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Palace lauds IRR revision of GCTA law

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the revision of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. “We hope that the revisions and corrections made in the instrument would address the inaccuracies, as well as the loopholes of its earlier version which generated confusion among the …

DFA launches Facebook page to help distressed OFWs

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday launched the official “OFW Help” page on Facebook to provide distressed overseas Filipino workers a new system to reach the government and request for emergency assistance. The “OFW Help” Facebook page, managed by the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), seeks to assist undocumented or irregular workers …

PH bags Americas’ ‘first folk dance champion’ title

MANILA — Bayanihan, the country’s official dance company, has surfaced as a victor in the international arena of folk dancing after it won the grand prize of the 1st Federation of International Dance Festivals (FIDAF) Brazil World Championship during the 15th International Folklore Festival in Nova Prata on Sunday. “We won! (The) overall winner of the …

Palace confident of DICT performance under Honasan

MANILA — Malacañang is confident about the performance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) under the helm of its newly confirmed chief, Secretary Gregorio Honasan II. “We welcome the confirmation of the ad interim appointment of Mr. Gregorio Honasan II as the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) by …

Edsa traffic woes to haunt Poe: Palace

MANILA — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday chided Senator Grace Poe for her initial opposition on granting the executive branch emergency powers to solve the traffic woes in Metro Manila, particularly along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa). “Kasi nga (Because) from the very start — obviously the grant of emergency powers would have helped a …

PRRD can transfer convicts sans court order: Palace spox

MANILA— Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte can transfer convicts without a court order. “They are saying you need a court order. You know I’ve looked over the law, there is nothing that says the President cannot,” Panelo said during a television interview. “You must remember …

All-out-war vs. armed rebels continues: Duterte

MANILA — The all-out-war against armed rebels by the Duterte administration will continue until all members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered, President Rodrigo Duterte said. “I have ordered the Armed Forces and the police to go attack full-scale. Kung hindi natin maubos ito, sa panahon ko (We’ll see if we can wipe them out in …

China to agree on 60-40 if arbitral ruling is set aside: PRRD

MANILA — The Chinese government will agree on a 60-40 sharing scheme in favor of the Philippines only if Manila will set aside the landmark Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday. “Set aside your claim. Then allow everybody connected with the Chinese companies,” Duterte said, …

Bounty for Negros cops’ killers raised to P7M

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has further raised to PHP7 million the bounty for suspects in the killings of four police officers in Negros Oriental last July. “May promise ako ‘di ba? Six million na. O seven million na ngayon (I made a promise, didn’t I? it’s PHP6 million already. Now, it’s PHP7 million),” Duterte said during a press briefing after the …

Filipinos warned vs. Iraq online job offers

MANILA— The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday warned Filipinos anew against engaging with recruiters announcing job postings online, saying the deployment ban to Iraq is still in place. “In some cases, these online announcements claim that the existing ban on deployment to Iraq has been lifted,” the DFA said in a statement. The …