(CNN)In a surprising move the Venezuelan opposition is calling a coup, the Venezuelan Supreme Court has stripped the country’s National Assembly of its powers. The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists.
The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition has been taken out of the picture.
“Mr. Duterte, your mouth is getting the better of you!” NUJP Secretary General Dabet Panelo said in a statement. “Your incoherent and foulmouthed rant against two of the country’s major media outfits – the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN – was not only unwarranted, it was absolutely twisted.”
(CNN) The Spratly Islands are a nebula of biological wonder — an archipelago of atolls and reefs that support 600 coral species and 6,000 fish species — including huge schools of batfish, bumphead parrotfish, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and dolphins.
But they are also located in one of the most contested stretches of water in the world the South China Sea — and the island chain is now is home to some 15 military bases.
China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines have all reclaimed land in the Spratlys and built airstrips that can accommodate military aircraft but it’s China’s island-building that has grabbed the most headlines.
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – For Davao del Norte 2nd district Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., politics was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s motivation for suing him for graft over his family’s banana business deal with the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor).
But for Floirendo’s common-law-wife, Cathy Binag, the kink in the relationship of the two Duterte allies started when Alvarez’s wife, Emily, and their children ran to them for help over the Speaker’s reported womanizing.
Floirendo and Alvarez had always been the best of friends. In the 2016 elections, Floirendo bankrolled Alvarez’s campaign for the congressional seat of Davao del Norte’s 1st district. He also aggressively backed him up for the speakership.
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The sighting, as reported by The Jakarta Post, was made by a Banda Aceh-based motor trail community during one of their trips into the forest.
One rider suddenly fell off his motorbike when he saw an unusual creature on the trail in front of him. The guy with the camera attempted to give chase while everyone was recovering from the shock. Unfortunately, the creature was rather fleet-footed and quickly retreated into the bushes. Other members of the group caught up with the camera guy but the small creature already disappeared.
Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President’s idea, saying it is “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic.”
“I am not inclined to support yet another postponement of barangay elections. There’s too many postponements already, and I believe it’s time we should allow the 42,036 barangays to elect their new village leaders or give those who deserve their vote of confidence to continue serving them,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a text message on Monday, March 27.
Senator Joel Villanueva said Congress, in 2016, already allowed the postponement of the barangay elections to October 2017. There should be a “more compelling” reason for it this time.