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Monday, February 27, 2017

Ragos surrenders to NBI

FORMER Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Officer in Charge Rafael Ragos surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before noon on Sunday, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official confirmed. “ confirmed NBI Deputy Director Ragos with NBI as per NBI Director Dante Gierran’s phone call,” Undersecretary Erickson Balmes...
THE national government intends to enlist an additional 234,542 teachers and health professionals over the next few years to build up public schools and improve the delivery of medical services, United Nationalist Alliance Rep. Luis Campos Jr. of Makati City said on Sunday. “We are releasing these figures to help...
LOCAL consumers’ groups lauded the results of a new study that show e-cigarettes, or “vapes”, are less harmful than conventional cigarettes. “We welcome independent studies on e-cigarettes supported by reputable organizations, such as Cancer Research UK, and published in respected scientific journals, like Annals of Internal Medicine. Nicotine users who want...
A RETIRED decorated three-star police officer and professional manager took over the helm of the 139-year-old Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), as Public Works Secretary Mark  A. Villar formally sworn in Reynaldo V. Velasco and four other members of the agency’s Board of Trustees in simple rites at...
SOME of the country’s top environment advocates are backing Environment Secretary Regina L. Paz Lopez’s advocacy in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). International environmental law expert Antonio Oposa Jr. and  Sonia Mendoza, Mother Earth Foundation chairman, led the support groups for the embattled Lopez as she faces...
A MILITANT group has asked the Duterte administration not to reduce the 1986 People Power Revolt to a footnote of history, saying the lessons of the antidictatorship struggle must never be forgotten. “It is not really a question of whether a commemoration is simple. The point of a meaningful commemoration...
PRESIDENT Duterte is not yet off the hook in connection with the killings involving the Davao Death Squad (DDS), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said, debunking claims made by Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar that the human-rights body had already “absolved” the former Davao City mayor. The existence of...
JOURNALISTS face unprecedented risk as insurgent and criminal groups spread globally, a New York-based media watchdog said. The risks include kidnapping for ransom or political gain, and murder by insurgents who see journalists as surrogates of an enemy too powerful to attack directly, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in...
SENATE President Aquilino L. Pimentel III on Tuesday predicted a possible deadlock between 24 senators when the bill reviving death penalty for heinous crimes is put to a plenary vote. Pimentel confirmed over the weekend seeing a split vote over the reimposition of the death penalty earlier endorsed for enactment...
THE appeal of the human- rights watchdog Karapatan for President Duterte to end the bloody antidrugs war and stop using the military in the campaign has found merit among Mexican experts. As early as August 2016, Karapatan Secretary-General Cristina Palabay asked President Duterte to end the killings, since the very...
By Butch Fernandez  @butchfBM A SENATOR who has been hounding President Duterte on Monday presented a Davao City policeman who confessed to being a member of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), which carried out hit projects purportedly ordered by then-Mayor now President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Accompanied by lawyers of the...
TWO national networks of children’s rights advocates have condemned lawmakers for even contemplating on reducing the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from the current 15 years to only 9 years. One justification for this, the Child Rights Network (CRN) and Philippine Action for Youth Offenders (Payo) said in a...
THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded state workers on Monday to strictly observe government working hours. The commission issued the reminder through Memorandum Circular 1, Series of 2017, reiterating the policy on government office hours, and penalties for unauthorized absences, tardiness in reporting for duty, and loafing during office hours. The...
SENATE work will not be disrupted even if beleaguered Duterte administration foe Sen. Leila M. de Lima were arrested for alleged links to big-time illegal-drugs transactions at the National Bilibid Prison when she was still the secretary of justice. Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III made the assurance over the...
‘PLUNDER can kill, thus, it should be included in the list of crimes punishable by death.” This was the statement made by United Nationalist Alliance Rep. Gus S. Tambunting of Parañaque City when asked on his opinion regarding the death penalty. Tambunting said taking at least P50 million intended for the...
ENVIRONMENTAL groups are asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to shut down a coal-fired power plant in Bataan whose operation caused ash fall that threaten the health and well-being of communities in Limay, Bataan. The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) earlier staged a picket in front...
VICE President Maria Leonor G. Robredo failed to stop the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), from hearing and resolving the election protest of former Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. In an eight-page resolution dated January 30, but released only on Thursday, the PET found sufficient...
THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is supporting a congressman’s campaign against text scams. Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba lauded the hard stance against fraudulent text messages, which threaten the security and safety of the public, of Liberal Party Rep. Romero S. Quimbo of Marikina City. Recently, Quimbo requested the NTC to...
Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and child rights advocates are urging Congress not to lower the children’s minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR), saying that law enforcement should focus on cracking down on syndicate groups and parents who exploit children to commit crimes. Sen. Anna Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel and Party-list Rep. Tom...
GUNMEN believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired at Army troops who were escorting the relief mission of a television network in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte, on Tuesday night. Capt. Jose Patrick Martinez, spokesman for the Army’s Fourth Infantry “Diamond” Division, said the rebels fired five shots...