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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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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