Philippine News

Oral arguments on EDCA center on West Philippine Sea

MANILA — The oral arguments on the petitions against the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) conducted at the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday centered on the issue of the West Philippine Sea. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio asked Atty. Harry Roque on how he would advise President Benigno S. Aquino III in case China attacks …

DOH insists no violation of protocols in Caballo Island visit

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) insisted Tuesday that it did not violate the standard protocols when two of its high officials and of that the military visited the more than 130 peacekeepers currently undergoing the 21-days quarantine period in Caballo Islands. This was strongly emphasized by the DOH during a press briefing held …

SPD says Makati abduction incidents have different suspects

MANILA — The Southern Police District (SPD) on Tuesday said that the three abduction incidents in Makati City involving a 21-year-old female student; a 19-year-old transgender and a 14-year-old have different suspects based on the reports submitted by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG). ”The alleged abduction committed in Makati City, disclosed that no serial …

Employers prefer jobseekers with life skills, says Baldoz

MANILA — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz had congratulated the 268 Quezon City youth who graduated from the JobStart Life Skills Training under the DOLE’s JobStart Philippines Program recently, saying they must place priority and importance on acquiring the necessary skills to meet employers’ requirements. In her message to the graduates read by DOLE …

Drilon detractor ignores ‘persona non grata’ label

MANILA – Former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada shrugs off the move of the Iloilo City Council, declaring him a “persona non grata.” On Wednesday, Mejorada said during an interview in Bombo Radyo that City Council members are taking orders from Major Jed Patrick Mabilog. Mejorada was the one who filed a plunder complaint against …

Napoles’ children refused to enter plea

MANILA – Children of alleged pork-barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles refused to enter a plea during their graft case arraignment at the anti-graft court on Wednesday. Upon the advice of their counsel, James Christopher and Jo Christine did not enter any plea in the 15 counts of graft cases filed against them. Because of this, …

COA: Makati Science High School building costs P1.3 billion

MANILA – It was only pegged for P348.669 million, but the cost of the 10-story Makati Science High School building ballooned to over P1.3 billion over six phases, according to the Commission on Audit. Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan said on Tuesday that “red flags” should have been spotted by the auditing team …

Condo unit belongs to Mercado – Binay’s camp

MANILA – Denying claims that Vice President Jejomar Binay received condominium units in exchange for tax rebates, Binay’s camp said that the condo unit at the The Peak in Makati belonged to Ernesto Mercado, not Binay. The unit was the scene of the 2002 gun slaying of Mercado’s girlfriend, and Mercado was the prime suspect, …

LP at “consensus-building stage” in selecting candidate for 2016 presidential race

MANILA – The Liberal Party is at the “consensus-building stage” in selecting its candidate for the 2016 presidential election and may not be open to the idea of selecting Vice President Jejomar Binay. On Tuesday night, when asked whether Binay will be considered as the standard bearer of the party, Aquino did not give an …

I will take full responsibility says Garin

MANILA – Department of Health (DOH) Acting Secretary Janette Garin said that she will take full responsibility if her visit to Caballo Islands violated protocols coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). “If proven that my action was wrong and if proven that I placed the lives …