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The Senate released the testimony from September of John Paul Solano, recounting the morning Horacio Castillo III was killed. In his effort to clear his name with the confidentiality shared with senators, Solano that time did not hesitate to name his brothers in the Aegis Juris fraternity who were involved in Castillo’s death.
A day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City from the influence of the Islamic State-linked Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf groups, residents are asking when they will be able to come home. Provincial Crisis Committee Spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong said returning residents will have to be screened before they can return to their homes.
In politics, Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) signed an agreement with the United Russia party backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, signed a memorandum of understanding with Sergey Zheleznyak, the Russian ruling party’s deputy secretary general, in St Petersburg, Russia.
All this and more are on today’s wRap.
John Paul Solano identifies 6 Aegis Juris fratmen and one non-member, Romeo Laboga, the family driver of Ralph Trangia
Provincial Crisis Committee Spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong says that while the return of the residents into their homes is on top of mind, there are mechanisms that need to be followed to restore normalcy and allow a safe return for the people
‘This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,’ says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president
The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations
The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure
Meanwhile, 4 regional airports in the Philippines remain among the top 25 best airports in Asia
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