Politics

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 …

LP senators: Faeldon’s appointment a ‘loss of justice’

Liberal Party (LP) Senators on Thursday called President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of former Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioners Nicanor Faeldon as the new deputy administrator of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) a “loss of justice.” Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, and Franklin Drilon said that the President should have appointed someone who has an unquestionable …

Vanity Fair: video mocking Hillary Clinton ‘missed the mark’

LOS ANGELES — Vanity Fair is trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations. In a statement Wednesday, the magazine said the online video was an attempt at humour that regrettably “missed the mark.” Posted last weekend, the video shows editors of Vanity Fair’s Hive website offering toasts and …

Alberta United Conservative leader Kenney looks to build on big wins from 2017

EDMONTON—Fresh off uniting Alberta’s feuding, floundering centre-right to forge a unified opposition, Jason Kenney begins work in 2018 to build on those gains ahead of a provincial election. Regardless of the outcome, says Calgary pollster Janet Brown, Kenney’s audacious unity plan galvanized Alberta politics in 2017 and reordered its landscape. “He hit four home runs …

Buoyed by Alabama win, Democrats eye Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE — Democrats eager to take control of the Senate next year are turning to the state of Tennessee, where a popular Democratic former governor is running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Corker. Neither of Tennessee’s two top GOP candidates, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Rep. Stephen Fincher, …

Trillanes calls Paolo Duterte’s resignation ‘pure BS’

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday lambasted Paolo Duterte by describing his reason for resigning as Vice Mayor of Davao City as “pure BS (bullshit).” Trillanes accused the presidential son of “preempting the numerous investigations” hurled against him after the younger Duterte announced his resignation, saying his principle of delicadeza pushed him to step down …

Canada revokes Venezuelan diplomats’ credentials in retaliative move

OTTAWA—Canada is moving to expel a Venezuelan diplomat from the country and strip his credentials in retaliation after his Canadian counterpart was kicked out of the South American nation. The latest developments come after months of sanctions and criticism by Canada against Venezuela, which led to the crisis-ridden country declaring Canada’s charge d’affaires — the …

Horgan says next year’s electoral reform referendum likely B.C.’s last attempt

VICTORIA—A pact with the Green party that allowed the NDP to form a minority government in British Columbia is a working example of electoral reform ahead of a referendum on the issue next year, Premier John Horgan says. There have been a few bumps in the agreement between the New Democrats and Greens since last …

P6-M PCSO Christmas party ‘insensitive’: Gatchalian

MANILA— “Insensitive.” This was how Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which reportedly cost PHP 6 million. “I believe staging this party in a luxurious five-star hotel and extravagantly spending PHP6 million is an ostentatious display of insensitivity on the part of PCSO,” Gatchalian said in his official …

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