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A 73-year-old Japanese is suspected to have orchestrated the killing of his Filipina wife in y to collect Insurance proceeds. Per police findings, the foreigner is now facing parricide charges.

Authorities announced two other locals and the principal suspect Jap national named as Kioshi Hanna Niida, husband of victim Jenneliz Curambao Niida have all been arrested.

Niida’s two co-conspirators, reportedly were the ones who provided the assassin.

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As earlier believed, the Supreme Court (SC) is decided in ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as majority of the justices had reportedly resolute to grant the quo warranto petition seeking her removal from office.

Unimpeachable sources told The Manila Times that majority of the justices were of the position that Sereno’s appointment was void ad initio –frfo the start - because of her failure to file her Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

The sources said 8 to 11 justices will vote to grant he petition Solicitor General Jose Calida filed They concur with the draft ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam.

Accordingly, the violation Sereno committed is clear and there is basis for the quo warranto grant.

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The Balikatan (BK) 2018 joint military exercises between the United States and the Philippines is still operational, and will actually open today.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana led the ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Lt. Liezl Vidallon, BK2018 public affairs director on the Philippine side, said yesterday that this year’s joint military exercises will not only focus responding to natural calamities but also man-made emergencies.

Vidallon clarified this year, training for man-made disasters include a chemical attack.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, AFP Northern Luzon Command (NoLCom) Chief who is also the Exercise Director on the Philippine side for this year’s Balikatan, were to also join high-ranking defense and military officials from both sides in the opening rites.

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President Duterte justified his decision to build stronger ties with China and Russia as a necessary move to address the challenges that come with the times.

“Since I took office, we have shifted our foreign policy to reflect our developmental priorities. This has borne much of the fruit. The Filipino future is much brighter because of this,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Duterte also thanked the country’s international partners for the assistance that they have been giving the Philippines, especially for the rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi City.

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Vice President Leni Robredo claimed, the recent tirades of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano against her are part of his tactics to divert public attention away from the diplomatic crisis between the Philippines and Kuwait.

Uh, uh, intelligently mouthed, yes, but it was not Robredo herself after all. Read on to find out who -

“He is obviously desperate to divert attention from his blunders in Kuwait. And, as is usual with this administration, he is attempting to do so by rehashing old, discredited attacks against VP Leni,” Robredo’s legal adviser Barry Gutierrez said in a statement Sunday.

Gutierrez, that was who.

And this is the brunt of the story - Cayetano on Saturday blasted the vice president for her alleged “double standard” comments about the Philippine government’s action on the diplomatic row in the Gulf nation.

The country’s top diplomat claimed that Robredo, in her statement issued Friday, was criticizing the government’s efforts for violating the sovereignty of Kuwait in their rescue missions.

“When foreigners join protests, they violate our sovereignty. Why are they allowed to do so? But when we rescue Filipinos, they criticize our government for breaking sovereignty,” Cayetano said, referring to Australian nun Patricia Fox.

Well said, Mr. Secretary. For what is wrong for a Filipino to look after maltreated Filipinos. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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