Senate probe into extrajudicial killings gets under way, two witnesses testify

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Witness Harra Kazuo during the public hearing on dangerous drugs and alleged extrajudicial killings on Monday (Aug. 22, 2016) at the Senate session hall in Pasay City. The witness said her live in partner, Jaypee, and his father, Renato Bertes, were shot dead while under police custody last month​. Also in photo is Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)Witness Harra Kazuo during the public hearing on dangerous drugs and alleged extrajudicial killings on Monday (Aug. 22, 2016) at the Senate session hall in Pasay City. The witness said her live in partner, Jaypee, and his father, Renato Bertes, were shot dead while under police custody last month​. Also in photo is Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

Two family members of slain suspected drug pushers appeared at the Senate Monday to testify during the inquiry into extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s war on illicit drugs.

After law enforcers delivered their introductions, the witnesses, who were wearing hoodies, scarves and sunglasses to protect their identity, recounted how Philippine National Police (PNP) officers “abused” the suspects even though they were only accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade.

The first witness, Harra Kazuo, 26, was the pregnant live-in partner of suspected drug dealer JP Bertes. JP and his father, Renato Bertes were allegedly killed by Pasay...

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Prepare for thunderstorms, PAGASA tells farmers

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The state weather bureau has advised farmers to continue cleaning drainage systems and irrigation canals in preparation for heavy rains from thunderstorms expected in the next 10 days.

The PAGASA said it is expecting a low-pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon or 'habagat' to affect the country until Wednesday.

"The Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Zamboanga and the Visayas will have cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms," it said in its forecast for the next few days.

The Mimaropa Region, Bicol Region, Calabarzon and Western Visayas will also experience rain showers and thunderstorms, it added.

The northern...

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De Lima willing to resign, shot if drug links are proven

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Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday said she is willing to resign if President Rodrigo Duterte could prove her alleged links to illegal drugs, noting that she is ready to prove the President wrong.

“I am willing to resign, I am willing to be shot in front of the President. I just have to qualify true evidence, not coerced, manufactured, fabricated, invented,” de Lima told reporters during a press conference in Quezon City.

“I am confident to prove him wrong. I will stand by my innocence, any time now and forever,” she added.

De Lima, who has repeatedly denied allegations...

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Tiamzon couple release highlights Duterte desire for enduring peace - AFP

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The temporary release of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, ranking leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines, highlights President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's earnest desire for an enduring and sustainable peace through formal peace accords.

This was stressed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya in a statement Friday.

"The release of spouses Tiamzon was with leave of court and for the purpose of attending and participating in the formal peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway in August 2016," he added.

The couple left the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City around 11: 30 a.m. Friday.

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