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Vestiges of PDAF seen in nat’l budget

The national budget for 2017 has already been approved by Congress and signed by President Duterte but suspicions remain that it still contains “pork barrel” funds which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2013.

Another criminal complaint has been filed against Sen. Leila M. de Lima by the National Bureau of Investigation for allegedly receiving P8 million in drug money from suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said yesterday.

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After six months of being in power, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said President Duterte should now shift his focus away from the war on drugs to other significant issues in society this New Year.

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Grumpiness & health

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Being grumpy most of the time is not good for anyone since it brings stress and a host of other health issues, all the more if you are the country’s president.

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Some of senators have urged President Duterte to call a meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to discuss certain key national issues, notably the President’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

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The proposed United Nations inquiry on possible human rights violations in the Philippines has suffered a setback after UN Repporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard rejected some conditions reportedly being set by the Philippine government.

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