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No special treatment for Palparan at Bilibid

No special treatment for Palparan at Bilibid

September 17, 2018, 10:17 pm

MANILA -- There will be no special treatment for retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan who will be detained at the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said Monday. The BuCor chief said the… Read More

Fox asks BI to overturn denial of missionary visa extension

Fox asks BI to overturn denial of missionary visa extension

September 17, 2018, 10:15 pm

MANILA -- Australian nun Patricia Anne Fox on Monday asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to reverse its decision rejecting her request for the renewal of her missionary. In a six-page motion for reconsideration, the Catholic nun's camp argued that contrary to the ruling of the BI, the Memorandum… Read More

Sarmiento quits as PPCRV chair

Sarmiento quits as PPCRV chair

September 17, 2018, 10:14 pm

MANILA -- Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) head Rene Sarmiento has resigned from his post. “I had resigned from PPCRV effective August 31, 2018 after my head surgery last April 1, 2018,” Sarmiento said in an interview on Monday. “Tinapos ko lang ang barangay elections… Read More

Verdict vs. Palparan proves justice system is alive: DOJ

Verdict vs. Palparan proves justice system is alive: DOJ

September 17, 2018, 10:12 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday said the guilty verdict against retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and two others for kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges means that justice is alive and attainable for victims of crimes. “Justice may come a bit late, but it… Read More

Palace respects court’s guilty verdict vs. Palparan

Palace respects court’s guilty verdict vs. Palparan

September 17, 2018, 10:09 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Monday said it respects the court’s decision, which found retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges. “We respect the decision of the court,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing held… Read More

Time to take second serious look on mining: PRRD

Time to take second serious look on mining: PRRD

September 17, 2018, 9:32 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said it is time for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to take a second serious look on the mining practices in the country. Duterte made the remark in the wake of a landslide that hit a mining site in Itogon that left 34… Read More

Power back in 7 provinces: DOE

Power back in 7 provinces: DOE

September 17, 2018, 9:23 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday reported that power service in seven provinces -- Pangasinan, Batanes, Batangas, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, and Zambales -- have been restored following the outages caused by Typhoon "Ompong." "Ompong" made a landfall in Cagayan in the morning… Read More

'Ompong' death toll stands at 8: NDRRMC

'Ompong' death toll stands at 8: NDRRMC

September 17, 2018, 7:54 pm

MANILA -- National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Edgar Posadas on Monday said Typhoon Ompong has left eight persons dead as it barrelled through Northern Luzon last Saturday. In the NDRRMC 6 p.m. update, Posadas broke down the number of fatalities to one each… Read More

AFP respects guilty verdict vs. Palparan, et al

AFP respects guilty verdict vs. Palparan, et al

September 17, 2018, 7:49 pm

MANILA --- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said it respects the court's decision convicting three military personnel of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges. "As it has been and always will be, the position of the AFP is submission to the majesty of the courts and… Read More

Navy now involved in aid missions for 'Ompong' victims

Navy now involved in aid missions for 'Ompong' victims

September 17, 2018, 7:47 pm

MANILA -- In line with the ongoing government relief efforts for Typhoon Ompong, the Philippine Navy (PN) on Monday announced that its Naval Forces Northern Luzon is now heavily involved in the ongoing humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations. "Our Naval Forces Northern… Read More

BRP Tarlac leaves for Russia Friday

BRP Tarlac leaves for Russia Friday

September 17, 2018, 7:46 pm

MANILA -- Strategic sealift vessel BRP Tarlac (LD-601) will leave the country for the Navy's first-ever port visit to Vladivostok, Russia on Friday (September 21). This was confirmed by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA)… Read More

'Ompong' wrecks Cagayan Valley police HQ

'Ompong' wrecks Cagayan Valley police HQ

September 17, 2018, 7:43 pm

MANILA -- The regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police in Cagayan in Tuguegarao City was not spared from Typhoon Ompong's onslaught, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Monday. "Ang nakita natin talaga nasira yung mga structures, yung mga bahay. Hindi na-spare yung regional… Read More

Andaya assures 2019 budget remains ‘intact’

Andaya assures 2019 budget remains ‘intact’

September 17, 2018, 7:25 pm

MANILA -- Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday gave assurance that the proposed PHP3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 would remain "intact". In a press conference, Andaya said the lower chamber under the leadership of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has no intention to reduce the… Read More

House adjourns without tackling 2019 budget

House adjourns without tackling 2019 budget

September 17, 2018, 7:21 pm

MANILA-- The House of Representatives on Monday adjourned its plenary session without the sponsorship of House Bill No. 8169 or the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Session was adjourned at 4:44 p.m. after hours-long of suspension. Based on the House schedule, the plenary deliberations on… Read More

GenSan, Midsayap police chiefs relieved over weekend bombings

GenSan, Midsayap police chiefs relieved over weekend bombings

September 17, 2018, 5:34 pm

MANILA -- The chiefs of police in General Santos City and Midsayap, North Cotabato were relieved following bombings in the areas over the weekend, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde confirmed Monday. Relieved were General Santos City Police Office station head… Read More

No reorganization, 2019 budget deliberations to push through: Andaya

No reorganization, 2019 budget deliberations to push through: Andaya

September 17, 2018, 5:33 pm

MANILA -- Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday said there is no “reorganization” of chairmanship for the House appropriations committee as the plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 national budget will push through. Andaya made the statement amid reports that Davao City Rep. Karlo… Read More

Sandiganbayan allows Muntinlupa solon’s travel to Indonesia

Sandiganbayan allows Muntinlupa solon’s travel to Indonesia

September 17, 2018, 5:31 pm

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has allowed Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon to travel to Bali, Indonesia from Sept. 19-25, 2018. Over the objection of the prosecution, the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division granted the instant motion of Biazon on Sept. 5, 2018 during the hearing of the motion.… Read More

BOC donates 7K sacks of rice to typhoon victims

BOC donates 7K sacks of rice to typhoon victims

September 17, 2018, 5:30 pm

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) initially donated 7,000 sacks of rice to victims of Typhoon Ompong. During the BOC’s flag raising ceremony on Monday, Commissioner Isidro Lapeña announced that he has ordered since last week the immediate release of seized smuggled rice for donation to… Read More

Nograles stays as House appropriations panel chief

Nograles stays as House appropriations panel chief

September 17, 2018, 5:28 pm

MANILA -- The “status quo” remains for the chairmanship of the House appropriations committee amid reports that Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles would be ousted as its head, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said on Monday. Suarez made the announcement to House reporters as the plenary session… Read More

Japan to give typhoon-stricken PH 'maximum possible assistance'

Japan to give typhoon-stricken PH 'maximum possible assistance'

September 17, 2018, 5:25 pm

MANILA -- The Japanese government is ready to provide "maximum possible assistance" to the Philippines, particularly northern Luzon, which was the hardest hit by Typhoon "Ompong" (international name "Mangkhut"). Through Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Japan Minister of… Read More