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Void Bato’s order on spot reports, say media groups

ILIGAN City–Reporters here have also expressed alarm over the new National Police policy to withhold police spot reports from the media. Richel Umel, president of the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, said they plan to send a petition to rescind the order made by ...

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Four more holidays in Iligan before month ends

ILIGAN City–The city will be observing four more holidays before this month is over. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the city will observe the “Pagpakanaug,” a procession around the city of the statue of St. Michael. The next day has been declared by Malacanang as a regular holiday — the commemoration ...

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Quarry case vs Oca, 18 others dismissed

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent THE Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the criminal and administrative cases filed by a businessman against Mayor Oscar Moreno and 18 others in connection with the quarrying permit granted to another businessman in Balulang. Moreno and the other respondents were accused of falsification, violation of ...

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Vice mayor councilors test negative for drug use

VICE Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy and other members of the city council have tested negative for drug use — except for two. Councilor Romeo Calizo on Thursday said he learned about the drug test results from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Calizo is the chairman of the city council’s police, ...

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US, PH amend pact to incorporate drug demand reduction

THE US Embassy in Manila has announced plans to begin drug demand reduction programs under the existing the US-Philippine Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed an amended Letter of Agreement which commits ...

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Ombudsman affirms ruling against Aquino

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales has affirmed the finding of probable cause to charge former president Benigno Simeon Aquino III before the Sandiganbayan for the botched 2015 operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Aquino will face trial for one count of violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and ...

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Lawmen nab ex-cop in Balulang operation

By A.L. RICALDE Correspondent AUTHORITIES on Wednesday arrested an ex-policeman on suspicion that has been serving as a source of shabu in Balulang, this city. Police identified the suspect as former PO1 Zamaxary Usman, 45, who last served as an officer in Lanao del Sur. Officials said he was dismissed ...

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Fortun to Congress: Don’t weaken democratic institutions

By HERBIE GOMEZ Editor in chief A CONGRESSMAN from Mindanao who voted against the approval of the P1-thousand budget for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018 yesterday called on Congress to strengthen democratic institutions, and not weaken them. Rep. Lawrence Fortun of Agusan del Norte’s 1st District said these ...

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