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A military alliance between the Philippines and Russia will not work at this time and age, the country's top diplomat said on Tuesday.

House justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali targets the passage of the bill reviving the death penalty before the end of the first regular session in May.

Sen. Grace Poe pushed the Senate on Tuesday to prioritize passage of a bill to establish a national school-based feeding program, saying the country needs it to address the needs of the "food poor".

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Beijing called out Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following reports that he has been bringing up the South China Sea issue during his visits to the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal also schooled the Marcos camp on how the election protest would be handled by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

The Philippines' top diplomat on Tuesday revealed that the country sent a note verbale to Beijing after verifying that it has installed weapons in the disputed South China Sea.

The Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front want Malaysia to nominate another facilitator in the peace process, government peace panel chair Irene Santiago said.

Senators yesterday warned President Duterte against making threats to declare martial law, saying it could not be used against the drug menace, is contrary to the sentiments of Filipinos and could drive away tourists and investors.

The scenes looked like Metro Manila when it was battered by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa defended President Duterte’s directive to shoot and kill Abu Sayyaf bandits even if it could also harm their hostages, saying it was not the President’s intention.

Organizers of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM 4) have assured more than 700 foreign delegates that despite concerns over the reported extrajudicial killings, they would be safe during the event to be held in Manila and various parts of Luzon this month.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial will face stiff opposition in the Commission on Appointments (CA) if she insists on distributing condoms in public high schools, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.

House lawmakers – whether for or against the death penalty bill – will have more than four months to debate and discuss whether capital punishment should be reinstated in the country’s justice system.

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