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As the clock ticked for the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, President Aquino is set to make a last-ditch appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the life of the Filipina maid.

Resigned Customs commissioner John Sevilla has identified Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and   Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima as among those who were pushing for the appointment of a bureau official who purportedly had the backing of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario bared yesterday before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reports of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threat to the Philippines through the Black Flag Movement in Mindanao.

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The mother and sister of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude will take the witness stand today at the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in a murder case against suspect US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the penalty imposed by the Office of the Ombudsman on former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio for influence-peddling in a 2008 ownership case involving the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

The 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines may soon be up for sale.

Around 30 lawmakers have in the past weeks sought permission from the House leadership to travel to the US apparently to watch the fight between boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday.

President Aquino is expected to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) once the House of Representatives approves the measure, which seeks to create a new autonomous region in Mindanao, by next month, a lawmaker said yesterday.

As Mary Jane Veloso held on to vestiges of hope that her life might be spared, she thanked Filipinos for their support and had some pieces of advice.

The Philippines yesterday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to unite and stop China’s massive reclamation in disputed waters as it will give China “de facto control” over the area and cause $100 million in marine wealth losses annually.

Lawmakers called again yesterday on the Sandiganbayan to allow former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be placed under house arrest due to her deteriorating health and old age.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. vowed to act immediately on the Sandiganbayan’s request for the House of Representatives to pass a supplemental budget funding the operations of its two newly created divisions.

To avoid accusations of prejudgment in cases being heard by the Supreme Court (SC), justices must avoid scolding lawyers during oral arguments.

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