Nat'l ID system a deterrent vs crime -- Alvarez

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by Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency | Thursday, 23 June 2016

The proposed National Identification system can be of great help in curbing criminality under the Duterte administration.

Incoming House Speaker and Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon 'Bebot' Alvarez said though there is no marching order yet from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize the measure, he sees the national ID system can fast track the solution of crimes.

Alvarez hinted that there will always be an evil genius who can come up with ways and means to game a government program for selfish purposes. “but this fact of life should...

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Duterte asks 3 ‘corrupt’ PNP officers to ‘retire now’

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by Allen V. Estabillo, Philippine News Agency | Thursday, 23 June 2016

"Retire now or I will ask for your resignation in public."

President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte gave this warning on Wednesday to three high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) whom he earlier tagged as involved in “corrupt” activities.

Speaking before thousands of residents and local government leaders at the jam-packed provincial capitol gymnasium here, Duterte reiterated that the “higher echelons” of the PNP has “three generals who are really tainted with drugs.”

He said the accused police officials should just retire from service practically in the next seven...

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Mining industry welcomes appointment of Gina Lopez as DENR chief

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by Lilybeth G. Ison, Philippine News Agency | Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Despite her stand against mining, stakeholders welcomed the appointment of Gina Lopez as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Oceana Gold Chairman Jose Leviste Jr., in a statement on Wednesday, said he welcomed and supported the mining policies of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, which he announced Tuesday during the economic summit in Davao City.

"We also engage with DENR Secretary designate Gina Lopez to promote "environmentally sensitive and responsive mining," he said.

"We welcome and support a balanced policy between environmental protection and resource development," he...

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Lopez accepts post as DENR secretary

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by Filane Mikee Cervantes, Philippine News Agency | Tuesday, 21 June 2016

ABS-CBN Foundation Chairperson Gina Lopez has accepted the offer of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

"I just talked to him just a few minutes ago, so after much introspection, I decided to accept it," Lopez told reporters in an ambush interview on Tuesday.

"Nagulat nga ako eh, because I'm not the usual choice. My stand on the environment is very clear but this is what I really believe in, na kung alagaan ang kalikasan at kung gawin sa paraan na...

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