The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume
negotiations on Wednesday, January 22, in Kuala Lu...
At least two provinces and 24 towns in Mindanao have been
placed under a state of calamity on Tuesday, January 21,
as floo...
The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency
beginning Wednesday, January 22 following several bombings in ...
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Monday,
January 20, filed a complaint before the Ombudsman
against President...
The Supreme Court can revisit the decision to impeach former Chief Justice
Renato Corona if there was fraud or bribery of ...
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  • 1. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume negotiations on Wednesday, January 22, in Kuala Lumpur. On the negotiating table is the most sensitive issue of what to do with the MILF’s firearms and with the fighters that carry them. Under the annex on normalization, the MILF will undergo a systematic process of decommissioning of arms in a "gradual and phased" manner. Unlike in the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front, the decommissioning of arms would be mandatory and not involve any cash incentives. "The normalization process will occur in parallel tracks. As the MILF decommissions its arms, the government will also gradually decommission government troops, as well as private armed groups, in the area while the Bangsamoro government is being set up," MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said. Aside from the annex on normalization, both sides will also work on finally arriving at a deal on Bangsamoro waters. It was left as an addendum when they signed the annex on power-sharing in December.
  • 2. At least two provinces and 24 towns in Mindanao have been placed under a state of calamity on Tuesday, January 21, as flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains continue to devastate many areas. Rains brought by Tropical Depression Agaton have killed at least 42 people and injured 65 others. Governors in Lanao del Norte, including Iligan City, and Agusan del Norte declared a state of calamity, which allows them to release emergency funds for disaster relief and rehabilitation. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) 24 towns in Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental are also under a state of calamity.
  • 3. The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency beginning Wednesday, January 22 following several bombings in the country’s capital Bangkok. The state of emergency covers Bangkok and the surrounding areas and is aimed at curbing mass protests that have gone on for months. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that army would not be giving a leading role under the decree. Yingluck is under intense pressure from demonstrators to step down after more than two months of street protests aimed at ousting her elected government and installing an unelected "people's council". It was not immediately clear how the government would implement the emergency decree, which enables authorities to impose a curfew, ban public gatherings of more than five people, detain suspects for 30 days without charge and censor media. The country is gearing up for special elections on February 2 but the main opposition party is boycotting the vote.
  • 4. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Monday, January 20, filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against President Benigno Aquino III and 12 others for funneling P125 million of the Malampaya fund to nonexistent projects in 2011. Also included in the complaint are Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Janet Lim Napoles and Benhur Luy. KMP claims that P100 million went to supposed non-existent organic farming projects of two agriculture NGOs. But the projects were never implemented, according to KMP. The group is blaming President Aquino for the fund disbursement despite knowing that it was being allocated to non-energy related projects, in violation of the law.
  • 5. The Supreme Court can revisit the decision to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona if there was fraud or bribery of the senator-judges. This is the opinion of Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago, a constitutional law expert, in reaction to allegations made by Sen Bong Revilla Jr. that the President tried to persuade him to vote for the impeachment of Corona. Santiago also told reporters on Tuesday, January 21, that though it is unusual for the High Court to reopen a case and reverse a final decision, it has the power to do so. Santiago was one of only 3 senators who voted to acquit Corona in May 2012. The other two were former Senator Joker Arroyo and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. The other 20 senators voted for conviction. In the same press briefing, Santiago also said that the 3 senators tagged in the Pork Barrel Scam are trying to reduce a possible plunder charge to malversation in order to get a lighter sentence. “What they’re hoping to do is have the charge of plunder reduced to malversation. The penalty will not be as severe as plunder. [If they are charged with plunder], automatically, they will be suspended from the post of senator and cannot report to the Senate,” Santiago said.
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