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Mariel De Leon: You’re not pro-life if you deprive women of better future

With the news that progestin-only pills are already disappearing from the shelves and combined oral contraceptive pills will soon follow, advocates for women's health and the Reproductive Health law are putting the pressure on the Supreme Court to lift the Temporary Restraining Order that is restricting the procurement and distribution of female contraceptives in the country.

Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel De Leon on Wednesday showed her support for the movement, turning to Twitter to urge the Supreme Court to make a favorable decision soon.

"TRO on contraceptives. Birth control pills are slowly going away. What will you do when they're all gone? Let's take our bodies back," the beauty queen posted.

She continued in two more tweets, "What about women with PCOS, acne, severe dysmenorrhea, irregular period, [et cetera]? What about our freedom of choice when it comes to family planning? What about women's health?"

De Leon tagged the official Twitter account of the Supreme Court (@SCPh_PIO) to alert them to the posts.

"You're not ‘pro life’ if you deprive women of something that's good for our health and our future," she declared in another tweet.

The Supreme Court issued the TRO in 2015, first only covering Implanon and similar implants. It was later expanded to cover pills, injectables, intrauterine devices, vaginal rings, and other brands

The petition was filed by Alliance for the Family Foundation, Philippines, Inc. (ALFI), in protest of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) the issuance of certificates of product registration to Implanon and Implanon NXT, contraceptive devices which they claim may induce abortions.

The court outlined in the TRO instructions for the FDA and the Department of Health to formulate rules and regulations for the screening, evaluation and approval of all contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as the purchase and distribution or dispensation of the products while "allowing the petitioners [ALFI] to be heard" in the process.  Aya Tantiangco/BM, GMA News

DFA: PHL ‘looking into’ possible Duterte-Trump meeting this year

Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Enrique Manalo said they were looking into a possible meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, within the year. 
"Well, it's being looked into... Well, at least, if during the East Asia Summit, or maybe even before. It's being looked at,"  Manalo said when asked in an interview aired on News To Go on Wednesday if "groundwork" for such a meeting was already being prepared.
Manalo added that apart from Trump, they would also invite other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin to the East Asia Summit in November. The Philippines' is this year's host of the ASEAN summit, after which the EAS is usually held.
"Iimbitahin naming lahat ng mga leaders especially on the EA Summit. So we hope they will attend. That will be in November this year," the acting DFA chief said. 
The East Asia Summit, a regional leaders' forum for strategic dialogue and cooperation on key challenges facing the East Asian region, is set to be hosted by the Philippines in November.
The summit is held annually by leaders of 18 countries from the East Asia, Southeast Asian, and South Asian regions, as well as the US and Russia.

Bato: PNP gaining headway in solving DUI cases


By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa made the observation as he revealed arrests and the filing of charges against several individuals linked to killings of drug offenders. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is gaining headway in its investigation into unexplained killings or what it calls death under inquiry (DUI) believed to be mostly drug-related.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa made the observation as he revealed arrests and the filing of charges against several individuals linked to killings of drug offenders.

“We are gaining some headway towards solving cases of DUI. There were about 4,000 (killings) and out of that only 100 plus were drug-related cases, meaning we have almost 3,000 that were not drug related,” Dela Rosa said.

“We have concluded investigation of around 800, which we resolved, nalaman kung sino ang (identified) suspects, filed charges of about 800 and arrested and jailed around 500 suspects… by and large or meaning, di tulugan ng kapulisan kasi (the police are not sleeping on the job because) 800 cases have been resolved out of the 3,000 DUI. Nagtatrabaho po kami (We’re doing our job),” Dela Rosa added.

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From July 1 to Dec. 26, PNP’s project Double Barrel Alpha resulted in the killing of 2,155 drug pushers and users – most of them while putting up a fight during police anti-illegal drug operations or what police term “nanlaban.”

The PNP said 2,928 others were killed from July 1 to Dec. 15 but their deaths remain under investigation.

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A total of 42,497 drug offenders have been arrested in 39,987 anti-drug operations in almost six months of the Duterte administration.

Anti-drug operations across the country have left 21 policemen dead and 60 others wounded.

“DUI are cases of murder still under investigation and not automatically connected with the war on drugs nor are these cases immediately attributed (to) EJK,” the PNP said.

Dela Rosa directed policemen to do their job properly as he reiterated that President Duterte and the PNP leadership do not tolerate extrajudicial killings.

In July, Dela Rosa said common crimes like murder, homicide, rape, robbery decreased as the PNP intensified the campaign against illegal drugs.

The PNP, however, has yet to release official crime statistics under the Duterte administration. In the past, the PNP undertook strategic monitoring of crime incidents under the Lambat Sibat.

OSG seeks dismissal of Leila petition vs Duterte


By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has pushed for the dismissal of the petition filed by Sen. Leila de Lima in the Supreme Court (SC) last month challenging the immunity from suit of President Duterte. PPD | AP, file
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has pushed for the dismissal of the petition filed by Sen. Leila de Lima in the Supreme Court (SC) last month challenging the immunity from suit of President Duterte.

In a reply-memorandum filed last week, Solicitor General Jose Calida reiterated government’s plea for the outright dismissal of the petition for writ of habeas data against Duterte.

Calida, who filed the pleading as required by the high court and not as a counsel for the President, invoked the absolute immunity from suit enjoyed by the incumbent president during his tenure in office.

The OSG argued that presidential immunity is a “well-entrenched doctrine” and that Duterte cannot be held accountable during his six-year term for the charges alleged by De Lima.

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Calida rebutted the argument of De Lima in her motion for clarification that the issue on immunity touches on the merits of the case and that resolving it would be premature.

The senator earlier questioned why the SC decided not to require Duterte to comment on her petition and instead opted to settle first the issue on applicability of the President’s immunity from suit on the case.

Ombudsman blocks ex-Solgen Devanadera's bid to dismiss graft case

By Elizabeth Marcelo (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 8:20am
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Devanadera was also Justice secretary to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. File
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman maintains that there are sufficient grounds to try former Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera for graft over her supposed participation in an allegedly anomalous P6.1-billion settlement deal with a private firm in 2006.

In a 14-page opposition paper filed before the Sandiganbayan's First Division, state prosecutors urged the court to deny “for utter lack of merit” Devandera's motion for judicial determination of probable cause with a prayer to dismiss the case.

Opposition to death penalty seen in Senate


By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte. Pimentel office/Released
MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte.

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