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PNP closes 27 cop cases; 356 more still under probe

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said that 356 investigations involving police officers with various cases are still pending while 27 have so far been terminated. In its report to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), 302 cases have been dropped and closed and 547 police officers were charged with administrative complaints. The same PNP report noted that 28 have been submitted for summary hearing proceedings and one has been submitted to disciplinary authorities following the resolution of the case by PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS). DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno cited the PNP-IAS for remaining true to its mandate of cleansing the police organization of misfits and scalawags. Citing a report submitted by PNP- IAS Director, Chief Supt. Leo Angelo Leuterio, Sueno said PNP- IAS has so far conducted 1,261 motuproprio investigations …

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Prelates for reopening of probe on Mamasapano

Catholic prelates favor reopening the investigation of the bloody Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao which claimed the lives of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said the Filipino people and the families of the SAF 44 deserved to know the truth. The prelate said: “There were lies and inconsistencies in the whole tragic affair …the people especially the bereaved, deserve to know the truth.” Arguelles, who was formerly Military Ordinariate of the PNP and AFP, highlighted that the reopening of the investigation would finally clarify the role of the United States in the encounter. “Even the role of the US needs to be clarified,” said Arguelles. Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez agreed with Arguelles on the reopening of the probe, saying this is in order for “the truth to …

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Duterte urged to put House allies to task and resolve coco levy issue

Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to flex the muscle of his so-called “supermajority” at the House of Representatives (HOR) and pass the coco levy trust fund bill. This, as Villarin pointed to several bills on the matter that are pending in both Houses of Congress, including a version he authored under House Bill (HB) No. 2833 or An Act Establishing the Coconut Farmers Trust Fund and Providing for Its Management and Utilization “Our coconut farmers need the funds back, not more excuses,” he said, referring to the P72-billion fund. The levy refers to a Ferdinand Marcos-era tax on coconut farmers, the resulting funds of which was promised for the development of the coconut industry. A share of investments from the usage of this money was also pledged to the …

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Recto scores PNoy gov’t for slow ‘Yolanda’ rehab

Senate Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto scored yesterday the Aquino administration for the very slow utilization of billions of pesos for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of properties damaged by super-typhoon “Yolanda” that hit eastern Visayas three years ago. “This is more of the fault of the past administration for not ramping up the spending in the first half of the year when it had funds and the authority to do so,” Recto said. With the third anniversary of the onslaught of Yolanda days away, Recto said reconstruction pace seems to crawl based on the low utilization of the P18.9 billion appropriated this year to repair damages wrought by the strongest typhoon in history. Recto said P18.9 billion out of the P38.9 billion 2016 Calamity Fund – officially known as the National Disaster Risk …

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CPP cautions Duterte on rekindling PH-China ties

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on China to respect the Philippines’ sovereignty and territorial integrity and warned President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise caution in rebuilding ties in a China that has an “imperialist self-interest.” This comes amid the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippines and the CPP to end the conflict, which is one of the world’s longest communist insurgencies.   “It is in the geopolitical interest of China to turn the Philippines into a bastion of anti-U.S. imperialism. This is consistent with the aspirations of the Filipino people. To forge cooperation, China must recognize and respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines,” the group said. The Maoist group asked China “as a friendly overture” to halt its exclusive claims of the fishing area around Scarborough Shoal or …

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Duterte slams Russel, Goldberg

President Rodrigo Duterte shot back at U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel after the latter called on the chief executive to tone down his rhetoric against the United States. In a press briefing before leaving for a three-day state visit to Japan, Duterte said that on Monday, foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. briefed him on the phone about his meeting with the American diplomat. “Here’s a guy, his name is Russel. If you can just tone down our rhetoric (against America),” the president said quoting Yasay. “Sabi ko, ‘Huwag ninyo akong ganunin.’ Every time sabihin they threaten us, pati itong E.U. (European Union), akala mo mas bright kaysa sa atin. Tapos sabihin na, ‘be careful, we will put you in prison’ (I said, ‘Do not treat me …

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Duterte ‘finds more comfort in Japan’

Japan is a generous ally of the Philippines but the United States has been a bully that insults the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday night, October 25. As he started his three-day official visit to Tokyo, the president profusely thanked Japan for its generosity to the Philippines, citing its $6 billion worth of development projects in the country. “Mas komportable ako sa Japan (I feel more comfortable in Japan)... Japan is so kind to us,” the president said in his remarks at the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel. “Japan talaga ang pinakamalaking tulong sa atin (Japan was really our biggest helping hand),” he said, citing he multi-billion-dollar roads and other Philippine projects funded by Japan. The president, however, unleashed another profanity-laced attack against the United States for their …

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Voter registration for brgy, SK polls to resume Nov. 7

The registration of voters for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will resume on November 7, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. The Comelec en banc promulgated on Tuesday, October 25 Resolution No. 10166 on the resumption of the continuing voter registration. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista posted a picture of the resolution in his Twitter account. Resumption of registration for voters to start on November 7, 2016 pic.twitter.com/SoqqlHzXOZ — Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) October 25, 2016 Based on the resolution, the registration period for the 2017 barangay and SK polls will take place from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017, including Saturdays and holidays, except on December 24 and 25, 2016 and April 13 and 14, 2017. The poll body was supposed to resume the voter registration last October 3 but had to wait for President Rodrigo Duterte to …

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Expert: Japan cautious on raising drug deaths with Duterte

Japan is likely to express a “general concern” over the drug-related killings in the Philippines but would be wary against being perceived as meddling with domestic affairs, according to a Japanese political analyst. Ken Jimbo, a policy management professor at Keio University, said if journalists ask the Japanese government about the drug deaths in the Philippines, Japanese officials would likely state a “general concern over the issues.” But Jimbo said Japan does not want to “intervene” as it recognizes the Philippines government’s efforts to address the drug menace and how majority of the Filipino people support such campaign. “We will, I think, take cautious steps to not to be perceived it as intervention of the administration of what Filipino government has been doing,” said Jimbo, also a senior research fellow at The Canon Institute for …

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Removal of gift certificate expiry proposed

Effectivity of gift certificates paid for by customers should be open ended, a Quezon City lawmaker insists. Rep. Winston Castelo filed House Bill 3091, which seeks to end the practice of imposing expiry dates for gift checks by department stores and supermarkets, saying it constitutes unfair trade. Now commonly used as Christmas presents, gift certificates are usually purchased from shopping malls, restaurants or supermarkets and paid for in cash. “It is purchased with money and money having no expiry dates, it follows that in the case of gift certificate, check or card, the same must bear no expiry date at all,” Castelo said. The lawmaker also said it makes no business sense for suppliers of gift checks to place an expiry date over what amounts to cash. “If the reason is the risk of such certificates …

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