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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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Journalists decry police policy on spot reports

ORGANIZED journalists have called on National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa to immediately rescind what they called as an illegal order to withhold spot reports from media. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also called on police commanders not to obey the “patently illegal order.” Dabet Panelo, ...

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No more prepaid cards as Misor cops go back to using radios

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent THE capitol yesterday gave the Misamis Oriental police communication equipment so that officers would no longer spend for prepaid cards for their cellphones for police matters using their personal money. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano handed over communication equipment to the Provincial Police Office right after the ...

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No Oro, Misor solon opposed silly budget

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent NONE of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental’s district representatives voted against the P1-thousand budget given by the Lower House to the Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday. The House voted, 119-32, for the nonsensical 2018 budget for the constitutional body. Not one of the four ...

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Church appeals for reconciliation, compassion in Marawi

THE Catholic Church, through its social action arm Nassa-Caritas Philippines, has appealed for reconciliation and compassion amid the lingering crisis in Marawi. Following the launch of the Duyog Marawi program, Fr. Edwin Gariguez, national Caritas’ executive secretary, said, “We all can help lighten the situation in Marawi by exchanging kind ...

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