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Suspects in Ortega murder get death threats

MANILA, Philippines?Two suspects who admitted their participation in the killing of Palawan environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega have been receiving death threats apparently to make them retract their statements implicating former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes in the murder, the victim’s family and lawyer said…

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Senators defend Lacson

MANILA, Philippines?There is no basis for comparing the case of fugitive murder suspect Senator Panfilo Lacson and that of drug-trafficking suspect Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, whose expulsion from Congress are being sought, according to the senator’s Senate allies and lawyer. As expected, Lacson’s Senate allies rallied around their colleague

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No compromise on condoms

MANILA, Philippines?Senators Tuesday served notice to their counterparts in the House of Representatives that they would not enter into a compromise on the decision to reduce the Department of Health’s budget for contraceptives by P872 million. ‘The issue of contraceptives?as far as I and the majority of the Senate are concerned?is non-negotiable,’ Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III told the Inquirer after the first bicameral meeting on the proposed P1.645-trillion national budget for next year.

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Green groups urge tax on plastic bags

MANILA, Philippines?Environment groups on Monday called on lawmakers to impose a total ban and taxes on plastic bags to force consumers and commercial stores to limit its use. Members of the EcoWaste Coalition urged the Senate to pass legislation that would ban plastic bags and charge fees for its use. In a paper…

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DILG, police execs face hostage probe

MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE 2) Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and other local and police officials involved in the Monday hostage-taking in Manila faced the Senate on Thursday, with the upper chamber condemning the act ‘in the highest possible form.’ Also in attendance in…

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Senate eyes stringent rules for bus operators

MANILA, Philippines?The Senate is pushing for a “one-strike policy” in the bus industry in order to weed out irresponsible franchise owners and minimize road accidents involving buses due to recklessness and poor maintenance. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and public services committee chair Ramon Revilla Jr.