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Major General Fernando Trinidad, Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, said that there has been an "influx" of foreign terrorists, "in the guise of tourists and businessmen," in the southern Philippines.

 

The shift to a federal from unitary form of government will address the problem of unemployment among Filipinos, former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr said Wednesday.

The Philippines maintained its "partly free" status in the 2018 world freedom index released by human rights advocacy group Freedom House.

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Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Herbosa on Tuesday said she is ready to defend a ruling to revoke the business registration of online news site Rappler over issues on foreign ownership.

The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the four petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

“Some want indefinite term limit, others want no term limit. Others want the same as that as the president,” Rep. Malanyaon said.

Authorities on Tuesday reminded residents and the public to heed warnings from the local government authorities not to return to their residence within the extended permanent danger zone as Mayon Volcano continues to spew lava.

An organization of business journalists in the Philippines on Tuesday joined those that condemned the government’s kill order revoking the license to operate of online news site Rappler Inc., which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Nicanor Faeldon, who resigned as Customs chief last year, took his oath as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense on Tuesday morning.

Rights groups raised alarm over the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke the registration of online news organization Rappler, calling it a move to curtail press freedom.

Centerlaw, the former law firm of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, criticized the shutdown order on news website Rappler as coming with a "heavy presumption of unconstitutionality."

Government agencies are now preparing measures in anticipation of a major eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay within weeks or days.

As prices of essential commodities continue to rise ahead of the full implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, workers are asking the government to set in place safety measures to protect them from profiteers.

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