The Manila Times

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THE Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday hit back at Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano for alleging irregularities on the purchase of Navy frigates, saying the lawmaker only had “innuendos” and no proof. DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said there were no grounds to terminate the frigate acquisition project of…

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The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte got a record-high satisfaction rating in December last year, surpassing the highest score garnered by his predecessor, former president Benigno Aquino 3rd, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. The poll, conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017 among 1,200 respondents nationwide, showed…

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THE Supreme Court has allowed former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to get photocopies or soft copies of decrypted ballot images in his election protest against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. In a four-page resolution dated January 10 but released to media only on Thursday, the high court decided…

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MEMBERS of the media, human rights groups, and other entities will be invited to observe the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) revived “Tokhang” anti-drug operations for transparency, said its spokesman, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos. “You’re welcome to join. We won’t let you be in harm’s way if the police know there’s…

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Former Navy chief Ronald Joseph Mercado on Thursday defended Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, saying that the close aide of the President had nothing to do with the Philippine Navy’s frigate project. “Christopher ‘Bong’ Go never asked anything about the Philippine Navy’s P18 billion Frigate Acquisition Project,”…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysia’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division has ordered the arrest of former Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, who is facing graft charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. The court also ordered the prosecution to initiate steps for the former official’s extradition from the United States.…

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TV5 Network Inc. will shut down its news portal InterAksyon by March this year, one of its officials said on Thursday. In a statement, InterAksyon Editor-In-Chief Roby Alampay confirmed reports that InterAksyon’s operations will end in March. “TV5 will consolidate all digital news properties under news5.com.ph. That consolidation translates to…

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Negros Island remains a priority area for the clearing of communist New People’s Army rebels as attacks and abductions of seafarers perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) continue to be serious concerns of authorities in southern Philippines. Brig. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, newly-assigned commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, admitted…

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