• Malacañang: China bombers in South China Sea ‘a serious concern’
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    Malacañang: China bombers in South China Sea ‘a serious concern’

          MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang expressed “serious concern” over reports that Chinese H-6K bomber aircraft are now stationed in the disputed islands in the South China Sea although it admitted that it has no verified information yet on the matter. Despite this, Malacañang insists the ASEAN’s call

  • Ex-NHA chief pins contractor over substandard gov’t housing projects
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    Ex-NHA chief pins contractor over substandard gov’t housing projects

        PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement started its inquiry on the current state of government housing projects primarily intended for the calamity-stricken residents. Committee Chair Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said the project took about five

  • P2-M worth of shabu seized in Lipa City, Batangas
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    P2-M worth of shabu seized in Lipa City, Batangas

      BATANGAS, Philippines – Calabarzon Police Regional Special Operations Unit raided the house of a certain Marcial Orbigoso in Barangay Pangao in Lipa City on Monday, May 21. Authorities seized more than 300 grams of shabu kept inside a vault along with a .45 caliber pistol and other drug paraphernalia

  • Malacañang warns court execs against a ‘judiciary fixer’
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    Malacañang warns court execs against a ‘judiciary fixer’

      MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang warned members of the judiciary from the Supreme Court (SC) down to the lowest court against a so-called “judiciary fixer” who claims to be a relative of the first family. In a press briefing Monday, May 21, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque hinted that

  • Court employees stage ‘Red Monday’ at SC
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    Court employees stage ‘Red Monday’ at SC

      MANILA, Philippines – Court employees call on the public to respect the decision of the magistrates over the quo warranto plea filed against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a joint statement issued by the Philippine Justices Association (PJA,) Philippine Association of Court Employees

  • Almost P2.00 oil price hike to take effect tomorrow
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    Almost P2.00 oil price hike to take effect tomorrow

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Oil companies are set to impose another big-time oil price increase tomorrow, May 22. Starting tomorrow, the price of gasoline will have an additional P1.60 per liter while diesel will have P1.15 per liter additional. A one peso increase, meanwhile, will be imposed on a liter

  • Duterte fires DOTr Asec Tolentino
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    Duterte fires DOTr Asec Tolentino

      MANILA, Philippines – Transportation Assistant Secretary for Railways Mark Tolentino was the latest to receive President Rodrigo Duterte’s “corruption ax.” The President dismissed Tolentino for allegedly consulting his sister particularly in matters relating to the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP.) Presidential

  • Riding-in-tandem suspects kill elected barangay chairman in Batangas
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    Riding-in-tandem suspects kill elected barangay chairman in Batangas

      BATANGAS, Philippines – An elected barangay chairman of Busu-Busu in the town of Laurel in Batangas was killed by riding-in-tandem suspects on Monday morning, May 21. Initial investigation by Batangas Police revealed that Demetrio Mendoza Deomampo was on his way to his farm lot in Barangay San Jose

  • DTI rolls out ‘Diskwento Caravan’
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    DTI rolls out ‘Diskwento Caravan’

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opens Monday, May 21, its “Diskwento Caravan” where the public may buy cheaper but quality school supplies prior to the opening of classes in June. The project will roll off in various parts of Metro Manila and to other parts of

  • Liberal Party: Six names to form ‘Resistance Slate’ in the 2019 elections
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    Liberal Party: Six names to form ‘Resistance Slate’ in the 2019 elections

      MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan named six senatorial candidates who will form the “resistance slate” in the 2019 mid-term elections. They are Senator Bam Aquino, former Quezon Congressman Erin Tañada, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) Chairman Atty. Jose Manuel

  • Pimentel steps down, nominates Sotto as Senate president
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    Pimentel steps down, nominates Sotto as Senate president

      PASAY CITY, Philippines – Senators are set to convene in a closed-door caucus this afternoon following Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s announcement of his decision to pass the Senate leadership to Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. “I am one with the majority of the Senate in the reorganization

  • DPWH starts assessment following collapse of Cavite flyover
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    DPWH starts assessment following collapse of Cavite flyover

      CAVITE CITY, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now working with other concerned agencies to find out if the contractor, JBL Builders has liabilities following the collapse of a portion of a flyover along Aguinaldo Highway in Imus, Cavite on Saturday, May 19. Imus Mayor

  • Duterte on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials
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    Duterte on a ‘firing mode’ against erring officials

        CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hinted at firing another set of government officials including a “head of an agency” in the coming days due to allegations of corruption. “I have fired and will fire tomorrow some more people. Mayroon pang isang head of agency,” he said. The President

  • PCOO returns P600-M unspent funds; USec. Puyat resigns
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    PCOO returns P600-M unspent funds; USec. Puyat resigns

      MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Noel Puyat tendered his resignation which will take effect on May 30. But Puyat clarified that his resignation is not connected to the alleged Commission on Audit (COA) report that

  • CHED kicks off information caravan on Free Higher Education Act
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    CHED kicks off information caravan on Free Higher Education Act

      BULACAN, Philippines – In line with the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or commonly known as the Free Higher Education Act, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) kicked off its nationwide information caravan Friday, May 18, in the province of Bulacan. According

  • NHA officials to face Senate probe over poor housing projects
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    NHA officials to face Senate probe over poor housing projects

      PASAY CITY, Philippines – Officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) together with some developers of government housing projects will face the Senate on Monday, May 21. Senate Committee on Urban, Planning, Housing and Resettlement chair Senator JV Ejercito said there may have been a “mafia”

  • Body of high-ranking NPA rebel found in Agusan del Sur – AFP
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    Body of high-ranking NPA rebel found in Agusan del Sur – AFP

      AGUSAN DEL SUR, Philippines – The Philippine Army (PA) has identified the body recovered by members of the 402nd Infantry Brigade following an encounter in Sinacungan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on Monday, May 14. 402nd IB Spokesperson Captain Al Anthony Pueblas announced Friday, May 18, that a rebel

  • Lower House approves proposed rank modification in PNP
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    Lower House approves proposed rank modification in PNP

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Lower House of Congress approved Friday, May 18, the proposed modified rank classification of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) by adopting the rank classification used in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP.) Voting 166-6, lawmakers approved

  • 66 rookie cops to pioneer SAF training – Albayalde
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    66 rookie cops to pioneer SAF training – Albayalde

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Sixty-six members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Maragtas Class of 2018 will form the first batch of rookie cops to undergo the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) training. This is in line with PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde’s directive to upgrade

  • Malacañang respects Senate over leadership issues – Roque
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    Malacañang respects Senate over leadership issues – Roque

      MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is unfazed by reports of alleged change in Senate leadership. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Duterte administration respects the right of the senators to choose their own leader. Malacañang assured that the Senate remains in support of President Rodrigo

  • Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t
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    Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t

      DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Various groups of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) a signed petition seeking for the creation of a revolutionary government. Over 33 million signatures from 42,000 barangays across the Philippines

  • Tourism Chief suspends Cesar Montano’s P80-M ‘Buhay Carinderia’ project
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    Tourism Chief suspends Cesar Montano’s P80-M ‘Buhay Carinderia’ project

        MANILA, Philippines – Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat suspended Thursday, May 17, the “Buhay Carinderia” project headed by Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operations Officer Cesar Montano. Puyat ordered the suspension following her talk with Montano on Wednesday evening. Montano is being

  • Malacañang denies PCGG abolition bid meant to revise history
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    Malacañang denies PCGG abolition bid meant to revise history

    MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang denied Senator Bam Aquino’s claim that the proposed abolition of The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) could be part of a wider scheme to revise history. “There is no revisionism because all PCGG’s functions will be assumed by the Office of the Solicitor

  • 14 senators sign resolution insisting Congress power to oust Sereno
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    14 senators sign resolution insisting Congress power to oust Sereno

          PASAY CITY, Philippines – Fourteen senators signed on Thursday, May 17, Resolution Number 783 that urges the Supreme Court (SC) to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Those who signed the document were Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate Pro-Tempore

  • 4 ‘notorious’ hold-uppers nabbed in Butuan City
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    4 ‘notorious’ hold-uppers nabbed in Butuan City

          BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – Four alleged notorious hold-uppers are facing charges of robbery with violence against a person, violation of RA 10591 and the Election Code after their arrest in Ampayon, Butuan City Thursday, May 17. The suspects were identified as Rene Andohuyan, Jojie Torga, Richard