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Presidential cases – legal and political considerations

IT has long been hoped that the Mamasapano incident of January 15, 2015, be laid to rest after so many years of official investigations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation and inquiries in aid of legislation by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Supreme Court is set to deliberate today the petition of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and the six detained provincial officials for a Writ of Amparo against the “actual and threatened violations of their rights to liberty and security” by a committee of the House of Representatives.

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The leadership of the House of Representatives has placed the controversial proposal for the legalization of same-sex civil union in the list of priorities in the mid-term session of the 17th Congress that starts July 24, but this time, the bill will cover live-in heterosexual couples who do not want to be legally hitched.

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Pointing to the “decay” of the world-famous beaches in Boracay, Samar 1st district Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento is pushing for an inquiry on the government’s plans and programs for local tourist destinations.

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is seeking to give hazard pay and salary raise to “underpaid” traffic enforcers to resist the temptation to engage in corrupt activities.

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As the House of Representatives closed the first chapter of its three sessions in the 17th Congress, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez commended his colleagues for working hard to pass pieces of legislation that address the everyday problems faced by Filipinos.

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