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It's been a turbulent week so far, with several surprises – a victory for Republican candidate Donald Trump over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, strong reactions from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines to the Supreme Court ruling on the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and a quick congratulatory message from President Rodrigo Duterte to Trump.
Be up to speed with the news. Here's what you shouldn't miss:
Espinosa killing: E. Visayas cops face Senate probe
It’s going to be their turn to appear before a Senate inquiry Thursday, November 10. About 15 members of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas will face the committees on public order and justice and human rights that will investigate the deaths of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and that of another mayor, Samsudin Dimaukom of Maguindanao. Espinosa was killed in his jail cell in an alleged shootout, while a search warrant was being served.
Clinton wishes Trump success
In her concession speech, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wished president-elect Donald Trump success and offered to work with him on behalf of the United States. Holding back tears in her first public appearance since Trump’s stunning victory, Clinton said on Thursday, November 9 (Manila time) she hopes Trump will be a “successful president for all Americans” as he had promised.
Duterte congratulates Trump
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Republican president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 9, saying he looks forward to improved relations with the US under a Trump administration. At the same time, while speaking to the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur, Duterte said he does not want to pick a fight with Trump. Striking similarities between the two tough-talking leaders have been drawn.
Trump triumphs as president
Shocking, stunning upset for the 70-year-old billionaire standard-bearer of the Republican Party. Donald Trump stole victory from former first lady, senator, and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, previously projected by polls to win by a narrow margin. Trump's victory sent world markets on a nervous tumble, while Philippine stocks plunged to a 7-month low.
Duterte approves hero's burial for Marcos
All systems go. President Rodrigo Duterte gave the green light to bury former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, hours after the Supreme Court rejected petitions to stop the Marcos burial. Duterte said he gave the go signal to Marcos’ son Bongbong during the commemoration event of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8.
CBCP on Marcos burial: Step to build culture of impunity
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the Supreme Court decision allowing the burial of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is another step “to build the culture of impunity in the country.” In a statement signed on behalf of the CBCP, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said, “Marcos is no hero! He should not be presented as one.”
‘Simple soldier’s burial’ for Marcos?
No grand funeral for her father, former president Ferdinand Marcos. What Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said her father wants is, instead, a simple soldier’s burial. But Armed Forces of the Philippines rules indicate that burial privileges of a former president are not the same as those of other soldiers. Even in death among supposed heroes, it seems, there's hierarchy.