Duterte directly drew a link between Tuesday night’s vote to cut the Commission on Human Rights’ annual budget from 678 million pesos ($13 million) to 1,000 pesos and its investigations of the drug war killings and related criticism by its chairman.
Senator Paulo Benigno Aquino said that without the CCTV footage, the case of Delos Santos would have gained no attention. He said Rodrigo Duterte should stop the killings and strengthen the judiciary, education, law enforcement and rehabilitation.
Murad traveled to Manila to witness government and rebel representatives submitting to Rodrigo Duterte a new draft legislation that aims to establish a more powerful Muslim autonomous region in the south of the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.
Under the constitution, in case of invasion or rebellion, when public safety requires it, the president can declare martial law for no more than 60 days. He can ask Congress to extend such a proclamation to a period of time to be determined by the lawmakers.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would try again this week to travel to Marawi city to be with government troops but acknowledged that bad weather and the danger posed by the militants’ deadly firepower have frustrated his travel plans.
The deaths take the number of security force members killed to 58, with 20 civilians and more than a hundred rebel fighters also killed in the Marawi battles.
Security forces are still battling the militants in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead.
At least 65 have been listed as missing inside the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory in Valenzuela city north of Manila.
Road accidents are common in remote areas in the Philippines, largely because of poor vehicle maintenance, bad road conditions.
Rebels have promised to continue their uprising because peace talks would not lead to separate homeland for minority Muslims.
Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a “miracle” girl in a Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged Philippine city,then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm.
U.S.-trained commandos exchanged gunfire with a breakaway faction of the MNLF.
City has been target of Muslim separatists and Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda movement.
Govt’s lotto operator is accused of misusing govt’s charity funds in exchange for political favours
Philippine authorities’ bungled handling of the stand-off,which was beamed for hours on live TV.