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There is no specific terror threat that could disrupt the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila this week, but the military stressed it is not leaving anything to chance and “everything is covered” security-wise.

Despite the recent technical problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit, the 48 new light rail vehicles purchased under the former administration would remain unusable for the next three years, an official said yesterday.

The Department of Finance has partnered with the Department of Health for the construction of drug rehabilitation facilities to be funded by around $7.5 million in grants from China.

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The Commission on Human Rights said it is prepared to cooperate with the International Criminal Court should it seek assistance from the human rights body with regard to the complaint filed against President Duterte in relation to summary killings in his war on drugs.

The military assured the public yesterday that no soldier is involved with or protecting the Abu Sayyaf group.

“Photo bomber” or not, the towering structure under construction in the background of the monument in Rizal Park in Manila will stay.

Money, not romance, is what drives some people to protect the Abu Sayyaf, a leader of the Moro National Liberation Front said yesterday.

Allies of President Duterte in Congress and Solicitor General Jose Calida yesterday downplayed moves to hold the Chief Executive accountable before the International Criminal Court for the reported summary killings in his war on drugs.

More trouble awaits police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza after authorities found firearms and materials used in making improvised explosive devices in residential establishments that she and her alleged Abu Sayyaf lover Reneer Lou Dongon occupied in Bohol and Bukidnon.

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario yesterday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to make the South China Sea ruling an “integral” part of the Code of Conduct framework and the eventual finished document.

The two remaining Abu Sayyaf militants in Bohol are now “fighting for survival” and it is only a matter of time before they are captured or killed, the military said yesterday.

There is no other recourse but to seek President Duterte’s prosecution before the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity as the thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings are not expected to obtain justice in the country.

Six in 10 Filipinos are in favor of the reimposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

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