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Prelate urges OFWs to reject illegal activities

MANILA -- A Catholic prelate on Monday reminded Filipinos in other countries not to engage in illegal activitiesand to always take care of themselves.“We always remind our OFWs to shun away from people or group with violent and hatred ideologies, and to report them to civil authorities and be... Read More

Duterte signs EO creating bank for OFWs

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will pave the way for the creation of an Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) dedicated to provide financial products and services tailored to the requirements of overseas Filipinos.EO No. 44, which was signed by Duterte on... Read More

Duterte dismisses ERC chair for grave misconduct

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar who was found guilty of two counts of simple misconduct and one count of grave misconduct in connection with various administrative charges filed against him by concerned... Read More

BOC revises rules on release of alerted shipments

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has amended an order allowing the release of an alerted shipment within 48 hours provided that it has been cleared by its examiner.Under Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20-2017 signed by Lapeña on Monday, the District... Read More

Sereno won't sign bank secrecy waiver

MANILA -- The camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Monday said she will not sign a waiver on bank secrecy since it was submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) in connection with the impeachment complaint filed against her by Atty. Lorenzo Gadon before the House justice committee.Gadon earlier... Read More

Divina, Aegis Juris execs included in Atio hazing probe

MANILA -- The family of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio 'Atio' Tomas Castillo III, who died in hazing rites allegedly conducted by the Aegis Juris Fraternity, on Monday filed a supplemental complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to include University of Santo Tomas... Read More

Duterte as prosecutor in Sereno impeachment ‘pure nonsense’: Panelo

MANILA -- Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Monday said the proposal to make President Rodrigo Duterte a special prosecutor in the impeachment of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is “pure nonsense” as such proposal is unconstitutional.“The... Read More

House amenable to reconcile with Senate version of tax reform bill

MANILA -- The House of Representatives is amenable to reconciling differences with the Senate version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Acceleration (TRAIN) bill, a House leader said on Monday.In a press conference, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dakila Cua said that once a bicameral... Read More

DOJ starts preliminary probe on Arnaiz, De Guzman slays

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday started the preliminary investigation on the criminal charges filed against two policemen and a taxi driver for their alleged involvement in the killing of the teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman.During the... Read More

Senators weigh in on dip in Duterte’s satisfaction, trust ratings

MANILA -- Senators on Monday expressed various reactions to the dip in the recent net satisfaction and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte -- some downplaying it and others saying it should be a cause for concern.Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, an ally of Duterte, said that it should not be a... Read More

Change in Duterte ratings expected: Palace

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said the change in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ratings, as shown in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, is “expected” and a “no surprise” given the circumstances when the survey was conducted."The change in the... Read More

Recto seeks P15-B add'l ‘standby fund’ for Marawi

MANILA -- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is proposing a PHP15 billion ‘standby fund’ for Marawi reconstruction on top of the PHP10 billion that is already in the 2018 national budget bill.Recto, in a statement, said the additional PHP15 billion can be included in the... Read More

Robredo gets add’l P20-M budget for her Angat Buhay program

MANILA -- The Senate on Monday provided the Office of the Vice President (OVP) with an additional PHP20 million for its anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay in its PHP 443 million budget for 2018.During the budget deliberations, senators agreed that the additional PHP20 million would complement the... Read More

House body cites Imee Marcos’ boyfriend, 2 others for contempt

MANILA -- The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on Monday cited in contempt Mark Chua, a Singaporean businessman and long-time boyfriend of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, for repeatedly snubbing the probe on the alleged tobacco funds misuse of the provincial... Read More

Body formed to expedite cases committed vs cops, soldiers

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday signed an agreement creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA).The agreement was signed during the conduct of the 20th AFP-PNP National Joint Peace and Security Coordination... Read More

Duterte sacks 2 PNP 'narco-generals'

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed two high ranking police officials he earlier accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade.Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella named the two officials as former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Joel... Read More

Arrest of town mayor proves narco-politics’ deep hold on PH: Abella

MANILA -- The surrender of a mayor in Sarangani Province underscores how deeply entrenched narco-politics is in the Philippines.“The raid by PDEA operatives of the rest house of the Maasim Mayor proves the administration’s claim that illegal drugs and corruption have captured local... Read More

PDEA hiring agents to boost war vs hard drugs

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is hiring highly qualified professionals with a deep desire to fight the war against illicit drugs in the country.PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said Monday the agency needs highly qualified professionals as he announced that there are 373... Read More

8 district collectors, 30 other execs axed in BOC revamp

MANILA -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has relieved eight district collectors and 30 section chiefs from the different ports in the country.In a Customs Personnel Order (CPO) issued last week, the BOC chief ordered the replacement of the following port heads: Elvira Cruz... Read More

8 foreigners among remaining Maute terrorists in Marawi: AFP

MANILA -- Some eight foreigners are among the estimated 40 Maute Group terrorists remaining in Marawi City, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said late Sunday.These foreign terrorists are acting as leaders of the remaining lawless elements, he added.The AFP chief said the report is based on... Read More