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Moreno, lawyers say Duterte declaration constitutional

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent MAYOR Oscar Moreno over the weekend said President Duterte’s move to declare the country under a state of lawless violence was constitutional. Moreno said this even as some sectors expressed their apprehensions over the declaration hours after Friday night’s killer explosion in Davao City. Moreno, a ...

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Army company retrains, gears for combat

By Eldie S. Aguirre, Davao del Sur Bureau Chief DIGOS City — After intensive and rigorous training for almost three months, the entire troop of the 73rd Infantry Battalion (IB) has been declared graduates after passing with flying colors. Major Gen. Rafael Valencia, 10th Infantry division commander announced their success ...

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Communist party trashes war method vs drugs

DAVAO City–The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has called for an end to the killings of people on mere suspicion of involvement in illegal drugs even as it withdrew its support for President Duterte’s war method against illegal drugs, calling it “anti-people and anti-democratic.” In a statement, the CPP ...

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Duterte says denying Marcos burial at Libingan illegal

DAVAO City–Denying the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is going to be a violation of the law, President Duterte said on Thursday. Duterte rejected demands by the “other political side” to not allow Marcos to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery. “You put ...

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Bautista denies hand over mass resignations

By Eldie S. Aguirre, Davao Bureau Chief DIGOS City — Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista vehemently denied having ‘dipped his finger’ over the mass resignation of several department heads and employees handling sensitive posts in Davao del Sur just a day after Governor Douglas Cagas assumed office on August 3. ...

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Govt peace negotiator sees detained NDF reps in Oslo talks

DAVAO City–Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed confidence the detained consultants of the National Democratic Front will be released to enable them to attend the formal resumption of peace talks in Oslo, Norway on Aug. 20. This after the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the regional trial courts handling ...

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Davsur dept heads resign en masse

DIGOS City, Davao del Sur–All the department heads of the Davao del Sur provincial government resigned en masse on Thursday just as Gov. Douglas Cagas started to work as the provincial chief executive. Cagas was released from the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Wednesday ...

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Govt, MILF reps schedule meeting in K. Lumpur

DAVAO City–The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  Implementing Team would meet in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 13-14 to begin work on the implementation of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said. Dureza said he would head the government delegation in ...

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Duterte says he’d stay in Mindanao for 10 days

DAVAO City–President Duterte would stay in Mindanao for 10 days when he returns this week from Malacanang. “I’ll be spending about 10 days after tomorrow. I’m gonna fix the, firm (up) the structure sa Mindanao issue,” Duterte said. Since he took his oath as President on June 30, Duterte has ...

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