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Woman ‘bribed’ to testify vs Duterte eyes filing case vs Trillanes

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The Davao city businesswoman who last month accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of trying to bribe her to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte met with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II Monday, May 15, about her plans of pressing a case against the senator.

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Duterte signs EO on nationwide smoking ban

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order implementing a nationwide smoking ban. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that EO No. 26 was signed on May 16. The EO provides for the establishment of no smoking areas in public places whether indoor or outdoor.

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Bora no-drink zones expand

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Areas where tourists could drink until they drop in Boracay are to shrink further under a new ordinance designating more places where consumption of alcoholic beverages would be outlawed.

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Duterte administers oath to new DFA chief Cayetano

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, May 18, administered the oath of office of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano.

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House committee kills impeach rap vs Duterte

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The first impeachment complaint against President Duterte did not survive even for one day on the House of Representatives committee on justice, which called the accusations leveled by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano against Mr. Duterte “multiple hearsay.”

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PH rejects $280-M EU aid with strings attached

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The Philippines is turning down a grant of 250 million euros ($278.7 million) from the European Union (EU) that will allow the bloc to interfere with the country’s affairs, but remains open to accepting other forms of EU financial assistance, Malacañang said on Thursday, May 18.

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Congress to convene for Charter change next year - Alvarez

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The 17th Congress will convene in a constituent assembly (Con-ass) next year to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution for a federal form of government, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.

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Imelda Marcos: I’m alive, still dreaming to restore paradise in PH

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MANILA -- “Buhay pa, pero matanda nga lang (Still alive, just old).”

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China, Asean agree on draft framework for sea code of conduct

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China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) took a step towards easing tensions in the South China Sea, state media reported Thursday, May 18, agreeing to a framework for a “code of conduct” to prevent incidents in the disputed waters.

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Analysis: Trump thrusts US presidency into perilous area by firing FBI chief

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WASHINGTON -- With his stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump is propelling the presidency into rarely traversed territory.

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