Politics

Clarete, 31 others sued for P62.63-M PDAF scam

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has filed charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Misamis Occidental (1st District) Rep. Marina Clarete and 31 others in connection with the alleged misuse of her PHP62.63-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2007 to 2009. Clarete was indicted for 18 counts of graft, seven counts of malversation …

‘Black power’ removed from ex Philadelphia mayor’s statue

PHILADELPHIA — Workers have removed the words “black power” that were spray painted across the statue of a former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner. Workers Friday power washed the graffiti that was discovered Thursday, sprayed in white paint on the bronze statue of the late Frank Rizzo. Rizzo critics say he reigned over the city …

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defence of monuments …

Alberta UCP says other caucus members made expense claim errors, cash paid back

EDMONTON — The United Conservative Party says a review of expenses claimed by its caucus members found errors that add up to $557.30. UCP interim leader Nathan Cooper said the money has been returned to the Alberta legislature and he is taking steps to ensure that such errors don’t happen again. “The UCP takes responsible …

NDP commits to raising minimum wage in B.C. to $15 per hour by 2021

VICTORIA — The B.C. government says it’s planning to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Labour Minister Harry Bains said Tuesday a fair wages commission will be established in the coming weeks to plan how to raise the rate without hurting businesses. “I think what we are doing is going …

House panel approves barangay, SK polls postponement

MANILA, Aug. 14 — A House of Representatives’ panel on Monday approved the proposal to postpone the October 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Voting 19-2, members of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, chaired by CIBAC Partylist Rep. Sherwin Tugna, approved the postponement of barangay polls to the second Monday of May …

Analysis: Why won’t Donald Trump condemn white nationalism?

WASHINGTON — Why doesn’t President Donald Trump just unequivocally condemn white supremacists? It’s a jarring question to ask about an American president. But it’s also one made unavoidable by Trump’s delayed, blame-both-sides response to the violence that erupted Saturday when neo-Nazis, skinheads and members of the Ku Klux Klan protested in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump has …

In Brad Wall, private sector had ally whose voice rang louder than most

With Brad Wall’s departure from politics, the private sector is losing an ally whose voice reverberated louder than most on the public stage. During his 10-year tenure as Saskatchewan’s premier, Wall’s reputation as an advocate of free enterprise grew, whether he was defending the interests of potash or the oilpatch. “He has been a strong …

Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in Virginia

BEDMINSTER, N.J.—President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed “many sides” for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the “hatred and bigotry” broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy. That was not how the Charlottesville mayor assessed the chaos that led the governor to declare …

China protests US ship sailing by island in South China Sea

BEIJING—China expressed its “strong dissatisfaction” with the U.S. over the Navy’s latest freedom of navigation operation in which a warship sailed past one of China’s man-made islands in the strategic South China Sea. A leading U.S. think-tank , meanwhile, released a new report documenting what it said was continuing reclamation work on Chinese-controlled islands in …

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