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Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told the United Nations on Saturday President Duterte had an “unprecedented” mandate and the world should not interfere in his crackdown on crime.

Martial law victims fighting to ensure that such a dark period in history will never be repeated are not necessarily bitter or vengeful, according to former president Benigno Aquino III.

The military has not monitored any destabilization moves, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday.

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The Manila regional trial court is set to hear today the plea of Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino for dismissal of the drug case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against him last week.

The House of Representatives has put on hold a proposal to designate Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade as the country’s traffic crisis manager as part of the emergency powers that Congress will grant to President Duterte.

The Department of Justice has collated bank documents allegedly showing that over P38 million in cash deposits were made to the bank accounts of two relatives of Sen. Leila de Lima’s driver and reported lover in 2014.

Residents of extreme northern Luzon should brace for heavy rains and gusty winds beginning tonight as Typhoon Helen (international name Megi) continues to move closer to the Batanes-Taiwan area, the state weather bureau warned over the weekend.

The National Democratic Front (NDF) yesterday said it expects “spirited and interesting” continuing talks with the government in Oslo, Norway from Oct. 6 to 10.

High-value inmate Jaybee Sebastian, the alleged bagman of Sen. Leila de Lima, has agreed to testify in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

Filipino soldiers and US service members based in Okinawa, Japan will take part in the Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise next week to better prepare for bilateral operations during a natural disaster or armed conflict.

Construction work on the main structure of the national South China Sea museum in Hainan province was completed on Friday, according to a Chinese news app called China Plus.

A member of the House of Representatives committee on national defense and security backed yesterday President Duterte’s plan to revive the Philippine Constabulary as a fourth branch of the Armed Forces devoted to police duties and to combating domestic threats.

The national government should help solo parents fulfill their obligations to their children by giving them tax breaks, housing benefits and health and education insurance, according to an administration lawmaker.

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