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 Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday assured the public that the government will not declare martial law in the Visayas and Luzon. 

 Majority of the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives voted in favor of extending the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año on Saturday assured the Congress that government troops who will violate human rights amid the martial law in Mindanao will be punished.

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Filipino families who considered themselves poor dropped by 1.4 million in the second quarter of the year, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

Starting tomorrow, Executive Order 26 or the nationwide ban on public smoking takes effect.

The two chambers of Congress convene today in a special session to vote on President Duterte’s request for the extension of his martial law proclamation, which is expected to be approved by lawmakers.

Despite an internal fraud that cost Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. at least P900 million, the bank and the industry in general remain on solid ground, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) assured the public yesterday.

A senior executive of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on charges of perpetrating internal fraud that cost the country’s second largest bank at least P900 million.

Six policemen, including a city police chief, and a civilian were gunned down while five others were wounded yesterday in attacks staged by communist guerrillas in Barangay Magsaysay, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

He has been the country’s chief executive for more than a year now, but President Duterte is still not used to delivering prepared speeches – the reason he started rehearsing starting Thursday night his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

WASHINGTON – US legislators savaged President Duterte for the “explosion” of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs and urged President Donald Trump to rescind an invitation to the Filipino leader to visit the White House.

Saying he has had enough, President Duterte declared yesterday that it’s time to resume fighting as communist rebels continued their attacks on government forces, the latest of which killed six policemen in Negros Oriental.

The Philippine government will continue to take “bold and decisive” steps while following the rule of law in fighting terrorism, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.


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