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Duterte promotes more Army generals

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday said he has promoted more army generals. In his speech during his visit to an infantry division of the Philippine Army in Samar on Wednesday night, Mr. Duterte said: “Marami akong pinirmahan…‘yong promotion. Pinirmahan ko na lahat. Maraming na-promote na sa inyo (I signed a lot of [documents]. Your promotion. I signed all. Many of you are promoted).” He added, “Next week lalabas na ‘yung sa mga generals ninyo, ‘yung mga major, mga lieutenant general. So congratulations sa na-promote (Next week, you will know your new generals: the major [generals], the lieutenant generals. Congratulations to all who are promoted).” The President also asked Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence T. Go, who was present at the event, to thank the soldiers who supported him in the 2019 midterm elections. — Arjay L. Balinbin

Appeal to legislators: Stop revival of death penalty


THE CATHOLIC Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) on Thursday appealed to incoming legislators to stop the reimposition of the death penalty. “The CBCP-ECPPC stands with His Holiness Pope Francis in calling for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide. We believe that such a stand is a defense of the dignity of human life,” the CBCP said in a statement, issued during the 13th anniversary of the signing of the law abolishing the death penalty. The Coalition Against Death Penalty and Restorative Justice Advocates also voiced its opposition to the revival of capital punishment in the 18th Congress. — Charmaine A. Tadalan