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After losing dozens of his men in an encounter with Muslim guerrillas in Maguindanao last Sunday, the chief of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) has been ordered relieved and investigated for possible administrative and criminal liability for the tragedy.

The Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross, Gold Distinction was conferred on outgoing Ambassador Velupilla Ponnundurai Hirubalan of Singapore in simple rites at Malacañang yesterday.

President Aquino yesterday signed the book of condolences for Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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The Philippines registered one of the 10 best score improvements in the 2015 index of economic freedom, making its economy the 76th freest in the world.     

The arrest warrants for contempt against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five other city officials will be out today, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday.

Amid the uproar over the clashes in Maguindanao that killed 44 policemen, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is calling for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying any hesitation could create “complications.”

More than 100 mobile classrooms known as kariton klasrums will be deployed in Metro Manila, Cavite and Tacloban City for the benefit of street children and other out-of-school youth.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has affirmed the murder charge against US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo last October.

The family of one of the 44 members of the elite police Special Action Force (SAF) slain last Sunday learned about his death through the wife of his killer.

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From his detention cell, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry on the encounter between policemen and Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.

Two suspected couriers of a homemade bomb were killed last night when the explosive device they were transporting exploded prematurely in Pikit town.

Kristel “Mae Mae” Padasas, the 27- year-old volunteer who died after the mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Tacloban City, was buried at the Heritage Park in Taguig City yesterday.

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