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Court orders arrest of Trillanes for libel

DAVAO City – A regional court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, for four counts of libel filed months ago by former vice mayor Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law lawyer Manases Carpio. RTC-Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang recommended a bail of ...

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CPP declares 5-day ceasefire

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared a temporary unilateral ceasefire that would be in effect on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The five-day ceasefire was declared amid what communist rebels said were “all-out military offensives” by the government “in the countryside and relentless attacks against the ...

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Sandigan acquits Revilla but convicts aide, Napoles

THE Sandiganbayan yesterday acquitted former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. over his alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” fund scam. But the anti-graft court found businesswoman Janet Napoles and Revilla’s former chief of staff, Richard Cambe, guilty of plunder. The Sandiganbayan said ...

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BLOODY THURSDAY: Police officer killed, 2 hurt in shootout

By JOEY NACALABAN Correspondent . A MEMBER of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit was killed while another was wounded in a shootout near Xavier Heights on Masterson Ave. yesterday afternoon. The victims were identified as SPO2 Lynde  Baltazar, and SPO1  Serge de Constantine Maceren who later died in a hospital. ...

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Approved in principle: P67-million peace, order budget hike

THE city’s legislators have already “approved in principle” a P67-million increase in the Moreno administration’s peace and order budget, a city council’s legislative information group revealed yesterday. This came following a marathon budget hearing presided over by Councilor Edna Dahino on Mayor Oscar Moreno’s proposed Peace and Order Development Program ...

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EJKs taking place, HR group to Alagar spokesman

By CONG B. CORRALES Associate Editor . HUMAN rights watchdog Karapatan on Wednesday criticized the spokesman of Camp Alagar who asserted that there are no cases of extrajudicial killings in the region. In a statement, Fr. Khen Apus of Karapatan-Northern Mindanao said Camp Alagar spokesperson Supt. Surki Sereñas should not ...

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Another former 4th ID commander is next AFP chief

ANOTHER former commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division will serve as the next Armed Forces chief of staff. The Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday congratulated incumbent Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) head, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, after he was named as the next Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff. ...

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Mosquitoes greet Greenpeace team

By CONG B. CORRALES Associate Editor . A TEAM from the international environmental watchdog Greenpeace yesterday sounded alarm bells over the heaps of unsegregated garbage and the swarm of mosquitoes that greeted its members at the VNS Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis ...

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