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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 17 new judges, including two women whose fathers are also members of the judiciary. The appointments were contained in a transmittal letter of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (on leave) dated April 19, 2018. They were processed by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio.…

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to “be more discerning” in publicly naming barangay (village) officials allegedly involved in the drug trade. “The commission agrees that there is a need to cleanse the local government from those who exacerbate the drug problem. We, however,…

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde on Saturday assured policemen that they will be promoted or transfered under a policy that is fair to everyone in the police force In a news conference in Camp Crame in Quezon City, Albayalde said a policeman would be promoted based on seniority,…

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Three Philippine ships have started to conduct maritime scientific research at the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) since last week, according to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. “We have three ships there now conducting maritime scientific research and then they will move to the other parts of the Philippines,” Esperon…

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Children who are five years old by June 1 of every calendar year shall be accepted in kindergarten by both public and private schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Saturday. The cut-off age policy will be implemented in light of the DepEd’s ssuance of the Omnibus Policy on…

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Transport network vehicle services (TNVS) such as Grab are mandated to grant students, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) a 20 percent discount. This was pointed out by Sen. Jose Edgardo Angara over the weekend amid complaints in social media that Grab refuses to grant discount to students. “We…

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The Anti-Money Laundering Council has civilly forfeited criminal proceeds totaling P911,869,247.40 as of year-end 2017, according to the executive summary of an annual audit report of the Commission on Audit (CoA) on the AMLC for 2017. The sum includes P48,856,022.69, which was “Forfeited and remitted to the Philippine Government,” P100,879,947.48…

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Friday said a case filed against him by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) before the Department of Justice (DoJ) was “malicious and oppressive.” “The case filed by the Public Attorney’s Office is malicious and oppressive. Atty. Acosta’s actions are clearly unbecoming a public official…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division has denied Wenceslao “Wally” Sombero Jr.’s plea for detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City. The denial means that Sombero, who is accused of plunder, will have to be held at the Quezon City Jail Annex at Camp…

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Aspiring police personnel will have their on-the-job training (OJT) or internship at the training school of the elite Special Action Force (SAF), according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde. In his first news conference on Friday as the head of the police organization, Albayalde, a former SAF member,…

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