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Government does not employ a ‘keyboard army’ — Andanar

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday has denied the report of the United States-based human rights watchdog Freedom House that the Philippine government hired a “keyboard army” to boost President Rodrigo Duterte’s public support. “The Presidential Communications Operations Office does not employ a ‘keyboard army,” said Andanar on Friday, November 17, in a statement …

PNP arrests 3 Abus who attempted to terrorize ASEAN

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Friday said that the authorities arrested three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group who allegedly plotted an attack during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The three suspects were caught in a joint operation conducted by the Quezon City Police District …

AFP: Marawi’s ‘road to normalcy is on its way’

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Major General Restitutio Padilla Jr. on Friday said the battle-damaged Marawi City is on its road to normalcy after they announced that there was no longer monitored terrorists in the main battle areas (MBAs). Padilla said during the Palace press briefing that the last firefight recorded was on the …

Drilon seeks realignment of intel, tokhang funds to PNP housing

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday has proposed to realign the P1.41-billion anti-illegal drug campaign budget for the construction of housing units for the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel. Drilon stressed that the current budget for housing of PNP personnel is inadequate. “The PNP’s housing backlog is 10,300 housing units but only about 450 units …

Ex-BuCor chief turns state witness vs De Lima

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday turned former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos into state witness in the illegal drug charges against detained Senator Leila de Lima and her former bodyguard and driver Ronnie Dayan, after dropping him as one of the respondents in the case. According to Senior Assistant Prosecutor Ramoncito …

De Lima to AFP: ‘Do not follow Duterte down his traitor’s path’

Detained Senator Leila De Lima called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to halt the construction of the building shed for the military in the disputed West Philippine Sea. “To the officers men of the AFP, you have a long history of heroes and patriots. You should know treason …

South Korea grants visa-free entry to Filipinos for Winter Olympics

Aspiring Filipino tourists may enjoy South Korea’s cold weather now that the South Korean government has announced that it will temporarily grant a visa-free entry to Pyeongchang, South Korea until April 2018 for three Southeast Asian countries namely Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The visa-free privileged countries will be allowed to fly only through the regional …

Duterte calls out Santiago for ‘incongruous’ rehab center statement

A dismayed President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday admitted that he had been offended by the recent statement of former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB)  Chairman Dionisio Santiago on the establishment of the 100,000-square-meter Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan, Nueva Ecija. Santiago, who was appointed by the President himself, earlier …

Malacañang welcomes Sotto’s suggestion on N.E rehab center

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday that the Malacañang welcomes the suggestion of Senator Vicente Sotto III that the 100,000-square-meter Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan, Nueva Ecija could be optimized and used as a mega drug enforcement academy. “We welcome the suggestion of Senator Vicente Sotto III …

Trillanes files plunder complaint vs. Gordon

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has filed a plunder complaint on Wednesday, November 8 at the Office of the Ombudsman against Senator Richard Gordon, in connection with the alleged “anomalous disbursements” or misuse of P200-million funds allocated to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) since 2004 to present. The Senator who is also the chairman of the humanitarian …