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Increase the penalty for hospitals demanding deposit from emergency patients – Sen. Hontiveros

PASAY CITY – Akbayan Party-list Senator Risa Hontiveros wants a four to six years imprisonment for hospital administrators and officials who refuse to treat patients who cannot make any advance payment or deposit of any sort. This was learned shortly after Hontiveros, who chairs the senate’s Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill No. 216 that seeks to amend the existing […]

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Samar town mayor on drug watch says he is on top of anti-drug campaign in his town

Samar town mayor on drug watch says he is on top of anti-drug campaign in his town

  A MUNICIPAL mayor from a town in Northern Samar denies any involvement in illegal drug activities citing as proof his active participation in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs. Mayor Hector Ong told Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno that just recently some 200 suspected illegal drug personalities surrendered to him as he intensified his […]

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Rep. Rolando Andaya charged before the Sandiganbayan

FORMER budget secretary and now Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, former Ilocos Sur representative Salacnib Baterina and several other persons, including Janet Lim Napoles, were charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan in connection with their alleged anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in 2007. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Baterina was charged […]

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US Won’t Apologize for ‘Test Blasts’ at Hiroshima, Nagasaki that Killed 226,000

By Sputniknews Contrary to a popular assertion that nuclear bombs used on civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end World War II, US government documents have indicated that the atomic-bomb atrocities were “test blasts” to “justify” weapons development expense. On Tuesday, the 71st anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, a massacre just three days after the annihilation of some 146,000 […]

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PH President Duterte rebukes SC chief, threatens Martial Law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday threatened to declare martial law should Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hinders his violent war against illegal drugs. Speaking before the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters in Cagayan De Oro City, Duterte warned the chief justice not to create a constitutional crisis lest he declares martial law. The executive department and the judiciary are […]

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Former town mayor sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for graft

THE Sandiganbayan early this week sentenced to a ten year prison term the former mayor of Buguey, Cagayan, after he was found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 (the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). Specifically, Ignacio Taruc was sentenced to imprisonment of six to 10 years for illegally withholding the salaries of five employees in 2007.  Aside […]

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Former PH Pres. Ramos’ “lifelong commitment” trip

FORMER President Fidel Ramos’s trip to Hong Kong is part of his lifelong commitment to help achieve sustainable development and enduring peace in the Philippine part of the world. Thus said the 88-year old former chief executive on Monday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before boarding his Hong Kong bound flight where he is going to meet old riends […]

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There is no historical basis to have Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani – National Historical Commission

THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines said former President Ferdinand Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because of his spurious military record and what he did to the country during his martial rule. In a radio interview  early Monday morning, NHCP Chair Maria Serena Diokno stressed that Marcos should not be buried at the […]

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President Duterte congratulates weight lifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning medal in Rio Olympics

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday congratulated Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning the silver medal, the Philippines first non-boxing Olympic medal since the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Diaz won silver medal for placing second in the women’s weightlifting division for her overall lift of 200 kilograms. Placing 1st was Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese-Taipei. “On behalf of a proud nation, we congratulate […]

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DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

A MERCURY recycling facility bought by the government in 2013 for more than US $1 million of remains unused and rotting in a warehouse in Taguig City. This was disclosed by the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition on Monday shortly after it sent a letter to the Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi asking the department to put into use the wasting […]

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General Aviation operations at NAIA restricted on “peak hours”

AVIATION authorities on Sunday started implementing a ban on non commercial air transport planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during peak hours in a bid to make the skies safer and ease air traffic at the country’s premier airport. In a joint guideline issued on July 28, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Manila International Airport Authority […]

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President Duterte named mayors, judges, police officers in illegal drug trade

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday in Davao City named about 160 local officials, congressmen, judges and police officers allegedly linked to the illegal drugs trade as the five-week war against illegal drugs continues. Duterte read a list of names who he claims “destroy the country.” He made the pronouncement while visiting an army camp in his home city. Among those named […]

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National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas: “Ongs not involved in illegal drugs”

IN an apparent complete reversal of its earlier claims, the National Democratic Front (NDF)-Eastern Visayas has cleared Northern Samar Rep. Edwin Ong and his uncle, Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, of any involvement with criminal syndicates or the illegal drug trade. “There is no truth and factual basis in the allegations of the Ongs’ participation in the illegal drugs trade […]

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Upsurge in local cacao production seen—Agriculture Sec. Piñol

FILIPINO chocolate lovers here is a good news. The Philippines will soon be a chocolate exporting country again as the cacao industry is set to expand following an expected boost from the President Rodrigo Duterte. This was the consensus of industry stakeholders after they met with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s on August 1 in San Fernando, Pampanga. In a […]

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President Duterte endorses immediate revival of mandatory ROTC

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte wants the immediate revival of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program as soon as legal requirements are in place, a palace official said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it was President Duterte who personally backed the ROTC’s revival because of his belief that the program would install patriotism and discipline among the next generation. […]

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Government prosecutors appeal former Pres. GMA’s acquittal on plunder charges

THE Office of the Ombudsman on Friday filed a Motion for Reconsideration before the Supreme Court seeking the reversal of its decision to acquit former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the plunder charges filed in connection with the anomalous utilization of intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, in the motion, asserted that the plunder charges […]

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Quick thinking pilot saved plane, passengers and crew at the NAIA

THE quick thinking pilot of an Airbus A330-200 saved the lives of 219 passengers and crew of Gulf Air Flight GF 155 after he decided to immediately execute emergency landing protocols and land his  plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport following reports of engine trouble shortly after he took off on Friday afternoon. The Manila International Airport Authority said […]

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PH Green group wants some “cancer causing” Belo products out of the market

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, demanded that Belo Essential Products line containing cancer causing isobutyl paraben be removed from the market shelves as these items pose health risks to the public. The coalition’s demand came in the heels of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory No. 2016-032 issued on April 20 reiterating its ban on […]

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PH Sports commission officials convicted for overpriced bike equipment

THE  Sandiganbayan on Friday sentenced a Philippine Sports Commission official and several other former sports executive, including two entrepreneurs, to six to 10 years imprisonment after they were found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 ( the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act). PSC Deputy Executive Director Cesar Pradas, former PSC officials Simeon Gabriel Rivera, Marilou Cantancio, Eduardo Clariza and […]

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CAAP fired 20 drug using employees

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has terminated 20 of its 23 personnel who were tested positive for drug use following a series of urine testing on its more than 2,000 workers at 26 airports nationwide during the first half of the year. Of the 2,620 employees who underwent screening for narcotics from January to the end of June, […]

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‘War at Sea’: Chinese Defense Chief Calls on Country to Be Ready for Combat

By Sputniknews In the wake of the Hague-based Court of Arbitration’s decision to deny Beijing’s nine-dash-line territorial claims, tensions in the South China Sea have increased. The United States claims it will continue aggressive military action in the waterway, a move sternly opposed by China. During a tour of military installations in the coastal Zhejiang Province, China’s Defense Minister Chang Wanquan appeared to raise the bar, calling for “recognition […]

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MIAA investigating how a suspected Filipina drug courier went through airport security checks

MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials on Thursday started an investigation to determine how a Filipina was able to leave the country with 720 grams of suspected cocaine and flew to Hong Kong where she was arrested for drug trafficking. MIAA general manager Ed Monreal ordered a probe on all officials manning the initial and final security checks at the […]

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Kulaog Band’s “Pusong Bato”

This is a lip sync version of Pusong Bato by a little known lip sync band Kulaog. Nice           Music Video © YouTUBE

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PDEA posted Significant Accomplishments on 1st Month of the Anti-drug War

THE collaborative efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement agencies is paying early dividends for the national anti-drug campaign as significant accomplishments were recorded during the first month of the three-to-six months timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to rid the country of illegal drugs. PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña disclosed that as the […]

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Customs’ Passenger Services boosts NAIA revenue collection

THE Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) renewed policy of scanning baggage of arriving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was able to generate P4.7 million (about US $100,000) in duties and taxes last month. Customs District III Collector Edgar Macabeo attributed the additional income from customs duties to the re-implementation of scanning policy at the Customs’ Passenger Services at […]

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