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The Duterte administration is open to a dialogue with groups that joined the anti-government protests last Sept. 21, Malacañang said yesterday.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II wants more teeth in the implementation of Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law following the recent fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III.

Nurses and other health workers in private medical facilities nationwide will no longer be required to work for more than eight hours a day and will enjoy two days off per week or additional compensation.

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Another former military general has joined the Duterte government, this time as deputy chief of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Milk, three-in-one coffee mix and infant formula are excluded from the proposed excise tax on sweetened beverages under the Senate version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion reported out in plenary last week.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve on third and final reading tomorrow the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2018 as the Duterte administration embarks on a massive infrastructure program until 2022.

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections is still hoping to stop the impending postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from October this year to May next year.

Twelve years ago, University of Santo Tomas Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III had escaped death.

For the first time since the conflict started four months ago, ranking officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines crossed two bridges in Marawi City’s main battle area yesterday as troops moved closer to ending the fight with the Maute terrorist group.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has called on countries critical of the government’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs to respect the Philippines’ sovereignty and not tell the nation’s leaders what to do.

The parents of 22-year-old law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III and two suspects in his hazing death are expected to face each other for the first time today at the Senate inquiry into the incident, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday.

After the Department of Labor and Employment issued its order banning the wearing of high heels at worksites, a labor group yesterday urged workers to come out and report any commercial establishments that violate the ban.

Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba of the National Telecommunications Commission is seen as the front-runner for secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.