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‘Free tuition not available to all’

MANILA, Philippines – Free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) will not be available to all undergraduate students next year. President Duterte has ordered that poor but academically qualified students would be given priority. The order is contained in [...]

December 24, 2016 News
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Leila on latest Rody rants: It’s Fentanyl-induced

MANILA, Philippines – The insults hurled by President Duterte against the United Nations human rights chief were drug-induced, Sen. Leila de Lima said yesterday. De Lima said Duterte could have taken Fentanyl when he ranted at UN High Commissioner for [...]

December 24, 2016 News
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Duterte’s call for constitutional amendments downplayed, hit

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said yesterday there was no cause for alarm over President Duterte’s call for constitutional amendments that would allow him to declare martial law without getting the permission of Congress and the Supreme [...]

December 24, 2016 News
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Duterte: SC, Congress wala na dapat pakialam sa pagdeklara ng Martial Law

Nais amyendahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang mga probisyon sa 1987 Constitution sa pagdedeklara ng martial law Sinabi ni Duterte na hindi magiging madali ang pagdeklara nito kapag may giyera o pananakop dahil kinakailangan pa ng pag-apruba ng Kongreso at [...]

December 23, 2016 News
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Duterte enlists mothers for new front in war on drugs

CLARK – With a son addicted to methamphetamine and dealers and users winding up dead in a spree of killings in the Philippines, Emerciana Ybote was keen to be on the right side of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drugs war. [...]

December 23, 2016 News
Duterte says to order closure of all online gaming

Duterte says to order closure of all online gaming

President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he was ordering the closure of online gaming operations in the country, sending gaming stocks on a tailspin. Shares of PhilWeb Corp. fell 30 percent while Leisure and Resorts World dipped 20 percent after the [...]

December 23, 2016 News
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De Lima indicted for ignoring House summons

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday indicted Sen. Leila de Lima for the crime of ignoring summons of Congress. A case for violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) was filed against the embattled [...]

December 21, 2016 News
Rody tells AFP: Respect human rights, rule of law

Rody tells AFP: Respect human rights, rule of law

MANILA, Philippines – Under fire for a brutal war on drugs that has left some 6,000 people dead, President Duterte told soldiers yesterday to respect human rights and the rule of law in all their operations. In a speech during [...]

December 21, 2016 News
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PNP chief a hypocrite, says bishop

MANILA, Philippines – “A hypocrite” is how Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo described Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa for asking God’s forgiveness on behalf of the policemen who have killed thousands of alleged criminals. Pabillo [...]

December 21, 2016 News
Business titans vow to support development of Sulu

Business titans vow to support development of Sulu

MANILA, Philippines – Businesses have vowed to support efforts to promote development in Sulu, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and the site of several kidnapping and bombing incidents. Business leaders made the commitment during the Christmas [...]

December 21, 2016 News