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PDEA asks DepEd to conduct mandatory drug tests in schools

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct mandatory drug tests in all public and private schools nationwide. According to Emil Sumangil’s report on “Balitanghali”, the agency is proposing drug tests for students in Grade 4 and up, as well as for teachers and staff.
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Court admin’s candidacy for SC associate justice opposed

The candidacy of Court Administrator Midas Marquez for an upcoming vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) has been formally opposed by a private citizen in connection with his alleged involvement in “ineligible expenses” incurred by the tribunal.
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PNP boasts P1.6B worth of new equipment

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has purchased P1.618 billion worth of new equipment including patrol jeeps, light transport vehicles, vans, long firearms, and even dogs.
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Roque on Noynoy indictment: Why only now?

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday questioned the amount of time it took the Office of the Ombudsman to order the indictment of former President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program.”I think it’s been four years since the decision came out and number two, again, some quarters are already asking why only usurpation which is punishable only by six months,” Roque said.
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OVP’s Metro Laylayan poverty alleviation program hurdles first year

The Office of the Vice President on Wednesday marked its first year of implementing a poverty alleviation and livelihood assistance program focused on poor constituents living in urban areas.
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Morales: DAP case vs. Noynoy, Abad not meant to cater to public expectation

The usurpation case against former President Benigno Aquino III and former Budget chief Florendo “Butch” Abad was resolved based on the evidence and not for the satisfaction of public expectation, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said on Thursday.
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ cast hits reality with real stories of sexual violence

The cast of “The Handmaid’s Tale” joined forces with a women’s rights group on Wednesday to tell real-life stories that eerily resemble the top-rating television series to promote equality for women and girls.
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Ombudsman dismisses raps vs. Labor chief Bello ahead of JBC interview

Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday confirmed that the charges against Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III were dismissed last week due to insufficient evidence against him.
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Guevarra sounds need for clarification on unseating rules after ‘correct’ SC ruling vs. Sereno

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra personally believes the Supreme Court was “correct” in its decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, but said the rules may need tweaking to avoid similarly controversial situations in the future.
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Lacson to PNP on tambay apprehensions: Keep it local

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday urged the Philippine National Police to keep tambay (or nighttime idlers) round-ups in the hands of the local police chiefs as elevating it to the national level only adds up suspicion and criticisms.
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