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THE militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday urged Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City to suspend the registration of fishing boats in the city. Fernando Hicap, the group’s national chairpman, stressed that fisherfolk don’t need to pay just to get their boats registered…

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THE CITY government of Makati distributed a P5,000-educational assistance for each of the 557 qualified Special Education (SPED) learners enrolled for school year 2017-2018 in 10 public elementary and high schools in the city. Makati Mayor Abby Binay said, “The city government keeps on finding ways to help nurture the…

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THE Senate will convene as an impeachment court to try Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd said on Thursday. Pimentel at the same time assured his colleagues Bautista’s trial won’t interfere with legislative work, particularly deliberations on the P3.8-trillion national budget for…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned that the country would “go into shambles” with the combined threats of terrorism, illegal drugs and the communist rebellion. In remarks during the inauguration of Malacañang’s renovated press briefing room, Duterte reiterated that he had a duty to protect the nation, as he cited…

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THE entire Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution authorizing the “declassification” of the testimony of John Paul Solano in a September 25 executive session concerning the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo 3rd. Senate Resolution 529, authored by Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, was signed by 22 other senators who eventually…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has dared the European Union (EU) to expel the Philippines as a member of the UN Human Rights Council amid continued criticism of his administration’s bloody war against illegal drugs. “My God! Do it now, stupid. Do it now. You [tell us that the Philippines] will be…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed officers-in-charge at the Department of Health and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Malacañang said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte named Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle to take the post vacated by Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, whose appointment was rejected by…

PUV MODERNIZATION

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THE Department of Trade and Industry gave assurances that the government is looking at schemes to make the Public Utility Vehicle modernization program “lighter” for jeepney operators. Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government is studying how to lessen the program’s impact on affected operators. The government’s PUV modernization program aims…

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Agents of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday seized counterfeit electronic gadgets worth P2 billion in Binondo, Manila. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said fake iPhone and Samsung phones were found at a warehouse in Dasmarinas Street corner 371 Tomas Pinpin St. owned by Bryan Lee. Lapeña said an investigation…

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Alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan aka “David Tan” was a no-show when the Department of Justice (DoJ) started the preliminary investigation of his case on Thursday. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a complaint against Bangayan and several others in connection with their alleged illegal activities aimed at monopolizing…

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