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NBI exec, brother face rap due to alleged ‘pastilla system’ blackmail

MANILA (UPDATE) – The National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed several charges against one of its own officials and his brother for their alleged involvement in extortion of money from immigration staff tagged in the “pastillas system.” Representatives of the NBI Special Action Unit filed a complaint with the Justice Department for extortion and violations of the Anti-Graft and …

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Duterte invokes court ruling against China in UN address | China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went on the offensive across the South China Sea on Wednesday, in his very first speech to the UN General Assembly, emphasizing his country’s legal victory in The Hague in its far-flung naval battle with China. In a video address recorded in Manila, Duterte said that the Philippines has rights over the parts of the South …

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Alvarez: Cayetano will end his term as speaker

MANILA, Philippines – Former Speaker and Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez expressed his disagreement over any sharing agreement on Wednesday, saying that Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano should only continue as leader of the House throughout the 18th Congress. “Hindi ako sang-ayon said term-sharing, this is not about speech, it’s about the country. Divisive yan eh, ”he said …

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DOH praises the status quo “disaster” as Covid cases rise

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday welcomed the extension of the declaration of a state of emergency in the country as a means of maintaining the response to Covid-19, as confirmed cases increased to 291,789. Of the confirmed cases, 56,097 (19.2 percent) are active cases, 230,643 (79.0 percent) have recovered and 5,049 (1.7 percent) have died. Maria Rosario Vergeire, …

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Cayetano claims he has a “large majority” over rival Velasco

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano MANILA, Philippines – Among rumors of a coup in the House of Representatives, President Alan Peter Cayetano claimed on Tuesday that he had superior numbers over his rival, Marinduque rep Lord Allan Velasco, in a hypothetical match, saying as many as 200 of 300 lawmakers in the House had expressed support for him. “Based on …

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Facebook takes down fake pages created in China Aimed at Trump, Biden

US officials see the activity on Facebook as relatively small so far. According to two US officials, China has not yet decided to try to influence the November election in any significant way. Microsoft has also reported that they observed Chinese activities aimed at gathering information about the presidential campaign. Last week, the company reported attempts by China to hack …

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Robredo cites data showing countries beating COVID-19 pending vaccines

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday quoted data questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic could not be won without a vaccine. Robredo cited a table published by The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, launched in July last year by The Lancet Medical Journal to help governments, UN institutions and civilian groups fight the …

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Duterte asks the UN to self-reflect in the General Assembly’s debut

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) – President Rodrigo Duterte will call on the United Nations to give a “solemn reflection” on the criticisms leveled at it, as he is appearing before the General Assembly of the International Body for the first time. Robert Borje, President of the Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant to Foreign Affairs Robert Borje, revealed to …

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Philippine former official accused of “protecting” immigration syndicate – South China Morning Post

Former Philippine official accused of “protecting” South China Morning Post immigration syndicate ‘Sue me’: Aguirre dares Tulfo to include ‘goods’ in ‘pastillas’ syndicate protection requirements on INQUIRER.net ‘Sinungaling, bobo’: Tulfo, Aguirre deals insults in the Senate probe over the ‘pastillas’ system ABS-CBN News Aguirre denies links to the pastilla system; says Tulfo’s accusation makes BI, DOJ executives appear “lameducks” GMA …

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