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Government peace panel chair, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III thanked the National Democratic Front for deciding to extend indefinitely its one-week unilateral ceasefire to aid the peace process and achieve a deal within a year.

An indefinite ceasefire between the communist rebels and the government takes effect today after their representatives signed a joint declaration in Norway to stop armed hostilities in preparation for talks to end once and for all the decades-long rebellion.

Typhoon Dindo (international name Lionrock) is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility today, but it will continue to induce monsoon rains over the western section of the country this weekend.

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The brutal turn of events in President Duterte’s war on drugs has become daily fare for international media, even spawning some suggestions that he – not illegal drugs – could be the real threat to the country.

With several infrastructure projects lined up under the Duterte administration, Malacañang is grateful to the Supreme Court (SC) for its issuance of several directives aimed at preventing judges from “wantonly” issuing temporary restraining orders (TROs) to halt projects.

It was an “unacceptable” statement and he was sorry.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has ordered the recall of all vehicle license plates with the number “8” in the wake of reports of abuse by their users.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan and three others are facing investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman for their possible role in a P220-million fund scam in the Department of Agrarian Reform involving Janet Lim-Napoles and her non-government organizations.

President Duterte fears that drug money would be used in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls scheduled on Oct. 31 and is calling for their postponement.

Despite being linked by President Duterte to drug trafficking in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), former Pangasinan governor and now fifth district Rep. Amado Espino Jr. committed yesterday to support the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Criminal charges related to drugs and corruption are being readied against individuals linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade operated from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Palace officials said yesterday.

In line with President Duterte’s order to “seek and destroy” the Abu Sayyaf, government forces engaged the bandits in a firefight yesterday, killing 11 of them in Patikul, Sulu.

The United States has not only made clear its concerns over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines but is discussing them “privately” with the Duterte administration, the US State Department said.

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