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Ampatuans also sought Palace help – Panelo

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 06, 2019 Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday revealed the Ampatuan family, another former client of his, sought President Rodrigo Duterte’s “intercession” in their case. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo releases a copy of the Office of the President’s referral if a request from Atty. …

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22 applicants vie for 2 SC posts

By The Manila Times September 06, 2019 The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to interview 22 applicants to the posts that will be vacated by Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza and Antonio Carpio. Jardeleza will retire on September 27 and Carpio on October 26. The JBC, …

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Duterte OKs proposals to cut trade war impact

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 06, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendations of trade and economic officials to curb the negative effects of the trade dispute between the United States and China, Malacañang said on Thursday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Duterte “immediately approved” the …

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Salary hike for govt employees pushed

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL September 06, 2019 SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill seeking to increase the salaries of 1.4 million government employees. Hundreds of public school teachers march to the House of Representatives to press their demand for higher pay. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ Recto …

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Duterte fires Faeldon

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT September 05, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon over the release of convicts, including those imprisoned for committing heinous crimes. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA Duterte said he was letting go of …

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Baldo posts P8.7-M bail

By RHAYDZ B. BARCIA, TMT September 05, 2019 LEGAZPI CITY: Former Daraga mayor Carlwyn “Awin” Baldo, tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe last year, posted P8.7-million bail on Wednesday for his temporary liberty. This file photo shows former mayor Carlwyn Baldo (seated) …

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Palace dragged in Sanchez controversy

By MAURO GIA SAMONTE September 05, 2019 Conclusion The Sanchez controversy had spilled into the halls of Malacañan Palace. Judge Harriett Demetriou, who called the rape and killing of Eileen Sarmenta and her boyfriend Allan Gomez a crime hatched in hell, has demanded the resignation of Malacañang spokesman Salvador Panelo, …

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HK leader withdraws extradition bill

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE September 05, 2019 HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s leader told lawmakers Wednesday she will permanently shelve an extradition bill that triggered three months of pro-democracy protests, a politician who was in the briefing told Agence France-Presse. Carrie Lam, the city’s chief executive, told a group of pro-Beijing lawmakers …

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GSIS allocates P633-M loan for dengue-hit areas

By MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT September 05, 2019 State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has allocated P633-million worth of emergency loans that its members in areas declared under a state of calamity because of a dengue outbreak can tap. Dengue patients are seen at the dengue ward of the San …

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