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    SC justices confirm CJ Sereno delayed transfer of Maute cases to Metro Manila

    MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro described Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno in terms of handling cases. “I believe that the actions done by the chief justice by the time that she assumed position showed no respect nor courtesy to the court en banc,” said

  • DepEd orders monitoring and surveillance of students who received Dengvaxia
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    DepEd orders monitoring and surveillance of students who received Dengvaxia

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a department order for the monitoring and surveillance of students who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. With this, DepEd directed all school administrators and school health personnel to review their master list and get

  • DOJ collates evidence to support its petition to declare NPA as terrorist group
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    DOJ collates evidence to support its petition to declare NPA as terrorist group

    MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is gathering information for the petition it will file before a court to declare the Communist rebel New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization. Aguirre said that among the information

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    Witness links former Cabinet secretaries Singson and Abad to “right-of-way” scam

    MANILA, Philippines — The witness to the alleged billion-peso “right-of-way” scam in Mindanao region, particularly in General Santos City, appeared before the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and Public Works. According to state witness Robert Catapang, there is a syndicate involving some

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    Fitch upgrades investment grade rating of the Philippines

    The credit ratings of the Philippines is upgraded from triple B minus (BBB-) to triple B (BBB)based on the latest report of Fitch Ratings. Fitch Credit Ratings pertain to the opinion on the relative ability of an entity to meet financial commitments. Based on the statement of the Fitch Ratings, the sentiment

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    House panels resume probe on anomalous Meralco power supply deal

    MANILA, Philippines – Despite the continuous decline on electricity prices for December—Meralco and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) are not yet off the hook in the lower chamber. This as the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and House Committee on Energy resume the probe

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    DOTr to consider grievances of drivers, operators on the Jeepney Modernization Program

    MANILA, Philippines — Some transport groups have once again expressed their concerns on the implementation of the Jeepney Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) next year. They claim many drivers are concerned about losing their livelihood once the program begins. “Ang jeepneys

  • Women legislators donate monetary assistance to kin of 23 cops killed in Marawi battle
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    Women legislators donate monetary assistance to kin of 23 cops killed in Marawi battle

    The Association of Women Legislators Foundation Incorporated of the House of Representatives donated P12,000 to each family of the 23 soldiers and policemen killed in the Marawi clash. The donation came from the revenues collected from a garage sale and other fundraising activities conducted by the said

  • PCMC apologizes to QCPD personnel and relatives who received Dengvaxia
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    PCMC apologizes to QCPD personnel and relatives who received Dengvaxia

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) has apologized to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD). This is because QCPD personnel and their relatives are among those who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine last September 1. “Kaya nararapat lang na dito din ako unang

  • PSSupt. Ferro calls on public to give PNP Drug Enforcement Group another chance
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    PSSupt. Ferro calls on public to give PNP Drug Enforcement Group another chance

    MANILA, Philippines — Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro said he did not anticipate his designation as the chief of the anti-drug unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP). It can be recalled that then PNP anti-illegal drugs group was abolished after the abduction and killing of Korean national

  • CamSur provincial gov’t prepares for the influx of Chinese tourists
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    CamSur provincial gov’t prepares for the influx of Chinese tourists

    MANILA, Philippines — Wakeboarding at the CamSur Water Sports Complex, beautiful beaches and other scenic views in Caramoan are just some of the tourist attractions in Camarines Sur. According to Governor Miguel “Migs” Villafuerte, the local government is in talks with several travel operators in China

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    Over 200 motorists ignored dry run of carpool lane in EDSA

    MANILA, Philippines – Using a CCTV at its metrobase in Makati City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel strictly monitored the passage of private vehicles with 2 or more passengers along the 5th lane of EDSA. Aside from CCTV’s, traffic enforcers assigned on overpasses have

  • Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year
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    Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

    MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao. Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its

  • DFA opens online appointment for 10-year validity passports
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    DFA opens online appointment for 10-year validity passports

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will start issuing passports with 10-year validity starting January 2018. This follows the Republic Act 10928 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August which aims to extend the Philippine passport validity up to 10 years except for passports

  • 2018 national budget, tax reform bill target to be approved by end of the week
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    2018 national budget, tax reform bill target to be approved by end of the week

    MANILA, Philippines – The Lower House and the Senate plan to approve the P3.8 trillion proposed fund of the country for the next year and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) before the session ends this week. The Congress will have a one month break starting Wednesday for the holiday

  • DOJ-Ombudsman crucial game set on Sunday at UNTV Cup
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    DOJ-Ombudsman crucial game set on Sunday at UNTV Cup

    The fate of rookie team Department of Agriculture Food Masters and the PDEA Drug Busters lies on the outcome of the battle between the DOJ Justice Boosters and the Ombudsman Graft Busters on Sunday afternoon at the Olivarez Gymnasium in Parañaque City. Should the Justice Boosters defeat the Graft Busters

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    DOH’s internal investigation report on Dengvaxia vaccine to be released next week

    MANILA, Philippines — The Senate’s investigation into the controversial dengue immunization program of the government is set to begin next week. In line with this, the Department of Health (DOH) is set to release the results of its internal probe regarding the issue. “Many of the evidence will come from

  • AFP ready to face CHR probe on the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter
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    AFP ready to face CHR probe on the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter

    MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to face the investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into a military encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas. Fourteen suspected rebel members were killed, including a 22-year former

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    Kerwin Espinosa insists evidence against him was planted

    MANILA, Philippines — During Friday’s hearing at the Manila Regional Trial Court, former Albuera Leyte Police chief Jovie Espenido narrated what transpired during the raid that happened in October last year. The incident happened at a basketball court in front of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa

  • Prosecution amends another charge against Senator Leila de Lima
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    Prosecution amends another charge against Senator Leila de Lima

    MANILA, Philippines — In what seems to be an effort to bolster the case against Senator Leila de Lima, the prosecution is now seeking to amend all the three illegal drug trading charges. The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 on Friday, heard the motion of the prosecution to modify the cases

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    Davao City government terminates local peace talks with NPA

    Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Caprio said that although she is saddened by the proclamation, she will still respect the decision of the Chief Executive. “As City Mayor I am saddened because there were efforts coming from the city government to sit down and talk about peace with people’s army. So my reaction

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    Number of children injected with Dengvaxia is actually more than 800,000 – DOH

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has revealed that over 800,000 children aged nine and above were given Dengvaxia vaccine when the government’s anti-dengue immunization program was launched in March 2016. Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo believes the number will still increase

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    Dengvaxia vaccine did not follow proper procurement process – former Health Official

    MANILA, Philippines – The Formulary Executive Council (FEC) of the Department of Health did not give permission and did not recommend the purchase of the P3.5-billion anti-dengue vaccine. According to former Undersecretary Susan Mercado,  the FEC in the first place was very much against to use of Dengvaxia

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    Meralco rates to go down this month

    MANILA, Philippines – Power rates of the Metro Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will go down by 38 centavos per kilowatt hour this month of December. Meralco customers consuming 200 kilowatt a month will save P70 in their electricity bills. Typical household consuming 300 kilowatt a month will see a

  • Pres. Duterte extends Gen. Guerrero’s term by 6 months
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    Pres. Duterte extends Gen. Guerrero’s term by 6 months

    MANILA, Philippines – Penned by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Rodrigo Duterte extended AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s service by six more months or up to April 24, 2018 as provided for in Republic Act 8186 AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said