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The document ordering the return of the Philippine National Police to the frontline of the government’s brutal drug war is awaiting President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.

The Philippine government on Saturday vehemently condemned what it described as “totally unacceptable” assault at a mosque in the Sinai peninsula that killed at least 235 people and wounding at least 109 others.

President Duterte has appointed Commission on Elections commissioner Sheriff Abas as the poll body’s new chief while former justice secretary Agnes Devanadera has been named chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II urged his critics in the Senate yesterday to first read the facts behind the dismissal of the illegal drugs and graft complaints against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and 11 others before hurling accusations.

 

Women and mothers should be familiar with laws on violence and abuse to help them defend themselves from attacks, Sen. Loren Legarda said yesterday.

Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, an appointee of former president Benigno Aquino III, might lose jurisdiction over the criminal cases recently filed against the latter in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano incident.

Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay wants to grill Supreme Court Justice Teresita de Castro in case she shows up at next week’s hearings on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

With the police poised to retake the lead in the government’s war against illegal drugs, independent experts from the United Nations have called on the Duterte administration to review its anti-illegal drug policy and probe drug-related killings.

The Commission on Human Rights has vowed to closely monitor the Philippine National Police once the latter retakes the lead in implementing the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. “Joma” Sison would be arrested if he returns to the country, President Duterte said yesterday, as he accused leftist rebels of causing much destruction to the country.

The peace talks with communist rebels were terminated because of their “pure nonsense” demand for a coalition government, President Duterte said yesterday.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into former president Benigno Aquino III’s alleged involvement in the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Shifting to a federal form of government will be a “lethal experiment” that will plunge the country into chaos, according to former chief justice Hilario Davide Jr.

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