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A Catholic bishop on Tuesday said Church leaders and the faithful should speak out against the continued drug-related killings in the Philippines.

Beijing insisted that the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea is part of its inherent territory following a diplomatic note sent by the Philippines.

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque filed a bill on Tuesday that authorizes the Office of the Ombudsman to assign the prosecution of cases to private lawyers.

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Incessant torrential rains over Northern Mindanao for the past several days have spawned widespread flooding and landslides, leaving at least five people dead, one missing and around 30 others injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday.

The Senate committee on electoral reforms is set to conduct an inquiry into the hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) database, an incident considered the worst recorded breach on a government-held personal database in the world.

Excitement gripped Cebu as candidates for the Miss Universe pageant glided along the runway in their swimwear at the JPark Island Resort and Water Park yesterday.

A lower income tax rate for millions of salaried workers should be in place by 2018, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said yesterday as he appealed to his colleagues to act swiftly and favorably on his proposal.

The head of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) yesterday denied allegations that the firearms with identical serial numbers recovered in alleged shootouts with law enforcers were being “recycled” in police operations.

Philippine Chargé d’Affairés Patrick Chuasoto will be joined by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during the inauguration of US president-elect Donald Trump in Washington on Jan. 20, a Malacañang official said yesterday.

A discussion over a bribery scandal deteriorated into an exchange of insults on the Senate floor yesterday, with two lawmakers nearly coming to blows before colleagues pacified them.

At least one month’s worth of rain poured within 24 hours in Cagayan de Oro City, the state weather bureau said as five deaths were reported from the massive flooding spawned by last Monday’s torrential rains in Northern Mindanao.

Amid fresh concerns over China’s installation of weapons systems on artificial islands it has built in disputed waters, visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met with President Duterte at Malacañang last night.

Without identifying the lawmakers, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confirmed yesterday that two incumbent members of the House of Representatives are included in President Duterte’s list of officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

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