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Levi A. So
Levi A. So

Levi writes about politics and explanatory pieces for Philstar.com

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HRW: Duterte's periodic martial law threats 'extremely chilling'
by Levi A. So - March 28, 2017 - 5:18pm
The Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte's repeated floating of martial law in a country that lived under two decades of Marcos dictatorship is extremely chilling.
UN experts, EU Parliament urge Philippines to rethink death penalty
by Levi A. So - March 17, 2017 - 11:10am
United Nations special rapporteurs and the European Parliament appealed to the Philippine Congress to prevent the looming comeback of death penalty in the country.
Officials step up aid distribution in quake-hit Surigao after complaints on slow response
by Levi A. So - February 13, 2017 - 7:38pm
Authorities have improved the distribution of assistance in quake-hit Surigao after criticisms on the slow delivery of aid, Malacañang said.
Bato suspends drug war for 'internal cleansing' of PNP
by Levi A. So - January 30, 2017 - 1:30pm
The Philippines' top cop suspended the country's drug war to prioritize the "internal cleansing" of the police force which he dubbed as the "war on scalawags."
Bishop Bacani to Duterte: We serve at the pope's pleasure, not yours
by Levi A. So - January 25, 2017 - 4:21pm
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. gave a stinging retort to President Rodrigo Duterte's accusation that he has two wives.
Palace accuses Robredo of capitalizing on disaster
by Levi A. So - January 4, 2017 - 10:52pm
Malacañang said Vice President Leni Robredo seems to be capitalizing on disaster after her remark on slow government response in areas hit by Typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten).
I don't need to explain why I reinstated Marcos, Duterte says
by Levi A. So - December 5, 2016 - 10:40pm
President Rodrigo Duterte said he doesn't need to explain to Filipinos why he ordered the country's top cop to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos as Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief...
Duterte willing to take in refugees until Philippines is 'filled to the brim
by Levi A. So - November 17, 2016 - 6:13pm
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines is ready to take in refugees “until the country is filled to the brim.”
DFA: Trump's deportation plan has no 'calamitous impact' on Filipinos in US
by Levi A. So - November 14, 2016 - 7:18pm
The Department of Foreign Affairs said US President-elect Donald Trump's deportation plan would not have a calamitous impact on the Filipino community living in America.
UN body 'deeply concerned' over top officials encouraging drug killings
by Levi A. So - October 13, 2016 - 1:06pm
A United Nations committee expressed deep concerns over the seeming encouragement and legitimization of drug killings in the Philippines by top officials.
Duterte to US senators critical of drug war: Stop the hypocrisy
by Levi A. So - September 30, 2016 - 3:39pm
President Rodrigo Duterte told two United States (US) senators who criticized human rights abuses in the country's war on drugs not to interfere in Philippine affairs.
Remembering Miriam through her words
by Levi A. So - September 29, 2016 - 2:30pm
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago's stature and vocabulary were intimidating. Yet the senator could also expertly communicate to the popular audience.
Lacson: 'Narco lists' should not be made public
by Levi A. So - September 28, 2016 - 4:31pm
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday that intelligence reports like "narco lists" should be treated as confidential and not bared to the public.
Duterte's 'cross the Rubicon' remark does not equate to cutting US ties, says Yasay
by Levi A. So - September 27, 2016 - 1:35pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte's "cross the Rubicon" statement does not mean that the Philippines is veering away from its traditional friendship...
Panelo to UN: Come here before you open your mouth
by Levi A. So - September 15, 2016 - 12:25pm
Presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the United Nations' special rapporteur should have first visited the Philippines before making comments on the extrajudicial killings of alleged drug suspec...
No intention to snub Obama, Yasay says Duterte really had migraine
by Levi A. So - September 13, 2016 - 5:09pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay explained that when President Rodrigo Duterte said he "purposely did not attend" bilateral talks between Southeast Asian leaders and the United States,...
Davao blast: IED detonated via cellphone
by Levi A. So - September 4, 2016 - 8:34pm
Davao City police director Senior Superintendent Michael Dubria said Sunday evening that the improvised explosive device used in the night market blast was cellphone-activated.
De Lima on Duterte's drug matrix: Is this a joke?
by Levi A. So - August 25, 2016 - 2:23pm
Sen. Leila de Lima questioned on Thursday the matrix President Rodrigo Duterte presented which implicated her in the drug trade allegedly happening inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Japan, Philippines urge China to respect rule of law in disputed sea
by Levi A. So - August 11, 2016 - 5:30pm
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida urged China to respect the rule of law and maritime security in disputed waters.
Leni thanks Rody for HUDCC post
by Levi A. So - July 7, 2016 - 7:36pm
Vice President Leni Robredo thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for appointing her as the head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
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