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Rodrigo "Rody" DuterteDuterte: If you want an American president, vote for Grace Poe
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo on Monday afternoon told the public and the voters that if they want to have a Filipino president, they should go to the remaining candidates aside from presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe. “Sasabihin ko sa mga kababayan ko, if you want to have an American president, vote for Grace. If you want Filipino, o dito sa tatlo.. mayroon pa palang isa, si Miriam, apat. Señeres pang-lima. E di unahin ninyo na sila. Kilatisin ninyo sila. ‘Wag na muna ako, kalimutan ninyo muna ako at kilalanan niyo sila,” Duterte said.

Justice remains elusive 6 years after Maguindanao Massacre
Ampatuan, Maguindanao/Quezon City — When will the long wait for promised justice end? This question will again be raised as hundreds of people converge today in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, here on the 6th anniversary of the killing of 58 people, 32 of them media workers, and in what is now known as the Maguindanao Massacre. There will be similar calls in other parts of the world. For one, the History Channel of the United States said it would show a documentary on the massacre and the subsequent litigation processes today.

Grace PoePoe denies Duterte’s claims she asked him to be his vice president
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Grace Poe on Monday denied that she asked Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to take her as his vice president and later on to be her vice president. Poe made the clarification following Duterte’s claims on Sunday that she requested him to be his running mate for the 2016 polls. Former Sen. Alberto Romulo, said to be Poe’s neighbor in Corinthian Gardens, Quezon City, was allegedly the mediator. Duterte said he turned down Poe’s request as he is not interested in the presidency but he said Poe asked him the second time around to be her vice president.

Rizalito David appeals disqualification case vs. Grace Poe
Radio commentator Rizalito David on Monday asked the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to reverse its ruling junking his disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe. In a 66-page motion for reconsideration filed with the SET office, David said the tribunal erred in its decision by concluding that Poe, a foundling, is a natural-born Filipino citizen based merely on a “presumption” under international law. “The Tribunal gravely abused its discretion when it held that respondent enjoys the disputable presumption that she was born of Filipinos (parents),” David said.

Sukarno BadalState witness in Maguindanao massacre fears for his life
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - The state witness to the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre is worried he could be murdered by people that want him silent sooner than the judiciary can hand a verdict on the case. “I’ve told the court about what happened on that day. I was beside Andal Ampatuan Jr. when he was firing an automatic weapon at the victims. What else is needed for justice to triumph? I’m tired and I’m living on the edge now,” lamented massacre witness Sukarno Badal. Badal was referring to Ampatuan Jr., tagged as one of the brains in the massacre.

DOJ appeals for understanding from family of Maguindanao massacre victims
The Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed for understanding from the family of the 58 victims, including 32 journalists, of the Maguindanao massacre for the slow proceedings of their case against all the accused, led by former Datu Unsay, Maguindanao Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. In a text message to reporters, DOJ Undersecretary and spokesman Atty. Emmanuel Caparas assured the families of the victims and other sectors that the government prosecutors are doing their duty in order to speed-up the trial of the 197 accused led by Ampatuan Jr., former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. ...

Raymond DominguezDominguez brains behind judge’s slay; gunman confessed before death
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The Bulacan police on Monday filed a murder complaint against convicted car theft syndicate leader Raymond Dominguez following the confession of a gunman who tagged him as mastermind in the Nov. 11 murder of a judge in the City of Malolos. The gunman, Arnel Janoras, however, was shot dead by his police escort after he grabbed the lawman’s gun and grappled with him inside a police vehicle on Monday morning. The incident happened in Malolos while policemen were taking Janoras, one of two suspects in the murder of Bulacan Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Nieves ...

ASEAN creates 'Community' at summit shadowed by terrorism worries
KUALA LUMPUR - Southeast Asian nations on Sunday established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of $2.6 trillion. The Community declaration was signed by leaders of the 10- member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Kuala Lumpur, this year's host of the group's annual summit. The ASEAN Community includes a political, security and socio-cultural dimension in a region with governments ranging from communist in Vietnam and quasi-military in Myanmar to the kingdom of Brunei ...

Japanese submarine SekiryuJapan may send military to South China Sea, Abe says
MANILA -- Tokyo will consider dispatching its Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Barack Obama here Thursday, suggesting a possible role for Japan in patrolling those tense waters. Abe said his government is watching how the situation in that body of water affects Japan's national security. Several nations have competing claims to various islands in the South China Sea. "The United States-Japanese alliance is one of the lynchpins of our security as well as Japan's," Obama told reporters before his roughly 90-minute meeting with Abe ...

MMDA: Road clearing to last until June
TO DECONGEST Edsa and provide alternate routes for motorists even after the holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it would go on clearing the 17 Mabuhay Lanes until June next year. “We will continue to tow vehicles and fine [drivers] P200 if they park along the streets from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” MMDA Chair Emerson Carlos said during the agency’s weekly radio program Sunday. Based on the regulations set by the MMDA, the Mabuhay Lanes should be free of any form of obstruction between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Beyond these hours, people can park their vehicles along the designated ...

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