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Gov’t, Reds need to KO ‘hardliners’ to revive peace talks: former ceasefire chief

President Rodrigo Duterte’s last-ditch attempt to resuscitate peace talks with Maoist rebels will require both sides to rein in hardliners and to be open to negotiate despite continued hostilities on the ground, the government panel’s former ceasefire chief said Tuesday. → Read More

Reckoning day to come for Duterte at ICC over drug killings: lawyer

President Rodrigo Duterte will eventually find himself answering charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC), a human rights lawyer said Monday, citing the Philippine courts’ inability to prosecute him because of the legal immunity he enjoys while in office. → Read More

Caloocan program shows way to bloodless, PH-style drug rehab program

The Community-Based Rehabilitation Alliance plans to replicate nationwide its rehabilitation program for drug addicts that was piloted in Caloocan City. → Read More

Gamers battle for pride as esports makes historic SEA Games debut

Despite video gaming’s vast global reach, players and organizers are still confronted by a rather basic question: is it even sport? → Read More

Esports seen to boost viewership of 'biggest' SEA Games ever

MANILA—The biggest multi-sports event in Southeast Asia is set to open Saturday with host Philippines seeking to top the medal standings while reaching a record number of global viewers by including competitive video gaming in the biennial meet for the first time. → Read More

POC, not Duterte, to decide if military tapped for future SEA Games: ex-sports official

MANILA - Early glitches in the Philippines’ hosting of the Southeast Asian Games convinced President Rodrigo Duterte it would be better to tap the military to handle the logistics the next time the country organized the regional meet. → Read More

Why private group, not gov’t, running SEA Games show

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has been heavily criticized on social media following reports of half-finished venues and shabby accommodation of arriving athletes — complaints the group played down and described as “normal” during the course of regional sporting events. → Read More

Robredo’s loses ‘pulpit,’ not campaign to fix Duterte drug war

But her unceremonious removal as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) did not mean the end of changes she sought to introduce, a community organizer told ABS-CBN News on Monday. → Read More

Robredo battles 'condescension, mansplaining' as new anti-drug chief

Past the halfway mark of her 6-year term, the vice president is taking a lead role in a campaign known both for its brutality and machismo. → Read More

Robredo warns Duterte vs 'fake news' that she invited UN prosecutor

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday cautioned President Rodrigo Duterte against buying into “fake news” that she had invited United Nations bodies to look into his drug war, now that she’s coordinating government anti-narcotics efforts. → Read More

UN body, Robredo meet over new VP-led anti-drug campaign

MANILA—Vice President Leni Robredo sat down Monday with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as she moved to shift the government’s bloody drug war to one adopting best practices while avoiding mistakes committed in other countries. → Read More

In first meeting with ICAD, Robredo seeks end to senseless killings in drug war

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday presided over her first briefing as the country’s new anti-drug chief, reminding law enforcement agencies to rethink their strategies to prevent “senseless killings.” → Read More

No ‘wanton killings’ in Leni-led drug war: spokesman

Vice President Leni Robredo is back in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, under pressure to lead his anti-narcotics campaign, which she has repeatedly criticized over the deaths of thousands of alleged suspects while supposedly leaving many big-time drug traffickers untouched. → Read More

Manila court rejects TRO petition vs SEA Games info system project

The system is a “one-stop shop” for scores, medal tally, players’ stats, and other important data for the regional meet slated from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. → Read More

Police body hurries probe as Albayalde retirement nears

An adverse finding can jeopardize Albayalde’s monthly pension of around P200,000. → Read More

Drug addicts, burglars still worry Filipinos despite crime drop: survey

MANILA—Fewer Filipinos reported falling victim to common crimes such as street robberies and car thefts nationwide in the past 6 months, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed. → Read More

Most Filipinos frown at trans women in female toilets: survey

Majority of Filipinos rejected the idea of allowing transgender women in female toilets, but agreed there should be a law specifically protecting members of the LGBT community, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Wednesday showed. → Read More

China eyes sea code after building Scarborough military base: ex-justice Carpio

Carpio said the base would allow Beijing to “plug the loophole” in its “strategic plan to control the South China Sea for economic and military purposes.” → Read More

'Face-saving' for China, says ex-justice Carpio on 60-40 resource sharing

MANILA -- The joint exploration deal being worked out in the West Philippine Sea is an “implied admission” by China that the area, believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits, belongs to Manila but also “face-saving” for Beijing, former Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio said Monday. → Read More

Pacquiao ‘posturing’ early for 2022 bid with new war movie roles, strategist says

But if the senator, boxing’s only 8-division titlist, is indeed eyeing Malacañang, giving himself a head start of 31 months before elections also has its risks, said veteran campaign strategist Alan German. → Read More