Category: Politics

Ex-rebels confirm Communist Party of the Phils – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) recruitment in schools
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Ex-rebels confirm Communist Party of the Phils – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) recruitment in schools

MANILA — Four former rebels on Wednesday confirmed before the Senate that students are being recruited from various schools nationwide to join the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Testifying before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs headed by Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the former rebels also shed light into...

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PHL President Duterte hits Aquinos for excluding Hacienda Luisita from land reform

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday described the exclusion of the Hacienda Luisita from the agrarian reform program as “the greatest aberration” done to farmer-beneficiaries. Duterte said although he has “nothing against” the Aquino family, including the late President Corazon Aquino and her son, President Benigno Aquino III, he said farmer-beneficiaries should have been awarded...

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TAKE UP CUDGELS FOR GRIEVING MOTHERS, AFP CHIEF PARLADE TELLS GABRIELA GROUP

MANILA – Dismayed by the baffling silence of militant women’s group, Gabriela**, acronym for General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Action  over the cases of missing minors reportedly recruited by Anakbayan in various schools in Metro Manila, a ranking official of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict...

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MALACAÑANG PALACE INSISTS RAPPLER COVERAGE BAN ALLOWED

MANILA — Malacañang reiterated on Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte’s coverage ban on news site Rappler does not violate any law, describing covering the Palace as a “privilege, not a right.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said despite the ban, Rappler still has access to regular Palace briefings which are live-streamed and televised, signed laws, and other important...

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‘Don’t tell us what do on human rights’, AFP Chief Parlade to Human Rights Group, Karapatan

MANILA — Human rights group Karapatan, an organization espousing instability and violence, has no right to remind the government that its foremost role is the promotion and protection of human rights. In fact, the government has no need of such reminders as it carries out its obligations readily, Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr., of the National...

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Army provides food to abandoned, hungry anti-SONA rallyists

MALAYBALAY CITY–Some 70 participants invited to a protest action against the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday were seemingly abandoned and left hungry by organizers, prompting the Army to give them food and water. A statement by the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade Tuesday said the rallyists were bused in from rural villages...

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Gov’t not stopping foreign probe on drug war: Palace

MANILA – The government is not stopping international organizations from investigating the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs but emphasized that it could still be considered an “assault to sovereignty”, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after a recent survey showed that majority of Filipinos believe that the administration should allow...

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Poverty a challenge to all admins, not just Duterte’s: Palace

MANILA — Lifting Filipinos out of poverty is not just a challenge to the Duterte administration but for all previous and subsequent administrations, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after Senate President Ralph Recto said that of all the challenges Duterte laid out, the hardest is the liberation of six million...

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DOJ to probe raps vs. VP Leni, et al. over ‘Bikoy’ videos

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a prosecution panel to handle the criminal complaints filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) represented by Police Lt. Col. Arnold Thomas Ibay in connection with the revelations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy”. In a statement Thursday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra...

DUTERTE’S 4TH STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA) WILL BE ‘SHORT’
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DUTERTE’S 4TH STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA) WILL BE ‘SHORT’

MANILA – The fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte to be delivered on July 22 will be “short”, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “I asked him (Duterte) about the SONA this morning, he said ‘Oh, it will be short’. Yun na nga exact words niya(Those were his exact words),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in...