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Proclamation 216 – Duterte makes his martial law declaration official

Malacañang has released Proclamation 216, which officially placed Mindanao under martial law, late Wednesday night (May 24). Speaking upon his arrival from Russia yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he might not stop there because he is also considering putting the entire Visayas under martial law,

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President Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao – a commentary

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Mindanao under martial law, following the attacks organized by Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur throughout Tuesday (May 23). The Maute group has long pledged alliance to the international terrorist group Islamic State or ISIS. (ABS-CBN

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Debunking the myths supporting death penalty

Rodrigo Duterte has long made crime-fighting a centerpiece of his political track record, dating back to his days as Mayor of Davao City. In the campaign trail last year, Duterte repeatedly said that restoring the death penalty will be one of his priority legislation. This

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‘NAANO LANG’ – Tito Sotto insults single moms in two words

Towards the end of yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, this exchange happened between her and Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III: Sotto: On the lighter side, Senator Drilon and I have been looking at the personal

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The silver lining in Gina Lopez’ rejection as DENR secretary

After nearly two months of wrangling, the Commission on Appointments earlier today (May 3) voted 16-8-1 to reject the nomination of Gina Lopez as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The defeat abruptly ends Lopez’ tenure as Environment Chief after only ten

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Congrats taxpayers! Mocha Uson will now have your money

(This is the second of a two-part series. The first one focuses on why President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration embraced Mocha Uson as its top social media surrogate.) President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed sexy entertainer-turned-online personality Mocha Uson as assistant secretary for the Philippine

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UP admin embarrasses itself over honorary degree for Duterte faux pas

First of all, let’s have a recap of how the entire hullabaloo began. Last April 19, several media outlets reported that the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) intends to give President Rodrigo Duterte a doctor of laws degree honoris causa. The one quoted in

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“AT WHAT COST?” – Gina Lopez is right about mining

Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, whose confirmation remains pending before the Commission on Appointments, is unwavering in her opposition to irresponsible mining. In a one-minute video posted on her official Facebook page last April 6, Lopez challenged her critics