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Resigned Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon once again refused to attend the Senate blue ribbon committee's probe into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China.

Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon on Monday filed a verified ethics complaint against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, his former comrade in mutinies against the Arroyo administration.

The statement recently issued by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on the crisis in the Rakhine state in Myanmar was made after consultations with Malaysia.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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