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Another human rights watchdog on Thursday warned that President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to bring cops back to the government's campaign against illegal drugs can mean more deaths and a "human rights disaster."

Duterte, who has repeatedly expressed readiness to wage war against the communist rebels, scrapped the moribund talks through Proclamation No. 360, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

President Duterte is bringing the police back to the government’s war on illegal drugs because he is not satisfied with the accomplishments of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Malacañang said yesterday.

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 The government will no longer hold peace talks with the communist rebels on orders of President Duterte, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza announced yesterday.

The Department of Justice has cleared former commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other former officials of the Bureau of Customs in the drug and criminal charges filed against them by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency over the smuggling of a P6.4-billion shabu shipment last May.

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno yesterday slammed the House of Representatives’ justice committee for violating her constitutional rights when it disallowed her lawyers to cross-examine the complainant Lorenzo Gadon and his witnesses in the impeachment complaint against her.

Former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II described as “pathetic” the plunder complaints filed by the Department of Transportation against him and several other former officials of the Aquino administration in relation to the allegedly anomalous maintenance contract for the Metro Rail Transit 3.

After failing to make Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno attend a hearing on her impeachment, a House panel decided yesterday to invite her magistrate-colleagues to shed light on issues raised against her by a private lawyer.


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