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Duterte never pressured SC – Bersamin

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT May 22, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte never exerted any pressure on the Supreme Court (SC) at any time, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said on Tuesday. Bersamin said the President never swayed or tried to influence the tribunal in deciding cases. Bersamin was the guest of honor …

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Senate passes 10 measures

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO May 21, 2019 THE Senate on Monday resumed session and passed on third and final reading 10 bills, including one that seeks to amend the Labor Code and a measure that would create the Philippine Space Agency (PhiSA). The Senate has nine session days remaining until …

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Partial proclamation pushed

By CATHERINE A. MODESTO May 20, 2019 Tally at 95%; Comelec still waiting to count 1.68M votes from 5 Certificates of Canvass With the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yet to name the winners of last week’s Senate race, the lawyer of one of the leading candidates wants the poll body …

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Special elections set in Jones, Isabela

By CATHERINE A. MODESTO May 20, 2019 The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will conduct special elections today, May 20, in Barangay Dicamay 1 in Jones, Isabela where vote-counting machines were burned by armed men last week. MAP from Wikipedia The exercise will involve 762 registered voters in Clustered Precinct 18 …

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What code blue? Duterte ‘signing papers’ in Palace

By RALPH VILLANUEVA May 20, 2019 MALACAÑANG on Sunday denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte had been brought to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City for a medical emergency. Following reports of a “code blue” situation, which involves cardiac or respiratory arrest, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo issued …

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Incoming Senate urged to junk Cha- cha

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO May 20, 2019 Think-tank Ibon Foundation has challenged incoming senators to prove their independence by rejecting proposals to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Following last week’s mid-term elections, the 17th Congress will bow out next month and the 18th Congress — to be dominated by allies …

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