Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines)

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno maintained that she would never personally appear before any impeachment proceedings against her – whether at the House of Representatives or other venues.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Filipinos who lived through former President and strongman Ferdinand Marcos’s time will feel a twinge of familiarity with what’s going on with the citizens of Zimbabwe, who have just seen their own dictator, Robert Mugabe, ousted from power after what seemed like an eternity of one-man rule — 37 years.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – The Philippine military said soldiers in Batangas province recovered charred materials as evidence of an attempt by the communist rebels to carry out an attack as Southeast Asian and other world leaders met in Manila last week.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Capt. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson, said the MRRVs were likely to be used for patrol sorties in the West Philippine Sea as relations with the Chinese Coast Guard, which maintains a presence in the area, had improved.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – The revision of the hazing law and the creation of a separate department for disaster response are among the House of Representatives’ priority measures scheduled to be passed before the end of the year.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – “The increase in tobacco tax must be included in the tax reform program to protect young people from the smoking menace,” said Benjie Aquino, chair of the University of the Philippines-Diliman student council and member of the Youth for Sin Tax Movement.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - “Why should Rohingya be denied full access to humanitarian aid. I don’t understand it. We should extend assistance to all human beings in need of help,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – The Philippine economy sprang a pleasant surprise in the third quarter, insofar as private economists were concerned.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Armed Forces of the Philippines will recommend whether to lift or extend martial law in Mindanao after a “thorough assessment,” a spokesperson for the military said.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Among the key features of Overseas Filipino Bank are the remittance service for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and a loan program for overseas Filipinos planning to return to the Philippines and start businesses or build homes, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said.