “In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to [...]

February 22, 2018 Politics

Duterte will not attend the 32nd people power rites

President Duterte will not attend the 32nd anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power revolution on Sunday. Pastor Boy Saycon, a member of the EDSA People Power Commission, said the celebration will include citizens from all groups to make the [...]

February 22, 2018 Politics

Senate ethics body junks complaints vs De Lima

For lack of jurisdiction, the Senate committee on ethics has rejected the three ethics cases filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima. The committee headed by Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III unanimously approved the motion of Senate Minority Leader [...]

February 20, 2018 Politics

Palace: ICC cannot demand records from Phl for preliminary examination

The International Criminal Court cannot compel the Philippine government to provide documents on its war on illegal drugs because there is no formal investigation on it yet, Malacañang said Sunday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the ICC has announced that [...]

February 18, 2018 Politics

After AMLC’s refusal to cooperate, Trillanes seeks Duterte wealth probe anew

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday urged the Senate's Committee on Banks to conduct a probe into the alleged P2-billion wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte. The senator's renewed call for the Senate comes after the Office of the Ombudsman, on [...]

February 16, 2018 Politics

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