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September 21, 2017 9:56 AM De Lima, Trillanes call Duterte 'pathological liar' over coming DAP cases

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday called President Rodrigo Duterte a liar after the chief executive claimed that the government is preparing cases against the two fierce administration critics in relation to a controversial budget disbursement program in 2013. Accusing Trillanes of earning from the budget 5

September 20, 2017 10:19 AM Duterte says Trillanes, De Lima to face DAP cases soon

President Rodrigo Duterte warns his two critics that cases against them stemming from his predecessor's Disbursement Acceleration Program are 'coming up' MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted that his critics in Congress, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and detained Senator Leila de Lima may soon face cases related to the controversial 4

September 19, 2017 10:20 AM ASEAN human rights delegates barred from visiting De Lima

Two members of the Malaysian Parliament express disappointment over the incident, saying they complied with the 10-day visit notice MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) were barred from visiting detained Senator Leila de Lima despite having complied with the 10-day visit 5

September 16, 2017 10:04 AM De Lima sees Duterte’s hand in release of Jinggoy Estrada

The Duterte administration’s “trademark impunity” appeared to have reached the judiciary with the Sandiganbayan’s order to release former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Leila de Lima said Saturday. De Lima raised doubts over the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division’s decision to grant his petition for bail, an appeal the division junked last year under a different 9

September 15, 2017 2:27 AM Former UN leader Ban Ki-moon tabbed for IOC ethics chair

LIMA, Peru — Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission. The South Korean, who served as leader in the U.N. from 2007 through 2016, will take over for Youssoupha Ndiaye. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Ban called his new task "a serious responsibility 8

September 14, 2017 4:24 PM House softens stand on CHR budget cut

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said yesterday he and his colleagues are open to giving the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a bigger budget for 2018, just three days after the House of Representatives reduced its proposed P678-million funding to just P1,000. Some senators, including Panfilo Lacson who heads the finance subcommittee 11

September 14, 2017 11:23 AM Destroy or be destroyed: Philippine senator battles Duterte

After launching his political career from a jail cell, Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes believes it could end in a grave thanks to a relentless campaign against his "hitman" president. But the former Navy officer with a history of coup attempts appears to thrive on the pressures that have come with regularly accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of being 17

September 14, 2017 9:49 AM All the president’s women: Duterte’s fiercest critics and a surly political heir

DAVAO, Philippines/MANILA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a problem with women, says the woman who has known him longer than perhaps any other: his sister Jocellyn. “He’s a chauvinist,” she told Reuters in a recent interview. “When he sees a woman who fights him, it really gets his ire.” Then Jocellyn ran through a list of Duterte’s female 11

September 14, 2017 3:49 AM Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'

'Oo naman [I support]. For one, it makes the government especially the military and police... yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday, September 14, opposed the House of Representatives' grant of a measly P1,000 budget 7

September 13, 2017 5:22 PM ‘Hontiveros can’t be charged over Aguirre’s text messages’

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said yesterday that Sen. Risa Hontiveros cannot be charged for any crime when she came out with the text message seen on the phone of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II recently. Aguirre has threatened to file cases against Hontiveros, as well as the photographer who took the picture of his mobile 6