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  • September 16, 2016VERA FILES FACT CHECK:  Duterte seesaws with media

    VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte seesaws with media

    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sept. 10 told the media to go ahead and criticize him and his government’s shortcomings, saying it is their sworn duty. Not so long ago, he dared reporters to kill and stop journalism in this country. STATEMENT: Straight from the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane,..

  • September 3, 2016IS THAT SO? ICC can strip off Duterte’s immunity

    IS THAT SO? ICC can strip off Duterte’s immunity

    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte invoked presidential immunity when he threatened to kill criminals and drug addicts during his Aug. 5 speech before troops in Capiz. “’Pag ayaw magpa-areglo ng kaso, patayin. Parang lahat na. Salvage dito, salvage doon. Because when I became mayor, I said, “If you’re a criminal, if you’re a drug addict, if you..

  • August 27, 2016 IS THAT SO? Is Iloilo the ‘most shabulized’ area in PH?

     IS THAT SO? Is Iloilo the ‘most shabulized’ area in PH?

    TWELVE government and police officials from Iloilo made it to the list of the Philippine National Police’s narco-politicians. Is President Rodrigo Duterte correct in tagging Iloilo, either province or city, as the most “shabulized” in the Philippines? The list, which included the names of 158 public officials nationwide, was announced on..

  • August 19, 2016Five years after, still no justice for Ma’am Chit

    Five years after, still no justice for Ma’am Chit

    By JAKE SORIANO Photos by LALA ORDENES At first glance, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court looks more like a church than a court. An assortment of statues  — Christ on the cross, the child Jesus, the Virgin Mary — stare down on court employees, lawyers, police officers, nervous witnesses, family members of the accused […]

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    Root of Malacanang’s communication problem: Pres. Duterte

    Root of Malacanang’s communication problem: Pres. Duterte

    September 20, 2016

    c By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS WE don’t have to enumerate bunglings by the Duterte communication team because Press Secretary Martin Andanar has admitted it. “Tayo naman ay hindi perpekto ‘no, tayo’y..

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