MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang wants Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claims to be behind the viral anti-Duterte videos, to present proof that would substantiate his claims against the opposition. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo yesterday said he would not comment on Advincula’s latest revelations until the anti-Duterte video maker turned opposition accuser submits a sworn statement. ? Panelo noted that Advincula reversed his story, this time implicating the opposition and casting renewed doubt on his credibility.? “We would rather wait for the investigation to be Panelo had dismissed the videos as “propaganda” intended to discredit the President and to boost the candidacy of the opposition’s senatorial slate.?At an earlier press conference, Panelo said an investigation on the allegations of Bikoy would just be a waste of government’s time and taxpayers’ money. He also questioned the credibility of Advincula, saying … [Read more...] about Palace: Accuser must support new claims
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The outcome may rest with Dtac, the telecom operator holding his mobile phone records. Thanathorn’s accusers say there is no way he had time to travel by road from Buri Ram to Bangkok on the January 8 deadline to sign the transfer of his media shares to his mother. Unless his chauffeur was driving at 200 kilometres per hour, that is. Thanathorn’s response? Check with Dtac and see where I was on the afternoon of January 8, he told veteran journalist Suthichai Yoon in an interview. Dtac responded that any request for Thanathorn’s phone records had to come from the man himself; nobody else could check. It’s an extremely important issue. Even if Thanathorn ends up having his election candidacy nullified, the events of January 8 will go a long way toward defining his political fate. Being disqualified for an oversight regarding his V-Luck Media shares would make him a political martyr. Telling a lie to protect himself or being involved in fabricating evidence … [Read more...] about Thanathorn’s acid test: The real deal or just another political opportunist?
BEIRUT — Five years ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi mounted the pulpit of a mosque in Iraq to declare himself the head of a rapidly expanding terrorist organization. Since then, his group, the Islamic State, has transfixed the world with its apocalyptic violence while he has remained a mystery. Spottings were rare. Rumors swirled that he was wounded or dead. The United States put $25 million on his head and still failed to find him. On Monday, he reappeared, leaning on a cushion with an assault rifle at his side, in a video seeking to rally his followers after the loss of the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria and its execution of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in years, on Easter in Sri Lanka. “Our battle today is a battle of attrition, and we will prolong it for the enemy, and they must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said in the video. The message he intended to send was clear, analysts said: The Islamic State still exists, he is … [Read more...] about News Islamic State leader surfaces in video, vows fight until ‘Judgment Day’
WASHINGTON: US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who chose Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russia interference probe and protected him from political intrusion, announced on Monday (Apr 29) he was stepping down.In a letter to President Donald Trump, Rosenstein said he would depart on May 11, after more than two turbulent years as the second highest-ranking official in the Department of Justice.The veteran Republican prosecutor, 54, stunned the country on May 17, 2017 when he named an independent lawyer to take on the Russia probe after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.Then-attorney general Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from overseeing the investigation, leaving Rosenstein in charge.That made Rosenstein effectively the one buffer between Mueller and the White House - a position that became even more crucial when the investigation began examining whether Trump himself had obstructed justice by firing Comey and then trying to have Mueller ousted.In his … [Read more...] about US deputy attorney general who oversaw Mueller probe resigns
MANILA, Philippines — Senators are working on drafting amendments to the Official Development Assistance Act in an effort to ensure local jobs are protected amid growing concerns on the influx of Chinese workers in the country. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on economic affairs, said the panel is working on the provisions of the ODA Act to ensure local employment protection. “We will not just work on prioritization, but ensure employment protection,” Gatchalian said. He added Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade should not crow about his Chinese counterparts committing to limit their locals from getting jobs in China-funded projects. “We should not be requesting that (job protection for Filipinos), we should not be talking about that anymore because that’s in our laws and we have to enforce them,” Gatchalian said. Sen. Nancy Binay, on the other hand, reiterated her call to prioritize Filipino construction workers for jobs … [Read more...] about ‘Prioritize Pinoy workers in China-funded projects’