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Until the last drug lord or pusher is put behind bars or killed, there will be no stopping the government’s vicious anti-drug campaign, President Duterte declared in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday.

A unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels was declared yesterday by President Duterte to support the upcoming resumption of peace talks and to stop clashes that are “getting bloodier by the day.”

For the first time, militant groups were allowed to get close to the House of Representatives as President Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) there yesterday.

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Six in 10 Filipinos or 63 percent believe President Duterte will fulfill most, if not all, of his promises, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to her law-making job yesterday after more than four years in detention.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte did not attend her father’s first State of the Nation Address yesterday as doctors advised her to take a rest shortly after she arrived in Manila yesterday morning.

With leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives coming from Mindanao, Malacañang is optimistic that President Duterte’s legislative agenda would be passed without much objection in both chambers.

Lawmakers have re-filed their respective versions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bills after President Duterte signed an executive order that provides the public access to documents and data under the executive department.

President Duterte is set to convene the National Security Council (NSC) tomorrow to discuss the West Philippine Sea dispute, following the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s landmark decision favoring the Philippines.

President Duterte has reiterated his commitment to uphold the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) favoring the Philippines’ stance on the territorial dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea.

No one in the audience was seen being moved to tears, and the supposedly short State of the Nation Address (SONA) went on from the projected 38 minutes to nearly 98.

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez outlined his legislative agenda yesterday immediately after an overwhelming majority of his colleagues elected him Speaker of the House of Representatives.

With 20 votes from his peers, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III is now the Senate President.

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