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In Photos: This Week in Philippine Politics

Words by: Marco Pantaleon and Mia Tacoloy

Leila De Lima Supreme Court Petition Junked

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Leila De Lima will remain in the custodial center at Camp Crame after the Supreme Court junked her petition voting 9-6 en banc. Earlier this year, she was arrested for allegedly receiving money from drug convicts in exchange for their protection, as well as the proliferation of the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. 

Dean Nilo Divina Inflicted in Hazing Charge

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 9.01.11 PMDean Nilo Divina of UST Law along with 18 other members of Aegis Juris fraternity were impleaded in a criminal complaint filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ). Horacio Castillo III, a 22-year old UST Law student was killed in an instance of the said fraternity’s initiation rites last September 17. Atty. Nilo Divina says he had no prior knowledge of the fraternity’s initiation rites that took the UST law freshman’s life.

Duterte Drops in Recent SWS Poll

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According to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) from Sept. 23 to 27, President Duterte’s net satisfaction ratings have dropped from 66%, back in June this year to 48%. Politicians ranging from House representatives to Senators have been giving their two-cents on the plunge in ratings.

MMDA Eyeing Carpool for Vehicle Reduction
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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is currently exploring three possible solutions for traffic alleviation in the metro. These are two-day number coding, carpooling policies, and one-way EDSA, according to MMDA Chair Danilo Lim. Recent studies have shown that the Philippine Economy loses  P2.4B every day due to traffic congestion.

61 Citizens Still Missing in Marawi Crossfire

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Up to 61 persons are still missing as government forces continue to search and rescue civilians caught in the crossfire between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the homegrown Islamic State (IS) followers . Matching DNA samples of citizens with unidentified corpses have been the primary source of identifying civilians caught in the carnage. The Marawi Siege is an ongoing armed conflict in the southern city which started last May 23, 2017.

War on Drugs Continues Despite Teenage Casualties

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The War on Drugs is set to continue, according to Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta, despite the recent deaths of teenagers Kian delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz, and Reynaldo de Guzman. She contended that these may possibly be part of a plot to destabilize the government. The War on Drugs, which started when incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, has heralded local and international criticism.

Impeachment Complaint Against Chief Justice Sereno Seen as “Sufficient in Form and Substance”
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With newspaper clippings as evidence of an impeachment complaint, the Congressional Committee of Justice deems one of two impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Sereno as “sufficient in form, substance”. This was due to her alleged purchase of a luxury P 5.1 million luxury vehicle. Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno is the current and 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Fake News Reaches Senate Floor

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Senator Grace Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee of public information and mass media,  initiated a hearing on Fake News which has plagued both aisles of the political spectrum. She was quoted saying, “This nation is churning out fake news in an industrial scale. While it seems that manufacturing is down, fake news factories are booming. While agricultural output is low, that of troll farms is high.” Fake News grew in popularity during the highly contested 2016 presidential elections.

SK Polls Suspended to May 2018

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As per Republic Act (RA) 10952, President Rodrigo Duterte has officially postponed Barangay and SK elections to May 2018. Originally planned for October 23 this year, this marks the second time the current administration will suspend village and youth council elections. The PNP has acted in accordance and suspended its operations related to the gun ban and COMELEC checkpoints in Luzon and Visayas.

Election VP Recount to Begin this Month

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The Presidential Electoral Tribunal is set to undertake a ballot recount this month of October, in connection to the electoral protest of Senator Bongbong Marcos against current Vice President Leni Robredo. Marcos Jr. has paid a total amount of P66 million for the election re-count himself. It will take three months to complete the re-count process.


1. Leila De Lima Supreme Court Petition Junked

Photo lifted from: http://sea-globe.com/outspoken-duterte-critic-leila-de#-lima-arrested-on-trumped-up-drug-charges/

Read more at: https://www.rappler.com/nation/178744-leila-de-lima-sc-sandiganbayan-drug-cases

2.  Dean Nilo Divina Inflicted in Hazing Charge

Photo lifted from: http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/headlines/20170919/UST-student-light-candles.jpg

Read more at: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/936780/atio-castillo-kin-include-ust-law-dean-in-hazing-charge

3. Duterte Drops in Recent SWS Poll

Read more at: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/09/17/no-longer-untouchable-solons-speak-up-on-duterte-ratings-drop

Photo lifted from: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/09/17/no-longer-untouchable-solons-speak-up-on-duterte-ratings-drop

4. MMDA Eyeing Carpool for Vehicle Reduction

Photo lifted from: http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/headlines/20150907/Traffic-EDSA-Night.jpg

Read more at: ://newsinfo.inquirer.net/936890/carpooling-vehicle-reduction-eyed-for-edsa-mmda

5. 61 Citizens Still Missing in Marawi Crossfire

Photo lifted from: http://northboundasia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/09-29-dead.jpg

Read more at: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/936764/requests-for-dna-match-reveal-61-still-missing-in-marawi

6. War on Drugs Continues Despite Teenage Casualties

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Read more at: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/10/17/teens-deaths-could-be-part-of-destabilization-plot-pao-chief

7. Impeachment Complaint Against Chief Justice Sereno Seen as “Sufficient in Form and Substance”

Photo lifted from: https://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/2017/news/05/26/maria-lourdes-sereno-jc-2017-052317.jpg

Read more at: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/13/17/house-committee-sereno-impeach-rap-sufficient-in-form-substance

8. Fake News Reaches Senate Floor

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Read more at: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/17/senate-opens-probe-on-fake-news-troll-farms

9. SK Polls Suspended to May 2018

Read more at: https://www.rappler.com/nation/184235-duterte-postpone-barangay-sangguniang-kabataan-elections

Photo lifted from:http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/nation/20160210/2010-philippine-elections.jpg

10. Election VP Recount to Begin this Month

Photo lifted from: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2016/05/robredo-marcos-0511.jpg

Read more at: https://www.untvweb.com/news/ballot-recount-of-vp-votes-starts-in-october/