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Don’t shoot lawyers–IBP
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The IntegratedBar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday reiterated its condemnation of the killing of lawyers, days after the legal counsel of suspected drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. was gunned down. In a statement, the IBP said a strong and effective legal profession is “one of the best safeguards against chaos and anarchy in [...]

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Troops kill 11 Abus in Sulu
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ZAMBOANGA CITY—At least 11 Abu Sayyaf bandits, including an influential commander, were killed during a military operation in Patikul, Sulu on Friday. Government troops killed the bandits in an assault on the extremists’ lair following their beheading of a captive whose family was too poor to pay the P1 million ransom, the military said. Maj. [...]

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Religious hit silence on drug deaths
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“Where good men are silent, evil prospers.”   The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) said it was alarmed at the public’s silence on the rash of extrajudicial killings, which it said seemed “to go unchecked, without trial or investigation.”   While it said it backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight to rid [...]

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Human rights is the ‘price to pay’ for safety–Duterte
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CAMP CAPINPIN, RizalIn the war against drugs, it is a choice between the safety of the people or the lives of criminals, President Duterte said on Wednesday, as he once more defended his administration’s centerpiece program.   Amid mounting concerns over the increasing body count, Mr. Duterte said there was “always a price” to pay [...]

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4 of 10 Filipinos caught in vicious cycle of poverty
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Four in 10 Filipinos are “trapped in a vicious cycle” of slipping in and out of poverty whenever they are affected by external shocks, despite the fact that the Philippines has been enjoying a strong, sustained economic growth over the past several years.     This was according to a study by the Asian Institute [...]

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Kerwin’s lawyer, student shot dead
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TACLOBAN CITYA lawyer of suspected drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. and his 15-year-old companion were killed on Tuesday afternoon by unidentified men who fired at their pickup truck in Barangay Lumbang II this city.   Rogelio Bato Jr., 48, of V & G Subdivision here, and Angelika Bonita, of Barangay 75, were headed to [...]

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Tax increase for oil products looms
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The Department of Finance (DOF) sees higher oil excise as a major revenue source that will compensate for foregone revenues once income tax rates are slashed, as promised by President Duterte. At the House appropriations committee hearing on the proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III also reiterated the Duterte [...]

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‘Best tribute to Ninoy is support for war on drugs’
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THE MARTYRDOM of Benigno Aquino Jr. 33 years ago on Sunday was remembered with a floral offering, a serenade of his favorite song “Impossible Dream” and a call for Filipinos to support President Duterte’s war on drugs and corruption as the “best way” to pay tribute to the late opposition leader. Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) [...]

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Flat tax rate eyed
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THE GOVERNMENT’S tax research arm is pushing for the imposition of a flat rate on self-employed individuals and professionals to increase collections, a proposal that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is looking into.   In a report titled “Income Tax Profile of Self-Employed Individuals and Professionals,” the National Tax Research Center (NTRC) noted that [...]

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