Politics

Trudeau defends North Korea meeting in the face of Russian, Chinese criticism

OTTAWA—Both China and Russia will be integral to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conceded Monday even as he defended the decision to leave the two countries out of this week’s international gathering on the perils posed by North Korea. Trudeau made the remarks after Russia became the latest to slam …

Hontiveros to Sanofi: ‘Reimbursement is not enough’

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said that refunding of the cost of unused dengue vaccine Dengvaxia is not enough, but the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur should also shoulder the health needs of the affected children in the vaccination of controversial anti-dengue vaccine. “Reimbursement is not enough. Over and above its plan to pay …

HRW, De Lima slam SEC over Rappler’s license revocation

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday said that the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to shut down the Philippine-based online site Rappler Inc. is “nothing less than a politicized attack.” “If Duterte succeeds in silencing Rappler, it will have a profound chilling effect on Philippine media at a time when free …

Trump: ‘Unlikely’ he’d submit to a Russia probe interview

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump says that it “seems unlikely” that he’d give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump said “we’ll see what happens” when asked if he’d provide an interview to Mueller’s team. “When they have no collusion and nobody’s found any collusion at …

Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

PHOENIX—People have been comparing the political styles of President Donald Trump and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio since the allies starting appearing together at campaign events. The 85-year-old Arpaio noted those similarities Wednesday, a day after he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Republican Jeff Flake, a Trump critic who’s not …

Legislature member Rick Fraser joins Alberta Party, launches bid to be leader

CALGARY — A member of the legislature who has been sitting as an Independent since leaving the United Conservatives says he is joining the Alberta Party and is running to be its leader. “It’s time for me to put up or shut up,” Rick Fraser told a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday with his …

Pimentel: Not Alvarez’s objective to weaken, abolish the Senate

MANILA— House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s criticism against the Senate is not meant to weaken and abolish the upper chamber, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said Monday. Pimentel made this remark after colleague Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday raised fears that Alvarez was attacking the Senate to weaken and abolish the upper chamber. “I don’t …

Robredo: Suspension of 2019 elections would undermine democracy

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday has expressed strong opposition to the possible suspension of 2019 mid-term election and extension of the term of incumbent officials, attached to the possible enactment of the federal government. Robredo show took a firm stand against the possible cancellation of the elections, emphasizing that it would undermine democracy. “This …

Gatchalian sees no reason to apologize for controversial tweets

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian took a firm stand on Monday that he would not apologize for cursing out netizens whom he accused of being “paid” and “designed to bring out the worst” in a public official. “I don’t see the reason to delete it because again we’re talking to people who are organized and paid to …

Trump criticizes China after report of NKorea oil transfer

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump criticized China on Thursday following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of U.N. sanctions over the North’s nuclear weapons program. Trump said on Twitter that China had been “Caught RED HANDED,” adding he was “very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into …