Philippine News

Davao agrarian reform farmers chide 2 DAR officials’ alleged ‘uncaring attitude’

MANILA–Davao del Norte-based agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) rebuked two officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for allegedly issuing misleading statements and inciting them to violence during a recent meeting to discuss their agribusiness venture agreement (AVA) with the Marsman Estate Plantation, Inc. (MEPI). Members of the Davao Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative …

Calida: Case vs President Duterte in ICC baseless

MANILA–Solicitor General Jose C. Calida, the government’s top lawyer on Tuesday said that there is no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe on the complaint filed by Jude Jose Sabio, the lawyer of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 senior government officials. Calida said the suit was baseless …

House leaders slam complaint vs Duterte before ICC

MANILA–Two leaders of the House of Representatives on Tuesday criticized the filing of a case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), dismissing it as another attempt to discredit the government. House Appropriations Committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the complaint, which was filed by self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato’s …

No serious threat seen on ASEAN Summit

MANILA–The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) allayed the public’s fears of any serious threat to the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this week. In a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, April 25, AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, Jr. said they do not see any serious threat but authorities are …

ASEAN 2017: An opportunity to ensure rules-based order succeeds in ASEAN to settle WPS issue

MANILA–As this year’s chair of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines may have the opportunity to call on its ASEAN neighbors to unite in dealing with West Philippine Sea (WPS)/South China Sea dispute and ensure that rules-based system succeeds. Dr. Jay Batongbacal, director at the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs …

Aguirre welcomes appointment of Jurado as new OGCC head

MANILA–Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of lawyer Rudolf Philip Jurado as the new head of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) which is under the DOJ. ”We welcome to the DoJ Family the newly appointed head of the OGCC, Atty. Rodulf Philip B. Jurado. We hope that he …

ICC case vs Pres. Duterte, 11 others ‘dustbin-bound’

MANILA–The criminal complaint filed against Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and 11 senior government officials before the International Criminal Court (ICC) is dustbin bound, Sen. Paniflo Lacson said Tuesday describing the witnesses as “perjured.” “ICC case vs. PRRD, et al is dustbin bound if two perjured witnesses, Lascañas and Matobato are the only ones testifying,” Lacson said …

Lookout bulletin issued vs escaped Korean-American drug supplier

MANILA–A Korean-American party drugs supplier who had escaped from police custody while detained at a hospital in Quezon City last April 15, has been included in the Immigration Lookout Bulletin (ILB) list, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Tuesday. “Pursuant to the April 18, 2017 Urgent Memorandum from Secretary with reference VNA-ILBO-037, Department of …

DFA: No Filipino casualty in Chile quake

MANILA–The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday assured that no Filipino casualty has so far been reported in the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked central Chile. “The Philippine Embassy in Santiago is in constant communication with the Filipino community in the country and has received no reports of injuries or casualties of Filipinos,” the DFA …

Military still unsure of identities of Chinese harassers of PHL fishermen off Union Bank

MANILA–The military is still to determine on whether it was members of the Chinese Navy or Coast Guard that harassed Filipino fishermen off Union Bank, in the Spratlys Island Chain early this month. “We are still to determine that. What we know for sure is that seven Chinese personnel with firearms and aboard a rubber …