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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has suspended and filed charges against two top regional officials of the Department of Transportation over corruption allegations.
Ahead of the Marawi siege anniversary, National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the rehabilitation program in the war-torn city will not suffer the fate of areas destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
And in the US, former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix.
Here are today’s top stories.
Tugade issued a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas.
But Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia promised the P73 billion for rebuilding Marawi will be used wisely, unlike what happened with the Yolanda rehabilitation program since 2013.
Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, said he is “deeply humbled and sincerely grateful” for the opportunity to lead the Senate “at this critical and challenging time.”
Barack and Michelle Obama have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries, and features.
Here are pictures of the happy couple with their families and wedding entourage.
The Boston Celtics failed to redeem themselves from their previous 30-point beatdown.
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