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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it has nothing to do with a group calling itself the Patriotic and Democratic Movement, or Padem, which is seeking the ouster of President Duterte. The group, reportedly composed of AFP and Philippine National Police members, claimed that Duterte has...
RESIGNED Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon said on Tuesday that his decision to leave the agency would be beneficial to the country. “My relief from my post is the best for our country,” he said. It can be recalled that Faeldon has been under pressure form various sectors, including some legislators...
The recruitment agencies for migrant workers were able to get the commitment of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales to waive the online appointment needed for new applicants wanting to secure a passport in lieu of a special lane for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). To qualify for exemption, however, OFWs...
Instead of their continued criticisms over the government’s tax-reform program that seeks to fund health care and education, groups, like Bayan Muna and Freedom from Debt Coalition, should come up with proposals on how to finance the said programs, the Action for Economic Reforms (AER) said over the weekend. “These...
Malacañang on Thursday vowed that investigations into the simultaneous Bulacan raids that killed 32 alleged drug offenders would be impartial, even as it downplayed skepticisms over a large number of suspects killed in the police operations. “There will be a fair and impartial investigation on the recent Bulacan raids,” Presidential...
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday warned President Duterte against instigating or inciting violence against human-rights advocates. The international human-rights watchdog issued the statement following Duterte’s reported call for police to shoot human-rights activists who are “obstructing justice”. The presidential statement, the HRW said, places all members of the...
Senate probers are poised to summon officials of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the National Bureau of Investigation and the Luzon Development Bank in an upcoming inquiry into Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres D. Bautista’s alleged hidden wealth that his wife estimated to add...
Left-leaning members of the Duterte Cabinet on Wednesday criticized the decision of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to reject the appointment of Social Welfare Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo. In a news statement, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) said Taguiwalo earned the ire of lawmakers for “her principled stand against the...
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has started gathering evidence for possible tax-evasion case against beleaguered Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres D. Bautista. This was disclosed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II at a news briefing on Tuesday, adding that the BIR has formed a five-member team to...
Some travelers at the airport never seem to learn. Notwithstanding reports of previous arrests and detention for the offense, a new batch of seven Filipino and foreign nationals are now being investigated for illegal possession of ammunition in their luggage or personal belongings in a span of three days from...
A bomb expert of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed on Tuesday night during a law-enforcement operation by policemen and soldiers in Maguindanao. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, identified the suspect as Ebrahim Ali, alias Ebs, 49, who was included in the list...
Senate probers are not rushing to look into the alleged involvement of the so-called Davao group of President Duterte’s supporters in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China seized by authorities in a Valenzuela warehouse, dismissing the allegations as “hearsay” unless backed by evidence. Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III...
The chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC) on Tuesday urged lawmakers to spare the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections from postponement, saying the SK has reformed, and that it is needed to represent the youth sector in local government. NYC Chairman Cariza Y. Seguerra, who gained popularity in the 1980s...
The Armed Forces (AFP) will conduct a massive revamp on the way its units approach urban warfare once the Marawi crisis has been successfully resolved. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard A. Arevalo made the statement, saying that proposed upgrades will focus on theories, doctrines, tactics, techniques and procedures...
Beleaguered Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres D. Bautista has admitted that resigning from his position now remains an option, amid the still-raging squabble with his wife, who accused him of amassing at least P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth. Speaking during the Monday-morning flag ceremony at the Comelec headquarters in...
The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms on Tuesday approved the proposal to postpone the October 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Voting 19-2, Party-list Rep. and Committee Chairman Sherwin Tugna of Cibac said members of the committee have agreed to postpone anew the barangay elections to May...
DAVAO CITY—President Duterte’s war on drugs has netted 1.3 million surrenderees in one year, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). National Police Chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa told a thanksgiving party here last Saturday that, “In the war on drugs, we have 1.3 million surrenderees among users...

‘PHL supports US’

The enemy of the United States is also the enemy of the Philippines. This was how President Duterte’s press secretary described the Philippines’s position in the nuclear tension between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the US. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar said Washington has the backing...
Beleaguered Senator Gregorio Honasan on Thursday said he is ready to confront charges that he "misused" some P30 million of the 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocated to members of the Senate. "I am completely innocent of the charges against me," Honasan said in a brief statement sent to Senate reporters upon learning the Second Division of the Sandiganbayan ordered his arrest after finding "sufficient probable...
CONTROVERSIAL Ozamiz City Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido has warned local officials in his next area of assignment to immediately resign if they are involved in illegal drugs for them to live longer. Espenido led the operations last week, which resulted in the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog...
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