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Duterte to grace opening of federalism info drive

President Rodrigo Duterte will personally attend the opening of the information campaign on federalism, the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (Con-com) said yesterday. In an emailed statement, the Con-com said Duterte expressed his intent to join the information…

Palace clarifies DU30’s P5M ‘ninja cop’ offer

When President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would give P5 million for a dead rogue cop, he probably did not mean actually killing a police officer accused of criminal activity, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. “Ang pagkakaintindi ko po…

Senators to back Speaker on pork-free budget

A House leader yesterday reminded Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that even senators are also proposing projects for their constituents and are expected to join Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s directive to congressmen to strictly comply with the Supreme Court (SC) ruling against…

Stiffer penalties for dishonest vendors loom

THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading a proposed law principally sponsored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo imposing a maximum fine of P300,000 or five years imprisonment or both for tampering the Timbangan ng Bayan Center to be placed…

Duterte signs law creating PUP-Sablayan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating a satellite campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro to ensure free education for poor but deserving students. Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine “Nene” Ramirez-Sato lauded the…

Ex-PDEA man held for indiscriminate firing

CABANATUAN City -- A former agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was arrested for indiscriminate firing and possession of illegal drugs on Saturday. City police head Supt. Ponciano Zafra said Sherwin Holgado, 43, an ex-PDEA agent and a…

Soldier escapes from NPA abductors

A soldier abducted by members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) escaped from his captors at the height of a military offensive in Manay, Davao Oriental Saturday evening. Major Ezra Balagtey, spokesman of Armed Forces of the Philippines -Eastern Mindanao…

DFA probes death of Pinay found in Saudi hotel

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is looking into the death of a Filipina household service worker in Saudi Arabia whose body was found inside a hotel room in Jeddah three days ago. In its report to the DFA Home…

PH joins world in mourning death of Kofi Annan

THE Philippines joins the international community in mourning the passing of a statesman, diplomat, and peacemaker -- Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. In a statement issued by the Department of Foreign…

A Dearth of Muslims in Philippine Senate

THE last time a Muslim sat in the Philippine Senate was in 1995 in the person of former Senator Santanina Tillah Rasul who hailed from Sulu. Since then, no Muslim has occupied a seat in the Upper Chamber. Mayor Sara…

PNP commanders’ ranks to be upgraded, says Napolcom

THE National Police Commission chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Eduardo M. Año has issued a resolution upgrading the rank of the directors of 23 key Philippine National Police units, a move which will literally…

PH 'crocodiles' hardy — Lacson

PORK barrel Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday reacted with wry humor to a newspaper report quoting scientists as saying the Philippine crocodile could be headed for extinction. In the report, scientists said that the Philippine crocodile which are “shy, secretive,”…

Probe of Chinese plane accident starts

AUTHORITIES have started investigating the Xiamen Air jet’s rough landing on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Thursday midnight to determine the cause of the accident. According to Eric Apolonio, spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of…

GMA to bring back House oversight panel for good governance

HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has vowed to revive the Congressional Oversight Committee. This was disclosed by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez as he underscored the importance of the oversight committee in ensuring transparency and accountability in the government. The special committee…
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