AFP denies links with ASG bandits

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by Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippine News Agency | Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) strongly denied on Saturday allegations that some of its officers are in cahoots with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits.

"Our armed forces and police have been at the forefront of the fight against all KFRGs (kidnapping-for-ransom groups) and the ASG for a long time. We have lost so many servicemen in the process. We do not doubt the dedication and commitment of our troops," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.

In addition, commanders on the ground are in full...

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Lim is set to resign on Monday as head of the Comelec-CFO

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by Ferdinand G. Patinio, Philippine News Agency | Saturday, 18 June 2016

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim is set to resign as head of the poll body's Campaign Finance Office (CFO) next week.


In a text message, the poll body official said he will be tendering his resignation to the Commission en banc on Monday.

Asked about the reason why he is giving up his position as CFO head, Lim said: "Di acceptable ang policy shift." He did not elaborate. 


His statement came a day after the Comelec en banc issued a decision granting the request...

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Incoming DA chief firm on President-elect Duterte's promise of free irrigation water for farmers

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by Lilybeth G. Ison, Philippine News Agency | Saturday, 18 June 2016

Incoming Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol is determined to provide free irrigation water to farmers nationwide as promised by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte despite earlier statement of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) that this would adversely affect the operations of the agency.

"Anybody in government who does not share President Duterte's vision for the Filipino farmer is free to leave and find another job," said Pinol in a press statement on Friday.

Pinol said he was irked by the NIA official's statement since the issue of providing free irrigation water to...

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President Aquino hopes Philippines would be able to cope with future South China Sea challenges

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by Philippine News Agency | Saturday, 18 June 2016

Two weeks before leaving office, President Benigno S. Aquino III said he hopes the country would be better prepared to address the challenges posed by the International Arbitral Tribunal’s decision on the case filed by the Philippines against China.

In an interview in Binondo, Manila on Friday, the President was asked to comment on recent developments in the South China Sea, as well as the statement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) following a regional meeting with China.

“Parati tayong curious kung ano ang nangyayari sa China domestically, which might...

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