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Anti-political dynasty bill, Quo warranto petition vs Sereno, Evasco on rice importation | Evening wRap

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives

Peru's embattled president Kuczynski announces resignation

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:33 AM

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is the first president to lose his job over the scandal in which the Brazilian company admitted paying out millions of dollars in bribes and gifts to Latin American politicians and businessmen to secure public works contracts

NEW CHAPTER? A handout picture distributed by the Peruvian Presidency shows President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appearing in Lima on a televised message to the Nation on December 14, 2017. Handout photo from Peruvian Presidency/AFP

Red Velvet, Seohyun of Girls' Generation to perform in North Korea

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Seoul will send a total of 160 performers to Pyongyang for a 4-day visit from March 31 to April 3

RED VELVET. Kpop girl group Red Velvet is set perform in Pyeongyang, first time a South Korean artist holds a concert in since 2007. Screenshot from Instagram.com/redvelvet.smtown

Myanmar president and Suu Kyi confidant Htin Kyaw resigns

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Htin Kyaw's office does not give many details for why he resigned, only saying that 'he wanted to take a rest from his current duty'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Htin Kyaw (C) talks with media in Myanmar's Parliament in the capital city of Naypyidaw. File photo by Stringer/AFP

Duterte on political dynasties, Bus crash, Cambridge Analytica controversy| Midday wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM

President Xi Jinping's address caps an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Li is re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favor and two against during the annual session of the National People's Congress at Beijing's Great Hall of the People

SECOND TERM. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Malacañang Palace during his official visit to Manila. Malacañang photo

Ex-FBI deputy McCabe, Trump target, fired days before retirement

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe says he was a victim of a 'war' by the Trump administration

TRUMP TARGET. In this file photo taken on May 11, 2017 Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Indonesia makes criticizing politicians a crime

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The vaguely worded bill passes the 560-member house, but has just become official, over the objections of President Joko Widodo who refused to sign off on the controversial legislation

Slovenian PM resigns over court ruling on referendum

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The forces of the past do not allow us to work for future generations,' Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar tells a press conference. 'I am tendering my resignation.'

RESIGNATION. Slovenian center-left Prime Minister Miro Cerar resigns late March 14, 2018, after the invalidation of a government referendum that approved a major infrastructure project. Photo by Jure Makovec/AFP

Con-Com finalizes wording of anti-dynasty provision

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The vote of the Consultative Committee is a step toward regulating political dynasties but will Congress, full of scions of such dynasties, adopt the body's recommendation?

Aguirre orders probe into NBI panel, Con-Com on political dynasty, Trump sacks Tillerson | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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Con-Com allows 2 family members to run in same elections

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The federal constitution to be proposed will allow two family members to run if one is seeking a national post and the other is seeking a local or regional post

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Show of force: 28,000 witness PDP-Laban oath-taking in Bulacan

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Members of the House and Duterte appointees who have been floated as potential senatorial bets in 2019 tag along and give speeches before a crowd of incumbent and aspiring barangay leaders

Con-Com votes to regulate political dynasties in new charter

Mar 12, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Con-Com votes for a self-executing provision in the new constitution that will cover relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity and affinity

CON-COM. The Consultative Committee discusses regulating political dynasties in the Philippines. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Surveys show that ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo 'Timochenko' Londono – candidate for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force – had just 1% voter support

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Con-Com leaning toward regulating political dynasties in proposed charter

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha disempowers Filipinos, especially poor, marginalized

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Duterte's Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power

Italy votes in uncertain election stalked by populism

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Tensions between far-right and anti-fascist activists mar a gloomy campaign dominated by fears about immigration and economic malaise

ELECTIONS. A man reads the lists of candidates before to vote on March 4, 2018 at a polling station in central Rome. Italians vote today in one of the country's most uncertain elections, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP

Germany's Social Democrats clear path for Merkel's fourth term

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Merkel will go into her fourth term with far weaker cards than before, as she had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party back into another loveless 'grand coalition'

LEADER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government coalition. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany's SPD approve new coalition with Merkel – media

Mar 04, 2018 - 5:34 PM

The make or break vote is the last hurdle in the way of Merkel's fourth term in office

COALITION. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gives a press conference in Berlin on February 7, 2018, after conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal on a new coalition, potentially ending four months of political standstill in Europe's top economy. /Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Netanyahu opposes early polls as graft probes intensify

Mar 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Israeli police recommend Netanyahu's indictment in 2 corruption cases last month and investigations are continuing in others

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

North Korea lambasts U.S. for attaching preconditions for talks

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Pyongyang has long expressed its desire to talk without preconditions, while Washington insists that the isolated regime disarm first

PRECONDITIONS? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reports works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR

Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is

More 'dangers' if federalism pursued before anti-dynasty law, says Robredo

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide

CHARTER CHANGE CONCERNS. Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional amendments should not be rushed, especially as the Philippines has become 'very divided' as a nation. File photo from OVP

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are 38 groups who have submitted the applications for party registration,' an election official tells Agence France-Presse

THAI POLL. Members of the Ruam Jai Thai Party wait to submit paperwork for the registration of their political party at the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand in Bangkok on March 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Puigdemont abandons bid to return as Catalan leader

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I will not put myself forward as candidate to be appointed regional president,' Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont announces solemnly from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Venezuela presidential election pushed back to May

Mar 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

'It is proposed that the elections for president be held simultaneously' with elections for regional legislatures

ELECTIONS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Top Trump aide Hope Hicks to resign

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Donald Trump pays tribute to Hicks' 'outstanding' contribution over the past 3 years, calling her 'as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2016, Trump campaign communications director Hope Hicks talks on her phone in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Saudi crown prince says reforms aimed at 'cancer' of corruption

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: 'You have a body that has cancer everywhere, the cancer of corruption. You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body'

INFLUENTIAL. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

World braces for blowback from Xi lifetime power play in China

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Where countries stand on the move largely depends on where they sit

PRESIDENT FOR LIFE? In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) raises his hand to vote for the reports with other China's leaders at the closing of the 19th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site reopens after protest

Feb 28, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Christian leaders decide to reopen the church after Israel suspends tax measures they strongly oppose

REOPENED. Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after it reopened on February 28, 2018, following a 3-day closure to protest against Israeli tax measures and a proposed law. Thomas Coex/AFP

EU's Brexit treaty set to reignite tensions

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:52 AM

EU negotiator Michel Barnier will unveil a long-awaited draft Brexit divorce treaty, which threatens to trigger new arguments with Britain on key issues

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR. In this file photo, European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier gives a press after a General affairs council debate on the article 50 concerning Brexit in Brussels, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. John Thys/AFP

Duterte's Con-Com picks presidential-federal form of gov’t

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:34 AM

However, the power of the consultative committee, which is under President Rodrigo Duterte, is what the name states – consultative

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave 'truce'

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The first day of a 5-hour daily 'pause' that was ordered by President Vladimir Putin Sunday and kicked off at 9 am local time (0700 GMT) is marred by violence

BOMBARDED. A picture taken on February 27, 2018, shows smoke plumes rising during reported regime bombardment Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP

Trump aide Hicks declines to answer Russia hearing questions

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The White House's 29-year-old communications director stuck to answering pre-approved questions, House Intelligence Committee members say

COMMS CHIEF. White House Communications Director Hope Hicks watches as US President Donald Trump takes part in a '€œlistening session'€ on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 21, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump son-in-law Kushner loses top security clearance

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:35 AM

(UPDATED) The White House, including the president himself, refuse to comment on the record, but insists that the decision will not have any impact on Jared Kushner's role as senior aide

REVOKED CLEARANCE. This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Thomas Coex/AFP

Prosecutors seek 30 years' jail for ousted South Korea president

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) South Korean prosecutors demand a 30-year-jail sentence for former president Park Geun-hye for corruption and abuse of power

FACING JAIL. South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-Hye (C) arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on May 25, 2017 for her trial over the massive corruption scandal that led to her downfall. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Pummeled civilians in Syria enclave await Russia's first daily truce

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Russia says it will organize a daily 5 hour pause in the fighting to allow civilians to escape through 'humanitarian corridors'

TARGET. Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP