Up to 8 years more possible MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte may serve as the country’s Chief Executive until 2030 should he decide to run for re-election under the proposed charter for the federal government envisioned by his administration, according to a member of the consultative committee (Concom) that drafted the proposed federal charter. Julio Teehankee, chairman of the Concom’s sub-committee on political reforms, said there is no ban prohibiting Duterte from seeking the presidency under the proposed federal constitution. “It’s like a reboot. It’s a reset,” Teehankee told “The Chiefs” aired on Cignal TV’s One News last Wednesday. “Their term will end in 2022. There’s no ban. They can run under a new constitution,” Teehankee added, referring to Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo. In the proposed federal charter, all elected officials will have a term of four years, with one possible … [Read more...] about Duterte can run again under draft Charter
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CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela: Arrests for rebellion and desertion are rising sharply in Venezuela's armed forces, a mainstay of President Nicolas Maduro's Socialist government, amid discontent within the ranks at food shortages and dwindling salaries, according to documents and interviews with army personnel.Internal military documents reviewed by Reuters showed that the number of soldiers detained for treason, rebellion and desertion rose to 172 in the first four months of the year, up three-and-a-half times on the same period of 2017.Former military officials said the figures reflected a dramatic increase in the level of dissent within Venezuela's once-proud armed forces. In the whole of 2017, a total of 196 soldiers were arrested on similar charges, according to the same documents.As Venezuela prepares to vote on Sunday in presidential elections, which the opposition says have been rigged to consolidate Maduro's grip on power, the role of the security forces will be under … [Read more...] about In run-up to Venezuelan vote, more soldiers dissent and desert
By David Bauder The Associated Press Fri., May 18, 2018 NEW YORK—Perhaps the least surprising aspect of the New Yorker’s story on abuse allegations against New York’s attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow’s name on it as one of the authors. Farrow has been on a head-spinning run that started in October with an exposé on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, for which he shared a Pulitzer Prize with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times. The 30-year-old journalist has since written about Israeli operatives collecting information on former Obama aides, National Enquirer buying stories to keep them quiet, a Playboy model’s story of an affair with President Donald Trump and Weinstein’s intricate efforts to conceal his behaviour. Read more: New York attorney general goes from women's defender to alleged abuser Article Continued Below Stories that uncovered Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal win Pulitzer Prize … [Read more...] about With exposés, awards, book and TV deals, Ronan Farrow is on an epic career run
It’s hard to imagine a worse secretary of State than Rex Tillerson. “He has alienated the foreign service, no relationship with the foreign policy establishment, no relationship with Congress to speak of, and not well-liked with the media,” Rich Lowry said of Tillerson last year. Despite that, he stayed in the job for 14 months because his boss doesn’t like firing people. Rex Tillerson’s apparent failure to realize that he was about to be fired feels like an appropriate end to his inept and ineffectual tenure as secretary of State. What was he even still doing here? Couldn’t he take the hint that nobody wanted him around? Back in October on an episode of Left, Right & Center, my co-panelist Rich Lowry summarized Tillerson’s pointlessness better than I possibly could have. “As secretary of State, you have a number of constituencies, the first of which is the … [Read more...] about Rex Tillerson couldn’t take the hint — friendless and useless, his replacement can’t be any worse. Probably.
RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO PERHAPS it was because of something like the so-called fog of war or an instance of the adage that history is written by the victors. But there were facts — now indisputable — that we didn’t know, or were hidden from public knowledge, during the February 1986 People Power Revolt and even three decades later. Perhaps because of the disillusionment with the presidency of the son of the so-called heroine of EDSA I, the facts have been ferreted out or have simply become clearer. 1. Cory Aquino had little to do with EDSA I. Ironically, it was Marcos’ legal and military pillar, his longtime defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile who—in a last stand to defend himself and his “RAM boys” from certain doom—was mainly responsible for EDSA I. The events that led to it were triggered by the botched coup attempt by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) cabal of colonels under Enrile’s aegis. It was to have been a classic coup … [Read more...] about Facts about EDSA 1 we didn’t know at the time, hidden from us for decades