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If everything goes as planned, President Duterte will be meeting with at least five heads of state, including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Laos next week.

President Duterte has ordered the military to go “full force” against the Abu Sayyaf amid the mounting casualties among troops fighting the bandit group since last week.

Senators and congressmen yesterday agreed to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections for one year.

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President Duterte treated 64 wounded soldiers to dinner at Malacañang on National Heroes’ Day to pay tribute to their bravery in the campaign against terrorism and insurgency.

The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected more pleas of convicted businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles for dismissal of several of the criminal charges filed against her before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam that she allegedly masterminded.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is set to issue a resolution to implement deplaning procedures for airline passengers in case of tarmac delays exceeding two hours.

The Philippines is no longer concerned about getting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to issue a unified statement on the South China Sea as the July 12 ruling of an international court invalidating China’s massive maritime claim is enough “legal foundation” to support Manila’s position, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said Monday.

The draft implementing rules of the executive order on Freedom of Information (FOI) contain restrictions on the release of information about the use of congressional funds and court proceedings.

A business registration process of no more than two days in local government units (LGUs) has been agreed upon by three departments, but hurdles remain in luring investors to the country, such as in securing fire safety inspection certificate and barangay clearance.

Malacañang has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to dig deeper into the killings of alleged drug lord Melvin Odicta and his wife Meriam at the Caticlan jetty port in Malaya, Aklan last Monday.

After revealing government plans to sell its casino assets, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is now eyeing taxes on casino winnings to help raise more revenues to support the administration’s higher spending next year.

The Philippine economy is losing around P328 billion a year due to the impact of childhood stunting on workforce productivity and education, a report of non-government organization Save the Children showed yesterday.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) yesterday released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Data Privacy Act, a law seeking to protect personal information collected both by the government and the private sector in the Philippines.