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No backing down from war on drugs – Duterte

MANILA — President Duterte is not backing down from the war on illegal drugs despite criticisms over the recent killings of teenagers. The President advised critics to accept the government’s anti-drug campaign

Ombudsman tells how Imelda Marcos committed graft

MANILA — Former first lady Imelda Marcos’s financial interest in Swiss foundations while serving as Batasan assemblywoman and Metro Manila governor violated no less than the 1973 Constitution, the Office of the

Troops rescue abducted priest, teacher amid battle in Marawi

MARAWI CITY — Government troops have rescued a Roman Catholic priest and a teacher who were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of militants aligned with the Islamic State

Jinggoy eyed as DAP witness

MANILA — Now that he is out on bail, will former senator Jinggoy Estrada spill the beans on an alleged anomaly in the multibillion-peso Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the previous administration?

Another Caloocan teen turns up dead

MANILA — The parents of a 16-year-old boy who has been missing for nearly three weeks are certain that a decomposing body found in a stream in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan,

Callamard: P1,000 budget for CHR is ‘reprehensible and unconscionable’

MANILA — Giving the Commission on Human Rights a budget of P1,000 for 2018 was “reprehensible and unconscionable.” That’s the reaction that Agnes Callamard, United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or

House gives Commission on Human Rights P1,000 budget for 2018

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018, a critical government agency that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had

Maring’s fury: 4 dead, 6 missing

MANILA — Tropical depression Maring dumped heavy rains on Luzon Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four people, according to disaster

UN, CBCP denounce Rody’s war on drugs

MANILA — THE United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights scored President Rodrigo Duterte’s apparent “lack of respect for due process rights,” citing his repeated pronouncements condoning the killing of drug suspects

Alvarez unfazed by critics of CHR budget cut

MANILA — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stood his ground on Thursday and fended off criticisms hurled at the House of Representatives after it voted to slash off the Commission on Human Rights’

House move to cut CHR budget angers netizens

MANILA — Netizens erupted in anger shortly after the House of Representatives made its “arbitrary, whimsical and capricious” decision to grant the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a budget of only P1,000

Duterte to press Congress on immunity for Marcoses

MANILA — After moving to abolish the Commission on Human Rights, the next mission for the House of Representatives could be the grant of immunity from further criminal prosecution to the Marcoses.

Senators to restore CHR budget

MANILA — Senators on Wednesday vowed to restore the P678-million proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which the House of Representatives slashed to just P1,000 on Tuesday to scuttle

Solons find impeachment complaint vs Sereno in order

MANILA — The first of two impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno passed the twin tests of sufficiency in form and substance on Wednesday, setting the stage for further committee

Congressional feud looms over CHR budget

MANILA — The House of Representatives is gearing for a head-on collision with the Senate to defend its P1,000 allocation for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez declared Thursday.

Duterte appoints ex-Gabriela solon to DSWD

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan as undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Duterte signed the appointment of Ilagan, a fellow Davaoeño,

Ombudsman upholds Aquino indictment over Mamasapano

MANILA —  Former president Benigno Aquino III will soon be having his day in court as the Office of the Ombudsman upheld its earlier ruling ordering the filing of criminal cases against

Resignation not an option for Sereno

MANILA — Resignation is not an option for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, her spokesman, Atty. Carlo L. Cruz said Thursday. Atty. Lorenzo Gadon earlier called on the Chief Justice to resign and

Senators ask PNP: Are you hiding something?

MANILA — Senators on Thursday said they find it highly unusual that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has started limiting the access of media to police spot reports. A spot report contains

Watchdog: 2018 budget contains P19B ‘pork’

MANILA — The P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget congressmen approved Tuesday night contains at least P19 billion in pork barrel funds for lawmakers, budget watchdog Social Watch said on Thursday. “The pork barrel

AFP and DND say: No threat of coup attempt vs Duterte

MANILA — The country’s top defense officials brushed off reports on Thursday of a brewing coup attempt against President Duterte. The denial by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Gen.  Eduardo Año, chief of

Duterte bares how Trillanes accumulated money in offshore bank accounts

MANILA — President Duterte alleged that his fierce critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV accumulated the money in his foreign bank accounts when he was conducting backchannel talks with China over disputes in

Sandiganbayan grants Jinggoy’s plea to post bail

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan granted on Friday the petition to post bail of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada despite facing a non-bailable offense of plunder. In a 15-page ruling, the anti-graft court allowed the

The dream becomes a nightmare

By Val G. Abelgas HOW easily a dream can turn into a nightmare. Young people who thought their dream of living legally in America would soon be achieved after getting protection from