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Revilla plunder trial suspended until Feb. 15

THE Sandiganbayan First Division yesterday allowed the suspension of former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s plunder trial until February 15 while he is waiting to secure a temporary restaining order from the Supreme Court (SC). Despite the prosecution’s objection, Sandiganbayan…

House OKs bill on crop insurance for land reform beneficiaries

A measure that seeks to grant agrarian reform beneficiaries full crop insurance coverage was approved on second reading. The House of Representatives underscored the need to provide beneficiaries with insurance especially if their crops were destroyed by natural calamities and…

DoTr, LTO welcome lifting of TRO on license plates

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) welcomed the lifting of the June 2016 temporary restraining order (TRO) for the release of some 300,000 vehicle license plates and 400,000 motorcycle plates. According to the LTO, half…

PNP drug drive 'reinvigorated'

THE Philippine National Police has launched what it described as a “reinvigorated” Oplan: Double Barrel/Oplan: Tokhang which officials said will be strictly monitored with the end in view of correcting mistakes they had committed during its previous implementation. Apart from…

Gov’t anti-drug gains since July 2016 bared

GOVERNMENT law enforcement agents from July 1, 2016 up to last January 17 have conducted a total of 81,919 anti-narcotics operations which led to the arrest of 119,361 suspects and the killing of 3,987 armed offenders in gunbattles, Philippine National…

Reverse ruling on condemned Pinay’s testimony, CA asked

THE Office of the Solicitor General yesterday asked the Court of Appeals to reconsider its earlier ruling stopping Mary Jane Veloso who is on death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking from testifying against her alleged illegal recruiters. In a…

Senate bill raises penalties for hazing

THE Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs pushed for harsher penalties of up to reclusion perpetua (40 years jail) and P3 million in fines for death related to hazing. The more severe punishments stemmed from hearings of the…

You’re my friend, Duterte assures Drilon

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte washed his hands off Janet Lim Napoles’ going public with her claim in connection with the pork barrel scam that she gave P5 million as donation to the campaign funds of Sen. Franklin Drilon Duterte said he…

Voters urged to choose upright barangay officials

WITH the next barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections slated on May 14 this year, Interior and Local Government OIC Eduardo Año has encouraged the people to vote for candidates who are upright and have solid support for the fight against…

Sandiganbayan junks plea of Army officer in sex scandal

THE Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has found enough basis to proceed with the trial of a former colonel of the Philippine Army who was charged with three separate counts of violation of Anti-Sexual Harassment Act. The Anti-Graft Division denied the motion…

Spanish ‘militant sympathizer’ nabbed

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Troops in the southern Philippines have arrested a Spanish man carrying grenades and bomb-making equipment and suspected of supporting a notorious militant group, authorities said yesterday. Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, who described himself as a tourist, was detained Monday at…

7 more units now PGS-proficient

SEVEN Philippine National Police unit became the first to be certified Performance Governance System (PGS)-Proficient in the organization this year after passing a series of validation and monitoring by the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management and its strategy partners.…

Mocha returns UST alumni award

PRESIDENTIAL Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson yesterday confirmed that she has returned the Gawad Thomasian Alumni in Government Service award given to her by the UST Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI). Uson said she instructed her assistant to return the award…

SC lifts TRO on car plates

THE Supreme Court yesterday lifted the restraining order it issued in 2016 stopping the release of 300,000 pairs of license plates for motor vehicles and 400,000 plates for motorcycles seized by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and donated to the…
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