Lady solon urges Duterte administration to intensify programs to curb poverty, hunger in remote islands

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A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is urging the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize fighting hunger and poverty in remote islands to promote inclusive growth.

In a statement on Thursday, Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato said that remote islands were highly vulnerable to natural calamities because of their geographical locations.

The lack of access to basic necessities in these remote islands also further entrenched the prevalence of hunger and poverty, she added.

For instance, Sato said that despite Batanes being an agricultural province, the supply of staple food and other basic food products in the province mainly...

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Lacson to de Lima: Don’t take Matobato’s testimony as ‘gospel truth’

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Senator Panfilo Lacson, chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, questions the credibility of alleged Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato, during the Senate hearing on Thursday (September 15, 2016) at the Senate building in Pasay City. With Lacson are Senator Leila De Lima, Chairperson on Justice and Human Rights; and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)Senator Panfilo Lacson, chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, questions the credibility of alleged Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato, during the Senate hearing on Thursday (September 15, 2016) at the Senate building in Pasay City. With Lacson are Senator Leila De Lima, Chairperson on Justice and Human Rights; and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

Senator Paniflo “Ping” Lacson questioned Friday fellow Senator Leila de Lima for seemingly accepting the testimony of self-confessed former Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato as “gospel truth”.

“Being Chair, sa iyo nag-report ang witness, ikaw ang handler, ikaw man ang nag-(brief). Pero huwag ka na magpadala na lahat na sasabihin niya hook, line and sinker, kukunin mo na as gospel truth. Di naman tama yan (Being Chair, you handle the witness, you brief the witness but don’t make it look like you believe what he says hook, line and sinker, you take it as gospel truth. That’s not right),”...

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Sandiganbayan dismisses graft raps vs. ex-President Arroyo on USD 329-M NBN-ZTE deal

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The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft cases against former President and now House Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the alleged anomalous USD 329-M National Broadband Network-ZTE contract signed during her term as Chief Executive.

The Sandiganbayan granted Mrs. Arroyo's demurrer to evidence, a motion to dismiss a case based on insufficiency of the evidence presented by the prosecution, saying that the prosecution "did not sufficiently prove the guilt of the accused."

Atty. Laurence Arroyo, the former president's counsel, told reporters on Friday that Mrs. Arroyo has been "vindicated anew."

He said that Rep. Arroyo "has always kept her faith in...

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PRRD says PH will not cut ties with allied countries, also want peace among Filipinos

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President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will not cut ties with the countries it is presently in alliance with, but will not allow the Philippines to participate in any international conflict that might end up in war.

“We are not going to cut our umbilical cord with the countries that we are allied now, the President said in his speech during the 48thAnniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW) at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Tuesday.

“In the coming decades, there would no longer be a worry about a world war. Kasi po, if you dwell on another...

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