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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Trending News under Duterte Government on February 27-28, 2017.

Abu Sayyaf: beheaded German Juergen Gustav Kantner.

February 28,2017: Abu Sayyaf, which means "bearer of the sword" militant beheaded Juergen Gustav Kantner, a German captive after a deadline for a P30-million ransom passed. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the perpetrators must not be allowed to go unpunished and will work with the Philippines to do everything we can to catch the perpetrator. The military had said that the militants were still holding 33 hostages. (A Dutch national, Japanese, two Indonesians and two Malaysians are among the 26 captive foreigners.) 

Criminal Case: Trial court issued warrant of arrest against Sen. Leila De Lima on drug-related charges.

February 28, 2017: After LP senator members strongly stand against De Lima's arrest and detention for drug trading and receiving drug payoffs from Bilibid convicts on February 24, 2017:
  1. LP Senator Franklin Drilon was removed from his post as Senate President Pro-Tempore and replaced by Senator Ralph Recto, also a member of the LP, after garnering 17 votes.
  2. Senator Cynthia Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP) took over as chair of the Agriculture and Food committee from LP Senator Francis Pangilinan.
  3. Independent Senator Francis Escudero replaced LP Senator Bam Aquino as chairman of the Education committee.
  4. Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) Senator JV Ejercito replaced Senator Risa Hontiveros as chair of the Committee on Health and Demography.
Vice President Robredo said it is “now clear that the Duterte administration is incapable of tolerating dissent, no matter how constructive.”

LTFRB: To phase out old jeepneys which are already 15 years old?

February 27, 2017 - Strike: Metro Manila jeepney drivers and operators spearheaded by transport group Piston upheld the strike and marched from Mendiola to Manila. Piston said 600,000 drivers and 200,000 operators nationwide will be affected by the planned phaseout of jeepneys. Piston national president George San Mateo also assailed the new proposed regulations for operators. He said the government requires operators to have a capitalization of at least 7 million pesos and have a minimum of 10 units per franchise, which are too steep for many small operators.

Sources: Reuters, GMA News and ABS-CBN News

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