No nationwide martial law, Duterte asserts

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asserted that he would not declare martial law in the whole country, as he lashed out at critics for comparing him to the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

In a press conference after his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President said that there is no reason for declaring martial law in the entire Philippines since it could only be done “if there is a revolution everywhere and anywhere.

“No nationwide martial law. Why? Because I will look stupid before the eyes of the public if I do that. And I don’t want to be...

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Duterte puts end to talks with Reds

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday closed the door for the resumption of talks with communist rebels and ordered state forces to gear up for a possible all-out war with the New People’s Army (NPA).

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President slammed the National Democratic Front (NDF) and its armed wing, the NPA, for insincerity in dealing with the government.

“I used to be friends with the NDF. Times have changed because God placed me here. Bully daw ako. Talagang bully ako (I am really a bully) especially to the enemies of the state,” Duterte said.

The...

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Fate of tax reform law now in Senate's hands

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After commending the House of Representatives (HOR) for passing the comprehensive tax reform package, President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday said its fate now lies Senate's hands.

"The fate of the tax reform is now in the hands of the Senate," President Duterte said, noting that the House has passed its version of the measure voting 246-9-1.

He followed his call by quipping: "If you think it's a waste, fine, I can survive."

"I call on the Senate to support the package in full and to pass it without haste," the President...

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Duterte to Congress: Reimpose death penalty

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to push for the restoration of the death penalty in the Philippines, noting that capital punishment is about “retribution”, not just deterrence.

"I therefore ask Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose death penalty on heinous crimes --especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs," Duterte said in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

He pointed out the country's criminal system uses a revised penal code centered on the essence of retribution.

"In the Philippines, it is really an eye for an...

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