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Senators eye probe on teener’s death in Caloocan anti-drug ops

MANILA — Senators on Friday sought for a probe into the death of a student who was killed during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City saying that police officers have gone out of hand. The Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed that 17-year-old Kian Lloyd Delos Santos fired at them prompting the police to retaliate. However, a …

Legarda condemns Barcelona terror attack

MANILA — Senator Loren Legarda on Friday condemned the recent terror attack in Barcelona, Spain and stood in solidarity with families of the victims following the incident that left four Irish citizens of Filipino descent injured. “We stand with the people of Spain and the international community in condemning the terrorist attack that has claimed innocent …

Tax reform package to fund ‘pro-people’ projects — economic managers

MANILA — Economic managers have agreed to use revenue from the Duterte administration’s proposed tax reform package to “pro-people” projects, a senator said Thursday. “Kausap namin yung mga hepe ng economic agencies, e, pumayag naman sila for five years na i-allot natin sa pro-people projects, pangtulong sa mahihirap (We spoke to heads of economic agencies and …

Gov’t losing much-needed revenue due to corruption at BOC

MANILA — A senator on Tuesday slammed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) anew for being home to several corrupt officials and blamed them for being responsible for the government’s losing “much-needed” revenue. “Not only are we bringing in drugs, we’re also losing money on smuggled goods because of corruption in the BOC,” Aquino said during the …

Poe summons LTFRB to a meeting after move to suspend Uber’s services

MANILA — Senator Grace Poe has summoned officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to an urgent meeting in the Senate Wednesday, a day after the board suspended services of ride-hailing service Uber for a month. Poe, in a statement, said that she was hopeful that the meeting with the LTFRB would …

Foreign triathletes anticipate return to PH

MANILA — The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 might be over, but foreign triathletes are already anticipating not just next year’s competition, but also a chance to visit the Philippines anew. Over 2,700 triathletes from 52 countries participated in the 10th anniversary of the sporting event organized by Sunrise Events Inc. in cooperation with the …

Over 3M foreign tourists visited PH in first half of 2017

MANILA, Aug. 11 — More than 3 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines in the first half of 2017 (January to June), data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed. Foreign tourist arrivals for the period of January to June of 2017 jumped by 12.7 percent to 3.357 million compared to 2.978 million in the …

Rise in oil prices should not be blamed on excise tax alone — DOF

MANILA, Aug. 10— The Department of Finance (DOF) on Thursday defended anew the inclusion of oil excise tax in the Duterte administration’s tax reform program saying it was not the sole factor to blame for the rise in oil prices. “Factors such as weather, stocking, income, lower poverty, basic supply and demand and even profiteering …

LP ratifies appointments of Robredo, Pangilinan

MANILA, Aug. 10 — The Liberal Party’s National Executive Council (NECO) on Thursday ratified the party chairmanship of Vice President Leni Robredo and the party presidency of Sen. Francis Pangilinan. Meanwhile, the council also ratified a resolution conferring the title of chairman emeritus to former President Benigno Aquino III during the first official gathering of the …

Trillanes to Faeldon: Show up or be cited for contempt

MANILA, Aug. 10 — Sen. Antonio Trillanes on Thursday called on Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon to show up in the investigations involving the smuggling of PHP 6.4 billion worth of shabu from China or risk being cited for contempt. “I hope he gets the courage to face congress and senators during the next hearings,” …

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