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DoJ asked to junk sedition raps vs Robredo

By JOMAR CANLAS, TMT July 27, 2019 The Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday was asked to dismiss the sedition and other criminal charges against Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo over the alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. In a manifesto submitted before the DoJ, opposition coalition Team Pilipinas …

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Bato, Go on ML extension: We’re behind it

By DARWIN PESCO July 27, 2019 Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Friday expressed his support for the extension of martial law (ML) in Mindanao, while Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he would support whatever the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte is. Dela Rosa said as someone from Mindanao, …

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Legal woes hound Skyway 3 project

By BEN KRITZ, TMT July 26, 2019 Second of two parts SHORTLY after the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project was launched, it encountered a number of obstacles that threw its ambitious construction timeline in disarray and caused costs to soar. The project, which was described as 60 percent complete …

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Palace: China does not own WPS

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 26, 2019 The Philippine government does not recognize China’s claim that it has legal possession of areas in the disputed South China (West Philippine) Sea, a Palace official said on Thursday. The disclaimer came after Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Malacañang’s …

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Drilon bucks proposal to extend terms

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 26, 2019 THE House of Representatives’ Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 1, seeking a longer term for congressmen and other local officials and shortening the six-year term of senators, would require an amendment to the Constitution, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon …

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‘Anti-terror drive to be more bloody’

By DARWIN PESCO July 26, 2019 THE government will further intensify its campaign against terrorists and, this time, it will be bloodier, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). DILG Secretary Eduardo Año DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said on Thursday the President informed local executives of …

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Natl ID system rolls out in September – Lacson

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 26, 2019 The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will implement the national identification (ID) system in September, according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson. The senator, author and sponsor of the law in the Senate, made the remark since the enactment of the National ID Law will mark …

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PH jumps to 54th in global innovation

By TYRONE JASPER C. PIAD July 26, 2019 THE Philippines jumped from 73rd to 54th place in the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII) among 129 countries. The country scored an average of 36.18 this year, higher than the previous 31.56, after getting better scores in 5 out of 8 pillars …

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SSS inefficiency costing money – Dominguez

By MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT July 26, 2019 THE Social Security System (SSS) has to improve its services because its inefficiency is costing money, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd. In his fourth State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte tagged SSS as one of the …

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El Niño may end in August – Pagasa

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ July 26, 2019 THE El Niño weather phenomenon that caused months of drought in several parts of the country may end in August, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa climate monitoring and prediction chief Analiza Solis said more …

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