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Duterte fires BOC official for excessive travels

Duterte fires BOC official for excessive travels

May 30, 2018, 7:54 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday fired Bureau of Customs (BOC) deputy commissioner Noel Patrick Sales Prudente for excessive foreign travels. “He is now under investigation by the House. The investigation will take time and it is just a recommendation. So I will cut short the… Read More

House approves Bangsamoro Basic Law

House approves Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 30, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second and third reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. With 227 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes, and 2 abstention, the House passed the substitute… Read More

Don’t deal with my family, Duterte warns anew

Don’t deal with my family, Duterte warns anew

May 30, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday reminded members of his Cabinet that none of his family members or relatives should be given special treatment especially when it comes to matters concerning the government. “Di ba sinabi ko sa inyo (Didn’t I tell you), if it is a request… Read More

PRRD declares entire Boracay as land reform area

PRRD declares entire Boracay as land reform area

May 30, 2018, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday declared the entire island of Boracay Island as a land reform area amid the ongoing rehabilitation of the country’s top tourist destination. “I'm declaring land reform sa (in) the entire island of Boracay. Mag-usap nalang kami sa (We’ll… Read More

Congress must ensure BBL can withstand judicial review : Drilon

Congress must ensure BBL can withstand judicial review : Drilon

May 30, 2018, 7:42 pm

MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the amendments he introduced to the Senate version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law of (BBL) were to make sure that the measure is constitutionally firm and would survive judicial scrutiny once enacted into law. “I want to… Read More

Ex-health chief belies claim of P10.6-B PhilHealth funds diversion

Ex-health chief belies claim of P10.6-B PhilHealth funds diversion

May 30, 2018, 7:14 pm

MANILA -- Former health secretary Janette Garin on Wednesday refuted the accusation that she and former PhilHealth president Alex Padilla diverted the PHP10.6 billion originally meant for the payment of senior citizens' insurance premiums to establish rural health units of the Department of Health… Read More

QC court fines 2 ex-village execs for failure to render accounts

QC court fines 2 ex-village execs for failure to render accounts

May 30, 2018, 7:04 pm

MANILA -- Two former village officials in Quezon City have been fined for their failure to account for more than PHP1 million in 2007. Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 43 Presiding Judge Don Ace Mariano Alagar found former Barangay Sikatuna Village Barangay Chairman Filemon San Antonio and… Read More

Guevarra vows to work hard as DOJ chief after getting CA nod

Guevarra vows to work hard as DOJ chief after getting CA nod

May 30, 2018, 5:34 pm

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he can now fully perform his mandate as head of the agency following his confirmation to the post by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday. “I can throttle up and go full speed at the Department of Justice,” Guevarra… Read More

Palace welcomes confirmation of Puyat, 3 others

Palace welcomes confirmation of Puyat, 3 others

May 30, 2018, 4:27 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the confirmation of the appointments of Department of Tourism Secretary Bernardette Romulo-Puyat and three other officials. Other high-ranking officials who hurdled the Commission on Appointments were Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Agrarian Reform… Read More

Duterte's WPS approach pragmatic, prudent: Cayetano

Duterte's WPS approach pragmatic, prudent: Cayetano

May 30, 2018, 4:21 pm

MANILA -- Unlike his predecessor's strategy of "microphone" diplomacy, the Duterte administration has taken on a more "prudent and pragmatic" approach in handling territorial and maritime issues at the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Wednesday. During a… Read More

3 human traffickers preying on minors nabbed in Rizal

3 human traffickers preying on minors nabbed in Rizal

May 30, 2018, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- Personnel from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Rizal District Office arrested three human traffickers preying on minors for prostitution in the towns of Tanay and Pililia. The suspects namely Tania Ramos, Ediven R. Joven and Manolo Boca were presented to the media on… Read More

Gov't to publish national security strategy : Esperon

Gov't to publish national security strategy : Esperon

May 30, 2018, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- For the first time ever, the government will publish a national security strategy that would serve as a roadmap in building a stronger nation, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon announced Wednesday. Esperon made the revelation in a briefing by the National Task Force for the… Read More

PDEA opens 3rd community-based reform center in Caloocan

PDEA opens 3rd community-based reform center in Caloocan

May 30, 2018, 3:52 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) unveiled on Wednesday the country’s third community-based reformation center for drug offenders at the North Medical Center, Camarin Road in Caloocan City. The Balay Silangan Reformation Center, or “house of hope”, aims to shelter drug… Read More

CA confirms appointments of DOJ, DOT, DAR chiefs

CA confirms appointments of DOJ, DOT, DAR chiefs

May 30, 2018, 3:50 pm

MANILA -- The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointments of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones. Guevarra replaced former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III, who… Read More

Anyone can be a community leader: Robredo

Anyone can be a community leader: Robredo

May 30, 2018, 3:42 pm

MANILA -- People from all walks of life, even those from the marginalized sector, can serve and become leaders in their communities, Vice President Leni Robredo said. In her speech Tuesday at the "A Happy Place" comic book launching at Geronimo Santiago Elementary School in Manila, Robredo… Read More

Fox elated over House bill seeking to grant her Filipino citizenship

Fox elated over House bill seeking to grant her Filipino citizenship

May 30, 2018, 3:30 pm

MANILA -- Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox on Wednesday said she is honored over the proposal of several legislators to grant her Filipino citizenship. She noted that such act from some members of the House of Representatives show that she is welcome in the country. “Actually I feel very… Read More

JBC to have broader powers in proposed charter: ConCom

JBC to have broader powers in proposed charter: ConCom

May 30, 2018, 3:07 pm

MANILA -- Aside from having the power to screen nominees for the Judiciary, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution is looking at giving the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) additional powers to discipline officials and employees in the… Read More

11 nabbed in Cainta drug den raid

11 nabbed in Cainta drug den raid

May 30, 2018, 3:01 pm

MANILA -- Police authorities arrested a wanted drug lord and 10 others during a raid on a suspected drug den in Cainta, Rizal, the Police Regional Office 4A (Calabarzon) said. Rizal Police, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's (PDEA) office in Calabarzon, conducted the… Read More

Makabayan bloc files bill granting PH citizenship to Aussie nun

Makabayan bloc files bill granting PH citizenship to Aussie nun

May 30, 2018, 2:27 pm

MANILA -- Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan Bloc at the House of Representatives on Wednesday filed a measure seeking to grant Filipino citizenship to Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox. The seven-member progressive bloc filed House Bill No. 7806 granting Filipino citizenship to the… Read More

DPWH to start building Marawi roads this year

DPWH to start building Marawi roads this year

May 30, 2018, 2:11 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to start this year the construction of the 19-km. ring road and trans-central roads in Marawi City worth PHP20 billion. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the feasibility study on these roads has been completed, and the… Read More