Leila sees self inside slammer soon

BASED on the pronouncements of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, the warrant for the arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima is already forthcoming and it may happen within a week’s time.

Sen. De Lima is apparently aware of the fact that she cannot evade the serving of the warrant against her considering that the gravity of the case being hurled at her no longer cover their privilege of being immune from arrest as the penalty involves more than six years of imprisonment.

This early, she has practically “sent” feelers to those concerned authorities to ensure that her…

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Communism is dead but the NPA is still alive and kicking

By Tracy Cabrera

CEASEFIRE violations by the New People’s Army (NPA) the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), highlighted the utter ideological and intellectual bankruptcy of what was once the vanguard of radical thought and social movements in the Philippines.

Following a unilateral ceasefire initiated by government with the CPP-NPA, communist rebels continued operations against militart personnel, killing several soldiers in the process.

 

‘Be ready to fight’

Reacting to the killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said he went out his way to extend peace to the communist rebels but lamented that many government troopers had died…

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China’s Continued Build-up Raises Alarm Bells

By Tracy Cabrera

CHINA will be building more structures on a reef off the Philippines’ coast, according to defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

This could trigger some ripples between China-Philippine relations since the move would be ‘unacceptable’ to Manila in the flashpoint waterway.

“I believe China would eventually reclaim the Scarborough Shoal, which sits just 230 kilometers (143 miles) from the main Philippine island of Luzon,” Lorenzana disclosed.

Beijing has already built up a number of islets and reefs in the South China Sea, installing military facilities on several of them.

Analysts say that similar installations on Scarborough Shoal could give…

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Thorny death penalty issue

THE ISSUE on the re-imposition of death penalty is proving to be thorny and highly-controversial not only among stakeholders but even among Congress allies of President Duterte.

And from the looks of it, the President’s allies, especially his own party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are likely to be asked to toe the line, if need be, to ensure the passage of the measure that will pave for the return of death as capital punishment in the country.

Insofar as PDP-Laban members in the upper chamber are concerned, it would not be a problem, according to…

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Sin tax amendment faces hurdle in Senate

RAILROADING in the Senate of the bill seeking to amend the sin tax law is very unlikely to happen as the measure lowering the income tax rate will take precedence over all other tax reform package presented by the Department of Finance (DOF).

Sen. Sonny Angara, chair of the ways and means committee in the Senate said the priority, even in the package submitted by the DOF, is the indexation of the income tax in the country.

“Kasi ‘yun (law on income tax), ang tagal na, 20 years na hindi nagalaw eh. Unlike yung sin tax, every year gumagalaw naman…

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