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Security in SE Asia boosted by planned ASEAN, China COC talks

MANILA – The threat of armed confrontation in Southeast Asia had been reduced significantly after the ASEAN and China had agreed to start talks on a Code of Conduct in the South China, a defense official said Wednesday. “The agreement between ASEAN and China to begin discussions on the Code of Conduct is a positive step …

STL creates 10,318 jobs in Mindanao: PCSO

MANILA — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has generated more than 10,000 jobs in Mindanao in the first three quarters of 2017 because of the operations of the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL). PCSO Mindanao operations head Gloria Ybanez said the operations of the expanded STL not only helps the government increase its revenues, but …

No delay in liquidation of feeding program funds: Taguig LGU

MANILA— The Taguig City government denied that it has been late in the liquidation of the funds downloaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its day care feeding program. The Taguig LGU explained that the PHP17.639-million fund was downloaded only last December 2016, and as of this date, the same is …

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Comelec head’s ‘undeclared wealth’

MANILA, Aug. 7— Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday order the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista’s alleged failure to declare PHP1 billion of his wealth. Aguirre directed NBI Director Dante Gierran to conduct a probe and case build-up based on the allegations of Bautista’s wife Patricia …

Aguirre orders NBI to probe slay of ex-media man, brother

MANILA, Aug. 4 — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the killing of Michael D. Marasigan, a former media man who was killed by two gunmen riding in tandem in San Juan City Thursday night. Aguirre issued Department Order No. 515 directing NBI Director Dante …

VACC, Vanguard seek SC records to boost impeach rap vs CJ Sereno

MANILA, Aug. 4 — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) on Friday asked the Supreme Court for some records that will boost the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a two-page letter signed by VACC founding Chair Dante Jimenez of VACC …

Calida seeks courts on arrest of NDF leaders

MANILA, Aug. 4 — Solicitor General Jose C. Calida on Friday said they already filed before the different courts a Manifestation for the Issuance of Recommitment Orders for the National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants who were granted bail to participate in peace talks with the government. “Due to the eventual termination of the peace negotiations …

Lookout order issued vs Councilor Parojinog

MANILA, Aug. 4 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo ‘Arthur’ Parojinog who managed to evade arrest following the raid that led to the death of 14 people including Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog last July 30. In a memorandum released on Friday, Justice Secretary …

DOJ orders filing of criminal raps vs Parojinog siblings

MANILA, Aug. 3 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the filing or criminal charges against Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez and her brother, Reynaldo Jr., in connection to the anti-drug operation which killed suspected narco-politician Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others last July 30. In a 14-page resolution dated Aug. 2, the …

Aguirre orders probe, raps vs NBP guard caught with shabu

MANILA, Aug. 3 — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday ordered the investigation and filing of charges against a jail guard at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City who was caught with methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu. In a report from Southern Police District (SPD) Director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, Prison Guard 1 Ernesto …

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