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LGUs ordered to strictly enforce smoking ban this Christmas

MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered all local government units to strictly enforce the smoking ban in government offices, schools, hospitals, and other public and enclosed places this Christmas season. In a statement, the DILG said Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy had prompted local chief executives to ensure the implementation …

Revilla must present counter evidence on PDAF raps: Sandiganbayan

MANILA— The Sandiganbayan ruled on Thursday that detained former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. must still present his own evidence on his plunder case involving the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” scam. The court junked Revilla’s motion to allow his camp to contest the sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence in his plunder case. …

DILG hoping to lift PH ‘ease of doing business’ global ranking

MANILA— The Philippines is looking to improve its “ease of doing business” global ranking, as more local government units (LGUs) have streamlined their business permits and licensing processes, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said in a statement on Thursday. DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said while the country got a dismal ranking …

Sandiganbayan to proceed with ex-DA chief’s trial

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to proceed with the trial of former Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary, now Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap in connection with the alleged misuse of a PHP14.55-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or “pork barrel”, in 2007. In a nine-page resolution promulgated last Nov. 28, the Sandiganbayan’s 6th Division …

Classifying NPA as terrorist won’t affect peace talks: Casiple

MANILA – Classifying the New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist group would not affect the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front (CPP/NDF). This was the reaction of Professor Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER), on the plan of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to classify …

Activists file charges against Abaya over Busan agreement

MANILA— Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes, Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares and other representatives from the Agham and Train Riders Network (TREN) on Monday filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against former officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) over the alleged anomalous PHP3.8-billion maintenance contract with the Busan Joint Venture. …

NBI ordered to serve arrest warrant vs ex-Rodriguez town mayor

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to served the arrest warrant issued against former Rodriguez, Rizal Mayor Pedro Cuerpo. In a two-page resolution written by Sandiganbayan Second Division Chairman Associate Justice Oscar Herrera, Jr. and promulgated on Oct. 27, 2017, the anti-graft court ordered NBI Director Dante Gierran to …

Another Maute financier arrested in Quezon City

MANILA — Another terrorist financier was arrested in Quezon City following the arrest of a suspected supporter of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)-inspired Maute terror group last week. Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) National Capital Region (NCR) director Senior Superintendent Wilson Asueta identified the suspect as Abulbatta Abubakar alias …

Ex-DOTC execs, BURI face graft raps over MRT-3 anomaly

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday filed before the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) graft charges against former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officials in connection with the alleged anomaly at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3). Charged were former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Undersecretaries Edwin Lopez, Rene Limcaoco …

DILG assures transparency in Marawi rehab efforts

MANILA — With the “liberation” of Marawi City from terrorist influence declared by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the government would be transparent and endeavor to continuously update the public on the rehabilitation of the war-torn city. DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy on Wednesday said that even ahead …

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