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The President’s repeated assurances to the people

IN his speech at the celebration of the anniversary of the Bureau of Customs at the Port of Manila last Monday, President Duterte reiterated his assurance that he will not be staying in office beyond his term of office.

We cannot have a Constitution drawn up with the kind of bitter and unrelenting charges and counter- charges now flying in all directions. We have not even talked about issues and provisions of the proposed new Charter. We are just talking about the means to revise or amend the present one. But the officials concerned – in the Senate and in the House of Representatives —are hitting each other with such insulting words we don’t think they could ever get together to agree on anything.

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Congress leaders have decided to junk Constitutional Convention and will instead opt to transform the legislative body into a Constituent Assembly for the purpose of amending the 1987 Constitution.

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IN line with his campaign promise to stop crime and the spread of drugs in the country in three to six months, presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed the restoration of the death penalty for its deterrent effect on crime. He even proposed that the penalty be carried out by hanging, instead of lethal injection which replaced the electric chair in the Philippines when the death penalty was still in force.

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A worried Chinese government rejected political and military support for the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) as requested by the late Datu Udtog Matalam.

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