Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

BUSINESSMIRROR– 'Rice shortage is just fake news'INQUIRER– DU30 to Int'l Court: Why start with me?PHILIPPINE STAR– Rody ready for ICC, firing squad if guiltyMANILA BULLETIN– More Filipinos may go hungryMANILA TIMES– PH to sustain high growth - PerniaMANILA... Read More

Duterte orders AFP to cut USD233-M helicopter deal with Canada

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he wants the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cut its USD233 million contract to purchase 16 helicopters from Canada.Duterte made this announcement in a press briefing in Davao City following reports that the Canadian government wanted to... Read More

Abreco takeover for the protection, welfare of member-consumers: NEA

MANILA -- The National Electrification Administration's takeover Friday morning of local power distributor Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) was done "to protect the welfare and interest of the electric cooperative and its member-consumer-owners," NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said in a... Read More

Bombardier to supply parts, signaling system for MRT upgrade anew

MANILA -- Canadian firm Bombardier Transportation will supply the signaling system and spare parts that are necessary for the improvement and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

This, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with... Read More

PAGASA: Scattered rains to continue until Saturday

MANILA -- Scattered rains will prevail over the country from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, according to the latest advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said the regions of Cagayan Valley and... Read More

Ex-Zambo del Norte town mayor pleads guilty to ethics rap

MANILA -- Former Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Ceasar Soriano has pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan to charges of violating the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” for not filing his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth... Read More

SC halts Aquino, et al. arraignment in Mamasapano case

MANILA -- The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt the proceedings of the Sandiganbayan in the case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and former police officials over the January 2015 Mamasapano clash that... Read More

Airport thief falls in entrapment operation

MANILA -- A "salisi" gang member stealing passengers' baggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City was caught by airport and city police personnel in an entrapment operation, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Friday.The operation was conducted... Read More

SC suspends lawyer for 'dilatory tactics'

MANILA -- The Supreme Court has penalized a lawyer for a two-year suspension of practice for employing "dilatory moves" to delay the execution of judgment in favor of the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) which he owed PHP34,000 in 1968.Voting 8-0, the Court found Eligio P. Mallari... Read More

18 NCR cops caught sleeping, drinking on duty face charges

MANILA -- Eighteen cops of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) caught sleeping and drinking are facing administrative charges and penalties for dereliction of duty and unbecoming conduct.Secretary Eduardo Año, officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local... Read More

1,573 surrender in ‘Double Barrel’ relaunch

MANILA -- In the Jan. 29-Feb. 8 run of the relaunch of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) "Oplan Double Barrel", a total of 3,456 "Tokhang" activities were conducted with 1,573 suspects surrendering nationwide.This was disclosed by PNP deputy spokesperson, Supt. Vimelee Madrid, during a... Read More

PRRD confident ICC prosecutor won’t go beyond prelim exam

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte is "very confident" that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor will not go beyond a preliminary examination on the "crimes against humanity" in the Philippines linked to the administration’s war on drugs.Presidential... Read More

Roque hits back at Poe: It's free to dream China returning PH reefs

MANILA -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday said he saw nothing wrong with “dreaming” that China would "someday" return Philippine-claimed islands which it seized to turn into artificial islands.Roque made this remark after Senator Grace Poe slammed the latter for what she... Read More

McLaren, other supercars still under litigation: BOC chief

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday said the 22 luxury vehicles including high-end sports cars which were alerted on separate occasions at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) are subjects of an ongoing litigation.Customs chief Isidro Lapeña has vowed that the cases... Read More

Aguirre: ICC complaint 'will not fly’

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday said the case lodged before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the legality of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs “will not fly”.Aguirre made this comment after the ICC decided to conduct... Read More

Chinese, Malaysian firms pledge to rebuild Marawi

MANILA – Foreign firms from China and Malaysia have expressed interest to rebuild war-torn Marawi City, a Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) official said Friday.TFBM Undersecretary and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Falconi Ace Millar said aside from... Read More

House okays anti-skimming bill on 3rd reading

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill that seeks to penalize the skimming of automated teller machine (ATM) cards, hacking a bank system, and unauthorized access to online bank applications and other fraudulent activities.With 224 affirmative votes, lawmakers... Read More

3rd tranche of evidence on DAP mess submitted to DOJ

MANILA -- The Coalition for Investigation and Prosecution, led by former Manila councilor Greco Belgica, submitted Friday the third tranche of documents that would enable the Department of Justice (DOJ) to build up possible criminal cases against former president Benigno Aquino III and other... Read More

Gov’t emergency vehicles need not queue at NLEX, Cavitex toll plazas

MANILA -- Emergency vehicles responding to fire, flood, and other disasters may now pass through the toll expressways in the northern and southern parts of Metro Manila without stopping for payment through the installation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) sticker tags.

This, as the... Read More

DOTr pursues reforms to reduce red tape, promote transparency

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pursuing various initiatives to ensure that procurement procedures, transactions and other frontline services are delivered efficiently, timely and corruption-free pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007... Read More