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Palace denies coercing solons on death penalty

Malacañang has denied that President Duterte coerced lawmakers into passing the bill seeking the reimposition of death penalty.

AS part of his peace efforts with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) and its military arm, the New People’s Army, President Duterte has approved the release of 20 political prisoners. Their release is expected before December 26, which is the 48th anniversary of the CPP. Among those to be released are “elderly and sickly prisoners” for humanitarian reasons, Secretary Silvestre Bello, chairman of the government peace panel, said.

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Atienza slams DoH

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Pro-life advocate and Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza yesterday slammed plans of the Department of Health to distribute condoms in schools as part of a nationwide anti-HIV/AIDS campaign.

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Unperturbed by the Senate inaction on the show cause order it issued to Sen. Leila M. de Lima, the House of Representatives will proceed to planned steps to extract accountability from the senator for allegedly trying to sabotage a House inquiry into the alleged New Bilibid Prisons illegal drug trafficking operations in which she was implicated.

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DESPITE the growing support of administration officials for a Constitutional Assembly (Con-Ass) to revise the Constitution, the idea persists that a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is still the better way to do it.

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House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez’s vow to author a same sex marriage bill has surprisingly divided the House of Representatives that used to avoid even discussing the idea out of fear of political backlash from religious groups opposed to it.

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