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Duterte defends Go against detractors

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go from accusations of graft. “I will fire him, if he did intervene” if the allegations that he intervened in the P15.5-billion project of the government to acquire combat management…

NBI also to probe news outlet Rappler

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said he will ask the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the other possible violations committed by online media outfit Rappler. “Whether any law has been violated, it will not be limited…

Du30 not behind Rappler closure

“WALA akong kinalaman d’yan sa Rappler na ’yan ha.” Thus said President Rodrigo Duterte as he denied having a hand in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s closure order against Rappler. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte called him up Monday…

Albay under state of calamity

ALBAY province yesterday was placed under a state of calamity as Mayon threatens a hazardous eruption. The provincial board yesterday approved the request of Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara to declare a state of calamity in the province to allow…

Longer term for president proposed

EVEN before the approval of the mode of Charter change, lawmakers have started proposing amendments to the Constitution including the additional term for the president. Once approved, the next President will serve for five years and will be allowed to…

House set to okay Con-Ass resolution

THE House of Representatives is set to approve this week House Resolution No. 9 which seeks to convene Congress into a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass). Chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments Rep. Roger Mercado said there are only four…

PH with 5 states eyed under federal system

THE Philippines will be divided into five states once it adopts the federal form of government. This five-state system was among the proposals of the members of the House of Representatives as the House committee on constitutional amendments started deliberating…

Cha-cha makes Lacson defer PCSO probe

SENATOR Panfilo Lacson decided to postpone the hearing on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) squabble set today to give way for the hearing on constitutional amendments. Lacson said he has to attend the hearing on Charter change because he…

BBL top priority –– DU30

THE Cha-cha train will have to give way first to the law creating the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which President Rodrigo Duterte wants passed this year ahead of…

Go denies interfering in Navy weapons deal

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SPECIAL assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go belied claims that he intervened in the Philippine Navy’s selection of the weapons system supplier for the P15.7-billion frigate program. “I have not intervened in the procurement of DND of its computer…

Two psychiatrists invited to Sereno impeach hearing

MEMBERS of the House Committee on Justice will invite to the succeeding impeachment hearings the psychiatrists who reportedly gave Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failing marks. At the resumption of the impeachment hearing, chairman of the House Committee on Justice…

CJ’s camp lambasts Umali

THE camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno yesterday lambasted House committee on justice chairperson Rep. Reynaldo Umali for claiming that the magistrate’s impeachment was already in the bag. Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, stressed Umali has already…

PCSO exec denounces gambling lord

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan warned a group reportedly headed by a “notorious gambler” wants to control the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) nationwide. Balutan said the group headed by a known gambling lord wanted…

DU30 flies to India next week for ASEAN meet

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will embark on his first foreign trip this 2018 to attend the India-Association of Southeast Asian Summit (ASEAN) next week. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Duterte to visit India when they met in Manila during the…

‘Ping’ pushes for Con-Ass

SENATOR Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson yesterday filed a resolution calling on the Senate to convene as a constituent assembly (Con-Ass) to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution upon approval of three-fourths of its members. Senate Resolution No. 580 would prevent the…
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