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After five months of fighting and over 1,000 dead, the campaign to retake Marawi from militants professing allegiance to the Middle East-based Islamic State  is now officially over with 42 terrorists – including two women and five foreigners – killed in the final battle, the defense department and the military announced yesterday.

While he may be ready again for talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, President Duterte told the rebels to “kindly stop” the killings first.

Protecting wildlife species is good for the economy as it will boost ecotourism that will generate jobs, officials of the United Nations said during the world’s wildlife conference that opened at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City yesterday.

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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.

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.

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.

The Supreme Court (SC) has required new lawyers to render free legal services to indigent litigants in a bid to boost public accessibility to courts.

University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina lamented how some of the younger members of the Aegis Juris fraternity strayed and got involved in the hazing that killed 22-year-old Horacio Castillo III.

Russia has no “hidden agenda” in negotiating the establishment of a legal framework for cooperation and donation of Russian military supplies and equipment to the Philippines, Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev has said.

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