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De Lima says she will ‘keep fighting’ as opposition senators call for her release

- Camille A. Aguinaldo Maya M. Padillo

A YEAR after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte says she believes justice is coming. Senator Leila M. de Lima has been pursuing Mr. Duterte for almost a decade, beginning with allegation­s he directed a death squad against suspected criminals while mayor of the southern city of Davao. But now that the Internatio­nal Criminal Court has opened an initial probe into the deadly anti-drug war Mr. Duterte launched after becoming president 20 months ago, she says she has new reason to hope. — >> See full story on

Leagues of LGUs to help consultati­ve committee bring ‘Cha-cha’ discussion­s to communitie­s

THE UNION of Local Authoritie­s of the Philippine­s (ULAP) is planning to assist the consultati­ve committee that will review the 1987 Constituti­on by facilitati­ng community discussion­s on the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha). Davao City Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghira­ng, the public relations officer of ULAP, said these community visits would be a means for the committee members to consult the people on federalism. “We just conducted our (ULAP) meeting in Manila and we presented our support. We will campaign for the federal system… We will help facilitate the constituti­onal (committee) to go down so that they can consult the people about it,” Mr. Dayanghira­ng said in an interview in Davao City. President Rodrigo R. Duterte created the consultati­ve committee in December 2016 through an executive order and named 19 of the 25 members in January 2018. ULAP is the umbrella organizati­on of all leagues of local government units (LGUs) and locally elected government officials. —

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