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Martial law in Mindanao can be expanded outside the region if enemies of the state converge and consolidate forces to topple the government, President Duterte said last night, with a warning to terrorists and rebels that the government would be ruthless against those who sow terror in the country.

The state weather bureau warned yesterday residents of the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas to brace for possible flashfloods and landsides due to rains brought by Tropical Depression Urduja.

Despite the negative publicity his administration has been getting, especially on the issue of extrajudicial killing, President Duterte told the media the other night that he trusts and respects freedom of the press.

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The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is unfazed by the testimonies of her Supreme Court colleagues in the impeachment proceedings against her in the House of Representatives.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and other critics of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales yesterday filed an impeachment complaint against her at the House of Representatives.

More Filipinos are optimistic that their personal quality of life and the economy will get better in 2018, the Social Weather Stations said in its latest survey.

Amid an overwhelming number of votes that affirmed the one-year extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay decried what he described as the “cavalier assertion” by administration officials that there is a continuing rebellion in the south.

President Duterte is not passing judgment on anyone with regard to the Dengvaxia vaccine mess but is hopeful that the truth about the controversy will come out.

As expected, the administration-dominated Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved yesterday President Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao by one year.

President Duterte will extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa by two to three months before naming him as director of the Bureau of Corrections.

The Commission on Elections will hold public hearings on the possible suspension of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Mindanao due to the extension of martial law in the area.

One of the urban poor commissioners fired by President Duterte is a cousin of his partner Honeylet Avanceña.

Policemen nabbed a human rights and environmental activist in the Ilocos region for alleged rebellion while he was going home Tuesday evening in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

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