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SC: Private plaintiff can't question bail, acquittal in criminal cases

SC: Private plaintiff can't question bail, acquittal in criminal cases

May 20, 2024, 6:22 pm

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday reiterated that a private complainant in a criminal case cannot question the grant of bail and acquittal in favor of the accused. The SC emphasized the rule anew in a Second Division ruling that affirmed the grant of bail and the subsequent acquittal of… Read More

Marcos condoles with Iran on death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Marcos condoles with Iran on death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

May 20, 2024, 5:40 pm

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. condoled the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous terrain near the Iran-Azerbaijan border, and said the Filipinos stand with the Iranian people in this “difficult time.” The helicopter was also… Read More

DOJ vows to earnestly pursue terror financiers

DOJ vows to earnestly pursue terror financiers

May 20, 2024, 5:24 pm

MANILA – Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Monday assured his office will earnestly pursue the criminal charges against financers of local terrorism following the filing of charges against a local firm for violation of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10168, or the Terrorism Financing Prevention… Read More

Senate panel backs institutionalization of PBBM's 4PH program

Senate panel backs institutionalization of PBBM's 4PH program

May 20, 2024, 5:13 pm

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement on Monday expressed its full support to the passage of pending measures seeking to institutionalize the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino (4PH) Program of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. Senate Bill Nos. 2409 and 2108… Read More

Over 9K passengers affected, flights canceled due to technical glitch

Over 9K passengers affected, flights canceled due to technical glitch

May 20, 2024, 5:04 pm Updated on May 20, 2024, 6:18 pm

MANILA – About 9,240 passengers have been affected by the delays and consequent flight cancellations due to the technical issue with the navigational air traffic management system at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday. Data from the Manila International Airport Authority… Read More

9 Filipinos recruited as scammers in Myanmar, Laos repatriated

9 Filipinos recruited as scammers in Myanmar, Laos repatriated

May 20, 2024, 4:39 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reported the repatriation of nine more Filipinos who were promised decent work abroad but ended up in scam hubs. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the latest batch of eight repatriates arrived on May 18 from Thailand… Read More

Senate panel cites ex-PDEA agent in contempt for ‘continuously lying’

Senate panel cites ex-PDEA agent in contempt for ‘continuously lying’

May 20, 2024, 4:19 pm

MANILA – The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on Monday cited former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent Jonathan Morales in contempt for "continuously lying" before the panel. The motion was made after Senator Jinggoy Estrada failed to get a concrete answer from… Read More

Buy meds from authorized sources – FDA

Buy meds from authorized sources – FDA

May 20, 2024, 4:15 pm

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday reminded the public to purchase registered medicines from authorized clinics or pharmacies, following reports of doctors selling drugs or medicines to their patients. “Ibig sabihin, hindi naman bawal bumili sa isang doctor, ngunit,… Read More

S. Korean 'trafficking escort' faces PH resident visa revocation

S. Korean 'trafficking escort' faces PH resident visa revocation

May 20, 2024, 4:14 pm

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration's (BI) Immigration Protection and Border Enforcement (I-PROBES) has recommended the revocation of the permanent resident visa of a South Korean national who was arrested after attempting to depart with his five victims to Armenia transiting through the United… Read More

DSWD, NACC tighten watch vs. syndicates engaged in selling of babies

DSWD, NACC tighten watch vs. syndicates engaged in selling of babies

May 20, 2024, 3:43 pm

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expects the illegal selling of babies and children using social media to stop after the National Authority on Child Care (NACC) and the Women and Children Protection Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) busted a syndicate… Read More

DILG orders NAPOLCOM to strip Bamban mayor of police powers

DILG orders NAPOLCOM to strip Bamban mayor of police powers

May 20, 2024, 3:40 pm

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. on Monday said he has ordered the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to initiate proceedings to revoke Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo's control over the local police within her jurisdiction. “Local… Read More

Dengue cases down from March to April

Dengue cases down from March to April

May 20, 2024, 3:33 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported a 3 percent decrease in dengue cases nationwide amid frequent isolated thunderstorms and rainshowers. From April 7 to 20, the dengue cases dropped to 5,211 from 5,380, which was recorded from March 24 to April 6. A total of 59,267 dengue cases… Read More

NSC exec: China arrest of WPS 'trespassers' another scare tactic

NSC exec: China arrest of WPS 'trespassers' another scare tactic

May 20, 2024, 3:33 pm

MANILA – An official of the National Security Council (NSC) on Monday shrugged off China's latest announcement that it would arrest and detain for up to 60 days foreigners who will trespass on what it claims as its maritime territory in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). In an interview with PTV's… Read More

DILG chief: Canadian suspect 'major player' in P9.6-B shabu haul

DILG chief: Canadian suspect 'major player' in P9.6-B shabu haul

May 20, 2024, 3:26 pm

MANILA – The government is getting closer to unmasking those behind the PHP9.6 billion shabu shipment intercepted in Alitagtag, Batangas last month following the arrest of Canadian Thomas Gordon O’ Quinn, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said… Read More

Navigation system 'technical issue' delays NAIA flights

Navigation system 'technical issue' delays NAIA flights

May 20, 2024, 3:14 pm

MANILA – A number of flights departing from and arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday were delayed due to a technical issue with the navigational air traffic management system. In an advisory sent at 1:05 p.m., the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)… Read More

2 'moonlighting' SAF commandos axed over brawl inside posh village

2 'moonlighting' SAF commandos axed over brawl inside posh village

May 20, 2024, 3:04 pm

MANILA – Two members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) were relieved from their posts for their involvement in an alarm and scandal incident inside the Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. In a statement Monday, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO)… Read More

Ex-ES Ochoa denies knowledge of PDEA ops vs. Marcos, actress

Ex-ES Ochoa denies knowledge of PDEA ops vs. Marcos, actress

May 20, 2024, 1:52 pm

MANILA – Former executive secretary Paquito Ochoa on Monday denied the claim of former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent Jonathan Morales that he ordered the halt of an alleged surveillance operation against then-senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and actress Maricel Soriano in 2012.… Read More

OPAPRU: P4-B PAMANA funds to hasten dev't in conflict-hit areas

OPAPRU: P4-B PAMANA funds to hasten dev't in conflict-hit areas

May 20, 2024, 1:20 pm

MANILA – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) on Monday thanked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the release of PHP4 billion in funds for the implementation of key projects under its "Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan" (PAMANA) program.… Read More

Marcos: 15K hectares given to agrarian beneficiaries this year

Marcos: 15K hectares given to agrarian beneficiaries this year

May 20, 2024, 12:17 pm

MANILA – Over 15,000 hectares of land have been distributed to some 9,000 beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program so far this year, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Monday. Speaking at the distribution of land titles and support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Central… Read More

PH Air Force gets 2 more T-129 attack helicopters

PH Air Force gets 2 more T-129 attack helicopters

May 20, 2024, 12:05 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has formally received two more Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T-129 'Atak' helicopters. In a Facebook (FB) post on Sunday, the PAF's 15th Strike Wing said it received the two helicopters, with tail numbers 1505 and 1506, in simple rites presided by Air… Read More