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It’s ’ludicrous’ to call transport strike a ‘rebellion,’ lawyers tell Duterte

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Belmonte kin angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star

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In draft report, Gordon pushes for lifestyle check on Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

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Mayor’s arrest proves Duterte’s right – Palace

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Duterte has no ‘moral ascendancy’ to fight corruption, says Alejano

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Duterte’s PACC can’t probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

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De Lima wants SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case due to conflict of interest


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Aguirre, Acosta back new group against state ‘enemies’

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Someone named Sammy Uy came to the Duterte-Abe summit



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REPLAY: Sen. Trillanes’ privilege speech

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Ex-Hasht5 member Marlou Arizala unveils new look, new name

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OJ Simpson freed from Nevada prison after serving 9 years

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Duterte: 9,000 cops into drugs

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39 countries worry about killings, climate of impunity in Philippines

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Trillanes questions authenticity of AMLC statement

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AMLC denies giving info on Duterte accounts in Ombudsman probe of Trillanes’ raps

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Trillanes insists Duterte must sign bank waiver or resign

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Taipei asks Duterte admin for proof of Taiwan-based Bamboo triad

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Taiwan denies Duterte claim it is a source of drugs

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Dep’t of Homeland Security to monitor immigrants’ social media history

SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to build a database of immigrants’ social media activities.

The DHS quietly introduced a new regulation last weekthat would allow it to collect data from all immigrants’ social media history, including posts from their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It would affect green card holders and naturalized citizens. The new provision, introduced to the Federal Register on September 18, was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

The rules surrounding privacy can blur at US borders, especially if immigrants are involved. Digital privacy at the borders has increasingly become an issue for immigrants trying to enter the …

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AMLC’s bank records on Duterte show P1-B flow of money – Ombudsman

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Duterte signals Zamora’s PT&T as third player in telco industry

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Duterte mistakenly refers to ABS-CBN chairman as ‘Gabby Concepcion’


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Ombudsman probes Duterte family’s wealth

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PH a ‘client state’ of ‘bamboo triad,’ says Duterte

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Redactions in Duterte Cabinet’s latest SALNs ‘deal-breaker’ for FOI – PCIJ


Duterte slams CHR chief: Are you a pedophile?

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte last night heaped insults anew at Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon, asking him if he is “gay” or a “pedophile.”

Duterte again hit the CHR for allegedly being so concerned with the killing of teenagers in the government’s war against drugs but ignoring other cases of abuse.

Itong si Gascon…parang pedophile kang pu**** i** ka! Bakit ka mahilig masyado sa teenager (This Gascon…he is like a pedophile, son of a b****! Why are you so fond of teenagers)?” Duterte said in Davao after the release of SPO2 George Canete Rupinta, who had been held for three months by the New People’s Army. “Nagdududa tuloy ako eh. Bakla ka o pedophile ka? (I now have my doubts. Are you gay or a pedophile)? Why is this guy suffocated about the issue of young people, especially boys? Are you a pedophile? Do you want the young? You almost cry blood. Of course it’s repugnant. You are so fixated with young males. So I have doubts if you are a pedophile, gago ka (you are stupid), idiot,” he added.

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Lorenzana on nationwide declaration of martial law: ‘Remote possibility’

(Editor’s note: We are reposting this story to clarify and update the story by AFP we published earlier.)

(2nd Update, 2:09 p.m.) The declaration of a nationwide martial law next week is a “remote possibility,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday.

Wire service Agence France-Presse, which earlier came out with a report titled “Philippines’ Duterte may declare martial law next week: Defense chief,” has updated its story to remove its reference to next week.

Below is the original article that was changed by the editors.

President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defense chief said Friday.

“He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law),” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters.

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Davao journalist says Trillanes bank docs authentic

Published: 9:48 p.m., Sept. 12, 2017 | Updated: 12:28 a.m., Sept. 13, 2017


DAVAO CITY — A journalist based here is unfazed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s threat to sue him and two others for libel for publishing the senator’s “fake” bank accounts.

Ben Tesiorna said the bank transfer receipts to supposed Trillanes’ accounts in such banks as UBS Zurich, Commerzbank Zurich, Deutsche Bank Geneva and Nova Scotia Bank, which he had posted on his website “Davao Breaking News,” were authentic.

“What Senator Trillanes presented during his press conference (on Monday) were not the ones we posted on our website,” he said in a statement posted on Davao Breaking News.

“We maintain that they are all authentic,” Tesiorna said. But as to the ownership of the accounts, “that remains to be determined,” he said.

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UN passes fresh sanctions on North Korea

China said after Monday’s vote it supported the resolution.
“China is consistently committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, to the peace and stability of the peninsula and to the solution of the issue through dialogue and consultation,” said Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi after the vote.


“Russia does not accept the claims of DPRK to become a nuclear state and has supported all of the security council resolutions demanding an end to the nuclear missile programs of Pyongyang in the interest of de-nuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Therefore, we supported and are supporting the sanctions contained in the resolutions aimed at compelling the DPRK to meet the demands of the Security Council.”


Poe urges public to complain vs bad telco and internet service

Senator Grace Poe urged the public on Sunday to air their complaints against the poor service of telecommunications companies (telcos) in the country.

“We deserve good telco service, kaya’t i-share na ang inyong karanasan sa serbisyo ng text, call at internet ninyo (so I urge you to share your experiences on text, call and internet services),” Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public information and mass media, posted on her social media accounts.


The post was instantly viewed and shared by social media users, and generated comments about the inadequate service of the country’s telcos. The complaints of netizens were slow internet service, poor connection, dropped calls, exorbitant charges, and disappearing load, among others.

“It’s a pity hearing the same old complaints about speed, affordability and coverage in the age of fast technology,” the senator said in a statement.

“As a consumer, I can very much relate, and so our united call to the telecommunications companies is to give us our money’s worth and improve your services,” she added.

Despite little or no improvement in their service, Poe said telcos have been raising rates and using creative marketing strategies in guise of promotions.

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Lacson (NOT Duterte) bares names of ‘corrupt’ Customs officials led by Faeldon

‘Very credible list’

Lacson said that when the issue of bribery at the BOC again made headlines because of the P6.4-billion shabu shipment smuggled from China, he began receiving information on the so-called “tara” list of the BOC. (READ: TIMELINE: How P6.4B worth of shabu was smuggled into PH from China)

“We carefully vetted and cross-matched each and every information to come up with an objectively filtered and detailed list of who and how much each office or official in the Bureau collects per container per day,” Lacson said.

The senator said it was “almost an easy job to come up with a very credible ‘tara’ list,” as the documents and lists of those receiving bribes “almost had the same names of the Customs officials and offices involved, bagmen, and operators.”

Lacson named the following as alleged bribe takers in the BOC:

  1. Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon
  2. Deputy Commissioner Teddy Raval – Intelligence Group (IG)
  3. Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno – Enforcement Group (EG)
  4. Deputy Commissioner Gerardo Gambala – Command Center
  5. Deputy Commissioner Natalio Ecarma III – Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG)
  6. Deputy Commissioner Edward James Dy Buco – Assessment and Operations Coordination Group (AOCG)
  7. Director Neil Estrella – Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), and alleged to also collect for the Office of the Commissioner (OCOMM) together with Chris Bolastig
  8. Atty Zsae de Guzman – Chief, Intellectual Property Rights Division
  9. Atty Larribert Hilario – Risk Management Office (RMO)
  10. Joel Pinawin – Officer-in-Charge, Intelligence Division (one of the alleged collectors of Director Estrella)
  11. Director Milo Maestrecampo – Import and Assessment Service (IAS)
  12. Atty Grace Malabed – Acting Chief, Account Management Office (AMO)
  13. Atty Alvin Ebreo – Director, Legal Service under RCMG
  14. All section heads, appraisers, and examiners – Formal Entry Division in both the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Port of Manila (POM)
  15. Athena Dans – Informal Entry Division, MICP
  16. All section heads, appraisers, and examiners – Informal Entry Division, POM
  17. MICP and POM Sections 1, 9, 10, & 15 Chief Appraiser and Examiner

He said the following district collectors/officers were also mentioned, based on the information he received:

  1. Collector Jet Maronilla – MICP
  2. Collector Rhea Gregorio – POM
  3. Collector Edgar Macabeo – NAIA
  4. Collector Elvira Cruz – Cebu
  5. Collector Maritess Martin – Clark
  6. Collector Mimel Talusan – Subic
  7. Collector Reynaldo Galeno – Batangas
  8. Deputy Collector Mel Pascual – POM
  9. Captain Tikoy Guttierez – Enforcement and Security Service, MICP (deceased)

Lacson also named over 40 private individuals whom he described as alleged bribe givers or “players” in the BOC:

  1. Tina Yu
  2. Jerry Yu
  3. Manny Santos
  4. David Tan
  5. Jude Logarta
  6. Eric Yap
  7. Edvic Yap
  8. Ruben Taguba/Mark Taguba
  9. Noel Bonvalin
  10. John Paul Teves
  11. Gerry Teves
  12. Joel Teves
  13. Jan Jan Teves
  14. Ringo Teves
  15. George Tan
  16. Diogenes “Dennis” de Rama
  17. Henry Tan
  18. Bim Castillo
  19. George Wee
  20. Atty Veneer Baquiran
  21. Johnny Sy
  22. Armando “Burog” Tolentino and Ruel Tolentino
  23. “Kimberly” Gamboa
  24. Bobot Sison
  25. Marty Pimentel of Cebu
  26. A certain “Eunice” of Davao
  27. Jun Diamante
  28. Vic Reyes
  29. Gerry Yap
  30. Arnold Saulong
  31. Hope Arnulfo Saulong
  32. Boy Sabater
  33. Nero Andal
  34. Lea Cruz
  35. Aying Acuzar / Eduardo Dio
  36. Rey Tubig
  37. Ruel Sy
  38. Frank Wong
  39. Chi Men
  40. Jen Yu
  41. Grace Bisaya
  42. Arthur Tan
  43. Charlie Tan of Davao Group
  44. Anthony Ng

The “identified collectors/bagmen,” said Lacson, are the following:

  1. Atty Christopher Bolastig through Russel and Estrella, and Atty Genefielle Lagmay for the Office of the Commissioner (OCOMM)
  2. Nanie Koh for Import and Assessment Service (IAS); also included is a certain Lorna Rosario
  3. Joel Pinawin, Ollie Valiente, and Teddy Sagaral for Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS)
  4. Atty Larribert Hilario for the Risk Management Office (RMO)/Command Center (COMMCEN)
  5. A certain “Magic” or Major Salamanca for the Enforcement Group (EG)
  6. Bien Rubio, Jerry and Diego Santiago for the Intelligence Group (IG)
  7. Jasmin Obillos for Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG)
  8. Sia Otto and Roy for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group
  9. Bien Rubio, for Intellectual Property Rights Division
  10. Atty Tom Tagra for Legal Services
  11. Boy Garcia for Accounts Management Office (AMO)
  12. A certain Mamadra, Bobadilla, and Mamao for the Customs Collector in NAIA
  13. A certain “Hunk” for the Customs Collector in Subic
  14. Efren Ambagan and a certain Guiao for the Customs Collector in Clark
  15. Alfred and Daniel Wagwag for the District Collector, POM
  16. Jun Rapa for the Deputy Collector for Operations, POM
  17. Alex, Atty Mimi Aldave, and Atty Vener Baquiran for the District Collector, MICP
  18. Jayson Calinap for X-ray at MICP
  19. Agama and Junjun Reyes for X-ray at POM
  20. Ordoña and Bundukin with a certain “Ante” as runner for the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), MICP
  21. Lino Arroyo for the Enforcement and Security Service, POM


Artists, celebrities demand halt of gov’t brutal war on drugs

The artists then called for an end to Duterte’s drug war, and demanded justice for the “thousands dead” in police operations and the “thousands more in summary executions.”

“We say: then there is no reason to believe in, or stand for, this war the President is waging,” they said.

“We call for an end to President Duterte’s war on drugs. We demand that those responsible for the thousands dead in official police operations and the thousands more in summary executions be brought to justice,” they added.

The group also said they unite with other sectors, nongovernment organizations, the few government agencies and fewer members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, who stood against the killings.

“We unite with all other sectors, non-government organizations, the few government agencies and fewer members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, that have taken a stand against the killings,” the artists said.

“We urge them to stand not just against the killing of the innocent and the young, but also against this war on drugs, given how it has been implemented, and its promise of thousands more dead.”

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Protesters gather on Edsa to condemn bloody war on drugs

On a rainy Monday, hundreds of protesters trooped to the People Power Monument to condemn the Duterte administration’s bloody and brutal war on drugs and to call for an “impartial” investigation on the killings that they said has reached “a tipping point” with the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.

Shamah Bulangis, secretary general of Akbayan Youth, said that the multi-sectoral gathering, attended mostly by the youth, was not only a way for them to show sympathy to the Delos Santos family but also to “show our outrage to what is going on” in the country.

Bulangis said that the government should immediately stop its war on drugs and go back to the drawing board, as the “youth are already being killed” – the sector that President Rodrigo Duterte sought to protect as he launched his brutal anti-drug campaign last year.

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Jerry Lewis, comedian, dies at 91

(CNN)Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, his publicist Candi Cazau. He was 91.

Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering.
Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.

He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.


‘Stop wasting human lives’: Catholic church speaks out against Duterte’s war on drugs

The Archbishop of Manila has spoken out against Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs following a week of deadly raids which saw over 80 people killed, including a 17-year-old boy.

“We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives,” Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a letter read at masses across Manila on Sunday, the Inquirer reported.

The Cardinal also called on “the consciences of those manufacturing and selling illegal drugs to stop this activity,” stressing the complexity of the issue with no one organization unable to claim they have the correct solution.

Calling for a joint response to the issue, he asked for government, police, faith-based communities, and recovering addicts to come together to find a solution.


TRANSCRIPT: ‘Pag walang baril, bigyan mo ng baril’ – Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The death of Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, sparked outrage as the Caloocan City police allegedly framed him and forced him to fight back to justify killing him in “self defense.”

Witnesses said the police handed Delos Santos a gun, and ordered him to pull the trigger and run.

The police then shot back and killed the grade 11 student, in a case that has become an eye-opener about President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. (READ: Bishop slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war)

The alleged frame-up that killed Delos Santos also brought to mind earlier statements by Duterte.

On December 19, 2016, Duterte urged law enforcers to push drug suspects to fight. “O ‘pag walang baril…bigyan mo ng baril.” (If he has no gun, give him a gun.)

The President, after all, has repeatedly encouraged law enforcers to shoot criminals who fight back. (READ: Shoot to kill? Duterte’s statements on killing drug users)

Duterte made these remarks more than a month after Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr was killed in a reported shootout with the police. In his speech, he also referred to allegations that Espinosa’s death was a rubout.




MANILA, Philippines — Opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives joined the mounting uproar over extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs reignited by the killing of senior high school student Kian Lloyd delos Santos of Caloocan City.

The death of Delos Santos, a senior high school student, stirred outrage after witnesses and closed circuit television footage tended to indicate he was murdered in cold blood and not in a shootout as police claim, the gun authorities insist he was armed with suspected to have been planted.

Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice said the “spate of killings not only in my city is very alarming that it has now become a responsibility of everyone to speak out” as he accused the police of “terrorizing communities by violating each and every provision of the rules of engagements.”


Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate condemned the killing of a 17-year-old senior high school student in Caloocan City.

MANILA, Philippines — In an unusual move, allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate on Friday condemned the killing of a 17-year-old senior high school student in Caloocan City, with some pushing for a probe into the boy’s death and those of scores of suspects in the past bloody week described as the deadliest since the start of the government’s drug war in July last year.

This is one of the rare instances during which senators who belong to the majority caucus in the Senate have publicly spoken against the killings related to Duterte’s brutal and unrelenting war on drugs.

The policemen who shot to death Kian Loyd Delos Santos on Wednesday night were not only abusive but also “killers and criminals,” according to Sen. Francis Escudero

“The CCTV footage and eyewitness account clearly show that the boy was killed,” Escudero said in a statement.

He said that he hoped that Duterte and Ronald Dela Rosa, the chief of the Philippine National Police, would look into the death of Delos Santos whose mother has just flown in from abroad to face the ghastly specter of her lifeless son in a coffin.

The investigation was needed because “the poor boy was not even an addict much less a pusher,” Escudero said.


China hands Trump a win on North Korea crisis

Less than a week ago, the world seemed to be on the edge of a nuclear confrontation or at least a bloody military conflict in East Asia.

What a difference a few days make.

After a weekend filled with a series of conciliatory statements from China, some of them downright surprising, the situation with North Korea seems to be less tense right now, which could be construed as a major win for the Trump team.


To be specific, the big move came Monday as China agreed to ban imports of North Korean iron, lead, and coal as part of new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. That’s hitting Kim Jon Un’s regime where it hurts.

But there was also the statement in the Chinese-run state newspaper Global Times on Friday that said that if North Korea attacks the U.S., China should remain neutral. In other words, they’d be on their own.


Got Tattoos? U.S. Visa Officers Want to Know

Got Tattoos? U.S. Visa Officers Want to Know

An immigrant visa applicant sporting a tattoo may be questioned about it. The presence of tattoos (or evidence of their removal) is noted during the required medical exam. This may lead a consular officer to suspect the applicant has gang affiliations or has abused drugs.


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Hawaii: First state to prepare for nuclear attack

Honolulu (CNN) – Mitsuko Heidtke shakes her head in disbelief after hearing that Hawaii is now the first US state to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear strike by North Korea. She lives on the island of Oahu now, but 72 years ago she was in Hiroshima, Japan.

Heidtke says she was 10 years old when she experienced firsthand the utter devastation and the terrible consequences a nuclear bomb can deliver. She is disturbed to learn that there is even a remote possibility of going through anything like that again in her lifetime.

But growing tensions between the United States and North Korea over North Korea’s weapons program have led Hawaii to take action.


Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81

(CNN)Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. He was 81.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell … following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” a Facebook statement said.

Campbell is best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-’60s to the late ’80s: “Gentle on My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” among them.

They fit in neatly on both pop and country radio, with two of them — “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights” — hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Witness Mark Taguba identifies BOC personnel receiving “tara” grease money.

Bureau of Customs personnel identified by witness Mark Taguba as receiving “tara” (grease money)

1. BOC deputy commissioner Teddy Raval, who is under Intelligence Group

2. BOC Intelligence officer Teodoro Sagaral, who is assigned at the Manila International Container Port

3. BOC district collector Vincent Maronilla, also assigned at the MICP

4. A certain Major Gutierrez, who is already deceased

5. BOC director Niel Estrella assigned at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service

6. BOC director Milo Maestrecampo assigned at the Import and Assessment Service

7. A certain Jayson

a certain Maita from the formal entry division



UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea after missile tests

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea including banning $1 billion in exports.

The new sanctions are aimed at countering the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear programme following two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.  

The United States-drafted resolution comes after weeks of tough rhetoric from the administration of President Donald Trump, with the President himself having recently taken aim at China for supposedly not doing enough to counter the regime of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. 


Current UN Security Council Members

5 Permanent Members:

ChinaFranceRussian Federationthe United Kingdom, and the United States,


Roque: No presumption of regularity when suspects die in police ops.

There is no presumption of regularity in the Philippine National Police’s operations when it results in the deaths of suspects, according to Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque.

Roque cited no less than the police force’s own rules in saying such deaths should be property investigated through an inquest proceeding to determine if there is foul play.

He said Chapter 3, Rule 15.4 (Inquest Proceeding Necessary When the Suspect Dies) of the Revised PNP Operational Procedures provided that the team leader of the operating unit should submit the incident before the duty inquest prosecutor

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‘Drop boxes’ help gather intel for Duterte’s drug war

It is a drop box where “suggestions” can lead to someone’s arrest — or worse.

In line with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, the Quezon City police and local authorities have been encouraging residents to write down the names of suspected drug users and pushers in their community on a piece of paper.

From there, eager informants need only to look for the nearest “drug box” where they can do their part in making their villages “drug-cleared.”

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North Korea missile test as Kim claims ‘whole US mainland’ in reach

(CNN)North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that appears to have the range to hit major US cities, experts say, and prompted a fresh round of condemnation from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.

A combination of US, South Korean and Japanese analyses of the launch from Mupyong-ni, near North Korea’s border with China, shows the missile flew about 45 minutes, going 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) high and for a distance of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

If the missile were fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have major US cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within its range, with the possible ability to reach as far as New York and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists.


Angelina Jolie talks divorce, health in new interview

(CNN)Angelina Jolie has a new house and new outlook on her family’s new normal following a difficult year.

In a Vanity Fair cover story, the actress and director opens up about her world after splitting with husband Brad Pitt and her health, revealing she at one point suffered from Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes partial facial paralysis.

“I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me,” Jolie told the magazine. “I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”

In the article, Jolie said her relationship with Pitt “became difficult” last summer, around the time she was in postproduction on her upcoming film, “First They Killed My Father,” which she directed.

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US Embassy vows to find resolution to Balangiga bells issue

The US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday vowed to solve the issue on the Balangiga bells seized by the Americans more than a century ago.

“We are aware that the Bells of Balangiga have deep significance for a number of people, both in the United States and in the Philippines. We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution,” US Embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina said in a statement.


New study identifies 4 kinds of Facebook users

“Why are people so willing to put their lives on display? Nobody has ever really asked the question, ‘Why do you like this?’”

Robinson and his fellow researchers from Brigham Young University in the United States, sought to answer some of the questions around why people use Facebook, asking participants to respond to a list of 48 statements, rating each on a scale from “most like me” to “least like me” before being interviewed by the researchers.

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Duterte appoints ‘Bogart the Explorer’, Baste’s co-host, to MTRCB

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed comedian Marco Ho also known as Bogart the Explorer and former Iligan City Mayor Franklin Quijano to government posts.

Ho was appointed as a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification board on July 12.

He hails from Davao City and co-hosts a travel show with presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte.

Quijano received two appointments: as administrator and chief executive officer of the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corporation-Industrial Authority and as a member of the board of directors of the same institution.

The former Iligan City mayor is also campaigning for a federal form of government. Duterte signed his appointment letter on July 14.



Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years

CNN)A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier.

Marceline and Francine Dumoulin went missing on August 15, 1942, after leaving to milk their cows in a meadow near their home. They never returned to their family, including their six children.

A worker found the frozen bodies of a man and a woman last week during routine maintenance. The corpses were preserved in the now receding Tsanfleuron glacier, near a slew of trendy ski resorts at 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level.

“From afar, it looked like small rocks, but there were too many in the same place,” noted nearby Glacier 3000 resort director Bernhard Tschannen in an interview with Radio Television Swisse.


Duterte wants martial law in Mindanao extended until end of 2017


By  – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ

 / 12:20 PM July 18, 2017

(Updated, 12:51 p.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Duterte, in a letter to Congress, said the “existing rebellion” in Mindanao would not end on July 22, the 60th day in the limit prescribed by the Constitution.

“Upon a thorough personal assessment of the current situation in Marawi City and other parts of Mindanao and taking into account the reports and recommendations of the Secretary of National Defense as martial law administrator, the chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as martial law implementor and the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), I have  come to the conclusion that the existing rebellion in Mindanao which prompted me to issue Proclamation 216 on 23rd May 2017, will not be quelled completely by the 22nd July 2017 – the last day of 60-day period provided under Section 18 Article VII of the 1987 Constitution,” Duterte said in a message read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a Palace briefing.


“For this reason and because public safety requires it, I call upon the Congress to extend until 31st December 2017 or for such a period of time as the Congress may determine the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao,” Duterte’s message added.


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Duterte draws criticism for ‘Miss Universe’ rape joke

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made another joke about rape, condemning the crime while saying he would congratulate a rapist who could carry out his crime on an international pageant winner, even knowing that he could be executed later.

Duterte made the joke in a speech to Filipino diplomats in his southern home town of Davao, as he defended his war on drugs, which has left thousands dead since he took office last year.

“What I don’t like are kids (being raped.) You can mess with, maybe Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die,” for your crime, he said on Friday, implying the rapist would be lynched.


Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, the unwitting martyr

Beijing (CNN)Despite being one of China’s most famous political dissidents, Liu Xiaobo rarely struck those who knew him as a firebrand.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s mild manners and gentle voice belied his conviction for his cause — improving human rights in China. 

“I feel that, in a dictatorship, if you want to be a person with dignity, if you want to be an honest person, you must fight for human rights and fight for freedom of speech,” the writer and activist said in a 2007 interview. “Going to prison is part of that, and I have nothing to complain about.”

Liu died of liver cancer on July 13 at a hospital in Shenyang in northeastern China. He was 61.
He was granted medical parole in June after receiving his diagnosis in prison, but the Beijing government would not let him seek treatment abroad despite Liu’s wishes and international

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Floyd Mayweather Asks IRS for Tax Reprieve Until After Conor McGregor Fight

Floyd Mayweather filed a petition July 5 asking the for a reprieve from unpaid taxes from 2015 until after his fight with McGregor in August.

“Although the taxpayer has substantial assets, those assets are restricted and primarily illiquid,” ‘s petition stated, per the legal website Law360 (h/t’s Darren Rovell). “The taxpayer has a significant liquidity event scheduled in about 60 days from which he intends to pay the balance of the 2015 tax liability due and outstanding.”

Mayweather, 40, made $220 million alone from his 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao. It is unclear how much he owes the IRS in taxes.