Politics

Duterte to UN’s Callamard: If you investigate me, I’ll slap you

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard of physical violence. In a speech before the Filipino community in Vietnam, an upset Duterte said he would slap Callamard in front of the public if she would ‘insult’ him by launching an investigation on …

Australian leaders at loggerheads over citizenship crisis

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s rival political leaders attacked each other on Thursday over a parliamentary citizenship crisis that is threatening to ensnare a growing number of lawmakers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants opposition leader Bill Shorten to support his plan to make all lawmakers provide proof that they have not breached a constitutional ban on …

Malacañang welcomes Sotto’s suggestion on N.E rehab center

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday that the Malacañang welcomes the suggestion of Senator Vicente Sotto III that the 100,000-square-meter Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan, Nueva Ecija could be optimized and used as a mega drug enforcement academy. “We welcome the suggestion of Senator Vicente Sotto III …

Despite outcry, committee makes few changes to Access to Information bill

OTTAWA—A Liberal-dominated committee is sending the government’s Access to Information bill back to the House of Commons with few changes, despite the deep concerns of transparency advocates and opposition MPs. Committee members rejected most of the amendments put forward Wednesday, including some from Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. The Access to Information Act allows applicants who …

Trillanes files plunder complaint vs. Gordon

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has filed a plunder complaint on Wednesday, November 8 at the Office of the Ombudsman against Senator Richard Gordon, in connection with the alleged “anomalous disbursements” or misuse of P200-million funds allocated to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) since 2004 to present. The Senator who is also the chairman of the humanitarian …

B.C. premier backs name calling ban in legislature, admits ‘lowering debate’

VICTORIA—Premier John Horgan says he lowered the level of debate in British Columbia’s legislature by engaging in aggressive heckling while in opposition, but now that he’s on the government side he supports a ban on derogatory language and name calling by politicians. Horgan said Wednesday he backs a ruling by legislature Speaker Darryl Plecas to …

B.C. pipeline lawsuit dropped over worries costs would bankrupt non profit group

VANCOUVER—A non-profit group has abandoned a legal challenge of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in British Columbia, saying losing the case could bankrupt the organization. Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch says the advocacy group decided to withdraw its legal action after the B.C. Supreme Court judge assigned to the case suggested from the bench the …

NDP questions Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s continued private email use

REGINA— The Opposition wants to know why Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is still using a private email server to do government business after saying he would stop. Wall sent emails to his staff from a private server in September. The premier’s office says that’s because his government email was down intermittently for two weeks. Interim …

Federal government changes course on sex discrimination legislation

OTTAWA— The federal government has decided to change course on its proposed legislation to end sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. The government’s point man in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, told the upper chamber Tuesday that the government is offering to make a change that would restore full legal status to First Nations women …

Two former Alberta cabinet ministers part of group promoting legal pot industry

EDMONTON—Two former Alberta government cabinet ministers and a police chief are part of a group that is working to promote the legal recreational marijuana industry. Former justice minister Jonathan Denis belongs to an organization called the Canadian Cannabis Chamber that is providing legal, lobbying and security advice to companies as Canada prepares for the legalization …

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