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May
THERE is no double standards in the government’s investigation on the third batch of pork barrel scam cases, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday. Some sectors accused de Lima of sitting on the third batch of pork barrel scam cases because some of those involved are administration allies Read more [...]

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May
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima bared yesterday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate the involvement of nine incumbent senators in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. Read more [...]

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May
Seeks charter changes; new movement for Cha-cha to be launched IN THE WAKE of the many discordant voices over the proposed law meant to bring peace to Muslim Mindanao, retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno is coming forward urging amendments to the 1987 Constitution. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Puno said the public debates over the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), between those in favor and against it, have become too incendiary and divisive that it may eventually lead into a national crisis and tear the country apart Read more [...]

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May
The report prepared by Senator Miriam Santiago's committee has 12 the signature of 12 senators – one signature short of a majority vote HANGING IN THE BALANCE. Will the Senate manage to pass the proposed Bangsamoro basic law? Read more [...]

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May
Senators and scholars alarmed by possibility of China-US row over South China Sea Manila: China and the Philippines must pursue informal bilateral talks despite 18 years of failed formal bilateral negotiations from 1995 to 2013, senators and geopolitical scholars said on Wednesday. Experts believe that by taking this step, the Philippines would not be caught in the middle of the China and United States conflict — signs of which began last week when China warded off US reconnaissance flights that recorded China’s reclamation projects on the South China Sea. Read more [...]

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she is expecting this week the final recommendation on who to charge in the third batch of cases they will file in connection with the alled pork barrel scam.Interviewed by reporters, De Lima said the recommendation will be submitted by Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, who supervised the pork barrel scam investigation at the Department of Justice (DOJ) level.She insisted that findings by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding forged signatures of some of the personalities in the third batch have been delaying the actual filing of the filing of the cases."Pinaaral ko, sa signatures, kung anong epekto noon on kung igo-go pa ba those na meron namang supporting findings ang NBI on forgery of their signatures in certain documents," said De Lima.She said that unlike in the third batch of cases, the NBI did not find Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr's signatures in scam-related documents forged as the senator claimed.De Lima gave this as an explanation when asked by reporters why issues on signatures have delayed the filing of the third batch when it did not in the first batch, which included Revilla and two other incumbent senators as respondents.The first batch of plunder and graft cases was filed by the NBI, which conducted a case build-up following revelations made by Benhur Luy and other whistleblowers against alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.In September 2013, the NBI filed the first batch, with the second one filed November of the same year Read more [...]

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May
MANILA - The escalating tension in the South China Sea is a "test of power and money" among all the nations that have a stake in the maritime dispute, particularly the United States and China, a Filipino security expert said on Tuesday."It's a test of power, money, everything. Everybody wants to defy China's actions but now it's all pronouncements," said Chester Cabalza, a professor at the National Defence College of the Philippines.While the Philippines waits for the decision of the United Nations arbitration committee and maintains a status quo in the disputed areas, China "grabs its momentum," he said. Read more [...]

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May
SCREENGRAB from Heart Evangelista’s Instagram post Confirming Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s statement, his wife Heart Evangelista and her parents seem to be on their way to reconciliation—slowly but surely Read more [...]

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May
Celia Veloso, Mother of Mary Jane Veloso, with her family speak during Labor day celebration at Mendiola in Manila. INQUIRER PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said on Wednesday that the Philippine government would tread lightly in seeking clemency for Mary Jane Veloso, as the country would not wish to put pressure on Indonesia in the politically charged drug trafficking case Read more [...]

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May
MANILA - For the second straight day, more allies of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas came out in the open to show their support for his possible presidential bid despite his low survey ratings. Liberal Party (LP) congressmen Sonny Collantes, Jerry Trenas, Kit Belmonte, Anthony del Rosario and Francis Alvarez held a press conference on Wednesday to sing his praises and why he should become president Read more [...]

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