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SC starts oral arguments on ML extension

The Supreme Court starts today the oral arguments on four petitions that challenged the constitutionality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2018.

Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales asked the Supreme Court yesterday to declare unconstitutional the extension of martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2018.

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For allegedly trying to demean the on-going impeachment proceedings, two lawyers of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and an official of the Commission on Human Rights were ordered to explain in 72 hours why they should not be cited in contempt by the Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives.

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is in no enviable situation at the moment as the House voted to give it P1,000 budget for 2018, along with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

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Duterte backs body cameras for policemen

With the country becoming a “narco-state,” President Duterte is amenable to proposals to let policemen wear body cameras during operations as long as such move does not violate their privacy.

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THE House of Representatives decision last Tuesday to reduce the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from P678 million to only P1,000 constitutes a new low in its record.

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