Philippine News

No Filipino rebel fighting with ISIS — AFP

MANILA — Amid the existing conflict, the Armed Forces of the Philippines clarified that no Filipino rebels were reported to have joined the extremist from fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The statement was made following reports that several Filipino rebels were already fighting for the extremist group. Former President Fidel …

LGUs urged to finish reconstruction of ‘Yolanda’-hit areas

MANILA — Local government units (LGUs) were given until the year-end to finish the reconstruction of damaged public structures on areas hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” “They have to complete the repair by Dec. 31. Otherwise, we will withdraw the (unutilized) money,” said Pedro Noval, regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government …

Chinese vessels allegedly setting up markers in PH economic zone

MANILA, Philippines – A senior security official revealed yesterday that the Chinese vessels patrolling the West Philippine Sea are not only engaged in a widespread maritime vigil of Recto Bank, but are also allegedly setting up markers in the oil-rich areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), The official, whose identity was not disclosed, …

Big bikes not attractive to motorcycle thieves

MANILA, Philippines– Motorcycle thefts are escalating in the Metro, but owners of big bikes can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. It seems that bike bandits are not fond of costly big bikes, which – despite their high price tags – are more difficult to get rid off in the stolen goods market. Bike …

Jinggoy Estrada says Guingona only after “cheap publicity”

MANILA, Philippines–“The public can’t help but conclude that the chair is not after the truth or justice, only cheap publicity.” This is what Sen. Jinggoy Estrada had to say on Tuesday, as he slammed Sen. Teofisto Guingona III for his seeming disinclination towards resuming hearings on the pork barrel controversy. Estrada pointed out in a …

Clark opens 3-hectare container depot

MANILA — Clark Freeport Pampanga opened a three hectare container depot in a bid to decongest the Port of Manila and several ports in Central and Northern Luzon. Started last Friday, the operation commenced with the signing of the lease agreement by Clark Development Corp. president and chief executive officer Arthur Tugade and CargoHaus Inc. chairman Alberto …

SolGen wins SC battle, makes it to the JBC short list

MANILA — Solicitor General Francis Jardaleza won his battle in the Supreme Court, despite doubts on his integrity raised by the Chief Justice. Voting 7-4, the justices favored Jardaleza’s inclusion on the short list of nominees from which the president will choose a new Supreme Court justice. President Aquino is expected to choose from among …

House approves bill providing additional requirements to foreigners wanting to marry Filipino women

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure providing for additional requirements for male foreigners desiring to marry Filipino women. The House Committee on Revision of Laws, chaired by Rep. Marlyn L. Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan), sponsored for plenary approval House Bill 4828, which substituted House Bill 2387 authored by …

Palparan restless in Bulacan

MANILA — During his first night in a cell he shared with the oldest detainee in the provincial jail, retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan claimed he only got two hours of sleep. Yesterday was a different story as Palparan added that he now feels safe and secure inside the Bulacan Provincial Jail. According to …

Government troopers beat off NPA infiltration attempt in Zamboanga Del Norte

MANILA — Troopers from the 55th Infantry Battalion were able to drive a New People’s Army (NPA) group who were trying to infiltrate at Sitio Basak, Domogok, Siayan town, Zamboanga Del Norte Monday. Reports forwarded by 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, Capt. Franco Suelto Wednesday, said the Aug. 18 encounter with the rebel band took place …

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