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On June 23, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved a resolution extending the deadline for filing of Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) by candidates and their parties to June 30. It did this despite the specific provision of RA 7166, “An Act Providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms,” that the statements must be filed within 30 days after election day.

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In his final message on the National Budget for 2016, former President Aquino called on Congress to approve the Freedom of Information bill which was deemed an integral part of the Aquino Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Plan of 2012-2016. The administration bill, it was said, would promote greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance.

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THE Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in November, 2013, on the ground that it allowed legislators to intervene or participate in carrying out projects after these had been approved by Congress in the General Appropriation Act.

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IN his inaugural address last June 30, President Duterte said he wanted to announce some policies that could not wait for the next day. “I direct all department secretaries and heads of agencies,” he said, “to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications from the submission to the release.”

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President Duterte named three Philippine National Police (PNP) star officers and two retired ones in his continuing campaign against illegal drugs in the country this Tuesday. It was the latest development on the drug scene — arrests, surrenders, and killings now seem to be happening daily all over the country.

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JIHADIST attacks used to be focused on the Western nations – on the United States and Western Europe. The Islamic State carried out attacks in Paris, France, in November last year, killing some 130 people. Last March, the group carried out attacks in Brussels, Belgium, killing 30. American presidential candidate Donald Trump of the Republican Party was moved to call for a ban on the entry into the United States of all Muslim refugees.

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