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DOJ files arrest warrant, HDO motion vs. Trillanes

DOJ files arrest warrant, HDO motion vs. Trillanes

September 4, 2018, 7:54 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed a motion for the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) before the Makati City Regional Trial Court against Senator Antonio Trillanes, after the amnesty given to him was invalidated by President Rodrigo… Read More

Expanded maternity leave law, a major victory for women: Hontiveros

Expanded maternity leave law, a major victory for women: Hontiveros

September 4, 2018, 7:43 pm

MANILA -- Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday hailed the passage of the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill at the House of Representatives, saying the imminent passage of the proposed measure into law is "a historic victory for women." Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives approved on third… Read More

Constitution silent on amnesty revocation: Sotto

Constitution silent on amnesty revocation: Sotto

September 4, 2018, 7:25 pm

MANILA -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday the Constitution is silent on the process regarding the invalidation of amnesty, amid claims from his fellow lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 should have the concurrence of Congress. The proclamation… Read More

Sandiganbayan junks criminal raps vs. accused in fertilizer scam

Sandiganbayan junks criminal raps vs. accused in fertilizer scam

September 4, 2018, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- The Sandigabayan has junked the graft cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against one of the accused in the fertilizer scam in 2013 for the delay in the disposition of the charges against her. In a seven-page resolution dated last Aug. 22, the Sandiganbayan 5th Division granted… Read More

House okays Trabaho bill on 2nd reading

House okays Trabaho bill on 2nd reading

September 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the administration’s second tax reform package, which aims to lower corporate income taxes (CIT) and modernize incentives. The lower chamber passed via voice vote House Bill No. 8083 or the Tax Reform for Attracting… Read More

DFA warns Filipinos as Typhoon Jebi hits Japan

DFA warns Filipinos as Typhoon Jebi hits Japan

September 4, 2018, 6:53 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued on Tuesday an advisory to the Filipino community in Japan as Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the western part of the country. In a statement sent to the media, DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said the agency is monitoring the typhoon and is… Read More

Trillanes evades arrest, submits to Senate custody

Trillanes evades arrest, submits to Senate custody

September 4, 2018, 6:51 pm

MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday evaded arrest after submitting himself to the custody of the Senate upon the advice of its leadership and his colleagues in the minority. While under custody, Trillanes will remain at the premises of the Senate. President Rodrigo Duterte has… Read More

TESDA pushes for creation of tech-voc training council in ASEAN

TESDA pushes for creation of tech-voc training council in ASEAN

September 4, 2018, 6:45 pm

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is pushing for the creation of the ASEAN Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council. At the opening of the two-day 4th High Officials Meeting (HOM) of Southeast Asia TVET in Manila on Tuesday, TESDA… Read More

Comelec opens bid for supplies, warehouse services for 2019 polls

Comelec opens bid for supplies, warehouse services for 2019 polls

September 4, 2018, 5:42 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday opened the bidding for the acquisition of supplies and warehousing services, among others for the May 2019 midterm polls. In an invitation to bid released by the Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), interested bidders have… Read More

'Maximum tolerance' applied in voiding Trillanes amnesty: Palace

'Maximum tolerance' applied in voiding Trillanes amnesty: Palace

September 4, 2018, 5:29 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang said Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte has shown maximum tolerance in declaring "void ab initio" the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV under a proclamation issued by former President Benigno Aquino III. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the review of… Read More

Trillanes’ amnesty invalidation draws mixed reactions from senators

Trillanes’ amnesty invalidation draws mixed reactions from senators

September 4, 2018, 5:03 pm

MANILA -- Senators on Tuesday had mixed reactions after learning that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared "void ab initio" the amnesty given to opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in 2010 over his involvement in unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the Arroyo administration. Trillanes’… Read More

House expands women protection at workplace

House expands women protection at workplace

September 4, 2018, 4:30 pm

MANILA -- A measure prohibiting more acts of discrimination against women in the workplace hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. With 197 affirmative votes, zero negative and no abstention, the House approved House Bill No. 6769, which seeks to expand the acts… Read More

100-day paid maternity leave hurdles House on final reading

100-day paid maternity leave hurdles House on final reading

September 4, 2018, 4:18 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved on final reading a bill seeking to increase the paid maternity leave period to 100 days for female workers in the government and private sector. With 191 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and no abstention, the lower… Read More

PRRD's hectic sched in Israel proves he’s in good health

PRRD's hectic sched in Israel proves he’s in good health

September 4, 2018, 3:33 pm

MANILA -- The hectic schedule of President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his four-day official visit in Israel is proof that he is in good health, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark dispelling earlier claims by opposition lawmakers Magdalo Party-list Rep.… Read More

PH, Israel to sign deal on energy exploration

PH, Israel to sign deal on energy exploration

September 4, 2018, 2:58 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine government is scheduled to sign an agreement with Israeli oil firm Ratio Petroleum Limited, which will cover energy exploration in Palawan, Malacañang said Tuesday. “Inaasahan po natin na mapipirmahan ang isang kasunduan para po sa exploration sa panig ng Pilipinas at… Read More

Unitary system chokes regional growth; federalism only hope: DILG

Unitary system chokes regional growth; federalism only hope: DILG

September 4, 2018, 2:52 pm

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lamented the stunted growth in the regions brought about by the bureaucracy in the central government. “The regions have an overwhelming supply of natural resources, but because of the system choking regional development,… Read More

Teacher protection bill passage urged amid teachers' suicides

Teacher protection bill passage urged amid teachers' suicides

September 4, 2018, 1:27 pm

MANILA -- Expressing alarm over the reported suicide of teachers allegedly due to heavy workload, Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of the Teacher Protection Bill that aims to promote and improve the working conditions of public school teachers. "Lubos po nating ikinalulungkot at… Read More

Duterte hopes for 'stronger' PH-Israel ties

Duterte hopes for 'stronger' PH-Israel ties

September 4, 2018, 1:19 pm

MANILA -- Hopeful that ties between the Philippines and Israel flourish over the years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Filipinos will continue to extend their help as they did when they received Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. “We received… Read More

DepEd reviews reduction of teachers' workload

DepEd reviews reduction of teachers' workload

September 4, 2018, 1:12 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Education said on Tuesday it is reviewing the reduction of teachers' workload, specifically the number of forms to be accomplished in connection with their reporting task. In a statement, DepEd said the review aims to simplify the reporting process and not to eliminate… Read More

BI agents nab 5 illegal workers, 1 fake Filipino

BI agents nab 5 illegal workers, 1 fake Filipino

September 4, 2018, 1:09 pm

MANILA -- Intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested six illegal aliens in back-to-back operations conducted in Manila and Bulacan since last week. In a news release issued Tuesday, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued Mission Orders for the aliens’ arrest after… Read More