Philippine News

San Juan residents accuse Zamora of ‘vote buying’

MANILA— Two San Juan City residents filed a complaint against losing mayoral bet Francis Zamora for alleged vote buying in exchange of getting support in the recall elections petition filed against Mayor Guia Gomez. Lucila Robles and Veradel Surmieda filed an affidavit/complaint before the Law Department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) accusing Zamora of …

Senate OKs bill allowing telecommuting in workplace

MANILA— The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure to allow companies to offer a “telecommuting” program to its employees in efforts to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and other urban cities. With 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and zero abstention, Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act …

Sandiganbayan resets graft trial of Estrada, Napoles to Sept. 4

MANILA— The Sandiganbayan on Monday deferred and reset to Sept. 4 the graft trial of detained former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles in connection with the pork barrel scam. Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the PHP10-billion pork barrel and the PHP900-million Malampaya Fund scams. She appeared before the brief hearing …

CBCP opposes LTFRB order on removal of rosaries, religious figurines on vehicle dashboards

MANILA— An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC) has opposed the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) disallowing rosaries and small figurines in dashboards or windshields of vehicles. According to CBCP-PAC Executive Secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano, banning of religious and display items in cars has …

Senators back Carpio’s call to take China threat to UN

MANILA— Two senators on Monday said that they support the call of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to bring to the United Nations China’s threat of war if the Philippines drills for oil in its exclusive economic zone in the disputed West Philippine Sea. In a speech in Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte said …

Duterte renames Benham Rise

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 25, officially renaming Benham Rise to Philippine Rise. EO 25 orders the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority to use the name “Philippine Rise” instead of “Benham Rise” in official maps and other documents that include the area. The area was awarded to the Philippines when the Commission on …

Senators ask DOTr to suspend Anti-Distracted Driving Act

MANILA— At least two senators have called on the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to temporarily suspend the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, which has confused drivers of both public and private vehicles, until its Implementing Rules and Regulations have been clarified. Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said the DOTr seemed to have made the enforcement …

Nokia phones, chargers worth PHP800,000 seized in NAIA

MANILA— Five boxes containing 400 disassembled units of Nokia 3310 phones and chargers valued at PHP880,000 were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from two passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 early this month. The BOC identified the travelers as Lao Alikhan Unos and Hadji Unis Saaduddin Lao who arrived …

Shortlist for possible Año’s successors now compiled – AFP spokesperson

MANILA—- With Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año poised to retire this June 2 to make way for his assumption at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) portfolio, the Board of Generals on Monday announced it has already compiled the names of possible officials who can succeed the military …

PNP-IAS likely to recommend filing of grave misconduct raps against Nobleza

MANILA— The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) will submit to PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa its recommendation on the case of Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza within 15 days from Monday. PNP Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo The 10-day period given by IAS to Nobleza to submit her defense on the case …

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