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Koko: PH should help Rohingya refugees

The Philippine government should give aid to the Bangladeshi government in solving the escalating Rohingya refugee crisis, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Wednesday. “Thousands of Rohingya have already fled to Bangladesh for safety, and the country’s resources will understandably be stretched as it helps deal with this humanitarian crisis,” said Senate chief. …

ASEAN human rights delegates barred from visiting De Lima

Delegates of the ASEAN Parliament for Human Rights (APHR) expressed disappointment as they were barred from visiting detained Senator Leila De Lima in Camp Crame despite having complied with a 10-day visiting notice. APHR’s Tian Chua and Charles Santiago went to the Philippines from Malaysia specifically to meet De Lima but denied the chance to …

Trillanes flies to Singapore, claims no offshore accounts

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations that he has two secret bank accounts in Singapore. Trillanes, who flew to DBS bank Alexandra Branch in Singapore, said the bank teller told him such accounts don’t exist. “Naipakita ko dito sa pagpunta ko mismo sa DBS bank Alexandra Branch dito sa Singapore …

Danica Tan: A Brand of Style

As an old maxim goes, love what you do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. True to that, Filipino-Chinese blogger from British Columbia Danica Tan wakes up every day doing what she wholly enjoys – from being a Fashion and Beauty Digital Influencer plus content creator to Social Media Marketing …

CDPI proposes shift to federal parliamentary system

The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) on Thursday said it will propose the shift to a federal parliamentary system, urging the Congress to start deliberating the amendments in the 1987 Constitution that will pave the way to federalism. CDPI President Lito Monico Lorenzana said in a statement that they will present the proposal to the …

De Lima on Trillanes’ expulsion: A silencing dissent

Detained Senator Leila De Lima lambasted plans of President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies to kick out Senator Antonio Trillanes IV out of Senate, saying it is not of a punishment but rather a “silencing dissent.” De Lima said that there were no “objectionable actions” made by Trillanes but only expressing his observations as a …

Duterte urges PSC to recruit IPs, out-of-school youths

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday has instructed the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment of Filipino athletes nationwide looking on the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in which the Philippines will be hosting. Speaking on the awarding ceremony of the SEA games medalists, Duterte said the PSC should look for potential athletes …

Duterte certifies proposed 2018 national budget as urgent

President Rodrigo Duterte certified the proposed P3.767 trillion national budget for 2018 as urgent “to ensure budgetary preparedness that will enable the government to effectively perform its Constitutional mandate.” In a letter addressed to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte wrote to Congress certifying as urgent the legislative measure House Bill 6215, or “An Act Appropriating Funds …

John Lloyd Cruz on viral videos: I apologize but just life revealing its raw beauty

Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz broke his silence and apologized for the viral videos spreading on social media. The videos were taken from the four-day vacation of the 24-year-old actor with Ellen Adarna and their friends in Virgin Island, Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu. On Monday, John Lloyd posted on his Instagram account, “diz iz …

People should choose barangay, SK leaders, not the president -Lawmaker

Senator Bam Aquino on Monday slammed efforts to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint barangay officer-in-charge once the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections are postponed, saying the people and the youth should elect their barangay leaders. “We stand firmly against appointing barangay officials. These leaders should represent the people, serve the people and not to …

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