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Pimentel to PNP: Shape up

MANILA— “The Filipino people deserve a modern, professional, and capable police force. Right now, the PNP (Philippine National Police) is none of the above.” Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III made this statement Thursday, expressing disappointment over the “incompetence of the PNP” in catching criminals. Pimentel, a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, cited the recent …

Trillanes welcomes Gordon move to invite Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

MANILA— Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday welcomed the decision of Senator Richard Gordon to invite presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio to the next Senate probe into the PHP 6.4-billion shabu shipment from China but stressed that Gordon had been pressured by public outrage. In an …

Sandiganbayan junks malversation raps vs JV Ejercito

MANILA, Aug. 11— The Sandiganbayan has acquitted Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito in a technical malversation case over the purchase of PHP2.1-million worth of high-powered firearms in 2008 when he was the city mayor of San Juan City. In its ruling promulgated on Aug. 10, 2017, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division granted the “demurrers to evidence” …

Taxi operators eye similar ride-hailing app as Uber, Grab

MANILA, Aug. 3 — A taxi operators group on Wednesday said that it is eyeing the creation a ride-hailing application similar to Uber and Grab to “level the playing field” in providing transportation service to the public. Philippine National Taxi Operators Association (PNTOA) head Bong Suntay, during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, recognized that taxis …

Poe to Grab, Uber: Do you offer ride-sharing or ride-hailing services?

MANILA, Aug. 3 — Do Grab and Uber offer ride-sharing or ride-hailing services? This was the question raised by Senator Grace Poe during the Senate hearing tackling issues between the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and transport network companies (TNCs). Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said that an answer …

Duterte eyes more soldiers to crush terror groups

MANILA, Aug. 2 — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his desire to recruit additional soldiers to reinforce the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) amid reports of terror groups’ other planned attacks in Mindanao, senators said Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Juan Edgardo Angara made this confirmation a day after President Duterte …

Senators will back move to adjust budget for free tuition in SUCs

MANILA, Aug 2 — A senator on Wednesday said that he was confident that a majority of senators would support the move to adjust the 2018 national budget to increase the allocation for free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs). Senator Sherwin Gatchalian made this remark noting that that there was “lack of funding” …

Schools urged to work with DOT-accredited providers in planning field trips

MANILA, Aug 1 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday encouraged schools to work with DOT-accredited tour service providers in planning field trips to reduce the risk of young lives being cut short. “…Service providers that include the tour operators and other tourism facilities should be qualified, licensed, and certified to provide the services …

DOT replaces ‘misleading’ graph

MANILA, July 28 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday replaced two graphs showing the comparison between tourist arrivals and revenues during the first 11 months of the Duterte administration and the first 11 months of the Aquino administration following a news report that claimed that they attempted to mislead the public. In its …

Senate budget hearings to question agencies on fund utilization

MANILA, July 27—  To confirm if there was indeed underspending in the government’s budget utilization, a senator on Thursday said that the upcoming 2018 national budget hearings in the Senate will find out if the government is on track on spending its annual allocations. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto made this remark following reports quoting …