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The Bureau of Immigration just ordered Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave the Philippines, citing her alleged involvement in “partisan political activities.”
President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque, meanwhile, plans to do a “legal audit” so he can “confidently” defend the government’s bloody campaign against drugs.
In Boracay, some residents are complaining that the level of government assistance for the island’s closure is not enough.
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The Bureau of Immigration forfeited the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox and ordered her to leave the Philippines. This is due to her alleged involvement in “partisan political activities.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing in the police’s anti-drug campaign. He said his “legal audit” will allow him to “confidently” defend the campaign.
Complainants asked the Office of the Ombudsman to suspend former PNP Special Action Force chief Benjamin Lusad and 3 others over the controversy surrounding P59.8 million in unreleased allowances.
Both the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr told the Presidential Electoral Tribunal that they had no intention to violate the gag order on their case. They said they were only responding to each other’s “misleading” claims.
As Boracay prepares for a 6-month closure that will begin on Thursday, April 26, some residents of the island are saying that the government’s assistance for them is not enough.
The Philippine economy is seen to lose as much as P1.96 billion over the 6-month closure of Boracay. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the growth rates of Western Visayas “will be trimmed.”
The Philippine government is borrowing more than it initially expected from countries like China, Japan, and South Korea, citing “good” interest rates for major infrastructure deals.