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July 26, 2017

Politics

Duterte leads turnover of financial aid to kin of fallen Marawi heroes

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte led the ceremonial turnover of financial assistance to families of 101 soldiers and police killed in Marawi City. The ceremony, held in Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, July 25, was attended by businessmen and top government officials. Each of … Source: Rappler

Grieving lawmaker demands Grab, Uber legal accountability

MANILA, Philippines – If a crash happens involving a Grab or Uber driver, can the transport network companies (TNCs) be sued? This was the question that grieving lawmaker AKO BICOL Representative Rodel Batocabe posed to TNCs and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday, July 25, during … Source: Rappler

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

MANILA, Philippines – Two counter-speeches against President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) were delivered at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 25.  Minority Leader Danilo Suarez first delivered his speech, followed by opposition bloc figurehead Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. A counter-SONA is traditionally delivered by … Source: Rappler

Coast Guard intercepts passenger carrying P8.95 million in cash

MANILA, Philippines – Coast guard authorities in Zamboanga City apprehended a Malaysia-bound passenger on Monday, July 24, who was found to be carrying a total of P8.95 million in cash. A certain Isnaji Sajail, 57, a resident of Parang, Jolo, was a passenger of M/V Lady Mary Joy 3. The … Source: Rappler

China offers self as 'good brother' of Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China is offering itself as a “good brother” of the Philippines, as he urged the region to “stand together” against “non-regional forces” in the South China Sea disputes.  “China stands ready to be the good neighbor and … Source: Rappler

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday, July 25, renewed his commitment to strictly enforce mining and environmental regulations following President Rodrigo Duterte’s scathing remarks against mining companies during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) . “Mining operations found violating laws, rules, and regulations will have to pay the price for

No more CHR? No problem, say Lorenzana, Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights groups may find value in the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) but for President Rodrigo Duterte and at least two of his top security officials, it’s an institution whose functions won’t be missed. “Okay lang sa akin, walang problema. Okay kay presidente, okay rin sa … Source: Rappler

2,000 more OFWs in Saudi Arabia sent home after amnesty extension

MANILA, Philippines – Over 2,000 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been repatriated after Saudi Arabia extended its amnesty program for overstaying migrants. When the amnesty program initially ended last June 29, 5,299 Filipino migrant workers had been sent home. Latest data from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) show that … Source: Rappler

North Korea official: 'We don't care' about U.S. travel ban

PYONGYANG, North Korea (UPDATED) – Washington’s ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country’s tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it “at all”, a senior development official insisted Tuesday, July 25. The measure is due to be enacted this week and once … Source: Rappler

North Korea official: 'We don't care' about U.S. travel ban

PYONGYANG, North Korea (UPDATED) – Washington’s ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country’s tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it “at all”, a senior development official insisted Tuesday, July 25. The measure is due to be enacted this week and once … Source: Rappler

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