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Duterte expects new-elected officials’ support in anti-corruption campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte urged the newly-elected officials to help him in the campaign against criminality and corruption. He vowed to stamp out corruption in government bureaucracy which will be one of his priority agenda when he assumes the presidency on June 30. Duterte graced on Wednesday the oathtaking ceremonies of senator-elect Manny Pacquiao and the newly-elected local officials of General Santos City and Sarangani Province held at the provincial capitol in Alabel, Sarangani. “Let us give the Filipino a respite from corruption,” Duterte said. Again, he took a swipe on Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue, which he regarded as the among the corrupt government agencies.  

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DOJ clears airport personnel in extortion raps

      The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the complaints against policemen and security personnel of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) accused in a “tanim bala” (bullet planting) incident involving an American missionary last September. In a resolution, Associate Prosecution Attorney II Honey Rose Delgado recommended the dismissal of the cases against airport baggage inspector Maria Cena, x-ray operator Marvin Garcia and policemen Chief Insp. Adriano Junio, SPO4 Ramon Bernardo, SPO2 Rolando Clarin, and SPO2 Romy Navarro. Cena and Garcia were accused of planting of evidence, while, Junio, Bernardo, Clarin and Navarro were accused of robbery/extortion. The policemen including Navarro were also charged of violating Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and Republic Act 7438 (An Act Defining Certain Rights of Person Arrested, Detained or Under Custodial Investigation as well as …

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40 neophyte solons completed 4-day executive course on legislation

At least 40 neophyte lawmakers completed Thursday the four-day Executive Course on Legislation, with hopes to pass legislative measures that would improve the socio-economic conditions of their constituents, and safeguard and protect human rights. Actor-turned-Manila Rep.-elect John Marvin "Yul Servo" Nieto, who was among those who "graduated", vowed to familiarize himself on lawmaking process and pursue the passage of measures that would benefit the the poor. "I will work hard and push for the approval of the measures (the ordinances) which I filed when I was a city councilor of Manila," he told reporters. Nieto is among the authors of the ordinance, approved by the city council of Manila last year, that strictly requires all law enforcement authorities to coordinate with the barangay and the city government before launching a legitimate operation. Ilocos Sur …

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Phivolcs: Mt. Bulusan spews ash anew

Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon spewed small amounts of old volcanic ash due to a "vigorous steaming activity" on Thursday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Volcanologists observed dirty white steam plumes that crept downslope towards the west-northwest between 9 a.m. and 9:18 a.m.Thursday. Phivolcs explained that the steam explosion did not eject new volcanic ash, but only carried old ash. "The dirty white plumes suggest a low energy ash emission," it said. It noted that there was no earthquake detected prior or during the event indicating a shallow volcanic source. Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Mt. Bulusan, which means that the volcano continues to exhibit "abnormal" activities. Phivolcs said hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano, which may lead to more steam-driven eruptions. The local government units and the public were reminded …

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DSWD: Curfew cases should be handled properly

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) appealed to local authorities implementing curfew hours in their respective areas to ensure that the cases are handled properly before putting minors' parents or guardians behind bars. Based on the DSWD’s reach-out operation, minors on the streets should be brought home for their first offense then a written agreement with their parents or guardians will be secured and they will be provided with counselling to prevent them from roaming the streets again. For second offense, the child should be put under the custody of the concerned City Social Welfare Development or the DSWD depending on the assessment on case of the child and his/her family. As implemented by some barangays and local government units (LGUs), parents of minors caught on third offense will …

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DENR chief Paje welcomes Lopez as successor

Outgoing Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has warmly welcomed the appointment of environmental advocate Regina “Gina” Lopez as his successor in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). “In behalf of the entire DENR community, I would like to congratulate and welcome the appointment of Ms. Gina Lopez as the next secretary of the department,” Paje said. Paje said he could not think of anyone better to succeed him in the DENR than Lopez whose passion and track record on various environmental causes cannot be understated. “I’m sure the incoming DENR Secretary will do a good job. I feel that the department is in good hands,” said Paje, who is scheduled to step down from office on June 30. Lopez announced on Tuesday that she had decided to accept the offer of incoming …

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Duterte to ‘corrupt’ gov’t officials, personnel: ‘Shape up now’

ALABEL, Sarangani -- President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte called on government officials and personnel who are into “corrupt" activities to "shape up now" as he reiterated his commitment to cleanse the bureaucracy of corruption in his upcoming administration. Duterte, who graced the oath-taking here on Wednesday afternoon of Senator-elect Emmanuel “Manny” Pacqiuao and the newly-elected officials of Sarangani and General Santos City, said the crackdown against corruption will be among his top priorities as he promised during his campaign. He rallied the area’s incoming set of officials to join him and do their share in the campaign against corruption. “Let give the Filipinos a respite from corruption. If you really want to help your country, now is the time that I’m there,” he said in his speech at the jam-packed provincial gymnasium here. The incoming …

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Turkish police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at LGBT parade

ISTANBUL — Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered Sunday for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban. Dozens of participants advocating transgender rights assembled off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing rainbow flags. Police called on them to disperse and prevented activists from marching or making statements. A couple of individuals were detained. More than 300 policemen in anti-riot gear and backed by water cannons were deployed along the pedestrian thoroughfare and on side streets. Istanbul's governor had banned gay, lesbian and transgender individuals from holding two annual parades this year, both Sunday's seventh Trans Pride March and a broader LGBT pride parade on June 26. His office cited security concerns as the basis for the ban. In a statement that they were …

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Alvarez warns Comelec

Presumptive House speaker and Davao del Norte congressman-elect Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday warned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that it might end up a “damaged” institution after it decided to extend the deadline in the filing of statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) as well as for supposedly blocking the people’s right to question its en banc ruling before the Supreme Court (SC). He chided the Comelec for purportedly serving the interest of a “powerful” party of the outgoing administration. “The Comelec should have been the first to uphold the SOCE provision of Republic Act No. 7166, which states that all candidates, winners or losers, must file their SOCEs within 30 days after the elections,” Alvarez said. “But by acquiescing to the LP (Liberal Party) SOCE filing extension, the Comelec became the first to …

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Photo exhibit captures 25 years of Duterte’s political career

By Keith Bacongco Davao City – On a thin sheet of photo paper with a tattered edge was printed a black and white portrait of a young Rodrigo Duterte with an Uzi sub-machine gun strapped to his body. The portrait was taken sometime in 1994 in the hinterlands of the city. This is just among the thousands of pictures of now President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that seasoned photographer Rene Lumawag has taken in the last 25 years. Lumawag is perhaps the only photographer who has chronicled Duterte throughout his political career since 1986. Duterte was appointed officer-in-charge vice mayor following the People Power revolution in 1986. Lumawag, a self-taught photographer, recalled that at the height of the protests during Martial Law, he would see Duterte standing on the street observing the rallies. “While his father was a …

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