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A son of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. was in critical condition yesterday from what a family friend described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron could have been among the bandits wounded in a clash in Barangay Buhanginan, Sulu last Friday.

The Philippines is now the twelfth biggest grower of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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With the diving season at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park about to start, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) recently reminded divers of the “touch me not” policy when it comes to the rich marine biodiversity found in this United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) protected area.

The decision of the United States to downsize and eventually phase out its Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) will have an adverse impact on the anti-terror drive in Mindanao, a senior military official said yesterday.

State prosecutors are asking the anti-graft court to make officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) explain why Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. was able to slip out of his cell to attend the birthday party of fellow detainee and co-accused in the pork barrel scam Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile last Feb.14.

Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday supported proposals to put Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo under house arrest.

Filipinos are living longer but in poor health as the country nears a “demographic transition” that leads to an aging population, the Commission on Population (PopCom) said yesterday.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is asking the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a copy of its report detailing the involvement of its fighters in the bloody clash with the police last Jan. 25.

Fourteen months before the May 2016 polls, 4.7 million registered voters may be stricken off the official list of voters for not having their biometric data taken by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The 4.7 million is down from the 9.3 million last May.

Malacañang is standing by the decision of the Department of Energy to terminate the services of 16 Chinese experts at the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines after security concerns were raised.

 It is not yet time to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) as it still has work to do, Malacañang said yesterday.

Malacañang is leaving it up to Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to consider a proposed special tax exemption for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in his much-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather.

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