Politics

Duterte meets Putin before leaving, asked for soft loan

President Rodrigo Duterte had a short meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin before he left for the Philippines because of a terror attack in Marawi. Putin on the hand had attended a few commitments and was able to return to the Russian capital Tuesday evening. Duterte had told Putin that he would …

Senate urge oil exploration in West PH Sea

Various Senators had expressed their opinion on the government’s next move in addressing its ongoing territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea. Senators had agreed that with or without the threat of war from China, the government should already start exploring and exploiting the natural resources in the area. In separate interviews, Senate Minority Leader …

Marcelino files affidavit to incriminate De Lima

A six-page affidavit was filed by former Anti-Narcotics enforcement officer Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino containing vital information that could further support the drug charges against currently detained Senator Leila De Lima. Marcelino was detained in the Armed Forces detention center on January last year until his release last week for drug possession charges. Marcelino …

Absentee ballot, recount results trickle in across B.C. following tight election

VANCOUVER – Counting is underway for thousands of absentee ballots that could determine the results of British Columbia’s tight election. Elections BC says the final count is complete in 16 ridings, with the Liberals securing 11 seats and the New Democrats five. Results from the vote on May 9 show the Liberals with 43 seats, …

Pimentel to De Lima: If you are detained, you cannot do some things

MANILA– Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday reminded Sen. Leila de Lima of her limitations as a detained lawmaker following her request to join voting on landmark measures. De Lima requested to participate in Senate sessions, particularly in the deliberations of measures. However, Pimentel said that according to Senate rules she had to be …

Where the leaders are in the N.S. election

HALIFAX – Where the N.S. leaders are on Monday, May 22. Liberals DARTMOUTH – Liberal leader Stephen McNeil makes an announcement at candidate Joanne Bernard’s campaign headquarters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., between Dominos and Subway restaurants, 118 Wyse Rd.) Tories HALIFAX – Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie holds media availability (9:30 a.m., 1482 Queen …

Couillard says Quebec could play a role in Middle East peace process

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says the province could contribute to an eventual successful peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking today in the West Bank, he said Quebec could play a role, within its limits, in resolving the impasse and promoting the construction of two peaceful states living side by side. …

N.S. parties trade accusations about ‘playing politics’ with sexual assault

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal and Tory parties are pointing fingers at one another for “playing politics” with sexual assault. Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said Sunday that the Liberal government misled the public when it committed to hiring two special prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases. The hires were announced in March in the …

Trudeau responds to Kenney’s threat to sue Ottawa with dig at Conservatives

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Jason Kenney’s threat to sue Ottawa if Kenney becomes premier by making a dig at the former federal Conservative government. Kenney, a major figure in Stephen Harper’s government who is expected to seek the leadership of a new provincial united conservative party in Alberta, said on Thursday …

Opposition parties try to block Trudeau’s pick for languages commissioner

OTTAWA – Opposition parties are trying to block the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur as the country’s new official languages commissioner. Conservatives and New Democrats accuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of picking Meilleur for the job without consulting them. The two opposition parties asked the Speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday to review the …

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