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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PHL eyes regional collaboration on rice in ASEAN

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The Philippines is pushing for a collaboration with ASEAN members and other rice-growing countries in Asia to make rice available and affordable across the region amid challenges posed by climate change.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will present a 10-point Action Plan to the region’s top agriculture policymakers at the annual Senior Officials Meeting-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) conference to be held next week in Palawan.

The Action Plan dovetails with the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and includes the ASEAN Plus 3 Germplasm Development and Breeding Initiative.

This initiative effectively creates a regional technology collaboration...

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Sen. De Lima to Pres. Duterte: 'I am not an enemy'

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Senator Leila De Lima during the Senate public hearing into alleged extrajudicial killings of drug personalities on Thursday (Aug. 18, 2016) at the Senate building in Pasay City. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)Senator Leila De Lima during the Senate public hearing into alleged extrajudicial killings of drug personalities on Thursday (Aug. 18, 2016) at the Senate building in Pasay City. (PNA photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

Embattled Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the personal attacks against her, saying she is not an enemy.

An emotional De Lima faced the media in a press conference Thursday morning, admitting that she had thought many times whether to keep her silence or state her sentiments following the President's tirades.

Last Wednesday, Pres. Duterte called De Lima an “immoral woman,” alleging that the senator's driver “collects money” for her during the campaign and that the money was sourced from illegal drugs.

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President Duterte blasts lady senator’s link to drugs, immorality

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte gestures to stress a point in his keynote address during the celebration of the 115th Police Service Anniversary with the theme, "Hamon ng Pagbabago, Pinag-ibayong Serbisyo" on Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2016) at the Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Also in photo is Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Catalino Coy. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)President Rodrigo R. Duterte gestures to stress a point in his keynote address during the celebration of the 115th Police Service Anniversary with the theme, "Hamon ng Pagbabago, Pinag-ibayong Serbisyo" on Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2016) at the Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Also in photo is Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Catalino Coy. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday blasted a lady senator who he said was allegedly linked to the illegal drug trade and called her “adulterer” and “immoral.”

In his speech at the Philippine National Police (PNP) 115th anniversary celebrations in Camp Crame, the President said the lady senator in question has been complaining about the death rate and human rights violations in his all-out campaign against drugs.

“And here is a senator complaining when, one day I will tell you that her driver, who was her lover was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign,” he said.

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