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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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In less than a month, supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo were able to raise P4 million to help finance her counter-protest against former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The Sandiganbayan had a prolific first half of the year, resolving 442 cases compared to 371 disposed during the entire 2016.

The Senate will prioritize the Duterte administration’s tax reform bill and its push to shift to a federal system as well as 13 other measures in the second regular session of the 17th Congress, which opens on Monday.

JAKARTA – The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said yestterday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive.

Justice Francis Jardeleza remains the richest magistrate of the Supreme Court (SC) while Justice Lucas Bersamin is the biggest gainer in terms of net worth based on their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) for 2016.

Around 300 civilian hostages are still being held in a mosque in Marawi City almost two months since the fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-linked Maute group started, President Duterte bared yesterday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to arrive in the country on Tuesday for an official visit, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced yesterday.

 President Rodrigo Duterte's government may be ignoring an aspect of the fighting crucial to preventing similar crises in the future: the amount of support the militants enjoy that transcend traditional clan boundaries.

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan had a prolific first half of the year, resolving 442 cases higher than the 371 cases disposed for the entire 2016.

The Department of Foreign Affairs answers findings of the United States on terrorism in the Philippines. The report ranks the country as among the five which had the most terror attacks in 2016.


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