President Duterte says drug money must not seep into barangay, SK polls

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President Rodrigo Duterte is favoring the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) for fear that drug money will be used as campaign kitty.

"I am afraid the drug money will seep into the electoral process," Mr. Duterte said in his message before Army officials and guests during the 10th Eastern Mindanao Command Anniversary program at the Naval Station in Panacan on Friday evening.

It was the first time the President revealed his reason for supporting calls to move the elections.

He feared that if the winning barangay officials who are funded by drug money are too many, he...

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Oslo round of GRP-NDFP talks ends in high note

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They all came with guarded optimism and managed expectations.

When they leave tomorrow, they will be bringing results beyond what they were hoping for.

It was swift and cordial but nevertheless substantive and intense.

None of the acrimonious exchanges happened.

Instead, the discussions were jovial punctuated by off the cuff remarks and banters that periodically made everybody in the room laughing out loud.

Some giggling, even.

Yes, there were breaks in between but they were devoted to discussing the fine prints of the documents and drafts that were passed and handed out across the table.

They capped their discussions and...

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President Duterte releases matrix on illegal drug trade at New Bilibid Prisons

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday released a matrix showing the alleged links of top government officials in the illegal drugs operation inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

The much-awaited release of the drug matrix, which the President mentioned a few days ago, included the names of Senator Leila De Lima, who the President already tagged in illegal drug operation; a certain Ronie P. Dayan; Usec Toti Baraan; ProvAd (Provincial Administrator) Raffy Baraan; Cong. Amado T. Espino; BM Board Member) Raul P. Sison and Gen. Franklin Bucayo.

In the matrix, an arrow pointing to Dayan, who is described as the boyfriend...

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No friendship in the war against drugs, says President Duterte

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“He’s my friend, but ...”

With this statement, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte promised he would soon release a drug matrix involving a friend and Senator Leila de Lima allegedly being the highest public official linked to the Muntinlupa drug trade.

The President did not name the friend, whom he identified as “a governor” during a chance interview with reporters in Malacanang after the oath-taking ceremonies for the newly-appointed Board of Directors and officers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Exports Confederation Inc (PhilExport), the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Franchise Association...

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