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July 22, 2017 11:00 PM Foreign visitor barred from seeing De Lima

Juli Minoves, president of Liberal Internationa, and Markus Löning, LI human rights chair, talk with reporters outside the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo from the Office of Sen. Leila de Lima) The head of an international group of political parties was barred on Saturday from seeing detained Sen. Leila de Lima at the Philippine 4

July 22, 2017 12:06 PM Liberal International leader visits De Lima in jail

But another Liberal International leader – the organization president – is barred from visiting detained Senator Leila de Lima "We notified on Monday, so that is more than 5 days in advance of my coming here. They have used an administrative excuse that they cannot find the letter," said a frustrated Minoves on Saturday. "Minoves was not included in the approved 5

July 21, 2017 7:11 AM European Parliament: Let De Lima do her duties

The European Parliament’s subcommittee on human rights on Thursday urged the government to let Sen. Leila de Lima do her duties including her participation in legislative proposals. The four-member DROI delegation that visited the Philippines last July 18 to 20 was led by Soraya Post (S&D, SE) and composed of Ádám Kósa (EPP, HU), Josef Weidenholzer (S&D, AT) and Rikke 5

July 21, 2017 1:12 AM No opposition? Aquino reflects on LP

'Could we have done it better? Where were we wrong?' asks former president Benigno Aquino III a year after he stepped down from office MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) chairman emeritus Benigno Aquino III admitted most of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office was spent “reflecting on what values to accomplish” for the once-ruling party 3

July 20, 2017 9:16 AM De Lima: Duterte martial law extension ‘excessive, unconstitutional’

Detained Senator Leila de Lima slammed on Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao, saying it was “excessive” and “unconstitutional.” “The extension of martial law in the whole of Mindanao beyond another 60-day period is not only excessive, it is also unconstitutional. The Constitution does not contemplate that an extension 6

July 19, 2017 11:08 PM De Lima tells EU lawmakers she’s being treated well at PNP jail

Twelve European Union lawmakers visited Sen. Leila de Lima at the Philippine National Police detention center on Wednesday to make sure she was being treated well in the lockup. The head of the group, Sweden’s representative to the European Parliament Soraya Viola Helena Post, told reporters after the one-hour visit that De Lima looked “very good and strong 5

July 18, 2017 4:02 AM Strong earthquake strikes off Peru, no damage seen

LIMA (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, though Peru’s civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami and no immediate damage. The quake, which was initially measured by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at 6.3, was 44 km (27 miles) deep and centered 4

July 17, 2017 4:50 PM Rody: Noy to be cleared on SAF 44

‘Usurpation charge silly, doomed to fail’ MANILA, Philippines - The cases to be filed against former president Benigno Aquino III over the Mamasapano clash in 2015 are doomed to fail, President Duterte said yesterday. Duterte brushed aside the charges of graft and usurpation of authority to be filed in court by the Office of the Ombudsman. “You know, charging 13

July 17, 2017 12:21 PM Congress to convene on martial law extension Saturday

Congress will convene in a special session on Saturday, July 22, to tackle the extension of President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao. On Monday night Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas forwarded to reporters this message to all the House members for a special session: “The President will call the Congress to a Special Session on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017, at 9am, to consider 10

July 17, 2017 11:25 AM In Unofficial Vote, Venezuelans Overwhelmingly Reject Constitutional Rewrite

Activists celebrate Sunday in Caracas after voting in an opposition-organized referendum on President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the country's constitution. Just two weeks before an election to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's national constitution, opposition activists held a symbolic vote of their own on Sunday. In the nonbinding 5