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The fight is over in Marawi City, military officials declared yesterday after 153 days of fighting with the Islamic State-inspired Maute group of militants.

President Duterte yesterday said he was long done with ratings after posting a winning margin of six million votes over his opponent in the May 2016 presidential polls.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will push for greater protection and conservation of migratory species, including the whale shark, in this week’s wildlife conference.

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The chair of the House committee on appropriations supports Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s promise to double the pay of soldiers and policemen, pursuant to the campaign promise of President Duterte.

The inter-agency body formed to review the government’s national broadband plan is ready to submit a “comprehensive”  recommendation to President Duterte to enhance internet access in the country, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said yesterday.

Typhoon Paolo (international name Lan) exited the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday, but the state weather bureau spotted a new cyclone brewing east of the country that may follow Paolo’s track.

Malacañang is leaving it to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into allegations that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV committed treason when he spoke with American officials to discuss corruption and the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The Philippines may not accept donations from the European Union for the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City.

Senators yesterday pressed the government to pursue incumbent and former local officials in Marawi City and other localities in Mindanao who helped the Maute group lay siege to the city.

To support the implementation of free tuition in state colleges and universities, these SUCs will have an across-the-board increase in capital outlay of P10 million each in the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2018, Sen. Sonny Angara said yesterday.

Several Senators are inclined to seek another round of investigation on the pork barrel scam to identify those who could be behind the multibillion-peso anomaly other than businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

An anti-corruption group yesterday expressed fear that the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno could turn out to be a “kangaroo court” stemming from an allegedly insidious motive of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The measure seeking to significantly cut red tape in getting government clearances and permits is being eyed for approval by the House plenary when Congress resumes session on Nov. 13, a senior administration lawmaker said.


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