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Muntinlupa court raffles off drug raps vs de Lima, others

MANILA, February 20, 2017 (PNA) — The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) today raffled the three counts of drug charges against Senator Leila de Lima and several others in connection with their alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). DOJ Undersecretary ...
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Duterte responds: ‘Peace if…’

DAVAO CITY, February 20, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte laid out the conditions for a resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, in a statement sent through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. The statement comes a day after the CPP said it was willing to resume ...
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PLDT opens first VITRO data center in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — PLDT and its digital enterprise solutions arm ePLDT last week launched here the PLDT Group’s eighth operating data center facility in the country, the first such facility to be built in Mindanao. Adding more racks to the PLDT Group’s current rack capacity of almost 7,000 ...
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Duterte condoles with families of deceased soldiers

MANILA, February 20, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte personally extended his condolences and sympathies to the families of several soldiers who died recently. Late last night, Duterte visited the wake of Army Major Jerico Mangalus at the Villamor Air Base (VAB) Mortuary in Pasay City. Mangalus, 38, ...
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Sara offers Davao peace to NPA

DAVAO CITY, February 20, 2017 — Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio has offered peace between the local government of Davao City and the New People’s Army (NPA) following clashes in the barangays of Lamanan and Calinan last week. The encounters left two soldiers dead and 18 others wounded, while ...
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MICC review team sets organizational meeting

A multi-stakeholder team of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) that was formed to review existing mining operations that were ordered shut down or suspended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold its first meeting this Monday (Feb. 20).   This organizational meeting is ...
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Dominguez optimistic on CTRP approval by Congress

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has expressed confidence that President Rodrigo Duterte might not even have to expend any political capital on getting the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) approved by the Congress, given the inherit merits of this plan to make the current tax system simpler, ...
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President Duterte appoints Dave Almarinez as PITC Chief

February 19, 2017 – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has appointed businessman and politician Dave Almarinez as new President and CEO of the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC). PITC can play a critical part in the Duterte administration’s economic aspirations where international trade is expected to prompt market expansions, ...
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DA suspends assistance to Lanao town over harassment accusations

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has suspended all assistance to Butig, Lanao del Sur after two councilors allegedly molested his female staff member. The councilors, whose names are not yet known, allegedly touched the buttocks of  Piñol’s staff member  while she was taking pictures. The staff, a good-looking engineer, said ...
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Statement of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the issues raised on the criminal cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima

From the start, Sec. Aguirre has inhibited himself from all the cases in the DoJ involving Senator De Lima. Consequently, the call for him to inhibit himself from the cases has no more factual basis. Likewise, cases filed against Senator De Lima are all criminal in nature. Some ...
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