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Duterte fires NIA chief Peter Laviña
President Rodrigo Duterte sacked National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Peter Laviña for alleged corruption. But Laviña, in a Facebook post, said he decided to resign to spare the President from "embarrassing stories." Laviña, who had been Duterte's campaign spokesman, also denied that he asked money from NIA contractors.
Duterte signs Paris climate deal
President Rodrigo Duterte already signed the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The signed document will be sent to the Senate for concurrence, which is the last step in the ratification process.
Review of mining closures to take up to 3 months
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the technical review of the mining closures ordered by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will take up to 3 months. Dominguez said a thorough assessment is needed to make sure there were no "lapses" in Lopez's order.
Ex-lawmaker Simeon Datumanong dies
Former Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Simeon Datumanong passed away on Tuesday, February 28, at the Philippine Heart Center. He will be laid to rest in Shariff Aguak.
Trump delivers 1st address to US Congress