Philippine News

Purisima reveals text conversations with Aquino during Mamasapano incident

MANILA – Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima disclosed on Monday the exchange of text messages between him and President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Mamasapano incident on Jan. 25. At the resumption of the Senate inquiry into the bloody Mamasapano encounter that left 44 Special Action Force (SAF) men dead, Purisima …

DOTC: Strong government, private sector cooperation needed in addressing PHL supply chain issues

MANILA — A top official of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said during the recent 8th Philippine Ports and Shipping Conference that strong cooperation between the government and the private sector is needed in addressing the country’s supply chain bottleneck problems. According to DOTC Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan Jr., both sectors should truly recognize …

No PHL Army personnel involved in coup plots, says Detoyato

MANILA — Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato assured the public that no active duty personnel are involved in coup plots, adding that these troopers are too busy attending to their constitutional mandate, which is to protect the people and country from all forms of internal and external threats. “No active duty Army …

Solon wants Palace to name new PNP chief to restore law and order

MANILA  — Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo on Monday has urged Malacañang to waste no time in naming a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief “to fully restore order, discipline and the chain of command, and to move the 149,000-member force forward.” “Malacañang has to appoint a new PNP chief at once, considering that the …

PHL court makes ‘not guilty’ plea for US Marine charged in transgender Filipino’s killing

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea Monday for a U.S. Marine charged with the murder of a transgender Filipino, who authorities say he killed after finding out her gender when they checked into a motel. Accompanied by security escorts and his lawyers, Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton refused to enter a …

JBC shortlists 5 names to replace ex-Sandiganbayan justice

MANILA — The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday shortlisted five names to fill up the post vacated by dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory S. Ong. Ong was dismissed from the service due to his links with alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles. Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the Php10-billion pork …

Bangsamoro Law must address Filipino aspiration for peace and justice — Ferrer

MANILA — Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chair Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer Monday asked Congress to enshrine and protect the people’s aspirations for peace and justice as envisioned in the 1987 Philippine Constitution ‎when it considers changes to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The chief negotiator referred to the statement of the framers …

Allow LGUs to suspend wearing of motorcycle helmets

MANILA — A bill allowing local government units (LGUs) to suspend the wearing of motorcycle helmets as mandated by R.A. No. 10054 or the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009” is under consideration by the House Committee on Transportation. Zamboanga City Rep. Celso L. Lobregat, author of HB 4438, noted that incidents of crimes committed by …

February 25 is regular working day – Palace

MANILA – Malacanang has clarified that February 25, EDSA People’s Power Revolution anniversary, is a regular working day. According to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., February 25 has been declared working holiday based on the Proclamation No. 831 issued by President Benigno Aquino III on July 17, 2014. ”Based on the …

Common cards for LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 to be launched by September

MANILA — Common cards are set to be launched for the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1, LRT-2) and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) by September. Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) noted that this common ticketing scheme or Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) will make purchasing single journey tickets more …

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