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Philippines: 5 Muslim rebels killed in clash with extremists

COTABATO, Philippines—Five Muslim rebels from a large group that is helping the Philippine government fight extremism were killed Friday in the latest clash with Islamic State group-linked militants, security officials said. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters died in the clash with extremists belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who tried to set up …

Clarete, 31 others sued for P62.63-M PDAF scam

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has filed charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Misamis Occidental (1st District) Rep. Marina Clarete and 31 others in connection with the alleged misuse of her PHP62.63-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2007 to 2009. Clarete was indicted for 18 counts of graft, seven counts of malversation …

New tropical cyclone possible in PH next week

MANILA — The first tropical cyclone (TC) in the country this month may develop early next week east of Luzon, possibly with occasional heavy rains in the northernmost portions. “Such TC may be a tropical depression,” said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Chris Perez on Friday (Aug. 18) on the side …

10 Customs ports exceed collection targets in H1 ’17

MANILA — Ten out of 17 collection districts of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have exceeded their collection targets for the first six months of the year. The BOC–Finance Service reported that more than PHP212.16 billion in duties and taxes were collected from January to June this year. The figure was up by 11.3 percent from the …

Ex-Misamis Occidental solon, 31 others charged with graft

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has filed charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Misamis Occidental (1st District) Rep. Marina Clarete and 31 others in connection with the alleged misuse of her PHP62.63-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2007 to 2009. Clarete was indicted for 18 counts of graft, seven counts of malversation …

Philippines: 5 Muslim rebels killed in clash with extremists

COTABATO, Philippines – Philippine police say five Muslim rebels from a group that signed a peace deal and is helping the government fight extremism have been killed in their latest clash with Islamic State group-linked militants. Police Senior Superintendent Agustin Tello says five members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters died in the clash Friday with …

Drivers academy to modernize public transportation: LTFRB

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said the establishment of a Driving Academy for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers will further improve the state of public transportation in the country. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said the agency will be providing free training seminars to PUV drivers nationwide. “This is not just …

SC cautions judges, court personnel on social media use

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday directed all judges and court personnel to be watchful when sharing photographs and views or comments in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “It has been observed that some judges and court personnel have been taking active part in social networking sites by sharing personal photographs …

After rejection, Taguiwalo asks CA: Why?

Former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she wants the Commission on Appointments (CA) to clarify the reason for the rejection of her nomination. Taguiwalo said in interviews that she is worthy of “candor and frankness” from the commission members who voted against her confirmation on Wednesday. “I did not get any reason …

Sandiganbayan allows Revilla to visit dentist anew

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has again allowed former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his dentist in Makati City. In his motion, Revilla said he needed to undergo the recommended “routine dental check-up” and restoration of his damaged teeth at the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center at The Residences, Greenbelt Center, Makati City on Aug. 25, …

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