Politics

LP calls out member for endorsing Sereno impeachment

MANILA, Philippines—The Liberal Party on Thursday rebuked one of its members for endorsing the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a joint statement of LP President Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and LP Secretary-General Congressman Kit Belmonte, the party called Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st district, Samar)’s move “a cause for …

Sara Duterte pokes fun at ‘triad tattoo’

MANILA, Philippines—Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday posted a photo on social media, ridiculing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s allegations against her brother, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. “Trillanes and USDea. Paki [Please] Decode. Please. By the way, thank you Edwin Miraflores for the triad tattoo. #trillanesdecode,” the Mayor said. Duterte posted a photo …

Voters send message as NDP score decisive victory in Saskatchewan byelection

SASKATOON — Voters in the Saskatoon riding of Fairview have sent a pointed goodbye message to outgoing Premier Brad Wall and his Saskatchewan Party by strongly backing the NDP in a provincial byelection. The Saskatchewan Party candidate, public school board trustee and corrections officer Cameron Scott, was easily defeated by NDP candidate Vicki Mowat on …

Local mayor chosen as Liberal candidate for upcoming Quebec by-election

LAC ST-JEAN, Que. — Liberal party members in Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., have selected a local mayor as their candidate for an upcoming federal byelection. Dolbeau-Mistassini Mayor Richard Hebert will run for the governing Liberals after defeating Indigenous community leader Marjolaine Etienne. The riding’s former Conservative MP, Denis Lebel, quit politics in June after nearly 10 years …

New Jersey, New York leaders talk Hudson tunnel with Trump

ALBANY, N.Y. — Top officials from New York and New Jersey travelled to the White House Thursday to make a pitch to President Donald Trump for a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River — considered to be one of the region’s most critical infrastructure needs. The meeting between Trump and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Paolo Duterte refuses tattoo ‘decoding’

MANILA, Philippines — “No way.” That was the response of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte to the invitation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to examine his tattoo to prove connection to an illegal drug triad. In a senate hearing on Thursday, probing the alleged involvement of the president’s son to the P6.4 billion shabu …

Mongolian prime minister voted out over graft allegations

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Mongolian lawmakers voted to dismiss the prime minister and his Cabinet for alleged incompetence and corruption related to the signing of government contracts with companies linked to three Cabinet members. A majority of lawmakers from the ruling Mongolian People’s Party joined with members of the opposition to pass the motion demanding that …

Quebec Liberal byelection candidate quits race amid harassment claims

QUEBEC—  The Quebec Liberal party candidate for a Quebec City byelection on Oct. 2 has pulled out of the race amid claims that he psychologically harassed employees of a company where he previously worked. Eric Tetrault took his name off the ballot in the Louis-Hebert riding on Wednesday night after spending the day defending himself …

Facebook: Accounts from Russia bought ads during US campaign

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social network said Wednesday. Although the number of ads is relatively small, the disclosure provides a more detailed peek …

Obama had a ‘pen and phone’ strategy; Trump has an eraser

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had a “pen and phone” strategy. President Donald Trump has an eraser. Since his first days in office, Trump has set out on a wholesale reversal of a long list of accomplishments that Obama achieved through executive action — a less enduring means than the hard-and-fast language of legislation. The …

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