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The threat posed by communist rebels was one of the reasons cited by President Duterte to justify his request for Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao by one more year.

The Senate has given its concurrence to President Duterte’s nomination of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago for the Quezon Service Cross, the highest recognition that can be given to a Filipino citizen.

There was no word yesterday on whether President Duterte made good on his promise to fire members of an entire commission over corruption.

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President Duterte has named Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 141 Judge Maryann Corpus-Mañalac as his fifth appointee to the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

A Bureau of Customs collector implicated in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling has been appointed by President Duterte as BOC district collector at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has pledged to uphold “every day” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the world celebrated International Human Rights Day on Sunday.

Despite the termination of peace negotiations by President Duterte, the Communist Party of the Philippines - National Democratic Front yesterday said it remains open to talk peace with the government.

Supreme Court Justice Francis Jardeleza has accused embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of treason for obtaining in 2014 “through unlawful means” classified information regarding the Philippine government’s legal claims over the disputed West Philippine Sea.

In a transaction described as a “disastrous mix of health and politics,” then President Benigno Aquino III in December 2015 authorized the realignment of P3.5 billion in that year’s budget for the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine, whose application is feared to have exposed at least 70,000 vaccinated children to life-threatening risks.

The brutal drug war has not shaken investor confidence and macroeconomic fundamentals remain strong, prompting international debt watcher Fitch Ratings to upgrade the Philippines’ credit rating yesterday.

The head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has suggested that the slogans “Oplan Tokhang” and “Oplan Double Barrel” be dropped from the government’s war on drugs because of their negative connotations.

Employees and officials of the Department of Finance and its attached agencies who are suspected of corruption would be charged with tax evasion on top of forfeiture cases, the anti-corruption arm of the agency said yesterday.

Sen. Grace Poe called on both the Department of Transportation and the drivers and operators of public utility jeeps to be flexible for the success of the jeepney modernization program of the Duterte administration.

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