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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 […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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 […]

Hinay-hinay lang*

Hinay-hinay lang*

SA napipintong pakikipag-usap ng ating pamahalaan sa pamahalaang Tsino ay may palagay ako na mas makabubuting huwag nating ipangalandakan ang ating tagumpay sa The Hague International Arbitral Tribunal. Dangan kasi ay para itong kalamansi na ipapatak natin sa sariwang sugat. Kaya imbes na maghilom ang ating hindi pagkakaunawaan ay lalo lamang lalamin ang sugat na maaring mauwi sa digmaan. Tulad nating […]

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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 […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
President Rodrigo Duterte

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 […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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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 […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol during an earlier talk with DA employees. Photo © http://www.mb.com.ph (Mark Balmores)

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 […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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Filipino American Symphony Orchestra set to play in Glendale on Saturday

BROADWAY actress, teen drum prodigy among special guests in FASO’s Aug. 13 concert Broadway actress Joan Almedilla, 13-year-old drum prodigy Vinnie Aguas and other outstanding Fil-Am talents are joining legendary veteran entertainer Sylvia La Torre and her singer-actress granddaughter Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as special guests of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) in its summer concert on Saturday, […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, Entertainment
Rodrigo Duterte

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. […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · News
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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 […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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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 […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 1 comment · News
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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 […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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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 […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
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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, […]

by Christian Joel Espiritu· · 0 comments · News
Warships at the South China Sea Photo © AFP 2016/ STR

‘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 […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
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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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Lumalaganap na ang Kultura ng Kamatayan sa ating bayan*

Lumalaganap na ang Kultura ng Kamatayan sa ating bayan*

ARAW-araw na lang ay nababalitaan natin na may natatagpuang patay sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng ating kapuluan. Habang tayo’y nag-aalmusal ay maingay na ibinabalita sa radyo o telebisyon ang mga patayang ito at para tayong na babato-balani na inaalam pa kung ilan ang napatay sa araw na iyon. Nagiging parang isang i-sport na ang mga pangyayaring ito. Ayon sa mga […]

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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 […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
(File photo) NAIA Terminal 1

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 […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News
RP at Cross-road to War or Peace*

RP at Cross-road to War or Peace*

THE upcoming RP-China talks on the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea put the Philippines at the vital cross-road to war or peace. The choice of which road to take, war or peace, all depends on what strategy the Philippine negotiating team will adapt. A “win-lose strategy”, otherwise known as a “zero-sum game” will lead the Philippines to war; […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Tagalog o Filipino, ano ba talaga?

SA PILIPINAS, ipinagdiriwang ang Agosto bilang buwan ng Wikang Pambansa. Eksakto naman dito sa Los Angeles, ipagdiriwang sa darating na Sabado (Agosto 6) ang ika-14 na taon ng pagkilala sa Historic Filipinotown. Wala sa tema ng pagdiriwang ang wikang pambansa pero siyempre kulturang Pilipino ang mamayani sa okasyong ito. Pagkaing Pilipino, pananamit, musika, sayaw at siyempre, mag-uusap ang karamihan sa […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Opinions
Truce or dare?

Truce or dare?

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) should have rejoiced when President Duterte gave them a golden opportunity by declaring a unilateral ceasefire during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25.   In spite of the ceasefire, tension arose between the government and the communist rebels anew when, two days later, the Armed Forces of the Philippines […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Impunity in our midst*

Impunity in our midst*

SENATOR Leila De Lima recently cries foul over the rising number of extra judicial killings committed against the poor in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs. She is not just right but correct in lamenting these acts of impunity. Nevertheless, I would say that acts of impunity, like the poor, will always be with us. The […]

PH airport police authorities subjected to random drug testing

PH airport police authorities subjected to random drug testing

THE 496 strong members of the Airport Police Department on Wednesday were subjected to drug testing for compliance with the government’s drug-free workplace policy amidst the war against illegal drugs by the Duterte administration. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said the APD was the first group of the 3,000 organic and non-organic employees of the MIAA. […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · News