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Expect more drug killings throughout the term of President Duterte, who admitted yesterday that he had miscalculated the extent of the drug menace and his capability to stop it.

Cockfighting, a favorite Filipino pastime, might be banned for two weeks in Pampanga as part of measures to contain avian flu.

The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday urged the more than 10 million Filipinos overseas to be vigilant following the recent foiled terror attacks in Russia and a fatal shooting incident in Burkina Faso.

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President Duterte met with former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro and his wife, Monica Louise Prieto-Teodoro, separately in Malacañang the other day, triggering speculations that the couple might get Cabinet posts under the administration.

President Duterte welcomed the killing of 32 drug suspects in simultaneous raids in Bulacan last Tuesday and defended policemen from critics who questioned the way the operations were conducted.

The Bureau of Immigration has placed on its watchlist the two Filipino-Chinese businessmen implicated in the smuggling of shabu worth P6.4 billion last May.

Two poultry workers who had shown avian flu symptoms were found to be negative of the virus, Central Luzon’s chief government epidemiologist said yesterday.

She could only speculate on the reasons for the rejection of her appointment, such as her opposition to the pork barrel system and the tax reform package. But social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said yesterday she would consider it a “badge of honor” because she did her job well and stood up for what she believed was right.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday warned of the “disturbing trend of over-appropriations and underspending” in the national budget.

For their respective roles in the government’s continued anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism campaign in Mindanao, an enlisted Army personnel and two middle-grade officers were selected by the Metrobank Foundation as among this year’s 10 outstanding Filipinos.

 The multi-sector advisory council of the Commission on Elections has recommended a more flexible automated election system for the 2019 midterm polls.

Suspected communist rebels snatched a policeman in Kidapawan City yesterday.


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