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News Briefs: Nov. 21, 2018

05:03 AM November 21, 2018

PNP says no warrant, no arrest of Imelda

Absent a court order, the Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed its hands are tied against arresting former first lady Imelda Marcos, who has been convicted of seven counts of graft.

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Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, PNP spokesperson, said police would violate the “rights of the convicted person if we arrest her without a warrant.”

“We are respecting the rights of the convicted person to legal recourse,” Durana said. “The decision is not yet final and executory so why would we speed it up?” Durana added. —Jaymee T. Gamil

Lack of power, internet in Marawi school hit

An official of Malacañang’s arm in Mindanao expressed anger at the lack of electricity at the Lake Lanao National High School at the village of Sugod in Marawi City.

Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) secretary, said he discovered that Lake Lanao National High School did not have electricity and internet connection during an inspection of a solar power project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Nov. 14.

“I am angry about it,” Alonto said. “They have no right to deprive students” of electricity and internet connection, he added. —Divina M. Suson

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