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Aquino, Garin face mass murder, plunder raps over dengvaxia controversy

MANILA, Philippines — Former Education and Skills Development chief Augusto Syjuco Jr. filed on Friday mass murder and plunder complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III and former health secretary Janette Garin over the controversial dengue vaccination program. Syjuco, who filed the raps at the Office of the Ombudsman, described the mass immunization of dengvaxia …

DOLE turns down call to re-design OFW IDs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has no plans to re-design the identification cards for overseas Filipino workers despite drawing flak on social media for putting on it the picture of President Rodrigo Duterte. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the current design of the ID will stay as there are no complaints as …

Senate ratifies 2018 budget, TRAIN bill

Before it adjourned its session for the holiday break, the Senate has ratified the bicameral conference committee report for the proposed bills on the 2018 national budget and the Tax Acceleration for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Under the 17th Congress’ legislative calendar, the Senate will resume its session on January 15, 2018. Spearheaded by Senate …

Bato tells convicted drug lords: I’ll see you

MANILA, Philippines — Incoming Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief and current Philippine National Police (PNP) General Director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has sent a warning to convicted drug lords to stop their illegal activities or otherwise face the consequences. “I’ll see you there after this extension. If they would shoot it out with me, if …

Sison sees more rights violations amid Martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines — Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Founding Chairman Jose Maria Sison warned on Thursday that the extension of the martial law in Mindanao until the end of next year would result into more “gross and systematic” violations of human rights in the region. “The gross and systematic violation of human rights in …

Dela Rosa to focus on Mindanao security in his extended term

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Thursday disclosed the reason behind his extended term as police chief; President Rodrigo Duterte wanted him to focus on security concerns in Mindanao. Dela Rosa, who is supposed to retire in January 2019, said the Persident wanted him to manage problems on drugs, terrorism, …

Pimentel ignores Trillanes’ call to replace Blue Ribbon Committee chair

Senate Aquilino Pimentel III negated Senator Antonio Trillanes call to oust the Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Senator Richard Gordon from his position. Pimentel said “There is no clamor from within the majority for any change in the committee chairmanship.” This after Trillanes expressed his disappointment on the way Sen. Gordon handled the ongoing probe into …

Round 1 of NAFTA talks ends

North American countries on Sunday wrapped up its initial round of talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) touching three fundamental topics so far. First were auto parts rule which brought much surprise to the allies of the U.S. as it hinted that it might favor made in America-style content quota, an idea …

Piolo speaks about Maris-Iñigo status

“Labas na tayo diyan (It’s none of my business). He’s of age already.” These were the words actor Piolo Pascual said when asked if he approves of actress Maris Racal for his son Iñigo Pascual. Piolo insists the he is not the type of a father who meddles with his son’s personal life. “He’s 20 …

Marcos’ ML different from Duterte’s ML – Malacañan

The Palace on Thursday clarified that the martial law extension in Mindanao under the Duterte administration is different from the martial law during the Marcos regime. “That this is not the same martial law that we had in 1972. Courts remain functioning, Congress remains existing, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution is enforced,” Presidential …