Philippine News

‘Brace for more bloodshed’— HRW

International non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent announcement that he would soon return the power of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) over the government’s fight contra illegal drugs. HRW’s Asia Deputy Director Phelim Kine said that the return of police anti-drug operations may boost the risk of summary killings. “The …

Railways Usec Cesar Chavez resigns amid MRT incidents

Cesar Chavez on Thursday morning announced the submission of his irrevocable resignation addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte as he stepped down from his post as the Transportation Undersecretary for Railways following several technical breakdowns of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3. “I’m tendering my irrevocable resignation. Hindi pwedeng lagi tayong naninisi sa nakaraan dahil sa …

Solon asks SC to stop P836-M driver’s license cards project

MANILA — ACTS OFW partylist Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III on Wednesday filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to stop the implementation of Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) PHP836-million project for the procurement of driver’s license cards this year. In a 40-page petition for certiorari prohibition for issuance of temporary restraining order, Bertiz asked SC to …

DOJ junks drug raps vs Faeldon, 11 BOC officials

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday dismissed the criminal charges filed against former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and 11 other BOC officials in connection with the PHP6.4 billion shabu shipment seized in Valenzuela City last May 26. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the DOJ panel headed by Assistant State …

Check schedule of poll offices to avoid hassle: Comelec

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) advised the public to check first the schedule of the Office of the Election Officer (OEOs) in their areas before going there to register. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez issued the advisory as there may be instances where local poll body officers are out in the field conducting satellite registration. …

DOJ warns public vs unauthorized solicitation

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday warned the public against unscrupulous people using the name of the agency for unauthorized solicitation. “Anyone who will be the subject of such unauthorized solicitation should immediately report to my office at the Office of the Secretary,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said in a statement. Aguirre …

Marawi prelate: Locating Christians a must aside from church rehab

MANILA — Apart from rebuilding the war-ravaged Marawi Cathedral, the Prelature of Marawi is also prioritizing to locate the whereabouts of Christian parishioners in the city. With this, Bishop Edwin dela Pena admitted that it would take a while to reconstruct the cathedral, that is why they are more focused in gathering Roman Catholics in the …

Marawi to be rebuilt during term of Duterte: Palace

MANILA – Efforts to rebuild Marawi City is now going full blast as the government aims to restore the battle-scarred city before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022, Malacañang said Wednesday. “The goal is to completely rebuild Marawi during the term of President Duterte,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said during a press briefing …

TF Bangon Marawi to turn over 500 temporary houses before Christmas

MANILA — Task Force Bangon Marawi is targeting to turn over 500 temporary housing units to families affected by the crisis before Christmas, its chairman Eduardo del Rosario said Wednesday. “Five hundred units will be turned over by the middle or third week of Dec. 500 families will be allowed to occupy the first 500 housing …

Pres. Duterte: Soldiers commended by ASEAN delegates

MANILA — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, November 22, said soldiers received praises from delegates who attended the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits held in the country last week. In a speech at the Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, the Chief Executive said heads of states and military officials …