3 prosecutors suspended for releasing ‘smugglers’

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has suspended three state prosecutors for allowing the release of three suspects who tried to smuggle some P6 million worth of jewelry into the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on May 5. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a two-page formal charge, placed Benjamin Lonto, officer-in-charge […]

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Lacson eyes lifting of VAT exemptions

SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday called on lawmakers to study the possible lifting of value added tax exemptions granted to various industries instead of suspending the imposition of excise tax on fuel. The senator said lawmakers should thoroughly study the proposal as he called for calm amid the growing clamor to stop the collection of […]

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President visits SKorea in June

Amid renewed tensions in the Korean Peninsula, President Rodrigo Duterte will make his first visit to South Korea next month, Malacañang confirmed on Saturday. In a radio interview, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said trade relations between the Philippines and South Korea would be high on the agenda of Duterte’s trip. “Kung hindi po ako […]

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Duterte issues 3 orders to check oil crisis

Malacañang on Saturday assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte was on top of the situation amid the surging oil price increases in the world market. In a radio interview, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte knew the situation at present and issued three marching orders to his Cabinet officials in an attempt to […]

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Bello orders wage boards to look into salary hike

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has directed all 17 Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) around the country to study a possible wage increase in relation to the effects of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law and other economic factors on the purchasing power of the daily take-home […]

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Military still sees threats in Marawi

The military acknowledges threats from terrorist groups in Marawi City ahead of the first anniversary of the attack on the city by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group in May last year. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., spokesman for the Joint Task Force Ranao, on Sunday said they still foresee threats within the main battle area of […]

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Senators condemn China’s invasion of disputed territories

SENATORS on Sunday condemned what they viewed as China’s continuous violation of international rules governing the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) as they raised the need for the Senate leadership to make a firm stand against it. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said as foreign policy partner of the President, the Senate must come […]

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14 senators back Sotto as new Senate president

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd may replace Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd as head of the chamber next week after majority of senators signed a manifesto, in the form of a Senate resolution, calling for a leadership re-organization, Senate insiders disclosed on Thursday. According to a source, 14 members of the Senate majority bloc already […]

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Carpio: Sereno violated the Constitution

But should be removed through impeachment, not quo warranto CARPIO, J.: (Excerpts from dissenting opinion) THIS quo warranto petition, filed by the Republic of the Philippines, represented by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), seeks to nullify the appointment of respondent Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, an […]

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Leonen: Quo warranto a legal abomination

‘Sereno created too much of a political narrative’ LEONEN, J.: (Excerpts from dissenting opinion) I dissent. This Petition should have been dismissed outright and not given due course. It does not deserve space in judicial deliberation within our constitutional democratic space. Even if the Chief Justice has failed our expectations, quo warranto, as a process […]

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