Politics

House leaders slam complaint vs Duterte before ICC

MANILA–Two leaders of the House of Representatives on Tuesday criticized the filing of a case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), dismissing it as another attempt to discredit the government. House Appropriations Committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the complaint, which was filed by self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato’s …

SC junks VP Robredo plea, orders her to pay PHP8-M vs Marcos poll protest

MANILA–The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Tuesday denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for the election protest case filed against her by former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive during summer session of the magistrates in …

Lascañas fails to come back, remains on the run

Self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) and retired policeman SPO3, Arthur Lascañas, fails to come back to the country as planned during the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) inquiry into his alleged crimes. It has been reported that Lascañas had left for Singapore on April 8 with his family, and was scheduled to return on April …

Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in phone call with Trump

BEIJING –President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President DonaldTrump, Chinese state media reported Monday. The official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which are in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and hoped “all parties will …

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

PARIS –French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago. Now the tenacious 39-year-old with strong pro-business and pro-European views, and an unconventional love story, is poised to face far-right National Front leader Marine …

French citizens in Montreal express mixed reactions to early election results

MONTREAL –French nationals in Montreal expressed mixed reactions on Sunday as preliminary results showed far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron leading in the first round of France’s presidential election. At a French cultural centre in Montreal, both applause and boos rang out as a French TV station announced its projections just after the vote …

Nova Scotia opposition parties brace for election amid government spending spree

HALIFAX –An election date has not been set, but Nova Scotia’s opposition leaders say their campaigns are in full swing with candidates knocking on doors, holding a rally and raising eyebrows about the Liberal government’s recent spending spree. NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the crowd was energized at a campaign rally held Sunday at Alderney …

Christy Clark optimistic as B.C. election approaches halfway mark

VANCOUVER –British Columbia’s election campaign is nearing the halfway point and one party leader says she’s feeling optimistic, but acknowledges that the race is far from over. Liberal Leader Christy Clark spoke to media at the starting line of the annual Sun Run in Vancouver on Sunday, saying her party is working hard to get …

Housing, emissions and children: three ways politics touched Canadians this week

OTTAWA—Save for the several thousand pot-smoking protesters who lit up outside the Peace Tower on Thursday, Parliament Hill was an island of quiet this week—even as global forces battered the country’s sense of security. MPs were mainly in their ridings for the Easter break, and several cabinet ministers were south of the border preaching the …

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

PARIS—Early voting began overseas Saturday in France’s most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country’s next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection. Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential …

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