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July 22, 2017 11:30 PM Congress votes to extend martial law

In an unprecedented move, the Senate and the House of Representatives met jointly on Saturday and voted 261-18 to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31. Despite spirited objections from minority lawmakers, the two chambers passed a resolution extending for five months President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216, which imposed a 60-day martial 6

July 22, 2017 1:31 PM ‘Red-tagging’ of lumad worsens under martial law in Mindanao

Participants in a letter-writing activity held at University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City on Satuday, July 22, 2017, air their protests over martial law and its extension. The activity was organized by the Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns. (Photo from the Facebook account of Salinlahi) Even before President Rodrigo Duterte declared 6

July 22, 2017 4:28 AM Ex-DA undersecretary charged for exaggerating value of house

Officials have been routinely charged for understating their wealth. But, former Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Belinda Gonzales is actually accused of exaggerating the value of her house. The Office of the Ombudsman has filed perjury charges against Gonzales for declaring that she acquired her house and lot in Project 6, Quezon City for P2.6 million 4

July 22, 2017 1:21 AM US confirms N. Korea travel ban after Warmbier death

The United States confirmed Friday that it plans to ban its nationals from traveling to North Korea, in the wake of the death of an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. Travel agencies organizing trips to the isolated country had said earlier Friday they were informed of the impending change. Strict warnings against 6

July 21, 2017 1:02 AM Aquino appeals charges filed against him by Ombudsman

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday appealed the graft and usurpation charges that the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered filed against him, all the while defending his co-accused former Police director general Alan Purisima and pinning all the blame on Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napeñas. In his motion for reconsideration 4

July 20, 2017 1:56 PM Gangsters, politicians, officials convicted in Italy 'Mafia Capital' trial

ROME (Reuters) - The two leaders of a crime ring that plundered Rome city coffers were convicted along with some 40 politicians, officials and businessmen on Thursday at the end of one of the biggest corruption trials in the Italian capital. Massimo Carminati, a one-time member of Rome's notorious far-right Magliana Gang, was handed a 20-year prison 4

July 20, 2017 8:09 AM Batad, Iloilo mayor faces graft for approving permit of wife’s business

Batad Mayor Pedro Alarcon of Iloilo was indicted for graft for approving the permits of his wife’s ice plant business from 2011 to 2013. In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Ombudsman said Alarcon is set to face criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan on four counts of violating Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Alarcon 5

July 20, 2017 7:16 AM Finance dept to receive 'initial' P3.5-B settlement from Mighty Corp

MANILA - The Department of Finance said Thursday it would receive an "initial payment" of P3.5 billion from cigarette-maker Mighty Corp to settle its tax liabilities. The department's move, however, will not preclude any criminal charges that may be filed against Mighty, it said in a statement. Mighty has agreed to sell its assets to Japan Tobacco International's 8

July 20, 2017 6:06 AM Thai Gen among officials jailed for human trafficking

BANGKOK : A Thai general, police officers and local politicians were among dozens jailed for human trafficking on Wednesday, many handed decades-long sentences, at a mass trial exposing official complicity in the grim trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. The junta launched a crackdown in May 2015 on a network of corrupt officials and gangmasters 8

July 20, 2017 5:19 AM Ombudsman OKs raps vs Corona prosecutor over P4.8-M PDAF misuse

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the indictment of former Iloilo 5th Dist. Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., an ally of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, for allegedly misusing P4.8 million in pork barrel funds on “ghost projects” in 2008. The lawmaker himself was accused of making it appear the projects were implemented by signing fictitious 5