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A high-profile Chinese drug lord was killed while four others, including controversial convict Jaybee Sebastian, were wounded during a riot inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City yesterday.

Lawmakers crossed party lines yesterday to oppose the grant of traffic-related special powers to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and to designate him as “traffic crisis manager.”

An administration lawmaker yesterday urged concerned government agencies to dig deeper into latest reports that weapons and ammunition produced by the government arsenal are being sold to gunrunners and the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao.

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The Duterte administration’s independent foreign policy is “off track” and will need to be revisited or the Philippines risks losing the confidence of long-time “friends” who had helped in the country’s development, a former top diplomat said.

Deeply troubled by the extraordinarily high number of individuals killed in the administration’s war against illegal drugs, two American senators said yesterday the United States might have to impose conditions on assistance to the Philippines, given President Duterte’s supposed refusal to address concerns on human rights violations and other abuses.

Visibly exhausted and fearing for her safety, an emotional Sen. Leila de Lima dared yesterday President Duterte to have her arrested even as she vowed not to flee the country despite what she considered the administration’s relentless efforts to destroy her.

The common station linking the upcoming Metro Rail Transit Line-7 to the Light Rail Transit Line 1 and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will be located between SM North EDSA and Trinoma malls in the vicinity of EDSA and North Avenue, according to an agreement signed yesterday between the government and major conglomerates.

China is looking forward to a visit by President Duterte as soon as possible.

With the riot breaking out at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that left one inmate dead and four others wounded yesterday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said there was an apparent attempt to silence a primary witness.

President Duterte will reveal more names of officials with suspected links to the illegal drug trade after his two-day visit to Vietnam amid doubts being raised on the credibility of information being fed to him after some names were mistakenly included in one of his narco-lists.

Take a break. This was President Duterte’s advice to his fierce critic Sen. Leila de Lima, whom he said is “breaking down” after she was accused of receiving millions from drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

China fully understands and shares President Duterte’s adherence to a policy of non-interference in domestic affairs, as Beijing voiced its support for his campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.

President Duterte has ordered the seizure of a property in Arayat, Pampanga where police discovered a shabu laboratory four days ago, and the immediate disposal of all the equipment unless found to be useful for industrial purposes.

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