Politics

Senate panel begins probe on ‘reassignment’ of Supt. Marcos

MANILA, July 26 — A Senate panel on Wednesday began its first hearing on the ‘reassignment’ of Supt. Marvin Marcos, the controversial cop who is facing homicide charges over the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. It may be recalled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) downgraded charges against Marcos and 18 other …

Duterte puts end to talks with Reds

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday closed the door for the resumption of talks with communist rebels and ordered state forces to gear up for a possible all-out war with the New People’s Army (NPA). In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President slammed the National Democratic Front (NDF) and its armed …

Ilonggo troops in Marawi City grateful to Duterte’s unwavering support

ILOILO CITY, July 25– Troops of the Philippine Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion based in Miag-ao, Iloilo who were deployed in Marawi City are very much appreciative of the support they get from President Rodrigo Duterte. On Monday, President Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), reiterated his unwavering support to the Armed …

Imee Marcos finally attends House probe on tobacco funds misuse

MANILA, July 25 — Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Tuesday finally appeared before the House good government and public accountability hearing into the alleged irregular procurement of PHP66.45 million worth of vehicles by the provincial government. Marcos made her appearance after receiving a subpoena to attend the fourth hearing for repeatedly snubbing the House …

Senators laud PRRD’s mention of security concerns, disaster resiliency in 2nd SONA

MANILA, July 25 — Two senators on Tuesday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s giving importance to several issues particularly security concerns and disaster resiliency in his second State of the Nation Address last Monday. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, in a press statement, said that it was “timely” for President Duterte to devote airtime on the violent extremism …

Trump threatens ‘economic actions’ if Venezuela moves ahead with Constituent Assembly

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to “take strong and swift economic actions” against Venezuela’s government if Venezuela goes ahead to pursue the creation of a National Constituent Assembly (ANC). According to a strongly worded statement released by the White House, Trump warned that if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “imposes” the ANC …

UAE refutes US paper report on hacking of Qatari websites as ‘false’

RIYADH — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday rejected as “false” a Washington Post article alleging that the UAE orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government websites that triggered off the standoff in the Gulf. UAE Ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, said in a statement that the Post story is “false,” Al Arabiya TV …

Congress urged to prioritize fine tuning of BBL

MANILA — A senator on Monday urged the Congress to prioritize the fine tuning of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) noting that it was long overdue. “The BBL is long overdue. We should be prioritizing the fine tuning of the law, adopting what we’ve already learned from all the consultations, hearings, and 17 years of …

Macron says Trump may reverse US pullout from Paris climate accord

MOSCOW — Following a meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, the French president asserted that the US leader may rescind his intention to leave the global Paris Climate Accord. French President Macron, following a meeting with US President Donald Trump, asserted in a Sunday report by Le Journal du Dimanche that the American leader …

Trump denounces poll as being shown with record low approval rating

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump denounced a new poll Sunday that indicates he has a lower approval rating than any of his predecessors at the six-month mark in 70 years. The ABC News/Washington Post poll, released earlier Sunday, showed only 36 percent of Americans approve Trump’s performance in office, marking a six-point drop from …

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