• PNPA alumni dissuaded from joining SAF march

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    A ranking police officer and head of an alumni association of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has sent text messages to fellow alumni dissuading them from joining tomorrow’s “March for Justice” for the 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) killed by Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. “Lakan and Lakambini (male and female graduates of the PNPA) having weighed the pros & cons of the Sympathy Run on Sunday, realizing its effects, and putting premium to the interest of the PNP, I, as Crame Chapter president, urge all chapter members to desist from joining the said march,” read the text message of Sr. Supt. Jerome Baxinela, president of the Camp Crame chapter of the PNPA Alumni Association Inc. Baxinela belongs to PNPA Class 1986. More »PNPA alumni dissuaded from joining SAF march

  • Poverty incidence up by 1.2% in first half of 2014

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Poverty incidence rose by 1.2 percentage points to 25.8 percent in the first six months of 2014 from the 24.6 percent registered during the same period in 2013. This was mainly due to higher food prices and the negative impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda which hit the country in November 2013. Food poverty threshold also rose by 9.5 percent while overall poverty threshold increased by 9.4 percent year-on-year in the first six months of 2014. According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), poverty incidence among Filipino individuals rose to 25.8 percent and among Filipino families to 20 percent. More »Poverty incidence up by 1.2% in first half of 2014

  • House to probe Cagayan coed’s suicide over unpaid school fees

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The House of Representatives will look into the case of a student of Cagayan State University (CSU) who reportedly committed suicide because she was unable to pay school fees. Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares told The STAR that they would include the suicide of Rosanna Sanfuego in their investigation into the no-permit, no-examination policy of some schools. Colmenares, who visited Ilagan City in Isabela for the National Chess Federation Championship, said the problem is not tuition, which is free, but  ”exorbitant” school fees. CSU president Romeo Quilang had raised doubts that Sanfuego committed suicide because she failed to pay school fees. More »House to probe Cagayan coed’s suicide over unpaid school fees

  • 9 troopers wounded in Maguindanao

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Nine soldiers were wounded yesterday in fresh encounters with the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao. Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said the troopers were wounded during separate clashes be- tween the military’s Joint Task Force Central and the rebels in various parts of Maguindanao. “Operating troops of Joint Task Force Central were engaged in different areas within the operational area against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The encounters happened a day after the military announced that it would neu- tralize the BIFF rebels in Maguindanao and Cotabato by the weekend. More »9 troopers wounded in Maguindanao

  • Man arrested for ‘sextortion’

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Police have arrested a 34-year-old man tagged in “sextortion” in an entrapment operation in Quezon City. Jungie Banico, married, of Barangay Rosario in Pasig City, was nabbed Wednesday at a mall in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Quezon City shortly after receiving the P2,000 marked money from the victim, said Police Officer 2 Sherly Montaño of the Quezon City Police District. More »Man arrested for ‘sextortion’

  • ‘Palace can’t dictate on House over BBL’

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The President cannot dictate on the House of Representatives in its deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. At the same time, Belmonte stressed the chamber would do its best to have the BBL passed before Congress adjourns in June. Belmonte was reacting to the repeated admonitions from Malacañang as well as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that Congress should approve the BBL as soon as possible and without changes. The BBL seeks to create a new autonomous region in Mindanao to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. More »‘Palace can’t dictate on House over BBL’

  • Sufficient grounds found to proceed with Binay probe

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Ombudsman investigators have found sufficient evidence to proceed with the office’s probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and 22 others for alleged involvement in an anomalous parking building project in Makati City. The special panel of investigators filed yesterday a complaint before the anti-graft agency’s preliminary investigation bureau for graft, malversation of public funds and violation of the procurement law. Also included in the complaint are former city administrator Marjorie de Veyra, city legal officer Pio Kenneth Dasal, city budget officer Lorenza Amores, former Central Planning Management Office (CPMO) chief Virginia Hernandez, former city engineer Mario Badillo, former city accountant Leonila Querijero, former acting city accountant Raydes Pestaño, city accountant Cecilio Lim III, acting city accountant Eleno Mendoza, city treasurer Nelia Barlis, CPMO engineers Arnel Cadangan, Emerito Magat and Connie Consulta, CPMO chief Line dela Peña, bids and awards committee (BAC) secretariat heads Giovanni Condes and Manolito Uyaco, technical working group (TWG) chairman Rodel Nayve, BAC member Ulysses Orienza, General Services Dept. OIC Gerardo San Gabriel, GSD staff member Norman Flores, as well as private respondents Orlando Mateo of MANA Architecture & Interior Design Co. (MANA) and Efren Canlas of Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. More »Sufficient grounds found to proceed with Binay probe

  • Harrison Ford survives plane crash

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed maneuver. He was pulled from the plane by golfers and course workers who saw it come down about a quarter-mile short of the runway at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and taken by ambulance to a hospital conscious and breathing. He was pulled from the plane and given initial help by doctors who happened to be playing golf on the course that is right next to Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Los Angeles fire officials said. Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas said in a statement that Ford had no other choice but to make an emergency landing. More »Harrison Ford survives plane crash

  • SAF commandos get posthumous promotion

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos killed in a firefight with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano on Jan. 25 were given posthumous meritorious promotion by the National Police Commission (Napolcom), Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday. Roxas, chairman of Napolcom, said the commission approved the promotion to the next rank of Sr. Insp. Roxas said the 44 were operatives of the SAF’s 55th and 84th Special Action Company that served the warrants of arrest against Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Filipino terrorist Basit Usman. More »SAF commandos get posthumous promotion

  • LTFRB brings down taxi flag-down rate by P10

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    A provisional P10-rollback in the flag-down rate of all taxicabs will take effect on Monday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said yesterday. LTFRB said the flag-down taxi fare will be reduced to P30 from the current P40, while the start-up fare of airport taxis will be reduced to P60 from P70. LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said in a press conference the rollback stemmed from the “prevailing low prices of oil in the world market.” Former LTFRB member and Negros Oriental Rep. Manuel Iway also petitioned the board to reduce the flag-down fare. “The fare reduction will be automatically imposed on Monday without any documents needed from the LTFRB,” Ginez added. More »LTFRB brings down taxi flag-down rate by P10

  • Expensive Pacman tickets keeping lawmakers at home

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Colleagues of world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in the House of Representatives might not be flying to Las Vegas this time to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of the prohibitive ticket prices, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Belmonte said so far, none of his colleagues have sought his permission to leave the country for the US in time for the fight, even as he stressed that lawmakers have always rooted for Pacquiao. “Who knows, some lawmakers might visit relatives in California,” Belmonte said. Unless on official duty, lawmakers are not required to disclose the complete details and itineraries when they seek permission to go abroad. More »Expensive Pacman tickets keeping lawmakers at home

  • Wanted: More female candidates in 2016

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Political parties should field more women candidates in next year’s elections to help increase the voice of women in governance and policy-making, Sen. Pia Cayetano said yesterday. Cayetano, who chairs the Senate committee on women, gender and family relations, made the call ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow and the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 national and local polls in October this year. Cayetano said political parties can play a crucial role in bridging the gender gap in Philippine politics by giving women a better chance of getting elected to public positions. “It is high time that we increase the representation of women in political parties. More »Wanted: More female candidates in 2016

  • 2 PNP officials face raps over Revilla visit to JPE

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Two officials of the Philippine National Police are facing criminal and administrative charges for allegedly conniving to facilitate the unauthorized attendance of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. at Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile during his 91st birthday celebration at the PNP General Hospital on Feb. 14. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) recommended the filing of charges against Superintendent Eugelio Lovello Fabro, officer-in-charge of the Custodial Security Unit, and duty officer Senior Inspector Cecilia Tapaoan, both of the PNP’s Headquarters Support Service (HSS). More »2 PNP officials face raps over Revilla visit to JPE

  • BIFF putting up united front with other groups

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The military offensive unleashed in Mindanao has triggered a budding alliance among armed groups left out of the peace talks with the government, an official of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said yesterday. MNLF spokesman Emmanuel Fontanilla said the emergence of the Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) in Central Mindanao is an indication of the realignment of armed groups targeted by an ongoing military offensive. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), though painted as a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that has forged a peace agreement with the government, will now fight side by side with JIM against the military, Fontanilla said. More »BIFF putting up united front with other groups

  • Romblon gov’t clueless on Sibuyan Sea exploration

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Romblon Gov. Eduardo Firmalo welcomed the discovery of the World War II Japanese battleship Musashi by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his team in Sibuyan Sea, but noted that the provincial government was not informed about the group’s exploration. Firmalo said the provincial government is unaware of the presence of Allen’s vessel and his team at Sibuyan Sea, within the territory of the Romblon province. “Even the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy were also unaware about the exploration conducted. More »Romblon gov’t clueless on Sibuyan Sea exploration

  • LTO to start breath analyzer tests next week

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Starting March 12, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be using breath analyzer tests on motorists suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol in a bid to address drunk driving in the country, an official said yesterday. Jason Salvador, spokesman for the LTO, said at least 150 units of breath analyzer and drug test kits would be initially distributed in the National Capital Region, Metro Davao and Metro Cebu where cases of vehicular accidents caused by drunk driving are high. “The LTO is mandated to do random drug tests at terminals of public utility vehicles,” Salvador said in an interview. More »LTO to start breath analyzer tests next week

  • Sayyaf kidnaps 2 teachers in Zamboanga Sibugay

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    ZAMBOANGA CITY – Suspected Abu Sayyaf members kidnapped two public school teachers in Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay on Thursday, police said yesterday. More »Sayyaf kidnaps 2 teachers in Zamboanga Sibugay

  • Makati donates relief packs to Parola fire victims

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The Makati City government yesterday donated some 5,000 relief packs containing rice, canned goods, medicine and drinking water to thousands of fire victims in Parola compound in Tondo, Manila. Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the distribution of the goods to at least 3,000 families who were displaced when successive fires struck the compound earlier this week. Binay instructed the Makati Social Welfare Department to deliver 15,000 pairs of slippers after observing that many residents were walking around barefooted. The local government of Makati also conducted medical services for the fire victims temporarily housed at the Delpan covered court. More »Makati donates relief packs to Parola fire victims

  • COA questions P6.7-M Marina execs’ bonuses

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Officials and employees of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) were irregularly given anniversary bonuses in 2013, according to a Commission on Audit (COA) report released yesterday. The COA had disallowed the release of P15,000 in bonuses to each official and employee. State auditors said Administrative Order No. 263 dated March 28, 1996 authorizes the granting of bonuses during milestone years. They said the 39th anniversary of Marina could not be considered as a milestone year under existing rules. More »COA questions P6.7-M Marina execs’ bonuses

  • Bulacan bettor wins P12.5-M lotto jackpot

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    A bettor from Bulacan hit the jackpot of the 6/42 lotto draw on March 5, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced yesterday. More »Bulacan bettor wins P12.5-M lotto jackpot

  • ‘Ampatuan witness credible’

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    The lawyer of Maguindanao massacre suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. yesterday said the admission of a defense witness that he used a fake identification card to enter the court premises strengthened the credibility of his testimony. In a phone interview with The STAR, defense counsel Salvador Panelo said the admission of Nickardo Abdullah Malang that he used a bogus ID proves that he has no qualms in telling the truth before the court. Last week, private prosecutors Nena Santos and Maria Gemma Oquendo filed charges of falsification and usurpation of authority against Malang before the Taguig City prosecutor’s office for using a Department of Interior and Local Government ID that misrepresented himself as a barangay secretary. During cross-examination, the prosecution learned that the ID that he presented upon entering the jail facility bears the name Nickardo Uy Malang. More »‘Ampatuan witness credible’

  • 3 Pinay workers get MERS in Saudi

    Philippine Star - 8 hours ago

    Three female healthcare personnel in Saudi Arabia have contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed yesterday. “The three Filipinos work as healthcare personnel in various hospitals in Saudi Arabia and were recently exposed to MERS patients. We will immediately get in touch with their next of kin to inform them of any developments,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose told reporters. The DFA said the 56-year-old nurse assigned at the emergency room is isolated in the hospital staff housing. More »3 Pinay workers get MERS in Saudi

  • Revilla son’s condition improves

    Philippine Star - Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla’s condition continues to improve after he reportedly accidentally shot himself last Saturday, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center said yesterday. In the latest medical bulletin, signed by Dr. Joven Tanchuco, said a day after he was admitted, Revilla had low-grade fever and he was shifted to a broad-spectrum antibiotic. The Cavite official is a son of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in connection with the pork barrel scam. The medical bulletin said Revilla has been moving within his hospital room, as advised by his attending physician, to help resolve his partially collapsed lungs and prevent complications. More »Revilla son’s condition improves

  • UNA hits PNP selection process

    Philippine Star - Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) hit yesterday the apparent machinations in the selection of the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA interim president, said the administration and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are perpetuating the bata-bata or patronage system in the selection process of the police chief. “They will start this by maneuvering the appointment of Gen. Garbo as PNP chief,” said Tiangco, referring to one of the top contenders for PNP chief, Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., current chief of the PNP directorial staff. More »UNA hits PNP selection process

  • Fortun back as lawyer in massacre case

    Philippine Star - Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The firm of former Ampatuan defense lawyer Philip Sigfrid Fortun will represent the incumbent Cotabato City administrator in the new set of murder charges filed in connection with the Maguindanao massacre case, The STAR learned yesterday. The Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (FNS) law firm will represent city administrator and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) solicitor general Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi in the multiple murder complaint pending with the Maguindanao prosecutor’s office. In a letter submitted to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221, FNS lawyer Paulo Alberto Sicangco asked for copies of documents relating to the multiple murder case. More »Fortun back as lawyer in massacre case

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