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Friday, January 20, 2017
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Claiming that the deed was done “to safeguard the general welfare of the public” and “in good faith”, two Pampanga mayors named in the graft complaint filed earlier this week by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea) at the Office of the Ombudsman aired their side. Mayors...
DAVAO CITY—The information chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, who has been named to head the region’s Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA), said the sector’s poverty makes it “vulnerable to the rise in extremism”. The ARMM said the appointment of Amir Mawallil to the Obya “comes at...
THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), headed by Executive Minister  Eduardo V. Manalo, recently launched its annual theme, which the church said will guide the programs and activities it set to implement for the entire year. “We chose and agreed on the guiding principle ‘Onwards to Further Victories in the Works...
THE urban-poor alliance Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) has accused the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the local government of Navotas City of using the recent fire that gutted 1,200 houses to force the eviction of more residents. Kadamay noted the same scheme was used to kick out people living...
SENATE President Pro Tempore Franklin M. Drilon on Wednesday moved to amend the 85-year-old Revised Penal Code (RPC), asserting early passage of remedial legislation would “prevent the imposition of cruel and excessive punishment” that violates the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. In prodding Congress to fast-track approval of Senate Bill  14,...
FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto R.  Yasay Jr. on Tuesday said those who will be coming from the Philippines to attend the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump would be doing so in a private capacity. “Those   will be coming  from here to attend   President Donald  J. Trump’s inauguration are going on...
THE Armed Forces will continue to consider the safety of  hostages while carrying out its mission to crush the Abu Sayyaf, the spokesman for the military said. Asked to comment on President Duterte’s order to bomb the bandits even if  they have hostages with them, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said:...
AT least five people have been confirmed killed by the floods that hit Northern Mindanao and Western Visayas starting Monday night. Four of the fatalities were in Cagayan de Oro City and other was reported in Antique province. The body of Virgilio Turno, 84, a tuba gatherer in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan...
THE task force on small-time lottery (STL) created by President Duterte has recommended the imposition of a multimillion-peso bond on small-time lottery operators to answer for their shortfall in remittances. In an interview, Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, one of the members of the task force, said the cash...
THE camp of former Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has questioned the presence of data in the secure digital cards sourced from unused vote counting machines (VCMs). Marcos’s lawyer Victor Rodriguez said such discovery is proof of poll fraud during the May 2016 national and local elections. Rodriguez made the claim...
RELATIVES of victims of summary executions in the course of the Duterte antidrug war and the counterinsurgency campaign have filed cases before the joint monitoring committee of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF). The filing of the cases before the government-NDF Joint Monitoring Committee came...
CITY OF MALOLOS—At least 3,484 local Catholic lay devotees and 753 foreign delegates will visit 15 “Places of Mercy” in Bulacan province as part of the Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom) that is taking place in the country. Fr. Nick F. Lalog, chairman of the Diocesan Commission on...
By Sammy F. Martin | Philippines News Agency THE government is ready to sign other agreements with the National Democratic Front (NDF), while discussion on contents and provisions of major substantive agenda is ongoing, when peace talks resume in Rome this week. Government chief peace negotiator with the NDF Silvestre H....
THE Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) is preparing protest actions, as it commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Mendiola massacre in which 13 farmers died and not a single law enforcer was haled into court. “This year’s protest action and commemoration of the Mendiola massacre will happen under extraordinary circumstances—farmer...
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed the bid of the Marcos family to stop the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Makati City from hearing the complaint filed by victims of human-rights violations during the late dictator’s regime seeking the enforcement of the final judgment of the US court...
THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch a crackdown on unsafe and illegal billboards in the metropolis. MMDA acting chairman Thomas M. Orbos said Oplan Baklas Billboard will be reimplemented as soon as the memorandum of agreement between the MMDA and the Department of Public Works and...
SENATE leaders are firming up the agenda for their nine-week plenary sessions starting Monday to fast- track passage of pending priority bills, including the proposed Emergency Powers Act, to address the crippling traffic crisis in major urban centers. Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III confirmed over the weekend that Senate...
BAYAN MUNA party-list group has urged the administration to stop subsidizing foreign and domestic corporations for their bad investments in state projects, arguing that the people should not pay for wrong business decisions. Bayan Muna has been at the forefront of the campaign to end sovereign guarantees to foreign and...
PARTY-LIST Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna has urged Duterte Cabinet members and his fellow lawmakers to go slow in the imposition of new and higher taxes, saying the burden will be passed on to the poor. Other critics have asked President Duterte to discipline his subalterns, since “they...
HOUSE of Representatives Deputy Minority Leader Lito L. Atienza on Thursday called the attention of President Duterte on the nonimplementation of his order to immediately dismantle all fishpens from the Laguna de Bay by the second week of December last year. “It’s been almost a month since the President gave...